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Thousands of Australians flee to beaches as wildfires rage

Thousands of Australians took refuge on beaches from raging wildfires that turned the sky bright red and full of smoke on New Year's Eve.

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'You just have to live with it': Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community responds to anti-Semitic attacks

An acquiescence has settled over many in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish communities, deeply saddened by the violence but also fearful there is little to be done stop it.

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More than a million people gathered around Sydney Harbor ahead of the new year.

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Protesters storm U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad after Iraq airstrikes

President Donald Trump accused Iran of orchestrating the attack, but Democrats said it was the result of a failure of U.S. policy in the region.

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'Game changer': Top Democrats say bombshell report shows need for witnesses in Senate impeachment trial

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then-national security adviser John Bolton and Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Trump to release the aid, with Bolton saying it was "in America's interest," the report said.

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How did fugitive Nissan ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan for Lebanon?

There have been "many interpretations" about how Carlos Ghosn fled Japan to Lebanon but his new home said he did so "legally."

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Texas church shooter described by ex-wives as 'crazy' and 'violent'

"We knew he was crazy, but not like this," gunman Thomas Kinnunen's ex-wife said in reaction to the church shooting that left two congregants dead.

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Alex Jones to pay $100,000 in Sandy Hook case, judge rules

Jones is being sued for defamation in Austin, Texas, by the parents of a 6-year-old who was among the 26 people killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, attack.

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Trump's 10 biggest false claims in 2019 — and one that finally became true

Facing impeachment, Trump unleashed a torrent of baseless claims surrounding his dealings with Ukraine in the final months of the year.

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The 12 most-read features on NBC News Digital in 2019

Take a look back at some of the year's top features and series on NBC News.

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Fake health news went viral in 2019, with a focus on these misleading topics

The most viral health misinformation in 2019 was on the topics of cancer, unproven cures and vaccines, according to an NBC News review.

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The biggest stories of the decade — according to you

We asked and you answered: Here are the biggest news stories of the 2010s, and why they mattered.

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How social media has changed in the past decade, according to its influencers

As the decade comes to a close, NBC News asked the content creators who've shaped internet culture to reflect on the 2010s.

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The iPhone decade: How Apple's phone created and destroyed industries and changed the world

Analysis: The iPhone has propelled Apple from a large computer company with a profitable side business in MP3 players to a $1 trillion megacorp with operations around the globe.

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The Decade in Asian America

Asian Americans are moving past stereotypes of being apolitical and perpetually foreign, but there's still work to do.

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A very LGBTQ decade: Gay marriage, trans rights, 'rainbow wave'

From the legalization of same-sex marriage across the U.S. to the political "rainbow wave," the 2010s have been filled with LGBTQ milestones.

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College is at a crossroad. Will it increase social mobility — or class inequality?

Generations of social scientists and policymakers have relied on a narrow and idealized conception of college. This is changing.

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Tarana Burke: The success of the 'me too' movement took work, not just a hashtag

What makes our work to end sexual violence different is that it speaks to the needs of all survivors and addresses sexual violence as a systemic issue.

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Queerness burst into the mainstream in the 2010s — but stalled politically

The world can see us in more ways than ever before, but the world is a frightening place at the moment.

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Egg freezing and IVF are to the 2010s what birth control was to the 1960s

To control their own fates, women first needed to keep from getting pregnant; then they needed to be able to preserve their fertility.

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How Netflix, Star Wars and Marvel redefined Hollywood

In the 2010s, people didn't stop going to the movies. That might be because as the screens got smaller, the movies got bigger.

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Trump trend: LGBTQ mentions quietly axed from discrimination guidelines

The Trump administration has quietly but systematically removed mentions of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" from executive branch guidelines on discrimination.

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Black student at D.C. grade school asked to portray a slave during class assignment

Another student at Lafayette Elementary School was asked to pretend they were drinking from a segregated water fountain.

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Netflix's top series, movies of 2019 reveals audience's penchant for crime

The top release for the year was "Murder Mystery," a comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, who play a couple embroiled in a murder investigation.

