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DC Mayor Marion Barry before the DC City Council to discus
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Marion Barry Dead at 78

Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry is surrounded by security as he leaves after a meeting in Vienna

Iran Nuclear Talks Wind Down

An accord with world powers over the future of Iran’s nuclear program could ease the way for foreign investment and free up the country’s assets frozen abroad

Bill Cosby

Florida Audience Cheers an Embattled Cosby

The comedian, currently enveloped in growing accusations of rape and sexual assault and a derailed career comeback, performed Friday night in Melbourne, Fla., before an adoring audience that gave him a standing ovation

People wait for the Grand Jury verdict on the Michael Brown shooting

FBI Watches Ferguson

Around 100 agents arrived ahead of the grand jury decision, expected within days, on whether to indict the police officer who shot the unarmed teenager Michael Brown--and have already arrested two men for firearm charges

Kenya Attack

Somalia’s Al-Shabab Kills 28 Non-Muslims in Kenya

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling out and killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-Muslims, Kenyan police said


Video Shows Teacher Forcing Girl Into School Pool

Denny Peterson, who has been employed in the local school district for more than 10 years, is being charged with corporal injury to a child, after a video emerged of him attempting to pull the girl into the pool at Edison High School in August

Daniel Handler 2014 National Book Awards

Writer Helps Raise Thousands After Racist Remark

Daniel Handler, also known as the children's author Lemony Snicket of A Series of Unfortunate Events fame, added a financial pledge to his apology for making a "watermelon joke" about a black author at the National Book Awards

Businessman pulling rolling suitcase

Hell on Wheels: Venice May Ban Rolling Suitcases

Venice's city council is considering a ban on rolling suitcases in response to residents' complaints about the loud noise tourists make ambling about the streets with their stuffed racket-makers, leading to "progressive deterioration" of centuries-old paving slabs

UK’s First ‘Poo Bus’ Rides on Human Waste Fuel

The Bio-Bus—or as it's more affectionately known, "the poo bus"—can travel up to 186 miles on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce. It runs from Bristol Airport to Bath City Center

University of Virginia

University of Virginia Contends With Outrage

Following the publication of one student's horrific account of an on-campus gang rape, the school is moving to respond to anger from students, faculty and the public about why more wasn't done--while the frat where the assault allegedly took place suspended chapter activities

Google Faces Break-Up Threat in Europe

The European Parliament is set to call for a break-up of the tech giant’s search engine from some of its other commercial businesses. Politicians may attempt to limit Google’s reach either by passing new legislation or through antitrust laws