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PHILADELPHIA, PA. – 07/25/2016: Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.(Natalie Keyssar for TIME)
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FDA May Update Ban on Gay Blood Donation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a request for public comment on what alternative blood donor deferral policies could look like, signalling the possibility that longstanding restrictions on gay blood donations may be lifted

Suspect in Lefkow Murders Commits Suicide

Violent Crime Rising in U.S. Cities, Study Finds

Violent crime is on the rise in some major U.S. cities so far in 2016, continuing a trend that began last year after decades of falling crime levels. There have been 307 more homicides in big cities so far in 2016 than there were at this time in 2015, a survey found


Zika Fight Struggles Without Funding: CDC Director

After Congress failed to pass emergency funding for the Zika epidemic, emergency responders who are trying to fight it are already feeling an economic pinch. "This is like fighting a fight with one hand tied behind our backs," CDC Director Tom Frieden told TIME

Police cordoning off a church where a hostage incident occured in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, France, July 26, 2016.

French Church Attacker Used Fake IDs to Evade Police

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says one of the men who attacked a Normandy church evaded police twice using relatives' ID cards in attempts to reach Syria. He and another attacker slit the throat of a priest in the attack

Signs for Miller and Anheuser-Busch products above a liquor store cooler in St. Louis, Oct. 23, 2007. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker, announced July 20, 2016, that it has reached an agreement with the Justice Department clearing the way for U.S. approval of its acquisition of SABMiller.

Concern Over Two Beer Giants' Blockbuster Merger

A $107 billion bid by the world’s biggest beer company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, to buy the world’s second-biggest beer company, SABMiller, received the federal government's blessing. The question now is whether beer lovers ought to be concerned

David Robert Daleiden, right, leaves a courtroom after a hearing in Houston, Texs, April 29, 2016.

Charge Dropped in Anti-Planned Parenthood Videos

A Texas judge has dismissed the last remaining charge against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. The charge was for tampering with government records

Sand Fire Grows To 33,000 Acres, Threatens Hundreds Of Homes In Southern CA

California Wildfire Still Rages as Evacuees Return Home

Most of the roughly 20,000 evacuees forced out by a wildfire were cleared to go home, but firefighters still have huge work ahead in taming a massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles. A week of triple-digit temperatures awaited the firefighters

Japan Knife Attack

Hatred Behind Japan Attacker’s Stabbing Rampage

Hatred appears to be what fueled a young Japanese man who went on a stabbing rampage, killing 19 people at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired. Months earlier, he reportedly gave a letter to Parliament outlining the plan

General Mills Inc. Gold Medal flour sits on display at a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.

General Mills Expands Flour Recall Amid E. Coli Fears

General Mills announced it is expanding its flour recall in response to four new confirmed illnesses connected to a possible E. coli outbreak. No deaths have been caused by the outbreak but 46 people have been affected

Drone Manufacture At Steadidrone Plant As Companies Explore Commercial Usage

Amazon's New Drone Trials in U.K. Rather Than U.S.

Amazon has permission from Britain's aviation regulator to test drones in a way the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. hasn't allowed. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said such regulation is the biggest obstacle to drone use