Phillip Phillips' single, "Gone, Gone, Gone," named goodbye song on Season 12 of "American Idol"

Quadruple-platinum, Billboard chart-topper and AMERICAN IDOL winner Phillip Phillips will perform his second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” from his debut album, “The World From The Side Of The Moon,” on AMERICAN IDOL Thurs

California gunman dead after killing two police detectives

(CNN) -- A man suspected of killing two police detectives in California on Tuesday has been fatally shot, authorities said.

Justices offer split views on Voting Rights Act enforcement

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A predictably divided Supreme Court appeared ready to strike down -- at least in part -- the key enforcement provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, with many conservative justices on Wednesday suggesting it was a con

Former Rep. Jackson will continue to serve, father says

(CNN) -- His son, the former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., spiraled from a position of promise to one of disgrace over the past year.

Shell halts Arctic drill plans for 2013

(CNN) -- Royal Dutch Shell says it will "pause" its closely watched project to drill for oil off the Alaskan coast this year, instead spending 2013 preparing for future exploration. The company began work in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in the re

McLennan County commissioner decides to use inmates to fix up local communities

More inmates out working in the community could benefit taxpayers, or at least that’s what county officials anticipate.  

'Larger than life' civil rights icon honored with statue in Capitol

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Had it not been for Rosa Parks and others of her era, President Barack Obama said he wouldn't be unveiling a bronze statue of the civil rights icon in the U.S. Capitol.

Black holes rapidly spinning and twisting spacetime

(CNN) -- Scientists have been able to pin down the most accurate estimate yet for how fast a supermassive black hole is spinning. The answer is "fast": near the speed of light.

Group aims to send 2 humans on Mars mission in 2018

(CNN) -- If soon-to-be-unveiled plans pan out, a man and a woman may represent humanity on one journey that has never been attempted before: a mission to Mars.

Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Major donors of President Barack Obama are leading candidates for ambassadorships, Democratic sources tell CNN. Marc Lasry, founder of Avenue Capital Group and a key Wall Street backer of Obama during the election, is the leadi