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18 charged in alleged gang rape of Texas girl: Thirteen adults and five juveniles have been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged rape of a Texas girl, police said.
Wisconsin Democrats' proposed border meeting rejected: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday dismissed as "ridiculous" a letter from a Democratic state Senate leader who suggested a meeting "near the Wisconsin-Illinois border" to discuss the state's budget impasse.
20-year-old Mexican police chief fired amid reports she fled:¬† A woman who became police chief of¬†a violence-plagued Mexican town when she was 20 was fired Monday when she didn't appear for work.¬†¬†An official with the U.S.¬†Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency¬†told CNN she is in the United States.
Capt. Kirk wakes up shuttle crew: Actor William Shatner on Monday reprised his "Star Trek" role to wake up the crew of the space shuttle Discovery in a recorded message.
High court turns aside lawsuit questioning Obama citizenship:¬†The Supreme Court has again rejected an appeal from a "birther" proponent questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama.