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Dozens Rescued in Flash Floods

Flash flooding left dozens of people stranded in central Texas early Friday, as emergency responders throughout the state struggled to cope with the wettest May on record. Flood alerts extended nearly 800 miles from southern Texas to central Missouri

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Hillary Clinton Team Lays Out New Primary Blueprint

Hillary Clinton will gradually ramp up her campaign throughout the summer, but it will be months before she turns completely to a more orthodox model replete with a packed public schedule and the regular appearance of husband Bill and daughter Chelsea

FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin Al Hussein speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur on March 21, 2012.

Meet the Prince Who Wants to Save Soccer

Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Hussein is running for FIFA president Friday against embattled incumbent Sepp Blatter. Hussein won support from the U.S. delegate in the wake of a corruption scandal that has rocked the global soccer community

Premiere Of IFC Films' "The D Train" - Arrivals

B.J. Novak Signs On for McDonald’s Movie

Fresh off his $7.5 million book deal with Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak is set to join the cast of the McDonald's biopic The Founder. Michael Keaton will star in the film as Ray Kroc, and Novak will play a McDonald's executive and protegé of Kroc

House Speaker Dennis Hastert sits for a portrait in his Capitol Hill office on June 15, 2007.

Hastert Indictment Offers Few Clues About Misconduct

A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct"

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Bob Saget Is On Board for Fuller House

John Stamos announced via Twitter that Bob Saget will reprise his role as Danny Tanner on Fuller House, the Netflix revival of the old ABC comedy. Saget joins Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and more

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This Is How Russia Plans to Win the Internet War

The Kremlin employs hundreds of "trolls" who work 12-hour shifts around the clock to promote President Vladimir Putin's worldview in Russia and across the globe by flooding the Internet with propaganda

Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, St. Louis Missouri lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee

National Spelling Bee Ends With Co-Champions Again

In a dramatic, flawless final round, two eighth-graders proved to be joint winners at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Vanya Shivashanka, 13, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, put both their hands on the trophy and thrust it into the air on Thursday evening

The characters of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse greet guests during Disneyland's Diamond Celebration in Anaheim

Disney Is Weighing Surge Pricing for Parks

Visitors to Disneyland and Disney World may find themselves paying more for entry to the parks on peak days during the summer, spring break and Christmas time. Walt Disney Co. sent out surveys to annual pass holders asking how they would react to tiered pricing

This Feb 4, 2015, file courtroom sketch, shows defendant Ross William Ulbricht as the deputy recites the word “guilty” multiple times during Ubricht’s trial in New York.

At Least 20 Years in Prison for Silk Road Founder

Prosecutors are asking a Manhattan judge to sentence a San Francisco man who created the online drug-peddling site Silk Road to decades in prison, while the defendant is asking to be freed soon enough to show he's a changed man

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Stressed Students Now Using Piglets to Calm Down

Students at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. have organized an event for their peers to kick back and relax during exam season by spending a few minutes petting and playing with piglets, along with two goats, a donkey and chickens