Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam smiles as he speaks to reporters after team practice at the team's headquarters, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
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Despite an impressive preseason performance, the 24-year-old Mizzou alum failed to earn a spot on the playing roster or practice squad of the NFL team that initially drafted him.

Thousands of fast food workers across 150 cities nationwide walked off the job, demanding higher wages.

For more than two years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has ranked Syria the most dangerous place in the world for members of the press.

Glenn Beck also made some bold 2016 predictions this week, declaring that “Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States.”

CVS has plans throughout the rest of 2014 to introduce a “robust” smoking cessation program and an enhanced selection of nicotine replacement products in select stores. 

The former House majority leader unexpectedly lost his primary to tea party challenger Dave Brat, who slammed Cantor for his support of immigration reform and his sometimes coziness with Wall Street.

Festival-goers form a temporary community based on art, self-expression and self-reliance. They depart a week later, picking up their trash and promising to leave without a trace. 

In a single weekend, with temporary wins for abortion providers in Louisiana and Texas, one fact became ever clearer: The federal courts are the only thing standing between conservative lawmakers and a woman’s right to an abortion. 

The attack was aimed at the leader of the group who masterminded the deadly terrorist attack against the mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last year. 

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