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As homicide inquiry continues, so does silence from Patriot's player, cops

On a day when investigators -- some wearing waders -- searched a wooded ravine as they continued their probe into the death of a man whose body was found less than a mile from the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, the man

May the force be with them: George Lucas ties the knot

May the force be with them. George Lucas, the Hollywood writer, director and producer who's most known for his work on the Star Wars film franchise, wed his longtime girlfriend over the weekend.

Hey y'all, Paula Deen loses another major sponsor after admitting to using racial slur

Paula Deen has lost another major sponsor. Smithfield Foods has terminated its contract with the celebrity chef after she admitted using a racial slur. Her comments became public in a lawsuit deposition.

Supreme Court reaches decision in affirmative action case

The Supreme Court has made a decision in a case challenging affirmative action at the University of Texas. Details of the ruling are expected shortly.

Justices to hear abortion-related case for review

The Supreme Court will step back into the national debate over free speech and abortion, accepting an appeal Monday on the rights of protesters outside medical clinics.

The Zimmerman trial: What you need to know

A neighborhood watch captain accused of killing an unarmed teen goes on trial Monday, in a case that sparked fresh debate about race relations and gun laws.

8-year-old girl found dead in Florida; man faces charges

The body of an 8-year-old girl who was abducted Friday night from a Walmart in Jacksonville, Florida, was discovered Saturday morning, police said.

5 things to know about marijuana in the U.S.

There appears to be a shift in the United States in favor of relaxing marijuana laws. Making pot legal, supporters say, can simultaneously provide relief for the sick and poke a hole in the operations of drug cartels.

4 stocks I'm buying to ride U.S. energy boom

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there is a major U.S. energy boom going on now.

Nelson Mandela in critical condition, South Africa's presidency says

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is now in critical condition, officials said. Mandela's condition worsened in the past 24 hours, the South African president's office said, citing Mandela's medical team.