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Cecil the lion
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Wounded Pride

A Zimbabwe conservation group retracted its claim that Jericho, Cecil the lion's brother, had been killed by hunters — even as officials in the country said a second American citizen, Jan Casmir Sieski of Murrysville, Pa., illegally killed another lion several months ago

Joe Biden

Buzz Grows Around Biden 2016 Bid

Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run

Barack Obama

Obama Turns Up the Heat on Polluters

The White House will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming

Calais Migrants

Migrants Dare to Hope at French Camp Called 'The Jungle'

Desperate conditions in France's sprawling migrant camps—the ones in Calais are known as "the Jungle"—drive more migrants to seek a future across the Channel in England, but many remain in the crowded camps for months or years

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Malaysia Broadens Search for Missing Jet Debris

Officials said that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris, as a reported second discovery turned out to be unrelated to the Boeing 777

donald trump

Trump Stays Ahead of GOP Pack as Debate Nears

The outspoken real estate magnate continues to lead the Republican primary field just days before the first GOP debate, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Trump holds a 19% lead over closest rival Scott Walker, on 15%

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Confederate Flag Supporters Rally in North Carolina and Georgia

About 150 Confederate flag supporters rallied in North Carolina, and others in Georgia, to challenge the growing numbers of elected officials and public figures who want the flag consigned to history as they consider it a symbol of slavery and segregation

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WHO Seeks Virus Tests in Rio's Olympic Waters

The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests

Perry Cohen (L) and Austin Stephanos, both 14 years old.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Teens

After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families convinced the boys could be alive

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Snoop Dogg Stopped by Italian Customs

Italian police stopped the rapper Snoop Dogg at the Lamezia Terme airport in Calabria on Saturday with $422,000 in cash, well above the limit that can legally be transported across European Union borders undeclared

Mullah Omar

New Taliban Leader Vows to Continue Insurgency

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader