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Transitional kindergarten bill introduced

SACRAMENTO, Calif.,—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is co-sponsoring legislation to provide voluntary, high-quality transitional kindergarten to every 4-year-old child in California, he announced at a Sacramento elementary school today.

Man accused of killing mom, stepfather escapes from facility

A man accused of killing his mother and stepfather then dumping their bodies in a basement is on the run after escaping from a South Carolina mental health facility.

Producers Awards

The producers of 10 films were nominated today for the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for motion pictures, an honor that traditionally leads to best-picture honors on Oscar night.

Colorado’s recreational marijuana stores make history

DENVER, Col., -- Iraq war veteran Sean Azzariti described his purchase of recreational marijuana -- legally -- as a historic moment Wednesday.

Turkey quake

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday in the Mediterranean Sea, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) south southwest of Avsallar, Turkey, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Conn. police release final report on Newtown school shooting

A final report released Friday on the investigation of the mass shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School offered snippets of information into the life of the reclusive and tormented young man who carried out the second deadliest mass shooting ...

Madea’s Christmas remains in top 10

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” at $8.4 million, was one of the 10 most popular movies in the U.S. and Canada this weekend. The film opened Dec. 14.

“She said YES!!!”

That was the tweet that NBA star Dwayne Wade used Saturday to announce his engagement to actress Gabrielle Union.

FBI hunts Bad Beard Bandit; Claire Davis vigil held; Griffin High quarterback burglarized

National news for the week of Dec. 16, 2013.

President taps woman admiral

Michelle Janine Howard has been nominated by President Barack Obama for an appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as vice chief of naval operations. This appointment will make Howard the first female four-star admiral.

Mandela celebrated

They gathered in the tens of thousands—presidents, prime ministers, royals, celebrities and ordinary South Africans—all united to say farewell to a man hailed as a global symbol of reconciliation.

Nelson Mandela: His impact on American activism, politics and pop culture

(CNN) -- Word of Nelson Mandela’s death spread quickly across the United States, bringing with it a mix of reverence and grief for a man who was born in South Africa but in the end belonged to the world.

There's no such thing as healthy obesity

You’ve probably heard someone say, “I’m fat but fit.” Several recent studies have suggested this statement could be true. But a new meta-analysis, a review of eight existing studies, published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine may put ...

Fast food workers demand higher wages

LOS ANGELES, Calif.,- Some fast-food workers in the Los Angeles area are expected to walk off the job Thursday as part of their continuing effort to increase their wages to $15 an hour and to form a union.

Sick of salmonella? So is the USDA

Salmonella causes an estimated 1.3 million illnesses each year in the United States. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) hopes to tackle that toll with the help of a new “Salmonella Action Plan.”