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Nationwide telemarketing scam targeting seniors

Senior citizens nationwide are reporting pushy, suspicious telemarketing calls from businesses going by the names "Senior Emergency Care," "Senior Safety Alert" or "Senior Safe Alert."

Pentagon expected to expand benefits to same-sex spouses

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is expected to announce this week that same-sex spouses of service members will be granted some benefits that they had been denied until now, according to an Obama administration official.

Details emerge in Alabama child hostage rescue

Law enforcement officers were able to see what was going on inside the underground bunker where a 5-year-old boy was held hostage for a week with a camera they somehow slipped into the hideout, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

Alabama hostage standoff ends with kidnapper dead, child safe

A 5-year-old child abducted from an Alabama school bus six days ago is safe and his kidnapper is dead, according to a law enforcement official.

Former first dog dies after battle with cancer

Former President George W. Bush's dog Barney died after battling with lymphoma. Barney was 12 years old. Mr. Bush released this statement below:

Cornyn Calls for Hearings on DoJ’s Failure to Enforce Gun Laws

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) called on the Committee to hold hearings on the recent drop in gun crime prosecutions by federal law enforcement agencies.

Senator releases list of proposed guns to be banned

Editor's note: List of guns at bottom of story.

Hollywood actor Steven Seagal sworn in as officer

In a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning, Steven Seagal, one of Hollywood’s best-known action film stars, was named Doña Ana County’s newest deputized law-enforcement officer, county officials announced.

Pentagon to open combat jobs to women

The U.S. military is ending its policy of excluding women from combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops, CNN has learned.

Albuquerque teen accused of killing 5 wanted a massacre, sheriff says

The teenager accused of gunning down his parents and three siblings in their New Mexico home had hoped to go on a killing spree and die in a shootout with police, investigators said Tuesday.