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A-Rod cleared to begin rehab assignment

The New York Yankees have announced third basemen, Alex Rodriguez, 37, has officially been cleared to begin his rehab assignment. A-Rod will begin playing again by joining the Yankees Single-A Charleston team on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Atheist group puts up monument after failing to get Ten Commandments removed

A group of atheists in northeast Florida is unveiling a new momument in front of the Bradford County Courthouse. The monument is placed next to a Ten Commandments monument.

CA woman gets life for cutting off man's private part

A woman in Southern California has been sentenced to life in prison for cutting off her husband's penis. Michele Gile was in the court room and talked with the victim, who has since divorced his attacker.

New federal rules require healthier school snacks

Candy bars, doughnuts and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix and baked chips.

19 firefighters killed in Arizona blaze; 'Our entire crew was lost'

They were part of an elite squad who confronted wildfires up close, setting up barriers to stop the spreading destruction.

Cirque du Soleil performer killed in Las Vegas show

A performer from the famed troupe Cirque du Soleil died in a weekend accident during a show at a Las Vegas casino, authorities said Sunday.

NFL has 'no plans' to promote Obamacare

The National Football League has "no plans" to work with the Obama administration in educating the public about the president's controversial health care reform, according to an NFL spokesman.

Obama pledges $7 billion to upgrade power in Africa

-- U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa.

McCain, Schumer on Snowden: Russia should pay a price

Two high-profile senators on Sunday continued to admonish Russia for not handing over Edward Snowden, the leaker of National Security Agency secrets who's hiding in Russia as he seeks asylum in Ecuador.

9 people shot at Brooklyn house party

Nine people were shot in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn early Sunday morning at a house party, police said.