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Death penalty in the United States gradually declining

A shortage of lethal injection chemicals has contributed to declining use of capital punishment in the United States with a new report on Thursday noting only 39 executions this year. It is only the second time in the past two decades the annual

6 to be arrested in probe of Florida inmates' escape

Two convicted murderers who allegedly used forged documents to escape from a Florida prison and four other people will be arrested in connection with an alleged scheme that helped the pair temporarily go free, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department

Family of Georgia student suspended for teacher hug files appeal

The family of a Georgia student suspended for the rest of the school year for hugging a teacher has filed an appeal with the school board, the teen's mother told CNN on Wednesday night. Sam McNair, a 17-year-old high school senior in Duluth, Georg

Insurers ease deadline to pay for Obamacare policies

Health insurers announced Wednesday they will give people buying coverage under Obamacare more time to make the first payment.

White House to release independent report on NSA spying

An independent assessment of National Security Agency surveillance ordered by President Barack Obama following classified leaks by Edward Snowden will be released Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

VIDEO: 2013 national news review

From triumph to tragedy On April 15, two homemade bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon where three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.

VIDEO: The ones we lost in 2013

In 2013 we said a final goodbye to legends in science, entertainment, sports and literature.

Texas woman dies after pulled from frigid Chicago River

CHICAGO -- A woman has died after she was pulled from the frigid Chicago River. The 30-year-old woman was found in the water near Michigan Ave, earlier this morning. Police say she was visiting from Texas and had slipped into the river. She

Coburn shows what $28 billion in government waste looks like

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Q. What does NASA's "Green Ninja," calm wives and military weapons in Afghanistan have in common? A. They all made Republican Sen. Tom Coburn's annual book of government waste.

Indian diplomat arrested, strip-searched: Does she have immunity?

The arrest and strip-search of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, accused of visa fraud, has sparked questions about the complex, murky system of diplomatic immunity. "There's a lot of subjectivity on this stuff," says CNN legal analyst Jeffrey T