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Despite Sweeping Death-With-Dignity Law, Few Will Have That Option

The death-with-dignity movement took a giant step forward this week, with 38 million people coming under its umbrella in a single swoop when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act on Monday.

A man makes his way through floodwaters in a parking lot on Isle of Palms, S.C., on Monday.

South Carolina Braces As Threat Of New Flooding Looms

The rain has stopped in South Carolina, but for people living along the coast, the worst of the flooding could still be ahead.

The floodwaters have not receded and as the water in the swollen rivers flow toward the ocean, more damaging high waters are expected.

As Laura Hunsberger reports for NPR, Gov. Nikki Haley says the state is ready:

Maine Maritime Academy students attend a Tuesday evening vigil of hope for the missing crew members of the U.S. container ship El Faro.

Coast Guard Calls Off Search For El Faro Crew

Six days after communication was lost with the El Faro cargo ship as it drifted into the path of Hurricane Joaquin, the U.S. Coast Guard ended the search for survivors.

Of the 33 people aboard the ship, rescuers found one body on Monday:

"Several 'survival suits' were spotted floating in the water, one of which contained the body. In addition, an empty, heavily damaged lifeboat was found."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that the White House strongly supports.

Clinton Breaks With Obama To Oppose Asia Trade Deal

After months of not committing to a position on President Obama's proposed Asia trade deal, Hillary Clinton came out against it Wednesday.

"I have said from the very beginning that we had to have a trade agreement that would create good American jobs, raise wages and advance our national security, and I still believe that's the high bar we have to meet," the Democratic presidential candidate told Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour.

Kevin McCarthy, then in the California Assembly, walks to the governor's office at the Capitol in Sacramento in 2006.

Kevin McCarthy Could Be The Next Speaker. Is He Still A 'Bakersfield Boy'?

Republicans in the U.S. House will take an initial vote Thursday on who they think should replace John Boehner as speaker of the House.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz recently announced his candidacy for speaker, but the front-runner for the job is current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from Bakersfield, Calif.

And McCarthy's roots in California's Central Valley provide some clues about how McCarthy might run the House, if he's elected speaker.

The Russian leader, shown here as "Vladimir Vladimirovich Buddha," was depicted as various pop culture heroes and religious, mythical and historical figures at a Moscow exhibition on Wednesday, his 63rd birthday.

In Honor Of His 63rd, Putin Plays Hockey And Is Painted As The Buddha

Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated his 63rd birthday Wednesday, amid a controversial bombing campaign in Syria, a weakening economy and tensions with the U.S. and its Western allies. The Russian leader made a point of taking it all in stride — including adulation from his fans.

He occupied an even more prominent place than usual on Russian state television on Wednesday. Putin was shown receiving a briefing on the Russian military operation in Syria, including the news that Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired more than two dozen rockets at targets in Syria.

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during a town hall meeting in Ankeny, Iowa.

GOP Candidates Criticized For Oregon Shooting Response

Republican presidential candidates have remained firmly opposed to more gun control measures in the wake of last week's tragic shooting at an Oregon community college.

Instead, most are urging a renewed focus on mental health with a caution not to react too quickly before all the facts are known — but some of them have reacted inartfully at best.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has promised to step down in February 2016, when a special election will be held to choose his successor.

FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter Reportedly Facing 90-Day Suspension

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The turmoil surrounding beleaguered FIFA President Sepp Blatter continues to churn.

On Wednesday, Blatter reportedy was told he is facing a provisional 90-day suspension, with a final decision from the FIFA ethics committee expected later this week.

The BBC quotes Blatter's adviser Klauss Stohlker as saying, "The news was communicated to the president this afternoon. He is calm. Remember he is the father of the ethics committee."

Mark Keam (left) is sworn in as a freshman delegate to the Virginia General Assembly in 2010 in Richmond, Va. Keam was the first Asian-American immigrant elected to the Virginia Legislature.

Influx Of Non-European Immigrants Defines America Today

During the past half-century, 59 million immigrants have moved to the United States, making it the No. 1 immigrant destination on the planet.

The city of Fort Bragg, Calif., has ordered restaurants to drastically reduce the amount of dishwashing by serving customers with disposable plates, cups and flatware.

California City Orders Restaurants To Use Disposable Plates, Cups

Paper or plastic? If you're at a restaurant in the coastal city of Fort Bragg, Calif., that's what your food is likely to be served on these days.

The drought-stricken city, located about 170 miles north of San Francisco, recently declared a "stage 3" water emergency, which makes it mandatory for businesses and residents to reduce water usage.