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Batmen and Targaryens: At Comic-Con, Cosplayers Were the Real Stars (Photos)

In San Diego, playing dress-up is serious business.<p>Every summer, San Diego Comic-Con attracts some big names. This year, panels included appearances from the casts of huge shows like “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead,” as well as movies like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Batman v Superman: …

Ignored Comic-Con This Weekend? Here Are The 10 Most Important Things You Missed.

San Diego Comic-Con is suffocating, even when you’re 3,000 miles away. So, for next year, rather than try to literally beat the crowds in California or stay hunched over your laptop waiting for the latest Batman NUGGET to drop, might I suggest ignoring all things NERDDDDDD until Monday, when all …

Sri Lanka minorities hit by economic hardship | Sri Lanka News

In Sri Lanka a hardline Buddhist group known as the Bodu Bala Sena is accused of inciting violence against minority groups, especially Muslims.<p>In a modern economy, however, communal violence has much wider implications for the economy and the livelihood of citizens.<p>Al Jazeera's Nidhi Dutt reports …

Mysterious Cat-Like Creature on the Loose in Southern California

A large cat that appears to resemble a lion is roaming the streets of Norwalk, Calif., this weekend.<p>The city warned Thursday that a resident’s …

150-pound tortoise found by police, reunited with family

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article misconstrued the meaning of the police department's quote involving the penal code.</i><p>A giant tortoise spotted wandering — albeit slowly — around California on Saturday has been reunited with its family, the Alhambra Police Department …

Bomb kills religious leader and guards in northwest Pakistan | Reuters

DERA ISMAIL KHAN Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb killed a Pakistani religious leader and two of his guards as they traveled to a celebration at a northwestern shrine on Monday, police said, as officers prepared for a militant backlash over a continuing military operation.<p>Pakistan launched a military …

Thai government bans 'military rule' computer game

Thailand's military government has banned a computer game that allows players to declare martial law and run a dictatorship – or alternatively suffer a coup if they fail to keep the military happy – deeming the game a public threat to peace and order, the game's distributor has said.<p>According to …

Sheriff: Focus on dad as shooter in murder-suicide

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Clarence and Shauna Washington hosted a Fourth of July bash for their friends and family, and their three daughters loved to …

Maureen McDonnell Told Ann Romney A Nutritional Supplement Could Cure Her MS: Official

Maureen McDonnell, wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), told Ann Romney that a drug from the company run by the man she and her husband are accused of taking bribes from could help cure her multiple sclerosis, McDonnell’s former campaign manager Phil Cox testified on Monday.<p>Anatabloc, …

Wildfires menace homes in 3 Western states

BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 …

Iranian officials say they have armed Hamas for fight with Israel

Two senior Iranian officials told an Arabic-language television channel Monday that Tehran has supplied missile technology to<p>Hamasfor its fight against Israel.<p>Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned in an interview with the Arabic channel of Iran's state Al-Alam television that …

SpaceX Strikes Deal for Launch Site in South Texas

Man featured on CNN's 'The Hunt' found dead

A massive manhunt, touched off more than a year ago when a California man is believed to have killed his family, ended Sunday when authorities announced they'd found the man's remains.<p>Shane Miller, the prime suspect in the deaths of his wife and two young daughters, was recently featured on CNN's …

Campers being rescued from Calif. mudslide

As many as 500 children and adults are being safely evacuated Monday after torrential rain and mudslides trapped them at a Southern California church camp, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department told CNN.<p>The Forest Home camp had been trapped behind a mudflow in Forest Falls -- …

U.S.—Russia Tensions Nuke Plans For Real-Life ‘Armageddon’ Asteroid Defense

The U.S. Energy Department, apparently, is being forced to close its eyes.<p>Rising tensions between the United States and Russia, stemming from the …

US gov't had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only …

Hobbits’ or Down Syndrome? Scientists Revive Fossil Debate

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Nigerian Troops Battling Boko Haram Are Guilty of War Crimes: Report

Forcing detainees to dig their own graves, slitting prisoners' throats in gruesome ceremonial killings, and conducting arbitrary mass executions. These are not charges leveled against Nigeria's brutal Islamist group Boko Haram, but the alleged human rights abuses of government troops tasked with …