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Following backlash, Facebook disables misleading HIV medication ads

The decision comes a month after an open letter from LGBTQ advocates demanded removal of the advertisements, warning they could lead to a public health crisis.

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Chinese national charged with photographing Navy base in Florida

With Lyuyou Liao's consent, officers looked at the photos on his cellphone and found images of "government buildings within the vicinity of sensitive military facilities" at a Naval Air Station in Key West, a federal criminal complaint says.

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Greta Thunberg blazed a path for the year in climate change

“In a sense, we’re at a tipping point for world industries, but the hope is that we’re tipping in the right direction and not back to the Stone Age,” one climate scientist said.

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Winter storm dumps snow and rain ahead of New Year's Eve

More than 25 million people were under winter alerts from North Dakota to Maine.

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Tariffs contribute to job losses in American manufacturing, Fed report shows

Tariffs implemented in 2018 alone cost Americans a collective $1.4 billion each month, one study showed.

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Sharon Stone's Bumble profile restored after users thought account was fake

"Hey @bumble, is being me exclusionary?" Stone tweeted Monday. "Don’t shut me out of the hive."

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What science says about the best way to eat (and what we're still figuring out)

Confused about nutrition? Here are the science-backed principles that get the green light — and what we're still figuring out.

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Medical first responders say they're underpaid and overworked. Will anything change?

EMS workers earn far less than other first responders while also handling an increasingly larger burden.

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Ex-Bolton aide's lawsuit against Congress and White House dismissed

Charles Kupperman was the deputy of national security adviser John Bolton. Both were told not to cooperate with House investigators.

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'Game changer': Top Democrats say bombshell report shows need for witnesses in Senate impeachment trial

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then-national security adviser John Bolton and Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Trump to release the aid, with Bolton saying it was "in America's interest," the report said.

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Ousted Nissan exec Carlos Ghosn arrives in Lebanon as trial looms in Japan

It was not clear how Ghosn, who is of Lebanese origins, left Japan where he was under surveillance and is expected to face trial in April 2020.

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Alabama police officers pose with 'homeless quilt' made from cardboard signs

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste apologized for the image, calling it an "insensitive gesture."

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Bernie Sanders 'more than fit enough' for presidency despite heart attack, doctors say

"I am confident he has the mental and physical stamina to fully undertake the rigors of the Presidency," Sanders' longtime doctor wrote in a letter.

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Jon M. Chu wants to make a series about Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico

The "Crazy Rich Asians" director had a pitch for streaming service Disney+.

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Seattle students must be vaccinated to go back to school

Seattle schools are closed for winter break, but some are opening their doors to offer vaccines.

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Family of teen who died after Michigan trooper shot him with Taser gets $12 million

Damon Grimes died in August 2017 after Trooper Mark Bessner shot him with a stun gun while the teenager was riding an ATV.

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Less division, more happiness: Mental health experts share their 2020 resolutions

17 therapists share their New Year’s resolutions — and how they’ll make them stick.

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California's sweeping digital privacy bill begs a question: Will people use it?

Because it applies to any company that meets a threshold for interacting with state residents, the California law might end up serving as a de facto national standard.

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Lizzo, Beyoncé among Barack Obama's favorite musicians of 2019

Among the 35 songs included on the list were Lizzo's "Juice," Beyoncé's "Mood 4 Eva," Maggie Rogers' "Burning" and Solange's "Binz."

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DNC shoots down Andrew Yang's request for more qualifying polls ahead of January debate

Yang argued that a “diverse set of candidates might be absent from the stage in Des Moines for reasons out of anyone’s control.”

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'Game changer': Top Democrats say bombshell report shows need for witnesses in Senate impeachment trial

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then-national security adviser John Bolton and Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Trump to release the aid, with Bolton saying it was "in America's interest," the report said.

