Academy President on 'Birth of a Nation': 'People need to see this movie'

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The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wants the public to judge "The Birth of a Nation" as a film and not by its director's personal…

Trump's immigration pivot a buzz kill for Coulter's book tour

In her new book, Ann Coulter says there is only one truly mortal sin Donald Trump could commit. As it turns out, he committed it the same day the book was…

URGENT - Italy Death Toll

(CNN) -- The death toll from Wednesday's earthquake that struck central Italy has risen to 278, according to Italian state news agency ANSA, quoting the…

Trump hires ex-Christie aide fired amid Bridgegate scandal

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Donald Trump's campaign has hired a former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who was fired amid the Bridgegate scandal, a source with knowledge of the…

Zika transmitted via sex without symptoms for first time

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A man who had no idea he had Zika has given the virus to his female partner during sex, the Centers for Disease Control announced today.

US blood supply should be screened for Zika, FDA says


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The Food and Drug Administration has recommended screening the entire US blood supply for the Zika virus, it announced today, noting that screening donated…

Calls grow for U.S. government to spend more

The next president of the United States should be ready to work with Congress to spend more money.

That's the message from investors and economists, including…

Man breaches airport security, hits plane

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A man who breached a security gate at a Nebraska airport, stole a truck near the taxiways and rammed it into a parked Southwest Airlines plane was detained…

Biden announces $2.45 billion federal loan to Amtrak

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday is set to announce a $2.45 billion loan to Amtrak from the Department of Transportation, the largest loan in the…

Parton on 2016ers: 'I think they're both nuts'

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Country music legend Dolly Parton might be undecided on whom to back in the presidential race, but there's one thing she's certain of.

Opinion: CIA reveals secret briefings to presidents

In the last few weeks the two presidential nominees have received their initial intelligence briefings. Although the experience must have been different for…

Wolfowitz 'might have to vote' for Clinton

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Former Bush administration official Paul Wolfowitz said he is considering voting for Hillary Clinton in an interview in which he lambasted Donald Trump as…

Serena chasing history, but can Keys steal the show?

Once again, history is on the line for Serena Williams at the US Open.

But, as Williams is trying to protect her No. 1 ranking and chase an Open era record…

Philippines: 5-year-old girl killed in drug war

A 5-year-old girl has become the youngest reported victim of the war on drugs in the Philippines, according to Human Rights Watch.

Danica May Garcia was shot…

More Patti LaBelle desserts coming to Walmart

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Patti LaBelle is making an encore.

Her sweet potato pie was a smash-hit last year for Walmart, her exclusive retailer. Now she's expanding her line to include…

Presidents' early lives on screen: 5 movies or miniseries to watch

The new movie "Southside With You" depicts a young Barack and Michelle Obama, long before they were living in the White House. It's just the latest movie or…

World reacts to France's burkini ban



It was the burning issue of the French summer -- should burkinis be allowed on beaches?

"I thought life would be better after the recession. Not worse."

--John Smith, unemployed construction worker

"These amendments may very likely duck the House's specific definition of what constitutes an earmark, but that doesn't mean it's not pork.

--Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste

"Folks are beyond homeless here. Their homes don't exist ... the power and destruction here was unimaginable."

--Missouri Gov. Jay Dixon following a devastating tornado that killed more than 150 people.

""There's a lot of things happening that can change the dynamic of this race from the past. So it will certainly be interesting to see."

--former Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneve on the Indy 500.

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