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At least 17 dead after explosions hit China port city

Huge explosions at a warehouse for dangerous materials in China's Tianjin killed at least 17 people, injured hundreds and sent massive fireballs into the night sky.

'Little House on the Prairie' actress runs for Congress. Can she win?

Melissa Gilbert is running for a congressional seat in Michigan. She's the latest in a long line of celebrities with political aspirations.

Driver fatigue cited as cause of crash that injured Tracy Morgan

The National Transportation Safety Board adds that none of the passengers in the back of the 10-seat limo or the driver was wearing a seat belt, and that contributed to their injuries.

Recording of MLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' speech discovered

English professor Jason Miller found an aging reel-to-reel tape in a town library. He played it in public for the first time Tuesday at North Carolina State University.

Japan restarts reactor, committed to nuclear power despite Fukushima fiasco

Nuclear plants had provided nearly a third of power generation before they were taken offline following an accident in March 2011. The ban was lifted Tuesday.

Journalist receives court summons nearly a year after reporting in Ferguson

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was covering the 2014 demonstrations in Ferguson when he was detained in a McDonald's. Now he's been charged with trespassing and interfering with police.

St. Louis County executive declares state of emergency in Ferguson

The move authorizes county Police Chief Jon Belmar to take control of police emergency management in and around Ferguson.

New Orleanians see remarkable progress a decade after Hurricane Katrina

Overall, residents say areas ranging from jobs creation and access to public transportation have improved greatly. But a new poll also reveals a widening racial divide in perceptions of the recovery.

March, moment of silence mark anniversary in Ferguson

The march late Sunday morning begins at the site where Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014.

Japan marks 70 years since U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki

The southern city was devastated three days after Hiroshima, in the closing act of World War II. At the ceremony, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed his country's pledge to shun nuclear weapons.

Typhoon hits Chinese coast after sweeping over Taiwan

The storm killed at least 6 people in Taiwan and has thrust millions into the dark. Some 1.4 million homes in China's Fujian province were evacuated ahead of its landfall.

Texas college football player shot by police was unarmed

Police said Saturday that Brad Miller and his training officer were the only two officers known to have directly engaged Christian Taylor, a sophomore at Angelo State University in West Texas.

Railroad safety: Few likely to meet deadline for technology

Only three railroads have submitted safety plans to government, a necessary step before they can put the technology — positive train control, or PTC — into operation.

You can stop gun violence the same way you stop AIDS or TB

Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin has taken the lessons he's learned fighting TB and HIV/AIDS and applied them to stop the spread of gun violence. Because like those diseases, violence is contagious.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: More debris and confusion over findings

Malaysian officials say a wing fragment found on Reunion Island is from the missing Flight MH370; French investigators say they're almost — but not quite — certain.

Activists want more transparency in counterterrorism efforts

The organizers are speaking out Thursday through coordinated efforts in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, the three cities where the so-called "Countering Violent Extremism" program is being piloted.