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Dixie Carter dead at 70: Actress Dixie Carter, best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show "Designing Women," has died, her agent said Saturday. She was 70.
6 biggest retirement mistakes: Saving for retirement is an intimidating task and everyone makes mistakes. To mark financial literacy month, we asked financial experts about the missteps they see most often and how to avoid them.
NFL landmark turned to dust: Watch the implosion of Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys since 1971.
'Earthshaking' ways to fix U.S. debt: The debate over how to reduce U.S. debt levels has generated a lot of partisan huffing and puffing in Congress, but no meaningful action.
Shroud of Turin unveiled: CNN's Diana Magnay reports on the holy relic that is being publicly displayed in Turin for the first time since 2002.
A judge in several high-profile cases was gunned down Monday as he walked out of his apartment to go to work, officials said.
Eduard Chuvashov had worked as a judge with Moscow's City Court for two years.
He specialized in handling complicated criminal cases and felonies, said court spokeswoman Anna Usacheva.
[Updated 10:09 p.m.] A Navy training jet crashed in a north Georgia forest on Monday, killing at least three people aboard and setting more than 10 acres of woodland ablaze, local and federal authorities said.
A fourth person aboard the jet was unaccounted for Monday night, said Harry White, spokesman for the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The cause of the crash was under investigation.
Voting in Sudan's first multi-party elections in 24 years has been extended by two days, a U.N. official said Monday.
The main political party in South Sudan, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, had asked for a four-day delay amid reports of confusion at southern polling places.
Â Police have made an arrest in the home invasion slaying last year of a Southern California couple in their beach house, authorities said Monday.
Joshua Graham Packer, 20, of Ventura is facing charges including three counts of murder and two counts of robbery, Capt. Ross Bonfiglio of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said.
At least nine people died in shootouts over the weekend in northeastern Mexico, an area where two drug cartels have been waging a bloody war since January.
Eight people were killed early Sunday in the municipality of Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas state, the state government said on its Web site. Five died inside a bar and three others were killed in a motor vehicle, the government said.
Senate Democrats managed to get enough Republican support to take up a proposed extension of unemployment benefits Monday evening, but whether they have the votes to get past further GOP opposition remained uncertain, Democratic aides said.
Republicans, led by fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, say they don't oppose extending unemployment benefits - they want Democrats to find a way to offset the nearly $10 billion price tag for the one-month extension.
The British parliament was officially dissolved on Monday, as a nationwide election campaign launches to determine if Gordon Brown can hang on as prime minister.
The opposition Conservative party, led by David Cameron, has consistently held an edge in recent opinion polls, but it is not clear that Cameron has a big enough lead to dislodge Brown.
Elections take place on May 6.
President Obama met individually with some visiting foreign leaders Monday before the start of a two-day summit of 47 nations that will focus on how to better safeguard nuclear weapons materials, both old and new, to keep them out of the hands of terrorists.
The gathering at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation's capital is considered an unprecedented effort to rally global action on securing vulnerable nuclear materials.
A look at highlights from the day's business news:
Dow hit 11,000
Stocks managed gains Monday, with the Dow industrials closing above 11,000 for the first time in 18 months, after European leaders made loans available to Greece, tempering fears that the nation might have to default on its debt.
But lingering concerns ahead of the start of the quarterly reporting period limited the gains.
The Dow Jones industrial average added 8 points or 0.1 percent, finishing at 11,005.97, the highest close since September 26, 2008, when it ended at 11,143.13. Â Â Â Â Â Â
The S&P 500 index gained 2 points, or 0.2 percent, ending at an 18-month high. The Nasdaq composite edged up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to the highest finish since June 19, 2008.
Taliban militants in Afghanistan are threatening to kill two kidnapped French journalists unless their demands are met, including the release of some detainees held by France.
Microsoft unveiled two new smartphones Monday, designed for the new generation of heavy social networking users.
Called the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO, the phones feature many of the standard offerings of smartphones currently on the market: touch screens, slide-out keyboards, Web browsers with pinch-to-zoom, and applications for download. Where the phones differ from traditional smartphones is in the integration with social networks.
A group of scientists exploring the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean said they have found the deepest known undersea volcanic vent. The waters near the vent are so hot they could yield clues to how life started on Earth and could contain never-seen-before marine life, scientists say.
"A tremendous roar went up in the main lab as a beautiful cluster of black smokers came into camera view," the crew of the RRS James Cook wrote in their online diary of the exploration found 3.1 miles undersea. "It was an amazing feeling to know that in a world with more than six billion people, we were seeing part of our planet that no-one had ever seen before."
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not face criminal charges, a Georgia district attorney said Monday.
Roethlisberger was accused last month of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at a Milledgeville, Georgia, nightspot.
"The sexual allegation against Mr. Roethlisberger cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," said Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright. "Therefore, there will be no arrest made, nor criminal prosecution of Mr. Roethlisberger for his actions here on March 5, 2010."
Ukraine has decided to get rid of its highly enriched uranium stockpile in the next two years, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Monday.
Fewer than four in 10 Americans have a favorable view of Tiger Woods, down a few percentage points from the previous month, according to a new national poll released Monday.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 39 percent of the public views Woods in a positive light, down four points from March, when 43 percent had a favorable view of him.
Hereâ€™s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:
Conan O'Brien and TBS - CoCo fans, you have your answer. Your fearless late night leader has a home again - though judging by the reaction online, it certainly wasn't the place most of you expected. This morning Conan and TBS announced they had reached a deal to put the late night host in George Lopez's talk show spot, moving his show to about midnight. Many people figured Conan was headed to Fox and the announcement this morning seemed to catch many people off-guard. But according to the New York Times' Media Decoder blog, the move was just as much a whirlwind for Conan and his folks - TBS in 10 days agreed to nearly every request and Lopez said he was happy to move back his show for Conan's arrival.
Shackled and dressed in an orange jumpsuit, former teacher Stephanie Ragusa was teary-eyed Monday as she pleaded guilty to having sex with two underage students.