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Residents stand outside their homes as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna, state of Coahuila, May 25, 2015.
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Twister Kills 13 at Mexico Border

A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said

A shopping center located at Texas 80 near I-35 has high water in the parking lots from the Blanco River flooding in San Marcos,Texas, on May 24, 2015.

12 Missing in Texas and Oklahoma Flash Flood

Three people were confirmed killed, two in Oklahoma and one in Texas, after severe flash flooding. Another 12 are missing, including a mother and her two children. They were staying at a river house when a wall of water swept the family of four away

B.B. King performs in Los Angeles on November 11, 2011.

Attorney Dismisses Claims That B.B. King Was Poisoned

Two of B.B. King's daughters are claiming their father was poisoned by two aides who worked closely with him, but an attorney for King's estate says the allegations are ridiculous. Homicide detectives from the Las Vegas police department are investigating

Sir Jonathan Ive attend Sushisamba's second anniversary celebration with a performance by Lily Allen at VIP at Sushi Samba on Nov. 11, 2014 in London.

Apple's Design Guru Just Got a Big Promotion

Jonathan Ive is taking on an even more important role at Apple. The design mastermind behind the look of the iPhone and the iPad will be promoted from senior vice president of design to the newly created position of chief design officer

Star Wars to Screen in China for First Time Ever

Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t open until the end of this year, but moviegoers in China will travel to a galaxy far, far away next month. The country will have its first-ever screening of the six original Star Wars movies

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Charter Nearing Deal to Buy Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications is nearing a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable for about $55.1 billion in cash and stock, after Comcast recently abandoned plans to buy the cable company amid regulators' opposition

US President Barack Obama (L) lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day, at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2015.

Obama Honors Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor the men and women who have died serving in the U.S. military. Their sacrifice, he said, is “a debt we will never repay”

3 Children Injured in Bounce House Sent Flying

Three children were injured in Florida when the bounce house they were in was lifted into the air by a waterspout and carried several feet. Accidents in inflatable houses have become increasingly common in recent years

Uber At $40 Billion Valuation Would Eclipse Twitter And Hertz

Uber Looks to Conquer the Airport

Ride-hailing service Uber has already become ubiquitous on the streets of many major American cities. Now the company wants to conquer U.S. airports as well, brokering deals to allow its drivers to pick up arriving passengers in the same way taxis do

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit, May 3, 2015.

Biden Reassures Iraqi Prime Minister of U.S. Support

Vice President Joe Biden has reassured Iraq's government of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, in a phone call to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. A day prior, Defense Secretary Ash Carter remarked that Iraqi forces lacked the "will to fight"

This undated photo provided by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services shows Michael Ryan.

Cult Killer Convicted in 1985 Dies in Nebraska Prison

A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison. Michael Ryan was convicted in the torture and killing of 26-year-old James Thimm

Police guard the U.S. Capitol grounds after a shooting took place, in Washington April 11, 2015.

Pressure Cooker Found in Car in D.C.

A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol building and the vehicle's owner was located and arrested