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Crime Without Punishment

A Malaysia Airlines jet bearing 298 souls had been blown out of the sky, apparently by a Russian-made missile, and the dead fell in a gruesome storm. Vladimir Putin backs the rebels suspected of shooting down the plane, and each new crisis makes him stronger

A Palestinian man holds a girl injured during shelling at a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014.

Gaza School Attack Kills 16

At least 16 people were killed and 200 more were injured on Thursday when shells landed at a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

An official shows an area on a map where an Air Algerie plane is supposed to have crashed, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, July 24, 2014.

Algerian Plane Wreck Found

The wreckage of the jet, which had been carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algiers before contact cut out early on Thursday, has been found

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Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move

Following a meeting with pro-reform activists, the President may be preparing to provide temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants. Advocates hope his decision will offer relief to a significant percentage of those estimated 11.7 million in the U.S.

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Amazon’s Q2 Earnings Lower Than Expected

Amazon shares tumbled over 6% in after-hours trading after the company reported losing 27¢ per share on revenue of $19.34 billion — Wall Street analysts had been expecting, on average, a loss of 15¢ per share. The operation had a net loss of $126 million

Post Correspondent Reportedly Detained in Tehran

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two other American citizens appear to have been detained in Iran this week, the newspaper and U.S. officials reported on Thursday. The motive behind the detention remains unclear

Paracetamol Reportedly Not Effective Drug For Back Pain

Study: Tylenol Isn't Curing Your Aches at All

Two-thirds of adults experience back pain some time during their lives, and most take acetaminophen, found in brands like Tylenol and Panadol, for relief. But new research has found that taking those are no more helpful than swallowing sugar pills

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McConaughey, Nolan Make a Cameo at Comic-Con

They debuted a trailer for Interstellar, which the True Detective actor called "the most ambitious film that Christopher Nolan has ever directed" — which is saying something for the man who envisioned Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy

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The Search for Extraterrestrial Air Pollution

A team of astronomers from Harvard has determined that industrial air pollution from alien factories could be a sign of life outside our solar system, an outside-the-box idea that is setting the astrophysics community abuzz

Dakota Johnson at the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Chanel show at Grand Palais on July 8, 2014 in Paris.

Fifty Shades Star Hopes Her Parents Don't See It

While presenting the trailer for the Beyoncé-approved adaptation of E.L. James' wildly popular erotic novel on the Today show on Thursday, Dakota Johnson told co-host Savannah Guthrie that she doesn't want her mom and dad to check out her acting talents

The History of Israel's Potent Defense Forces

Since 1948, the Israel Defense Forces has been the country's only line of defense. The men and women who make up the IDF are some of the most well-trained combatants in the world. Here's a look at Israel’s highly effective and sometimes controversial military

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17-Year-Old Pilot Haris Suleman’s Tragic Quest

The teenage pilot who died in a plane crash on Tuesday, while attempting to circumnavigate the world in 30 days, was less intent on breaking a world record than he was in "raising awareness about impoverished children" in his father's home country of Pakistan, friends say