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Local residents and Sunni tribal fighters welcome newly arriving Iraqi Shi'ite Hizballah Brigade militiamen, who are joining the fight against ISIS militants in Khalidiya, west of Baghdad, Iraq.
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Iraq Fights Back

Iraq announced the launch of a military operation to drive the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month

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Charter Buying Time Warner Cable in $55 Billion Deal

Charter Communications will spend $55.33 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal that would instantly create one of the largest pay-television and broadband operators in the U.S, after Comcast abandoned a deal amid regulatory opposition

A home on the Blanco River was taken off its foundation after heavy overnight rain caused flash flooding in Wimberley, Texas, May 24, 2015.

12 Missing After Flooding in Texas

Recovery teams are set to resume looking for the 12 members of two families who authorities say are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream

B.B. King performs in Los Angeles on November 11, 2011.

Attorney Dismisses Claims That B.B. King Was Poisoned

Two of B.B. King's daughters are claiming their father was poisoned by two aides who worked closely with him, but an attorney for King's estate says the allegations are ridiculous. Homicide detectives from the Las Vegas police department are investigating

Sir Jonathan Ive attend Sushisamba's second anniversary celebration with a performance by Lily Allen at VIP at Sushi Samba on Nov. 11, 2014 in London.

Apple's Design Guru Just Got a Big Promotion

Jonathan Ive is taking on an even more important role at Apple. The design mastermind behind the look of the iPhone and the iPad will be promoted from senior vice president of design to the newly created position of chief design officer

Members of special police force chat after returning to a police camp near Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia, close to the border with Thailand

Rohingya Survivors Tell of Horrors

Malaysian police say at least 139 suspected graves have been found on the border with Thailand. The remains are believed to be a by-product of the human smuggling that for years has transported persecuted Rohingya from Burma and impoverished Bangladeshis

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Max Greenfield Joins American Horror Story: Hotel Cast

American Horror Story: Hotel creator Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter that New Girl actor Max Greenfield has joined the show’s sprawling cast. He joins a list that includes Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Chloe Sevigny, Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley and Cheyenne Jackson

Star Wars to Screen in China for First Time Ever

Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t open until the end of this year, but moviegoers in China will travel to a galaxy far, far away next month. The country will have its first-ever screening of the six original Star Wars movies

3 Children Injured in Bounce House Sent Flying

Three children were injured in Florida when the bounce house they were in was lifted into the air by a waterspout and carried several feet. Accidents in inflatable houses have become increasingly common in recent years

Uber At $40 Billion Valuation Would Eclipse Twitter And Hertz

Uber Looks to Conquer the Airport

Ride-hailing service Uber has already become ubiquitous on the streets of many major American cities. Now the company wants to conquer U.S. airports as well, brokering deals to allow its drivers to pick up arriving passengers in the same way taxis do

This undated photo provided by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services shows Michael Ryan.

Cult Killer Convicted in 1985 Dies in Nebraska Prison

A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison. Michael Ryan was convicted in the torture and killing of 26-year-old James Thimm