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Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, stands with wife Amber during a press conference at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Aug. 21, 2014.

How Some Survive Ebola

Two Americans who contracted Ebola, which has no treatment or cure, in Liberia have been declared 'virus-free'--here's how recovery can be possible

Robin Williams at "The Crazy Ones" Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills.

Williams' Ashes Scattered

A death certificate says that comedy legend Robin Williams' ashes were scattered “in San Francisco Bay off the coast of Marin County"

The Bank of America logo is seen at a br

What Bank of America Did To Warrant a $17 Billion Penalty

It's the largest settlement ever between the U.S. government and a private corporation—restitution for BoA's role in the financial crisis. Here's what the Justice Department's breakdown of BoA's actions reveals about how bankers inflated the housing bubble

Gay male wedding figurines

U.S. Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban

A judge in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment, then issued a stay delaying the effect of his order, meaning no marriage licenses will be immediately issued for gay couples

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to U.S. embassy and consular staff based in Australia following the conclusion of the AUSMIN meeting at Admiralty House in Sydney, August 12, 2014.

U.S. Diplomats Banned From Ice Bucket Challenge

Lawyers at the State Department have forbidden U.S. diplomats (like, say, John Kerry) from participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, due to an ethical issue that forbids using public office for private gain--even for a worthy cause

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Access to Screens Is Lowering Kids' Social Skills

Researchers out of UCLA have highlighted a potential downside of the prevalence of digital data in early development and education, in a study that found kids who were deprived of screens for five days got much better at reading people's emotions

Workers prepare the new Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola treatment center on Aug. 17, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia. Tents at the center were provided by UNICEF.

'1,400 Are Dead From Ebola and We Need Help'

The Ebola epidemic won't be contained without more treatment centers, coordinated action, logistical assets and health workers, Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders, writes for TIME

Standards For "Dolphin-Safe" Tuna Label Upheld In Federal Court

Pregnant? Avoid Tuna, Report Says

Pregnant women should "avoid all tuna," according to a new analysis of government data on mercury levels in fish. “We’re particularly concerned about canned tuna, which is second only to shrimp as the most commonly eaten seafood in the United States," one researcher said

Journalist James Foley covers the civil war in Aleppo, Syria, in November 2012.

U.S. Attempted Rescue of Hostages, Including James Foley

The U.S. launched a rescue operation this summer to free hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), including slain American journalist James Foley, but no hostages were found at the target location, said the Department of Defense


Russia's Last Remaining Hollywood Friends

It is a challenging time for Western celebrities who have made a habit of visiting Russia, either for pleasure or profit, ever since President Vladimir Putin annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea in March. Hollywood stars now tend to shy away from lucrative gigs in the country