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'Total Disgrace': Jackie Robinson Statue Defaced In Brooklyn

Someone scrawled racial epithets, a swastika and the name "Hitler" on a statue dedicated to the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier and his teammate Pee Wee Reese.

Fannie Mae Books $10.1 Billion In Second-Quarter Profits

The giant mortgage finance company's strong showing was driven by a rise in U.S. housing prices. Fannie's profit is nearly double what it was in the year-ago quarter.

Report: NSA Is Searching 'Vast Amounts' Of Americans' Emails

According to The New York Times, the National Security Agency is watching emails and other text communications that go in and out of the country. It's looking for key words. The agency says it only gathers information it is authorized to collect.

What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad? It's Not Them, It's You

The bacteria that cause many cases of ear infection in kids and pneumonia in the elderly are usually harmless until activated by distress signals from their human host. When the flu or another virus gives you a fever, for example, mild-mannered pneumococcus can turn nasty.

Burglars Return Loot To Group That Helps Sex Assault Victims

The offices of the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services agency were broken into. Computers and other valuables were taken. But whoever was responsible apparently had a change of heart after learning what the agency does. The goods were returned along with a note.

3 Winning Powerball Tickets Sold: 2 In N.J., 1 In Minnesota

The winners will share a $448.4 million jackpot — the third-largest in Powerball history. Now might be a good time to check in on any relatives you have in Minnesota and New Jersey.

Republicans And Democrats Get Behind 'Voices For Yes'

Political strategists on both sides of the isle are working to get the progressive rock band Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Government Shutdown? Odds Are Uncomfortably High

For all the fiscal cliffhangers and debt-ceiling brinksmanship over the past couple of years, Congress has been able to find some kind of solution at the last minute. This time, many budget analysts worry, might be different.

Kerry, Hagel To Meet Russian Counterparts On Friday

The U.S. has canceled plans for an Obama-Putin summit because Russia granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. But Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will go ahead with plans to meet their counterparts in Washington.

Defense Lawyers Want Out Of Fort Hood Shooting Trial

On Wednesday, lawyers helping accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan asked to have their roles reduced. They told the judge they think Hasan is purposely trying to lose this trial.