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Ebola ‘out of control’ in West Africa

04/07/2014
Ebola ‘out of control’ in West Africa as health workers rush to trace 1,500 possible victims

Hundreds of West Africans could be carrying the deadly Ebola virus and not know it, potentially infecting hundreds more, as cash-strapped governments and overwhelmed aid agencies struggle to contain the virus’s spread.
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MLB Allowed A-Rod to Use Testosterone

03/07/2014
MLB Allowed A-Rod to Use Testosterone

A new book by two investigative reporters, including the one who broke baseball’s Biogensis drug scandal, reveals that Major League Baseball gave Alex Rodriguez special approval to use testosterone in 2007. Rodriguez asked MLB’s “independent program administrator” for permission to use testosterone, an anabolic steroid that has been banned since 2003. The physician granted...
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US Orders Enhanced Security At Some Overseas Airports

03/07/2014
US orders enhanced security at some overseas airports

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ordered the TSA on Wednesday to begin implementing ‘enhanced security measures’ at some overseas airports with direct flights to the US. Homeland Security declined to report which airports would be affected or what is prompting the the increased security.
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Target Asks Customers To Not Bring Guns Into Stores

03/07/2014
Target asks customers to not bring guns into stores

Target interim CEO John Mulligan said Wednesday the company will ‘respectfully request’ guests not bring firearms into its stores, even where they are permitted by law.
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Tropical Storm Forms Along US Coast Ahead Of July 4

02/07/2014
Tropical storm forms along US coast ahead of July 4

A tropical depression swirling Tuesday over Miami and the Bahamas was upgraded to a tropical storm and given the name Arthur. It’s projected to strengthen — and some forecast models have it sweeping straight up the Atlantic coast as the holiday approaches. Photo: NOAA via Getty Images and NBCNews.com
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Qantas A380 turns back to Los Angeles after cabin flood

02/07/2014
Qantas A380 turns back to Los Angeles after cabin flood

A Qantas jet flying from Los Angeles to Melbourne has been forced to turn back and land at LAX after water poured from the ceiling into the cabin Photo: Water on the floor of the Qantas jet, via @7NewsBrisbane
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Shia LaBeouf Gets Alcohol Addiction Help

02/07/2014
Shia LaBeouf Gets Alcohol Addiction Help

Days after Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was arrested for disrupting a Broadway performance of Cabaret and chasing a homeless man in Times Square, the actor’s rep has said that LaBeouf is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction. “He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has...
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Ukraine president ends ceasefire

01/07/2014
Ukraine president ends ceasefire

A statement from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on his website says the ceasefire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists is being halted and that “we will attack and we will free our country.” The ceasefire expired Monday night but was continually violated. Photo: Valery, who only gave his first name, examines a room of...
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U.S. Shipping 200 More Troops to Iraq

01/07/2014
U.S. Shipping 200 More Troops to Iraq

As Iraq battles a militant takeover, President Obama has announced plans to send 200 more U.S. troops to the country to protect American citizens and property if necessary. There are already 600 troops in Iraq training local forces and securing the American embassy. According to the letter Obama sent to congressional leaders on Monday,...
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[VIDEO] Supreme Court Decides Hobby Lobby Can Be Exempt From Parts of Obamacare

30/06/2014
Supreme Court Desicion Today On Hobby Lobby's Obamacare Contraception [VIDEO]

5-4 Supreme Court Decision Today On Hobby Lobby’s Obamacare Contraception Rule Guess it’s time to have the “talk” with your boss For Live Video Click Here The biggest case of the Supreme Court’s term involves a three-headed, hot-button appeal combining abortion rights, religious liberty, and Obamacare. It’s also the last one, and a ruling...
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Facebook Researchers Manipulated News Feeds in 2012 Study To Experiment With Your Emotions

30/06/2014
Facebook Researchers Manipulated News Feeds in 2012 Study

A Facebook Inc. (FB) researcher apologized after conducting an experiment that temporarily influenced what almost 700,000 readers saw on their news feeds, reviving some customers’ concerns about privacy issues. The number of positive and negative comments that users saw on their feeds of articles and photos was altered in January 2012, according to a...
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Costa Ricans Celebrate Historic World Cup Win Against Greece In Brazil

30/06/2014
Costa Ricans celebrate historic World Cup win Against Greece in Brazil

The streets of the Costa Rican capital, San Jose, have been filled with fans celebrating the national team’s latest win at the football World Cup. Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout after the match, which ended 1-1, went into extra time in Recife. With the result, Costa Rica have qualified for the...
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Pistorius Was Not Mentally Ill When He Shot Girlfriend, Experts Conclude

30/06/2014
Pistorius was not mentally ill when he shot girlfriend, experts conclude

A panel of mental health experts has concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year, the chief prosecutor at the athlete’s murder trial said Monday. Pistorius’s trial resumed after a break of one month during which a psychologist and three...
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Brazil’s World Cup win beats Super Bowl on Twitter

30/06/2014
Brazil's World Cup win bests Super Bowl on Twitter

Nervous Brazilian soccer fans took to Twitter to breathe a collective sigh of relief Saturday, with the final, tense-filled minute of a penalty shootout against Chile generating more buzz online than Super Bowl. Almost 389,000 tweets were generated in the minute after Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara’s penalty shot hit the right post and allowed...
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Very pregnant Alysia Montano runs at U.S. Championships

