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U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana

Obama Celebrates New Orleans on Katrina Anniversary

President Obama called New Orleans a beacon of resilience and strength, a city swiftly moving forward in the wake of an epic tragedy just days before the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the Gulf regions’ most devastating storms

House Majority Leader Cantor leaves after a news conference

Eric Cantor Endorses Jeb Bush for GOP Nomination

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed Jeb Bush on Thursday, spurning several rivals who were aggressively courting the former GOP No. 2. "America needs a President that can re-energize our nation and recapture our greatness," he said

A view of the bodies of dead migrants that were recovered by the Libyan coastguard after a boat sank off the coastal town of Zuwara

Up to 200 Feared Dead After Migrant Boat Sinks Off Libya

A boat en route to Italy with mostly African migrants on board sunk off the coast of Libya on Thursday. Officials on the ground were unable to confirm the exact number of casualties, but estimate that up to 200 people may have died

FDA Approves New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug for treating high cholesterol levels. Evolocumab, called Repatha, is made by Amgen and is the second of a new class of lipid-lowering agents that are hitting the market

Donald Trump media Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos: Reporters Need to Get Tougher on Trump

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos tells TIME that the media needs to start demanding real answers from Donald Trump. "He can't and he should not get away with empty promises," says Ramos. "At stake is the future of this country"

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Asian Stocks Rise After U.S. Data Calms Investors

Asian stocks rose Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data lifted investors' spirits following days of stomach-churning turbulence sparked by a heavy sell-off in China. Regional markets took their lead from Wall Street, where benchmarks had a strong finish

A girl wearing a mask looks out a car window as rain drops are seen in Taif

Saudi Arabia Is Reporting a Surge in MERS Deaths

A rash of fatalities from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been reported in Saudi Arabia, where 19 people have died after contracting the disease this week alone. Some 2 million Muslims are due to arrive next month for the annual hajj pilgrimage

Darryl Dawkins

Former NBA Player Darryl Dawkins Dies at 58

Darryl Dawkins, the first player to go from high school into the first round of the draft, spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Dawkins was "beloved around the league"

FOX's "American Dad" - Season Nine

American Dad! Renewed for 2 Seasons

TBS announced that it ordered 44 additional episodes of the animated family comedy from Seth MacFarlane, which will keep it on the air through a 13th season in 2018. Season 11 of American Dad! will debut on TBS early next year

Vassiliki Thanou

Greece Appoints Its First Female Prime Minister

Greece's first female Prime Minister, Supreme Court head Vassiliki Thanou, was sworn in on Thursday to head a caretaker government ahead of early elections next month in the bailout-dependent country. The vote is expected to take place on Sept. 20

Woody Allen at "Irrational Man" press conference

Why Neurotics Might Be More Creative

A new theory suggests that the connection between neuroticism and creativity may come down to how neurotic people daydream. People whose minds tend to get stuck on a problem may be more likely to figure out a creative solution