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New round of Syria peace talks begins in Geneva

Syria's warring sides began a new round of peace talks Monday, days after a first session managed little beyond a pledge to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Homs.

Did Schumer call Boehner's bluff on immigration?

When House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced Thursday that he didn't see a way forward on immigration reform this year, he said President Obama was part of the reason.

Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe, feeds body to lions

An online petition to save a healthy young giraffe from death has failed, despite thousands of signatures from animal lovers.

Feds to expand legal benefits, services for same-sex marriages

- In a major milestone for gay rights, the United States government plans to expand recognition of same-sex marriages in federal legal matters, including bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits.

Trapped in Sochi bathroom, bobsledder punches hole in door

American bobsledder Johnny Quinn is the Olympics' version of the Incredible Hulk. Or something like that. Quinn was in his bathroom in Russia's Olympic Village in Sochi when the door jammed Saturday.

Detective at Michael Dunn trial: 9 shots fired into SUV

An evidence technician with the Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff's Office testified Saturday that there were nine bullet holes in the Dodge Durango where Jordan Davis was shot to death.

U.S. military plane loses air pressure over Atlantic, is diverted

A U.S. military aircraft suffered a pressurization loss Saturday morning over the Atlantic Ocean, prompting it to be diverted "as a precaution," an Air Force spokesman said.

U.S. wins first gold medal of 2014 Sochi Olympics

The United States clinched the first gold medal of Sochi's Winter Olympics Saturday, but the Dutch dominated on ice and a joint record was claimed by Norway.

Tennessee couple makes court appearance after child dies of soda, water punishment

A Tennessee couple made their first court appearance Friday in the death of the man's 5-year-old daughter.