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Betting on the House

The average citizen can legally place real-money wagers on politics, in a marketplace approved by federal regulators. The new market for political betting has raised questions about the spread of online betting markets that have few rules to prevent insider trading


Department of Justice to Release 6,000 Prisoners

The Department of Justice will release about 6,000 federal prison inmates in one of the largest one-time releases of prisoners in U.S. history. The move comes as part of an effort to reduce prison overcrowding and the retroactive application of new sentencing guidelines


U.S. Deports Fewest Immigrants in Nearly a Decade

The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama's deportation policies too harsh

Microsoft has unveiled its first laptop, dubbed the Surface Book. An extension of the company's Surface computing lineup, the device converts between tablet and laptop modes and is one of a series of new products that take aim at rival Apple

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Airstrike That Hit Kunduz Hospital Was a Mistake

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell, told the Senate Armed Services Committee a hospital in the northern city of Kunduz was "mistakenly struck" in an airstrike that left 22 people dead. The clinic was operated by Doctors Without Borders

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall event at Manchester Community College October 5, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton Targets Wall Street 'Risk'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will roll out a plan to "go after risk” in the financial markets, she told Iowa voters, stopping short of calling for reinstating the tough financial regulations her husband repealed

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Keene, New Hampshire

Trump Exposes Divisions in Latino Community

When Donald Trump backed out of an event with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he inadvertently exposed major tensions simmering within the organization over how to deal with his candidacy, a microcosm of the divisions within the Hispanic community

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Socialists' Grip on Power in Venezuela Remains Strong

Amid food shortages, galloping crime and inflation that could top 150% this year, polls in Venezuela show swelling support for the country’s political opposition, but it's too soon to count out the ruling Socialist Party, which has a monopoly on power

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Facebook Loses Data Privacy Fight in E.U.

The E.U.'s highest court threw out a key U.S.-European agreement called Safe Harbor, which for years has allowed companies including Facebook to transfer their customers' data back and forth across the Atlantic without having to ask their permission in advance

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius Denied Parole, Psychotherapy Ordered

Oscar Pistorius has been denied parole and ordered to undergo psychotherapy, crashing the former Olympic athlete's hopes of an early release that would have enabled him to serve out the remainder of his five-year sentence under house arrest


Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Neutrino Discovery

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations. The two researchers had made key contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities