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Kanye Is Running For President And 1 Other Must-Watch VMA Moment

Perhaps the most controversial moment during the MTV Video Music Awards came when Nicki Minaj took on Miley Cyrus. It'll be the talk of the water cooler today, so you might as well take a look.

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The Salt

If Fish Is Brain Food, Can Fish Oil Pills Boost Brains, Too?

Research suggests eating fish regularly over a lifetime is good for the brain. But when it comes to staving off cognitive decline in seniors, fish oil supplements just don't cut it, a study finds.

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U.S.

Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics

For all the talk of police militarization, no reliable statistics exist on the number of raids by SWAT or other heavily armed tactical teams. There are no federal or state tallies — except in Utah.

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EU Ministers Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Migrant Crisis

Europe has seen an unprecedented number of migrants and asylum seekers reach its borders. The ministers called the meeting in part to try to decide which migrants should be treated as refugees.

Uchiya, 29, eight months pregnant, carries an empty jerry can from her mountaintop home to a source of water below. She'll fill it with five gallons and then climb back up. In sub-Saharan Africa, women spent 40 billion hours a year collecting water. Mustafah Abdulaziz hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Getting A Glass Of Water Can Be An Ordeal In Some Parts Of The World

In developing countries, folks may trek hours to fetch water — or turn on the spigot and wait endlessly for drops to flow. A new app offers a promising solution for the latter problem.

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Around the Nation

Through Soccer, Teen Migrants Rebuild Lives And Get Chance To Meet Pope

During his U.S. visit in September, the pope is set to meet with unaccompanied minors from Central America who have formed a youth soccer team co-sponsored by New York's Catholic Charities.

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Wes Craven, Master Horror Movie Director, Dies At 76

The legendary director of Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream had cancer. His films, which often mixed slasher gore with wry humor, helped reinvent the horror genre.

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Obama To Rename Continent's Highest Peak From Mount McKinley To Denali

Efforts to change the mountain's name date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

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It's All Politics

As Democrats Grow Nervous, Clinton Tries To Appeal To Party Leaders

Hillary Clinton tried to rally important Democratic delegates to her side at the party's summer meeting in Minneapolis. But, as she looks increasingly vulnerable, rivals are pressing their own cases.

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Goats and Soda

What's Better For Afghanistan's Future: Buddha Tours Or A Copper Mine?

A vast archaeological site sits atop one of the world's biggest untapped copper deposits. Afghanistan must decide which resource will be a greater boon.

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