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GOP Seeks to Secure Trump

Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances

President Barack Obama holds up a fish while visiting with Commercial and Subsistence Fishers Alannah Hurley, left, and Kim Williams, second from right, on Kanakanak Beach on Sept. 2, 2015, in Dillingham, Alaska.

Obama's Arctic Visit Highlights Tough Life in Alaska

With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama shined a spotlight on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions that most Americans would be hard-pressed to imagine

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13 Million Middle Eastern Children Go Unschooled

A new report states that 40% of all children across the Middle East are currently not receiving an education, a crisis it attributes to two repercussions of violence: the displacement of populations and structural damages to the schools themselves

People pray at the reopened Erawan shrine in central Bangkok on August 31, 2015.

8th Bangkok Bomb Suspect Named

Thai police have named an eighth suspect in connection with the bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. A warrant was issued Wednesday for Emrah Davutoglu, believed to be the Turkish husband of Thai suspect Wanna Suansan

Health workers put on protective gear before entering a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone December 19, 2014.

200 to Be Vaccinated for Ebola in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization is to begin vaccinating about 200 people in Sierra Leone who came into contact with a woman who died from Ebola on Saturday. Sierra Leone had begun a 42-day countdown to being declared Ebola-free

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Man Shot by Deputies Appeared to Have a Knife

A second video that captured Texas deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show that he was holding a knife, a sheriff said, declining to release the video because the investigation is ongoing

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Judge Will Not Dismiss Charges in Freddie Gray Case

A Baltimore judge refused to dismiss charges against six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray, who was in their custody. The defense had sought to drop the charges, which include second-degree murder, because of prosecutorial misconduct

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College Kids Are Smoking Pot Over Cigarettes

Surveys conducted as part of the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study revealed that marijuana use among college students is on the rise, with daily or near-daily use being reported by 5.9% of students in 2014

First Two Females In Army's Ranger Program Graduate From Intensive Ranger School

Army Ranger School Now Open to Women Permanently

Less than a month after two women successfully completed Army Ranger School, the U.S. Army said that the program would be open to all genders on a permanent basis. The announcement ends an assessment period

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (C) talks with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) (R-IA) as he tours the Iowa State Fair on August 18, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

John Kasich Has a Pep Talk for America

Ohio Governor John Kasich is sounding more like a self-help guru than presidential candidate, preaching optimism on the campaign trail. He tells college-age kids to keep "reaching for the stars," and seniors to focus on positivity

Veterans Health Care

900,000 Vets May Have Pending Health Care Requests

Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care

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Obama Poised for Win on Iran Deal

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced this morning that she will support a nuclear agreement with Iran, becoming the 34th Senate vote in favor of the deal and ensuring a major foreign policy victory for President Obama in his final 18 months in office