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Dec 6, 2011 3:04PM ET
This week in sports: The Carolina Panthers equipment manager has a mercifully polite encounter with a fan, N.F.L. retirees are suing the league for over-prescribing painkillers, and a miraculous recovery in a sailing race.
Dec 6, 2011 1:36PM ET
The United States already uses its foreign aid distribution to encourage countries to change their poor records on women's rights and ethnic violence, and on Tuesday, the White House said it would do the same for gay rights.
Dec 6, 2011 12:28PM ET
Police officers in Denver used a sock puppet Twitter account to harass Occupy Wall Street protesters, calling them "idiots."
Dec 6, 2011 11:17AM ET
U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford is set to return to Syria on Tuesday, even as the Associated Press reports an "insane escalation" in violence around the city of Homs.
Dec 6, 2011 9:23AM ET
The U.S. lost one of its most advanced surveillance drones on a C.I.A. mission in Iran, unnamed "U.S. officials" said on Monday, which means Tehran now likely possesses the stealth aircraft.
Dec 6, 2011 9:12AM ET
The Shiite-Sunni sectarian fighting that drove so much of the violence in post-war Iraq has largely been absent from Afghanistan, but suicide attacks that killed 58 people in Afghanistan on Tuesday point to a disturbing trend toward religious violence there.
Dec 5, 2011 4:48PM ET
As winter sets in for real in much of the country it seems each weekend brings news of a new crackdown on a different Occupy encampment, but a few are holding fast.
Dec 5, 2011 1:30PM ET
Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Moscow on Monday, railing against the ruling party after a reportedly rigged election that saw Vladimir Putin's United Russia party win a majority.
Dec 5, 2011 12:06PM ET
A Saudi woman who was sentenced to flogging but then apparently pardoned still faces the lash for driving a car in the Sharia-adherent kingdom.
Dec 5, 2011 10:22AM ET
The founder of WikiLeaks has staved off extradition from Britain to Sweden on sex crimes charges with a thin legal victory, but he will likely face Swedish prosecutors in the new year.
Dec 5, 2011 9:36AM ET
Officials at Japan's earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said on Sunday they'd discovered a leak in some new equipment that is supposed to keep radioactive water out of the ocean.
Dec 2, 2011 5:36PM ET
The natural question following the news that California's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that bone marrow sales weren't a major federal crime was, what's the Bone Marrow market like?
Dec 2, 2011 10:06AM ET
Herman Cain now says he'll decide by Monday whether or not to continue running for the Republican presidential nomination, after first suggesting he'd make a decision Friday and then saying it would come next Wednesday.
Dec 2, 2011 9:26AM ET
Democrats and Republicans both want to extend payroll tax breaks for workers earning less than $1 million, but neither wants to vote for the other's plan to do so late on Thursday both plans failed in the Senate.
Dec 2, 2011 9:04AM ET
The national unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in two and a half years, falling 0.4 percent to a total of 8.6 percent of the population looking for work, according to Friday's report from the Labor Department.
Dec 1, 2011 5:41PM ET
The lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn accuser Nafissatou Diallo have said little to the U.S. press since his biography suggested the encounter between him and Diallo was consensual, but they're claiming they've learned of a key witness who they say visited Strauss-Kahn's hotel room -- if they could only find her.
Dec 1, 2011 1:39PM ET
There's been plenty of reporting on how the FBI uses sting operations and confidential informants to spy on Muslims, but a new ACLU report claimed on Thursday the bureau actually spies on them through its own community outreach programs.
Dec 1, 2011 11:15AM ET
In a bit of conflicting economic news, national jobless claims climbed unexpectedly last week even as positive growth reports came from two economic sectors.
Dec 1, 2011 10:37AM ET
At an Occupy Wall Street protest of President Barack Obama's fundraiser in New York on Wednesday, members of the press say police kept them out of an area cordoned off for protesters, in conflict with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's recent directive that cops not interfere with media.
Dec 1, 2011 9:09AM ET
An inquiry into whether the 2008 presidential campaign of former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson allegedly ponied up hush money to keep a woman from saying she and the then-governor had an affair, gives the scandal a decidedly John Edwards-like tone.
Nov 30, 2011 5:29PM ET
A week after a South Korean lawmaker set off a tear gas bomb in a parliamentary session, police there haven't brought charges against him and some in the country are hailing him as a hero.
Nov 30, 2011 3:09PM ET
With his Dominique Strauss-Kahn biography due out on Thursday, Michel Taubmann has been chatty with the French press, spilling what just may be the closest we'll ever get to Strauss-Kahn's version of what happened in room 2806 of the Sofitel Hotel on May 14.
Nov 30, 2011 1:29PM ET
The pilgrimage has been around as long as teenagers have smoked clove cigarettes before majoring in literature in college, but no more will they be able to plant a heavily lipsticked kiss on Oscar Wilde's grave during a visit to Paris
Nov 30, 2011 12:11PM ET
The criminal case against Jerry Sandusky is progressing, but one of his alleged victims has filed a civil suit against him and Pennsylvania State University, alleging more than 100 instances of abuse by the former football coach.
Nov 30, 2011 10:37AM ET
The Long Island serial killer is probably one person from Long Island, police now say, revising their theory that as many as three were responsible for the ten bodies found between December 2010 and April 2011.
Nov 30, 2011 9:28AM ET
The national pick-up of the story of a 14-year-old high school student pepper-spraying her Harlem classmates seems to be following the same pattern as the media fascinations with turning other horrible though random events into a trend.
Nov 29, 2011 1:13PM ET
Michael Jackson's personal physician Conrad Murray, who administered a fatal dose of sleeping medication to the singer in 2009, has been sentenced to four years in prison -- the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
Nov 29, 2011 11:11AM ET
Vice President Joe Biden has landed in Baghdad for a surprise visit with departing American forces and Iraqi officials, stopping off on his way to Turkey and Greece.
Nov 29, 2011 10:04AM ET
Hacking somebody's printer remotely seems like a silly idea -- how would you pick up your fraudulent documents? But researchers at Columbia say they've found a way to do it, and one effect could be setting the things on fire from afar.
Nov 29, 2011 9:11AM ET
Protesters have left two British embassy sites in Tehran after they forced their way inside during a raucous anti-Western demonstration on Tuesday.