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Debris from an airplane that was found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been transported to France, where technicians will try to determine whether it is from a missing airliner, Flight MH370.

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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."

A Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter does a short takeoff (STOVL) from Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., in 2011. Eighteen years after development began, a version of the plane designed for the Marine Corps is expected to be deemed "combat ready."

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's National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Games.

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.

Cost of war: Veterans remember USS Indianapolis, shark attacks

After delivering the atomic bomb for the U.S. attack on Hiroshima 70 years ago, the Indianapolis was torpedoed and sank. Its story has been all but forgotten, but 32 survivors are having a reunion.

While Obama talks security in Kenya, Al-Shabab carries out attack in Somalia

The al-Qaida affiliated extremist group has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu that has killed at least 10 people.

Traffic takes a tremendous global toll, but cheap fixes can save lives

It's a global issue, and deaths are often high in the developing world. A new report looks at inexpensive ways to cut down on fatalities.