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GOP staffer resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

A senior Republican staffer is resigning after her comments that the Obama daughters should "try showing a little class" caused a firestorm of criticism on social media this weekend.

Hammer slaying shocks community

A wife wants justice and a St. Louis, Missiouri community wants to feel safe after a brutal murder. 32-year-old Zemir Begic was killed early Sunday morning after police say at least two teenagers beat him with hammers.

Cyber Monday shopping

Grab your smartphone, warm up your fingers, and grab your wallet - it's "Cyber Monday." Online retailers are hoping to make up for weak sales last weekend.

Dog takes bullet for family

They say all dogs go to heaven. That will be especially true for one German Shepherd in Atlanta, Georgia.

Good Samaritan braves flames

Ryan Erickson doesn't consider himself a hero, but most of his neighbors in Black Hawk, Colorado do.

Cyber Monday deals: Where to find them

Cyber Monday is no longer a one-day affair.

Earth has its own 'Star Trek'-like force field, study suggests

The University of Colorado Boulder has announced a discovery 7,200 miles above Earth of a protective shield similar to the force fields you might see in "Star Trek."

Black Thursday? Thanksgiving sales numbers growing

Shoppers increasingly are shifting their buying to Thanksgiving Day, despite petitions against stores opening on the holiday -- and the powerful lure of the post-turkey nap.

Missing Ohio State football player found dead

A missing Ohio State University football player has been found dead, authorities said Sunday. Kosta Karageorge, a fifth-year senior, had missed practice Wednesday and hadn't been seen since.

1,600 flights delayed or canceled Sunday, one of busiest travel days

Sunday is one of the busiest travel days of the year, as millions of people return home after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Cyber Monday deals: Where to find them

Cyber Monday is no longer a one-day affair.

U.S. Bishops 'applaud' Obama on immigration

President Barack Obama's decision to take executive action on immigration won praise from the religious community Sunday, when a leader of the U.S. Catholic Church endorsed the move.

Gun sales boom on Black Friday: Almost 3 background checks per second

 (CNN) -- The busiest shopping day of the year also saw a major boom for gun sales, with the federal background check system setting a record of more than 175,000 background checks Friday, according to the FBI.

Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson police force

Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot an unarmed teenager in August, has resigned from the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, his attorney, Neil Bruntrager, confirmed to CNN Saturday night.

PD: Boy missing 4 years found behind fake wall

A 13-year-old boy who was reported missing about four years was reunited with his mother Saturday after being found behind a false wall in an Atlanta-area home, police and CNN affiliate WXIA reported.