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New York school goes all-vegetarian

Asked which school meals were their favorites, students at a public school in the New York borough of Queens don't say chicken fingers or meatballs.

Reese Witherspoon speaks on arrest: I panicked

After canceling TV appearances in light of her disorderly conduct arrest last month, Reese Witherspoon is ready to talk.

Weather improves, but California wildfire still threatens 4,000 homes

Firefighters battling a two-day-old wildfire near Los Angeles were enjoying "favorable conditions" Saturday as the return of cool ocean breezes promised to weaken a firestorm that burned 28,000 acres and still threatens 4,000 homes, a

NRA's LaPierre says gun rights struggle a 'long war'

Wayne LaPierre, the nation's most visible gun-rights advocate, rallied supporters on Saturday for a renewed fight against gun control, saying membership is up since the Newtown massacre, and calling the effort to stop new limits a "lon

PepsiCo drops Lil Wayne over Emmett Till lyric in rap song

PepsiCo is ending its relationship with rapper Lil Wayne over what the company calls an "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon" -- 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was killed nearly 60 years ago.

Suicides nearly double among 50-somethings

Teen suicides often get the most media attention - tragic stories like that of Canadian teen Amanda Todd remind us that depression is a serious mental health issue for adolescents.

Pepsi drops Lil’ Wayne’s endorsement deal due to offensive lyric

Hearing explicit lyrics is nothing new to fans of New Orleans rapper Lil’ Wayne. However, Pepsi decided he went too far with a recent reference to a civil rights martyr, so they dropped his endorsement deal.

Gun control in crosshairs at NRA convention

Within minutes of the National Rifle Association's opening forum at their annual meeting this weekend, the group's leaders went after gun control proposals and advocates who sought to expand tougher firearm laws following the deadly New

Official: July Fourth celebration Boston bombers' original target

It could have been July Fourth. Live on television.

Chemical weapons in Syria? Why Obama still needs convincing

Two years into the civil war that has become Syria's nightmare, U.S. President Barack Obama is still reluctant to commit himself to ending the carnage or even enforce his own warning about chemical weapons.