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Ali Rezaian brought to Iran's Mission at the United Nations a petition for his brother's release that has been signed by 500,000 people.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney returned to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday for a ceremony honoring his service as president of the Senate. Former President George W. Bush was among those honoring him.

A federal jury has convicted former Massy Energy CEO Don Blankenship for conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at the site of a 2010 explosion that killed 29 people.

The unusual meeting was called to consider a ban on certain uses of a new technique that can make precise changes in DNA. The main concern is altering genes in human sperm, eggs and embryos.

The German parliament votes Friday on whether to send military support for French attacks on ISIS in Syria. The measure is expected to pass the Bundestag.

The Saudis could push up world oil prices by cutting their production. But they seem to feel that would mostly help their rivals, like Iran and Russia. So the Saudis are expected to keep pumping away.

Don't call it a comeback: Blocks have been here for more than 100 years. Studies have shown they can help build language and cognition skills — and even help teach math.

Oakland, Calif., is known for being diverse. The tech industry? Not so much. But there's hope the situation will improve as more tech companies move to Oakland.

Past U.S. leaders tried to commit the nation via treaty to steep cutbacks in greenhouse gases. But without congressional support, those pledges fizzled. President Obama is trying regulation, instead.

For the first time, women in Saudi Arabia are allowed run for office and vote. But they're still banned from driving and need a male guardian's permission to travel, work and pursue higher education.

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