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Saudi Arabia MERS Deaths Surge

A rash of fatalities from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been reported in Saudi Arabia, where 19 people have died after contracting the disease this week alone. Some 2 million Muslims are due to arrive next month for the annual hajj pilgrimage

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China Investigates Top Brokerage for Insider Trading

China continued its probe this week into recent irregularities in the stock market, naming two more executives of the country's top brokerage firm Citic Securities in an investigation into market manipulation and insider trading. A total of eight employees from CITIC were taken in for questioning by Chinese police

U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana

Obama Celebrates New Orleans on Katrina Anniversary

President Obama called New Orleans a beacon of resilience and strength, a city swiftly moving forward in the wake of an epic tragedy just days before the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the Gulf regions’ most devastating storms

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Jorge Ramos: Reporters Need to Get Tougher on Trump

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos tells TIME that the media needs to start demanding real answers from Donald Trump. "He can't and he should not get away with empty promises," says Ramos. "At stake is the future of this country"

FDA Approves New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug for treating high cholesterol levels. Evolocumab, called Repatha, is made by Amgen and is the second of a new class of lipid-lowering agents that are hitting the market

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Eric Cantor Endorses Jeb Bush for GOP Nomination

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed Jeb Bush on Thursday, spurning several rivals who were aggressively courting the former GOP No. 2. "America needs a President that can re-energize our nation and recapture our greatness," he said

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Former NBA Player Darryl Dawkins Dies at 58

Darryl Dawkins, the first player to go from high school into the first round of the draft, spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Dawkins was "beloved around the league"

FOX's "American Dad" - Season Nine

American Dad! Renewed for 2 Seasons

TBS announced that it ordered 44 additional episodes of the animated family comedy from Seth MacFarlane, which will keep it on the air through a 13th season in 2018. Season 11 of American Dad! will debut on TBS early next year

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Why Neurotics Might Be More Creative

A new theory suggests that the connection between neuroticism and creativity may come down to how neurotic people daydream. People whose minds tend to get stuck on a problem may be more likely to figure out a creative solution

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Former Franchisee Alerted Subway About Jared Fogle in 2008

A former franchisee alerted a Subway advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer, but the company did nothing to heed her warnings. Subway did not respond to a request for comment