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Fighting Intensifies in Ukraine

Clashes continued to escalate in Ukraine on Monday after a weekend of fierce fighting and shelling in the country’s southeast rendered a five-month-old peace accord all but dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin blames a "NATO foreign legion" for the war

Facebook Inc. Illustrations Ahead Of Earnings Figures

Facebook and Instagram Go Down

Social-networking platforms Facebook and Instagram went down briefly on Tuesday. Users were unable to access either site for upwards of 30 minutes

Microsoft Holds Annual Shareholder Meeting

Microsoft's Profits Dip

Microsoft said its profits fell more than 10% during its latest quarter despite an uptick in sales of phones and cloud services

Times Square Snow Storm New York City

Snow Pummels U.S. Northeast

Millions of people up and down the East Coast dug in Monday evening as a snowstorm expected to be one of the largest blizzards ever to hit the region began burying cities from Pennsylvania to Maine in what was forecast to exceed 2 ft. of snow

Producer Alan Ladd Jr. arrives with his

Former Hollywood Exec Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

Cindra Ladd, a former entertainment executive, is the latest woman to publicly accuse the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault. Ladd kept silent about the incident for 36 years, and says she has no plans to sue or discuss the matter any further

2015 Australian Open - Day 9

Tomas Berdych Stuns Rafael Nadal in Australian Open

Tomas Berdych ended his 17-match losing streak to Rafael Nadal, stunning the Spaniard to advance to the Australian Open semifinals. Berdych played an impossibly clean match to upend Nadal, who was seeking to advance to his fifth tournament semifinal

Sajida al-Rishawi

Failed Iraqi Bomber Named in Islamic State Hostage Crisis

The Islamic State last week threatened to kill two Japanese citizens, unless it received $200 million. After the 72-hour deadline passed, a message purportedly issued on behalf of the group claimed Yukawa had been beheaded and demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi

Federal Aviation Administration Bans All US Flights To Israel

Delta Sorry for Barring Woman With Breast Pump

Delta Airlines has apologized to a woman who was required to check her breast pump against company policy. "Delta supports the rights of women to breast-feed," an airline spokesperson said

Lance Armstrong takes part in a special session regarding cancer in the developing world during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York

'I'd Probably Do It Again,' Says Lance Armstrong of Doping

Lance Armstrong claims he would never dope today. But if he had to go back in time, the 43-year-old cyclist who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles would probably do it all over again. "People don't like to hear that. That’s the honest answer," he said

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Mom Charged for Allegedly Killing Son With Salt

A mommy blogger is on trial outside New York City regarding the death of her 5-year-old son, whom she allegedly poisoned with high levels of salt while sharing his worsening medical condition over the Internet

"Noah" - UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

Emma Watson to Play Belle in Beauty and the Beast

The Harry Potter actress' latest role will be another bookish heroine — Belle in Disney's new live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale. "Time to start some singing lessons," the actress posted on her Facebook page

Reading Festival - Day 3

Tom DeLonge Isn’t Leaving Blink-182 After All

Tom DeLonge is no longer part of rock band Blink-182 — or at least that’s what reports going around the Internet on Monday afternoon claimed. But, according to him, that’s not true. “I never quit the band,” DeLonge said in a statement