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Officials Search Balloon Family's Home, Plan Charges

Deputies searched the home of a couple caught up in Colorado's "balloon boy" saga after the sheriff said he was pursuing criminal charges in a case that at first sparked fear for the child, then relief he was okay, to suspicions of a hoax.

Calif. Group Wants Target to Pull 'Illegal Alien' Costume

A Southern California immigrant rights group on Friday asked the Target store chain and a costume company to stop selling an "illegal alien" Halloween costume it said is offensive to immigrants.

Self-Help Guru's Empire in Spotlight After Followers' Deaths

But Ray's self-help empire was thrown into turmoil when two of his followers died after collapsing in the makeshift sweat lodge near Sedona and 19 others were hospitalized.

Minn. Nurse Under Investigation for Encouraging Suicide

A nurse who authorities say got his kicks by visiting Internet suicide chat rooms and encouraging depressed people to kill themselves is under investigation.

'Balloon Boy' Family Tries to Turn Away From Spotlight

The family's background and some strange developments since the scare have raised questions about whether the family cooked up a hoax as publicity stunt, though police say that is unlikely

Baby Survives After Stroller Falls Off Aussie Train Platform

A six-month-old boy has miraculously survived a train slamming into his carriage after it rolled off an Australian railway platform.

Father of 'Balloon Boy' at Center of New Storm

The father of the 6-year-old Colorado boy who was thought to have been speeding through the sky for hours in a high-soaring homemade helium balloon is a self-described "storm chaser" who now finds himself at the center of another kind of squall.