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First fast-food chain to post calories on menus; dietitians say it likely won’t ease obesity

Will knowing that a sausage biscuit with egg has 510 calories, or that a Quarter Pounder with cheese has 520 calories, help curb obesity?

4,000 millionaires in Romney's '47%'

Nobody's really talking about this slice of the pie, but Mitt Romney's "47%" who pay no federal income tax include several thousand of the highest-income households in the country.

Obama 50%-Romney 45% in new poll

A new national poll released Tuesday indicates President Barack Obama with a slight edge over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, with the candidates' numbers virtually unchanged compared to their positions before the two parties' conventio

NASA's last space shuttle takes off to its retirement home

After a two-day delay because of weather conditions, the space shuttle Endeavour on Wednesday began its cross-country flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles, where the now-retired spacecraft will be put on display.

Chicago teachers end strike

Hundreds of thousands of Chicago schoolchildren will return to class Wednesday after the teachers union voted to suspend its strike.

132 inmates escape Mexican prison on U.S. border

8:15 AM UPDATE: Mexican authorities have detained a prison director and two other prison officials after 132 inmates escaped from the facility Monday, officials said.

Dolan, Colbert reflect on humor, joy and faith

What do you get when you mix the highest profile American Catholic bishop, an icon of American comedy, a priest who regularly writes about comedy and a media blackout?

Al Qaeda calls death of U.S. ambassador a 'gift'

As the fallout from an online film that mocks Islam's holy prophet continued Tuesday, al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa urged Muslims in the region to kill U.S.

Snowboarder Shaun White arrested in hotel fracas

Olympic snowboarding medalist Shaun White has been charged with vandalism and public intoxication after pulling a fire alarm at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, police said Monday.