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Georgia governor signs gun law

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.

Jail cell, prison

More drug offenders eligible for clemency

More federal prisoners serving drug sentences can apply for clemency after the Justice Department announced new rules Wednesday.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced that the department would broaden the criteria for clemency, a move that is e...

Obama, Shinzo Abe

Obama starts tour with reassurance to Japan

President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday for the first part of his Asia trip that started with reassuring Tokyo of U.S. support in its bitter territorial dispute with China.

Obama made his first stop in Tokyo on a weeklong tour that will a...

Gaza Strip

Hamas, Fatah aim to form unity government

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announced Wednesday they've agreed to reconcile -- a development that could see the Palestinian territories under a unified leadership for the first time in years.

The sides, wrapping up two days of talks in ...

South Korea ferry search

Hope fades in South Korea ferry search

Divers retrieved yet more bodies from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol on Wednesday as hopes of finding survivors faded on news that rescuers haven't found any air pockets inside the ship.

MH370 search, object of interest found

MH370 search: Officials not 'excited' over new object

Australian officials say an "object of interest" in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found, but Malaysian authorities said it was too early to tell if it is a real lead.

Pro-Russian protesters, Luhansk, Ukraine

Ukraine: Pro-Russian militants to be targeted

Pro-Russian militants will be targeted in four key cities in Ukraine's restive east, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister said Wednesday, even as a contingent of U.S. paratroopers arrived in Poland for military exercises prompted by the crisis.

"The active...

Obama in Oso Washington

Obama vows government support post-landslide

Calling their grit, resiliency and sense of community an inspiration to all Americans, President Barack Obama promised Tuesday that those impacted by last month's deadly landslide in Washington won't be forgotten -- least of all by the federal govern...

Supreme Court

Michigan affirmative action ban upheld

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, a key decision in an unfolding legal and political battle nationally over affirmative action.

The justices found 6-2 that a lower court did no...

Madeleine McCann, age progression to 9

Police: 6 new cases linked to McCann probe

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal are looking at six more cases where a male intruder entered holiday villas where children were staying, police said Wednesday.

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States with strongest, weakest gun laws

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Wednesday new gun legislation that allows licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including government buildings, bars, and a wide variety of public places. Take a look at which states have the strictest and weakest gun laws.

Family running together

America's healthiest small towns

Americans living in smaller towns are generally healthier than their big-city compatriots, according to a new survey.

Rescuers South Korea

Hundreds missing after South Korean ferry sinks

Rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to find passengers, including scores of high school students, missing after a ferry sank off the southwest coast of South Korea.

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14 alternatives to Netflix

Out of love with Netflix? Check out these alternatives to the company's instant streaming and DVD-by-mail services.

Green or not? Test your eco knowledge

As you celebrate Earth Day 2014, find out if you're living as "green" as you think.

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Earth Day by the numbers

Founded in 1970 as a day of environmental education, Earth Day is now celebrated worldwide. Check out the numbers behind this global holiday.

2014 Boston Marathon spectators

A year after bombing, Boston Marathon underway

A year after bombs disrupted the end of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring dozens, runners and spectators once again flocked to the streets of Boston for the 2014 race on Monday morning.

Prince George looks at bilby

Royals charm New Zealand, Australia

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are visiting New Zealand and Australia with their son, Prince George, on a 19-day royal tour.

Rescue workers, Washington landslide

41 dead after Wash. landslide

At least 41 people are dead after a landslide tore through an area of rural Washington north of Seattle in March.

books laying open

Colleges with the smartest students

America's smartest colleges and universities aren't always its most selective.

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Texas lawn size

City limits lawn sizes to conserve water

A city in Texas is going to extremes to conserve water by limiting lawn sizes.

Drunken driving

Police: Drunk dad made 13-year-old drive

A father in Missouri is facing charges after police say he made his 13-year-old son drive home because he was too drunk.

Obama, Shinzo Abe

Obama kicks off week-long Asian tour in Tokyo

President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to begin a week-long tour of Asia.

Childrens choir orphans Africa

Choir of African orphans inspires thousands

An African children's choir made up of orphans inspires people in St. Louis and beyond.

Yosemite climber fall rescue

Man rescued after 30-foot fall in Yosemite

A dramatic rescue after a Northern California man falls 30 feet while climbing in Yosemite National Park.

Jeffery Chapman murder tattoo

Accused killer wants 'murder' tattoo removed

A first-degree murder suspect in Kansas wants a tattoo with the word "murder" on his neck removed before trial.

Obama in Washington

President tours mudslide damage

President Barack Obama travels to Washington to see damage from the deadly mudslide and meet the families who lost loved ones.

Car repossessed child inside

Car repossessed with sleeping child inside

A grandmother in Tennessee is on the defensive after leaving her 4-year-old grandson sleeping in a car that was repossessed.

Couple marries in front of burned home 2

Couple marries in front of burned home

Less than a week after their house was destroyed by a fire, a Connecticut couple exchanges vows in front of their home wearing the same clothes they were wearing when they escaped the blaze.

South Korea ferry disaster

South Korea ferry rescuers refuse to give up

Nearly 200 are still missing and more than 100 are dead more than six days after a ferry accident in South Korea. But even with the slim chance of finding more survivors, rescue divers refuse to give up hope.

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