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1:14 PM The family of the unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer after fleeing a traffic stop on foot has reached a settlement with North Charleston city officials.
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Ruth Pollard 4:39 PM As was the case 15 years ago, a political vacuum is being filled by violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
4:35 PM A fugitive former spy chief accused of involvement in the murky death of an Argentinian federal prosecutor in January flew from Brazil to the United States a month later, Argentina's security ministry said this week.
Philip Wen and Peter Hannam 4:28 PM China is considering aggressive new curbs on coal consumption as it accelerates efforts to transform its economy and tackle climate change, moves that could further dent revenue for Australia's commodities.
Jennifer Steinhauer and David Herszenhorn 4:24 PM Dismay and talks of divisions among Republicans as exit leaves no clear path forward and no set date for a new vote.
James Gorman 3:50 PM Building on years of research, 82 researchers from institutions around the world have built a reconstruction of a section of a rat brain in a computer.
Aziz El Yaakoubi 3:32 PM A UN plan to unite Libya's warring factions has hit a roadblock.
3:03 PM And you thought your post-holiday commute was bad.
Carl Zimmer 2:39 PM Scientists have recovered the genome of a 4500-year-old human skeleton in Ethiopia - the first time a complete assemblage of DNA has been retrieved from an ancient human in Africa.
Kate Kelland 2:23 PM One in three of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco unless a substantial proportion of them succeed in quitting smoking, according to a new study.
Lindsey Bever 1:27 PM Telling son to put a slave cuff around a black character's neck is "definitely racist", mother says.
Nick O'Malley 1:14 PM Former neurosurgeon has a history of making outlandish or outrageous statements, only to later claim he was misreported.
Jewel Topsfield 12:51 PM Indonesia appears to be moving towards an annual figure for the import of live cattle with an upbeat Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce announcing "I know the outcome but I am not going to say what it is" following a meeting in Jakarta.
Michael E. Miller 12:34 PM As a video circulated online Wednesday showing what appeared to be a sexual hazing ritual at an Indiana University fraternity, some who saw it shrugged. Others thought it was funny, tweeting "LOL" and "LMAO."
12:17 PM Migrants who do not need protection hamper efforts to help those who do, German minister says.
Michael Miller 11:38 AM Customers were coming and going in the parking lot of a Home Depot near the US city of Detroit when a shoplifter suddenly came tearing across the blacktop. The shoplifter, who appeared to be in his 40s and wore a black shirt and hat, was pushing a cart full of stolen power tools and welding equipment
Philip Wen and Peter Hannam 12:30 PM China is promising peak carbon emissions by 2030 - but that could happen much sooner than forecast. It would be good for efforts to curb global warming, but it also means economic pain for many, including Australia's exporters.
Justin Moyer 10:50 AM Journalist Matthew Keys, who prosecutors say illegally leaked the username and password needed to hack into the Los Angeles Times to the hacking group Anonymous may serve 25 years in prison.
9:56 AM Dramatic video has emerged of the moment a remote bridge on one of New Zealand's popular Great Walks broke, sending four tourists tumbling.
Sarah Kaplan and Fred Barbash 8:54 AM Hundreds of people in northern hemisphere go outside with their cameras in hopes of capturing colourful displays.