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.

Goodlatte unsure if Congress will take up Voting Rights Act

The House will hold hearings on the Voting Rights Act in July, following the Supreme Court's decision last week striking down a central part of the landmark law, House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte told CNN Sunday.

Student loan rates doubling on Monday

Students preparing to take subsidized government loans will see their interest rates double to 6.8% from current levels, starting Monday, July 1.

Immigration reform in the House looks uncertain as lawmakers quarrel

Two top lawmakers in the House immigration reform effort battled Sunday over how a compromise could be obtained in the Republican-controlled chamber, after the Democrat-controlled Senate passed sweeping reform legislation last week.

Get caught up: Week 1 of Zimmerman trial

Sixteen months after the shooting that took the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a jury of six women began hearing evidence in a Florida courtroom this week in the trial of George Zimmerman.

U.S. asks Ecuador to reject any asylum request from Edward Snowden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden asked Ecuador "to please reject" the request for asylum from self-avowed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, according to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

Indianapolis Colts player arrested on firearms charge

Police arrested Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged early Saturday after allegedly finding his semiautomatic pistol poking out from under the passenger seat of the white Camaro he'd been in, police said.

GRAPHIC WARNING: Man accused of strangling, chopping up, cooking puppy

A Florida man is accused of strangling a family puppy, chopping it into pieces and cooking its ribs on the stove, Tampa police said. Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25, was arrested Thursday after a family member called police.