Interim Kaufman County DA known as tough court opponent

Brandi Fernandez, interim district attorney for Kaufman County, is a very capable and competent prosecutor, one of the Texas county's top elected officials says.

Mike Tyson enters ring with top senators

Mike Tyson is putting his weight behind the effort to pardon late boxer Jack Johnson. His heavyweight political punch, that is.

Pope to Vatican: 'Act decisively' on sex abuse cases

ROME (CNN) -- Pope Francis has told a senior Vatican official to "act decisively" against sexual abuse and carry out "due proceedings against the guilty," the Vatican announced Friday.

Chinese authorities kill 20,000 birds as avian flu toll rises to 6

HONG KONG (CNN) -- Chinese authorities have killed more than 20,000 birds from a live-poultry trading zone in Shanghai after an unusual strain of bird flu that has so far killed six people in the country was found in pigeons on sale in the city

North Korea: Who's in the cross hairs?

The past few weeks have seen North Korea become increasingly belligerent toward the United States and South Korea, with Pyongyang threatening to "mercilessly strike" its enemies.

Big plans for Georgia students' first racially integrated prom

As Quanesha Wallace remembers, it was around this time last year when the idea first came up at Wilcox County High School. It was nothing big, just chatter about prom, school, what comes next, what they'd change.

Queen gets special award after 'Bond girl' cameo

LONDON (CNN) -- It's not every day a queen plays a Bond girl. But for the opening of the London Olympic Games last summer, Queen Elizabeth II did just that, in a cameo alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond.

New talks seek progress on Iran's nuclear program

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (CNN) -- Representatives from six world powers and Iran returned to the negotiating table Friday in Kazakhstan for fresh talks aimed at breaking the deadlock over Iran's nuclear program.

Judge orders morning-after pill available without prescription

A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered the FDA to make the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter to people of any age without a prescription, overturning a decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

5 questions answered about Facebook Home

Facebook has unveiled a new product, Facebook Home, at an event everyone knew would have something to do with phones and apps and operating systems.