30/06/2014
Very pregnant Alysia Montano runs at U.S. Championships

Olympian Alysia Montano entered the 800m at the U.S. Championships about six weeks before her due date on Thursday.
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North Korea says it will try 2 detained Americans

30/06/2014
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the newly constructed Kalma Foodstuffs Factory

North Korea will put on trial two detained American tourists for crimes against the state, the official KCNA news agency said. U.S. citizens Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller were arrested in April. “Their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies,” KCNA said. Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the...
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KLM deletes controversial World Cup tweet

30/06/2014
KLM deletes controversial World Cup tweet

Dutch airline KLM deleted a controversial celebratory World Cup tweet on Sunday. The airline’s account tweeted ‘Adios Amigos’ after Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1 in a World Cup match. Many responded to the tweet chastising KLM for alienating potential customers.
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‘Designing Women’ star Meshach Taylor dies

30/06/2014
'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies

Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as assistant Anthony Bouvier in ‘Designing Women,’ died Saturday at 67.
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It IS what is IS! ISIS Declares New Islamic State & Shortens Name To ‘IS’

29/06/2014
ISIS declares creation of Islamic state in Middle East, 'new era of international jihad'

ISIS jihadists have declared the captured territories from Iraq’s Diyala province to Syria’s Aleppo a new Islamic State – a ‘caliphate.’ They removed ‘Iraq and the Levant’ from their name and urged other radical Sunni groups to pledge their allegiance. ISIS announced that it should now be called ‘The Islamic State’ and declared its...
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Luis Suarez: I didn’t intentionally bite Giorgio Chiellini

28/06/2014
Luis Suarez- I didn’t intentionally bite Giorgio Chiellini

Luis Suarez has claimed to FIFA’s disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, but lost balance and accidentally hit his face against him.
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Mississippi Tea Party leader commits suicide

28/06/2014
Mark Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party

Mark Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, and one of three men charged with conspiring to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife in her nursing home, has committed suicide.
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No Charges for Gov. Scott Walker In Criminal Investigation

27/06/2014
No Charges for Gov. Scott Walker

The lawyer for the special prosecutor investigating Wisconsin governor Scott Walker said in a statement on Thursday that there was no need to pursue the investigation into the recall election. Speaking about documents unsealed last week, he said they “outlined the prosecutor’s legal theory, they did not establish the existence of a crime; rather,...
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McCarthy, Shepherd Fired From ‘The View’

27/06/2014
McCarthy, Shepherd Fired From ‘The View’

Barbara Walters is gone from The View, and now so are co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd. The hosts announced their departures on Thursday night, with Shepherd saying “it is time for me to move on,” and McCarthy tweeting “If Sherri goes… I go too #sisters.” According to TMZ, the pair were fired, along...
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President Obama calls threats from John Boehner to sue him over use of executive orders a ‘stunt’

27/06/2014
President Obama calls threats from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to sue him over use of executive orders a 'stunt'

ABC US News | ABC Sports News Despite Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s threat this week to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders, the president refused to apologize for his actions during an exclusive interview with ABC News and took the Republican Party to task for what he described as its...
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Johnnie Walters, IRS commissioner under President Richard M. Nixon, dies at 94

27/06/2014
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In a recorded conversation in the Oval Office on May 13, 1971, Richard M. Nixon laid out for his aides the job qualifications for the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. … “I want to be sure he is a ruthless son of a bitch, that he will do what he’s told, that...
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Vatican’s Ex-Ambassador To Dominican Republic Convicted For Sex Abuse

27/06/2014
Vatican's ex-ambassador to Dominican Republic convicted by church tribunal of sex abuse and defrocke

convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked, the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative. The Vatican said Friday that Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in recent days, and sentenced to the harshest penalty possible...
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Ukraine signs historic deal with European Union – VIDEO

27/06/2014
Ukraine signs historic deal with European Union

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an association agreement with the European Union on Friday, the same deal whose reversal set off a crisis in the nation. His predecessor’s decision to shun the deal last year and work with Russia instead unleashed deadly strife that led to the ouster of the nation’s President, the loss...
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Actor Shia LaBeouf Arrested During Broadway Show

27/06/2014
Actor Shia LaBeouf Arrested During Broadway Show

Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested at a Broadway show after allegedly smoking in the theater and being disruptive during the performance on Thursday night, police said. Witnesses reported “Transformers” star LaBeouf was led out by police during intermission after allegedly causing a disturbance during the first act of “Cabaret.” Police arrested the actor on...
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Dad told missing son found on live TV [VIDEO]

26/06/2014
Dad told missing son found on live TV

The father of a missing Michigan boy was told on air that his son had been found in his own basement.
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Giant’s Lincecum pitches 2nd no-hitter against Padres

26/06/2014
Giant’s Lincecum pitches 2nd no-hitter against Padres

San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres for the second time in less than a year on Wednesday. Lincecum walked one and struck out six at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, completing the no-hitter in 113 pitches. He became the fourth active pitcher with multiple no-hitters and just the...
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