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National & World Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean
A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.
National & World Victim's mom leaves as gory images shown at Hernandez trial Victim's mom leaves as gory images shown at Hernandez trial
The mother of the man former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion Friday as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son's body at the industrial park where he was found.
National & World George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants
An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor.
National & World McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum' McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.
National & World AP: Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide
Dan Lafferty sees himself as a prophet who will prepare the world for the second coming and has little following, but 10 years ago he started a relationship with a young woman who was drawn to him after reading a book chronicling the slayings that put him in prison.
National & World Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years
The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
National & World Utah family's deaths came after obsession with murder case
Thirty years ago, Dan Lafferty and his brother grew their hair long, called themselves prophets and claimed God told them to kill their sister-in-law and her baby after she resisted her husband's entry into a radical polygamous group.
National & World Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York
A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.
National & World AG nominee Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies AG nominee Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies (Video)
Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law.
National & World After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy
For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men.