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Marco Rubio
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The Race Moves South

The presidential hopefuls quickly pivoted to South Carolina on Wednesday following blowout victories by outsider candidates in New Hampshire, with the insurgents riding high, Establishment-friendly candidates looking to regroup — and two candidates calling it quits

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Oregon Standoff Set to End As Occupiers Pledge Surrender

The FBI moved to end the long-running standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Wednesday evening, surrounding the remaining militia members still occupying the sanctuary. The federal law enforcement agency said in a statement that it had blocked off the area where armed occupiers continue to hold out

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New Study Almost Doubles Syrian Death Toll

The five-year-old war in Syria has claimed 470,000 lives, according to new research that almost doubles previous estimates about the human cost of the conflict. The Syrian Center for Policy Research says that 11.5% of Syria's population has been killed or injured

Senate Unanimously Passes Tougher North Korea Sanctions

The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that aims to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons by hitting Pyongyang with more stringent sanctions. Republicans and Democrats set aside their partisan differences Wednesday and voted 96-0 to pass the bill

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L.A. Passes Major Plans Against Homelessness

The city and county on Tuesday approved sweeping plans to fight homelessness by subsidizing housing and coordinating programs to keep people from joining an estimated 45,000 people already living on the streets

House Homeland Security Cmte Holds Hearing On Radicalization Of U.S. Muslims

Former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca Facing Jail Time

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will be charged with making false statements during a probe into the department. Baca admitted that he lied twice regarding his involvement in hiding an inmate from FBI agents who were investigating corruption in the L.A. County jails

President Barack Obama speaks to supporters in the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois on Feb. 10, 2016.

Obama: 'I Still Believe in a Politics of Hope'

President Obama returned to where it all began to once again call for hope and change in politics, returning to his home state of Illinois to lay out his vision for the future. "We've got to build a better politics," he said

New Hampshire Primary Voting Election 2016

Sanders Raises Millions Off New Hampshire Win

When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage in New Hampshire to deliver his victory speech, he asked for campaign contributions in his own way: by complaining about the campaign-finance system. It worked, to the tune of $5.2 million

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UAE Names Official 'Minister for Happiness'

The United Arab Emirates' poet-prime minister, who's declared that he wants to make the UAE "one of the best countries in the world," has appointed an official "minister for happiness" in a new cabinet he announced Wednesday

Sir Paul McCartney performs during the U.S. 'Out There' tour at Joe Louis Arena on October 21, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.

Paul McCartney Is Launching 'Audio Emoticons'

The Paul McCartney who appeared in grainy, black-and-white footage on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 could’ve never imagined this. The ex-Beatle announced he had partnered with Skype to create a series of 10 animated, love-themed Mojis