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Pacific free trade agreement talks break down

Representatives from countries negotiating a free trade pact that will cover nearly 40 percent of global economic output said Friday that differences between them persisted, as the US sought to assuage concerns over a looming year-end deadline.

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Anti-superstition rationalist shot dead in India

A leading Indian rationalist, who was campaigning for a law to eradicate superstition in a country famed for its mystics and gurus, was shot dead on Tuesday, police said.

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Watch live: Egyptian protesters ask for witnesses -- 'we know they're going to kill us tonight'

Massive violence erupted in the streets of Cairo on Friday as those loyal to ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police and military forces.

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Newly discovered mammal species is 'a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear'

A Smithsonian researcher announced at a press conference at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. that he had discovered a new mammal species that is a relative of the raccoon: the olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe).

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Watch live: Smithsonian scientists announce discovery of new mammal species

The Smithsonian holds a news conference to announce a major discovery of a new mammal species.

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Watch live: Newt Gingrich addresses RNC summer meeting in Boston

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are scheduled to speak at the RNC Summer Meeting in Boston.

Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 14.

We agree with these women: HBO should show more 'dongs' on its shows

The makers of College Humor have made a hilarious video that actually makes a totally great and serious point: HBO is great at showing women's breasts and terrible at showing men's genitals.

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Watch live: Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to American Bar Association

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

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Watch live: Mayor Bloomberg addresses judge striking down stop-and-frisk policy

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a news conference to address a federal judge's ruling that the city's stop and frisk policy is unconstitutional.

Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 12.

Arkansas GOP Rep. in college column: Women are 'the problem' in divorce

Thanks to online archives, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR)'s college-era thoughts about women have been exposed to voters who may be asked to consider him for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Cotton, during his time at Harvard University, penned a 1997 column in which he wrote that men are "simple" and women are "the problem" when it comes to divorce in the United States.

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Virginia ‘crisis pregnancy center’ counselor: Birth control pills are 'secreting artificial hormones into your uterus'

Anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers," which often advertise themselves as "health clinics" to women who suddenly find out that they're pregnant, have been distributing medically inaccurate information to women to discourage them from having abortions, new undercover recordings from a pro-choice organization confirmed.

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Oakland woman disappears after seeking information about missing dog

Police are searching for a 50-year-old Bay Area woman who went missing after someone contacted her about ransom for her dog that disappeared after a break-in in May.

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'Revolutionary' honors Chavez with her 'people's barber shop'

Ana Urdaneta, 64, proudly displays a poster of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez in her makeshift "people's barber shop" in downtown Caracas.

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