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Ex-Astronaut Lisa Nowak Pleads Guilty to Burglary, Battery

A former NASA astronaut charged with attacking a romantic rival in an airport parking lot pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary and battery but was sentenced only to a year probation and no additional jail time.

'Academic Freedom' Cited in Convicted Bomber School Speech

A terror bomber who served 18 years in federal prison will be allowed to speak at the University of Massachusetts on Thursday — because faculty members decided to invite him and the university says it must fulfill its commitment to "academic fr

Koreas Exchange Fire in Naval Clash

Navy ships of the two Koreas exchanged fire Tuesday along their disputed western sea border, South Korean military officers said.

Ida Lashes Gulf Coast With Heavy Rain, Wind

Schools closed, residents of low-lying areas sought shelter and Florida's governor declared a state of emergency Monday as a late-season tropical storm churned toward the Gulf Coast.

Did Army Ignore Warning Signs From Ft. Hood Shooter?

The warning signs were all there, but the U.S. military treated Major Nidal Malik Hasan with kid gloves, taking no action that might have prevented the Army psychiatrist from allegedly killing 13 people in the Fort Hood massacre last week.

Supreme Court Refuses to Stop D.C. Sniper Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad.

Iran Reportedly Charges 3 American Hikers With Espionage

Three American hikers who have been detained in Iran after crossing into the country from Iraq have been charged with espionage, according to Iran's State News Agency.

Hurricane Ida Takes Aim at U.S. Gulf Coast

Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Ida.

Chavez to Troops: Prepare for War With Colombia

President Hugo Chavez said Venezuela could end up going to war with Colombia as tensions between them rise, and he warned that if a conflict broke out "it could extend throughout the whole continent."

N.Y.-Based Radical Muslim Hails Fort Hood Massacre

A New York City bicycle cabbie who mocked the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl and posted a prayer on the Web calling for the murder of Jews is now sending a 'Get Well Soon' message to the suspected Fort Hood gunman, the New York Post reported.