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Georgia University Cancels Classes in Flap Over Flag Protest

American flags at Rockefeller Center on Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)
American flags at Rockefeller Center on Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)

VALDOSTA, Ga.—Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism sparked a countermovement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday ahead...




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    A Middle Eastern Teen Wore a Fake Bomb for his Prom Proposal. Now, He Can’t go to the Prom

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  • President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, where he took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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  • A sign for free HIV testing is pictured in front of the Scott County Health Department in Scottsburg, Ind., on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP/News and Tribune, Christopher Fryer)

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  • Pepsi drinks are on display at JJ&F Market in Palo Alto, Calif. PepsiCo says it’s dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. (AP/Paul Sakuma)

    Diet Pepsi Dropping Aspartame on Customer Concerns

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  • In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department in Washington. Holder is bidding farewell to the Justice Department after six years as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Holder is scheduled to address Justice Department employees at a ceremony on Friday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Eric Holder Leaving After Third-Longest Term as Attorney General

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    More Money Means More Trees in US Cities

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  • Over a hundred demonstrators walk from Arizona State Capitol to Federal Court house to mark the fifth anniversary of SB1070 Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. Four of the demonstrators were arrested after blocking the road near Federal Court. (Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic via AP)

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio Ordered Secret Probe of Wife of Judge Hearing Arpaio Contempt Case

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  • In this image from video provided by Zach Rader students from Westfield High School are on the stage during the grand finale of the concert dubbed "American Pie" Thursday April 23, 2015 just prior to the stage collapsed. More than a dozen students were injured after the stage filled with students collapsed during the musical performance at the central Indiana high school Thursday night, authorities said. (Zach Rader via AP)

    School Stage Collapses, Injuring Over a Dozen

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  • Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters pose for a photograph in central Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants pressing their offensive for Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, has forced more than 2,000 families to flee from their homes in the area, an Iraqi official said Thursday. The Sunni militants' push on Ramadi, launched Wednesday when the Islamic State group captured three villages on the city's eastern outskirts, has become the most significant threat so far to the provincial capital of Anbar. (AP Photo)

    Iraq Troops Capture Ramadi Bridge From ISIS

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  • Comcast Corporation chairman & CEO Brian Roberts speaks at a Comcast presentation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Regulators Take Down Comcast-Time Warner Merger Without a Fight

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  • On the one-year anniversary of their escape, Cleveland, Ohio kidnapping survivors Amanda Berry, right, and Georgina DeJesus, left, are honored at the annual National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Hope Awards dinner in Washington, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. On May 6, 2013, Berry and DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, escaped from a home where they had been held captive and abused for about ten years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    After Ten Years Chained in a Basement, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus Tells Tale in Memoir

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  • The gorgeous colors of Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic hot spring are among the park’s myriad hydrothermal features created by the fact that Yellowstone is a supervolcano – the largest type of volcano on Earth. A new University of Utah study reports discovery of a huge magma reservoir beneath Yellowstone’s previously known magma chamber. That doesn’t increase the risk of an eruption, but means scientists are getting a better view of Yellowstone’s volcanic plumbing system. (“Windows into the Earth,” Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel)

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  • Former CIA director David Petraeus pauses as he speaks to the media as he leaves the federal courthouse in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, April 23, 2015 after pleading guilty to sharing top government secrets with his biographer. Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus Gets 2 Years Probation for Leaking Military Secrets

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—His outstanding career in the military and national security has been ruined; so have his political aspirations, because he provided classified information to his... Read more


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