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Feds Clear Ferguson Cop

The Department of Justice said Wednesday that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., had not committed civil rights violations in the August confrontation that sparked sometimes violent local and national protests.

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One Last Winter Storm

About 47 million Americans were under a severe weather watch as a winter storm threatened to pelt Kentucky, the Ohio Valley and southern Plains

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Boston Bombing Trial Begins With an Admission

Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared before a jury Wednesday as a federal prosecutor accused him of believing he was "a soldier in a holy war against Americans" and Tsarnaev's defense lawyer admitted that "it was him"

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ISIS Seizes Major Oilfields in Libya

ISIS forces took over at least two oilfields in Libya and attacked another on Tuesday, according to oil and government sources. The attacks came as Libya’s warring factions escalated their ongoing conflict

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Microsoft Co-Founder Discovers Japanese Battleship

Long-lost wreckage said to belong to a World War II Japanese battleship has been discovered by none other than Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. He posted images on Twitter that appear to show the Musashi, once one of the two largest warships in the world

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman poses for a photo with her great-grandchild Himaki and grandchild Takako Okawa on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 4, 2015 in Osaka, Japan.

The World's Oldest Person Turns 117

The world's oldest person has lived through two World Wars and the invention of the first airplane, but it doesn't seem like a long time to Misao Okawa. "It seemed rather short," Okawa said on Wednesday, the day before her 117th birthday

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Putin Denounces 'Tragedies' of Political Killings

Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is "necessary to finally rid Russia of the shame and tragedies" of political killings, following the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister and fierce critic of the Kremlin

Kelly Pfannenstiel and Latoria Smith show off their wedding rings after getting their marriage license finalized at the Baldwin County Probate Judge's Office in Bay Minette, Ala., Feb. 13, 2015.

Alabama Halts Same-Sex Marriage

The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law

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NYC Schools to Observe Muslim Holidays

Starting in 2015, New York City schools will close for the Muslim holy days Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said at a news conference Wednesday

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New Hormone Discovered That Curbs Weight Gain, Diabetes

Scientists have discovered a new hormone that normalizes the metabolism and slows weight gain caused by high-fat diets — mimicking the health benefits of exercise. MOTS-c increases insulin sensitivity, allowing the body to more effectively process glucose