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An armed police officer stands guard on a road near the Curtis Culwell Center where a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad was held Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas.
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2 Dead at Muhammad 'Contest'

Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said on Sunday night

Citizens of Pyongyang observe a moment of silence at Kim Il Sung Square in the North Korean capital on Dec. 17, 2014.

North Korea Holds NYU Student

South Korea said one of its nationals, a student at NYU, is detained in North Korea after its state news agency said he tried to illegally enter

Elephant Rhino

Elephants, Rhinos and Other Herbivores Face Extinction

The world's largest plant-eating animals like elephants and rhinoceroses are facing dramatic population losses due to poaching and resource destruction, with 60% of large herbivores threatened by extinction, according to a new study

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at a news conference outside the Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Lifts Curfew Imposed 6 Days Ago After Riots

Baltimore residents expressed pleasure Sunday that officials were lifting the curfew in place since Tuesday, a day after rioting broke out over the death of Freddie Gray. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the reopening of a looted mall was a reason for hope

Actress Grace Lee Whitney, best known as Yeoman Rand on the original Star Trek television series, died at the age of 85 in Coarsegold, Calif. on May 3, 2015.

Star Trek Actress Dead at 85

Grace Lee Whitney, 85, the futuristic-clipboard-bearing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original series of Star Trek, died this weekend in the town of Coarsegold, California, her family confirmed. No cause of death was reported

Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department inspect the ruins of a collapsed building in Gangabu, Kathmandu on April 30, 2015.

Nepal Urges Foreign Rescue Workers to Return Home

Nepal's government urged foreign rescue workers in the capital to return home on Monday as people to marked the birthday of Gautama Buddha. Since the April 25 earthquake, 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations have flown in to help in rescue operations

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Depart The Lindo Wing With Their Daughter

Why a Princess Could Be a Boon for U.K. Retailers

Baby boutiques, clothing stores and fashion designers received a gift that will keep on giving when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl, and all the marketing opportunities she provides, instead of another boring boy, retail experts say

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson campaigning at Hollis Pharmacy in Hollis, NH on April 6, 2015.

Ben Carson, Famed Neurosurgeon, Running for President

Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carson is expected to be the only high-profile African American to enter the GOP's presidential primary

Mental Health Prison Jail

Australian Jailed for Killing 9 Puppies While on Meth

A 25-year-old man, Nathan Thompson — who brutally bludgeoned to death nine puppies in March while high on meth — has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by a court in the eastern Australian state of New South Wales

Israelis members of the Ethiopian community run with an Israeli flag during a protest against racism and what they say is excessive aggression by Israeli police, in Tel Aviv on May 3, 2105.

Israeli Protest Against Racism Turns Violent

Several thousand people from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night

The Los Angeles city skyline stands in front of the snow covered San Gabriel Mountains after a snowstorm hit the region

Small Morning Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles

The greater Los Angeles area was rattled Sunday morning by a small earthquake centered just north of Inglewood and Culver City. It was the second earthquake in less than a month along that fault; a magnitude-3.5 quake hit the same area on April 12