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Boko Haram Claims Caliphate in Nigeria

Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebel group, said it has established an Islamic state in the northeastern part of the country.


Pressure Builds Within Fed to Change Course

Pressure is building within the Federal Reserve to acknowledge improvements in the U.S. economy and lay the groundwork for the central bank's first interest rate hike in nearly a decade.


Soldier Shoots Herself at Fort Lee

A soldier with a gun turned the weapon on herself as Fort Lee, Va., temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.


Immigrants Find Jobs in Gaming Industry

The gambling industry in Western Pennsylvania is betting on refugee immigrants. And casinos say it's paying off.


Cancer Management Bringing Jobs to Boca Raton

Vicinitas Cancer Care is launching in Boca Raton and expects to create 200 new jobs over five years.


New Home Sales in U.S. Cooled Off in July

Fewer Americans bought new homes in July, indicating that the housing sector is struggling to regain traction more than five years into the economic recovery.


Major Earthquake Rocks California's Bay Area

A large earthquake rolled through California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, damaging some buildings and knocking out power to thousands.


Couple Wins $2.4 Million Slot Machine Jackpot

A pair of grandparents from New Hampshire has won $2.4 million at a notoriously stubborn MGM Grand slot machine.


Short-Term Loans Comes at a Heavy Price

It's not illegal in California to charge triple-digit interest annually on consumer loans. The trick is to craft a loan of $2,500 or more.


2 Europe Navigation Satellites in the Wrong Orbits

European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network.


Ferguson Residents Struggling With Daily Life

Life in this working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments hasn't been the same.


Rocket Explodes During U.S. Test Flight

An unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructed shortly after launching on a test flight at a Central Texas development site, the company said Friday.


DHS Warns Retailers About Malware in Cash Registers

The Department of Homeland Security warns that more than 1,000 retailers could have a new malicious software program lurking in their cash registers that allows computer hackers to steal financial data about their customers.


Pentagon Denies Giving Military Equipment to Ferguson Police

A Pentagon spokesman says most of the military-style equipment used by local law enforcement in Ferguson over the last 13 days didn't come from the Department of Defense.


Missouri Grand Jury: How Does It Work?

A grand jury is determining whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged for shooting Michael Brown to death in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. Here's a look at how Missouri grand juries work.


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