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Clinton narrowly leads Trump in national poll

Hillary Clinton is back on top of Donald Trump in a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday—barely.<p>Drawing her support from younger, more educated and predominantly women voters, the former secretary of state leads the presumptive Republican nominee 45 percent to 41 percent. In the …

Fallujah fight stalled by fierce fighting, civilian concerns

CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi military's advance into Fallujah was stalled Wednesday by fierce resistance from Islamic State fighters and concerns over protecting tens of thousands of civilians still trapped inside the strategic city, officials said.<p>With the operation in its second week, …

Middle East

Families flee as battle for Falluja rages on

<b>(CNN) —</b> Suad had feared for so long that she would die. A mother in Falluja, Iraq, her city has been at the center of war for more than a dozen years and now it is the epicenter of a battle between ISIS and Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by the United States-led coalition.<p>The coalition's push to …

700+ migrants missing or feared dead in Mediterranean shipwrecks

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 65 migrants have died in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea in the past week. And with hundreds still missing, officials fear the death toll could soar above 700.<p>Most of the victims were on three ill-fated boats.<p>About 100 people remained missing Sunday after a boat capsized …

IS grabs territory from Syrian rebels near Turkish border

BEIRUT (AP) — Militants of the Islamic State group on Friday seized a string of villages from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border in rapid advances …

5 Unhealthy Habits to Let Go of Today

Life is a precious gift and so is our health. We should invest in our health and wellness every day in order to live our lives to the fullest and …

7 things financially successful people refuse to do

The truth is, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. But it's not just what they choose to do that matters, it's what they refuse to do that matters as well.<p>Let's take a look at some things enormously successful people refuse to do.

Trump protesters smash door, break through barriers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico -- the latest scuffle to follow the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign.<p>The scene outside Albuquerque's convention center was chaotic as police ushered protesters away from …

Donald Trump

3 Daily Habits Of Peak Performers, According To Michael Phelps' Coach

Spend some time with U.S. Olympic men’s swimming coach Bob Bowman, as I recently did, and you’ll understand why some people go from good to great in a chosen field, while others, like Bowman’s longtime student Michael Phelps, go from good to record-shattering.<p>Phelps’ record is extraordinary. His 22 …

Swimming

Leading Democrats to Clinton: You're not being tough enough on Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The high demand for Michelle Obama on the 2016 trail, Ben Carson's evolving role and is that "Trump effect" the real deal?<p>It's all a part of our "Inside Politics" forecast.<p>1) Obama's in demand, but first lady's a big draw<p>President Barack Obama is clearly itching for a big role in …

Clinton declares victory in Kentucky primary; Sanders wins in Oregon

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton declared victory in the Kentucky primary on Tuesday, potentially disrupting a string of expected primary losses this month that had threatened to weaken her even as she turned her focus to her likely matchup against Republican Donald Trump in the general …

Government

ISIS terrorizes Europe but loses ground at home

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS might have pulled off a string of terrorist attacks across Europe in recent months, but on its home turf in Iraq and Syria it has suffered one setback after another.<p>On Monday, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad recaptured the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Last week, the …

North Korea Celebrates First Congress in 36 Years: Pictures

WhatsApp just launched a desktop app to let you chat at your computer — here's how to get it

WhatsApp has released an official desktop app, letting you use its wildly popular messaging service on your computer.<p>It's pretty handy if you're stuck staring at a screen all day and don't want to have to glance down at your smartphone's tiny display to check your messages.<p>It's available for …

Amazon launches YouTube-style video service

Web users with Amazon account can now upload their own videos to the Video Direct platform<p>Amazon is launching a YouTube-style video service allowing its customers to post clips, widening its growing competition with Google across online video.<p>From Tuesday, anyone with an Amazon account can upload …

Television Industry

Bombings kill 93 in Iraqi capital's bloodiest day this year

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the deadliest violence in Baghdad this year, three car bombs claimed by the Islamic State group killed 93 people across the Iraqi capital Wednesday, demonstrating the extremists' ability to mount significant attacks despite major battlefield losses.<p>The separate bombings, which …

Middle East

Sanders, Trump easily win West Virginia primary; Trump picks up Nebraska too

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont easily won the Democratic primary in West Virginia on Tuesday, the first of a string of potentially strong showings this month that may drag out, but not block, front-runner Hillary Clinton’s march toward the Democratic nomination.<p>Additionally, Donald Trump won …

Government

10 Things Highly Successful People Do Before Going to Sleep

The most motivated people have a routine set of activities they do before bedtime that inspires, refreshes, and renews their passion.<p>Before they close out the chapter on the day, successful people typically have a routine they follow. They have a set of actions that inspires, refreshes, and renews …

Success

Airstrike kills at least 28 in Syria

At least 28 people have been killed in an airstrike Thursday on a refugee camp in Syria, according to a British-based monitoring group.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there are women and children among the casualties and the number of dead at the camp near the town of Sarmada was …

U.S. announces ceasefire for Aleppo after talks with Russia

<b>Latakia, Syria (CNN) —</b> A ceasefire is in effect in one of the most war-torn cities in Syria, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. The United States and Russia concluded arrangements for a cessation of violence in Aleppo and surrounding areas, according to a department statement.<p>The two …

Haliburton, Baker Hughes merger called off

Oilfield services giants Halliburton and Baker Hughes have nixed their merger following opposition from the Obama administration.<p>The Houston-based energy companies last month pledged to "vigorously contest" the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against Halliburton's acquisition of Baker Hughes, but …

Cruz fights for survival as Trump eyes Indiana knockout

OSCEOLA, Ind. (AP) — Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end the GOP's primary season. The fiery Texas senator hinted at an exit strategy, even as he vowed to compete to the end against surging Republican …

Government

US secretary of state to discuss plans with Russian counterpart by phone, and UN Syria envoy to fly to Moscow on Tuesday<p>John Kerry has said several proposals aimed at finding a way to restore at least a partial truce in Syria are being discussed, as attacks on the city of Aleppo continue.<p>The US …

Republican Cruz, hoping to revive struggling campaign, taps Fiorina as No. 2 | Reuters

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, in a last-ditch bid to slow front-runner Donald Trump’s momentum, named former business executive Carly Fiorina on Wednesday as his vice presidential running mate should he win the nomination.<p>After crushing losses to Trump in …

Government

Fed seen holding rates this week with hike still on horizon | Reuters

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady when they meet this week, but may tweak their description of the economic outlook to reflect more benign conditions, leaving the path open for future rate rises.<p>The United States Federal …

Economy

Stocks Fall on Declines in Energy Sector

Investors await U.S. Fed meeting and will be keenly watching the bank’s economic assessment<p>Declines in commodity-sensitive shares pulled U.S. stocks slightly lower Monday.<p>Investors broadly held off from making major bets, traders said, ahead of a number of corporate earnings this week from …

Obama announces an additional 250 special operations forces to Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama announced Monday an additional 250 special operations forces will be sent to Syria in the coming weeks in a speech in Hannover, Germany, in an effort to stem the influence and spread of ISIS.<p>"Just as I approved additional support for Iraqi forces against ISIL, I've …

Middle East

9 Things Enormously Productive People Refuse to Do

There is no magic formula for being enormously productive--just extremely good habits. Here are 9 that can help.<p>Have you ever wondered why some people are more productive than others? What's the magic formula?<p>I have had the privilege of working with and coaching some outstandingly successful men …

Motivation