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Senate panel passes ban on assault-style weapons

A ban on semiautomatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons won approval Thursday from a Senate committee, sending the legislation to the full Senate for consideration as part of a package of gun measures studied after the Connecticu

Conclave trivia: Why cardinals are locked in, popes' houses ransacked

Benedict XVI's shock resignation in February -- the first for almost 600 years -- sent experts inside and outside the Vatican rushing to consult church law to work out what will happen next.

Mom accused of giving toddler bong hit

A raw video was posted online allegedly showing 24-year-old Rachelle L. Braaten helping her toddler smoke pot from a bong.

College savings hits all-time high

As tuition soars, parents and grandparents are putting more money than ever into 529 college savings plans.

Ohio man convicted for three murders in Craigslist job ad killings

An Ohio jury Tuesday convicted a 53-year-old man for killing three men who had answered a Craigslist ad for work on a cattle farm.

Mississippi governor reviews 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill

Super size? Yes, please, say Mississippi lawmakers.

Survey asks whether gay and straight Boy Scouts can share tent

The questions go to the heart of the issue, presenting scenarios some may find challenging.

First impressions: Justin Timberlake's '20/20 Experience'

Justin Timberlake made us wait almost seven years before releasing a new album, and now that he has our attention, he's going to take his time.

Actress Valerie Harper lives in the moment after cancer diagnosis

Sitcom star Valerie Harper might not have much time left on Earth, but she is determined to live life to the fullest.

Colorado theater shooting suspect could plead insanity

The sanity of James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting suspect, may be a major issue at his arraignment Tuesday.