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Severe storms fizzle after whacking Midwest, South

A powerful storm that swept across the country will lose its fury Friday and blow out over the Atlantic by day's end, forecasters said.

Oldest dinosaur embryos discovered

Everyone knows dinosaurs were gigantic, but they grew from tiny embryos just like birds do.

Honda, Nissan and Toyota in massive recall

HONG KONG (CNNMoney) -- A number of automakers -- including Japanese leaders Honda and Toyota -- are recalling around 3.4 million cars due to airbag defects.

Jay-Z responds to Cuban vacation critics in rap

The rapper has recorded a song that appears to take on those who criticized his recent trip to Cuba with wife Beyoncé.

Thieves force Louvre to shut its doors

Thieves have forced the closure of Paris' Louvre museum. But an art heist was not the reason.

Madonna in bitter war of words with Malawi

Pop star Madonna is causing a commotion in Malawi, days after her return from a goodwill trip to the nation.

13 die in gunfights with police in Mexico

Gunmen in Mexico opened fire on police and civilians Wednesday in two separate incidents, in which at least 13 people died, according to a government statement. One incident was gang related.

Police: Man killed after taking firefighters hostage in suburban Atlanta

SUWANEE, Georgia (CNN) -- A gunman in apparent financial distress took several firefighters hostage Wednesday in suburban Atlanta, then was killed in an exchange of gunfire hours later after law enforcement authorities determined he might lash out at

Sources: Sheriff slaying suspect's mental health history was not in database

Ten months after being released from a mental institution, the suspect in the slaying of a West Virginia sheriff was able to purchase a gun that authorities say was used in the crime because his mental health information was not entered into a federa