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Rising Violence in Syria Kills Over 200

The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives"

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. A new study suggests the worrisome Zika virus apparently has been in Brazil at least a year longer than experts previously thought. Some experts have speculated the virus first came to the Americas sometime in 2014. But the new study, led by Brazilian researchers, concludes Zika landed in Brazil a year earlier. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

U.S. Reports First Death From Zika

Federal officials reported the first death linked to Zika virus disease in the United States occurred in Puerto Rico sometime in the last five months after the infected person developed severe internal bleeding due to lack of platelets in the blood

"Zoolander 2" World Premiere

Will Ferrell Drops Out of Ronald Reagan Comedy

Will Ferrell no longer plans to play Ronald Reagan in a satirical film about an intern whose job it was to convince the president, who suffered from Alzheimer's, that he was in fact an actor playing the role of Commander in Chief

FILE - This Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, file photo shows the charred remains of their hospital after it was hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The U.S. military is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to wounded survivors and relatives of the 42 Afghans killed when an American AC-130 gunship attacked a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, which says the “sorry money” doesn’t compensate for the loss of life. (AP Photo/Najim Rahim, File)

Pentagon Punishes 16 for Afghan Hospital Attack

The Pentagon announced it has punished 16 members of the U.S. military for a mistaken aerial attack on a hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42, but none of those involved will face court martial

Fake Guns Pose Issue for Police

The shooting of a BB gun-carrying teenager in Baltimore once again focused attention on guns that are often perceived to be real firearms but are actually non-lethal. In the last few years, several incidents have occurred in which teens were shot carrying a fake gun

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s New Way to Cop to Criticism

The Democratic presidential front-runner has long resisted the kind of public mea culpas that could be seen as bowing to critics who have spent years trying to derail her. But her recent responses suggest a new approach for a general election

Walt Whitman (1819-92), American Poet, Portrait, circa 1887. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Walt Whitman Was Into the Paleo Diet

Literary giant Walt Whitman was an early advocate of what today sounds like the popular paleo diet, according to recently uncovered writings. “Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else,” Whitman wrote

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, left, visits a classroom during a visit to the Talladega Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega, Ala., Friday, April 29, 2016, to highlight policies that aim to reduce barriers for formerly incarcerated individuals. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Attorney General Tours Alabama Prison

Attorney General Loretta Lynch got a firsthand glimpse of a federal prison in Alabama while meeting with inmates in a roundtable discussion as part of 'Reentry Week,' a White House push to help felons navigate society after serving time

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file frame from video, Joey Meek, friend of Dylann Roof who is accused of killing nine black church members during Bible study on June 17 in Charleston , S.C., speaks to The Associated Press. Bond was reduced Thursday, Oct. 22 for Meek, accused of failing to tell authorities all he knew about the suspect in the massacre. (APTN via AP, File)

Friend of Charleston Shooting Suspect Pleads Guilty

A friend of the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners in Charleston last year pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities during their investigation. He could face up to eight years in prison when he's sentenced

Senator Ted Cruz Presidential Campaign Rally

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Endorses Ted Cruz

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence endorsed Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race, but still tipped his hat to Donald Trump. The endorsement comes just days ahead of voting in Indiana's crucial Tuesday primary, where some 57 delegates are at stake

Basking bearded dragon

Dinosaurs May Have Slept Like Humans: Study

Reptiles experience the same stages of sleep as humans do, according to a new study, which suggests dinosaurs may have slept like humans as well. The study analyzed results from five Australian bearded dragons