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  • Dennis Hastert Nixed Statue in His Honor

    The Illinois state legislature scrapped plans to construct a statue of Dennis Hastert earlier this month after the former U.S. House speaker asked that the project not move forward. The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Madigan, had put forward a bill in early May proposing that…

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  • Fort Lauderdale, Event Company May Face Legal Action After Bounce House Incident

    The city of Fort Lauderdale and a bounce house vendor may face legal action on behalf of children injured in a Memorial Day bounce house incident. "Due to the set up of the bounce house itself, the lack of the requisite level of supervision at the bounce house's location, as well as the inclement…

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  • Bernie Sanders' Sexually Explicit Essay Resurfaces

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign was thrown a curveball this week after an essay he penned in 1972, at the age of 30, about gender stereotypes and sexual fantasies resurfaced. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style with incomplete sentences and partial dialogue, the short seems…

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  • US Drops Cuba from State Terrorism List, Paving the Way for Embassies

    The State Department today removed Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism, paving the way for full diplomatic recognition and an opening of embassies. It has been 45 days since President Obama announced plans to remove Cuba from the list of nations that support terrorism and there was…

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  • China Pulverizes Ivory to Combat Illegal Trade

    At a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in a Beijing suburb, forestry and customs officials displayed a pile of ivory ornaments, carvings and tusks. Officials say this is the third public destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in China since 2014. This announcement was made 10 days…

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  • Aurora Shooting Trial: James Holmes Admits 'Regrets' About Shooting in Psychiatric Interviews

    The jurors in the trial of accused Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes heard extensively from Holmes for the first time today as the court played videos of his psychiatric interviews recorded after the July 2012 attack. Holmes, speaking in a calm, monotone voice, admitted to having "regrets"…

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  • Google I/O: Biggest Announcements of the Keynote

    Google kicked off its I/O developer's conference today in San Francisco by announcing the latest Android update -- M -- will be released this year. It wasn't immediately known which sweet treat Android M would be named for, following Google's tradition of working its way through the alphabet,…

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  • CSI Pleistocene: Scientists Discover Earliest Evidence of Murder in Human History

    Scientists turned detectives have uncovered the earliest known evidence of a murder in human history, according to a new paper. The researchers made the find while working at the Sima de Los Huesos, which translates to the "Pit of Bones," in the Atapuerca Mountains in Spain.

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  • The Last Generation of Zipliners: This Small Chinese Village May Have to Give Up Centuries-Old Tradition

    For untold generations, villagers, young and old, living along the torrent Nujiang, or “Nu River” in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, have used makeshift ziplines to crisscross its banks. But as the new China of high-speed trains, highways and unbridled construction encroaches on this remote…

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  • Former Gov. George Pataki Launches Presidential Bid With Minor Flub

    Former New York Gov. George Pataki launched his 2016 presidential run today by committing a minor flub while in New Hampshire.Delivering the final, emphatic lines of his announcement speech, the former Republican governor exhorted the crowd of supporters, saying: "Let us move forward, so just as…

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  • Secret Service Testing New Spikes for White House Fence

    The Secret Service is testing out new spikes to reinforce the White House fence and deter against future would-be fence jumpers. ABC News first learned last month that White House would be adding these so-called “no-climb” spikes as a temporary fix to the current fence, but today was the first…

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  • Sepp Blatter Says Corruption Allegations 'Bring Shame and Humiliation' to FIFA

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said today the allegations of corruption brought against 14 people "bring shame and humiliation" to the global soccer organization. "There can be no place for corruption of any kind," Blatter said in Zurich. In a series of overnight busts on Wednesday, authorities…

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  • Rick Santorum May Ditch Sweater Vests for 2016

    Coming soon to a rally near you: a fashion-forward Rick Santorum.The newly-announced presidential candidate –- known for his signature sweater vests –- may be sporting an updated look in 2016. ...

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  • Teen Softball Player Dies Days After Having Brain Aneurysm

    A California softball player has died days after having a brain aneurysm on the field. Dana Housley was playing in a game Saturday when she reportedly told her coach she felt dizzy and collapsed. Housley’s family announced Wednesday night the teen had died.

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  • Rick Santorum on Hillary Clinton: 'We’ve Taken Her On'

    Rick Santorum is ready for Hillary, but not in the way her supporters are. The former Pennsylvania Republican senator turned two-time presidential candidate is in a “great place” to begin “countering a big, top-down, statist approach that Hillary Clinton has advocated,” he said in an exclusive…

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  • Pentagon Inadvertently Shipped Live Anthrax to Labs in Nine States

    Samples of live anthrax were inadvertently shipped to private research laboratories in nine states and one in South Korea that were supposed to have received dead anthrax samples, the Pentagon confirmed today. There is no known risk to the general public and there have been no suspected or…

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  • iOS Text Message Bug Causes Problems for Some iPhone Users

    Apple said the company is "aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," an Apple spokesperson told ABC News today.

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