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Record sales for Smith & Wesson

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Barraged with a surge in demand for its firearms, Smith & Wesson is vowing to continue to ramp up manufacturing. Smith & Wesson reported that its gun sales jumped by 42% for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended on April 30 with

Key witness recounts Trayvon Martin's final phone call

Taking the stand on the third day of the George Zimmerman trial, a friend of Trayvon Martin testified about the final moments of the teenager's life, saying that Martin told her someone was following him. "A man was watching him," said 19-year-old

Tennessee man charged in Romney tax return extortion scheme

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Tennessee man was indicted Wednesday, accused of making a false claim that he had obtained tax returns for then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and then trying to extort money for them, federal prosecutors said.

Sarah Murnaghan struggles without breathing tube, so it's re-inserted

Sarah Murnaghan, the Philadelphia girl who underwent a lung transplant this month after a court battle, struggled after a breathing tube was removed Wednesday, so doctors "sedated and re-intubated" the girl, her mother said through a family represent

Lead bar falls from sky, crashes into Seattle family's home

The crashing, pulverizing sound of heavy metal invading a home can ruin a quiet weekend spent with the family. It led some Seattle residents to call the police. But it wasn't a noise nuisance caused by hard rock music that they complained about.

Former New England Patriot Hernandez charged with murder

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Authorities charged former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with first-degree murder on Wednesday, hours after police arrested him and the NFL team that once gave him a $40 million contract dro

Texas executes 500th inmate since 1976

Kimberly McCarthy on Wednesday evening became the 500th prisoner executed in Texas since 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated in the state, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. McCarthy was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m.

F-16 crashes near Arizona Air Force base

(CNN) -- Two pilots safely ejected before an F-16 crashed during a training mission on Wednesday night near Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, an Air Force spokeswoman told CNN. They were recovered a short time later by an ambulance crew, C

Cleanup Continues After Massive Beach Party

Mentor, OH (WJW) -- The cleanup continues at Mentor Headlands Beach after a massive party closed the beach over the weekend. Beach-goers were a bit disappointed and a bit disgusted at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor Tuesday. "When we pulle

Man exonerated after 8 years in prison

San Diego, CA (KSWB) -- A San Diego County man was formally exonerated of all charges Tuesday after spending eight years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. Uriah Courtney was freed more than two years after the California Innocence Project tea