Pope Benedict XVI's resignation opens the door to an array of possible successors. There's no clear front-runner, though several leading candidates have been mentioned over the years as papabile, or having the qualities of a pope.
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State photo-ID databases become troves for police
The faces of more than 120 million people are in searchable photo databases that state officials assembled to prevent driver's-license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations.
When trust in Uncle Sam takes a beating, workers are bruised
The recent spate of controversies - revelations about the massive collection of electronic data by the National Security Agency, the Internal Revenue Service's political targeting and conference scandals, and the seizure of Associated Press telephone records - undermines confidence in government.
Lucky customers pay only 44 cents a gallon for gas
Due to a technical error that lasted nearly two hours, premium pumps at a Marathon station were priced roughly $4 below where they should have been.
VIDEO: National anthem singer gets hit with racial tweets
After 11-year-old Sebastian De La Cruz sang the national anthem at game three of the NBA finals, rascist tweets poured in. Some tweets questioned De La Cruz's right to be in the country, to which he said: "People don't know, they just assume that I'm just Mexican, but I'm not from Mexico, I'm from San Antonio, born and raised."
Pa. woman digs up two-headed piglet
It sounds like a tabloid headline: “Local woman digs up two-headed piglet in backyard.”
VIDEO: Apple unveils new MacBook Air with improved battery life
At Apple's WWDC, the company shows off its new line of MacBook Air laptops with faster processors and improved battery life. The new models are available in 11-inch and 13-inch dimensions, ranging in price from $999 to $1,299.
VIDEO: Obama: 'It's time' to close gender wage gap
President Barack Obama is calling attention to the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act that aimed to eliminate gender wage disparities, making the case for strengthening the law that President John F. Kennedy signed in 1963.
NSA contractor's self-outing puts him in spotlight
Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old National Security Agency contractor who admitted he was behind recent leaks of classified intelligence, has vaulted from obscurity to international notoriety, joining the ranks of high-profile leakers such as Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame.
VIDEO: Thieves slam into pizza shop to steal safe
Three men are caught on camera slamming a pickup truck into the front of a pizza shop, then taking the safe behind the counter.
Pa. zoning board orders removal of young girl's tree house
Tears streamed down 11-year-old Samantha Carlson’s cheeks after the Selinsgrove, Pa. Zoning Hearing Board denied a variance request on Thursday night that would have allowed her father to keep the tree house he was building for his daughter’s birthday.
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