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Expect meteor showers early Tuesday

If you wake up early enough on Tuesday, you might see some shooting stars.

Edward Gough Whitlam former Aus PM

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Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dies

Edward Gough Whitlam, the former Australian Prime Minister who strengthened ties abroad, has died, the Australian government said Monday.

At 98 years old, he was the longest-lived Prime Minister in Australia's history.

He served as the country's 21st...

US soldiers train for Ebola

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Ebola monitoring period over for 43 Texans

Under fire in the wake of Ebola cases involving two nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated Ebola guidelines Monday, focusing on better protecting health care workers.

"Even one health care worker infection is one too man...

Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham suspect indicted in 2005 case

As investigators are determining whether a skull and bones discovered behind an abandoned Central Virginia home on Saturday are those of Hannah Graham, the lone suspect in her disappearance has been indicted in an assault from almost a decade ago.

Darren Vann

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Authorities ID man held after 7 bodies found

An Indiana man told police he "messed up" by killing a woman in Hammond, then came clean, leading them to several more bodies in nearby Gary, Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said Monday.

Doughty stopped short of calling Darren Deon Vann a suspected...

Kobani

Officials: ISIS attacks Kurd forces in Iraq

ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory.

ISIS also launched attacks against...

Nicolas Brendon

REUTERS/Chris Pizzello

'Buffy' star Nicholas Brendon arrested

Actor Nicholas Brendon, best known as Xander Harris on the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, showing signs of intoxication, police said.

Brendon was in town for the Tree City Comic Con.

Police were called to a downtown...

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Apple profit soars on huge iPhone and Mac sales

Even as Apple seeks out growth by delving into payments and watches, Apple's core business continues to boom on the back of its revving iPhone engine.

iPhone: Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones in the past quarter, which included nearly two weeks of sale...

Michael Brown

Official: Questions remain in Brown death

Blood from Michael Brown that was found on the uniform and in the police car of Officer Darren Wilson appears to back the officer's version of events, but still leaves questions unanswered, law enforcement sources told CNN.

Those sources corroborated...

GM dealership

Carlos Barria/Reuters

GM ignition switch death toll climbs to 29

Claims of deaths and injuries tied to General Motors' faulty ignition switch continue to rise, and two more deaths have been linked to the problem.

The number of deaths has climbed by two and now stands at 29, according to numbers released by attorne...

Alison Grimes

From Alison Lundergan Grimes

Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers

In her race to defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky, talking up her support for raising the minimum wage and criticizing what she calls the GOP's "war on women."

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Mark Blinch/Reuters

Panic over? Calm returns to stocks

It feels like investors rolled out their yoga mats and took a deep breath Monday. Calm is back in the stock market.

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Gawker's 16 ugliest American accents

Pittsburgh Dahntahn restaurant

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Yo, Pittsburgh. You talk funny. At least, according to Gawker's rankings of America's ugliest accents.

What to know: Nigerian schoolgirl kidnappings

Puported video of kidnapped Nigerian girls

On Thursday, the Nigerian government announced a ceasefire agreement that included the release of more than 200 of kidnapped girls. But Boko Haram has remained silent since that announcement -- and continued attacking towns over the weekend. Learn more about this shocking situation and the group behind it.

On this day: October 20

Douglas MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines, 1944, World War II

National Archives and Records Administration

Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines, Nixon sets off the "Saturday Night Massacre," Jackie Kennedy remarries, the Sydney Opera House opens, tragedy strikes Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Muammar Gaddafi is killed, all on this day.

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