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House Speaker John Boehner Announces His Resignation At The Capitol
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What's Next in Speaker Race

With House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's surprise withdrawal from the House Speaker race, congressional Republicans are scrambling to figure out who will be their next leader. Here are the four most likely outcomes to the contest

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U.N. Announces National Unity Government for Libya

The U.N. envoy for Libya is announcing a national unity government for Libya after months of difficult talks. The country has been split between an Islamist-backed government based in Tripoli and an internationally recognized government in the east

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Oklahoma Used Wrong Drug in Lethal Injection

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections used potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride as the third drug in the execution of Charles Warner by lethal injection in January, a drug combination not approved by the state's official execution protocol

Mars Once Had Lakes, New Data Confirms

New data from NASA and the Curiosity rover shows a series of lakes and streams once existed on Mars billions of years ago near where Curiosity landed. The data follows news that water may still exist on the planet

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Russian Missiles Targeted at Syria Crashed in Iran

Russian cruise missiles aimed at targets in Syria crashed in rural Iran, U.S. officials said. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Russia fired the missiles without any advance notice and criticized the action as being "unprofessional"

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VW Exec. Apologizes for Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive apologized as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company violated the public's trust. VW of America CEO Michael Horn said he felt personally deceived

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Marvel's Ant-Man Is Getting a Sequel

Marvel Studios announced that this summer’s Ant-Man will be followed up with a sequel. Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the first time a Marvel film has been named for its heroine and will be released in 2018

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FIFA’s Sepp Blatter Suspended as Swiss Probe Intensifies

The ethics committee of the soccer organization banned Blatter, FIFA vice president and UEFA president Michel Platini, and secretary general Jerome Valcke for 90 days. It also banned former vice president Chung Mong-joon for six years


Blue Sky and Red Ice Found on Pluto

NASA spacecraft New Horizons has discovered that there is blue sky and red ice on Pluto. “Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator in a statement

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Israel Bars Ministers From Jerusalem Site Amid Attacks

A Palestinian stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver before a soldier shot and killed him amid fresh violence that prompted Israel's premier to bar Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the latest tensions

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Senate Democrats Unveil Gun Control Legislation

The bill package to be introduced in the wake of last week's deadly Oregon shooting includes a version of an earlier proposal to expand background checks, but now also includes online gun purchases and firearms bought from unlicensed dealers at gun shows

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Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme Dies at 75

Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine with his restaurant K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75