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New pictures: Ariel Castro's backyard

New photographs offer a glimpse of the life kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro was leading in his Cleveland, Ohio home.

Careful with those drinks; tougher standard for drivers may be on way

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally intoxicated -- the 0.08 blood-alcohol content rate -- should be lowered to 0.05, reducing the amount a motorist can imbibe before being presumed to be drunk, fe

Russian agency says CIA member tried to recruit Russian

MOSCOW (CNN) -- Russia's FSB counterintelligence agency said Tuesday that it briefly detained a suspected member of the CIA who was trying to recruit a staff member of one of the Russian special services.

Boats carrying scores of Rohingya capsize in Myanmar, U.N. says

Several boats carrying as many as 150 people are believed to have capsized near the western coast of Myanmar as local residents scrambled to avoid a storm that's approaching the area, a U.N.

African roots of the human family tree

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) -- How would you feel knowing you are related to your boss, your neighbor, or better yet your partner?

Thieves raid South Africa stadium safe after Bieber concert

JOHANNESBURG (CNN) -- Thieves scaled down a rope into a stadium in Johannesburg after it hosted a Justin Bieber gig to steal the contents of a walk-in safe, South African police said Tuesday.

Obama: Benghazi talking points fight a 'side show'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- GOP outrage over a changed set of talking points related to September's attack in Benghazi is a political "side show," President Barack Obama argued Monday, asserting the tragedy was being used for political ga

Obama: Alleged IRS political targeting 'outrageous'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- With a congressional hearing set for week's end, President Obama vowed Monday to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting turn out to be true. "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind

Rubio comes to Ayotte's defense on guns

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whose votes on gun background checks have haunted her back at home in New Hampshire, will receive some support from another GOP senator seen as a rising star.

O.J. Simpson begins bid for new trial

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- Disgraced football legend O.J. Simpson was in a Las Vegas courtroom Monday in a bid to get his robbery, assault and kidnapping convictions thrown out.