U.S. women's team up 4-0 over Japan in World Cup final

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USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal with teammates during the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Why the USA Is So Strong in Women's Soccer

As the U.S. women's soccer team fights to win its third World Cup, experts say that Title IX, which bars gender discrimination in college sports, may be the reason for its quarter-century run of dominance.

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Pope Francis Returns to South America

Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America on Sunday for the first time, beginning a nine-day tour that will take him to three of the continent's poorest countries.

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Trump Concedes Surprise at Intensity of Backlash

Business mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wasn't expecting such harsh corporate backlash to his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants. He conceded he "didn't know it was going to be quite this severe"

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Prison Escapee David Sweat Is Back in Jail

New York prison escapee David Sweat, who was shot and captured last week after a weeks-long manhunt, has been discharged from the hospital and moved to a new maximum security prison, officials said

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Coney Island Crowns a New King of Hot Dog Eating

Matt Stonie ate 62 hot dogs and buns to upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory

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Private Island Owners Fret About Climate Change

Famed illusionist David Copperfield is among the few handfuls who own private islands around the world. But he's also part of an even more exclusive club: Island owners who say they are concerned about climate change and are making efforts to address its impacts.

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Billy Joel Gets Married

Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party. Joel, 66, and Roderick, 34, have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child. This is his fourth marriage

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Leaders Seek Next Steps for Civil Rights Momentum

As the 2016 election draws near, leaders of civil rights organizations are thinking about how to move the conversation generated through the black lives matter movement into more intense civic engagement. "We have to get out the vote,” one advocate said

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Man Dies in Fourth of July Fireworks Accident

A 22-year-old man died in Maine as a result of a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, officials said. Devon Staples, 22, was killed instantly after he put a fireworks mortar on his head. He had apparently been drinking