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Secretary of the Army Mark Esper — seen in Ft. Bragg, N.C., in April — will now serve as acting secretary of defense, President Trump announced on Tuesday. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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Acting The Part: Trump Has A Pattern Of Filling Key Posts With Temporary Leaders

The latest acting secretary of defense, Mark Esper, will join an acting secretary of homeland security and other key officials serving without Senate confirmation in the Trump administration.

In this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Keith Raniere (center) sits with his attorneys, Paul DerOhannesian (left) and Marc Agnifilo during closing arguments Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. Elizabeth Williams/Associated Press hide caption

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NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sex Cult Case

The secretive group espoused a philosophy of self-help but was accused of recruiting women as sex slaves. Charges against Raniere, known as "The Vanguard," included sex trafficking and racketeering.

Dutch National Police chief Wilbert Paulissen speaks Wednesday at a news conference in the Netherlands. International investigators accused four people of being involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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4 Suspects Named And Face Murder Charges In Flight MH17 Shootdown

The Dutch-led investigation accused three Russians and one Ukrainian of being involved in the 2014 incident, which claimed 298 lives. Court hearings are set to begin next March.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen in Algiers on Dec. 2, 2018 — exactly two months after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was never heard from again. Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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U.N. Report Implicates Saudi Crown Prince In Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi

After a five-month probe of Khashoggi's death, a special U.N. investigator concluded it was "inconceivable that an operation of this scale could be implemented without the Crown Prince being aware."

Slack Technologies is going public Thursday. In the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, the company nearly doubled its revenues, to about $400 million. But it had a net loss of nearly $139 million. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Putting A Price On Chat: Slack Is Going Public At $16 Billion Value

In just five years, Slack has grown to more than 10 million users and become a verb in the process. "I'll Slack you" is shorthand for sending a message via the chat platform. Now it's going public.

The late Tom Petty, playing on the Isle of Wight in England in 2012. According to a recent New York Times investigation, master recordings by Petty may have been destroyed in a 2008 fire. Samir Hussein/Getty Images hide caption

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Following A Fiery Controversy, Legal Issues Mount For Universal Music

After a New York Times investigation was published last week, "dozens" of artists and estates are contemplating filing suits. UMG's head has pledged "transparency" — 11 years after the fire.

In the fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise, Bonnie comes home from kindergarten with Forky, a plastic fork with googly eyes and pipe cleaner hands voiced by Tony Hale. Sheriff Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) has aged into an avuncular figure. Pixar hide caption

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To Infinity And ... Be Done: After 4 Films, Have We Finally Outgrown 'Toy Story'?

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Though it's as dazzling as you'd expect from a Pixar animation, Toy Story 4 is also more ungainly than its predecessors, with coarser humor and audacious plot leaps that don't always pay off.

To Infinity And ... Be Done: After 4 Films, Have We Finally Outgrown 'Toy Story'?

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There's More To Look Forward To After Peaking Professionally

Social scientist Arthur Brooks set out to figure out how life after 50 can be more professionally fulfilling. His advice? "Stop being an innovator and start being an instructor."

There's More To Look Forward To After Peaking Professionally

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in New Hampshire. Biden came under fire from fellow Democrats after his remarks on working with segregationists during his time in the U.S. Senate. Scott Eisen/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats Blast Biden For Recalling 'Civil' Relationship With Segregationists

At a fundraiser Tuesday night, the former vice president talked about working with former Sens. James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, two segregationist Democrats.

Diamond brooch with five different cuts of diamonds (left), Shah Jahan's dagger and The Mirror of Paradise is a 52.58-carat diamond ring are part of an auction expected to fetch more than $115 million. Christie's hide caption

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Tipu Sultan's Magic Box, Shah Jahan's Jade Dagger: Stunning Jewels Up For Auction

A collection of Indian gems, jewelry and artifacts is expected to fetch more than $115 million — which would break a record set by Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection.

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