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Judge in hot water: Allegedly said minorities are prone to violence

Civil rights groups filed a complaint this week against a federal judge in Houston after she allegedly said during a lecture that some minorities are prone to violence.

Family of girl needing lung transplant 'excited' by ruling

The father of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who desperately needs new lungs told CNN on Wednesday night the family was "very excited" after a judge's ruling that could help his daughter get a transplant.

Court rules minors can buy 'morning-after' pill without prescription

Emergency contraception known as the "morning-after pill" can be sold over-the-counter to minors, a federal appeals court in New York decided on Wednesday. A generic two-pill version could soon be available without a prescription or any age restri

Sanctuary at front line of fight against 'inhumane' dog trade

NAKHON PHANOM, Thailand (CNN) -- We arrive in the morning at the Animal Quarantine Center in Nakhon Phanom, north-east Thailand, just a few kilometers away from mountains which outline the border with Laos.

6 dead in Philadelphia building collapse, 13 injured

A vacant building being demolished collapsed onto a thrift store in Philadelphia early Wednesday, killing six people and trapping more than a dozen under rubble, officials said. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said late Wednesday night the decea

Tropical Storm Andrea ready to pummel Florida with intense rain

Tropical Storm Andrea is set to wallop Florida with torrential rain as it prepares to make landfall Thursday. The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season made its debut Wednesday by pummeling Cuba with heavy downpours.

ACLU: Blacks busted for marijuana at much higher rates than whites

In Illinois, African-Americans make up 15% of the population -- but account for 58% of the marijuana-possession arrests, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. In Alabama, African-Americans make up less than 25% of the population -- but

N.Y. high school names same-sex couple as 'cutest' in yearbook

It's typical for high school students to encourage their classmates in competition with "you guys are going to win."

Report: Some 20 major league baseball players may face suspension in doping scandal

Major League Baseball is set to suspend some 20 players in the coming weeks due to a scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs, according to an ESPN report that said a key figure in the case is now ready to cooperate with investigators.