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Trump Pledges Loyalty

Real estate mogul Donald Trump is ready to tell Republicans that they don’t need to worry about a third-party bid by signing a loyalty pledge with the chairman of the GOP and promising to endorse the GOP nominee if he doesn't win the title

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Recovered Wing Part Belongs to MH370: Investigators

A French prosecutor says the piece of wing discovered in July on a remote Indian Ocean island has been formally identified as having come from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A serial number found on the part corresponds with a number on the flight

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Europe Struggles With Worsening Migrant Crisis

European leaders clamored for a swifter response to the migrant crisis as a spate of tragedies brought the worsening situation into the global spotlight. Germany and France called for Europe-wide migrant quotas, saying each country needs to "share the tasks"

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Tom Brady Escapes Suspension in ‘Deflategate’ Victory

The New England Patriots quarterback can suit up for his team's season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for "Deflategate," after more than a month of failed settlement talks between the NFL and its players' union

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Clinton Ex-Staffer to Plead Fifth on Emails

Bryan Pagliano, a former Hillary Clinton staffer who helped set up the former secretary of state's private email server in 2009, has vowed to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions after a congressional committee subpoenaed him

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Americans Love Pope Francis

A new poll reveals that 66% of Americans have either a "favorable" or "very favorable" view of Pope Francis, who arrives in the U.S. in late September. The Pope is popular among Catholics, Protestants and atheists

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (C) talks with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) (R-IA) as he tours the Iowa State Fair on August 18, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

John Kasich Has a Pep Talk for America

Ohio Governor John Kasich is sounding more like a self-help guru than a Republican presidential candidate as he preaches optimism on the campaign trail. His tone contrasts with the anger voiced by other contenders, including front-runner Donald Trump

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CVS Says Cigarette Ban Reduced Smoking Rates

It's been one year since CVS stopped selling tobacco in its stores, and the company says the move has resulted in a wider decline in cigarette purchases over the last year. But the data deserves to be examined with plenty of cigarettes

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Yasser Arafat Wasn’t Poisoned, French Prosecutors Say

Since Yasser Arafat died in 2004, questions have swirled about whether or not he was poisoned. But French prosecutors who had been looking into the case said that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that the Palestinian leader had been poisoned

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, potentially capable of sinking a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, travel past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

China Parades 'Carrier-Killer' Missile as Navy Nears U.S.

China has dispatched its navy to patrol the coast of Alaska and unveiled a new “carrier-killing” ballistic missile in a stark display of how its massively increased defense spending is tilting the balance of power in the Pacific

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SAT Scores At The Lowest Point in a Decade

The average SAT score for students is at its lowest point since the test was redesigned ten years ago, according to reports. The average score for the class of 2015 was 1490 out of 2400, down about seven points from the previous year