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Lush, green lawns are out of style in bone-dry California. The winner will get a landscaping makeover featuring drought-tolerant plants.
An investigation found that Brady was "generally aware" that New England Patriots employees were letting air out of balls. Under-inflated balls are easier to grip. The Patriots were fined $1 million.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since the war in Ukraine broke out. Kerry is a true believer in face-to-face diplomacy.
A Human Rights Watch report says more should be done to divert nonviolent inmates out of the corrections system, and to train officers about how to de-escalate tense situations.
With 16,000 homicides last year, Venezuela became the world's second deadliest country. But even as crime climbs, the number of police battling criminals is falling.
Ahead of its fall programming presentation to advertisers, Fox announced Monday that the 15th season of American Idol, which will begin in January 2016, will be the last.