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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 17, 2015.

Bombing of Bangkok shrine kills 19

At least 19 people are dead after an explosion at the Erawan shrine, a popular tourist destination in Thailand. Government officials are describing the apparent bombing as an attempt to damage the country's tourism and economy.

[Read more from the Bangkok Post]

More taxpayers hit by hackers than IRS originally estimated

Internal Revenue Service officials on Monday upped the number of taxpayers they believe were victimized in a large-scale hack earlier this year. The agency reported in May that the information of some 114,000 people had been compromised, but a new figure shows another 114,000 were hit.

[Read more from Reuters]

Army skydiving team on 'safety stand down' after parachutist's death

Following the death of Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood at a Chicago air show this weekend, the Golden Knights will report to their home base in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for counseling and other services. Their touring schedule was suspended in the wake of the accident.

[Read more from Fox News]

Sorority's recruitment video goes viral, gets pulled

After an op-ed made waves by calling their recruitment video "worse for women than Donald Trump," the University of Alabama chapter of Sigma Phi removed it from their YouTube channel. The music video-like presentation shows the sorority sisters in bikinis, eating popsicles and engaging in other playful activities. The university condemned it.

[Read more from USA Today]

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Investigation after inmate found dead in cell at Stillwater prison

Drug paraphernalia was found by officers inside the cell.

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Focus is on family fitness at this year’s Twin Cities Marathon

Don’t miss out on the running, racing and all the fun things to do for the whole family

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Family's tributes to mother killed by partner in St. Paul murder-suicide

The 30-year-old was killed by her partner, who then killed himself.


Eagan man killed after crashing into traffic signal

The 30-year-old crashed into a traffic light early Wednesday morning.

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What's in Mayor Melvin Carter's budget proposal?

Here's what the St. Paul mayor is putting his focus on for the upcoming year.

WCCO building

Digital, streaming employees at WCCO-TV vote to unionize

The 15 employees will join on-air talent and producers as members of the SAG-AFTRA union.


Police arrest man suspected of sexual assault, weapons threat in Eagan

The investigation prompted a SWAT response in an Eagan neighborhood on Tuesday.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 16

The latest reporting period averaged just under 1,300 new cases per day.


Jason and Carly Zucker sell Edina home for $4.18M

The property was bought in 2020, months after Jason Zucker was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.