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Special Olympics 2015 is winding down on an emotional note

Every competitor received a performance ribbon and a chance to take to the victory stand following their competition. Many won the hearts of the estimated 500,000 people who turned out to watch at venues all over Los Angeles.

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Mexican photojournalist found dead in country's capital

After facing threats, Rubén Espinosa fled to Mexico City seeking refuge. He was found dead along with four other people at an apartment in the capital, which had in the past been seen as a safe-haven.

Debris from an airplane that was found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been determined to belong to a Boeing 777. It is still unclear whether it belongs to MH370.

MH370 update: More debris washes up on Réunion Island

Authorities said one of the parts found earlier belonged to a Boeing 777, the same kind of plane as the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

MH370 update: Recovered jet section arrives at French lab for testing

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

Marine version of F-35 deemed 'combat ready'

With a total program cost estimated at $400 billion and a per-plane price tag of $135 million, the Joint Strike Fighter program is considered the most expensive in U.S. history.

Beijing awarded the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

With the selection, Beijing will become the first city to host both winter and summer games. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

Malaysian premier: Plane debris to be sent to France

A wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago.

AP tests find water at Olympic sites in Rio filthy, unsafe

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues.

What's next for 'El Tri' after Mexico fires Miguel Herrera

Miguel Herrera, the fiery and colorful coach for Mexico's national soccer team has been fired after an alleged confrontation with a TV commentator at the Philadelphia airport Monday.

Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, the spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, said Wednesday that Mullah Omar died in a hospital in the Pakistani city of Karachi in April 2013.

Afghan government investigates reports Mullah Omar is dead

Reports of Omar's death have swirled for years. The Afghan government is said to be investigating claims that the Taliban's spiritual leader died two or three years ago.

Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately.

Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist

Many human rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers say the upgrade has more to do with politics than with the facts on the ground in those countries.

NSA will stop looking at old US phone records

The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American phone records.

Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

The decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux. If the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles is its likely choice. Let us know if you would want the Olympics here in our poll.

Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics in Los Angeles

The first lady opened the games Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, telling 6,500 athletes from 165 countries that she and her husband love them and are proud of them.