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President Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Saturday. He said the situation in Iraq amounts to a "long-term project."

Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency

Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET.

President Obama says that the U.S. will continue to provide Iraq with humanitarian and military assistance, but he ruled out ground troops and reiterated administration calls for Iraq to form a "legitimate" government in order to face the threat from Islamic militants.

Exasperating Detour Drives One Brit To Build His Own Road

Most people have been frustrated at least once in their driving lives by construction delays and detours.

But when a road closure in England took drivers on a especially long detour, a local businessman took matters into his own hands.

Mike Watts decided to build his own road, along a much shorter route. Then he opened it up to the public, charging about $3.30 a car.

Watts lives in a village between Bath and Bristol. The road that closed once got him to town in eight minutes. He says the 14-mile detour took him an hour and 20 minutes — sometimes longer.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry highlighted his executive leadership at the annual RedState Gathering on Friday.

Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance

It's the presidential race no one is talking about. Two Texas political stars are testing the waters for a run in 2016 — without mentioning it, of course.

Potential Republican candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry spoke Friday at the annual meeting sponsored by the conservative website RedState, and both danced around the candidacy question.

Three years ago, at RedState's South Carolina get-together, Perry announced his 2012 presidential bid. This time, he made no announcement, but Perry sounded like he was giving a campaign speech.

WATCH: NASA Tests New Mars Braking System

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a video of its test of a new inflatable braking system designed to land heavy payloads on Mars.

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator was carried aloft by a balloon and then rocketed to an altitude of 190,000 feet above Hawaii. As Discovery News explains: "The thin air and low pressure at that altitude is as close as engineers can come to simulating flight in Mars' atmosphere."

Smoke rises in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on Saturday.

Israel Intensifies Airstrikes In Wake Of Gaza Cease-Fire

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET.

The end of the latest cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has been marked by intense Israeli airstrikes against Hamas targets.

The U.S. and United Nations have condemned the resumption of hostilities that comes at the end of a three-day truce on Friday.

Members of a Red Cross burial team are disinfected after removing the body of an apparent Ebola victim from a home in Pendembu, Sierra Leone.

You Asked Questions About Ebola — And We Have Answers

This week, we asked our readers for questions they have about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Iraqi Kurdish soldiers check weapons in Dibega district near Irbil, Iraq, on Friday. U.S. aircraft have bombed Islamic State artillery attacking Kurdish forces near Irbil on Friday.

U.S. Continues Aid Drops, Airstrikes In Iraq

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET.

U.S. forces conducted additional humanitarian airdrops to northern Iraq today to aid members of the Yazidi religious minority trapped by Islamic militants battling Iraqi troops.

President Obama today said the U.S. commitment would not involve ground troops and said that it would likely take "some months" to sort out the country's humanitarian and military crises.

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, seen here in 2010, has won a court ruling in which the NCAA was told it can't forbid college athletes from being compensated for the use of their images and names.

NCAA Loses Court Ruling In Athletes' Antitrust Case

The NCAA violated antitrust laws when it said college athletes couldn't be compensated for the use of their names and likenesses, a federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken sided with a group of current and former college football and basketball players who say they're being used to help sell video games, TV broadcasts, and other content without being paid. Led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, the group filed a lawsuit in 2009.

Federal Judge Rules Some College Players Are Entitled To Payment

College athletes scored a major victory in court Friday. A federal judge issued a ruling that the NCAA violated antitrust law by prohibiting athletes from payment for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The ruling addressed football and basketball players in particular.

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Immigrants board a bus after being released from U.S. Border Patrol detention in Texas last month. An immigration judge says the Obama administration's "fast-tracking" effort means many people go into court without an attorney, opening a door to future problems.

A Top Immigration Judge Calls For Shift On 'Fast-Tracking'

As the Obama administration says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Southwest border is declining, the White House is being urged to stop fast-tracking their deportation hearings. That call is coming from an unusual source: one of the nation's top immigration judges.

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