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John Mellencamp splits with wife: John Mellencamp (pictured), known for his nostalgic songs about heartland America, is parting ways with wife Elaine, the couple said in a statement Thursday.
Blinding storm creates 100-vehicle wreck: A strong storm system made driving dangerous in the Rockies and the upper Plains and contributed to a pileup involving about 100 vehicles Thursday near Fargo, North Dakota, officials said.
The best (and worst) films of 2010: Tom Charity, a veteran of 20 years of writing and thinking about films, offers his list of best and worst films of 2010.
Video captures serial killer's defiance: Closed-circuit television footage that led British police to identify Stephen Griffiths as a serial killer shows the self-proclaimed "Crossbow Cannibal" carrying the weapon in the hallway outside his apartment shortly after he killed one of his victims, then raising his middle finger to the camera.
Midwest storms leave 6 dead: A line of fast-moving storms and possible tornadoes stretching from the Gulf Coast states to Illinois left at least six people dead Friday and caused widespread damage to homes and businesses, as forecasters warned of more potentially severe weather.