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'Blade runner' Pistorius weeps in court over murder charges

South African sports icon Oscar Pistorius wept uncontrollably Friday when a judge charged him in the killing of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

Christopher Dorner's body positively ID'd

Medical examiners have positively identified the body of the renegade former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, the man authorities say killed four people and wounded three others in a vendetta against his old comrades.

Fifth-grade boys' plot to kill a classmate thwarted

Two fifth-grade boys armed with a stolen semi-automatic gun, ammunition clip and knife plotted to kill a classmate in Washington state but were thwarted when another student informed a school employee, authorities said Thursday.

Veterans Affairs allows burial for same-sex couple in Oregon

In what's believed to be the first case of its kind, the same-sex spouse of a member of the military will be buried in a national cemetery.

Idol Across America

AMERICAN IDOL will kick off IDOL ACROSS AMERICA, a cross-country relay of the IDOL microphone, traveling from New York City to the IDOL stage in Los Angeles.

Mom to Dr. Phil: Ethan having trouble sleeping

Jennifer Kirkland says she caught her 6-year-old son Ethan just staring at a school bus the other day.

Pope Benedict addresses priests of Rome

Pope Benedict XVI addressed parish priests from the city of Rome on Thursday, in what is likely to be one of his final public appearances before his resignation from the papacy at the end of the month.

Passengers count hours on 'floating petri dish' of a cruise ship as it limps to port

Squalid, smelly and steamy, the crippled ship Carnival Triumph limped toward port Thursday, its passengers and crew looking forward to an end to their hellish cruise.

Illinois Senate to vote on same-sex marriage bill on Valentine's Day

The Illinois Senate will vote Thursday -- Valentine's Day -- on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

Rapper DMX arrested for driving without license

Rapper DMX was behind bars in Spartanburg County following an arrest Wednesday. DMX, who's real name is Earl Simmons, was booked into the Spartanburg County jail around 2 a.m. He was charged with driving without a license.