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GM ignition switch death toll likely to climb above 19 people

General Motors headquarters in Detroit. Photo by Flickr user harry_nl. General Motors may have so far only acknowledged 13 driver deaths due to its multiple problems with ignition switches and air bags, but the independent compensation...Show More Summary

Thousands risk losing aid for health care premiums

Pedestrians walk by a sign posted outside of a healthcare enrollment fair on March 18, 2014, in San Francisco. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums...Show More Summary

It’s official: Minecraft game to join Microsoft in $2.5 billion deal

[Watch Video]Hari Sreenivasan spoke with gaming specialist Stephen Totilo about the significance of the Microsoft-Minecraft deal on Wednesday’s PBS NewsHour. Microsoft Corp. confirmed Monday that it has agreed to purchase Mojang, the company behind the popular video game “Minecraft”, for $2.5 billion. Show More Summary

U.S. reopens embassy in Central African Republic

WASHINGTON — The State Department says it’s reopening the U.S. Embassy in the Central African Republic. The U.S. evacuated the facility in Bangui, suspended operations and urged Americans to leave in December 2012 because of sectarian violence that left thousands of people dead. The U.N. Show More Summary

Marriott gives guests a tip – Don’t forget to thank the maid

File photo of a hotel cleaning staff member by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images When you stay in a hotel, how much do you tip the maid? Have you ever forgotten to tip housekeeping altogether? In its gratuity guide, the American Hotel and Lodging Association recommends leaving between $1 and $5 per night. Show More Summary

Federal appeals court considers Texas abortion clinic law HB2

Protesters gathered at the Texas state capitol in Austin to show support for reproductive rights in July of 2013, as the legislature considered HB2. Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans...Show More Summary

Thanks to an exemption, two Vietnam veterans to receive the Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War. Congress granted an exemption so Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Show More Summary

DOJ launches pilot program to counter violent extremists

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq. Attorney General Eric Holder says in a video message released...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive. “Hello Iowa. Show More Summary

FDA considers ban on electric shock devices used to curb self-harm

CANTON, Mass. — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks – so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one of the most difficult...Show More Summary

Merkel: Germans must take stand against anti-Semitism

People hold signs that read “we love our Jewish citizens” today at a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin. Credit: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images German Chancellor Angela Merkel took to the Berlin streets Sunday to promote peace and...Show More Summary

White House still seeking coalition to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON — The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it’s too early to identify them. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough signaled that...Show More Summary

US Attorney’s Office sets up first federal unit to correct wrongful convictions

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington has set up the first federal unit to identify and investigate cases that ended in wrongful convictions, Reuters reports. “This new unit will work to uncover historical injustices and to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to prevent such tragedies in the future,” U.S. Show More Summary

Islamic State group earning up to $3 million per day

An oil refinery is shown in October near the Syrian Kurdish town of Derik. The Islamic State group has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, and controls as many as 11 oil fields in both countries, analysts say. Credit: FabioShow More Summary

A dinosaur fit for land and water: Spinosaurus unveiled

Paleontologist Paul Sereno, right, examines the marquee display at the National Geographic unveiling of the Spinosaurus exhibit on Friday on Sept. 10 in Washington, DC. Credit: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images NewlyShow More Summary

Obama condemns Islamic State group killing of British aid worker

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned as a “barbaric murder” the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists. Haines was abducted last year in Syria, and extremists released a video on Saturday...Show More Summary

Video purports to show beheading of British aid worker by Islamic State

Islamic State militants released a video on Saturday which purports to show the beheading of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines, the Associated Press reports. BREAKING: Video purports to show beheading of British aid worker David...Show More Summary

After 13 years, woman finds owner of wedding photo buried at WTC site

The owner of a wedding photo lost during the Sept. 11 attacks was identified thanks to a Boston woman who has been posting the image online for years. Elizabeth Stringer Keefe held on to the wedding photo after a friend found it buried in the rubble at the World Trade Center site. Every year on #911 I post this photo hoping 2 return 2 owner. Show More Summary

Sen. Rubio takes harder line on illegal immigration

MIAMI — Two years ago, immigration activist Gaby Pacheco got a call from Marco Rubio. The Florida senator wanted advice as he tried to develop a plan to help people like her: immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Now, Pacheco is aghast that Rubio is taking a harder line on illegal immigration. Show More Summary

Syrian extremists may pose more direct threat to US than Islamic State

WASHINGTON — While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria – a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe – poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. Show More Summary

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