The Obama administration rolls out its new gas mileage standards for cars and trucks Thursday. The fuel efficiency targets for 2016 model vehicles is 39 mpg for cars and 30 mpg for light trucks (more than 34 mpg combined). President Obama says the new rules will "reduce our dependence on oil while helping folks spend a little less at the pump." The standards, to be phased in between 2012 and 2016, would increase fuel efficiency by 5 percent each year. Currently, cars must average 27.5 mpg and trucks must get 24 mpg.
Fact Check: How much oil will new fuel standards save, and how will the environment and individual drivers benefit?
A grand jury has indicted Anthony Sowell, suspected in the killings of 11 women whose remains were found in his Ohio home, with the rape of another woman, according to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.
Trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia threatens the existence of the species in North America, two environmental groups said in a report released on Thursday.
The National Resources Defense Council and the David Suzuki Foundation said human-caused deaths of the bears have occurred at more than double what the British Columbia government has deemed acceptable for the species long-term sustainability.
Trophy hunting â€“ the killing of the large bears for sport â€“ accounts for 88 percent of human-caused grizzly deaths, the report said.
President Obama is announcing plans Thursday to boost domestic energy production, which is expected to include new offshore oil exploration and drilling. The White House says its new strategy will "set America on a path to energy independence." While drilling isn't likely to win many fans among environmentalists, it could help bring Republicans on board with the president's energy initiatives since the GOP has pushed hard for more domestic drilling to reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Fact Check: How dependent is the U.S. on foreign oil, and where does most of it come from?
Her tattoo was supposed to be beautiful - literally, with the word inked into her arm. But it turned out to be anything but for Nova Scotia resident Amy Ullock - in fact, it turned out to be "beatiful."
Ullock's misfortune began with the tattoo request which was typed onto a computer, shown to her and stenciled on her, according to CNN affiliate CBC. When she finally got a look, that's when she noticed there was a letter missing in the tattoo. It led to a fight in the store and eventually landed her and the tattoo artist in small claims court.
On Thursday, Amy Ullock got her answer from a judge on who was responsible in the form of that same missing letter - You, adding people having nobody else to blame if they don't catch the error.
We've rarely seen a more brutal week in soccer, with Arsenal captain (and Spain star) Cesc Fabregas fearing a broken leg following a 2-2 Champions League quarterfinal draw against Barcelona and England star Wayne Rooney expected to be out for two to four weeks after spraining his ankle in the final moments of Bayern Munich 2-1 win over Manchester United's in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg. With most of European soccer resting today, soccer fans can get a fix tonight with a pair of MLS games, and sports fan also have plenty of other fare to choose from including the NIT Finals. Some highlights: (All times Eastern):
-NIT Finals: North Carolina vs. Dayton (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.)
No college basketball team has followed up an NCAA national championship with an NIT crown the next year but North Carolina is on the verge of creating some interesting history. "Let's be honest, this was not where we wanted to be," North Carolina coach Roy Williams told reporters Wednesday. "Everybody wanted to be in the NCAA tournament." Dayton has defeated Illinois State, Cincinnati, Illinois and Mississippi to earn its trip to the finals. The Flyers last won an NIT title in 1968; North Carolina won this title three years later.
The killing of Dr. George Tiller of Kansas was "domestic terrorism" that robbed a family of a husband, father and grandfather, the slain man's attorney said Thursday at the sentencing of the man convicted of the doctor's murder.
For nearly 11 years, the family of Nelta Jacques has awaited word on her fate, as well as that of her two daughters, ages 5 and 7.
Two more suspects have been arrested in Mexico in the January slaying of 15 people at a house party in Ciudad Juarez, officials said.
Aides to Sarah Palin have asked the Republican National Committee to remove her name from an invitation that suggests she might attend a series of committee fundraising events timed to coincide with next week's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
A U.S. warship sank a pirate skiff and captured a pirate mother ship in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, according to a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Africa.
The frigate USS Nicholas came under fire from a pirate vessel shortly after midnight in international waters west of the Seychelles, according to a U.S. military statement.
The Nicholas returned fire and pursued the skiff as it fled, capturing it about 90 minutes later. Three suspected pirates aboard the skiff were taken into custody, along with two others aboard a suspected pirate mother ship that was nearby.
Christopher Bridges:Â The Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor known as Ludacris isÂ helping the 2010 census to reach people who are usually harder to count, including single women with children, the poor and underprivileged, and young, single males.
The Web site SOHH.com reports that Ludacris has already made visits to communities in Dallas, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, and is scheduled for personal appearances this month in New York, Washington, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Thursday is National Census Day, the date by which all Americans are supposed to return their census forms to the federal government.
10:00 am ET - Green Voices: In conversation with Ted Danson -Â Actor Ted Danson talks live on CNN.com about his life as an eco-campaigner and being a big fish in Hollywood, plus he answers CNN viewer questions.
10:00 am ET - Scott Roeder sentencing -Â Scott Roeder, convicted of killing a doctor who, among other services, performed late-term abortions will be sentenced on first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges.
A top Vatican official has harshly criticized The New York Times' coverage of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis in a lengthy article posted on the Vatican Web site.