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Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino

Ex-Boston Mayor Menino Dies

Thomas Menino was the city’s longest-serving mayor, serving 5 terms in office before stepping down this year and being diagnosed with cancer

Wendy Davis

2014 Campaigns Get Desperate

Candidates running in the midterm elections are turning to Hail Mary TV ads to swing voters with only days to go before Election Day

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania

Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein Arrested

Eric Frein, 31, who is accused of shooting dead state trooper Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper, is now in the custody of Pennsylvania police after a seven-week manhunt. The FBI had named him on its 10 most wanted list.

Apple Unveils iPhone 6

Apple CEO 'Proud to Be Gay'

Tim Cook announced Thursday that he's gay, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world. "I'm proud to be gay," he said, "and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Lava

Hawaii Enlists National Guard in Volcano Threat

A delegation of 83 National Guard troops headed to Hawaii on Thursday to prevent looters ransacking evacuated houses in the Big Island community of Pahoa, as a river of molten lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to creep toward the small town

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess

Jon Stewart Confirms NBC's Meet the Press Offer

The comedian said in a Rolling Stone interview that NBC had approached him about a hosting gig at its Sunday morning political show following David Gregory's exit. "My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could," he says.

Shrimp

What's Really in Your Shrimp Cocktail?

A new study by Oceana, a marine conservation advocacy group, finds that 30% of shrimp products are misrepresented — either mislabeled as the wrong species, called or implied to be "wild" when in fact it was farmed, or mixed in a bag with various species

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., takes her seat for the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress" with Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen on July 15, 2014.

2014 Election: Four Things to Keep Your Eyes On

With Election Night days away, the two parties' top Senate strategists--Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Guy Cecil, his Democratic counterpart--gathered Thursday in Washington to preview the drama

Wichita Airport-Crash

Kansas Airport Plane Crash Kills 4

A small airplane plowed into the top of a flight safety center at Mid-Content Airport in Wichita, Kansas after losing engine power Thursday, killing at least four, and injuring five, officials said. Around 100 were in the building at the time, with four still missing

Prostestors enter the parliament in Ouagadougou on Oct. 30, 2014.

African Country's Parliament Burns

President Blaise Compaore, who has led Burkina Faso for nearly three decades after taking power in a coup, declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire

World Series - San Francisco Giants v Kansas City Royals - Game Seven

Giants Hold Off Royals to Win World Series

The San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. No pitcher in history had a World Series like Madison Bumgarner, writes TIME's Sean Gregory