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Arron Lewis

Suspect in real estate agent slaying wanted to plead guilty

Arron Lewis, the suspect in the abduction and slaying of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, told reporters Tuesday that he pleaded not guilty to the charges only because his lawyer told him to. He said he wanted to plead guilty because he jus...

Wildlife population decline

World has lost half its wildlife in 40 years

The world's animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.

The World Wide Fund for Nature's Living Planet Index, released Tuesday, revealed the dramatic decline in animal species, and said th...

Dried up Aral sea

Once-massive lake dries up to almost nothing

The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest lake. Now much of it is a vast toxic desert straddling the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, two former Soviet states in central Asia.

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As dawn nears in Hong Kong, a deadline looms

It's Wednesday in Hong Kong, and pro-democracy protests there are expected to grow because many people are off work for China's National Day.

The day also brings a deadline that demonstrators have set for the Chinese government to meet their demands t...

Kentucky school shooting

Suspect sought in Kentucky school shooting

Authorities are searching for a suspect after a shooting at a high school in Kentucky left one student injured, a spokeswoman said.

The shooting took place Tuesday afternoon at Fern Creek High School in Louisville. It was not immediately clear whether...

Julia Pierson, Secret Service director

Secret Service director: WH breach 'unacceptable'

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House "unacceptable" and told a congressional committee Tuesday that she takes "full responsibility."

Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old knife-...

Alton Alexander Nolen, Oklahoma beheading suspect

DA likely to seek death penalty in beheading

Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the beheading of a 54-year-old woman last week at his former workplace in Oklahoma and in the stabbing attack on another woman, said Cleveland County Dist...

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Will Mitt Romney take the plunge again?

Two sources inside Mitt Romney's inner circle tell CNN that while Romney isn't planning a presidential bid, he's listening to a lot of people who want him to get in the race -- although he remains skeptical himself.

"A lot of people in Romneyland are...

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California bans plastic grocery bags

California has fired the first salvo in what could be a national war on plastic bags.

Governor Edmund Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill that bans plastic shopping bags, making California the first U.S. state to officially prohibit stores from h...

ISIS tank

UK reports first anti-ISIS airstrikes in Iraq

The United Kingdom said it conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq on Tuesday, striking targets four days after Parliament voted to approve the country's involvement.

British planes helped Kurdish troops who were fighting ISIS in northwest...

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Home prices: A tale of 20 cities

Home prices are still going up, but the rate of that increase is slowing down, according to the latest national real estate data.

War, Soldiers, Afghanistan

Timeline of the war in Afghanistan

A new security agreement keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan past this year marks yet another chapter in the longest conflict in U.S. history.

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Easy ways to break 10 bad habits

Think bad habits like nail biting are hard to break? Find out how to kick them for good.

Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protesters jam city streets

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters are camped out on major highways in the heart of Hong Kong, defying government attempts to both coerce and cajole them into giving up their extraordinary demonstration.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison

The richest people in America

Buoyed by the stock market, the average net worth of the richest people in America has hit a record $5.7 billion.

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Cities with the highest/lowest ATM fees

ATM fees have skyrocketed 23 percent in just the past five years, and are going up again. Find out where it costs most -- and least -- to get your hands on your money.

20 snack foods with a buzz

Today is National Coffee Day. But you can also get a buzz from snack foods like these that contain added caffeine.

Former Ohio Rep James Traficant

Sept. 27: James Traficant, former Ohio representative

Notable deaths of 2014

From legendary actors to fashion designers, take a look at the most notable deaths of 2014.


What to know: Enterovirus

A respiratory virus that has sickened hundreds of kids has parents across the country worried. Here's what to know.

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Hero rats sniff out landmines in Africa

Tanzania-based nongovernmental organization Apopo trains rats to sniff out land mines and detect tuberculosis -- two scourges that have had a tremendously negative impact on the African landscape.


Sex offender Oregon athletes

College hires sex offender to speak to athletes

The University of Oregon hires a convicted sex offender to give athletes sex assault training. Some faculty are upset.

Drunk driver gets probation

Jury mistakenly gives drunk driver probation

A jury in Texas accidentally gives a convicted drunk driver probation. The district attorney is appealing the sentence.

Arron Lewis

Ark. murder suspect: 'I'm sorry'

The man accused of killing an Arkansas real estate agent tells reporters he's sorry and "I just want this all over with."

Omar Gonzales, White House fence jumping suspect

White House intruder was tackled in East Room

Whistleblowers have revealed the man who jumped a fence and got into the White House earlier this month made it all the way through the East Room.

Boy travels to Alaska to see Northern Lights

Boy travels to see Northern Lights before going blind

A Texas boy whose sight will soon fade visited Alaska to see landscapes he's long dreamed about.

ISIS recruiting on teen social networks

ISIS using teen social networks to recruit

ISIS recruiters are trolling social networks popular with teenagers to try to find Western recruits.

Beheading suspect blended in at mosque

Beheading suspect blended in at Okla. mosque

Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen blended into the crowd at an Oklahoma City mosque, leaders and other worshippers say, never speaking out or attracting attention.

Hong Kong protests

What’s driving Hong Kong protests?

Ivan Watson explains the grievances and goals driving Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

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White House intruder got farther than first reported

The White House fence-jumper swept past a secret service officer and ran around the main floor of the building.

Oklahoma food plant killing

New details about suspect in Oklahoma beheading

Alton Nolen was expected to be formally charged in last week's fatal attack at a food processing plant from which he'd just been fired.