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Appeals court: Judge in Trayvon Martin case must step down

A Florida appeals court granted George Zimmerman's request for a new judge Wednesday, saying the original judge's remarks put Zimmerman in reasonable fear of a fair trial.

Isaac leads to 5-cent gas price spike

Gas prices shot up by nearly 5 cents a gallon nationwide Wednesday after Hurricane Isaac cut output from refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Mitt Romney clinches GOP nomination at RNC

Mitt Romney officially clinched the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday when a majority of delegates to the Republican National Convention supported his candidacy.

Legendary pianist Van Cliburn diagnosed with bone cancer

Van Cliburn, the classical pianist honored by a New York ticker-tape parade for winning a major Moscow competition in 1958, suffers from advanced bone cancer, his representative said Tuesday.

Bigfoot hoax ends in death, authorities say

A man trying to create a Bigfoot hoax on a highway died after being hit by two cars, officials in Montana said.

Federal court to hear challenge to South Carolina voter ID law

South Carolina officials head to federal court on Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny tens of thousands of people, many of them minorities, access to the ballot.

At least 10 shot at Empire State Building, authorities say

A shooting at the Empire State Building in New York killed two people and wounded at least eight others Friday, a law enforcement official said. The shooter was one of the two killed, investigators said.

Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism

Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about "legitimate rape," a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate's side: the party&#

Police: Rodney King's 'accidental drowning' involved drugs

Rodney King's death in June was the result of accidental drowning, although alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP found in his system were contributing factors, authorities said Thursday.

Texas judge warns of civil war if Obama is re-elected

(CNN) -- An elected county judge in Texas is warning that the nation could descend into civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected, and is calling for a trained, well-equipped force to battle the United Nations troops he says Obama would