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Air Force readies gunships for retirement

After more than four decades with the reputation by many as the Air Force’s “deadliest conventional weapon,” maintainers at the 27th Special Operations Wing are preparing the AC-130H Spectre for retirement.

Updated FDA requirements for infant formula

Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published an interim final rule to further safeguard the health of infants fed infant formula in the United States.

Taylor Swift on new album, dating and keeping her clothes on

You want to see Taylor Swift bare it all? Listen to her music.

Crazy things Americans tried to take on planes in 2013

Guns, grenades, human skull fragments and a pepper spray disguised as a lipstick -- just a few of the things confiscated by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers from travelers in U.S. airports last year.

Bionic hand lets amputee feel objects

Ten years ago on New Year's Eve, Dennis Aabo Sorensen was launching fireworks when a defective rocket blew up. He was rushed to the hospital, and his left hand was amputated.

The power of prejudice -- and why you should speak up

 Editor's note: CNN contributor Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity: the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful t

Fanny Smith: Ski cross racer defies odds in quest for Olympic gold

When Fanny Smith lines up at the start gates in Sochi later this month, she will do so with form and, perhaps, the fates in her favor.

President promotes religious freedom

President Barack Obama says that "around the world, freedom of religion is under threat." And at the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, the President also said he's looking forward to meeting Pope Francis.

Judge orders Texas teen Ethan Couch to rehab for driving drunk, killing 4

A judge on Wednesday ordered that Ethan Couch -- who drove drunk and caused a crash, killing four people and injuring two -- go to a lock-down residential treatment facility.

California Highway Patrol officer cuffs firefighter for refusing to move engine

A Southern California firefighter ended up in handcuffs this week after he disagreed with a highway patrol officer on where to park a fire engine.