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Rescue workers use heavy equipment to search for victims in a collapsed building following an earthquake in Lueng Putu, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh
Irwansyah Putra—Antara Foto Agency/Reuters

54 Killed in Indonesia Quake

A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province, killing at least 54 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of damaged buildings. The same area had suffered the heaviest casualties in the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami

President Barack Obama speaks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 6, 2016.

President Obama Gives Final National Security Speech

President Obama used his final national security speech to send a message to his successor, Donald Trump. Obama warned against supporting torture and making generalizations about Muslims, both major parts of Trump's presidential campaign

Dozens Dead in Oakland Warehouse Fire

Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire Prompts Soul Searching in Oakland

Anguished city officials held a press conference to update the public on the tragic fire in Oakland that killed at least 36 people, addressing both the safety violations and the housing crisis that some say are the joint causes of the tragedy

Grammy Surprises

The 9 Biggest Surprises at the 2017 Grammy Nominations

The announcement of the 2017 Grammy Awards nominees across 84 categories comes the usual set of snubs. As expected, Beyoncé, Drake and Adele cleaned up with multiple nominations each, but plenty of curveballs were thrown, too. Here are the biggest surprises

President-Elect Donald Trump Holds Meetings At Trump Tower

How Donald Trump Creates News From Thin Air

Want to see how President-elect Donald Trump can create a news cycle from nothing? Look no further than his morning tweet objecting to the price tag for the new Air Force One planes set to be delivered in the mid 2020s

Heisman Winner Dead Football

College Football Star Rashaan Salaam Found Dead

Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a Boulder park near Folsom Field, where he carved his name into the University of Colorado record books as one of the greatest players in the program's history


Poland's Top Court Rules Against Polanski Extradition

Poland's Supreme Court has upheld a refusal to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S. if he enters Poland. The Oscar-nominated director is wanted in the U.S. in a nearly 40-year-old case involving sex with a minor

Parents Spend As Much Time on Screens As Teenagers

Parents of tweens and teens spend about nine hours per day using screens, according to a new report. And though they express many concerns about their kids’ relationships to technology, the vast majority see it as a force for good


EU's Brexit Negotiator: U.K. Has Only 18 Months

Michel Barnier, who will be the European Union's chief negotiator with Britain over the country's exit from the bloc, says that talks may only last 18 months, not 24 given formal procedures linked to the process, like parliamentary approvals