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California Legalizes Bitcoin

Calif. Enacts Gun-Safety Law

California residents can now petition a judge to temporarily remove a close relative's firearms if they fear their family member will commit gun violence

Barack Obama

Ex-Con Rode Elevator With Prez

An armed security contractor with three prior criminal convictions was allowed to ride with Obama, a violation of Secret Service protocol

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus

Ebola Comes to America

Doctors have confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. Until now, the only cases of Ebola in the country have been in Americans who were infected abroad and came back for treatment. Here's everything you need to know

Prime Minister David Cameron returns to his hotel after giving radio interviews on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, central England Sept. 30, 2014.

U.K. Edges Toward Departure From E.U.

As Britain's Conservative Party holds its last party conference ahead of May's general elections, the Euroskeptic message looks like a winning one, with polls suggesting a sizeable majority would vote to leave the union under the current terms of membership

Free Syrian Army

The Challenges of Turning Syria's Rebels Into a Fighting Force

American efforts are aimed at degrading ISIS’s infrastructure and capabilities, but the U.S. has ruled out putting any of its own troops on the ground in Syria. Instead, the plan is to arm and train moderate rebels there, which is proving difficult

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Part of Marcos Art Collection Seized

Several artworks belonging to Imelda Marcos, wife of erstwhile Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, have been seized by authorities, who claim they were bought with embezzled state funds. Works by Picasso and Gauguin are believed to be among the pieces

Crouching Tiger

AMC Theaters Will Boycott New Netflix Film

AMC joined two other major theater chains, Regal and Cinemark, that are refusing to show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, which Netflix produced with Weinstein Co. Together, the three chains operate 247 of the 400 IMAX theaters in North America

Panama Gehry Museum

Panama Opens Frank Gehry–Designed Museum

Panama has opened a biodiversity museum designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. It's his first project in Latin America and a long time coming, construction having started in 1999. The Biomuseo presents a tour of the Central American nation’s diverse ecosystems

Professional football running back running through defenders crowded stadium in background

Study: 96% of Deceased NFL Players' Brains Had CTE

A study by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository in Massachusetts found that the instance of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain condition that causes dementia and other cognitive problems, was present in 76 out of 79 (96%) brains

Bell Gardens Mayor Shot

California Mayor Shot to Death by Wife, Investigators Say

The mayor of the Los Angeles–area city of Bell Gardens, Calif., was shot and killed on Tuesday during what authorities said was a domestic dispute with his wife and son. Daniel Crespo Sr. was mayor of the town of about 42,000 people

Approximately 1500 walrus gather on the northwest coast of Alaska on Sept. 23, 2014

Tens of Thousands of Walruses Gather in Alaska

Nearly 35,000 walruses were discovered this month on a northwest Alaskan shore as result of being unable to find sea ice to rest upon, a problem aggravated by climate change, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)