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Aug 21, 2012 12:59PM ET
Rep. Todd Akin appeared to be on his own in the controversy over his abortion and rape comments, but fellow Congressman Steve King has also put his foot in it after saying he's never heard of a woman getting pregnant because of statutory rape or incest.
Aug 21, 2012 8:30AM ET
Peter Thiel, one of Facebook's earliest and most important investors, has unloaded most of his stock in the company, which is leading some analysts to worry that he may be giving up on the social network.
Aug 21, 2012 6:52AM ET
After not being seen in public for nearly two months, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has reportedly died at the age of 57
Aug 21, 2012 6:15AM ET
Representative Todd Akin quickly recorded and released a new web ad this morning, which suggests that despite numerous calls from fellow Republicans to do so, he is not dropping out of his race for the U.S. Senate.
Aug 20, 2012 1:24PM ET
The government of Myanmar is ending a 50-year practice of requiring journalists to submit all their stories to a censor board before publication, but there's a catch, of course.
Aug 20, 2012 11:37AM ET
Augusta National Golf Club, the oldest old boys club in America, has finally accepted its first two women members, and one of them is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Aug 20, 2012 7:46AM ET
A late-night, under-clothed, possibly drunken swim in the Sea of Galilee involving several Republican Congressmen raised so many questions that even the FBI looked into the incident, according to Politico.
Aug 20, 2012 6:02AM ET
Tony Scott, famous for directing action-packed summer blockbusters like Top Gun and Unstoppable — and the brother of fellow director Ridley Scott — died on Sunday after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles in an apparent suicide.
Aug 20, 2012 5:25AM ET
Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, was spared the death penalty on Monday after being found guilty of murdering a British business man.
Aug 17, 2012 7:26AM ET
The three members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot have been found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and each was given a two-year prison sentence.
Aug 17, 2012 6:32AM ET
News cameras captured horrific images of riot police gunning down dozens of striking workers at a South African platinum mine yesterday, in a "bloodbath" that recalls some of the worst of that country's apartheid-era protests
Aug 17, 2012 5:32AM ET
Less than two weeks after a gunman killed six people at a Sikh Temple near Milwaukee, the temple has suffered another tragedy after a member was murdered in a failed robbery.
Aug 16, 2012 11:24AM ET
Ship traffic on the Mississippi River was briefly shut down yesterday and salt from the Gulf of Mexcio is threatening the drinking water upriver as the severe drought has pushed water levels far below their usual depths.
Aug 16, 2012 8:45AM ET
Ecuador has accepted the asylum request of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, putting the United Kingdom in a difficult bind. Can it revoke Ecuador's diplomatic status so it can arrest a fugitive hiding inside their embassy? More importantly, should they?
Aug 16, 2012 7:10AM ET
Authorities are winding down their criminal investigation of the failed brokarage firm, MF Global, and despite the lack of oversight and the loss of more than $1 billion in customer funds, it now seems unlikely that anyone at the firm will face criminal charges.
Aug 16, 2012 6:24AM ET
Militants armed with machine guns and suicide vests attacked a Pakistani Air Force base pinning down security forces for more than two hours and raising new concerns about the safety of the country's nuclear arsenal.
Aug 15, 2012 10:42AM ET
On Tuesday afternoon, California Rep. Dennis Cardoza resigned from Congress, effective at midnight. Before the day was over, he already had another job — as a director at a D.C. lobbying firm.
Aug 15, 2012 7:59AM ET
The Curiosity rover has barely settled into its new home, but may be getting some company soon as India now says it wants to get into the Mars exploration business.
Aug 15, 2012 7:07AM ET
A man in Nevada apologized to his fellow movie patrons after the gun he was carrying fell from his pocket and went off, hitting him in the buttocks.
Aug 15, 2012 6:30AM ET
The Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for a big explosion that they say was targeting a meeting of high-ranking government officials.
Aug 14, 2012 7:34AM ET
Scientists at the University of Florida say the 160-pound, 17-foot-long Burmese python found in the Everglades last week is the largest one ever seen in the state, and more evidence that the "monstrous" snakes are taking over the park.
Aug 14, 2012 7:02AM ET
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been given the most prominent speaking role at the Republican National Convention for anyone not named Ryan or Romney.
Aug 14, 2012 6:28AM ET
European stocks went up this morning even as new GDP numbers showed that most its national economies are shrinking. Just not as quickly as everyone feared.
Aug 13, 2012 6:38AM ET
Two strong earthquakes in northern Iran leveled more than 100 villages this weekend, killing hundreds of people and prompting offers of assistance from around the world.
Aug 10, 2012 9:09AM ET
While a few nations and athletes count up their gold medals and debate who has had the best Summer Olympics, others are doing some serious soul searching as they head home in shame and wondering, what went wrong?
Aug 10, 2012 5:23AM ET
There's not much time left to enjoy the Summer Olympics, so get caught up on the all the latest news and results now.
Aug 9, 2012 5:13PM ET
Who is the world's greatest athlete? Click here for the answer to that and many other Olympic questions.
Aug 8, 2012 6:06PM ET
Only a few days left in the 2012 Summer Games so get caught up on all the latest results from the London Olympics.
Aug 8, 2012 8:29AM ET
After reports of a fire at 1WTC, it appears to have been a false alarm, The Associated Press and others are reporting.
Aug 7, 2012 4:31PM ET
The medals will be coming fast and furious as we head into deeper in the final week of the Summer Olympics. Stay tuned to our live blog all day for news and results.