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Attorney: Boy, 12, pleads not guilty to killing 8-year-old sister

A 12-year-old accused with stabbing to death his 8-year-old sister at their Northern California home pleaded not guilty on Wednesday during an appearance in a Calaveras County juvenile court, his attorney told CNN.

8th-grade spelling champ on hearing his word: 'I got this'

New York eighth-grader Arvind Mahankali is the fiercest speller around. No word can foil him, as he proved Thursday when he beat out other Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants by spelling "knaidel" correctly.

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.