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13-year-old killed, 6 wounded in Chicago

Gun violence flared again in Chicago when a shooter sprayed bullets outside a convenience store on the city's west side, killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding six others.

Samuel Walker had just finished a day at summer school Friday and stopped at th...

Andreja Pejic

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Model Andrej Pejic is now a woman

As a male model, Andrej Pejic blazed trails with an androgynous look that saw him walking the runway in women's fashion shows.

Now Pejic is Andreja.

"I always dreamt of being a girl," Pejic revealed to People magazine about her recent gender reassignme...

Adam West

REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Adam West: Ben Affleck will be a great Batman

You can calm down now, Internet. Ben Affleck has gotten the original TV Batman's stamp of approval.

Adam West told People magazine at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday that he has faith in Affleck's ability to carry the role of the Caped Crusader in the...

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Report: 4 journalists detained in Iran

Concern is growing for the well-being of four journalists, three of them American citizens, apparently detained in Iran this week, according to The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported Thursday that its Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, a U.S. ci...

Joseph Wood executed Arizona

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McCain: Prolonged execution was 'torture'

Arizona has temporarily halted executions after the prolonged death of a convicted killer during an execution described by Sen. John McCain and others as tantamount to torture.

It took death row inmate Joseph Wood two hours to die Wednesday afternoon...

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Lyft gets the green light in New York City

If you see a pink-mustachioed automobile or two zipping around the streets of New York City Friday, you're not imagining things.

After two weeks of sparring with New York City taxi regulators, rideshare app Lyft can start serving the five boroughs --...

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Yet another child dies in a hot car

The death of a 10-month-old girl left in a hot car in Wichita, Kanas -- the latest in a string of hot-car child deaths in the United States -- triggered the quick arrest of the girl's foster father and on Friday prompted state officials to launch hom...

Police lights file

Toronto SWAT team storms plane, arrests man

A passenger captured dramatic cell phone video of a Canadian SWAT team storming onto a Sunwing flight at Toronto's Pearson International Airport Friday. The video shows the police tactical team swarming onto the plane with their weapons drawn, yellin...

Daniel Markel

From Florida State University

More details in FSU law professor's slaying

For the past week, the mystery surrounding the killing of a nationally renowned law professor has baffled family and friends from Florida to Canada.

Florida State University Professor Daniel Markel was shot in the head at his home on July 18 and died ...

Obama and Central American leaders

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama, Central American leaders meet on immigrant youth

Central American leaders signaled to President Barack Obama they're working on a "comprehensive plan" to address the underlying reasons for the surge of immigrant youth from their countries who are entering the United States illegally.

John Kerry Middle East negotiations

REUTERS/Pool

Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire starting Saturday morning, temporarily halting more than two weeks of bloodshed that has claimed more than 900 mostly civilian lives.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Secretary of State Joh...

White flag atop Brooklyn Bridge

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DNA evidence collected in NYC flag caper

New York police have collected DNA evidence in the case of nighttime acrobats who replaced two American flags atop of the Brooklyn Bridge with two white flags, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation Friday.

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History of the death penalty in America

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The alleged botched execution of Arizona prison inmate Joseph Wood has put capital punishment -- specifically, the manner in which criminals are executed -- back in the spotlight. Take a look at the history of the death penalty in America.

Reasons why Pope Francis is cool

Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Pope Francis is coming to the U.S. in Sept., to head the eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, according to the National Catholic Reporter. Take a look at the many reasons why Pope Francis is cool.

Happiest/unhappiest U.S. cities

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It seems that residents of Louisiana are some of the happiest people in the country, and New Yorkers remain some of the unhappiest, according to a new report. Take a look at the happiest - and unhappiest - U.S. cities.

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