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Presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Sept. 3, 2015.

Trump Rules Out Third-Party Run

Real estate mogul Donald Trump said Republicans don’t need to worry about him mounting a third-party campaign for president, after signing a pledge to support the party's eventual nominee—even if it isn't him

A Turkish gendarmerie carries the body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, who drowned along with his brother Galip, 5, and their mother in a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island of Kos, in the coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey, on Sept. 2, 2015

Canada Says It Didn't Receive Syrian's Refugee Claim

Citizenship and Immigration Canada said it received no refugee application from the father of two drowned Syrian boys who have put a devastating human face to the Syrian refugee crisis. The agency did receive an application for the boy's uncle, but it was incomplete

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Tom Brady Escapes Suspension in ‘Deflategate’ Victory

The New England Patriots quarterback can suit up for his team's season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for "Deflategate," after more than a month of failed settlement talks between the NFL and its players' union

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Europe Struggles With Worsening Migrant Crisis

European leaders clamored for a swifter response to the migrant crisis as a spate of tragedies brought the worsening situation into the global spotlight. Germany and France called for Europe-wide migrant quotas, saying each country needs to "share the tasks"


Recovered Wing Part Belongs to MH370: Investigators

A French prosecutor says the piece of wing discovered in July on a remote Indian Ocean island has been formally identified as having come from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A serial number found on the part corresponds with a number on the flight

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Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty for Church Shooter

A South Carolina prosecutor says she will seek the death penalty for 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine black churchgoers. Prosecutors cited factors including the fact that others' lives were put at risk

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Clinton Ex-Staffer to Plead Fifth on Emails

Bryan Pagliano, a former Hillary Clinton staffer who helped set up the former secretary of state's private email server in 2009, has vowed to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions after a congressional committee subpoenaed him

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Americans Love Pope Francis

A new poll reveals that 66% of Americans have either a "favorable" or "very favorable" view of Pope Francis, who arrives in the U.S. in late September. The Pope is popular among Catholics, Protestants and atheists

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (C) talks with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) (R-IA) as he tours the Iowa State Fair on August 18, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

John Kasich Has a Pep Talk for America

Ohio Governor John Kasich is sounding more like a self-help guru than a Republican presidential candidate as he preaches optimism on the campaign trail. His tone contrasts with the anger voiced by other contenders, including front-runner Donald Trump


CVS Says Cigarette Ban Reduced Smoking Rates

It's been one year since CVS stopped selling tobacco in its stores, and the company says the move has resulted in a wider decline in cigarette purchases over the last year. But the data deserves to be examined with plenty of cigarettes