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Crazy things Americans tried to take on planes in 2013

Guns, grenades, human skull fragments and a pepper spray disguised as a lipstick -- just a few of the things confiscated by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers from travelers in U.S. airports last year.

Bionic hand lets amputee feel objects

Ten years ago on New Year's Eve, Dennis Aabo Sorensen was launching fireworks when a defective rocket blew up. He was rushed to the hospital, and his left hand was amputated.

The power of prejudice -- and why you should speak up

 Editor's note: CNN contributor Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity: the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful t

Fanny Smith: Ski cross racer defies odds in quest for Olympic gold

When Fanny Smith lines up at the start gates in Sochi later this month, she will do so with form and, perhaps, the fates in her favor.

President promotes religious freedom

President Barack Obama says that "around the world, freedom of religion is under threat." And at the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, the President also said he's looking forward to meeting Pope Francis.

Judge orders Texas teen Ethan Couch to rehab for driving drunk, killing 4

A judge on Wednesday ordered that Ethan Couch -- who drove drunk and caused a crash, killing four people and injuring two -- go to a lock-down residential treatment facility.

California Highway Patrol officer cuffs firefighter for refusing to move engine

A Southern California firefighter ended up in handcuffs this week after he disagreed with a highway patrol officer on where to park a fire engine.

Some could go days without power in cold Northeast

Bob and Debbie Burns endured three dark and powerless days after Hurricane Sandy. When the lights went out this time -- the result of a powerful winter storm-- they were ready.

Senate passes farm bill

The Senate passed a farm bill on Tuesday that ends direct subsidies for farmers and trims $90 a month from food stamps for 850,000.

Connecticut governor proposes $10.10 minimum wage

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed a $10.10 an hour wage, which would be the highest of any state in the nation, at least for now.