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Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Emergency Drought Legislation
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California OKs 'Right to Die'

Gov. 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 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

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.

11 Dead in South Carolina Floods

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 11 dead

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

Henning Mankell Portrait Session

Henning Mankell, Swedish Crime Novelist, Dies at 67

Known as the father of modern Swedish noir, Mankell wrote over 40 books during his long career, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide thanks to the popularity of his dour, bitter policeman character Kurt Wallander

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.

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall event at Manchester Community College October 5, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Democrats Push for Gun Control Ahead of 2016

After years of working to carefully avoid alienating gun owners and in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Oregon, the party's presidential candidates are racing to outdo each other with strict gun control proposals

Mideast Syria Russia

Russia Struggles To Justify Bombing Syria

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

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


Car Bombs Across Iraq Kill at Least 36

Explosions in the Shiite-majority town of al-Khales, in Iraq's southern Basra province and in the capital Baghdad on Monday killed at least 36 people and wounded dozens as the government continued its efforts to combat extremism across the country

CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees pitches in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York City on Sept. 25, 2015.

Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia Enters Rehab for Drinking

The team issued a statement from the 2007 AL Young Award winner, a day before New York plays Houston in the American League wild-card game. Sabathia will sit out the Yankees' postseason to get the help he needs to "be a better man," he said

The scene after an Amtrak train derailed, reportedly after hitting a rockslide, near Northfield, Vermont on Oct. 5, 2015.

Amtrak Passenger Train Derails in Vermont

According to a statement from Amtrak, the train was traveling from Saint Albans, Vt. to Washington, DC. It derailed after "reportedly striking a rock slide on the tracks." Amtrak says there are no immediate reports of life-threatening injuries


Ancient Chinese Remedy Helped Win the Nobel Prize

Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine, including Youyou Tu of China, who was recognized for discovering Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly lowered mortality rates from malaria and is based on a centuries-old Chinese remedy