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Crapo pleads guilty to DUI charge

Sen. Michael Crapo, arrested in December for driving drunk in Virginia, pleaded guilty Friday to the charges, which came with a $250 fine and a year-long suspension of his driver's license.

Medical helicopter crashes kill 3, hurt 4 and prompt more scrutiny

Two medical helicopter crashes in eight hours on Wednesday are again drawing attention to the dangers of aircraft that are intended to save lives.

Social media casts spotlight on Ohio rape case

The videos, pictures and tweets are chilling. A picture of a girl dangling limply from the arms of two young men. Other boys, laughingly saying the girl had to be dead because she didn't flinch as her body was violated.

Heavy snow hampers efforts to reopen portions of west Texas interstate

Blizzard conditions hampered efforts early Friday to reopen large sections of Interstate 10 in west Texas that were closed following crashes.

New Congress takes office Thursday, will tackle old Congress' leftovers

A new Congress takes office Thursday, and many of the same difficult issues that snagged the last one will fall into its lap.

FBI gun background checks hit record highs

The FBI performed nearly 2.8 million background checks on people wanting to buy guns in December, a record month that capped a record year.

Sandy Hook students return to class for first time since Newtown shooting

For the first time since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Christine Wilford plans do something remarkable on Thursday that once was routine: drop her child off at school.

Angry families of victims say they will boycott Colo. theater reopening

Relatives of nine people killed last summer at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater said an invitation to attend an event on the eve of the remodeled complex's reopening is "disgusting" and "wholly offensive to the memory of ou

Fury over House dropping Sandy aid vote

The outrage over inaction that began on Tuesday night in Washington quickly spread across the country, ultimately drawing the ire of governors and an impassioned plea from the president.

U.S. credit ratings test is yet to come after fiscal cliff agreement

Credit rating agencies are likely to hold off passing judgment on the U.S. credit rating until they have a clearer picture about the fate of the debt ceiling and longer term plans to reduce borrowing.