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China to U.S.: Stop spy flights

China has warned the United States to end its military surveillance flights near Chinese territory, refuting claims by Washington that a Chinese fighter jet made several "dangerous" and "unprofessional" passes at a U.S. Navy plane last week.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, 2014 Oscars

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie marry in France

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married over the weekend in France, a representative for Jolie confirmed Thursday.

Ukraine tanks

Reuters

6 questions about the crisis in Ukraine

It's been building for months. And now, according to some, Russia has launched a "full-scale invasion" of Ukraine.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Miley Cyrus' VMA date turns himself in

A homeless man who attended the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus has turned himself in to police, authorities said.

Joan Rivers

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Daughter: Joan Rivers' 'resting comfortably'

Comedian Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in a New York hospital after apparently suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure at a medical clinic Thursday.

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What the U.S. can do against ISIS in Syria

If the United States is serious about thoroughly defeating ISIS, it must -- somehow, someway -- go through Syria.

Russian combat troops inside Ukraine

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Official says Russian forces invading Ukraine

A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was under way Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels.

U.S. officials said Russia...

Clayton Lockett

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Doc: Inmate in botched execution died from IV

A team of medical examiners has ruled that Oklahoma death row prisoner Clayton Lockett died from the state's lethal injection and not by heart attack.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Man arrested after Hoffman death avoids jail

Prosecutors on Thursday dropped a drug possession with intent to sell charge against a musician who was arrested earlier this year in connection with the heroin overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Syria April

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US probes how Americans are lured to Syria

The FBI is scrambling to track a growing number of Americans who have left to join the fight in Syria, including investigating how the young men were recruited and the logistics of their travel, officials said Thursday.

Sen Mary Landrieu

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Questions raised about Mary Landrieu's residency

Republicans seized on a news report Tuesday that raised questions about whether one of the Democrats' most vulnerable senators up for re-election actually resides in the state she represents.

Obama statement on ISIS and Ukraine

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama: No 'strategy yet' for ISIS in Syria

It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. "We don't have a strateg...

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On this day: August 29

Michael Jackson in Brunei

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American troops march through a liberated Paris, the King of Pop is born, The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans, and Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast, all on this day.

Peek inside the weird world of Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty float

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Japanese comic company Sanrio, the creator of Hello Kitty and Friends, recently dropped a bombshell on Hello Kitty's fans by revealing that she is not, in fact, a kitty, but rather a perpetual third-grade girl named Kitty White, the daughter of George and Mary White, who lives just outside of London, England. Take a look inside the weird world of the international phenomenon.

On this day: August 28

Martin Luther King, I Have A Dream speech

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Pepsi and UPS are born, Emmett Till is murdered, Martin Luther King Jr. shares his dream, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce, all on this day.

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