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Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush speaks to workers at Thumbtack on July 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Presidential Super PACs Raise More Than $266 Million

Super PACs backing presidential candidates in 2016 have raised more than $266 million so far, according to campaign finance records, twice as much as the candidates themselves and 17 times as much as they did in 2012.

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Uber Just Beat Facebook’s $50 Billion Record

Uber recently closed a new funding round that values the car-hailing startup close to $51 billion. That’s the highest valuation ever for a venture-backed company, topping the $50 billion Facebook was valued at in 2011 before going public

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Proposed 'CECIL Act' Would Curb Trophy Hunters

U.S. lawmakers joined the chorus of outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist in Zimabwe, announcing a bill that would stop people from importing "trophies" gleaned from hunting potentially endangered animals

The Joint Strike Fighter F-35 is undergoing flight tests and evaluations at Naval Air Station  Patuxent River, Md

New F-35 Fighter Jets Are Ready for Combat

The U.S. Marine Corps declared a new squadron of F-35 fighter jets ready for deployment on Friday, yielding the first shipment from a controversial $400 billion fighter program that has struggled through years of costly delays

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Former Prisoners Applaud College Assistance Program

Former prisoners applauded a White House initiative that could let more inmates qualify for federal college aid, which currently is restricted. A 2013 study found that inmates who got an education were 43% less likely to return than those who didn't.

Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Crosby (R) scans the surface of the Atlantic Ocean while searching for Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos on July 28, 2015.

Coast Guard to Suspend Search for Missing Fla. Teens

The Coast Guard says it's suspending its search at sunset for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week. The 14-year-old boys, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, went missing last Friday and their capsized boat was found Sunday

Vertical Skydiving World Record

164 Skydivers Set World Record

A team of 164 skydivers set a new world record for a vertical skydiving formation, creating a shape that resembled a giant flower over central Illinois on Friday, while hurtling headfirst toward the ground at speeds of up to 240 m.p.h.

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Ebola Vaccine Could Stop Virus in West Africa

An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study. If proven effective, the vaccine could be "a game-changer"

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Beijing to Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, defeating the bid from Almaty in a surprisingly close vote to become the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing won the secret vote of the International Olympic Committee by 44-40

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Newly Discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Published

A long-lost story by F. Scott Fitzgerald has been published 76 years after it was written."Temperature," which was turned down for publication when Fitzgerald was alive, is running in the current issue of The Strand Magazine and will appear online in 3 months