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Deal Reached to Extend Syria Truce to Aleppo

The United States and Russia have persuaded Syria's government and moderate rebels to extend the country's fragile truce to the northern city of Aleppo, although sporadic clashes continue, U.S. officials said

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks at the Wake County Republican Party 2016 County Convention at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Feds Say North Carolina Law Violates Civil Rights

The U.S. Justice Department says a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws. The agency put Gov. Pat McCrory on notice that that state officials must confirm that they will not comply with or implement the law

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Federal Officials Join Prince Death Investigation

Federal authorities, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, are now joining the investigation into Prince's death after a lawyer announced the pop superstar had arranged to meet with a California doctor who specializes in addiction treatment the day before he died

President Barack Obama speaks at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich. on May 4, 2016, about the ongoing water crisis.

Obama Tells Flint: 'I've Got Your Back'

President Barack Obama visited Flint, Mich. for the first time in the wake of the city's water contamination crisis to deliver a message to the people of the poor, largely minority community: he's got their back


What to Know About Zika

As the Zika virus continues to spread through the Americas—and with hundreds of imported cases here in the United States—here's what every American needs to know about the virus and their risk

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California Will Likely Vote on Legalizing Marijuana

Californians will likely get a chance to vote on fully legalizing recreational use of marijuana this November. A coalition of legalization supporters gained 600,000 signatures petitioning the state government


Los Angeles-Area Gas Leak Cost Rises to $665 Million

An energy company says expected costs from a massive gas leak near Los Angeles have ballooned to $665 million. Southern California Gas Co., which is owned by Sempra, had estimated costs of $250 million to $300 million

Smoke rises from a wildfire outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 3, 2016.

Canadian Wildfire Destroys Fort McMurray Homes

A raging wildfire in the Canadian city of Fort McMurray continues its destruction in the oil sands region, burning 80% of homes in one neighborhood. Some 80,000 people were ordered to evacuate the city

London Mayor Boris Johnson and Conservative Party candidate for Mayor of London Zac Goldsmith (R) speak during a campaign event for the London Mayoral election in London, May 3, 2016.

London Mayor's Race Exposes Ugly Faultlines

Polls show Labour's Sadiq Khan poised to defeat Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith after a campaign marred by Islamophobic smears against Khan and now, a worsening feud in the Labour Party over anti-Semitism. stock photos Health Syringe Needle

Medical Errors Are a Leading Cause of Death: Study

The third-most deadly killers of Americans are medical errors, accounting for more than 250,000 deaths each year, according to a new study. Such errors can cause people who have otherwise long life expectancies to meet an untimely death

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Apple Loses China Lawsuit Over 'iPhone' Copyright

Apple no longer enjoys exclusive rights to the name "iPhone" in China, reports said, after a Beijing court denied the tech giant's appeal to stop a local leather company from using the name on its products