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McDonald's fights back with free coffee

It's another salvo in the ongoing fast-food breakfast war: McDonald's announced Friday that it will offer customers nationwide a free cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks. The nation's largest fast-food chain said the campaign, which kicks off on Mo

Explosion, gunfire reported near Uzbek embassy in Kabul

An explosion, followed by gunfire, happened Friday near the Uzbekistan embassy in Afghanistan's capital, a Kabul police spokesman said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Dogs saved from Sochi streets arrive in Washington for adoption

Ten loveable mutts rescued from the streets of Sochi, Russia, arrived in the United States for adoption Thursday, the result of an international outcry over the plight of stray dogs in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city, organizers said.

Landslide death toll expected to rise 'very much'

Rescue efforts continued Friday, nearly a week after a deadly landslide smothered a square-mile of land in rural Washington state, though no survivors have been found for days.

IRS says Bitcoin is taxable property, not a currency

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Internal Revenue Service has issued a formal notice saying it can tax Bitcoin transactions, calling it a property -- not a currency. That's big news for Bitcoin, the independent, electronic money that is growing in popul

Facebook to buy virtual reality firm Oculus VR for $2 billion

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Facebook is getting into the virtual reality business.

U.S.-Russian crew lifts off for space station

Blastoff! A fresh crew took off for the International Space Station on Tuesday aboard a Russian rocket. Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev -- of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) -- and Steve Swanson of NASA are riding inside the

The guns that know who's firing them: Can smart tech make firearms safer?

As a teenager, Omer Kiyani was shot in the face with an unsecured firearm. He still struggles with the trauma. But the Detroit engineer now believes he has created a device that would have saved him and may save thousands of others.

Mantecore, the white tiger that attacked during Siegfried & Roy show, dies

Mantecore, the white tiger whose co-starring role in Siegfried and Roy's illusion-packed Las Vegas act was overshadowed by one visceral act of violence, has died. The big cat was 17.

More than 120 objects sighted in search for Flight 370

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (CNN) -- New satellite images provided by a French defense firm show 122 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean, not far from other satellite sightings that could be related to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the M