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Pope's butler to face trial over leak, Vatican says

Pope Benedict XVI's butler will be tried on a aggravated theft charge over the leaking of hundreds of secret papers from the pope's personal apartment to an Italian journalist, a Vatican spokesman said Monday.

Romney-Ryan would aim to overhaul Medicaid

Medicaid and other safety net programs could undergo major changes if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win November's election.

Mandatory evacuations ordered as wildfires advance toward California town

Firefighters were battling two wildfires in Northern California that grew late Sunday to more than 5,000 acres, forcing people from their homes in Lake County, a fire official said.

New rules aimed at helping homeowners

Giving homeowners more information on outstanding balances and pending interest rate changes is the aim of new rules for mortgage servicers proposed Friday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Heat can pose health hazards for kids

Parents worry a lot about fever, especially the ones that come from illness.

CNN Poll: Optimism on the economy drops

A new national survey indicates that the number of Americans who say things are going badly in the country is on the rise, as a growing number of people believe that economic conditions are getting worse.

Saving Flo Jo: Taking back a legacy

When Florence Griffith-Joyner signed up for her 1988 Olympic 100 meter trial at UCLA, few expected fireworks. But those who were there to witness her quarterfinal run couldn't comprehend what they were seeing.

Postal Service losses continue

The U.S. Postal Service's financial struggles continued into 2012, as the agency reported a $5.2 billion loss for the three months ended June 30 despite improved revenue from shipping and packaging.

U.S. drought drives up food prices worldwide

The drought that's drying up the Heartland isn't just an American problem. It's causing food prices to surge worldwide.

Tropical Storm Ernesto regains its punch in the Gulf

Tropical Storm Ernesto hugged the southern edge of the Bay of Campeche early Thursday, strengthening in its warm waters, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm's forecast map shows it regaining hurricane status.