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Alan Gross, on plane after release from Cuba: 'I'm free'

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Meet the stars of New York's cat cafe

 Julian likes ornithology and "Downton Abbey." He's quite the gentleman, and hates being late for tea. For potential admirers, it's important to note that Julian is a cat.

First woman bishop named for Church of England

 The first woman bishop to serve in the Church of England was named Wednesday in a historic step that follows years of sometimes contentious debate.

Months after infants found dead in squalor, mom charged with murder

 It was a shocking and gruesome scene: Police officers in hazmat suits retrieving dead infants among "mounds of used diapers and feces" from a Massachusetts home back in September.

Source: 14 arrested in connection with deadly meningitis outbreak

 Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly 2012 national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections distributed by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, a law enforcement source told CNN on Wednesd

'Breathe Easy' T-shirts stir controversy

 Eric Garner's final words have become a rallying call for protesters across the country.

Cruz apologizes for ruining weekends

Sen. Ted Cruz apologized Tuesday to Republican senators for disrupting their schedules last weekend when he unexpectedly forced the chamber to be in session after Senate leaders had agreed to send everyone home.

The 2014 tax breaks you'll be able to take

Well, finally. Congress on Tuesday night extended dozens of expired "temporary" tax breaks for 2014.

Jeb Bush's long campaign begins

The 2016 presidential race isn't an abstract parlor game anymore.

Suspect in Pennsylvania family massacre found dead

The body of a Pennsylvania man suspected of killing his ex-wife and five former in-laws has been found, with apparent self-inflicted wounds, authorities said Tuesday.