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Texas actress who sent Obama ricin sentenced to 18 years

The Texas actress who admitted sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Mother accused of using salt to kill son doesn't show up for pretrial conference

A New York mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old with salt to gain attention and sympathy was a no-show Wednesday at a pretrial conference where her defense was given an additional month for evidence discovery in the case.

Brazil claims 'victory' in World Cup

Germany? Who's Germany? (CNN) -- Brazil's national football team may have been smoked on the pitch by Germany, but now government officials are claiming a 2014 FIFA World Cup victory of another sort.

Film follows 'Brave Miss World' from beauty queen to sexual violence activist

  (CNN) -- Six weeks before winning the 1998 Miss World crown, 18-year-old Linor Abargil was raped at knife-point by a travel agent escorting her home to Israel from a modeling gig in Italy.

Actress sentenced after ricin-laced letters to President Obama

(CNN) -- A Texas actress who pleaded guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison, prosecutors say.

Feds may seek more proof on auto mileage claims

  (CNN) -- The federal government may require automakers to road test cars to ensure the accuracy of gas mileage claims, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Tuesday.

IBM to start selling Apple iPhones and iPads

It's like Burger King selling the Big Mac -- sort of. Get ready for iPhones and iPads preloaded with specialized business IBM software.

KKK drops fliers with bags of candy to homes in South Carolina

The KKK is recruiting in upstate South Carolina. And a Seneca, SC subdivision woke up Sunday to find bags of candy on their driveways with literature directing people to "Save our land, join the Klan."

Jindal group to release Obamacare report

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a next step forward in his efforts to do away with Obamacare - and closer to 2016 - all while helping fellow Republicans along the way.

Anthrax investigation: USDA finds more CDC lab problems

Four days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded its investigation into June's accidental anthrax exposure, more details are being released about the government health agency's mishandling of potentially dangerou