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New federal rules require healthier school snacks

Candy bars, doughnuts and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix and baked chips.

Competency hearing ordered for alleged Cleveland captor

A judge in Cleveland ordered a competency hearing for Ariel Castro, the man accused of holding three women captive for about a decade, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office confirmed Thursday.

After historic court rulings, what's next for gay rights movement?

For some people, Wednesday was a day to celebrate. Thursday, they get back to work.

Former New England Patriot Hernandez charged with murder

Authorities charged former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with first-degree murder on Wednesday, hours after police arrested him and the NFL team that once gave him a $40 million contract dropped him from its roster.

Paula Deen loses two major deals

Reeling from the fallout of Paula Deen's recent racial slur admission, two major companies have severed their relationship with the once high-flying chef.

Atlanta police union defends using traffic tickets to fund pay increases

It's a theory many drivers have held since their first speeding ticket, that citations are somehow connected to a special perk for the officer writing it.

Supreme Court dismisses California's Proposition 8 appeal

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds, ruling Wednesday private parties do not have "standing" to defend California's voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbian coupl

Patriots' Hernandez taken into custody amid investigation of man's death

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was handcuffed Wednesday morning and put into a police cruiser outside his home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

Waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on 2 cases concerning same-sex marriage

UPDATED- The Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits.

Massive tar mat dug up off Louisiana, 3 years after Gulf spill

Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, workers have dug up a massive chunk of weathered crude from the shallows off a Louisiana beach.