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Museum of Fakes for a City of Fakes

You may think buying a fake is no big deal, but a new exhibit at the Crime Museum in D.C. shows how counterfeit goods, from luxury bags to medicine, can cause serious—even deadly—harm.

Brazil’s Stealth Diet Food

Brazilians may be famous for their beach bodies, but new wealth is wreaking havoc on their waistlines. How the World Cup nation’s large Japanese community could be its saving grace.

The Great Probiotic Swindle

Probiotics are having a moment. Though the good gut bugs are likely beneficial for some, companies are using the label to rip off consumers.

Dennis Hopper: The Missing Years

For nine years in the 1960s, the actor disappeared from Hollywood. A trove of photos found after his death reveals he spent this time documenting the crazy world around him.

Inside OITNB’s Terrifying Showdown

What was it like to film Red and Vee’s tense first meeting? Kate Mulgrew and Lorraine Toussaint tell the behind-the-scenes story about how they nailed the brilliant scene.

Soccer Hooligans Are the Worst Fans Ever

Soccer hooligans do not rampage the way they once did, but they do still romp and stomp to make you wonder what it is in the beautiful game that inspires such ugliness.

Whitney Cummings Uncensored

In her new Comedy Central special, ‘I Love You,’ the comedian may deliver her most controversial message yet: It’s OK for women to act like women.

Who Isn’t Investigating Chris Christie?

From sleazy Sandy spending to Bridegate to strange, strange self-probes, this is your guide to all the state, city, federal, and internal investigations of New Jersey’s gov.

U.S. Ambassador Baucus says China hacking threatens national security

By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - Cyber theft of trade secrets by China is a threat to U.S. national security, U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus said on Wednesday in the first major public address of his tenure, warning that Washington would continue to pressure Beijing. Baucus' remarks come as commercial ties between the world's two largest economies have been strained over cyber espionage charges and revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of U.S. spying. In May, Washington indicted five Chinese military officers for hacking U.S. companies, prompting Beijing to suspend a Sino-U.S. working group on cyber issues.

Cochran win in Miss. a blow to tea party movement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican establishment has delivered a punch to the gut of the tea party movement as six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly turned back a challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

Israel stages 12 air strikes on Gaza after rocket fire

The Israeli air force carried out 12 raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after militants fired more rockets at southern Israel, Palestinian security sources said Wednesday. The attacks struck training grounds used by Palestinian militants, leaving two people lightly injured, they told AFP. The raids took place after militants fired five rockets at southern Israel, one of which hit an open area. Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system while the other two landed inside Gaza, the statement said.

New York Congressman Charles Rangel claims victory in Democratic primary

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Congressman Charles Rangel of New York declared victory in his Democratic primary election on Tuesday, after facing one of the most serious challenges of a four-decade career as he tried to win a 23rd term in Congress in November. Rangel's Democratic challenger, state Senator Adriano Espaillat, has not conceded defeat, and the New York Times and other news outlets said the race was too close to call. In this liberal bastion of New York City, where blacks and Latinos form the majority, the winner of the Democratic primary is all but guaranteed to win the mid-term general election in November.

4 bombs in Cairo metro stations, at least 2 hurt

Cairo (AFP) - Four makeshift bombs exploded within minutes of each other at three Cairo metro stations during morning rush hour on Wednesday, wounding at least two people, police said.

Cochran holds off tea party challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in six states, plus a runoff in Mississippi. Highlights:

Thad Cochran Wins One for Sanity

Democrats might have been praying for a McDaniel victory in Mississippi’s Senate runoff—why not make the Republicans look nuttier? Here’s why they should be glad the establishment won.

Cochran wins Miss. runoff, edges tea partyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity.

Brides for sale: Vietnamese women trafficked to China

When Kiab turned 16, her brother promised to take her to a party in a tourist town in northern Vietnam. Instead, he sold her to a Chinese family as a bride. The ethnic Hmong teenager spent nearly a month in China until she was able to escape her new husband, seek help from local police and return to Vietnam. "My brother is no longer a human being in my eyes -- he sold his own sister to China," Kiab, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, told AFP at a shelter for trafficking victims in the Vietnamese border town Lao Cai.

Four dead as India train derails, sabotage suspected

A passenger train derailed in eastern India on Wednesday, killing four people after a suspected explosion on the tracks, officials said. Some 12 carriages of the Rajdhani Express, which was travelling from the capital New Delhi to the northeastern state of Assam, toppled over at around 2:00 am (2030 GMT) in Bihar state's Saran district. "Prima facie, it appears to be a case of sabotage," Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency. Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said there was no confirmation about what caused the derailment.

US weighs lawsuits on alleged insurance kickbacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is considering whether to sue banks and other mortgage servicers to recover its losses from alleged insurance kickbacks that may have cost government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hundreds of millions of dollars, according to an internal report.

Cheney slams wrong US direction in Iraq

Former vice-president Dick Cheney, an architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, on Tuesday defended his choices at the time, and slammed the current US course as opening the door to insurgents. The primary task of the advisers was to evaluate the state of Iraqi forces and not to turn the tide against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which have swept across western and northern Iraq, the Pentagon's press secretary said. Referring to an op-ed article he wrote with his daughter Liz Cheney, the former vice president and ex defense chief said: “We don't mean to be disrespectful to the president (Barack Obama), but I have got -- and as did my co-author ... we feel very, very strongly that we're headed in the wrong direction. He believes Obama never meant to leave troops in Iraq – and that his decision to withdraw led to the current instability.