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Michael Phelps, 2008 Olympics, 400-meter individual medley

David Gray/Reuters

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps arrested

[Breaking news update, published 3:53 p.m. ET]

Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps said Tuesday on his official Twitter account that he is "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down" after being arrested in Maryland on a DUI charge. "I understand ...

Arron Lewis

Pulaski County Sheriff

Suspect in real estate agent slaying wanted to plead guilty

Arron Lewis, the suspect in the abduction and slaying of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, told reporters Tuesday that he pleaded not guilty to the charges only because his lawyer told him to. He said he wanted to plead guilty because he jus...

Wildlife population decline

Inez Torre/CNN/WWF

World has lost half its wildlife in 40 years

The world's animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.

The World Wide Fund for Nature's Living Planet Index, released Tuesday, revealed the dramatic decline in animal species, and said th...

Dried up Aral sea

NASA

Once-massive lake dries up to almost nothing

The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest lake. Now much of it is a vast toxic desert straddling the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, two former Soviet states in central Asia.

Hong Kong cellphones

As dawn nears in Hong Kong, a deadline looms

It's Wednesday in Hong Kong, and pro-democracy protests there are expected to grow because many people are off work for China's National Day.

The day also brings a deadline that demonstrators have set for the Chinese government to meet their demands t...

Kentucky school shooting

WLKY

Suspect sought in Kentucky school shooting

Authorities are searching for a suspect after a shooting at a high school in Kentucky left one student injured, a spokeswoman said.

The shooting took place Tuesday afternoon at Fern Creek High School in Louisville. It was not immediately clear whether...

Julia Pierson, Secret Service director

Pool

Secret Service director: WH breach 'unacceptable'

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House "unacceptable" and told a congressional committee Tuesday that she takes "full responsibility."

Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old knife-...

Alton Alexander Nolen, Oklahoma beheading suspect

Logan County Sheriff's Office

DA likely to seek death penalty in beheading

Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the beheading of a 54-year-old woman last week at his former workplace in Oklahoma and in the stabbing attack on another woman, said Cleveland County Dist...

Mitt Romney, stand-alone head shot

REUTERS/David Manning

Will Mitt Romney take the plunge again?

Two sources inside Mitt Romney's inner circle tell CNN that while Romney isn't planning a presidential bid, he's listening to a lot of people who want him to get in the race -- although he remains skeptical himself.

"A lot of people in Romneyland are...

Plastic bag

jocic/iStock

California bans plastic grocery bags

California has fired the first salvo in what could be a national war on plastic bags.

Governor Edmund Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill that bans plastic shopping bags, making California the first U.S. state to officially prohibit stores from h...

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