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Obama nominates Ashton Carter to Secretary of Defense

President Barack Obama formally nominated Ashton Carter to succeed outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

RNC Chairman campaigns for Cassidy, says Bill's absence is right

The head of the national Republican Party came to Baton Rouge to campaign for Garret Graves and Rep. Bill Cassidy on Thursday.

Pentagon says reported sexual assault cases increase within the military

The Pentagon revealed Thursday that reported sexual assaults in the military rose again to nearly 6,000 this year.

New video surfaces in Eric Garner's death

There are new videos showing police reaction following the choke hold blamed for Eric Garner's death. They aired Thursday on CNN's legal view with Ashleigh Banfield.

Dog finally gets adopted after spending 400 days at a shelter

A dog who spent months in a Massachusetts shelter now has a new home. His new owner found him on Facebook, Tim Caputo reports. One picture changed two lives. For 456 days Hubert could only call an animal shelter his home.

CDC: Flu shot less effective due to virus mutation

Your flu shot may not work as well as doctors had hoped this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the dominant flu virus circulating right now has changed and mutated, making the vaccine less effective.

Volunteers build mobile huts for homeless in Pacific Northwest

A group of volunteers wants to end homelessness on the Washington coast, one hut at a time. The group, headed by Pvgzly Addams, are building what they call a "Homeless Hut."

VIRAL VIDEO: Adorable little girl explains how cow got in home

CUTE ALERT! An absolutely adorable video of a little girl explaining to her mother how the cow got into her home has gone viral.

Protests erupt after NYPD officer is not indicted for Eric Garner's death

Protesters streamed into the streets of New York and other cities across the country Wednesday evening following a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner.

NASA prepares for Orion launch, next phase in manned space travel

America is getting back into the space race.

U.S. Supreme Court hears case of pregnant driver vs. UPS

When former UPS driver Peggy Young was pregnant with her daughter in 2006, UPS refused to give her light duty, even though her doctor advised her not to lift 70 pound packages.

14-year-old set on fire by Ohio teen at sleepover

Witnesses say a Butler County case in which one teen allegedly set another on fire was a matter of bullying that went too far. The burned teen is receiving care at Cincinnati Shriners Hospital, while the other is locked up.

PlayStation celebrates 20th birthday

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- PlayStation is all grown up now.

NFL admits it made 'crucial mistake' in punishment of Ray Rice

During a surprisingly emotional appearance before a congressional panel on Tuesday, Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, admitted the league made a "crucial mistake" in its initial punishment of

N.Y. cop not indicted in chokehold death

A grand jury in New York on Wednesday decided not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July choke hold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, according to two law enforcement officials.