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Victim in 'Top Shape' Before Sweat Lodge Death

A 38-year-old New York woman who died after sitting in a sauna-like sweat lodge during a spiritual cleansing ceremony in an Arizona resort was an avid surfer and hiker who was "in top shape," took self-improvement seriously and had a passion for art,

CDC Official Downplays H1N1 Vaccine Risks

A top U.S. health official says the risks from not getting the H1N1 vaccine are greater than any potential risks associated with the vaccine.

Did Weapons Fail U.S. Troops During Afghanistan Assault?

In the chaos of an early morning assault on a remote U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips' M4 carbine quit firing as militant forces surrounded the base.

NYC Terror Suspect's Friend: Muslims Are 'So, So Nervous'

A friend of accused New York City terror plot suspect Najibullah Zazi and others urged authorities Saturday to stop targeting the Muslim community in their probe of the alleged Al Qaeda-linked bomb plan.

Dramatic Video Shows Tsunami Hitting FBI Office

The dramatic video released Friday was taken on the morning of Sept. 29 from a stationary security camera at the FBI office in Pago Pago

Militants Hold Hostages After Storming Pakistan Army HQ

Heavily armed militants were holding up to 15 soldiers hostage inside Pakistan's army headquarters after they stormed the complex in an assault on the heart of the nuclear-armed country's most powerful institution.

Scientists: HIV Study Results May Have Been a Fluke

Researchers from the U.S. Army and Thailand announced last month they had found the first vaccine that provided some protection against HIV. But a second analysis of the study suggests the results may have been a fluke, according to scientists.

U.N. Plane Crashes in Haiti Killing All 11 on Board

The United Nations says a U.N. plane crashed into a mountain in Haiti killing all 11 people on board.

Private 'Police' Force Quits Effort to Take Over Mont. Jail

An obscure California company run by an ex-convict with a history of fraud convictions is dropping its effort to take over a Montana jail — days after state officials launched an investigation and several key participants backed away from the p

Hadron Collider Physicist Suspected of Al Qaeda Link

A nuclear physicist working at the world's largest atom smasher has been arrested on suspicion of links to the Algerian branch of Al Qaeda, another blow to a project plagued by glitches, shut down after a massive electrical failure a year ago.