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Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Emergency Drought Legislation
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California Inks Right-to-Die Bill

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to dying patients, making the state the fifth to legalize the practice and the first since Brittany Maynard left California to end her own life last year

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Russia Struggles to Justify Syria Bombing

As Russian jets have flown bombing raids against rebels in Syria, the search to justify this military effort has strained Kremlin propagandists and bewildered audiences. Unlike the war in Ukraine, the Kremlin is struggling to sell its action in Syria to an unconvinced public

Floodwaters surround a farm and plantation near Huger, S.C. on Oct. 5, 2015. South Carolina is still struggling with floodwaters due to a slow moving storm system.

South Carolina Saturated by Historic Flooding

After a week of steady rain, an inundated Palmetto State turned to surveying a road system shredded by historic flooding, and in a cruel twist, thousands of residents faced the prospect of going days without running water after historic storms that left 12 dead

Oregon college shooting suspect Chris Harper-Mercer is seen in a photo taken from his Myspace account

Mother of Oregon Gunman Loves Guns, Donald Trump

The mother of the man who killed nine people and himself at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week wrote extensively on social media about her love of guns and her difficulty raising an autistic child

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India's 'God of Cricket' Is Coming to the U.S.

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the sport's all-time greats, will join up with fellow cricket legend Shane Warne of Australia to host a ten-day, three-city all-star exhibition tour of the United States, in the hopes of sparking interest in the game

Pacific trade talks near landmark deal

U.S. and Pacific Nations Reach Landmark Trade Deal

The United States reached a landmark trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim nations, setting global commerce and worker standards that would bind together 40% of the world's economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership still faces a congressional fight

Victims of the U.S. Airstrike on Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, receive treatment at the Mazar-e-Sharif Regional Hospital in Balkh, Afghanistan on October 04, 2015.

White House Seeks Answers on Afghan Hospital Bombing

President Obama thinks investigations by the Pentagon, NATO and Afghan security forces will provide answers on why an Afghan hospital was bombarded Saturday, but he does not think an independent investigation is necessary


Trapped Firefighters 'Could Feel Their Faces Burning'

The four Northern California firefighters were in serious trouble almost immediately after a helicopter dropped them near ground zero of what they thought would be a small blaze. A report published this weekend details the trouble the four faced

Preparations Continue Ahead Of The Nato Summit 2014

NATO Slams Russia’s Violation of Turkish Airspace

Incursions into Turkey’s airspace on Saturday and Sunday by Russian military SU-30 and SU-24 aircraft have been roundly condemned by NATO, which in a statement Monday called on Moscow to “immediately explain these violations”

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Volkswagen Testing Center Comes Under Scrutiny

With VW admitting that it manipulated emissions results in 482,000 U.S. diesel vehicles to make them seem more environmentally friendly, questions are swirling around Volkswagen's only test center in North America

House Of Representatives Allows Media Rare View Of House Chamber

John Boehner Sets Date for Election of His Replacement

House Republicans had planned to vote for a new leadership team but owing to disarray in the wake of Boehner's sudden retirement a secret-ballot election will be held only for speaker this week and a full House vote will follow on Oct. 29