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6 missing two days in freezing Northern Nevada found safe

A desperate search for a couple and four children missing for two days in the below-zero cold of Northern Nevada’s rugged mountains turned jubilant Tuesday when rescuers found them alive and well near their overturned Jeep.

Texas woman pleads guilty to sending ricin to Obama

A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under a deal that her attorney has said would cap prison time at 18 years.

Students’ robotic arm can make you stronger

Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds.

Congress renews plastic gun ban just in time

Congress’ easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon.

Mormon church cites ‘era of racial divide’ for early priesthood ban on blacks

More than three decades after reversing its prohibition of black having the priesthood, the Mormon church has disavowed the ban, saying it was put into place during an era of great racial divide that influenced early teachings of the church.

World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela at memorial service

U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela’s universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.