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Iraq Launches Attack on ISIS

The Iraqi government launched a large-scale offensive Monday to push ISIS out of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown

Political Leaders Address Annual AIPAC Policy Conference

Bibi: I Meant No Disrespect

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed “regret” Monday that his address to Congress has become politicized, but pledged to continue to criticize the emerging Iran nuclear agreement. “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect," he said

Charlie Beck

Homeless Man Tried to Grab Gun, L.A. Police Say

L.A.'s police chief said Monday there was evidence that a homeless man shot and killed by officers on Sunday had struggled over one of their guns, but a bystander who captured a viral video of the deadly incident says he never saw the man reach for a weapon

Former President Bill Clinton gestures after the portraits of his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton and him, were revealed on April 24, 2006 at the Smithsonian Castle Building in Washington D.C.

Bill Clinton's Portrait Includes Nod to Lewinsky Affair

The artist who created the portrait of President Bill Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery has admitted he snuck a subtle reference to the Lewinsky scandal into the background of the painting. The shadow is "a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held"

Waiting for the School Bus

'Free Range Parents' Neglected Kids, County Says

A Maryland couple has been found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect for letting their children walk home from a park alone. The children, ages 10 and 6, were picked up by police while walking home alone, sparking a two-month long investigation

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Maggie Smith Will Say Farewell to Downton Abbey

Smith said that she will not be returning to the popular British melodrama to continue her role as Violet Crawley, the feisty Dowager Countess of Grantham — as well as giving a broad hint that the show itself would not be coming back either

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon on Feb. 13, 2015 in New York City.

Nasdaq Hits High Not Seen Since Dot-Com Era

The Nasdaq touched 5,000 on Monday and investors are having some heady Y2K flashbacks. The tech-heavy index last approached such lofty heights in 2000, when the stock market bubble had yet to pop.


IKEA Furniture Will Soon Charge Your Phone

No need to waste time looking for your phone charger: Some new IKEA furniture will be able to charge your phone wirelessly beginning in April, the company announced. The wireless charging stations will be integrated into pieces like desks, tables and lamps