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Sri Lankan military rescuers and villagers stand on the debris of a house that was destroyed in a landslide in the village of Bellana, in the Kalutara district of Sri Lanka, on Friday. Mudslides and floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed scores of people in the island nation. Eranga Jayawardena/AP hide caption

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Monsoon-Triggered Mudslides, Floods In Sri Lanka Kill More Than 90 People

Evacuations are underway, with helicopters and boats trying to reach stranded communities. More than 100 more people are missing, the country's disaster management center says.

Sean Hannity tours the White House briefing room in January. Though he has lost a handful of advertisers after promoting a groundless story, Fox News has stood by its star pundit. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Conspiracy Controversy, Hannity Takes A Vacation — And Vows To Return

"Uh oh My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW," the Fox News pundit tweeted, predicting "breathless" speculation about his departure after he drew backlash for pushing a baseless story.

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Robert Mercer Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In Finance And Conservative Politics

He and his daughter Rebekah have quietly emerged as powerful donors to Republican candidates and causes, including President Trump.

Robert Mercer Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In Finance And Conservative Politics

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Young Indian children sit with bowls of porridge (nombu kanji) as they prepare to break the fast with the Iftar meal during the Islamic month of Ramadan at The Wallajah Big Mosque in Chennai last July. Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Southern India, The Spirit Of Ramadan Is Served In A Bowl Of Porridge

To break the fast at sunset, mosques distribute nombu kanji, a lightly spiced rice and lentil porridge, to worshipers and the poor. The meal epitomizes the Muslim holy month's spirit of giving.

Republican Greg Gianforte celebrates with supporters after being declared the winner at a election night party for Montana's special House election against Democrat Rob Quist at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday in Bozeman, Montana. Janie Osborne/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican Gianforte Wins Montana House Race Despite Assault Charge

Republican Greg Gianforte claimed victory in a special election for Congress Thursday despite an election eve assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.

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StoryCorps

Remembering A Soldier Who Died For His Country Before Becoming A Citizen

George Rincon and Yolanda Reyes remember their son, Diego, an Iraqi war veteran who was killed in action in 2003. The family came to the U.S. in 1989 as immigrants from Colombia.

Remembering A Soldier Who Died For His Country Before Becoming A Citizen

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As baby boomers age, more older Americans are visiting the emergency room, which can be an overcrowded, disorienting and even traumatic place. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Can Comfort Care At The ER Help Older People Live Longer And Suffer Less?

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Many older patients have problems that an emergency room is ill-equipped to handle, but often there is nowhere else to go. So some hospitals are adding palliative care consultants to the front lines.

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For Many Philadelphia Residents, Bill Cosby Is Still Their 'Hometown Boy'

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As Bill Cosby faces a trial for aggravated indecent assault, his relationship with Philadelphia is also on the line. Cosby grew up in Philadelphia and has maintained close ties to the city.

For Many Philadelphia Residents, Bill Cosby Is Still Their 'Hometown Boy'

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In NATO Speech, Trump Scolds Leaders But Doesn't Recommit To Defense Pledge

At a dedication for two memorials, President Trump told gathered NATO leaders that it was "not fair" to U.S. taxpayers for NATO countries to spend less than they pledged on their own national defense.

Pitt's War Machine character, Gen. Glen McMahon, is loosely based on the real Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Francois Duhamel/Netflix hide caption

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Movie Interviews

'Our Film Is Funny Until It's Not': Brad Pitt On The Darkly Comic 'War Machine'

Pitt plays a semi-clueless four-star general charged with overseeing the war effort in Afghanistan. He says the film uses comedy to lure viewers in, then shows them some harsh realities.

'Our Film Is Funny Until It's Not': Brad Pitt On The Darkly Comic 'War Machine'

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Parallels - World News

Land Deal For Right-Wing Elementary School Plagues Japanese Prime Minister

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has denied involvement in a discounted sale of state-owned land for a new primary school. He says he'll resign if proof of his involvement is found.

Land Deal For Right-Wing Elementary School Plagues Japanese Prime Minister

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4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals building in Richmond, Va., was the site of a court hearing on President Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries earlier this month. A 13-judge panel has ruled that the ban should continue to be blocked. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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AG Says He Will Take Block On Revised Travel Ban To The Supreme Court

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the block on President Trump's travel ban on six majority-Muslim countries should remain in place. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the "Department of Justice strongly disagrees with the decision."

This image shows Jupiter's south pole, as seen by NASA's Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles. The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles in diameter. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles hide caption

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Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.

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Shots - Health News

Patient, Doctor Groups Say New CBO Score Reveals Health Care Bill's Flaws

"Last-minute changes to the AHCA made by the House offered no real improvements," said Andrew Gurman, president of the American Medical Association. Additional criticism has come from the AARP and the American Hospital Association, among others.

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The Salt

Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

For over 35 years, the all-female Shonen Knife has been serving up catchy punk titles like "Wasabi," "Hot Chocolate" and "Sushi Bar." But don't mistake them for bubblegum pop. These ladies are legit.

Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

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