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100 years ago, Death Valley set a scorching record -- 134 degrees

The next time you're sweating and complaining that this summer is just too hot, consider this fun fact in weather world history: Exactly 100 years ago Wednesday, Death Valley National Park set the hottest temperature ever recorded in the world -- 134

Defense team says Holmes committed Colorado theater shooting

James Holmes was in "the throes of a psychotic episode when he committed acts that resulted in the tragic loss of life" at a Colorado movie theater a year ago, his attorneys said in a court filing.

Closing arguments set to start in Zimmerman trial

The trial of George Zimmerman, which has highlighted the issues of race and gun violence, is set to begin closing arguments Thursday. Zimmerman, 29, is accused of second-degree murder in the February 26, 2012, death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-ol

Concert director brings tearful testimony to Michael Jackson death trial

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Kenny Ortega choked up with emotion as he read aloud an e-mail he wrote days before Michael Jackson's death. "He was like a lost boy," Ortega read.

Diet soda may do more harm than good

Diet soda drinkers have the same health issues as those who drink regular soda, according to a new report published Wednesday. Purdue University researchers reviewed a dozen studies published in past five years that examined the relationship betwe

VIDEO: Cornyn, Colleagues to Obama: Partial 'Obamacare' delay does not go far enough

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today joined all 45 fellow Senate Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to extend the Obamacare employer mandate delay to the rest of the flawed law and to make those delays permanent.

Accused Boston Marathon bomber faces charges, victims and the public

When the public last saw accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he was climbing out of a motorboat dry-docked in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home. He was covered in blood from bullet wounds sustained during a manhunt tha

Police: Man arrested in Odin Lloyd's death ID'd Aaron Hernandez as shooter

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez fired the shots that killed Odin Lloyd, a man who'd been with him told a mutual friend, according to a court document. A Florida police spokeswoman cited the court document Tuesday.

Apple found to have conspired to raise e-book prices

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Apple conspired to raise the prices of e-books. The e-book publishers at issue -- CBS's Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Pearson's Penguin Group, Macmillan and News Corp.'s HarperCo

Egypt unrest: Ramadan begins and the military asks for trust

CAIRO (CNN) -- Uncertainty ruled in Egypt on Wednesday as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began and the military said it would address the issues of this week's deadly violence. It wasn't clear whether the observance would calm or inflame tension