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Top officials escaped blame for Benghazi, new congressional report

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A commission that investigated last year's terror attack on the U.S.

Obama pressures conservative Republicans over possible shutdown

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- With two weeks and counting until the federal government runs out of money, President Barack Obama is turning up the heat on a group of congressional Republicans threatening to shut down the government over their opposition to the

Half-mast or half-staff: Protocol in times of tragedy

Following Monday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, President Barack Obama ordered all flags on U.S.

Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news -- briefly

It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15. A U.S.

Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent

She's the second consecutive New York beauty queen to take the Miss America title, but she's the first Indian-American to wear the national crown -- er, tiara -- atop her perfectly coiffed head.

Russia slams U.S. on Syria chemical weapons deal as U.N. report due

The world is expected to learn details Monday of what happened the day as many as 1,400 people were allegedly gassed to death outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Colorado flooding strands National Guard

It seems no one is beyond the reach of Colorado's epic flooding. Fifteen Colorado National Guard members and other first responders were stranded Monday on high ground after rising floodwaters the day before forced them to abandon efforts to evacu

Police wound 2 bystanders in shooting near Times Square

New York police have brought a variety of charges against the "emotionally disturbed" man they say triggered a police shooting near Times Square that wounded two bystanders.

Syria's chemical weapons: U.N. expected to release report Monday

The world is expected to learn Monday what really happened the day 1,400 people were allegedly gassed to death outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. A report by U.N.

Costa Concordia salvage begins: Will ship stay in one piece during righting?

GIGLIO, Italy (CNN) -- Delayed by three hours because of strong thunderstorms, the unprecedented operation of salvaging the massive Costa Concordia cruise liner began Monday morning off the coast of Italy, near the island of Giglio.