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Sitar legend Ravi Shankar dies at 92

His music transcended trends and cultural barriers. Pandit Ravi Shankar's life, which traversed nearly a century, ended Tuesday.

Controversial MLK Memorial inscription to be removed

The controversial "drum major" inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington will be removed rather than replaced under a plan announced Tuesday by federal officials.

Accrediting group puts FAMU on probation

Florida A&M University, under fire in the hazing death of a drum major and over its finances, was put on probation for one year by an accrediting agency, officials said Tuesday.

Arizona charity's Wal-Mart snub may have paid off

An Arizona charity may have come out ahead by turning down a gift from the nation's largest retailer -- a snub that grabbed headlines and renewed interest in the labor practices of big business.

'I felt like sitting ducks,' woman says after Oregon mall shooting leaves three dead

The masked gunman worked his way across the mall, terrifying holiday shoppers who had no clue where he'd fire next.

Costas' call to disarm: NFL has gun culture problem

Bob Costas and Piers Morgan couldn't agree more on one thing: Something has to be done about the pervasive gun culture in the United States.

Saints players get bounty suspensions lifted

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced Tuesday that he will vacate the player suspensions in the Saints bounty investigation.

Smartphone apps can compromise kids' data, FTC says

Parents are finding it more difficult to keep their children's private personal data from being collected by mobile phone apps, according to a new report.

Life sentence closes oldest cold case

Fifty-five years after Maria Ridulph vanished from a small-town street corner while playing in the snow, a former neighbor was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing the brown-eyed second grader.

'Choose Life' license plates ruled unconstitutional in North Carolina

A federal judge ruled that North Carolina's new "Choose Life" license plates are unconstitutional because the state does not offer a pro-choice alternative.