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Ousted Nissan exec Carlos Ghosn arrives in Lebanon as trial looms in Japan

It was not clear how Ghosn, who is of Lebanese origins, left Japan where he was under surveillance and is expected to face trial in April 2020.

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Authorities name victims in deadly Hawaii helicopter crash

Among the dead were the pilot, from Kauai, and a 47-year-old woman and 13-year-old girl from Wisconsin.

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3 killed, including gunman, in shooting at Texas church during Sunday service

The gunman was killed as members of the congregation returned fire during services in the town of White Settlement, police said.

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Ukraine, Russia-backed rebels swap prisoners in latest move to end war

The exchange was agreed upon by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin during peace talks in Paris earlier this month.

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A Dijon and honey pork tenderloin is the star of this relaxed Sunday dinner menu

A small handful of ingredients turns inexpensive pork loins into a terrifically flavorful main course.

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How online 'cloud buckets' are exposing private photos and other sensitive data

NBC News located a trove of personal information in online file storage systems left unprotected by the companies that use them.

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Bond, Wonder Woman, and more: 12 movies to see in the first half of 2020

Daniel Craig's dashing spy and Gal Gadot's superhero are just two of the familiar faces returning to big screens next year.

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How Netflix, Star Wars and Marvel redefined Hollywood

In the 2010s, people didn't stop going to the movies. That might be because as the screens got smaller, the movies got bigger.

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Ohio doctor charged with 25 murders sues hospital for defamation

William Husel allegedly ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of fentanyl for at least 27 near-death patients.

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'Are you kidding me?': Check out the price tags on 'combination drugs'

"It's an abuse of the system," said one critic. "[The] business model ... involves gouging insurers and health plans, which ultimately costs consumers."

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Officers use stun gun on Florida grandmother on her 70th birthday

Authorities had an arrest warrant for the woman's grandson, who she said doesn't live with her.

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1 person killed after small plane crashes into Maryland home

One person, who was on the plane, was declared dead at the scene.

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Ohio boy still missing after disappearing on way to school

Harley Dilly, 14, was last seen on Dec. 20 walking to school in Port Clinton, Ohio.

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A very LGBTQ decade: Gay marriage, trans rights, 'rainbow wave'

From the legalization of same-sex marriage across the U.S. to the political "rainbow wave," the 2010s have been filled with LGBTQ milestones.

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California father, 3 children killed after Christmas tree sparks electrical fire

"This tragedy underscores how quickly a fire can spread," City of Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown said.

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Sydney's iconic New Year's fireworks to go ahead despite wildfires

About 12.35 million acres of land have burned across Australia during the wildfire crisis, with nine people killed and more than 1,000 homes destroyed.

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Watch rescue of California woman who fell off 100-foot cliff

The woman told authorities that she fell at around 7 p.m. Thursday. She was rescued Friday morning after someone heard her calling for help.

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Man, 60, dies after beating in $1 Christmas Eve mugging

The man was kicked and punched while defending his partner during the mugging.

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Winter storms expected to create holiday travel havoc

Storms are expected to sweep across the northern Plains, Upper Midwest and Southwest.

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Missing Oregon woman was last seen Sunday with her boyfriend

Allyson Watterson, 20, was last seen on Sunday with her boyfriend Benjamin Hunter Garland, who has been arrested on unrelated charges.

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5 dead, at least 2 injured in Louisiana plane crash; sports reporter among victims

McCord worked for NBC affiliate WDSU in New Orleans and was the daughter-in-law of LSU Tigers offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.

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The worst passwords of 2019: Is yours on the list?

Cybercriminals have upped their game in recent years, and it’s time you did, too.

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Suspect in stabbing at N.Y. rabbi's home charged with attempted murder, burglary

The governor called the late-night attack in Rockland County an act of "domestic terrorism."

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2 killed, including gunman, in shooting at Texas church during Sunday service

The gunman was killed as members of the congregation returned fire during services in the town of White Settlement, police said.

