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Federal judge strikes down Michigan's gay marriage ban

A federal judge on Friday ruled that Michigan's prohibition on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, ordering the state to stop enforcing the ban.

Twitter unearths your first tweet

Unless you have a photographic memory or just joined Twitter last week, you probably don't recall your first tweet. That's OK. Twitter would like to show it to you.

March Madness slows work

In what's become a March tradition along with the NCAA basketball tournament, the Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas has released an estimate of what March Madness could cost employers in lost worker productivity.

New Cobain photos released

Renewed interest in the death of Kurt Cobain has prompted Seattle police to review the decades-old case. And they found a few new and interesting details.

Is homework making your child sick?

New research shows that some students are doing more than three hours of homework a night -- and that all that school work may be literally making them sick.

More Starbucks stores to sell alcohol

Starbucks is adding more than just coffee to its menu. USA Today reports the coffee giant plans to sell alcoholic beverages in more locations. Only a couple dozen stores currently sell beer and wine.

Subprime mortgages making a comeback

It's getting a little easier for people with lower credit scores to borrow money to buy homes again.

Carbon dioxide benchmark hits new heights, worries scientists

(CNN) -- It's a new record, but one scientists aren't thrilled about hitting.

Rush Limbaugh selection in children's book competition causes a stir

Rush Limbaugh -- radio host, conservative firebrand and... children's book author of the year?

Paul Walker's mom wants custody of his daughter

Paul Walkers mom wants to be the legal guardian of his 15-year-old daughter. She filed the petition in a Los Angeles court earlier this week.

The Uncounted: The 'invisible' sibling

Monica Velez, 36, lives near Austin, Texas. Her story highlights the often-overlooked family member touched by war: the sibling. The following is Velez's story as told to CNN's Ashley Fantz.

Seattle police: Ignore tweets saying Kurt Cobain's death probe is reopened

Despite what you may read on your Twitter timeline, the Kurt Cobain death probe has not been reopened, a Seattle Police spokeswoman told CNN Thursday.

Boston Marathon bombing victim back on the dance floor

A professional dancer whose leg was partially amputated as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing danced on Wednesday for the first time since the incident.

Westboro church founder Fred Phelps dies

Fred Phelps -- the founding pastor of a Kansas church known for its virulently anti-gay protests at public events, including military funerals -- has died, the church said Thursday.

Death row kidney donation

On Monday Kevin Gray stood on a street corner in Newberg, Oregon holding a sign. It said, "Living Kidney Donor Needed. Please help."