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Japan Hopeful About Hostage

Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants

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Stocks Dip Amid Bad Earnings

U.S. stocks fell dramatically immediately following the opening bell Tuesday after a series of big U.S. companies issued dour earnings reports

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Mormon Church Supports LGBT Protections in Shift

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it would support legislation to provide LGBT protections in housing, employment and other policy areas, as long as it also protects religious freedom

Kurdish people hold a picture of a fighter during a celebration rally near the Turkish-Syrian border at Suruc, Turkey on Jan. 27, 2015. The fighter was killed in battle with Islamic state militants in Kobani.

ISIS Still Strong Despite Major Defeat in Kobani

Kurdish fighters may have declared victory in a 134-day battle for the Syrian city of Kobani and described it as the beginning of the end for ISIS, but the militant group continues to hold vital land and resources

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Report: Government Now Tracking Millions of U.S. Cars

A license-plate tracking system originally conceived to combat drug traffickers along the U.S.-Mexican border has drastically expanded to encompass millions of vehicles across the United States, according to official documents released Tuesday

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Twitter Rolls Out Group Messaging and Native Video Tools

Twitter announced two big new features Tuesday: Private group messaging with up to 20 people at a time, and tools to record, edit and post videos directly within its mobile app. Expect both new features to appear on your Twitter app this week

Barack Obama

Obama Calls for Drone Rules

President Barack Obama has used the crash-landing of a drone at the White House Monday as an opportunity to reemphasize the importance of regulating unmanned aircraft. The FAA is currently drafting regulations that will allow for wider use of the devices

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes After Race Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch apologized Monday after talking about 'colored actors' on a U.S. talk show, ironically during a discussion on the lack of diversity in British acting. The Sherlock star said he's "devastated to have caused offense"

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Websites Plan 'Internet Countdown' to Defend Net Neutrality

The organization behind a widespread online protest last fall over net neutrality is trying to stage another as a key FCC vote approaches that organizers fear could allow Internet service providers to charge a premium for “fast lanes” to certain websites

Gun Laws

2 Officers Injured in Minnesota Shooting

A man opened fire on two police officers after a swearing-in ceremony at New Hope city hall in Minnesota on Monday. The shooter, who has not yet been named, was fatally shot after exchanging fire with other officers at the scene

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'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