Sandusky scandal: Penn State sanctions rival the worst NCAA penalty ever, including a $60 million fine. But sanctions also aim to lessen the oversized role of football on campus.David Grant
Arlene Holmes, mother of the Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes, offered a clarification through an attorney. She said she was misunderstood by a reporter. When she said 'You have the right person,' she was referring to herself.Mark Guarino
It's official: Mariah Carey will join the judging panel for Season 12 of American Idol.  Here are 5 good reasons why Adam Lambert should follow.Jodi Bradbury
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died Monday.Eoin O'Carroll
The suspect in the Aurora movie theater massacre, James Eagan Holmes, appeared dazed at a court hearing Monday in Colorado.Gloria Goodale
2012 elections: A look at the facts behind the contentious Voter ID laws, and a breakdown of issues at the heart of the debate.ProPublica
Twitter has emerged as a powerful work-around for independent reporters as journalistic freedom diminishes in Turkey.Alexander Christie-Miller
Goat Man: Wildlife officials warn of danger from hunters to a man frolicking with mountain goats, in a crude costume and wearing fake horns and a cloth mask with cut-out eye holes near Ogden, Utah.Sarah Wolfe
Polar bears diverged into a separate species between four and five million years ago, but interbred with their brown bear cousins and declined in population in response to climate warming over the millennia, according to a new study that included many animals from Alaska.Doug O'Harra
No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio. Sen. Rob Portman, a reported Romney short-lister for veep, is worth three to five points in the battleground state, says the state's Republican chairman.Linda Feldmann