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'The World Is Looking To Us'

President Barack Obama confirmed Tuesday the United States' renewed and bolstered efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak by deploying 3,000 U.S. military forces and committing over $500 million in defense spending to West Africa

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Teens Doing Less Drugs

According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 8.8 % of young people surveyed were current illicit drug users, down 13% from 2009

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Sponsors Stick With NFL

Although the NFL has drawn heavy criticism for how it has handled domestic violence scandals around players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, few brands besides Radisson have gone as far as canceling their sponsorships. TIME's Charlotte Alter examines why

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Urban Outfitters Explains 'Bloody' Kent State Shirts

Following an uproar, the retailer explains how it ended up selling a Kent State sweatshirt that appeared to have blood stains, in a statement provided to TIME: "Given our history of controversial issues, we understand how our sincerity may be questioned..."

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Grand Jury to Weigh Case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

A grand jury will decide whether the racing star will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. The district attorney on the case made the decision after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff's investigators

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General May Recommend Troops for ISIS Fight

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel he would recommend ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria should the current strategy fail to unlock the militants' grip of strategic assets in Iraq

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The Scottish Independence Debate Gets Nasty

Tensions are rising and some on either side of the independence debate are resorting to dark tactics, as Scots prepare to head to the polls on Sept. 18 in order to answer the question, "should Scotland be an independent country?"

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We May Get an Online-Only HBO Go Soon

HBO Go may soon be available to non-cable-TV subscribers as an online-only streaming product, just like Netflix, marking a major sea change for the TV industry and igniting a debate among industry insiders. Is this the end of the traditional pay-TV model?

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United Offers Big Buyouts to Flight Attendants

The airline will offer thousands of flight attendants an early and voluntary buyout option, a lump-sum payout worth up to $100,000, in a bid to downsize. The company was the only major one to announce a quarterly loss this year

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Survey Finds Fewer Americans Without Health Insurance

The first government survey conducted since the Affordable Care Act's major insurance expansion programs went into effect finds that the number of uninsured Americans dropped 8% — or 3.8 million people — in 2014's first quarter compared with the same period last year