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Arkansas and Oklahoma battered by severe weather

People in the central United States suffered through more severe weather Thursday -- in the form of torrential rain, golf-ball-size hail and damaging winds, including a few reported tornadoes -- and braced for even more storms.

Letters containing ricin postmarked from Shreveport

Last week, letters were sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that tested positive for the poison ricin.

$1 billion in cocaine intercepted en route to US

Authorities intercepted two speedboats -- sinking one -- and recovered about 13,000 pounds of cocaine worth almost $1 billion. Indeed, that's billion with a B.

President Obama, NYC Mayor Bloomberg get suspicious letters

A suspicious letter addressed to President Barack Obama intercepted Thursday in the Washington area appears to be connected to possibly poison-laced notes sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and an anti-illegal-gun group he founded, a law

Mystery surrounds death of former star quarterback in Michigan woods

Sometime Sunday, onetime college football standout Cullen Finnerty called his family from a fishing trip to say he was nervous. He wanted off the river.

Trailer comes unhitched from truck, kills 7 including children

 A trailer came unhitched from a truck near Syracuse, New York, on Wednesday, and struck an approaching minivan, killing seven people, authorities said.

VIDEO: No. 2 leader of Taliban killed in US drone strike

The number two leader of the Pakistan Taliban was killed Wednesday by a drone strike. Wali-Ur Rehman Mehsud was one of seven people killed in the attack.

POLICE: Man runs red light while having sex in driver's seat, crashes car

A half-naked man hiding behind a cactus, a bleeding, naked woman on the ground, and a crashed Ford Explorer were all elements of a crime scene in Albuquerque, NM, police said.

VIDEO: Maryland train derails, causes explosion

A truck was involved in Tuesday's freight train derailment in Rosedale, Maryland, and a resulting hazardous-materials situation is prompting the evacuation of a half-mile area, according to a Baltimore County police official who declined to

Purple Heart returned to soldier's family 70 years after death

A Purple Heart that has been missing for years has finally been returned to a Wisconsin family. The soldier who earned it, Otto Trapp, died 70 years ago.