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Paying more for food? Blame the ethanol mandate

Because of the severe heat and drought in the Midwest, global food prices are going up. Why? Because the U.S. is the leading producer and exporter of staple grains. We are for food production what Saudi Arabia is for oil production.

British director Tony Scott dead after jumping from California bridge

Director Tony Scott, best known for the films "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died in an apparent suicide Sunday when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California, an official with the Los Angeles

9/11 families appeal court decision

Seventeen family members of people killed in the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks are appealing a court decision that ultimately will decide where unidentified victims' remains will rest.

Both sides using Rove's campaign strategy this year

In 2004, Sen. John Kerry entered the campaign against incumbent President George W. Bush with a seemingly unassailable advantage on a sensitive issue -- the liberal Kerry served in the Vietnam War, and the conservative Bush didn't.

How to shoulder a backpack

Pediatric orthopedist Dr. David Marshall is concerned about the weight that students shoulder from their backpacks.

Brothers 'elated' to be free, thanks to Facebook

Two brothers who were released from prison Monday after nearly 25 years say their convictions were based on mistaken identity.

Boy drowns, another missing in Yosemite National Park river

Half way to a popular waterfall at Yosemite National Park, the 15 members of a Southern California family decided to take a break from the trail at a footbridge that crosses the boulder-strewn Merced River.

Tech companies make progress on 'blood phones' and 'conflict minerals'

They've been called "blood phones." It's a reference to the fact that some metals used to make smartphones and other electronic gadgets are sourced from war-torn areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Two deputies killed, two wounded in Louisiana "ambush"

Two Louisiana sheriff's deputies died and two others were wounded early Thursday in what a state police official described as an ambush.

Winner of $337 million lottery jackpot bought ticket in Michigan

Somebody in Michigan may be very happy soon. The winning ticket for the estimated $337 million Powerball jackpot was purchased at a Sunoco gas station in Lapeer, Michigan, said Andi Brancato, a spokesman for the Michigan lottery.