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19 Dead in Bombing of Doctors Without Borders Hospital

The charity said at least 19 people including 12 local staffers and 7 patients were killed when its clinic came under "sustained bombing" Kunduz, Afghanistan. The charity says the hospital was likely bombed by U.S.-NATO forces

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Hillary Clinton Pledges to Defend LGBT Rights

In one of the strongest statements ever from a presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton on Saturday pledged to defend gay Americans against efforts to deny them of their rights in remarks to the nation’s largest gay rights group

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Over Half of E.U. Countries Are Opting Out of GMOs

16 countries have alerted the European Union that they want to opt out of E.U.-approved GM crops from major companies like Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and Pioneer. The deadline for informing the E.U. of the decision is Oct. 3

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Starbucks Says Eggs Will Be Cage-Free by 2020

Starbucks has announced that all of its eggs will be cage-free by the year 2020. The company's statement comes in the wake of similar pledges from restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King

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Pope Met With Gay Couple Before Kim Davis

Pope Francis met with a former student of his, who was openly gay, before he met with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during his trip to Washington, D.C., the Vatican confirmed, while further distancing the pope from Davis' political positions

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FIFA President Won't Heed Sponsors Calls to Resign

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not resign ahead of February's emergency presidential election despite calls Friday from major sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Visa to go now, according to a statement from Blatter's lawyer

President Obama Announces John King Jr. As Education Secretary During News Conference

Obama Won’t Sign Another Temporary Spending Bill

President Obama says he won't sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires on Dec. 11. He is instead demanding a budget agreement with Republicans controlling Congress that would lift a freeze on budgets

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Missouri Gov. Commutes Sentence of Death Row Inmate

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday spared the life of a death row inmate four days before the scheduled execution, saying he did so after "significant consideration" of the circumstances but without explaining further


Asteroid and Volcanic Eruptions Both Killed Dinosaurs

A new study published in the journal Science examining volcanic eruptions and the infamous dinosaur-killing asteroid proposes a compromise in which both were responsible for the great extinction that occurred about 65 million years ago

President Obama Announces John King Jr. As Education Secretary During News Conference

Obama Thanks Outgoing Education Secretary

President Obama thanked Arne Duncan, the departing Education Secretary, during a short ceremony at the White House, saying Duncan has done, “more to bring our education system, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st century than anybody else”