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Holder to call for scaled-back mandatory minimum sentences

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder will announce Monday that the Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for "certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders."

California kidnapping, murder suspect may have improvised explosives

SAN DIEGO (CNN) -- Kidnapping and murder suspect James DiMaggio, sought in a national manhunt, may be armed with improvised explosives or may have rigged his car with them, San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said Thursday.

FCC to vote on reduced rates for prison phone calls

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- For millions of prisoners, placing a call home means paying exorbitant rates that can exceed $1 a minute. Now, federal regulators are poised to ease the burden.

Friends catch 900-pound tuna

Gregg Looney is one for tradition. Although he and his buddies didn't catch anything at all during a fishing trip last summer, he had so much fun they all decided to do it again this year.

U.S. reports a breakthrough in malaria vaccine

U.S. researchers reported a breakthrough Thursday in the search for a vaccine for malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that sickens millions worldwide.

Facebook founder's new ad pushes for immigration reform

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's immigration reform group announced a new ad Thursday, the same week Zuckerberg made a rare public speech on the topic. The new ad is called "Serve" and features a young undocumented immigrant named Alejandro Mora

Intelligence chiefs: Privacy is respected

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The leaders of the top three U.S.

Florida man allegedly kills wife, posts confession, photo of body on Facebook

People confess to a lot of things on Facebook: their frustrations, bad habits, secret longings and new loves. A Florida man confessed to something much more sinister Thursday.

Skippy, the guardian angel? Australian boy says kangaroo saved him during night lost in bush

A seven-year-old boy who spent a winter's night lost in chilly conditions in the Australian bush says a friendly kangaroo is the reason he survived. South Australian police said Simon Kruger went missing in the Deep Creek Conservation Park, south

Justice plans sentencing changes for non-violent criminals

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Justice Department is preparing an overhaul of how federal prosecutors deal with non-violent criminal offenders in a move that could mark the end of the tough-on-crime era, which began with strict anti-drug laws in the 1970s a