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Aftermath of magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Mexico City
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Desperate Search for Survivors

A girl's wiggling fingers became a symbol for the hope that drove thousands to work frantically at dozens of wrecked buildings looking for survivors of the magnitude 7.1 quake that killed at least 245 people in central Mexico and injured over 2,000

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President Trump Stays Mum on Iran Nuclear Deal Decision

Trump has determined how he wants to approach the Iran nuclear deal — which he has called the worst agreement ever negotiated by the United States — but has not told even his top national security advisers what his decision is

Hurricane Maria Bears Down On Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Could Be Without Electricity for Months

The whole of Puerto Pico has been in total blackout since Hurricane Maria struck. A combination of crumbling infrastructure, financial woes and damage caused by an earlier hurricane, Irma, makes restoring power a daunting prospect


North Korea: Trump's Threat Is Like a 'Dog Barking'

North Korea's foreign minister has described as "the sound of a dog barking" President Trump's threat to destroy his country. The comments are the North's first response to Trump's debut speech at the U.N. General Assembly


The SEC Says Its Filing System Got Hacked in 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission said a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for some illegal trading in 2016. The revelation comes in the wake of the massive, months-long hack of Equifax


Melania Trump: We Can Combat Cyberbullying

In her first appearance at a United Nations event, Melania Trump focused on issues facing the world's children, urging adults to take the lead in teaching them "life's many ethical lessons" and combating cyberbullying

Dolores Sebastan with her daughter Sebastiana Guadalupe Manuel, Fallbrook, CA, July 24th 2017 (CREDIT: John Francis Peters for TIME Magazine)

Genetic Testing Is Providing New Hope for Babies

From any infant younger than 4 months who has a sickness that can't be explained, a team takes a vial of blood for a genetic test. They sequence the entire genome of the baby, looking for clues to explain the undiagnosed symptoms

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Manafort Offered to Privately Brief Russian Billionaire

In the middle of Donald Trump's presidential run, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he was willing to provide "private briefings" about the campaign to a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Vladimir Putin


Mueller Investigators Seek White House Documents

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer attended by Donald Trump Jr.

Jake Lamotta Misses Punch

Legendary Boxer Jake LaMotta Dead at 95

LaMotta, the boxer who inspired the Robert De Niro boxing classic Raging Bull, is dead at 95. Arguably no boxer over the last century, outside of Muhammad Ali and maybe Mike Tyson, left a firmer imprint on American culture.