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HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot, gets beheaded in Philadelphia

<b>(CNN) —</b> This is why we can't have nice hitchhiking robots.<p>HitchBOT, the cheerful hitchhiking robot that had made cross-country trips across Canada, the Netherlands and Germany, had intended to travel across the United States as well. Instead, it survived all of 300 miles on the mean streets of the …

Six children and two adults found shot dead in Texas home

<b>Six children and two adults have been found handcuffed and fatally shot in the head in a Texas home, following the arrest of a man who exchanged gunfire with police.</b><p>The gunfire broke out when officers who had been called to the Houston-area home late on Saturday spotted the body of a child and …

Afghanistan: Taliban attack in Kunduz kills 29

<b>At least 29 members of a pro-government militia have been killed in an attack in northern Afghanistan, officials say.</b><p>Four commanders are said to be among those killed on Saturday when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a gathering in the province of Kunduz.<p>The interior ministry described them as …

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<b>Newly-promoted Preston North End held last season's beaten Championship play-off finalists Middlesbrough to an uneventful goalless draw at Deepdale.</b><p>Boro failed to test home keeper Jordan Pickford, with Grant Leadbitter lashing their best chance wide early on.<p>Will Keane went closest for North End, …

Singapore marks 50 years of independence

Singapore has held nationwide celebrations to mark 50 years since it became an independent state.<p>Tens of thousands of people attended an outdoor parade, complete with flybys by the air force and a Singapore Airlines A380 airliner.<p>Singapore became independent when it was ejected from the Federation …

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<b>Southampton earned a point at Newcastle thanks to substitute Shane Long's late goal.</b><p>Graziano Pelle met Cedric Soares' long ball to head Saints into an early lead, before Papiss Cisse equalised by chesting in a deflected cross.<p>New £14.5m signing Georginio Wijnaldum then scored a powerful header on …

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<b>Fran Kirby scored on her debut to help send Chelsea Ladies top of WSL 1 with a thumping win over Birmingham City.</b><p>Chelsea had Gemma Davison sent off for a second caution for diving, soon after Eniola Aluko's close-range opener.<p>But Gilly Flaherty's strike from a corner in first-half injury-time …

Hundreds gather to remember slain Vermont social worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — About 300 people packed into Barre's Old Labor Hall Sunday to pay tribute to a Vermont social worker who was gunned down by a woman …

First batch of US F-16s arrives in Turkey to fight ISIL

The United States has deployed half a dozen F-16 warplanes to Turkey to help operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL), the US mission to NATO has said.<p>The deployment of warplanes at the Incirlik base is the first since Ankara and Washington reached a deal two weeks …

FBI Invited to Assist in Probe After Cop Kills College Student Christian Taylor

The FBI has been invited to assist in the investigation into the deadly police shooting of an unarmed college football player by an officer responding to a burglary call at a Texas car dealership, the police chief said Saturday.<p>Christian Taylor, 19, was shot at and struck "multiple times" by an …

UK heatwave: July's hottest day on record

The UK has seen the hottest July day on record, with temperatures hitting 36.7C (98F).<p>The Met Office said the reading had been registered at Heathrow - breaking the previous record set in 2006.<p>Sarah Campbell reports.

US police killings headed for 1,100 this year, with black Americans twice as likely to die

Police in the United States are killing people at a rate that would result in 1,100 fatalities by the end of this year, according to a Guardian investigation, which recorded an average of three people killed per day during the first half of 2015.<p>The Counted, a project working to report and …

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Pope Francis Is Worried About Greece

Pope Francis urged prayers for Greece and its people Wednesday, saying the country was weathering a "keenly felt human and social crisis."<p>Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement the situation over Greece's expired bailout program was "worrying."<p>Lombardi said the dignity of …

Couple accused of starving their 6-year-old, who had the body weight of a 2-year-old

When the 6-year-old girl arrived at a Colorado hospital, she weighed just 25 pounds, authorities say.<p>Her appearance was so troubling, in fact, that the medical staff at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo., compared it to “that of concentration camp victims,” according to an affidavit obtained by …

Heatwave Scorches Europe

Four sentenced to death in Tanzania for killing albino teenager | Reuters

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four men, including a witchdoctor, were sentenced to death by Tanzania’s High Court on Wednesday after being found guilty of abducting, killing and dismembering a 17-year-old albino boy.<p>The court was told the killers planned to sell the victim’s organs …

US military morale is reportedly at 'rock bottom' again

Since 2009, $287 million has been spent on programs aimed at improving morale within the US military, which has shouldered two major overseas combat deployments over the past decade.<p>But these efforts may have been largely fruitless, as 52% of soldiers across all branches remain "pessimistic about …

Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace …

Liberia fears a new Ebola epidemic after second case is discovered

Seven weeks after being declared Ebola-free, Liberia has found a second case of the deadly disease, sparking fears that the country could find itself back in the middle of an epidemic if precautions are not put in place.<p>The first Ebola case since the country declared an all-clear was discovered on …

Alaska wildfires char nearly 2 million acres, send smoke to South Carolina

Alaska is on track to have one of its worst wildfire seasons on record, propelled by a combination of warming average temperatures, a historically …

New warden, security measures after New York prison escape

A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.<p>The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates' cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more …

Saudi government funding private Islamic schools in Canada, documents show

The Saudi government is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to help finance the expansion of private Islamic schools in Canada, according to newly leaked documents that shine a light on how foreign states are helping finance a growing demand for religious education.<p>The documents, involving …

Another black church in South Carolina burns; cause unknown

The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags.<p>The Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church was burned to the ground by the Ku Klux …

Militants attack Egyptian soldiers, kill at least 50

A wave of simultaneous terror attacks swept across Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, leaving scores dead and prompting hours-long battles.<p>It was the deadliest battle in the region since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.<p>The Egyptian army said that more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were …

Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of children from Holocaust, dies at 106

<b>London (CNN) —</b> For decades, Sir Nicholas Winton hardly spoke of what he'd done.<p>But when Winton died at the age of 106, Britain's prime minister said that his actions were something the world should always remember.<p>"The world has lost a great man," Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted Wednesday. "We …

Unprecedented wave of shark attacks causes terror in North Carolina

Seven people have been bitten since June but wildlife experts say it is down to several different sharks and is not "a Jaws situation"<p>A seventh person in <b>North Carolina</b> has been bitten by sharks in what is becoming an unprecedented wave of attacks on tourist beaches.<p>The 68-year-old man was flown to …

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Watch Steelers' 37-Year-Old LB James Harrison Bench 500 Pounds

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran linebacker James Harrison to a two-year, $2.75 million extension in March. And at least as far as offseason …