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N.C. teen's hanging death ruled a suicide; mother says it was a lynching

Claudia Lacy says she can accept anything: even that her youngest son committed suicide -- if it's proven and explained to her.

Texan crosses illegally into North Korea, denounces U.S. policies

An American who said he crossed illegally into North Korea gave an unusual press conference in the country on Sunday, where he denounced the U.S. political and economic systems.

5 said killed in shootings near Philadelphia

Five people are dead after shootings in three communities in a county near Philadelphia in what a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation says appears to be a domestic dispute.

Gunfire erupts in Sydney hostage crisis; suspect identified

 The man who held hostages in a Sydney cafe for nearly 16 hours is Man Haron Monis, an official with direct knowledge of the situation said Monday.

Why we love -- and hate -- 'Gone with the Wind'

 Seventy-five years after its premiere at Atlanta's Loews Grand Theater on December 15, 1939, "Gone With the Wind" retains its hold on the popular imagination.

Busiest day of season for FedEx, postal service

 With just 10 days until Christmas, Santa's delivery elves are working overtime. That means it's extra busy for shippers as well. Monday is the peak shipping day of the season for FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service.

The hottest gift you aren't getting: selfie sticks

Seriously, how is this not already huge in the United States?

Despite discrepancies, Dorian Johnson consistent in accounts of Brown shooting

 Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Michael Brown before Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown in August, told remarkably similar stories in an interview with county and federal authorities in August and in testimony to the grand jury

Arrest made in Auburn football player's killing

 Police have arrested Markale Deandra Hart, 22, in connection with the shooting death of a freshman Auburn University football player, the Auburn Police Division said in a news release Sunday.

Northern white rhino dies at San Diego zoo; only 5 left worldwide

 A northern white rhino has died at a San Diego zoo, bringing the rare species closer to extinction. Angalifu, 44, died of old age Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.