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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shake hands after speaking during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at Waldorf Astoria in NYC on, Oct. 20, 2016 in New York, New York. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski

Roast Leaves Bitter Aftertaste

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded sharp barbs and brutal takedowns Thursday, the night after their final debate, with many in the well-heeled crowd turning on the Republican nominee midway through his remarks and showering him with jeers


ISIS Fighters Attack Iraqi City of Kirkuk

Militants attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early on Friday in an assault quickly claimed by ISIS and likely aimed at diverting authorities' attention for the battle to retake IS-held Mosul. Kurdish commanders believe attackers infiltrated Kirkuk posing as displaced civilians

Barack Obama

President Obama Blasts Rubio for Trump Support

President Obama lambasted Marco Rubio on his home turf, slamming the Senator who ran against Donald Trump in the primary, yet later endorsed his candidacy. He also mocked the Republican Party for continuing to support Trump despite multiple controversies

Father and son

Docs: Think Twice Before Posting About Your Kids Online

More than 90% of two-year-olds already have a presence online, and about one-third first appear within their first 24 hours of life. Now pediatricians are to warn that parents should be more careful about how often—and what— they post about their children online

A model in scale 1:3 of the landing unit Schiaparelli of the European-Russian ExoMars 2016 mission is seen at the ESA space operation center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, on October 19, 2016.

Mars Probe Crash-Landed and Likely Exploded

The European Space Agency says its experimental Mars probe crash-landed and may have exploded when it hit the surface of the red planet. Pictures show a black spot in the area where the craft, called Schiaparelli, was meant to land

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand in an area near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometers northeast of Mosul, Iraq, as smoke billows in the distance on Oct. 20, 2016.

U.S. Takes First Casualty in Mosul Offensive

The first U.S. casualty in the offensive against ISIS in Mosul came as a coalition of Iraqi forces engaged in fierce fighting with ISIS militants defending the caliphate's largest redoubt in Iraq

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Trump: I'll Accept Result 'If I Win'

Donald Trump said he will accept the outcome of the presidential election — if he wins. And he said he might contest the results if they don't go his way, doubling down on his statement that raised the prospect of breaking with bedrock traditions of democracy

South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha gives a press briefing in Pretoria on October 21, 2016 regarding South Africa's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

South Africa Wants to Withdraw From International Court

South Africa will soon submit a bill in parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, raising concerns of a possible African exodus from a human rights tribunal accused by some African leaders of unfairly targeting their continent

melting snowman winter weather

Warm Winter Expected in Much of U.S.: Forecasters

Residents all across the southern U.S. should expect winter to be warmer and drier than usual, federal forecasters said, thanks to the potential start of the La Niña climate pattern. The Northeast will see an average winter

High school classroom

'To Be White Is to Be Racist.' Teacher's Race Lecture Divides

A high school teacher in Oklahoma sparked a controversy at his school when he told students in a discussion of race that “to be white is to be racist, period.” Norman Public Schools Superintendent Joseph Siano said the situation was "poorly handled"