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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 19th Annual HRC National Dinner at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on October 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Joe Biden Backers Plan TV Ads Urging 2016 Bid

A group hoping to nudge Joe Biden into the 2016 race has cut a video hoping to build support for a possible campaign. The Draft Biden group, which is not affiliated with the Vice President, released a dramatic ad that ends by urging: “Joe, run"


Women More Likely to Have College Degree Than Men

For the first time since the Census Bureau began collecting data on higher education attainment, women are more likely to have a bachelor's degree than men. Last year, 29.9% of men had a bachelor's degree, while 30.2% of women did

Gettin' lonely: A return to the moon may be coming soon

Google and Israel May Be Heading to the Moon

Israel's President announced that SpaceIL, a nonprofit Israeli space engineering company, is the first of 16 contestants in Google's Lunar XPrize competition to formalize its plans to land a private spacecraft on the moon before the end of 2017


Yezidi Woman Describes Being Captured by ISIS

In emotional testimony to a U.N. panel on ISIS's treatment of women hosted by the UN Women for Peace Association, a Yezidi girl who went by the pseudonym Bazi described being bought and sold by ISIS fighters after they attacked her small village


Airbus Files Patent to Seat People on Top of Each Other

The French-based company Airbus filed a patent in the U.S. dated Oct. 1 for a "mezzanine seating" design that will take advantage of the "substantially unused" upper areas of aircraft cabins in a way that provides "a high level of comfort for the passengers"

Zaatari refugee camp Jordan

Refugee Camps Empty as Syrians Head for Europe

Zaatari Camp in Jordan grew from nothing to a city of 156,000 Syrian refugees in a year. Now it has shrunk to almost one third of its former size as Syrians migrate to other parts of the Middle East or attempt the journey to Europe

South Carolina flooding

South Carolina Braces for More Flooding

Along South Carolina's coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic. Flooding in the state has killed 15 so far

Europe Nuclear Smugglers

Smugglers Have Tried to Sell Nuclear Materials to ISIS

Gangs with ties to the Russian successor to the KGB are driving a thriving black market in nuclear materials in Eastern Europe, often with the explicit intent of connecting sellers to Middle Eastern extremist groups, including ISIS

Nobel chemistry

Chemistry Nobel Prize Awarded for DNA Work

Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair" and providing new knowledge of how our cells function

MSF hospital Kunduz

Doctors Without Borders Seeks Fact-Finding in Attack

Doctors Without Borders called for an independent and unprecedented fact-finding mission to investigate a U.S. airstrike on a hospital run by the medical aid group in Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.

Prison corridor

Department of Justice to Release 6,000 Prisoners

The Department of Justice will release about 6,000 federal prison inmates in one of the largest one-time releases of prisoners in U.S. history. The move comes as part of an effort to reduce prison overcrowding and the retroactive application of new sentencing guidelines