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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a signed pledge during a news conference in Trump Tower, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 in New York.

Trump: I'm 'Totally Pledging' My Allegiance To The Republican Party

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET following Trump's press conference

Donald Trump is "totally pledging" his allegiance to the GOP and promising not to mount a potentially damaging third-party bid for president.

The billionaire businessman said Thursday he had signed the Republican National Committee's "Loyalty Pledge," which says he will support the eventual nominee and not run as an independent or on another party line.

"I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands," said Trump.

President Obama got more than he bargained for Wednesday during a stop in Dillingham, Alaska.

Obama's Fish Tale: Spawned On By A Salmon

It was supposed to be a routine photo op.

During a historic trip to Alaska intended to call attention to climate change, President Obama got a bit of a surprise while at a fishing village at Kanakanak Beach. He was holding up a caught fish for the cameras when the salmon spawned on his shoes.

Ainissa Ramirez

This Teacher Wants To Excite Your Inner Scientist

Imagine a space shuttle speeding toward earth at 17,500 miles per hour, the friction outside heating the vessel up to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit as it enters the atmosphere.

Those kind of temperatures normally melt metal. So what protects NASA's space shuttles?

That's just the kind of question award-winning scientist Ainissa Ramirez can't wait to answer. In fact, she's done it in this YouTube video. Hint: it involves sand.

A woman carrying a child stands outside a train with migrants that was stopped in Bicske, Hungary, on Thursday.

Migrants Refuse To Leave Train At Hungarian Refugee Camp

Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET

Thousands of migrants flooded into a train station in the Hungarian capital today after police lifted a two-day blockade, but some who boarded a train they thought was going to Germany ended up instead at a refugee camp just miles from Budapest.

Seminole cowboys marking and branding a calf in the corral during round-up, Brighton Reservation, Florida in 1950.

The 'Indian Cowboys' Of Florida

Florida Cowboys Week: Part Two

The state of Florida has a rich and diverse tradition of cattle ranching. Recently we explored the black cowboys of Florida. There are other distinctive elements to the state's past as well.

"Indian cowboys", for instance.

New England Patriots' Tom Brady warms up before a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 28.

Judge Throws Out Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Over 'Deflategate'

A federal judge has thrown out Tom Brady's four-game suspension over his role in "deflate-gate."

The suspension was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after attorney Ted Wells found that employees of the New England Patriots deflated footballs to make them easier to grip. Goodell said Brady likely knew about the scheme.

Brady appealed Goodell's decision in federal court and, today, he prevailed.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (second from right), the ranking member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said it's "certainly understandable" that Bryan Pagliano would be advised not to appear before the committee.

Former Clinton Aide Who Built Private Email Server Pleads The 5th

A former aide to Hillary Clinton said he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and not answer questions from Congress.

The aide, Bryan Pagliano, helped set up Clinton's private email server. Clinton has faced months of scrutiny for using her home server and a private email address to conduct State Department business.

The Select Committee on Benghazi had asked Pagliano, a former State Department employee, to field questions next week. His lawyer has declined, sending a letter to Congress citing the negative political environment.

Military vehicles carrying Wing Loong — a Chinese-made, medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle — drive past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's World War II defeat in Beijing on Thursday.

China Flexes Muscles With Parade, But Announces Troop Cut

China today sent mixed signals about its military and strategic aims — at once parading tanks, missiles and precision-drilled soldiers through the streets of Beijing even as President Xi Jinping announced there would be 300,000 fewer troops by 2018.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Kentucky Clerk Faces Contempt Hearing In Federal Court

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has been in the national spotlight for refusing to hand out marriage licenses, will appear before a federal judge this morning for a hearing on whether she should be held in contempt.

The plaintiffs in the case have asked the federal judge to fine Davis until she starts issuing marriage licenses again.

Most Health Savings Account Owners Stick With Conservative Options

Only a tiny fraction of the growing number of people with health savings accounts invests the money in their accounts in the financial markets, a recent study finds. The vast majority leave their contributions in savings accounts instead where the money may earn lower returns.

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