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Nelson Mandela dead at 95

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.

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Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act, paves way for gay marriage to resume in California

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Justices overturn Defense of Marriage Act in a 5-4 ruling. In a separate 5-4 decision, the court declines to rule on Prop 8, meaning same-sex marriage will be legal again in California.

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World Trade Center becomes tallest US building at 1776 feet

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A crane lifted the last of a 408-foot tall spire on top of One World Trade Center on Friday, a capstone to an emotional 12-year effort to replace the twin towers destroyed by terrorists.

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Remembering Maya Angelou

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The renowned poet, author and civil rights activist with the unmistakably regal voice died on may 28 at the age of 86.

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At least 51 killed as tornado tears through Oklahoma, leaving miles of debris

An enormous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, killing at least 51 people, including 20 children Monday. The twister pulverized entire city blocks, left behind miles of mangled cars and splintered wood, and destroyed an elementary school where seven children were found dead.

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Iraq, 10 years on: Did invasion bring ‘hope and progress’ to millions as Bush vowed?

(Photos top to bottom, left to right: NBC News, IAVA, Maya Alleruzzo / AP)

When the administration of President George W. Bush planned the invasion of Iraq, hopes ran high that the massive deployment of troops and money wouldn’t just result in the toppling of Saddam Hussein: The United States would help create a country that stood as an example to others. 

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Explosions rock finish of Boston Marathon; 3 killed and scores injured

Two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, including an 8-year-old. At least 100 injures have been reported.

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30 days in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Frustration, false hopes and new leads have marked the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now in its fifth week.

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Second anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain May 1, 2011 in his luxury hideout in Pakistan in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.

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