U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was speaking at the NAACP's annual convention in Orlando, Fla., a short distance from where unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed last year. More than two dozen states have laws that allow people to use deadly force to defend themselves if they believe they are under attack.
Five years after the start of the financial crisis, the U.S. banking industry continues to earn strong profits. On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs became the latest big bank to report better than expected earnings. But rising interest rates mean a riskier environment for banks.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is winning more support for her effort to put serious military criminal cases in the hands of prosecutors. Commanders currently decide whether to try a case. On Tuesday, two Republican senators, and possible 2016 presidential hopefuls, added their names: Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Democrats had been preparing to change Senate rules on filibusters to push through President Obama's nominations to executive branch positions. Republicans agreed to allow votes on five nominations, and Democrats agreed to replace two particularly contentious names with others.
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has played 19 seasons. That means he started his baseball career when the youngest players in this year's All-Star game were just toddlers. Rivera plans to retire at the end of this season.
Government investigators are trying to solve an agricultural whodunit: How did genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale end up in a farmer's field in Oregon? Some are raising the possibility of sabotage; others suspect simple human error.
Car enthusiasts are trekking across the U.S. this year along Lincoln Highway. The transcontinental trips are part of centennial activities for the road known as "The Main Street Across America," and a unique group of tourists started their journey all the way in Norway.
New York Yankees' great Mariano Rivera, pitching in his final All-Star game, was honored by fans at the home of the crosstown Mets, then pitched a perfect eighth inning, helping the American League to a 3-0 victory over the National League in Tuesday's All-Star game.
The teenager drew millions of views on YouTube with her video reports, which included makeup tutorials. Ellen DeGeneres was struck by her story and helped make Talia an honorary CoverGirl. Those Talia reached are grieving around the nation and the world.
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