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Good jobs news: Initial claims fall

Fewer Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, marking further improvement in the job market.

Surrogate offered $10,000 to abort baby

Crystal Kelley ran through the calendar once again in her head.

Rocky start to second term raises questions about Obama approach

Less than seven weeks into his second term, President Barack Obama seems mired in the same uncertainty over how to deal with recalcitrant and at times obstructionist Republicans that dominated his volatile first term.

Study links gun laws and lower gun mortality

States with the most gun laws experienced a lower overall mortality rate from firearms than did states with the fewest laws, researchers in Boston reported in a study published Wednesday.

Game for students aims to make Congress serious fun

These days, both violent video games and Congress have come under fire in the media and the court of public opinion, albeit for different reasons.

New tax refund loans carry sky-high fees and rates

A new breed of pricey tax refund loans is cropping up this tax season.

Duchess's 'slip' prompts speculation royal baby is a girl

British newspapers are abuzz with speculation that Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine is expecting a girl after a member of the public reported hearing what seemed to be a hint that a daughter is on the way.

Priest abuse victims' group blacklists 12 cardinals for pope

A group representing survivors of sexual abuse by priests named a "Dirty Dozen" list of cardinals it said would be the worst candidates for pope based on their handling of child sex abuse claims.

Trial of NY cop charged in alleged cannibalism plot nears jury

NEW YORK (CNN) -- With just one day of direct testimony and three witnesses, the defense has rested in the trial of a New York police officer accused of conspiring to abduct women in a cannibalism plot.

Snow storm that plastered Chicago reaches DC

A storm that set snowfall records in Chicago arrived in Washington, D.C. early Wednesday. It filled the sky with flakes, but with temperatures well above freezing, little of the white should accumulate for long.