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Report: Iran Guards Marry, Rape Virgins Before Executions

Members of Iran's feared Basij militia forcibly marry female virgin prisoners the night before scheduled executions, raping their new "wives" and making it religiously acceptable to execute them, a self-professed member of the paramilitary group said

Texting Boston Trolley Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Crash

A Boston trolley driver who told authorities he was texting his girlfriend seconds before he plowed into another trolley, injuring more than 60 people, pleaded not guilty to gross negligence.

Obama: Need for Reform Is 'Urgent'

President pushes Congress to OK health overhaul, says critics playing politics | VIDEO |

'One Small Step,' One Historic Footprint

40 years later, Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin describes famous 'leap for mankind' | INTERACTIVE |

Giant Alaskan Blob Mystery Solved

That big, oily black blob floating in the Arctic north of Alaska? Perfectly natural, say scientists.

Report: N.C. Inmates Looking to 'Smack Madoff Around'

Bernard Madoff's fellow inmates at a North Carolina federal prison — where the Ponzi schemer arrived last week — are reportedly discussing beating him up to boost their jailhouse reputations.

Ex-NFL Star Vick Released From Federal Custody

Suspended NFL star Michael Vick's federal dogfighting sentence has ended, freeing him to lobby for a return to the football field.

Airman Loses Legs in Botched Gallbladder Surgery

A Texas Airman stationed at an Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif. has lost both legs after surgeons botched a routine surgery to remove his gallbladder.

U.S. Seeks to Overhaul Afghan Prisons

Development comes in response to concern over detainee abuse, belief Taliban is recruiting militants in prisons