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Jupiter's moon Europa puffs water vapor -- could there be life there?

A moon circling Jupiter has sent up a small flare. It may be telling astronomers that life could be supported there, and it may offer a way of finding out.

Beyonce's surprise album: What's the verdict?

On a single she previewed as part of a Pepsi ad earlier this year, Beyonce sang, "I'm a grown woman / I can do whatever I want." The singer proved that on Friday when she released a surprise album with no fanfare.

Media vow to remember Newtown tragedy in respectful manner

The nation's news media are sure to cover the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School extensively on Saturday.

U.S. DOT shuts down 52 unsafe bus companies

U.S. transportation officials shut down 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles Thursday as part of as an eight-month effort targeting unsafe motor coach operations, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Light bulb ban set to take effect

Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs -- the most popular in the country -- at the start of 2014.

My grocery bill will skyrocket if military stores close

It's not easy for military wife Jes Hogan to run a household of six.

Police: Teens break into mansion, party; stuffed leopard among $1M in Loot

Teens call them ghost parties: gatherings organized on a whim -- at a house that's often not the host's.

Texas teen Ethan Couch gets 10 years' probation for driving drunk, killing 4

To the families of the victims, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken teenage driver who caused a crash that left four people dead.

New York City requires flu vaccine for children in city preschools and day cares

The New York City Board of Health unanimously approved a mandate Wednesday requiring all children under 5 enrolled in city-licensed preschools and day cares to receive the flu vaccine.

Pope Francis named Time Person of the Year 2013

Time named Pope Francis its person of the year Wednesday after nine months of a papacy that has brought accolades from reformers, raised fears among conservatives, and drawn widespread adulation from people around the world for his man-of-the-p