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Senate approves short-term funding for government

Senate approves short-term funding for government

The Senate passed a short-term spending bill that will fund the government through Wednesday, averting a shutdown while the chamber debates a bill to fund the government.
 Protesting police shootings: Demands for change sound out nationwide

Protesting police shootings: Demands for change sound out nationwide

Invoking the familiar names of black men who died at the hands of police, thousands marched throughout the nation on Saturday to protest what they see as rampant racial injustice.
NBA All-Star balloting is underway

NBA All-Star balloting is underway

 Balloting for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game in New York City is underway in 11 different languages on a variety different digital platforms.
OSU standout Tyreek Hill dismissed from team after arrest

OSU standout Tyreek Hill dismissed from team after arrest

Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill has been dismissed from the Oklahoma State team after he was arrested on a domestic abuse complaint.
Bombshell rape story triggers weeks of turmoil at the University of Virginia

Bombshell rape story triggers weeks of turmoil at the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia school year began with a terribly sad story. The disappearance of one of its most vulnerable --- a student embarking on the rest of her life -- rocked the campus and attracted national news coverage.
3 inmates, 2 charged with murder, escape Alabama jail

3 inmates, 2 charged with murder, escape Alabama jail

Two men charged with murder and another being held on armed robbery charges escaped early Saturday from a rural Alabama county jail, a local sheriff said.
Names of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan released by DOD

Names of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan released by DOD

Three attacks by the Taliban in the last 48 hours left two American soldiers and at least 18 Afghan soldiers dead, officials said Saturday, in what looks set to be a particularly bloody weekend in Afghanistan.
Protesters gear up for weekend marches against police violence

Protesters gear up for weekend marches against police violence

 (CNN) -- After days of descending on cities coast to coast, protesters demanding an end to police brutality are expected to get loud again Saturday.
Portland police search for shooter after 4 wounded near high school

Portland police search for shooter after 4 wounded near high school

 (CNN) -- Police searched Friday for a man suspected of shooting four young people near a high school in Portland, Oregon, authorities said.
Fury of rain moves rocks, mud in Southern California, burying homes

Fury of rain moves rocks, mud in Southern California, burying homes

 LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Torrential rains moved walls of rock and mud Friday in Southern California, burying homes in one neighborhood, closing a coastal highway and prompting evacuations of foothill communities imperiled by landslides.
 Riot cop wears "Wilson" badge at City Hall protest, chief promises disciplinary action

Riot cop wears "Wilson" badge at City Hall protest, chief promises disciplinary action

A St. Louis City officer dressed in riot gear wore a "Wilson" name badge on his right bicep while standing in front of protestors at City Hall on Friday morning.
 2 children in Georgia home without adults die in fire

2 children in Georgia home without adults die in fire

Two children -- who were among five in a suburban Atlanta house without any adults -- died and another is in critical condition following a fire, a fire department spokesman said Saturday.
Police arrest man in connection with Portland, Oregon, high school shooting

Police arrest man in connection with Portland, Oregon, high school shooting

A gang task force arrested a man early Saturday in connection with a shooting near a high school in Portland, Oregon, police said.
After scathing emails, Angelina Jolie photographed with Sony Pictures chief

After scathing emails, Angelina Jolie photographed with Sony Pictures chief

 (CNN) -- Oh, to be a fly on the wall when this photo of Angelina Jolie was taken.
Beyonce opens up on feminism, fame and marriage

Beyonce opens up on feminism, fame and marriage

 (CNN) -- In honor of the one-year anniversary of her groundbreaking self-titled work, Beyonce has taken us by surprise yet again.