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Flu vaccine attitudes abroad differ from U.S.

The flu hasn't hit Europe as hard as it has the United States, health officials say, but when and if it does, don't expect a call for vaccination of the entire population.

Girl recovering after abduction by woman posing as her mom

Philadelphia police are still searching for the woman who they say abducted a 5-year-old girl from her elementary school on Monday by posing as the girl's mother, dressed in a Muslim-style head covering.

'Universal background check:' What does it mean?

In an effort to stem gun violence across the United States, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed 23 executive actions, which don't require congressional approval -- some of which called for tougher enforcement of existing laws and req

School bus drivers strike in NYC

For the first time since 1979, New York City school bus drivers went on strike Wednesday -- a protest that is affecting more than 150,000 students.

Obama seeks assault weapons ban, background checks on all gun sales

President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed background checks on all gun sales and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as part of a package of steps to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown school massacre last month.<

Heavy precipitation expected from Texas to New England

A slew of weather warnings and watches extended Tuesday from northeastern Texas to southern Maine as a stalled frontal system threatened some areas with heavy snow and others with significant rain.

NYPD: 'Bait bottles' with GPS devices could help track pharmacy thieves

The New York Police Department will attempt to fight prescription drug thefts by asking pharmacies around the city to plant Global Positioning System devices in fake pill bottles, according to Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Oregon sheriff: 'Unconstitutional' gun control laws won't be enforced

An Oregon sheriff says he will not enforce any federal regulation that President Barack Obama lays out in his package of gun control proposals Wednesday.

Debt ceiling: Is Social Security at risk?

The standoff over the debt ceiling, likely to come to a head next month, threatens to stiff a lot of people owed money by the government. Among them: more than 55 million Social Security recipients.

Facebook introduces 'Graph Search'

The search feature on Facebook has traditionally been pretty limited. You type in a name of a person or a business and it pulls up their Facebook page.