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U.S. Evacuates Libyan Embassy

The State Department relocated all personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli on Saturday following an outbreak of violence between Libyan militias. It also issued a new travel warning for the country where an attack by Islamic militants killed four Americans in 2012


Israel Agrees to 12-Hour Lull

Hours after U.S.-led efforts to strike a deal stalled, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Saturday

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America's Execution Problem

Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona was the third troubled state-sanctioned killing this year, hurting lethal injection’s reputation as humane

Game of Thrones Fans Upset by Missing Character

HBO unveiled several new Game of Thrones cast members at Comic-Con on Friday, but fans of the hit adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s book series are already upset about the exclusion of one character: Arianne Martell won't be in season 5

U.S. President Obama speaks to the media while he hosts a meeting with El Salvador's President Sanchez Ceren, Guatemala's President Perez Molina and Honduras' President Orlando Hernandez in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington

Obama: Non-Refugee Migrant Kids Will Be Sent Back

Meeting with the leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, President Obama continued to dissuade parents from sending their children on the journey to the U.S., saying those without humanitarian claims will be returned to their home countries


Officials Say Ebola Virus Is Suspected in Nigeria

Nigeria's health ministry announced that the virus responsible for hundreds of deaths across West Africa may have hit the continent's most populous city, Lagos, and that officials are testing a Liberian man after he collapsed at an airport and displayed symptoms

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Unlocking Your Cellphone Is About to Be Legal Again

President Obama is set to sign into law a bill that would make it legal for Americans to unlock their cellphones without carriers’ permission. A 2012 Copyright Office decision had effectively outlawed the practice, making it harder for consumers to switch mobile carriers

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at the 2014 National Urban League Conference July 25, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Top Obama Aide: Rand Paul Could Be 2016 Threat

A senior Obama aide suggested Friday that Sen. Rand Paul would be the greatest threat to Democrats’ hopes to retain the White House in 2016, saying “He’s the only Republican I think who has articulated a message that is potentially appealing to younger Americans”

Apple Said To Be In Talks To Purchase Beats Headphones Company

Bose Sues Beats Over Headphone Patents

Bose filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Delaware Friday, claiming that Beats violated five different patents in the manufacture of its line of Studio noise-canceling headphones. Bose is seeking an injunction to prevent Beats from selling the products

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at parliament in Ankara, Turkey, July 22, 2014.

Hamas Still Has Some Friends Left

With the fighting in Gaza intensifying daily, the ruling militant group Hamas is finding itself pushed to the limit, but it still has two clear allies: Qatar and Turkey. Both have given Hamas their public support and financial assistance


Amazon Shares Tumble After Reporting Weak Earnings

After the company announced a wider-than-expected loss Thursday, its stock price closed down nearly 10% for the day, helping push the entire market lower Friday. “We can’t wait until we start seeing some profits in shareholders’ hands," investors said


Buzzfeed Fires Editor Over Plagiarism

The popular social news site BuzzFeed announced the firing of Benny Johnson, its first viral politics editor, late Friday night after allegations of plagiarism surfaced online. A review of more than 500 posts revealed 41 instances of plagiarism, the site’s editor said