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Vice President Joe Biden takes on Republican contender Paul Ryan in the only vice presidential debate of the election season.
The State Department maintained Thursday that a long-standing partnership with Russia to dismantle and safeguard weapons of mass destruction from the Soviet Union's once-massive arsenal is not dead, as Russian media has reported.
Syria-Civil-War (Will update)
Here are the top five things that occurred in the ongoing civil war in Syria on Thursday that you need to know:
SPORT-Baseball-Playoffs (will update)
Four division series may be decided Thursday.
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The 84 million bright yellow wristbands distributed by Lance Armstrong's cancer charity have become a well-known symbol of strength and perseverance against adversity. "LIVESTRONG," they urge. In the wake of Wednesday's release of hundreds of pages of evidence supporting persistent allegations of doping against the legendary cyclist, there's another take on the wristband. Critics have struck out the "V" to make it read what they accuse Armstrong of doing for more than a decade: "LIE STRONG."
A security official with the U.S. Embassy in Yemen was shot dead on his way to work Thursday, Yemeni officials said.
The leader of the Shia militant movement Hezbollah in Lebanon said his group is responsible for launching a drone into Israel last week, and Iranians made the drone. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said on the movement's television channel that the drone flew over "sensitive sites" in Israel.
Seven Royal Marines were arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder involving an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, a British Ministry of Defence spokesman said.
Two British hospitals said Thursday they're cooperating with a police investigation into claims that a popular children's television host molested teenage girls on their premises. The investigation into Jimmy Savile, who died last year, has dominated Britain's headlines since claims of sexual abuse were made by five women in a documentary aired by UK broadcaster ITV last week.
A violent tropical storm pounded coastal districts in southeast Bangladesh Thursday, killing at least 23 people, police and local administrators said. More than 1,000 fishermen who were fishing in the deep sea were still missing, the officials said.
A safety alert was issued on Thursday to U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan after investigators found that a contractor allegedly failed to properly carry out a job aimed at reducing the threat of roadside bombs.
A report last week by Security Clearance has spurred senior U.S. Army officials to quickly buy and field an anti-roadside bomb system for thousands of soldiers deployed to the violent eastern part of Afghanistan, according to Army documents obtained by CNN.
A judge sentenced a former Peace Corps volunteer to 15 years in prison for abusing girls under the age of 6 in South Africa while he was a volunteer there, federal officials said.
Mo Yan's Nobel Prize in literature appears to be a nod to the hungry literary tastes in modern China and could help spark more freedom, activists say. The beloved Chinese author -- whose pen name means "not talking" -- has captivated his countrymen by intertwining fantasy and gritty everyday life.
Speculation abounds ahead of the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, on Friday, as the eyes of the world turn to those who are trying to end its many conflicts and injustices.
The United States has a new charge d'affairs in Libya to oversee diplomatic efforts in the wake of Ambassador Chris Stevens' killing.
A member of the team investigating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen was killed Thursday, Yemeni officials said.
Here are the top five things that occurred in the ongoing civil war in Syria on Thursday that you need to know:
Fresh off an electoral victory, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has named a new vice president, a closely watched move as questions over his health linger.
Four Nigerian farmers and the environmental group Friends of the Earth took oil giant Shell to court Thursday in the Netherlands to demand a proper cleanup and compensation for pollution in the Niger Delta.
Kenyans are seething that departing lawmakers have voted themselves a $120,00 bonus that taxpayers are expected to foot.
Pakistan's foreign minister on Thursday called the attempted assassination of a teenage activist who pushed against extremists and in support of women's rights and education "a wake-up call (to) a clear-and-present danger."
The Muslim cleric accused of framing a young Christian girl in a blasphemy case in Pakistan was granted bail Thursday, his lawyer told CNN.
Two bomb blasts in different parts of southwest Pakistan killed 12 people and injured 25 Thursday, officials told CNN.
A suspected U.S. drone strike killed 16 people and wounded six others Thursday in one of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal regions, two officials said.
