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White House 'reloading' with new press hires

The Obama administration Wednesday announced Eric Schultz as its pick for the new principal deputy press secretary. Schultz will now be the number two White House spokesman behind the new Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.

U.S. extends ban on flights into Israel's Ben Gurion airport

The Federal Aviation Administration extended its ban Wednesday on U.S. airlines' flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel, for another 24 hours. The ban now runs through 12:15 p.m. ET Thursday.

Burning cross found in front yard of Tennessee church

Someone burned a cross in the front yard of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville, but the congregation isn't dwelling on what happened.

More 'Iron Man'? Sounds good to me, Robert Downey Jr. says

Another go at "Iron Man"? Robert Downey Jr. would welcome the opportunity.

5@5 - Turn your hot dog into top dog

5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe. July 23 is National Hot Dog Day

Fruit recall affects Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Kroger stores

If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart stores recently, this may affect you.

'Downton Abbey': When you'll see Season 5

After the New Year, it'll be "Downton Abbey" season.

Research: Spanking, other corporal punishment traumatizes kids' brains

Editor's note: Sarah Kovac is a motivational speaker and author of "In Capable Arms: Living a Life Embraced by Grace." The opinions expressed are solely the author's.

47 dead, 11 injured in Taiwan plane crash

Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported. CNA cited Taiwanese Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih.

Chrysler recalls 792,000 Jeeps

Chrysler recalled about 792,000 older SUVs Tuesday for ignition switch problems. The flaw affects Jeep Commanders from model years 2006-2007 and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2005-2007.