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Court renews secret U.S. surveillance program

A top-secret court has renewed the authority of U.S. national security officials to collect telephone data as part of an anti-terror surveillance program that was exposed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

Mysterious Mississippi murder stokes suspicions bred by an ugly past

Beaten. Dragged. Burned. The words leave attorney Daryl Parks' lips like a barrage of gunfire in the sanctuary of Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where people have gathered not for prayer but for answers.

Nationwide rallies demand 'Justice for Trayvon'

The parents of Trayvon Martin joined thousands of Americans at more than 100 scheduled vigils in cities nationwide demanding Saturday what they described as justice for their 17-year-old son, who was shot dead last year.

Republicans pass 'No Child Left Behind' replacement

 A Republican-backed attempt to give local and state governments greater power over their school systems, while reducing federal education funding, passed the U.S.

How Obama's comments on race sparked very different reactions

 In some of the most personal and unscripted comments on race of his presidency, President Barack Obama broke his silence Friday with surprise remarks from the White House on Trayvon Martin, his first public comments since a Florida jury a

Aurora marks anniversary of movie massacre amid gun debate

One year after a gunman killed 12 people in an Aurora movie theater, the city is marking its losses with solemn moments and a continuing debate over the place of guns in society.

Longtime journalist Helen Thomas dead at 92

Longtime White House journalist Helen Thomas has died at age 92, sources told CNN Saturday. Thomas covered 10 presidents over nearly half a century, and became a legend in the industry.

Kilgore College announces new Rangerettes

Several East Texas women, including two each from Longview and Kilgore, were among the 36 who became the newest members of the Kilgore College Rangerettes dance and drill team Friday morning.

Death Penalty Fast Facts

 Here's a look at what you need to know about the death penalty in the United States. Facts: Capital punishment is legal in 32 U.S. states. Approximately 3,125 inmates in 35 states are awaiting execution.

Texas man accused of pulling gun near White House

A man suspected of pulling a pistol out of a holster near the White House on Tuesday told police "I was only going to fire a couple of shots if no one confronted me," according to court documents.