France's first lady is filing a defamation complaint against the authors of a biography published Thursday which claims she had an affair with a former French minister while seeing President Francois Hollande.
Roger Federer overcame a scare against Swiss friend Stanislas Wawrinka before finally securing a victory which ensures he will spend a record-breaking 300th week as world number one. The 31-year-old recaptured top spot after a 17th grand slam success at Wimbledon in July and by reaching the last eight of the Shanghai Masters, he has reached another landmark in his illustrious career.
Monisha Kaltenborn has continued her rise within Formula One after becoming the sport's first female team principal.
European Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood and Justin Rose will play off for the World Golf Finals title after both Britons won their last-four ties on Thursday.
A North Dakota freshman walked in front of his class, made an apology and then shot himself with a handgun Thursday morning, Richland County authorities said.
The shooting of an unarmed and naked Alabama university student killed in a late-night confrontation with a campus police officer appears to be unjustified, the lawyer for the young man's family said Thursday.
A fire tore through a home in northeast Baltimore early Thursday morning, pushing a person to jump from a second-story window and leaving four children and a grandmother dead.
Attorneys argued again Thursday about whether accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan can be forcibly shaved so that his stalled court-martial can proceed.
A lack of oxygen due to underdeveloped lungs caused the death of a newborn giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, officials said Thursday.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, who fought in some of the U.S. Army's bloodiest battles in three wars, died Wednesday in Columbus, Georgia. He was 92.
U.S. airlines on the receiving end of frequent passenger complaints can point to August and say things are better, at least for that month.
A Florida woman involved in a lover's quarrel has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after admitting she called authorities to report explosives and a terrorist were aboard a passenger ship cruising into a U.S. port, authorities say.
Patients whose fungal tests are negative may still be at risk in a meningitis outbreak, as the fungus involved can be difficult to detect, federal health officials said Thursday.
News of a recent meningitis outbreak has sent many Americans into panic mode.
Giants win division series with 6-4 victory over Reds
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races in the chase for the Sprint Cup after sustaining a concussion during a massive wreck on the last lap of Sunday's Good Sam 500 at Talladega, Alabama, Earnhardt said Thursday.
Five things to watch for in the vice presidential debate.
Medicare is likely to take center stage at Thursday's vice presidential debate as Vice President Joe Biden and opponent Paul Ryan battle over cutting costs while protecting seniors.
Senior Democrats are predicting a scrappy competitive debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan when they meet onstage in Kentucky Thursday. But both men are collegial people so don't expect a fight club atmosphere.
Vice President Joe Biden's primary goal in Thursday's debate is to make the president's case on the economy and tie Mitt Romney to the Ryan budget, according to multiple Democratic sources.
Vice President Joe Biden indicated he expects to go toe-to-toe with his rival, Rep. Paul Ryan, during Thursday's only vice presidential debate in Kentucky.
In the fall of 2008, as Sen. Joe Biden pondered the delicate task of debating Gov. Sarah Palin, his debate team honchos circulated an internal preparation memo. The first sentence: "No candidate for president or vice president in the history of the country has had more advice on what to say than Sen. Biden has on his debate with Sarah Palin." Biden's then chief of staff Ted Kaufman, who's been friends with Biden for 40 years and was a part of that debate prep, recalled the line to CNN. "And it's absolutely true," Kaufman said of Palin, then the governor of Alaska and a popular yet polarizing politician mostly unknown on the national stage. "Everybody had an idea about how to deal with Sarah Palin. And I think most of it wasn't the issues. It was more of just how do you deal with her because she is so unique.
Paul Ryan's debate preparations are as meticulous as he is.
An aide to Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accused TIME Magazine of "poor judgment" in its decision to publish photographs of the Wisconsin congressman working out on the day of his debate with Joe Biden.
The moderator for Thursday night's vice presidential debate is Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News since 2008.
Less than a week before the second presidential debate, President Barack Obama pulled no punches when talking about his Republican opponent at a campaign rally Thursday, accusing Mitt Romney of going through "an extreme makeover."
