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Severe storms fizzle after whacking Midwest, South

A powerful storm that swept across the country will lose its fury Friday and blow out over the Atlantic by day's end, forecasters said.

How Margaret Thatcher's funeral will play out

Prime Minister David Cameron's office has released plans for the funeral of Britain's first women prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, next Wednesday. Here are the details:

Parents who took kids to Cuba to remain jailed over weekend, judge rules

The couple accused of abducting their sons and sailing to Cuba will remain jailed without bond through the weekend, a Florida judge ruled Thursday.

Zimmerman's arrest 'solely to placate the masses,' mother writes on anniversary

In a scathing letter released on the anniversary of George Zimmerman's arrest in Trayvon Martin's shooting death, Zimmerman's mother writes that her son was charged "solely to placate the masses," and that the news media h

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.