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North Korea's neighbors on missile watch ahead of Kerry visit to Seoul

North Korea's neighbors continued to keep watch Thursday for a possible missile launch by the secretive regime, a day before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was due to arrive in the region.

Obama calls for cigarette tax hike of 94 cents a pack

President's Obama's call for a 94-cent-a-pack hike on federal cigarette taxes to fund early childhood education programs is controversial.

Payments coming for borrowers in $3.6B foreclosure settlement

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Were you going through the foreclosure process in 2009 or 2010? Well, even if you didn't end up losing your home, you might have some money coming to you.

Compromise sets up likely Senate debate on gun laws

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In a potential breakthrough on new gun laws, a Republican and Democratic senator plan to announce a compromise Wednesday on expanding background checks of firearms purchasers, sources told CNN.

Couple jailed after allegedly abducting their children, fleeing to Cuba

An American couple who allegedly kidnapped their two sons and sailed to Havana last week sat in a Florida jail Wednesday after Cuba hastily handed them over to U.S. officials.

Suspect in Texas college stabbings had dreams of success, bloodshed, some say

Dylan Quick overcame a childhood disability and had big plans for the future. But on Tuesday, the 20-year-old student went on a stabbing spree on his Texas college campus, authorities said.

Texas college locked down after report of stabbing

Fourteen people were injured in a stabbing incident Tuesday at Lone Star College's CyFair campus in Cypress, Texas, a Harris County sheriff's spokesman said -- an incident prompting officials to urge students to take shelter.

Winter still blowing with blizzard and twister

A wildfire due to extreme drought, a possible tornado touchdown and a blizzard warning all within a 50 mile radius -- the weather in northeast Colorado must have gone crazy overnight.

In just seconds, a boy, a gun, a death, then grief

It happened in just seconds, by all accounts.