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Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, Oct. 17. He was awarded $7.3 million in damages for defamation.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 20:32

Mike McQueary testified that he reported that he saw Jerry Sandusky abusing a boy in a team shower. He was later fired, which he says was in retaliation for helping investigators.

Dharun Ravi appears in Middlesex County Superior Court, in New Brunswick, N.J. He pleaded guilty to the attempted invasion of privacy of his Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi who committed suicide in 2012.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 19:10

Dharun Ravi accepted a plea deal after courts overturned his original conviction. Tyler Clementi killed himself after secret video taken by Ravi of Clementi kissing a man was shown to other students.

Defendant Shawna Cox speaks outside federal court in Portland, Ore., on Thursday after she and six others were acquitted of charges related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 18:53

Brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy still face charges stemming from an armed standoff in 2014 with federal agents at their father's ranch in Nevada.

Chip-maker Qualcomm said Thursday it is buying NXP Semiconductors in a deal valued at approximately $38.1 billion.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 18:09

The smartphone chipmaker has agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors for $38 billion. The deal allows Qualcomm to rely less on the smartphone industry. NXP makes semiconductors for cars.

Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 18:06

As people wait for the verdict of the Ammon Bundy wildlife refuge trial, Native Americans are refocusing national attention on the ancestral rights their tribes hold to federal lands in the West.

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 16:43

These birds fly from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa, but they don't touch down on the continent. Researchers say new findings raise questions about "when and to what extent swifts need to sleep."

Workers at the Department of Homeland Security's National Operations Center in 2015. The Obama administration proposes $3.1 billion in upgrades to federal computer systems.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 16:39

Protecting decades-old systems from hackers is like "trying to put air bags into an old car," the government's chief information officer says. The administration proposes $3.1 billion in upgrades.

Dakota Access pipeline protesters defy law enforcement officers asking them to leave private land in the path of pipeline construction.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 16:23

Police officers, some of them in riot gear, removed protesters who refused to leave private land in North Dakota where a pipeline is supposed to be built.

Anthony Bourdain spent decades in the restaurant business before discovering that he had a gift for writing and storytelling. His new cookbook, <em>Appetites</em>, features food he cooks for his 9-year-old daughter.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 15:06

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his young daughter. "She's who I need to please, and if she's not happy, I'm not happy," he says.

Vine has produced some young stars, including Japanese artist Hayatto Noguchi, who used the social network as a career springboard.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:51

The news of Vine shutting down has sent a shockwave through the Internet. It had brought together a diverse slew of comedians, musicians, artists and amateur directors, preceding the live video craze.

A lynx leaves his cage during a release into the wild, in July in Kaiserlautern, western Germany.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:47

The WWF report asserts that wildlife populations have dropped by a startling percentage since 1970. The details and extent of that decline, however, are more complex than any one number can capture.

Giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada range can grow to be 250 feet tall — or more.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 14:44

Four years of too little water is killing millions of trees in the Sierra, yet some giant sequoias still thrive. Tree-climbing scientists are exploring sequoias branch by branch to find their secret.

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler joins hands with Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel ahead of a February 2015 hearing in Washington, D.C.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 13:36

Internet service providers will have to ask consumers before collecting and selling their data. However, the new rules do not apply to Google, Facebook and other tech giants.

Thousands of Haitians were promised homes by aid groups like the American Red Cross in the wake of the earthquake in 2010. Instead, many were given temporary shelters without bathrooms, kitchens or running water.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 13:25

Aid groups are falling short on some of the world's worst crises, says researcher Sara Pantuliano. There is a way to fix it — but it might not be popular.

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland's confirmation has been stalled in the Senate for eight months.
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 13:04

Senate GOP leadership has refused to hold hearings or a vote on the moderate judge's nomination. Yet, with the prospect of a Clinton presidency, might conservatives be having second thoughts?


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