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Boy Booted From Honor Group Over Facebook Page

One of the nation's oldest and highest scholastic honors organizations is looking into a Tampa-area high school student's claim that he was booted from the local chapter because of comments he posted on a Facebook page.

Coroner reports pneumonia, drugs killed Brittany Murphy

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County coroner says Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia but prescription drug intoxication was also a factor.The coroner released its results Thursday.

Google teams up with NSA to ward off cyberattacks

UNDATED - The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity.

Families of Cleveland Murder Victims Outraged Over Suspect's

A controversial Web site that markets the paraphernalia of some of America's most horrific criminals is selling letters written by the accused killer of 11 women in Ohio that seek companionship and money — and the victims' families want it to stop.

Feds Target Toyota

Transportation Department opens investigation into No. 1 carmaker's 2010 Prius over design flaws with brakes

Transportation Dept. Opens Probe Into Prius Brake Problems

Transportation Department has opened an investigation into brake problems in the 2010 model year Toyota Prius after the Japanese automaker acknowledged design problems with the brakes in its prized hybrid.

Toyota Faces U.S., Japan Probe on Prius Brakes

Toyota faced fresh doubts about braking problems in its prized Prius, with complaints swelling to about 180 in the U.S.

Giacometti Sculpture Fetches Record $104M

A life-size bronze sculpture of a man by Alberto Giacometti was sold Wednesday at a London auction for $104.3 million — a world record for the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction, Sotheby's auction house said.

N.C. Schools May Cut Chunk Out of U.S. History

He may be the president who governed during the Civil War and freed slaves, but under a new curriculum proposal in North Carolina high school U.S. history would begin years after with the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877.