Massive tar mat dug up off Louisiana, 3 years after Gulf spill

Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, workers have dug up a massive chunk of weathered crude from the shallows off a Louisiana beach. The tar mat -- a slab of oil residue mixed with wet sand -- was about 165 feet long by 65 feet wide,

Stronger eruptions at two Alaska volcanoes, scientists say

Two Alaskan volcanoes that began minor eruptions weeks ago are showing their strongest seismic activity yet, emitting small amounts of lava and ash along with smoke plumes, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said Tuesday. The observatory warned of mor

Texas set to execute 500th inmate since U.S. reinstated death penalty

Barring a last-minute reprieve, Kimberly McCarthy will earn a notorious distinction in death Wednesday. McCarthy, 52, is set to be the 500th inmate executed in Texas since 1976.

Atlanta police union defends using traffic tickets to fund pay increases

It's a theory many drivers have held since their first speeding ticket, that citations are somehow connected to a special perk for the officer writing it. Now, a memo among Atlanta police officers has reignited such suspicions.

Supreme Court strikes down part of DOMA

Here are developments as the Supreme Court considers two cases concerning same-sex marriage. [Updated at 10:38 a.m.

Patriots' Hernandez arrested amid investigation of man's death

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Massachusetts (CNN) -- New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was released from the team Wednesday after being arrested and booked at a police station in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. For the past several days, inv

GRAPHIC VIDEO: 'Nanny cam' catches burglar brutally attack homeowner

A nanny-cam was rolling as a burglar brutally attacked a homeowner while her young child sat in the same room. Now, police in Millburn, New Jersey are asking the public to look at the video, and help identify the attacker.

Regional arson task force team formed in Brazos Valley

Investigating fires is a tedious job and often times they aren't easy to solve. "You're dealing with destroyed property and some of the evidence is lost in the destruction."

Convicted shoplifter arrested for stealing

A three time convicted shoplifter is back in jail Tuesday after police say he stole again, this time from the Bryan Target. Police say 52-year-old Terry Tavano was caught on surveillance cameras at the Bryan Target Monday.