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McDonald’s Changes the Menu

McDonald’s laid out on Monday the broad outline for its strategy to shake off five years of underwhelming results and stem an accelerating exodus of its customers: Get a higher percentage of its restaurants owned by franchisees and reorganize its structure

An armed police officer stands guard on a road near the Curtis Culwell Center where a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad was held Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas.

Shooting at Prophet 'Contest'

Police shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a Dallas venue hosting a contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby princess.

The Royal Baby Gets a Name

The royal baby girl is named for her grandmother and great-grandmother, Will's late mother Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II

This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Boston Marathon Bomber Cries as Aunt Takes Stand

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor for the first time and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial before she was asked to step down to compose herself

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially launches his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in Detroit, May 4, 2015.

Ben Carson Launches 2016 Presidential Campaign

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson launched a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, promising to run a different kind of campaign and proving the point with one of the most unusual campaign launches in recent memory

Sleepwalking May Be in the Genes

New data shows that children were three times more likely to walk in their sleep if they had one parent who was, and seven times more likely to sleep walk if both parents had a history of it; sleep terrors are also likely to be hereditary, the study found

Republicans Hopefuls Speak At Iowa Faith And Freedom Coalition

Carly Fiorina Faces Tough Questions After Campaign Launch

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said Monday that she's running for president in 2016, joining an increasingly crowded field for the Republican nomination. Fiorina is widely considered a long shot for the nomination

Elephant Rhino

Elephants, Rhinos and Other Herbivores Face Extinction

The world's largest plant-eating animals like elephants and rhinoceroses are facing dramatic population losses due to poaching and resource destruction, with 60% of large herbivores threatened by extinction, according to a new study

First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon campaigns in South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh on April 28, 2015.

Meet the Future of U.K. Politics

Nicola Sturgeon and her Scottish Nationalist Party are predicted to wipe out all opposition in Scotland and become the United Kingdom's third biggest party when voters head to the polls on May 7

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at a news conference outside the Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Lifts Curfew Imposed 6 Days Ago After Riots

Baltimore residents expressed pleasure Sunday that officials were lifting the curfew in place since Tuesday, a day after rioting broke out over the death of Freddie Gray. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the reopening of a looted mall was a reason for hope

Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department inspect the ruins of a collapsed building in Gangabu, Kathmandu on April 30, 2015.

Nepal Urges Foreign Rescue Workers to Return Home

Nepal's government urged foreign rescue workers in the capital to return home on Monday as people to marked the birthday of Gautama Buddha. Since the April 25 earthquake, 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations have flown in to help in rescue operations