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D.C. Council Member Marion Barry gives a news conference in Washington D.C. on Aug. 2, 2010.

D.C. Mourns 'Mayor for Life'

Flags are flying at half-staff in Washington, D.C., as the city mourns former mayor Marion Barry, who died Sunday at age 78

US President Barack Obama

Obama: Voters Want 'Fresh Start'

President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that voters will be looking for a "fresh start" when they vote in 2016 to select his successor


12-Year-Old Fatally Shot by Police

A 12-year-old boy who was shot by police Saturday on a playground, after they mistook his replica airsoft gun for a real gun, died Sunday, his hospital confirmed. Police reportedly fired two shots, and the boy was hit in the torso and had underwent surgery on Saturday

Snow removal at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Evacuation Plans Readied as Buffalo Flooding Looms

Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare to for the possibility of evacuation as up to 7 feet of melting snow posed the threat of flooding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Sunday


Powerful Women Show More Signs of Depression

Symptoms of depression become more prevalent for women as they obtain job authority but less prevalent for men, a new study from the University of Texas at Austin suggests. One reason is that women must battle stereotypes and resistance to their leadership

Winnie The Pooh Receives A Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

Polish Town Opposes Naming Park After Winnie the Pooh

A Polish town appeared to oppose naming a park after Winnie the Pooh because of its "inappropriate" wardrobe, with one official saying the character was "disturbing." Officials later said they were joking after the discussion about the playground went on too long

Laura Dunn

New Jersey Looks at 'Yes Means Yes' College Policy

A new proposal in New Jersey makes it the latest state moving to require college campuses to define when "yes means yes" in an effort to stem the tide of sexual assaults. Big supporters include a woman heading a sexual assault survivors' group

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

New Hunger Games Wins the Box Office Weekend and Year

Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 won not only the weekend box office but also the year: It had a stronger opening than any other film so far in 2014, beating out Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $100 million debut

Rare Deep-Sea Angler Fish Caught on Film

The 9-centimeter long Black Seadevil, or Melanocetus, was caught on video in November by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, in what is believed to be the first time a living fish was filmed at its depth of 600 meters

University of Virginia

UVA Suspends Fraternities After Rape Article

University President Teresa A. Sullivan issued a statement saying all "fraternal organizations and associated social activities" were suspended until Jan. 9, the beginning of spring semester