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More Security for Parade

Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and not even a month after a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan

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8 Rescued After U.S. Navy Aircraft Crash

The U.S. Navy says an aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. The Japan-based 7th Fleet says a search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier

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Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison. Dr. Larry Nassar was charged with molesting seven girls

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Zimbabwe's New President Makes Triumphant Return

"Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new, unfolding democracy," said Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former confidante of ousted leader Robert Mugabe. He made a triumphant return to the country after 93-year-old Mugabe resigned under widespread pressure

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Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes After Nude Photo Surfaces

Rep. Joe Barton has apologized after an anonymous user posted a nude photo of him on social media earlier this week. "While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women," Barton said

Verdict Announced In Ratko Mladic War Crimes Trial

Ratko Mladic Sentenced for Bosnian War Crimes

The United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war

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U.S. Says Violence Against Rohingya Is Ethnic Cleansing

The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday, threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh

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Legendary Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks Dead at 96

Jon Hendricks, a jazz singer best known for his work with 1950s vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, has died at 96. Once called the “James Joyce of jive,” Hendricks was best known for an improvisation technique known as vocalese

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Cinnamon Has a Surprising Health Benefit

If you love cinnamon, add an extra shake to your next meal: new research shows that the popular spice boosts metabolism in mouse and human fat cells. But it's still unclear exactly how much cinnamon is an effective dose

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North Korean's Dramatic Defection Caught on Video

A new video shows a North Korean soldier making a dash to freedom, being shot at as he crossed the border. North Korea's actions during the defector's escape violated the armistice agreement ending the Korean War, the U.S.-led U.N. command said.

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Worsening Light Pollution Has Health Costs

New research of satellite imagery reveals the nighttime face of the planet is getting brighter and brighter, and that may be doing significant harm to the health of human beings, animals and the ecosystem as a whole