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Dec 31, 2013 1:21PM ET
At midnight tonight, about 40,000 new laws will go into effect somewhere in America. Here are our favorites.
Dec 31, 2013 1:17PM ET
Hillary Clinton has been voted the "Most Admired Woman" by Americans for the twelfth year running, according to Gallup. President Obama, by comparison, has only been the "Most Admired Man" for six consecutive years.
Dec 31, 2013 12:49PM ET
Americans are really into dropping stuff. And what better way to ring out 2013 and welcome 2014 than by tossing a possum or two?
Dec 31, 2013 10:58AM ET
The last three of 22 Chinese Uighurs detained in Guantanamo Bay have been freed and sent to Slovakia, five years after a federal judge ordered their release.
Dec 31, 2013 3:52AM ET
On Melissa Harris-Perry's show on Sunday, a segment featuring a panel of comedians riffed on a Romney family photo, which featured their adopted grandson Kieran, who is black.
Dec 31, 2013 2:11AM ET
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration revealed its selections for testing drone flights in the U.S.
Dec 30, 2013 11:42PM ET
A small town in North Dakota is being evacuated tonight after a 100-plus-car freight train carrying crude oil from the Bakken formation derailed and exploded. It's the third Bakken oil train derailment since July.
Dec 30, 2013 8:57PM ET
For the first time ever, Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele's name fits on Hawaii's ID cards.
Dec 30, 2013 12:06PM ET
However, the responses to The New York Times' big Benghazi story seem to hinge on what your definition of al-Qaeda is.
Dec 30, 2013 10:38AM ET
There have been 332 murders in the city so far in 2013, a number that would represent a 20 percent drop off from 2012, which was already a record-setting low.
Dec 29, 2013 9:19PM ET
Feminist icon Ani DiFranco's "Righteous Retreat" seemed like a good idea: for just over $1,000, fans could spend four days hanging out with DiFranco in a "captivating setting."
Dec 29, 2013 2:29PM ET
Darrell Issa and Mike Rogers are still convinced Al Qaeda was behind the attack.
Dec 29, 2013 11:06AM ET
Healthcare.gov, the struggling federal healthcare startup, finally cleared 1 million users in the month of December, federal officials announced Sunday morning, acknowledging a milestone that falls short of original goals.
Dec 28, 2013 5:09PM ET
New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio may not have the glitz and glamour of outgoing billionaire bad boy Michael Bloomberg, but that doesn't mean he can't attract star power.
Dec 27, 2013 3:33PM ET
The practice of extracting public subsidies in the sports world goes beyond sports franchises to the broadcasting behemoth that helps them make much of their money: ESPN.
Dec 27, 2013 3:30PM ET
The Connecticut State Police released thousands of pages of documents from its investigation into the deaths of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary last December
Dec 27, 2013 2:13PM ET
When the 2013 census results are revealed on Monday, Florida is expected to edge out New York as the third most populous state.
Dec 27, 2013 9:57AM ET
Following a massive data breach Target, its customers and even hackers selling the stolen credit card information are dealing with the fallout, and nearly everyone is worse off.
Dec 27, 2013 8:54AM ET
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reported that at least three of its members were killed in a suicide attack on their convoy in an eastern district of Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday.
Dec 27, 2013 1:42AM ET
Massachusetts and Vermont are withholding or threatening to withhold payments from CGI Federal, the contractor who engineered their state's health insurance exchanges.
Dec 26, 2013 8:15PM ET
John Miller, last seen on 60 Minutes tossing the NSA a bunch of softball questions about what it does and why that should be okay with all of us, is leaving journalism to work for the NYPD again.
Dec 26, 2013 4:35PM ET
From 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Delta kind of accidentally sold a bunch of tickets on the cheap.
Dec 26, 2013 2:44PM ET
New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica's takedown of the de Blasios is so logically and grammatically tortured that we can't quite understand what he's trying to say.
Dec 26, 2013 1:59PM ET
Utah County, home to highly traditional Provo, announced Thursday that it would begin to issue same-sex marriage licenses to eligible couples
Dec 26, 2013 9:53AM ET
McDonald's retreated slightly from its singular campaign to be the worst company in America this week by pulling down its McResources Line website, which recently made headlines for advising employees to avoid fast food.
Dec 26, 2013 9:50AM ET
Al Qaeda militants kidnapped American contractor Warren Weinstein in 2011.
Dec 26, 2013 1:40AM ET
This year, Great Britain's Channel 4 selected Edward Snowden to deliver an alternative holiday address to that of Queen Elizabeth this holiday season, marking his first television appearance since seeking asylum in Moscow.
Dec 26, 2013 12:40AM ET
Due to shipping delays, an unexpectedly large number of people this Christmas were forced to do dumb stuff like interact with family members instead of playing with their cool new gifts.
Dec 25, 2013 4:08PM ET
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been answering children's queries about the whereabouts of Santa Claus since the 1950s. I put them to the test last night.
Dec 25, 2013 2:26PM ET
To make up for recession losses, the Postal Service says the cost of first-class stamps will temporarily rise by 3 cents in late January.