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ISIS Fighters Attack Iraqi City of Kirkuk

Militants attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early on Friday in an assault quickly claimed by ISIS and likely aimed at diverting authorities' attention for the battle to retake IS-held Mosul. Kurdish commanders believe attackers infiltrated Kirkuk posing as displaced civilians

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President Obama Blasts Rubio for Trump Support

President Obama lambasted Marco Rubio on his home turf, slamming the Senator who ran against Donald Trump in the primary, yet later endorsed his candidacy. He also mocked the Republican Party for continuing to support Trump despite multiple controversies

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Docs: Think Twice Before Posting About Your Kids Online

More than 90% of two-year-olds already have a presence online, and about one-third first appear within their first 24 hours of life. Now pediatricians are to warn that parents should be more careful about how often—and what— they post about their children online

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand in an area near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometers northeast of Mosul, Iraq, as smoke billows in the distance on Oct. 20, 2016.

U.S. Takes First Casualty in Mosul Offensive

The first U.S. casualty in the offensive against ISIS in Mosul came as a coalition of Iraqi forces engaged in fierce fighting with ISIS militants defending the caliphate's largest redoubt in Iraq

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Trump: I'll Accept Result 'If I Win'

Donald Trump said he will accept the outcome of the presidential election — if he wins. And he said he might contest the results if they don't go his way, doubling down on his statement that raised the prospect of breaking with bedrock traditions of democracy

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Warm Winter Expected in Much of U.S.: Forecasters

Residents all across the southern U.S. should expect winter to be warmer and drier than usual, federal forecasters said, thanks to the potential start of the La Niña climate pattern. The Northeast will see an average winter

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'To Be White Is to Be Racist.' Teacher's Race Lecture Divides

A high school teacher in Oklahoma sparked a controversy at his school when he told students in a discussion of race that “to be white is to be racist, period.” Norman Public Schools Superintendent Joseph Siano said the situation was "poorly handled"


U.S. Officials: Russian Hackers 'Could Fake Electoral Fraud'

Officials warn that Russian hackers could undermine public confidence in the election by posting fake documents purporting electoral fraud. The warning comes after Donald Trump repeatedly suggests without evidence that the election could be "rigged"

Thailand Mourns The Death Of King Bhumibol

Thais Disrupting Mourning 'Risk Attack': Junta Leader

The leader of Thailand's junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has warned that anyone upsetting those still mourning the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej risks violent attack. The strongman's stark warning reflects the paranoia that persists in the country a week after the monarch's passing stock photos Condoms Sex

STD Rates Reach Record High in United States

There were more cases of sexually transmitted diseases in 2015 than in any previous year, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It marks the second year in a row the rates of these diseases have increased