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Ex-U.S. soldier, now a double murder suspect, is a hero in Ukraine

Craig Lang, who is charged with killing a Florida couple in 2018, has become a cause célèbre in the country where he has fought as a mercenary.

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Bond, Wonder Woman, and more: 12 movies to see in the first half of 2020

Daniel Craig's dashing spy and Gal Gadot's superhero are just two of the familiar faces returning to big screens next year.

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Remains of 6 people found at scene of tour helicopter crash in Hawaii

The grim announcement came hours after the wreckage of the helicopter, which had 7 aboard, was found on Kauai.

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Winter storms expected to create holiday travel havoc

Storms are expected to sweep across the northern Plains, Upper Midwest and Southwest.

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U.S. military base sounds false alarm as world awaits North Korea's 'Christmas gift'

The siren was sounded instead of a bugle call in an act of "human error" at Camp Casey, near the North Korean border, a spokesperson told NBC News.

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9 people shot, 2 fatally, in 'ambush' during music video shoot near Houston

Investigators believe a group of men were shooting the video in a parking lot when gunmen opened fire.

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Missing Oregon woman was last seen Sunday with her boyfriend

Allyson Watterson, 20, was last seen on Sunday with her boyfriend Benjamin Hunter Garland, who has been arrested on unrelated charges.

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Children's lives at risk as economic crisis in Venezuela deepens

With Venezuela in the grip of a severe economic crisis, children have been caught in the center as the humanitarian toll worsens, with no end in sight.

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Airplane food may get too hot on the tarmac, say catering workers at Phoenix airport

On a tarmac that can top 120 degrees, workers said it can take 3 hours to get food to planes, and dry ice used to cool food can evaporate before delivery.

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Watch rescue of California woman who fell off 100-foot cliff

The woman told authorities that she fell at around 7 p.m. Thursday. She was rescued Friday morning after someone heard her calling for help.

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Man, 60, dies after beating in $1 Christmas Eve mugging

The man was kicked and punched while defending his partner during the mugging.

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18 sickened at popular New Hampshire primary campaign stop

One person later died, but it was unclear if the death was related to the norovirus outbreak at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester.

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A final chilly plunge for man who boosted ALS ice bucket challenge

Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player, died Dec. 9 after a seven-year battle with ALS.

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Thai SEAL dies of blood infection a year after cave rescue

The SEAL, who was part of the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave, has died of a blood infection contracted during the risky operation.

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Tom Hanks receives honorary Greek citizenship

The 63-year-old actor has produced a number of films in the country and often spends his holidays on the Greek island of Antiparos.

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Truck bomb in Somalia's capital kills at least 78 people

It was the worst attack in Mogadishu in more than two years, and witnesses said the force of the blast reminded them of the devastating 2017 bombing that killed hundreds.

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Producer of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' dies on Christmas Day at 86

Lee Mendelson wrote the lyrics to the show's signature song, "Christmas Time Is Here."

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U.S. contractor killed, service members wounded in rocket attack on Iraq base

The attack reportedly involved as many as 30 rockets fired into the base, which is hosting coalition troops.

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Controversy hits Romance Writers of America over 'exotic' Asian women descriptions

A Chinese American board member called out the racist text and was originally suspended from her ethics position. The decision has since been reversed.

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Radio broadcaster Don Imus has died

He announced Jan. 22, 2018, that he was retiring, telling fans: “Turn out the lights ... the party's over."

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U.S. appeals court judge calls 17-year sentence in terrorism case 'shockingly low'

The court ordered a judge to re-sentence Fareed Mumuni, a New York City man who sought to aid the Islamic State group by trying to kill an FBI agent.

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Employees at Indiana pizzeria get 100 percent of Christmas Day profits

Seven employees who volunteered to work at Rockstar Pizza on Christmas made more than $700 each.

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Bond, Wonder Woman, and more: 12 movies to see in the first half of 2020

Daniel Craig's dashing spy and Gal Gadot's superhero are just two of the familiar faces returning to big screens next year.

