(CNN) - Calling his drug possession conviction a "wake up call," U.S. Rep. Trey Radel says he is taking a leave of absence for an unspecified time and will enter an in-patient drug treatment program.
"I have no excuse for what I have done. I have let down our country," he said at a news conference Wednesday night, hours after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine.
(CNN) - Even before President Barack Obama signed into law a deal that officially ended the government shutdown, Yosemite National Park fired off a statement: We're open for business, right now.
The California attraction may get the award for the quickest reopening. But elsewhere, life will return to normal ...gradually.
Here's what to expect Thursday, and in the coming days:
Washington (CNN) – After all the chaos and gunfire, still remains the question: Why did a woman with a young child try to drive into a blocked entrance near the White House?
The woman, identified by law enforcement officials as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, was shot dead Thursday.
(CNN) - If you take the long view – and by "long view" we're talking 10 days - there have been three distinct paths the U.S. could have taken on Syria.
First, way back on August 31, President Barack Obama seemed imminently close to a strike on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. After Labor Day, came a detour toward seeking Congressional approval. That effort was overwhelmingly met by the public with a "No thanks. We'll pass." Then this week, thanks to a remark by Secretary of State John Kerry that may or may not have been off the cuff, Obama made a sharp turn - toward diplomacy.
(CNN) – Basketball legend Dennis Rodman arrived in Beijing on Saturday from North Korea without imprisoned American Kenneth Bae.
Rodman, who visited North Korea this week, was tight-lipped about his trip.
(CNN) – The National Rifle Association chief issued a blistering retort to President Barack Obama's inaugural address, accusing him of name calling and limiting American freedoms.
Wayne LaPierre had been relatively silent since his controversial response to the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
(CNN) - The man convicted of hacking into former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in federal prison, along with three years of supervised release, according to a courtroom deputy.
A federal judge in Knoxville, Tennessee, rejected a request from David Kernell's attorney for a sentence of probation only. Federal prosecutors had pushed for at least 18 months in prison.