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  • Bernie Madoff Sleuth Harry Markopolos Warns of 3 New Ponzi Scams

    At least three major Ponzi schemes are currently scamming American investors, according to Harry Markopolos, the man whose warnings about the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme were ignored by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). “Everybody wants to believe in the holy grail of finance, risk-free…

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  • Google's Artificial Intelligence System to Take on 'Go' Champion Live for $1M Prize

    Google's artificial intelligence system is set to take on the world champion of "Go" -- a game with trillions of possible moves -- in a live showdown that will be streamed on YouTube. The search engine giant's AlphaGo computer program already swept the European champion of Go, a complex game with…

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  • Sanders and Clinton Both Lay Claim to New Hampshire Ahead of Primary

    The big question next Tuesday night will be who will win the New Hampshire primary. Sanders, who hails from neighboring Vermont, is being careful to emphasize that a win in New Hampshire is not a foregone conclusion and Clinton is trying to demonstrate that she is not giving up on a state that has…

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  • Number of ISIS Fighters in Iraq and Syria Drops, Increases in Libya, US Official Says

    The U.S. now estimates that the number of ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria has decreased to between 19,000 and 25,000 resulting from battlefield deaths and a reduced flow of foreign fighters into Syria. Previous U.S. estimates for Iraq and Syria in the past year have been that ISIS has remained…

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  • Family Mourns Death of ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller, 1 Year Later

    “It was one year ago this week ISIS announced the death of our only daughter, sister and friend, 26-year-old Kayla Jean Mueller after 18 months of forced captivity,” Mueller’s parents said in a statement provided to ABC News. “Kayla was given a special heart and mind not to only see suffering in…

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  • Joe Biden Becomes First VP to Launch Facebook Page

    Vice President Joe Biden is launching a new Facebook page today, coinciding with World Cancer Day and the 12th anniversary of Facebook, ABC News has learned. “Welcome to my Facebook page,” Biden announces in a video message set to premiere late Thursday morning. “Platforms like this one have the…

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  • The Many Attacks Chris Christie Has Hurled at Marco Rubio Since Iowa

    With less than a week to go until the New Hampshire primary on which he has hung his candidacy, the Republican presidential candidate is aggressively going after the person he sees as his greatest obstacle to success in the first-in-the nation primary: Marco Rubio. Christie is attempting to…

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  • Dramatic Video Shows Deadly Hostage Standoff

    When police arrived shortly after 1 p.m., officers found the front door of Cash Store locked. The suspect, later identified by police as 29-year-old Christopher Michael Dew, grabbed the female employee and "put his arm around her neck and a gun to her neck," Irving Police public information…

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  • Meet the Voters Who Will Cast the First Primary Ballots of 2016

    Sonja Sheldon has been offering her home here in Millsfield, New Hampshire, to weary travelers for 24 years. On election nights, she bakes a cake and hosts the entire population of Millsfield: at last count, 29 residents. Welcome to New Hampshire’s infamous North Country, where government doesn’t…

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  • Microsoft Buys SwiftKey, Company That Predicts What You Want to Type

    Microsoft is diving head first into the world of artificial intelligence with its acquisition of SwiftKey, the company behind a popular keyboard app that uses predictive technology that knows what users want to say and in turn, helps them save keystrokes and type more efficiently. SwiftKey's…

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  • Flint Water Crisis: Top Lawmaker Asks US Marshals to 'Hunt' Down Former Emergency Manager

    The chairman of the House Oversight Committee called on the U.S. Marshals today to "hunt ... down" the former emergency manager of Flint, one of several officials who did not appear before his panel for the first Congressional hearing on the water crisis in Michigan. Darnell Earley, the former…

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  • Paul Ryan Invokes 'Braveheart' in Call for Republican Unity

    House Speaker Paul Ryan drew on Scottish folk hero William Wallace in a call to stop party infighting and take back the White House while speaking at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit today in Washington, D.C. Do we want the liberal progressives to lock in all their gains? Or are we,…

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  • Life After Madoff: Ruth Living on $2.5 Million in Connecticut

    And the $2.5 million she was allowed by the government to keep is a pittance compared to the billions of dollars her husband once had in his bank account. Yet Ruth Madoff is not complaining, at least publicly. To get caught up, check out ABC News' in-depth coverage of the Madoff scandal by…

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  • Obama Makes Inaugural Visit to US Mosque in Defense of Religious Freedom

    President Obama will visit a U.S. mosque for the first time as president today, taking a stand for the constitutional right of religious freedom while also confronting the debate over Syrian refugees that has generated controversy during the Republican presidential campaign. The president will…

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  • Pentagon to Request $7.5 Billion, a 50% Hike, in Fight Against ISIS

    The Pentagon will request $7.5 billion in next year’s budget to cover the costs of its accelerating campaign against ISIS, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said today. “This will be critical as our updated coalition military campaign plan kicks in.

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  • Diamonds and Gold: Bernie Madoff Jewelry Goes Up for Auction

    Six pieces of jewelry from the collection of notorious Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff and his wife Ruth are going up for auction today, the U.S. Marshals Service said, more than seven years after Madoff's $64 billion scam was uncovered. The pieces, available at an online auction hosted from Texas,…

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  • Bernie Madoff 'Doing Fine' in Prison Despite Heart Issues, Few Visitors

    Despite an issue with his heart, 77-year old Bernard Madoff is “doing as well as can be expected” serving a 150 year sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina, according to Ira Sorkin, the lawyer who represented him when he pleaded guilty to the largest financial crime in American history. “I…

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