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Special Report: Go Inside ISIS

The militant group is more than a network of terrorist cells: it's almost a nation. It collects taxes and delivers government services while slaughtering prisoners and demanding ransoms. Here are 12 dispatches from around the world on the rising global threat

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush attends an event at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago on Feb. 18, 2015.

Jeb's Conservative Moment

The former Florida governor's appearance at CPAC will mark an early test of whether he can assuage a grassroots base that is leery of his political lineage

Here's the Woman Behind 'the Dress'

On Thursday, Scottish musician Caitlin McNeill posted a picture of a dress on Tumblr with the caption "guys please help me — is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can't agree." The debate quickly became an Internet sensation

US Army Medevac Tends To The Wounded In Afghanistan

U.S. Has Longest Period Without Combat Death Since 9/11

The U.S. military is currently enjoying its longest stretch without a combat death since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Wednesday marked the 75th day since American forces suffered its last fatality, when two soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s Parwan province

Bill Cosby

Another Woman Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

Heidi Thomas is one of many women who’ve come forward in recent months claiming Bill Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. Thomas is coming forward with her story because she recently learned her mom knew about the alleged incident all along

Google Reports Quarterly Earnings

Google Flights Gets Updated With New Features

Google has updated its flight-search tool and included an array of cool options. A new feature lets users plug in countries or whole regions. And if you don't even know what region to travel to, you can hit the "I’m Feeling Lucky" button

Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan 16, 2015, in Los Angeles

Harrison Ford Is Joining the Blade Runner Sequel

Harrison Ford will once again grace the silver screen as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, Alcon Entertainment announced on Thursday. Ridley Scott, the original director of the 1982 sci-fi thriller, will not be coming back to direct the latest version

Lewis Reynolds, 85, was involuntarily sterilized at age 13.

Virginia to Compensate Forced-Sterilizations Victims

Virginia will now compensate victims of the eugenics program. Advocates for surviving victims won a three-year fight on Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each

Earl Lloyd

First Black NBA Player Passes Away

Earl Lloyd, the first black professional NBA player, passed away Thursday at the age of 86. Known as "the Big Cat," the forward made his league debut in October 1950, playing for the Washington Capitals. Lloyd averaged 8.4 points during 560 regular-season NBA games