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Federal court to hear challenge to South Carolina voter ID law

South Carolina officials head to federal court on Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny tens of thousands of people, many of them minorities, access to the ballot.

Gunmen attack U.S. diplomatic vehicle in Mexico

Unknown gunmen attacked an American diplomatic vehicle south of Mexico City, injuring three people, a Mexican military official told CNN Mexico.

At least 10 shot at Empire State Building, authorities say

A shooting at the Empire State Building in New York killed two people and wounded at least eight others Friday, a law enforcement official said. The shooter was one of the two killed, investigators said.

Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism

Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about "legitimate rape," a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate's side: the party&#

Police: Rodney King's 'accidental drowning' involved drugs

Rodney King's death in June was the result of accidental drowning, although alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP found in his system were contributing factors, authorities said Thursday.

GOP platform committee approves tough anti-abortion stance

Republicans drafting their party's official policy platform on Tuesday ratified a call for a Constitutional ban on abortion that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

Comedian Phyllis Diller dies 'with a smile on her face'

Comedian Phyllis Diller, known for her self-deprecating humor, died "peacefully in her sleep" at her Los Angeles home Monday morning, her manager told CNN. Diller was 95.

Judge throws out Lance Armstrong's lawsuit aimed at halting doping probe

A federal judge on Monday dismissed the latest lawsuit filed by champion cyclist Lance Armstrong aimed at halting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's case against him.

Augusta National Golf Club admits first female members

Augusta National Golf Club opened its exclusive membership to women Monday for the first time in its 80-year history.

GM recalls SUVs for fire hazard

General Motors is recalling nearly 250,000 sport utility vehicles because of an electrical problem that can cause fires.