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Russell Simmons and Donald Trump during PLAYSTATION 2 and Russell Simmons Join HIP-HOP Summit Action Network 2004 at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Malcolm Ali/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)

Russell Simmons Heard Trump Make Racist Comments

Russell Simmons, hip-hop pioneer and entrepreneur, has known Donald Trump for three decades. While they are friends, Simmons said he has heard Trump say things that “seemed a little racist,” “anti-Semitic,” and “Islamophobic"


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 Mosul

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What the New Screen Time Guidelines for Kids Mean

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new screen time guidelines for children, and they come with some surprising changes. The new guidelines dispense with a lot of the old “less is more” approach to screens, in favor of a more nuanced approach

A derailed train is seen in Eseka, Cameroon, October 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mahamat Mazou Aboubakar FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

At Least 53 Dead After Train Derailment in Cameroon

Cameroon's transport minister says at least 53 people died after a train overloaded with passengers derailed along the route that links the country's two major cities. Transport Minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o said the derailment also injured at least 300 people

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

FILE- In this May 23, 2005 file photo, real estate mogul and Reality TV star, now Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens at left as Michael Sexton introduces him at a news conference in New York where he announced the establishment of Trump University. Trump's attorneys have asked a federal judge to exclude any statements made by or about the Republican nominee during the presidential campaign from his upcoming civil trial over the now-defunct Trump University, according to court records. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Trump's Lawyers Want to Bar Campaign Comments in Trial

Donald Trump's attorneys have asked a federal judge to exclude any statements made by or about the Republican nominee during the presidential campaign from his upcoming civil trial over the now-defunct Trump University, according to court records

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

Trump and Clinton Trade 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

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

Trey Cocking, the city manager of Atchison, Kan., addresses the media after a chemical incident occurred at the MPG Ingredients plant on Friday Oct. 21, 2016, in Atchison, Kan. The Kansas Department of Emergency Management said multiple people who suffered respiratory problems because of the noxious cloud that formed were taken to hospitals. (Dougal Brownlie/The St. Joseph News-Press via AP)

Chemical Spill in Kansas Sends More Than 50 to Hospital

A chemical spill at a northeast Kansas distilling plant released a noxious cloud of fumes, forcing temporary evacuations and sending more than 50 people to the hospital, including one person who was in intensive care, officials said

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