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Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Stepping Down

She is to become the University of California's next president. Confirmation of a successor could take time. Speculation on a successor has already begun. Perhaps former Sen. Joe Lieberman?

Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his TED talk, he lays out the main problems and offers suggestions to make work work.

Can You Code A Better Government?

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.

Top Democrat Says Documents Show IRS Also Targeted Liberals

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, says materials from an IRS workshop in 2010 instructed agents to flag applications from "progressive" groups as well as those with "Tea Party," "patriot" or "9/12" in their names.

VIDEO: 'I Need Help' San Diego Mayor Says

After reports that he has sexually harassed numerous women, Mayor Bob Filner released a video statement in which he apologizes but does not talk about stepping down. The 70-year-old Democrat has only been in office about 6 months.

Teen Jailed For Facebook Post Expresses Regrets

"I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said," Justin Carter told CNN's New Day on Friday. He'd been held since February, with bail set at $500,000, because of a posting that referred to a school shooting. An anonymous donor came forward to bail him out.

READ: Instructions For The Jury In Trial Of George Zimmerman

The defense is expected to finish its closing argument on Friday. Then, Judge Debra Nelson will instruct the jurors on what they are to consider as they weigh whether George Zimmerman acted in self defense or should be sent to prison for the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Calif. City Moves To Freeze Ice Cream Trucks' Music Output

For many kids, the music of ice cream trucks is the sound of summer. For some adults, however, it ruins peace and quiet. The Long Beach City Council has drafted legislation to limit when ice cream trucks can play music.

Oakland Braces For Seeing Subway Shooting On The Big Screen

The feature film Fruitvale Station opens Friday in select markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area. That's where the subject of the film, Oscar Grant, 21 and unarmed, was shot and killed by a transit police officer in 2009 — sparking violent street protests across Oakland.

Zimmerman's Side To Push Self-Defense In Closing Argument

In Sanford, Fla., on Friday, George Zimmerman's defense delivers its closing argument in the murder trial of the Neighborhood Watch volunteer. He's charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.