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Perry Cohen (L) and Austin Stephanos, both 14 years old.
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Hope Fades

After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families convinced the boys could be alive

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush speaks to workers at Thumbtack on July 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Presidential Super PACs Top $266 Million

Super PACs backing presidential candidates in 2016 have raised more than $266 million so far, according to campaign finance records. That's twice as much as the candidates themselves and 17 times as much as super PACs raised in 2012

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Inside Calais’s Deadly Migrant Crisis

Europe has struggled to absorb the 137,000 asylum-seekers who have arrived on its shores in the first half of 2015 alone. The French port of Calais says it can no longer cope with the economic and security challenges of hosting so many migrants

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Snoop Dogg Stopped by Italian Customs

Italian police stopped the rapper Snoop Dogg at the Lamezia Terme airport in Calabria on Saturday with $422,000 in cash, well above the limit that can legally be transported across European Union borders undeclared

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New Taliban Leader Vows to Continue Insurgency

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader

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Baltimore Sees the Highest Number of Homicides in 43 Years

Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years


Uber Just Beat Facebook’s $50 Billion Record

Uber recently closed a new funding round that values the car-hailing startup close to $51 billion. That’s the highest valuation ever for a venture-backed company, topping the $50 billion Facebook was valued at in 2011 before going public

The Joint Strike Fighter F-35 is undergoing flight tests and evaluations at Naval Air Station  Patuxent River, Md

New F-35 Fighter Jets Are Ready for Combat

The U.S. Marine Corps declared a new squadron of F-35 fighter jets ready for deployment on Friday, yielding the first shipment from a controversial $400 billion fighter program that has struggled through years of costly delays

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Former Prisoners Applaud College Assistance Program

Former prisoners applauded a White House initiative that could let more inmates qualify for federal college aid, which currently is restricted. A 2013 study found that inmates who got an education were 43% less likely to return than those who didn't.