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NASA launches Earth-observing satellite

A NASA satellite has launched on a three-year mission to measure the amount of water in soil.

January 31, 2015

Navy abandons 'Global force for good' to broaden appeal

The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: Appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join.

January 31, 2015

5 boaters rescued from sailboat 200 miles off NC coast

The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued five people from a sailboat after the boat's mast broke about 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

January 31, 2015

Cops save beaten NYC puppy buried alive; owner arrested

A New York City man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say neighbors witnessed him beat his puppy and burry the dog alive in a snowbank.

January 31, 2015

Ala judges weighing whether to perform same-sex weddings

Alabama probate judges are faced with a decision: Whether to continue performing weddings if same-sex marriages become a reality in the state.

January 31, 2015

George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

Authorities say they are dropping their aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman after his ex-girlfriend stopped cooperating with authorities.

January 30, 2015

Judge to hear arguments on constitutionality of no fly list

A judge is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the government's no fly list in a case now embroiled with allegations of terrorism against a one-time northern Virginia resident.

January 30, 2015

'Suge' Knight turns himself in

Authorities say Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight has turned himself in in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured.

January 30, 2015

Oklahoma official: Executions could resume with other drugs

While the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections, Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he'll push to resume executions.

January 29, 2015

Guantanamo trial for 9/11 accused may lose 1 of 5 defendants

One of five men facing trial by military commission for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack may get dropped from the case so proceedings can resume at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

January 29, 2015

Governors announce Super Bowl food bank donations

The Seattle Seahawks-New England Patriots Super Bowl matchup is bringing cross-country donations into the food banks of each team's home state.

January 29, 2015

Judge won't toss Boston bombing suspects' sister's NYC case

A New York City judge says a harassment case against the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects can proceed.

January 29, 2015

Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse

The Boy Scouts of America have agreed to settle a lawsuit by a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007.

January 29, 2015

MLK children working to settle dispute over Bible, prize

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father's traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial.

January 29, 2015

Squatters slow Detroit's plan to bulldoze way to prosperity

Squatters are complicating Detroit's plan to bulldoze its way to a brighter future by demolishing thousands of vacant homes.

January 29, 2015

Judge: Marriage licenses should be issued to gay couples

Gay marriage is inching closer to becoming a reality in Alabama as a federal judge has ruled that probate judges have a constitutional duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

January 29, 2015

Opening statements in Aaron Hernandez murder trial

Opening statements are set for today in the trial of Aaron Hernandez, who is accused of orchestrating the killing of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in 2013.

January 29, 2015

US stocks slump as another dip in oil drags down the market

The U.S. stock market is slumping at the close as oil falls to its lowest level in nearly six years.

January 28, 2015

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

Cuban President Raul Castro is demanding that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate it for damages before the two countries re-establish normal relations.

January 28, 2015

Fed stays 'patient' but voices new low inflation concerns

The Federal Reserve is reiterating that it will be "patient" in raising rates from record lows but is signaling greater concern about excessively low inflation.

January 28, 2015

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.

January 28, 2015

Lynch defends Obama's immigration plan

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is defending President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation, but she says they have no right to citizenship under the law.

January 28, 2015

Feds issue new policy for snowmobiles in national forests

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a new policy requiring forest managers to limit where snowmobiles can go by specifically designating what areas are open.

January 28, 2015

Toyota recalls 52,000 Avalon sedans for fire risk

Toyota is recalling 52,000 Avalon sedans because of a wiring problem that could cause a fire.

January 28, 2015

New England may face new storm

BOSTON (AP) — More snow could be on the way for New England.

January 28, 2015

Man who made Facebook postings about mass murder wins appeal

A court is throwing out the harassment conviction of an Iowa man who posted disturbing photos about mass murder on Facebook.

January 28, 2015

Warren Buffett's sister donates $100 million to Northwestern

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's sister has donated $100 million to Northwestern University, which the suburban Chicago school says is the largest single gift in its history.

January 28, 2015

Firefighters rescue cows that took icy dip in Colorado pond

Firefighters in Colorado have rescued two cows that plunged through the ice on a pond.

January 28, 2015

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia

For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.

January 28, 2015

Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks

Many Super Bowl attendees will choose house rentals over hotels this year in a move that allows homeowners to bring in big earnings if they're willing to take the risk.

January 28, 2015
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