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Budget-cut layoffs deal a blow to investigations of gun-related crimes

The fight against gun-related crime has taken a hit from budget cuts, as a federal agency has laid off nearly a hundred contract workers at its facility dedicated to tracing firearms used by criminals. Ninety-eight contract employees at the Bureau

Boston bombers discussed detonating explosives in Times Square

At least one of the two bombs used in the Boston Marathon terror attack was detonated by remote control, a federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Thursday.

Was 'Idol' eyeing J. Lo to replace Mariah Carey?

Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" might not be the only Fox singing competition headed for another season of change.

Israel forces shoot down a drone

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- The Israeli air force shot down a drone approaching the nation's coast Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Bush 43: 'History will ultimately judge ... I'm a content man'

DALLAS (CNN) -- George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting.

Dartmouth cancels classes after student protest, online threats

Dartmouth College canceled classes Wednesday after a student protest sparked a threatening backlash on a campus online forum, according to a college spokesman.

Suspects' mother shares doubts about Boston bombing

The mother of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing says she believes the tragedy that killed three people and injured dozens more was staged, that the bombing was fake. "That's what I want to know, because everybody's talking about it

2 fuel barges on Alabama's Mobile River explode; 3 people hurt

Fires burning aboard a pair of barges on Alabama's Mobile River died down early Thursday, hours after a series of explosions loud enough to be heard 20 miles away, a fire spokesman said.

Obama to attend memorial for victims of Texas plant explosion

WEST, Texas (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will join residents of West, a central Texas town still looking for answers, at a memorial service Thursday for the 14 people killed in a fertilizer plant explosion last week.

7 Warning Signs You've Become a 'Crazy Shopper'

With anything in this world, there is a point of "going overboard." It can happen with eating chocolate cake, watching television, and even working.