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IRS official expected to take the 5th at congressional hearing

For the third time in less than a week, a congressional committee on Wednesday will seek answers from the Internal Revenue Service about the targeting of conservative groups detailed by the agency watchdog.

9 myths about drones and Guantanamo

Editor's note: Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a director at the New America Foundation and the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden -- From 9/11 to Abbottabad," the basis for the HBO

Rescued Cleveland women 'happy and safe,' attorneys say

Three women who were rescued this month after allegedly being held captive in a Cleveland house for close to a decade "are happy and safe," and overwhelmed by the public's support, their attorneys said in a statement released Wedn

OK tornado categorized as EF5, winds of 200 MPH or greater

Damage assessments show that the tornado that struck central Oklahoma on Monday was an EF5, meaning it had winds of 200 mph or greater, for at least some of the time it was ravaging an area near Oklahoma City, the National Weather Service says.

Arias to speak to the jury deciding whether she lives or dies

Whether Jodi Arias lives or dies is now in the hands of a jury. She will address its members directly Tuesday morning. Arias said earlier this month that she would rather die than endure a lifetime behind bars.

Simon Cowell outnumbered by women on the new "The X Factor" judges' panel

Simon Cowell will be surrounded by women when THE X FACTOR returns for its third season this fall on FOX.

Moore, Oklahoma tornado: Get the latest developments in this disaster

Dozens of people -- including several children -- were killed when a massive tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, officials said.

Helping with disaster in the heartland

For the second day in a row, violent storms have ripped through America's heartland. Much of Moore, Oklahoma, which is just outside of Oklahoma City, is now a devastated pile of rubble.

City of Joplin sending assistance to city of Moore, Oklahoma

Joplin City officials have organized a support team of public safety employees and have deplyed them to Moore, Oklahoma. The team will arrive later tonight, the team includes a dozen members from the local police and fire departments.

25-year-old mother arrested for locking her 4 children outside

A Baker woman was arrested after he allegedly locked her four children, ages 1-7, outside of the home for 3 days. She denies the allegations and repeatedly called her children “bad kids.”