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2015  HELP USA's Hero Awards Dinner

Officials Ramp Up Security for Fourth of July

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put his state's emergency operations center on higher alert because of warnings by the federal government about a greater threat of terrorist attacks over the July Fourth holiday

Ellen Pao

Reddit Chiefs Explain Site Shutdown

Moderators shut down hundreds of the online message board’s most popular sections on Friday in apparent protest at the surprise removal of a popular employee. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao and chairman Alexis Ohanian tell TIME what happened

2015 Sundance Institute Celebration Benefit Ava DuVernay

Selma Director Confirms She Won't Direct Black Panther

Ava DuVernay said she considered directing the Marvel superhero movie, but ultimately decided the project wasn't for her. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be," she said at the Essence Festival

Music Grateful Dead

One Last Ride for the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included

Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a grassroots-organizing event at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson on May 18, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa.

Hillary Clinton Hopeful For Iran Nuclear Deal

The former Secretary of State said Friday that she is hopeful that a nuclear agreement with Iran can be reached before next week's deadline, indicating support for the draft agreement that may or may not come into force

Donald Trump Chicago

Trump Says Pier 14 Shooting Proves Him Right on Border

Real estate mogul said the fatal shooting of a young woman at a popular San Francisco tourist spot was further proof the U.S. needs to crack down on border control, his latest in a string of controversial comments about immigration policy.

Convicted Murderers Escape From New York State Prison

Prison Escapee Sent Letter to Daughter Before Breakout

Richard Matt, the prison escapee who was shot and killed by police, reportedly sent his daughter a letter shortly before breaking out of Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, saying, "I always promised you I would see you on the outside"

Meghan Trainor Performs At Le Trianon

Meghan Trainor Postpones Tour Dates

Ticketholders to Meghan Trainor's concerts in New Jersey and Connecticut this Fourth of July weekend will have to find new plans. She has postponed the two tour dates after a vocal cord hemorrhage caused her doctors to put her on complete vocal rest

Mideast Syria Islamic State

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Senior ISIS Leader

A coalition airstrike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State leader, who has been responsible for moving fighters and weapons from Libya to Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday. Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi, a Tunisian, was killed along with another fighter