• Aetna to buy rival Humana for $37 billion

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    Aetna has struck a deal to buy rival health insurer Humana for $37 billion.

    Aetna will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock, at roughly $230 per Humana share, according to a joint statement. That's 23% higher th...

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    Baltimore police probe 'enjoy your ride' sign

    Baltimore authorities are investigating after photos emerged showing a sign inside the door of a police van that reads, "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!"

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    Tennessee train fire: Evacuations over soon

    The thousands of people who were evacuated from their homes in eastern Tennessee after a freight train fire released toxic fumes this week probably will be allowed to return Friday, Maryville City Manager Greg McClain told reporters.

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    'Diddy' won't face felony assault charges

    Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs won't face felony charges after an alleged assault last month at the university where his son plays football.

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    Woman gets library card approved 73 years later

    More than seven decades ago, Pearl Thompson wanted to check out a book from a North Carolina library. But she was told no, because she is black.

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    New York Times insists on adding peas to guac

    Woe to be an avocado.

    First, California's epic drought has been drying up avocado supplies across the country. Avocado prices have been increasing, and fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill said it would consider getting rid of avocados temporarily i...

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    Wisconsin man threatens to kill President Obama

    A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday against a 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

    Brian D. Dutcher, 55, allegedly told a security guard at a La Crosse library, "the usurper i...

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    More teens are getting jobs. That's good for everyone

    Lauren Miller loves her summer job.

    She just started working at the Hershey Lodge in Pennsylvania, roasting s'mores and organizing activities for kids.

    Miller, 16, earns the minimum wage, but she doesn't mind -- her job is a foot in the right directi...

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    Man arrested in NC mall with assault rifle, ammo

    Police arrested a man carrying an assault rifle and ammunition at a Fayetteville, North Carolina, mall after officers received multiple reports of an armed man walking through a Macy's department store.

    He was tracked down within minutes near the Macy...

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    4 dead after strong quake hits western China

    At least four people have been killed by a strong earthquake that shook the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang on Friday, state media reported.

    The magnitude-6.4 quake was centered in Pishan, a county in a remote area of southern Xinjiang, accord...

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    Van carrying fireworks goes up in flames

    A van carrying fireworks erupted into flames along a main highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

    The white van transporting fireworks caught fire on the shoulder of Interstate 15 near the Nevada state line, the California Highway Patrol in Barsto...

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    Activist who took down flag OK with jail time

    The woman who shimmied up a flagpole at the South Carolina state capitol last week and removed the Confederate battle flag told CNN she has no regrets about doing it, even if she serves time for it.

    Bree Newsome, a filmmaker and activist from Charlott...

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    Russian rocket launches to resupply ISS

    Resupply missions to the International Space Station rarely fail -- let alone twice in row, like the last two did.

    That may make the arrival of the Russian cargo spacecraft that launched Friday all the more welcome -- even if the ISS does keep a larg...

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    Philippines: 42 dead in ferry disaster

    Searchers recovered more bodies Friday, a day after a passenger ferry capsized shortly after leaving port in the Philippines, killing 42 people, authorities said.

    Eleven others remain missing, CNN Philippines reported, citing local police.

    The Philipp...

  • Phil Walsh murdered

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    Adelaide Crows Head Coach Phil Walsh murdered

    The head coach of Australian Football League club Adelaide Crows was killed at his home early Friday morning, according to a statement released by the South Australian Police.

    After being called to a domestic disturbance at around 2 a.m. local time, ...

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    Report: Matt wrote his daughter he'd see her

    When Richard Matt broke out of prison, he was looking forward to seeing his daughter. "I always promised you I would see you on the outside," he wrote to her in a letter.

    She received it in the mail three days after he and fellow inmate David Sweat es...

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    Philippines: 38 dead in ferry disaster

    Fifteen people remained missing Friday from a ferry that capsized the day before in the central Philippines with more than 180 people on board, authorities said.

    Thirty-eight people have so far been confirmed dead from the disaster, in which the ship ...

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    Bison attack two more Yellowstone visitors

    Bison attacked two more visitors at Yellowstone National Park over the past week, for a total of four attacks in the park so far this season.

    A 68-year-old Georgia woman remained hospitalized Thursday after encountering a bison while hiking Wednesday...

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    ISIS publicly smashes Syrian artifacts

    ISIS militants reportedly smashed cultural treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, including an artifact dating back to the second century, according to a statement from the group and Syrian state media.

    A man smuggling at least six ancient...

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    Blast at S. Korean chemical factory kills 4

    An explosion at a chemical factory in the South Korean port city of Ulsan has killed four people, an official at the city's fire department has told CNN. Two people remain missing following the incident.

    Fire department officials initially heard the b...

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    Landmark College in Vermont is nation's most expensive

    The most expensive colleges in the nation are charging close to $50,000 a year in tuition and fees alone. That doesn't even include the cost of room and board.

    Topping the list is Landmark College, a small private school in Vermont specializing in te...

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    School shootings are 'contagious,' study finds

    Mass killings and school shootings spread "contagiously," a new study found, where one killing or shooting increases the chances that others will occur within about two weeks.

  • Church fires

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    Why are black church fires associated with acts of hate?

    It's a visceral and involuntary reaction, perhaps even knee-jerk: A black church burns in the South and our minds race immediately to hatred. It must be arson. It must be the handiwork of some despicable white supremacist.

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    Blasts rock Colombian capital; 8 injured

    Two explosions rocked Colombia's capital on Thursday, injuring at least eight people.

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    Donald Trump's Miss USA back on TV: Reelz channel steps in

    Days after the Miss USA pageant was dropped by Univision and NBC, the July 12 event has found a new home on television, the Reelz channel.

    Reelz, a relatively obscure cable channel, saw an opportunity to fill the space left by NBC. It says it's helpi...


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