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Abdullah Kurdi, father of 3-year-old Aylan and his brother, Galip, age 5, whose drowned bodies both washed up on a Turkish beach.

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Image of dead Syrian child shakes up media coverage of refugee crisis


Photos of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned when his family was attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Greece, had many news outlets struggling with the decision to publish or not.

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In Kentucky, long-awaited marriage licenses could come Friday

Edgar Orea, right, addresses a group of same-sex marriage supporters outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday. Rowan County is set to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday.

After Kim Davis was found in contempt of court, a federal judge ordered her jailed and then set about finding someone at the Rowan County Courthouse who is willing to issue marriage licenses.

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Southern US border sees slowdown in Central American unaccompanied minors

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agents patrol the Rio Grande in Texas on the border with Mexico.

A new study from the Migration Policy Institute shows a slowdown in apprehensions at the U.S. border, thanks in part to increased efforts by Mexico.

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Euthanized animals hit all-time low in LA County

In 2008, 50 percent of animals in shelters were being killed. This last fiscal year, that number dropped to 25 percent. The city controller's advice: adopt a pet.

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FAQ: California prison's outbreak of Legionnaires' disease

Officials cut off water to San Quentin State Prison in California to squelch an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Outbreaks reported across the country this summer are not related; it doesn't spread among people. Instead, it's spread in warm water, like that in building cooling towers.

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After teen deaths, LA County moves to restrict EDM festivals

2015 Coachella Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 3

County Supervisor Solis talks about the things that went wrong at HARD Summer Festival that led to the deaths of two festival goers, plus how the County Board is trying to make EDM festivals safer.

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White House takes aim at Medicare and Medicaid billing errors

In a previously unreleased letter, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan told the Dept. of Health and Human Services to devise an action plan for reducing wasteful Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Improper payments by Medicare and Medicaid are wasting billions of dollars a year, the White House budget director said. He called for urgent corrective action in a letter that is now public.