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FEMA announces extra aid for Texas town decimated by blast

 The Obama administration has issued a disaster declaration for the Texas town hit by fertilizer plant blasts in April.

Judge allows evidence of Fort Hood suspect's Web searches on jihad

 A military court judge ruled Friday that the prosecutors may use as evidence Maj. Nidal M.

Scheme to reel in pot at county jail hits a snag

It has to be difficult to outfit a fishing expedition when you're in jail.

Cooper excused from Eagles team activities to receive counseling

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Friday, wide-receiver, Riley Cooper, has been excused from all team activities, so he can receive counseling in light of his recent actions.

Al Qaeda threat closes some U.S. embassies

Al Qaeda is linked to a terror threat that has prompted the State Department to close embassies in key Middle East nations, including Egypt and Israel, as a precaution beginning Sunday, U.S. Rep.

Police: Mom kept autistic son in 'dungeon-like conditions'

His room smelled of urine and feces. It had no lighting, no bathroom, and there was only a mattress to furnish it.

Massive geyser puts on a surprise show

Everyone knows the story of Old Faithful. Here's the story of Old Unreliable.

The end of creative mailboxes?

Dog-shaped mailboxes, Hawaiian-print mailboxes, even tiger-protected mailboxes --- such letterbox creativity could eventually disappear.

Castro sentenced to life without parole, will never leave jail for any reason

Ariel Castro, 53, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping three women and holding them for 10 years, was sentenced on Thursday afternoon to life in prison without the possibilty of parole.

Snowden has political asylum, can stay in Russia for a year, lawyer says

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's application for political asylum has been approved, and he has left a Moscow airport, Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told CNN on Thursday.