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President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel embrace during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on Nov. 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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Why Chuck Hagel Resigned

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is stepping down less than two years into the job after he and President Barack Obama concluded that his low-key style isn’t well-suited for the expanding war against the militant group ISIS, TIME's Mark Thompson writes

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Ferguson Cop Gets Married

The police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked violent protests this year quietly married a fellow officer in October

Iran Nuclear Talks to Be Extended

Negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months

People walk down a street flowing with water after a water main broke in Buffalo

Western New York Prepares for Floods

New York officials warned that the record-breaking amount of snow blanketing the western parts of the state might wreak more havoc, as warmer weather threatens to inundate the area with water

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See the Winners of the 2014 American Music Awards

The American Music Awards honored the most popular acts of the year, based on polling data and chart performance. One Direction won Artist of the Year, while Taylor Swift received the Dick Clark Award for Excellence

Attendees Visit The Commercial UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Show

You'll Need a Pilot's License to Fly That Drone

The U.S. is set to restrict use of drones to within 400 feet of the ground and forbid flights beyond the eyesight of the operator, according to a new report, rules far less permissive than what companies like Amazon had hoped for

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Israel Advances Bill to Define as Jewish State

The Israeli Cabinet, backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday approved draft legislation to call Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, a measure that critics say could further strain the state’s frayed relationship with its Palestinian population

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Russian Official Says Sanctions Hurt

Russia’s Finance Minister said the combined cost of western sanctions and the recent fall in world oil prices to Russia’s economy this year would be a massive $140 billion. “If you’re talking about the consequences of geopolitics, they are, of course, substantial,” he said

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New Hunger Games Wins the Weekend Box Office

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 won not only the weekend box office but also the year: it had a stronger opening than any other film so far in 2014, beating out Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $100 million debut

Kim Kardashian Promotes Her New Fragrance "Fleur Fatale" In Melbourne

Kim Kardashian's App Raises Cash to Fight AIDS

Keeping up with Kim Kardashian could bring us one step closer to ending AIDS. Users can download 25 games—including Kim Kardashian: Hollywood—with exclusive new content, and Apple will donate the money raised from in-app purchases to the Global Fund

2014 Nathan's Famous 4th July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Competitive Eater Devours a 20-Pound Turkey

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut cleaned 9.35 pounds of meat off of a 20 pound turkey on Saturday, breaking a new record in the field of competitive eating. Chestnut devoured nearly twice as much meat in 10 minutes as the previous record-holder, Sonya Thomas