By the numbers: Swing states
Hours before the only vice presidential debate this campaign, six new polls provide more evidence that the race for the White House is extremely tight. The surveys were all conducted after last week's first face-off between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and they indicate the Democratic and Republican tickets are all knotted up in the battleground states of Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and Colorado.
President Barack Obama's advantage over his Republican challenger in Pennsylvania is now at eight points which is right on the edge of the sampling error, according to a new poll.
The race between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney remains tight in the battleground of Nevada, a poll released Thursday shows.
The most recent polling confirms what both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney know: that the shape of the U.S. economy remains, by a wide margin, the single biggest issue facing American voters.
On Nov. 6, there's a very real possibility that many Americans with disabilities will not be able to vote because their local polling places will be inaccessible.
The Republican National Committee chairman took to Mitt Romney's defense Thursday, saying the GOP presidential nominee has been unwavering on his position about abortion this cycle.
Remarks from one of President Barack Obama's top campaign aides on the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, drew a sharp rebuke from Mitt Romney Thursday at a campaign event in North Carolina
Starting January 27, the price of a first-class stamp will increase one cent to 46 cents, the Postal Service announced Thursday. Postcard postage will rise one cent as well, to 33 cents. Letters to international destinations will rise in cost to $1.10, up from the old prices of 85 cents to Canada and Mexico and $1.05 to other destinations. Overall, prices for mailing and shipping services will increase by 4% on average, with priority mail prices rising 6.3%.
The Troubled Asset Relief Program, which the federal government used to bail out many of the nation's banks and automakers, will end up costing taxpayers an estimated $24 billion, which is 25% less than the previous estimate.
Claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to their lowest level in more than four years, but the drop was due mostly to a technical issue.
The wave of foreclosures hitting the nation's housing market has been much less severe than anticipated, with foreclosure filings at their lowest level in five years last month, according to a report out Thursday.
Many low-income parents could see their tax bills jump by thousands of dollars next year if nothing is done to stop a series of tax breaks from expiring January 1.
What should have been the year of the mega-mergers is turning out to be a bust, with M&A activity on pace for its slowest year since 2009.
U.S. stocks pared earlier gains and ended little changed Thursday afternoon, as enthusiasm over upbeat economic data faded.
Shares of Sprint Nextel surged in premarket trading Thursday on reports that Japanese wireless carrier Softbank is in negotiations to buy a controlling stake of the company.
Hostess Brands filed a plan to emerge from bankruptcy which will involve cuts in employees' pay, health and pension plans.
Facebook's close relationship with Zynga means the social network has raked in tons of money from the success of games like FarmVille. But that partnership has a flip side: Bad news for Zynga also means bad news for Facebook.
One employee said she couldn't come to work because her dog was having a nervous breakdown. Another said he forgotten he'd been hired. A third was upset after watching The Hunger Games.
Coca-Cola Hellenic, the world's second biggest bottler of Coke, is moving its headquarters out of Greece, dealing a symbolic blow to the crisis-stricken eurozone economy. The company is Greece's biggest by market value ($7.6 billion) but generates only 5% of its business domestically.
It may have one of the fastest growing economies in the world -- but if you're young and out of work in Africa, the future remains bleak.
The global economy is under a "veil of uncertainty" as economic issues grip the U.S., eurozone and developing markets such as China, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday in Japan.
FEATURES, ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY
Tom Hanks is ready for the bright lights of Broadway. The Hollywood star is making his debut on the Great White Way in a play from the late Nora Ephron called "Lucky Guy," set amidst the scandals and corruption plaguing New York City in the '80s - "a grand and glorious time to be in the tabloid business," as Ephron puts it in her play.
Twenty-one days after her bone marrow transplant, "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts is now recuperating in the comfort of her own home, as she wrote in a post on "GMA's" website.
A new promo clip for Lifetime's reality show, "The Houstons: On Our Own," is breathing new life into the engagement rumors surrounding Bobbi Kristina Brown and "family friend" Nick Gordon.
