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Best Buy hit by holiday sales slump

Best Buy reported disappointing holiday sales Thursday, sending shares plunging in early trading.

CNN tests at 2 W.Va. sites show acceptable chemical levels in water

Independent tests commissioned by CNN of water supplies from a hotel and home in southwest West Virginia showed the presence of a chemical after a leak in the area last week, but both samples were within levels believed to be acceptable for con

U.N. committee on sexual abuse grills Vatican officials

A senior Vatican official acknowledged Thursday there is "no excuse" for child sex abuse, as he and others were grilled by a U.N. committee about the Catholic Church's handling of pedophile priests.

Former RNC Chair Gillespie to launch Republican Senate bid Thursday

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie Thursday will launch his campaign to try to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, two sources with knowledge of Gillespie's plans confirmed to CNN.

2014 Oscars: The nominees' list

"Thor" star Chris Hemsworth joined Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Thursday to announce the nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards.

Couple hangs puppy, post pictures on Facebook

A couple is accused of hanging their puppy by its neck, then posting pictures of it on Facebook,.

Blood Falls and other natural oddities

Earth never stops surprising us. Every corner of the planet offers some sort of natural peculiarity with an explanation that makes us wish we'd studied harder in junior high Earth science class.

FDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage

You're in pain after surgery, and your doctor prescribes you Vicodin, or maybe Percocet. But when you get home, the pain hasn't subsided and you decide to pop some Extra Strength Tylenol.

State with highest minimum wage may hike it again

The governor of Washington is calling for an increase in the state's minimum wage, which is already the highest in the nation.

In North Carolina, Obama to make move in 'year of action'

President Barack Obama travels to North Carolina Wednesday to announce another bid to revive America's manufacturing sector, a first step in his newly imposed "year of action" that avoids Congressional approval for measures to boo