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Smoke rises after a Syrian Rocket launcher shell on Islamic State positions in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus on Tuesday. News reports say the Islamic State has taken control of the city.

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4 reasons to take the Fourth of July terror threat seriously

A terror warning was recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI for the Fourth of July holiday. Here's what experts say is behind the threat.

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Sonia Manzano retiring after 44 years as Maria on 'Sesame Street'

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A beloved resident of Sesame Street since she was a teenager, the character Maria owned the neighborhood repair shop with husband Luis (played by Emilio Delgado, who remains on the show).

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Reelz will carry Miss USA pageant amid backlash to Trump comments

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Trump's campaign comments struck many Latinos as insensitive, and Univision's decision last week to back out of televising Miss USA and break off its business ties with Trump led to a cascade of others following suit.

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Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches

Celebrations Take Part Across Country As Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Gay Marriage

The vote came in Salt Lake City at the Episcopal General Convention, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

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Industry payments to doctors are ingrained, federal data show

The latest data on payments from drug and device companies to doctors show that many doctors received payments on 100 or more days last year.

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Historic vote may determine whether Greece remains in the eurozone

Pensioners holding their queue numbers try to enter a bank in Athens. The government ordered about 1,000 bank branches around the country to reopen Wednesday to help desperate pensioners without ATM cards cash up to $134 from their retirement checks.

Greek voters on Sunday face a referendum on further austerity measures in exchange for bailouts. But the unstated question is whether Greece should give up the euro.