For the readers of AskMen.com, the guy who made the biggest impact this year and most shaped "what it means to be a man of influence in 2012" isn't a real man at all. He's fictional. (And he's not alone: Christian Grey from "Fifty Shades of Grey" was named the 13th most influential man of the year.)
With fallout still swirling from Apple's decision to replace Google Maps with its own mobile mapping, Google on Thursday announced the biggest upgrade ever to its Street View tool. The update adds more than 250,000 miles of roadways in 17 countries, said Ulf Spitzer, Google's Street View program manager, in a blog post Thursday.
Steve Reeder says it's no secret among his Facebook friends: He's a Republican. But after he began posting news articles and political cartoons on his page that reflect his support for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, his friend count began falling off. Today, it's down by several dozen.
A Japanese artist gives a Christopher Columbus statue a monumental abode.
It is hard enough to make one good video game. Trying to make two at the same time is a challenge not many developers try to tackle. But the creators of a recently released, turn-based strategy game hope that by blending two differing styles of play in one title they will find a pot of gold at the end of the double rainbow.
Jim Newton is the founder and chairman of TechShop, a membership-based workshop for do-it-yourselfers that provides access to tools, equipment and instruction.
Jennifer Pahlka: Lover of geeks, keeper of chickens
Code for America seems to have struck a chord with many people. It's easy to understand the value of bringing young tech and design folks into government and having them learn from each other because, whether they give it a lot of thought or not, their relationship with government is pretty important.
How I learned to make underwater robots
This fall, millions of Americans will be making an important decision that will affect their health care -- and it has nothing to do with the presidential election. Soon, many employers will ask people to select their 2013 health benefits -- a challenging decision for even the most empowered patient.
News of a recent meningitis outbreak has sent many Americans into panic mode. As of Wednesday, 137 people had become sick with the noncontagious fungal meningitis, and 12 of those have died. Health officials expect those numbers to rise as the investigation continues.
At the end of April 2010, a couple of weeks before the WHO announced a major 2011 U.N. summit on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), I left Merck to start Arogya World, a U.S.-based non-profit with a bold mission -- to change the course of chronic disease. This was the beginning of a very personal journey for me, and the expression of a heartfelt desire to gather like-minded people and make a meaningful contribution to global health.
Ashley Adams and her husband, Andy, were shocked to discover they were expecting quadruplets in March. The couple have been married for four years and were looking to start a family. After trying unsuccessfully for some time to conceive, Ashley underwent infertility treatments and received a double dose of Clomid, which often results in a multiple-birth pregnancy. "When the doctors told us we were having quads, we were extremely terrified and ridiculously excited all at the same time," Andy said. "It was just unimaginable." Ashley added, "I didn't know how to process it initially, but it felt like a blessing." But their surprise turned to fear when doctors diagnosed 24-year-old Ashley with thyroid cancer four months into her pregnancy.
National Depression Screening Day: Sharing experiences can help
You're planning a trip but realize you've got Veuve Clicquot taste on a Bud Light budget. You don't need to be in the 1% -- or be a million-mile flier -- to roll like they do. Learn to travel strategically and get far more value for your dollars. "Travel offers a lot of benefits and beauty when you can make it less stressful and make it more memorable," said Joel L. Widzer, managing partner of JetReady.com and author of "The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Status."
Poaching tourists from the trendy tango bars of Buenos Aires or the glamorous beaches of Rio de Janeiro would be a tall task for most cities. But the Chilean capital, Santiago, is looking to do just that by encouraging travelers passing through on business to stay and uncover its potential as a hip South American destination.
In Virginia's crucial county, military cuts worry swing voters
Why Ryan has edge in VP debate.
Advice: Ryan should speak for the millennials.
Romney is not a liar, says CNN contributor William J. Bennett.
Obama administration's wishful thinking on terrorism, according to Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who was appointed by President George W. Bush as CIA director in 2006 and served until February 2009.
Make schools safe for girls everywhere.
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