Man kills Alabama bus driver, holds child hostage underground

CNN) -- A gunman boarded a school bus in Alabama, killed the driver, took a 6-year-old boy hostage and hours later was still holding him in an underground bunker, police said.

Iraqi men living in Kentucky go to prison for plot to help al Qaeda

(CNN) -- Two Iraqi men, who were living in Kentucky, were slapped with long prison sentences this week after being convicted of a series of charges involving a plot to help al Qaeda.

South Korean rocket successfully puts satellite in orbit

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- South Korea said Wednesday that it had put a satellite in orbit for the first time, giving a lift to its homegrown space industry and matching a feat achieved last month by its hostile neighbor, North Korea. Amid a bill

Epic brother battles: From the Bible to the Super Bowl

(CNN) -- It's an "epic" first, ushering in "one of the most incredible sports stories" of our time. The result of a storied brotherly rivalry.

Five food words and what they really mean - or don't

(CNN) -- Confused about what terms like "local," "green" and "sustainable" mean? You're not the only one trying to weed through it. Luckily for us, Nate Appleman has an answer or five.

Iraq vet undergoes successful double-arm transplant

(CNN) -- A U.S. Army infantryman who lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside explosion in Iraq has undergone radical transplant surgery that may help him regain use of his arms.

New, simpler childhood vaccine schedule

(CNN) -- Pregnant women should receive a whooping cough vaccine in the second half of each pregnancy, according to this year's recommended vaccine schedule for children and adolescents. In addition, the new schedule - published Monday by the Ameri

Opinion: Film offers 'silver lining' for mental illness

(CNN) -- It has been a long time since a Hollywood movie actually seemed like it could help people suffering from mental illness, their families and those who treat them.

Toyota recalls 1 million cars in the U.S.

LONDON (CNNMoney) -- Fresh from reclaiming its crown as the world's largest automaker, Toyota has been hit by another major recall. The Japanese carmaker said Wednesday it was recalling more than 1 million vehicles sold in the United States over f

Get ready to file your taxes

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- It's time to start thinking taxes. Wednesday marks the beginning of tax season, when most Americans can submit their returns to Uncle Sam.