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J.K. Rowling announced she is releasing a story set in the “Harry Potter” universe on Halloween. The story will be focused on the nasty Dolores Umbridge, who first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth book of the series. Learn more at Rowling’s site Pottermore.

Updated Oct 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

A 131-page report on the findings of the University of North Carolina's alleged academic fraud to benefit 3,100 students, 47 percent of whom were athletes, was released Wednesday. Independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein led the effort to get to...

Updated Oct 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

For the second time in two months, Michael Sam has been released by an NFL team. This time it was the Dallas Cowboys. According to Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com, Sam was waived so the Cowboys could sign linebacker Troy Davis. Sam, who played...

Updated Oct 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius received five years in prison today for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend. The South African Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter, was previously found guilty of culpable homicide, a charge similar to...

Updated Sep 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

The Arab League called Monday for its members to combat the Islamic State group, but stopped short of offering any specifics ahead of a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama outlining America's strategy for challenging the extremists.

Updated Sep 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

Updated Sep 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Hundreds of children in about a dozen states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials suspect may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.

Posted Sep 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Avoidable miscommunication between U.S. air and ground forces led to a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan in June, according to a military investigation report.

Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

A private U.S. plane with an unresponsive pilot crashed into the ocean north of the Caribbean island Friday after a journey of more than 1,400 miles.

Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center, officials said Friday.

Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.

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