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First lady will set the tone for convention with Tuesday night speech

When Michelle Obama takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, she faces a similar task as Ann Romney of presenting her husband as a father and family man -- above his public persona in the political spotlight.

Democratic convention will highlight differing visions between the parties

Facing a close election and Republican attacks that they have made things worse while in power, President Barack Obama and Democrats seek to emphasize what has been achieved and additional steps to bolster the middle class at their three-day na

Organic or conventional?

(CNN) -- Jen Matlack's husband teases her about buying organic. It's not worth the extra money, he says, but she insists.

"Green Mile" actor, Michael Clarke Duncan, dead at 54

Michael Clarke Duncan, nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1999 film "The Green Mile," has died at age 54, according to a representative for his family.

Fake, inactive Twitter followers plague presidential campaigns

When Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's Twitter account surpassed one million followers this weekend, the campaign took to Twitter to boast about their "1 million active followers." But according to a web app that analy

Record Labor Day gas prices

Gas prices are higher than they've been going into any other Labor Day weekend on record, but experts predict some relief at the pump is coming fairly soon.

E-mails show promoter's doubts before Michael Jackson's death

The promoter for Michael Jackson's comeback concerts expressed doubts about the star's ability to be ready for the shows but expressed confidence in the private doctor eventually convicted in Jackson's death, according to e-mails pu

Washington strikes down Texas Voter ID Law

A federal appeals court in Washington has struck down the Texas voter ID law which required photos for voters at the polls, saying the law amounts to racial discrimination.

Ryan's speech gives undecided voters nudge toward Romney

Just a few hundred yards from the podium where Paul Ryan spoke to the roaring Republican faithful, 27 undecided Florida voters listened intently to his words.

Appeals court: Judge in Trayvon Martin case must step down

A Florida appeals court granted George Zimmerman's request for a new judge Wednesday, saying the original judge's remarks put Zimmerman in reasonable fear of a fair trial.