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Google Opens a New Front in its Battle With Apple

Most shoppers aren't yet convinced they need a smartwatch—but that isn't stopping Google from stepping up its fight for wrist-based supremacy against Apple. iPhone users will be able to sync their smartphones with various Google-platform watches

Top-Polling GOP Candidates Participate In First Republican Presidential Debate

Ben Carson Tied With Donald Trump in New Iowa Poll

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson tied real estate mogul Donald Trump for the top slot in a new poll, the first time another contender has matched Trump's lead in the state. The poll showed a groundswell of support for outsider candidates

Roger Goodell

No 'Deflategate' Settlement for Brady and NFL

Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have failed, leaving a judge to decide the fate of "Deflategate." A judge said both sides tried hard to reach a deal

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Clashes in Ukraine Kill Officer After Vote

A grenade exploded outside Ukraine's parliament during a nationalist protest against a vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east, killing one police officer. About 100 other officers were injured in the clashes, 10 seriously

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See All the Winners of the 2015 VMAs

MTV's 2015 Video Music Awards aired Sunday, and while the ceremony was overshadowed by a purported "feud" between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj over the top nominations, it was host Miley Cyrus who found a way to overshadow everyone

Darren Goforth

Ambushed Houston Sheriff's Deputy Was Shot 15 Times

A man charged with killing a suburban Houston officer first shot the 10-year veteran in the back of the head and fired a total of 15 times, authorities said. Shannon J. Miles is charged with capital murder and appeared briefly in court

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Menu From Titanic’s Last Lunch Is Going to Auction

A menu of the last lunch offered on the Titanic, which was saved by a passenger on a rescue boat, is going to auction, where it is expected to bring in $50,000 to $70,000. The menu listed items including corned beef and dumplings

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Physicians Avoid Conversations About Religion in the ICU

Religion and spirituality are not common topics of discussion in intensive care units (ICUs), and doctors often go out of their way to avoid them—even though religion is often very important to patients and their medical surrogates during end-of-life care

Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison: Site Is ‘Still Growing,’ Despite Hack

The Ashley Madison website could be proof that there really is no such thing as bad publicity. The adultery site says thousands of new users are flocking to use its service, despite an recent hacking scandal that compromised user data

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Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Racist Comments

An emotional Hulk Hogan apologized to fans for racist comments he made that were caught on tape. "I'm not a racist, I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it," he said