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Donald Trump speaks to voters during a campaign rally, on Aug. 20, 2016 in Fredericksburg, Va.
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Trump's Immigration ‘Softening’

Donald Trump signaled a reversal on one of his key policy issues, suggesting he would be open to a "softening" of his positions on illegal immigration. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump said

Barack Obama greets homeowners after his remarks following a tour of a flood-affected neighborhood in Zachary, Louisiana, Aug. 23, 2016.

‘Heartbroken’ Over La. Flooding

President Barack Obama said the nation is "heartbroken" during his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempted to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage that his administration has made their recovery a priority


Magnitude 6.1 Quake Rattles Central Italy

A strong earthquake struck central Italy, leveling buildings in several towns as residents slept. One mayor reported a family of four trapped under the debris without signs of life and another said: "The town isn't here anymore" stock photos Health Pills

Antibiotics Use Linked to Type 1 Diabetes in Mice: Study

A new study in mice published in the journal Nature Microbiology finds a link between Type 1 diabetes and antibiotic use. Researchers found that in male mice, a higher antibiotic exposure early in life “accelerated the diabetes and even enhanced it”

People walk on the Columbia University campus in New York City on July 1, 2013.

Graduate Students Can Unionize, Labor Board Rules

The National Labor Relations Board paved the way for graduate student assistants to join labor unions after it ruled that such workers at private colleges and universities in the U.S. are considered employees under federal labor law

Thai soldiers inspect the scene of a car bomb blast outside a hotel in the southern province of Pattani

Bombings in Thai Coastal Town Kill 1, Injure 30

Twin blasts killed one person and injured 30 more at a Thai town in the country's Deep South, less than two weeks after a similar string of bombings in the country. The explosions occurred in Pattani, a popular vacation destination

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Law & Order Star Steven Hill Dies at 94

Former "Law & Order" star Steven Hill, who played D.A. Adam Schiff and was a versatile character actor, has died at 94. The cause of death was not immediately available, but his wife said he had several ailments

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Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Dead, Again

Nigeria claimed on Tuesday that its air force had killed a number of senior Boko Haram militants, possibly including the group's elusive and notorious former leader, Abubakar Shekau. However, this is at least the fourth time Shekau's death has been reported

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Zika Can Affect a Baby's Brain Beyond Microcephaly

A new report looking at brain imaging of infants and fetus with Zika infections reveals what can happen when a fetus gets the virus. Along with microcephaly, several other brain abnormalities like gray and white matter loss, issues with the brain stem, and fluid buildup

South Korean army soldiers stand as women watch during an anti-terror drill as part of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, at Yoido Subway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Aug. 23, 2016.

North Korea Fires Submarine-Launched Missile: Seoul

North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine into the sea in an apparent protest against the start of annual South Korea-U.S. military drills, Seoul's military said. North Korea's missile and nuclear programs are a source of regional security concerns

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a rally at John Marshall High School in Cleveland on Aug.17, 2016.

Hillary Clinton's Email Problem Continues

Hillary Clinton's email problems aren't going away, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that it had found nearly 15,000 messages and documents from her time at the State Department that were not turned over

Sen. John McCain speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2016.

GOP Candidates Calculate Whether to Cut Ties With Trump

The choice facing many Republicans up for reelection in November: Embrace Donald Trump and all the controversy that comes with him? Or risk alienating a fair chunk of their Republican supporters by running against him? Some may be forced to decide soon