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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

Church masterpiece 'restored' as Mr. Bean would do it

The efforts of an elderly parishioner to restore a 120-year-old fresco on a column inside a Spanish church have some wondering if a Mr. Bean movie was the inspiration for the effort.

Pregnant teen dies after abortion ban delays her chemo treatment for leukemia

(CNN) -- The mother of a pregnant leukemia patient who died after her chemotherapy was delayed over anti- abortion laws is accusing doctors of not putting her daughter's health first.

Court sides with Texas, overturns EPA rule

Update, 1 p.m.: More reactions are rolling in.

GOP platform committee approves tough anti-abortion stance

Republicans drafting their party's official policy platform on Tuesday ratified a call for a Constitutional ban on abortion that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

9/11 families appeal court decision

New York (CNN) -- Seventeen family members of people killed in the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks are appealing a court decision that ultimately will decide where unidentified victims' remains will rest. The appeal comes in a New Y

Comedian Phyllis Diller dies 'with a smile on her face'

Comedian Phyllis Diller, known for her self-deprecating humor, died "peacefully in her sleep" at her Los Angeles home Monday morning, her manager told CNN. Diller was 95.

Judge throws out Lance Armstrong's lawsuit aimed at halting doping probe

A federal judge on Monday dismissed the latest lawsuit filed by champion cyclist Lance Armstrong aimed at halting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's case against him.

Augusta National Golf Club admits first female members

Augusta National Golf Club opened its exclusive membership to women Monday for the first time in its 80-year history.