Mandela still in critical condition

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s condition in a Pretoria hospital remained critical for a second straight day Monday, said South Africa’s president who described the stricken anti-apartheid hero as being “asleep” when he visited Mandela the previous evening.…

Prosecutor opens with Zimmerman's obscenity

A prosecutor told jurors in opening statements Monday that George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin “because he wanted to,” not because he had to, while the neighborhood watch volunteer’s attorney said the deadly shooting of the teen was carried out in self-defense.

Interactive: SCOTUS and Gay Marriage

When it comes to ruling on California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the U.S. Supreme Court has many options.

Actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51

James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO’s “The Sopranos” helped create one of TV’s greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.

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INFOGRAPH: Staying cool in the heat

Who is most at risk for heat-related illnesses? What are the best ways to stay cool? The CDC has a few tips and tricks for you to help beat the heat this summer. …

Recipe: Southern Skillet Hash

This skillet hash recipe means you’ve got a great one-pot dish in your back pocket for any busy or late night when you want a simple but hearty meal.

Obama renews calls for nuclear reductions

Issuing an appeal for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called “the global threat of our time.”

Happy Hour | Bourbon 101: Tasting Tips

Bourbon isn’t always the first drink on everyone’s list – sometimes strong, definite higher alcohol content. Still, it’s a truly undiscovered world of flavor, layers and notably wonderful cosmos of deliciousness.

Twinkle’s Kitchen | Bourbon-Chocolate Salted Caramels

Caramel is by far a serious sweet. There is definite science involved. You will need to purchase a candy thermometer, and you’ll certainly want all the little ones, if you have them, out of the kitchen, just in case of a spill.

Storm system surges toward Mid-Atlantic

A massive storm system surged Thursday toward the Mid-Atlantic after causing widespread power outages but largely failing to live up to its billing in ferocity through the Upper Midwest.

Recipe: Polenta Fries with Homemade Ketchup

A crispy exterior and golden color, polenta fries may be mistaken for potato fries. A great side dish to your summer grilling menu, polenta takes very little effort to cook, and you can customize the flavor.

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INFOGRAPH: Grilling Safety Tips

It's the summertime, and you know what that means! Time to fire up that grill! But before you do, The National Fire Protection Association has a few safety tips to help you have a fun and safe grilling season. …

Massive line of storms aim at Midwest

“We’re becoming increasingly concerned that a major severe weather event will unfold,” said Russell Schneider, director of the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.