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A member of the Iraqi security forces fires artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja

Iraqi Forces Push Into Fallujah After ISIS Kills 24

The advance is part of an offensive to recapture the city west of Baghdad, which has been held by ISIS for over two years. The offensive on Fallujah, which was expected to encounter stiff resistance, was first launched about a week ago

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Animal Rights Outrage Grows Over Gorilla's Death

Dozens of people gathered at a vigil for the gorilla killed by Cincinnati Zoo officials to protect a 4-year-old boy who fell into the animal's enclosure, as animal rights activists said the death was avoidable

Bright, frosty polar caps, and clouds above a vivid, rust-colored landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic seasonal planet on May 12, 2016.

Earth and Mars Are About to Get Very Cozy

A rare orbital alignment means Mars will makes an unusually close pass by Earth on Monday, drawing nearer—and looming larger—than at any time since 2005. Here's what's behind the cosmic coziness

Barack Obama, Bradley A. Becker

President Obama Honors the Fallen

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Memorial Day to honor members of the military who died serving their country, urging the country to also remember the family members and veterans they left behind

2012 International Consumer Electronics Show

Verizon Strike to End Wednesday

Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11% in raises over four years

Presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump Holds California Campaign Rally

Judge Unseals Trump University Case Files

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel signed an order determining that the case materials should be unsealed. His decision came on the same day as Trump's lengthy criticism of the judge and his handling of the case

Edward Snowden

Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Performed a 'Public Service'

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says fugitive leaker Edward Snowden performed a "public service" but still deserves to be punished. "I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in," Holder said

Barricades and flooding due to El Nino in Garland, Texas on November 27, 2015.

Severe Floods in Texas And Kansas Kill Six

Authorities in central Texas have found two more bodies along flooded streams, bringing the death toll from flooding in the state to six. Some areas of Texas had as much as 10 inches of rainfall overnight

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally at Lincoln Park on May 23, 2016 in East Los Angeles, California.

Sanders: Superdelegates Should Consider Clinton’s Email

Bernie Sanders said in a new interview that voters, and superdelegates to the Democratic convention, should take a “hard look” at a recent and highly critical State Department report on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State

Mexico v South Korea - FIFA Friendly Match

Kidnapped Mexican Soccer Star Rescued

Kidnapped Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido was rescued after several hours in captivity, officials said. Pulido is being medically assessed but officials did not provide further details or a motive for the kidnapping

Houston Shooting

Two Dead in 'Random' Houston Shooting

Two people were killed, six others were were injured and a helicopter was struck after at least one gunman armed with a high-powered rifle began "shooting randomly" in Houston. One suspect and one bystander were among the dead