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Arias retrial: The problem with jurors and tweeting

As convicted killer Jodi Arias awaits a retrial in the penalty phase of her case, her defense attorneys are asking a judge to make potential jurors turn over information about their Twitter accounts -- a move that, one expert says, speaks to the infl

Teen pleads not guilty to rape at school sports camp

A Massachusetts teen accused of raping a fellow student at a summer sports camp pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Galileo Mondol, 17, is one of three high school junior varsity soccer players who authorities allege entered a cabin occupied by freshman s

Mississippi's fattest alligator tale

When Dustin Bockman, his younger brother Ryan and their friend Cole Landers put their 17-foot boat into the Mississippi River last weekend about 20 minutes from where they live in Vicksburg, Mississippi, they had no clue that they would soon be caugh

'Under God' part of Pledge of Allegiance under review in Massachusetts

The Pledge of Allegiance is recited in classrooms across the country every morning -- and because of the words "under God," it is heard in courtrooms across the country seemingly just as often these days.

30-day rape sentence may be illegal, says Montana judge at center of controversy

A 30-day rape sentence given to a teacher who admitted to raping his 14-year-old student may be illegal, according to the Montana judge who imposed it. The judge scheduled a new hearing for Friday. "The Defendant shall be present at argument as

Ariel Castro dead; Cleveland kidnapper found hanged in prison cell

Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and raping three women, as well as murder, was found hanging in his prison cell Tuesday night, the state's Department of Corrections said.

USDA has $12 million for microentrepreneur grants, loans

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of loan and grant funds to support rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises.

Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations

In Egypt's northern Delta, Sarah Parcak is on the hunt to unearth ancient settlements, pyramids and tombs lost in the sands of time.

Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are the new 'Idol' judges

"American Idol" now has its panel of judges for next season. Fox has announced that singers Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. will join last season's judge, country star Keith Urban, at the judges table for Season 13.

House leaders back Obama on Syria

The leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives emerged from a White House meeting Tuesday to support President Barack Obama's call for American strikes against government forces in Syria's civil war. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio