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Donald Trump: Person of the Year

Every December, TIME names the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer

50th anniversary Of First American to Orbit Earth

Former Astronaut John Glenn Hospitalized in Ohio

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has been hospitalized for more than a week, an official from Ohio State University said. Glenn, 95, is at the James Cancer Hospital, Hank Wilson, of OSU's John Glenn College of Public Affairs, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Federal Judge Halts Recount, Sealing Trump's Michigan Win

A federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount has ended it, citing a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request a recount. The ruling seals Donald Trump's narrow electoral victory over Hillary Clinton in the state

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iPhone Maker in China Eyes U.S. Expansion

Amid President-elect Donald Trump's push for manufacturing jobs to come and stay in the U.S., a company that builds Apple products in China said it's considering a stateside expansion. The size of Foxconn's U.S. investment has not been determined

The Night Trump Won, Michelle Obama Went to Bed

As many Americans waited into the wee hours of election night to find out who would be voted the nation’s next president, First Lady Michelle Obama says she was not among them. Instead, she was fast asleep in her White House bed

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Conspiracy Theorists Are Targeting a Pizzeria in New York

Workers at popular Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta's have received threats from people who believe the restaurant is connected to Pizzagate—the fake story that claims Hillary and Bill Clinton run a pedophile sex ring out of a Washington D.C. restaurant

Pakistan International Airlines plane crash in the north of the country

Pakistani Plane Crashes With Dozens Onboard

A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed with about 40 passengers and seven crew members on board, police and an airline spokesman said. The small twin-propeller aircraft was traveling to Islamabad when it crashed shortly after takeoff

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97 Killed in Indonesia Quake

A strong undersea earthquake has rocked Indonesia's Aceh province, killing at least 97 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of damaged buildings. The same area suffered the heaviest casualties in the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami

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A Refrigerator Might Have Started the Oakland Warehouse Fire

Investigators honed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies. "We have no indication that this was intentionally set," one official said