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A man takes part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New York
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Don't Blame the Protesters

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose father and grandfather were policemen, argues that the tragic murder of two NYPD officers this weekend should not be used to discredit the growing movement of peaceful protests that have come in response to police shootings. "Police are not under attack, institutionalized racism is," he writes

School Attack Suspects Arrested

Pakistani police say they have arrested several people suspected of facilitating the deadly attack on a school in the city of Peshawar last week


Fast Food Could Make Children Perform Worse in School

A new study shows that American children who regularly eat fast food don't perform as well as their fellow students in school. Researchers found kids who eat the most fast food have lower test scores in science, math and reading

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Western Journalist Granted Access to Islamic State Lands

Jürgen Todenhöfer, the first Western journalist to be granted access to ISIS-controlled territories, has returned with a warning: the terrorist group is "much stronger and much more dangerous” than its adversaries understand

'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit Wins Weekend Box-Office Battle

The Peter Jackson film brought in $56.2 million over the weekend (and $90.6 million since its Wednesday opening), while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie — all films showing in more than 3,000 locations — made almost $40 million less

Kim Jong Un

North Korea Threatens Strikes on U.S. Amid Hacking Claims

President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says. Its National Defense Commission warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the U.S.

An orangutan named Sandra, covered with a blanket, gestures inside its cage at Buenos Aires' Zoo

Court Grants Sandra the Orangutan Basic Rights

An orangutan named Sandra has been granted certain rights by a court in Argentina. Lawyers argued that Sandra was a “nonhuman person” and was being detained illegally in a zoo. The case rested on whether the court decided the orangutan was a “person” or a “thing”

Ali Ibrahim Naimi

Saudi Arabia Keeps the Wells Pumping

Saudi Arabia will not cut oil production to boost depressed prices, reversing the kingdom’s usual policy of moderating supply to control prices and sending a strong message about OPEC's strategy for dealing with a slumped oil market

A DirecTV dish receiver sits on the roof of a home in Denver

Dish Network Drops Fox After Failed Contract Negotiations

Fox News Channel and Fox Business were blacked out Saturday on satellite TV provider Dish Network, after the two parties failed to agree on a new contract, in negotiations that had gone on for the last several weeks. Both sides are pointing fingers at each other

Iggy Azalea

Anonymous Threatens Iggy Azalea

Hacker collective Anonymous is threatening to release stills from a purported sex tape involving rapper Iggy Azalea unless she apologizes for “misappropriating black culture, insulting peaceful protesters, and making light of Eric Garner’s death"