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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, joined by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 27, 2015, to discuss the status of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill, following their weekly policy luncheon.

Senate Passes Keystone Bill

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would authorize construction of a pipeline linking the Canadian tar sands with Gulf Coast oil refineries


Disneyland Measles Outbreak Likely Came From Overseas

An outbreak of measles that began in California’s Disneyland is likely to have come from overseas, health officials said on Thursday. Health professionals say the outbreak highlights the need for childhood vaccinations

Jay Z performs at The Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2013.

Jay Z Throws His Hat in the Music Streaming Ring

The hip-hop mogul is in the process of buying the Scandinavian music streaming company Aspiro in a bid to challenge industry giant Spotify. Aspiro runs two music streaming services, both of which are ad-free

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Amazon Just Made a Profit for the First Time in 6 Months

Amazon's fourth-quarter earnings beat analysts' expectations but missed on revenue. The Internet retail giant turned a profit of $214 million, a stark reversal from last quarter. The big number is 53%, or the increase in paid membership, worldwide, for Amazon Prime

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Eddie Murphy Says He’s Returning to SNL After 30 Years

It's been more than 30 years since Eddie Murphy has appeared on Saturday Night Live, but the comedian confirmed his return to Studio 8H for the show's 40th anniversary special. "It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it," Murphy said

Barack Obama,

Obama to Request $1 Billion for Central America

President Barack Obama will request $1 billion from Congress on Monday to aid Central American governments making tough reforms as more youth seek opportunities in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden wrote in an op-ed published Thursday

Uber India Rape

Indian Woman Sues Uber in the U.S. Over Alleged Rape

An Indian woman who says she was raped by an Uber driver while she was traveling in his cab in December is suing the San Francisco–based online firm behind the service in a U.S. federal court in California, claiming it failed to put in place basic safety procedures

Dakota Johnson

How to Be Single Cast Taking Shape

New Line Cinema has entered negotiations with Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Dakota Johnson, and Dan Stevens to star in the upcoming romantic comedy How to Be Single. The much-anticipated movie is slated for Valentine's Day release next year

Robert Ladd

Texas Executes Man After Court Rejects Impairment Plea

Robert Ladd was convicted of killing a woman nearly two decades ago while on parole for a triple slaying. The court also rejected an appeal that challenged whether the pentobarbital Texas uses in executions is potent enough to not cause unconstitutional pain and suffering

2015 Australian Open - Day 11

Tennis Star Andy Murray's Fiancée Drops F-Bomb Courtside

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray may have just beaten Czech Tomas Berdych to make it through to the finals of the Australian Open, but it’s his fiancée Kim Sears who has taken social media by storm, after cameras caught 27-year-old's apparently expletive-filled reaction to Murray’s break in the first set