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Embattled former football star Aaron Hernandez asks for delay in federal civil lawsuit

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez is asking a Miami federal judge for a delay in defending himself against a lawsuit accusing him of shooting a man in the face in Florida.

'Under God' part of Pledge of Allegiance under review in Massachusetts

The Pledge of Allegiance is recited in classrooms across the country every morning -- and because of the words "under God," it is heard in courtrooms across the country seemingly just as often these days.

10 months later, Hurricane Sandy's 'blessing': Treasures wash ashore

Professed "Jersey girl" Christeena Hockin-Minopetros began collecting sea glass from the New Jersey shore when she was 5.

Ariel Castro, Cleveland kidnapper, found hanged in prison cell

Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and raping three women, as well as murder, was found hanging in his prison cell Tuesday night.

Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are the new 'Idol' judges

"American Idol" now has its panel of judges for next season.

Better flu vaccine on the horizon

During the heat of summer, people tend to forget about the flu. Yet as high temperatures begin to decline, we're reminded that influenza, a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death, will soon return.

Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park 70% contained

The stubborn Rim Fire, one of the largest wildfire in California's history, is 70% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday night.

Obama administration presses for support on Syria strikes

The Obama administration will spend this week trying to persuade lawmakers at home and allies abroad that an attack on Syria is the appropriate response to the alleged use of poison gas by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

California elementary school principal accused of killing husband

California principal, accused of murdering her husband, is due in court Tuesday -- the same day that her husband is laid to rest.

Girl battling brain-eating amoeba continues to improve

A 12-year-old Arkansas girl who was infected with a rare brain-eating parasite continues to improve, Arkansas Children's Hospital spokesman Tom Bonner said Sunday.