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5 Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed in Iran Bomb

A homicide bomber killed five senior commanders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and at least 37 others in an area of southeastern Iran that has been the focus of a growing Sunni insurgency.

Officials Search Balloon Family's Home, Plan Charges

Deputies searched the home of a couple caught up in Colorado's "balloon boy" saga after the sheriff said he was pursuing criminal charges in a case that at first sparked fear for the child, then relief he was okay, to suspicions of a hoax.

Calif. Group Wants Target to Pull 'Illegal Alien' Costume

A Southern California immigrant rights group on Friday asked the Target store chain and a costume company to stop selling an "illegal alien" Halloween costume it said is offensive to immigrants.

Obama 'HOPE' Poster Artist Admits Photo Error

Artist Shepard Fairey, who designed the famous Barack Obama "HOPE" poster, admitted Friday that he didn't use the AP photo he originally claimed his work was based on but instead used a picture the news organization had claimed was his source.

Pakistan Launches Ground Offensive Against Al Qaeda

The United States pushed the government to carry out the assault in South Waziristan, and it comes after two weeks of militant attacks that have killed more than 175 people across the nuclear-armed country.

Self-Help Guru's Empire in Spotlight After Followers' Deaths

But Ray's self-help empire was thrown into turmoil when two of his followers died after collapsing in the makeshift sweat lodge near Sedona and 19 others were hospitalized.

Minn. Nurse Under Investigation for Encouraging Suicide

A nurse who authorities say got his kicks by visiting Internet suicide chat rooms and encouraging depressed people to kill themselves is under investigation.

'Balloon Boy' Family Tries to Turn Away From Spotlight

The family's background and some strange developments since the scare have raised questions about whether the family cooked up a hoax as publicity stunt, though police say that is unlikely

Baby Survives After Stroller Falls Off Aussie Train Platform

A six-month-old boy has miraculously survived a train slamming into his carriage after it rolled off an Australian railway platform.

Father of 'Balloon Boy' at Center of New Storm

The father of the 6-year-old Colorado boy who was thought to have been speeding through the sky for hours in a high-soaring homemade helium balloon is a self-described "storm chaser" who now finds himself at the center of another kind of squall.