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A protester holds up a placard which reads "Peace is our greatest weapon", outside the venue of the official flag-raising ceremony for celebrations of China's National Day, in Hong Kong

HK Protests Cloud National Day

Chaotic scenes stole the show from Chinese National Day celebrations in Hong Kong on Wednesday, as thousands of pro-democracy activists set up camp

California Legalizes Bitcoin

Calif. Enacts Gun-Safety Law

California residents can now petition a judge to temporarily remove a close relative's firearms if they fear their family member will commit gun violence

A businessman walks past an electric display showing closing information of Tokyo's Nikkei Stock Average in Tokyo, Sept. 19, 2014.

'Fat Finger' Blamed for Billions in Canceled Japan Stock Orders

Over $600 billion worth of stock on the Japanese market—including large stakes in Canon, Honda, and Sony—was ordered and then abruptly canceled Wednesday before they could be executed, possibly the result of a so-called "fat finger" error, or accidental order

BESTPIX US And Arab Allies Launch Airstrikes Against ISIL In Syria

The Cost of War Against ISIS Nears $1 Billion

U.S. military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have cost up to $930 million as of Sept. 24, according to a report released Monday. That figure is set to rise as the Pentagon's air campaign broadens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the general debate of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 29, 2014.

Obama, Netanyahu to Meet as Iran Deadline Looms

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship

Barack Obama

Ex-Con Rode Elevator With President Obama

An armed security contractor with three prior criminal convictions was allowed to ride with Obama, a violation of Secret Service protocol. Reports add another line to the program's growing list of blunders, the focus of congressional scrutiny

Dick Donato in Hollywood, in 2008.

Big Brother Winner Dick Donato: ‘I Am HIV Positive’

The reality-TV villain and winner of Season 8 of Big Brother has decided to go public with his personal battle against HIV, PEOPLE reports. Donato, who often goes by the nickname "Evel Dick," reveals the diagnosis in an upcoming episode of the show Couples Therapy

Women and children sit in a holding cell at a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after being detained by agents near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 8, 2014 near McAllen, Texas.

Obama Approves Refugee Plan for Central American Kids

Several thousand young Central American children will now be able to apply for refugee status in the United States, White House officials said Tuesday, after President Obama approved a plan that provides a legal path for some to join their parents north of the border

Afghanistan

Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 7 in Kabul, Wound 21

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early on Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact. The deal allows U.S. forces to remain in the country past 2014

Crouching Tiger

AMC Theaters Will Boycott New Netflix Film

AMC joined two other major theater chains, Regal and Cinemark, that are refusing to show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, which Netflix produced with Weinstein Co. Together, the three chains operate 247 of the 400 IMAX theaters in North America

Panama Gehry Museum

Panama Opens Frank Gehry–Designed Museum

Panama has opened a biodiversity museum designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. It's his first project in Latin America and a long time coming, construction having started in 1999. The Biomuseo presents a tour of the Central American nation’s diverse ecosystems