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Magnitude-6.8 quake hits central Japan

Quake Hits Japan

The magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit parts of Nagano city and surrounding areas the hardest, the Japan Meteorological Agency said

Bill Cosby

Cosby Lawyer Admonishes Media

Bill Cosby's lawyer denied claims of sexual assault against the comedian and blamed press for reporting "unsubstantiated, fantastical" allegations

Google Faces Break-Up Threat in Europe

The European Parliament is set to call for a break-up of the tech giant’s search engine from some of its other commercial businesses. Politicians may attempt to limit Google’s reach either by passing new legislation or through antitrust laws

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum To Direct 'Leonard Peacock'

Channing Tatum is set to co-direct and produce a film version of the young adult novel "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" with his filmmaking partner Reid Carolin. Tatum has been moving toward more dramatic roles of late

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Amazon Wants to Book Your Next Hotel

A new feature is reportedly coming to Amazon: hotel booking. The online retailer, hardware maker, publisher and video distributor is adding a service called Amazon Travel to its litany of businesses

Police form a line opposite of protesters in front of the police station on Nov. 19, 2014.

Pleas for Calm as Ferguson Grand Jury Nears Decision

The family of the unarmed black teenager whose shooting death at the hands of a white police officer sparked violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this year appealed for calm Friday as a grand jury nears its decision on whether or not to charge the officer

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Colorado Approves Credit Union for Pot Stores

This week, the Colorado Division of Financial Services issued a charter to The Fourth Corner Credit Union, which could be doing business and serving the local cannabis community as soon as January, a spokeswoman confirmed

Mark Berndt, right, a former South Los Angeles-area elementary school teacher at Miramonte Elemenary during his arraignment in Los Angeles Municipal Court Metropolitan Branch on Feb. 21, 2012.

L.A. Schools to Pay $139 Million in Abuse Scandal

The Los Angeles public school system said it will pay $139 million to settle legal claims from students subjected to lewd sexual acts committed by a third-grade teacher, bringing a long legal saga nearly to a close

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Queen Latifah Loses Her TV Crown

Queen Latifah's syndicated daytime talk show has been canceled after two seasons of ratings that disappointed CBS-owned stations. "The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances," she told her team

Hillary Clinton

Backers Say Hillary Is Ready for 2016

Hillary Clinton is almost definitely going to run for president and she'll be the strongest candidate if she does, her most fervent supporters declared at an event, even as they awkwardly sought to temper expectations

A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames

House Intel Panel Debunks Many Benghazi Theories

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, and asserted no wrongdoing