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'Freaking evil': Leaked video shows SEALs who spoke out against pardoned platoon chief

“You could tell he was perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving,” a platoon medic told the investigators, according to The New York Times.

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The decade that doomed White Christian America

Of all the changes to identity and belonging, the century’s second decade has been particularly marked by a religious sea change.

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Wreckage of helicopter found in Hawaii

Two of those aboard the helicopter are believed to be minors.

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In heavily white Iowa, Democratic candidates focus on minority communities

Blacks and Latinos make up about 10 percent of the population in the first-in-the-nation 2020 voting state. That could be the winning difference.

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15 injured in explosion at Kansas aircraft manufacturing plant

A nitrogen line ruptured, leading to the explosion that caused part of the building to collapse.

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Barnard faculty, staff receive racist robocalls after Tessa Majors slaying

The contents of the robocall messages related to Tessa Majors’ death "are abhorrent and viciously racist," a statement from university officials said.

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One of the largest U.S. school districts to allow students day off to protest

"Skipping school and business as usual is to show that there's no point in going to school if we are having our future taken away from us," said one teen.

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Dad, 2 daughters die in apartment blaze after he rushes in to save them

The 41-year-old father "went back inside to rescue other family members that were not able to get out, and he wasn’t seen alive after that, unfortunately," a police lieutenant said.

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Controversy hits Romance Writers of America over 'exotic' Asian women descriptions

A Chinese American board member called out the racist text and was originally suspended from her ethics position. The decision has since been reversed.

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U.S. appeals court judge calls 17-year sentence in terrorism case 'shockingly low'

The court ordered a judge to re-sentence Fareed Mumuni, a New York City man who sought to aid the Islamic State group by trying to kill an FBI agent.

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Employees at Indiana pizzeria get 100 percent of Christmas Day profits

Seven employees who volunteered to work at Rockstar Pizza on Christmas made more than $700 each.

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NYPD to step up patrols in wake of recent anti-Semitic attacks

The Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg will get extra attention from police, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

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From bankruptcies to stock market highs, this was a decade of turnarounds

The decade started off very ominously — and ended with record-breaking highs on the stock market.

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Federal judge to block latest North Carolina voter ID mandate

GOP leaders in charge of the Legislature have been trying for most of the decade to advance voter ID.

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A pickup truck crashed into a gas meter. Three homes got engulfed in flames.

A pregnant woman and her four children escaped from one of the homes that caught fire about 20 miles from Pittsburgh.

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From ride-hailing to cannabis, this wasn't the best year for IPOs

A health technology company focusing on early detection for eye diseases has the distinction of being the worst performing IPO of the year, with shares now worth just 18 cents.

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What is HLH? ESPN reporter's diagnosis explained

The disorder can be inherited or triggered by certain conditions like an infection.

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The most purchased books we covered this holiday season

We wrote a slew of shopping guides this holiday season. The most popular books include cookbooks, children's books and self-improvement books.

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'Avengers', Billie Eilish among top Wikipedia articles of 2019

According to Wikipedia, the list largely centers around television and film with indie pop singer Billie Eilish as one outlier in the top 10.

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Civil rights groups sue North Carolina over felon voting restrictions

"People work and pay taxes," said Dennis Gaddy, one of the plaintiffs. "I just believe that they ought to have the right to vote."

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Minimum wage hikes hit 21 states in 2019 — and more are on the way in 2020

The federal minimum wage has remained unchanged since 2009, when it rose to $7.25 an hour. Since then, it has failed to keep up with inflation.

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Brazil investigates firebomb attack over gay Jesus Netflix film

A video posted to social media shows a Molotov cocktail targeting the Brazilian comedy group behind “The First Temptation of Christ."

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Boston mom in likely double murder-suicide with kids was biotech exec

Erin Pascal was found dead with her two young children at the bottom of a parking garage on Christmas Day.

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ESPN reporter's death: How often does pneumonia kill healthy young adults?

"Anyone can get pneumonia, and it can be severe."

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The biggest stories of the decade — according to you