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Dutch queen prepares to hand throne to son

A chapter was closing in Dutch history Monday as Queen Beatrix spent her last full day on the throne after 33 years as the country's monarch. On Tuesday morning Beatrix will abdicate, handing over to her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, who will be t

Increased security at schools after California girl's stabbing death

Students in a Northern California school district head to class Monday morning under increased security after the weekend stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl. Calaveras County sheriff's deputies will be deployed around schools and bus stops. L

Nicki Minaj lands film debut in Cameron Diaz movie

Nicki Minaj is going from music to TV to live-action film. The rapper/singer/"American Idol" judge is in final talks to join a Cameron Diaz comedy called "The Other Woman," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Russia raids group with ties to militant in video posted by Boston bombing suspect

Russian special forces killed two members of a jihadist group in an early morning raid this weekend in the semiautonomous republic of Dagestan, two Russian police sources told CNN on Monday.

Michael Jackson wrongful death trial to open

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The Michael Jackson wrongful death trial, which promises dramatic revelations and legal fireworks, begins in a small Los Angeles courtroom with opening statements Monday. Jurors earning $15 a day will listen to several months

Obama gives as good as he gets at 'Nerd Prom'

President Barack Obama spared few from his zingers at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner -- including himself.

A furlough reprieve: 'No fair!'

Millions of travelers frustrated by airport delays may be relieved that Congress did an about-face this week, passing legislation to end the furloughs of FAA air traffic controllers.

Eighth grader in Utah arrested for making hit list

An eighth grader in Northern Utah is under arrest after being accused of making a hit list of classmates he wanted to kill. Police say a 14 year old boy at Rocky Mountain Middle School made a list targeting six classmates.

Lawmakers: Perfect system for preventing attacks doesn't exist

A foolproof system for staving off terrorist attacks couldn't exist in an open democratic society, two lawmakers said Sunday.

Background checks 'absolutely' still alive in Congress, says Manchin

A measure expanding background checks on gun sales that was defeated in the Senate two weeks ago can still be revised and approved in the chamber, one of the bill's authors argued on Sunday.