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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Near Japan

A powerful but extremely deep earthquake has struck off Japan's Ogasawara islands, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the 7.8-magnitude quake

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Iggy Azalea Cancels Great Escape Tour

Iggy Azalea has canceled her Great Escape Tour, which she previously postponed from April to September. The rapper confirmed the news on Twitter on Friday, saying “I’m so sad and sorry to let my fans down… we’ll be back out on the road when the next album is done"

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Baltimore Police Union Chief: Criminals 'Empowered' By Riots

Murders in Baltimore have reached the highest levels in 15 years, and Lt. Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore city’s Fraternal Order of Police, says it’s due to criminals feeling emboldened following the riots that broke out over the death of Freddie Gray last month

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.

Silk Road Mastermind Sentenced to Life in Prison

Ross Ulbricht, also known as the "Dread Pirate Roberts," was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan Friday for playing a role in the creation of the Silk Road, a website for buying and selling drugs and other contraband

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Dustin Diamond Convicted of Misdemeanors in Stabbing

TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former Saved by the Bell star, who played the character Screech, of the most serious felony charge

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner to Appear on the Cover of Vanity Fair

Bruce Jenner—who publicly revealed he is transitioning from male to female in April—will appear on the cover of Vanity Fair as a woman, according to reports. The former Olympian will be photographed by Annie Leibovitz

Barack Obama

Obama Warns of Dangers of Inaction on Patriot Act

President Obama warned Friday of dire consequences for national security should the Patriot Act be allowed to expire on Sunday, blaming a “handful of senators” for blocking the passage of a compromise reform act designed to keep the nation's security infrastructure intact

FIFA President Blatter makes a speech before the election process at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich

Blatter Up! FIFA President Wins Re-Election

The embattled Sepp Blatter, 79, has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption, the worst scandal in the organization's 111-year history

Rescue personnel search the floodwaters along Brays Bayou in southwest Houston, Texas

Texas Braces for a Wet Weekend

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for a total of 70 counties due to recent storms and flooding or earlier tornadoes, as more storms are expected to pass through the state over the weekend, including parts of the state already dealing with major flooding