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Gabriel Hernandez, 8, was allegedly murdered by his mother and her boyfriend. (handout,)

Abuse of Boy Battered to Death By Mother Who Called Him 'Gay' Described in Court

CRIME | Thursday Aug 21, 2014
Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy who was allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend who called him gay.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Federal Judge:Ind. Gov for Contradicted Himself on Gay Marriage

NATIONAL | Aug 21
A federal judge says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence contradicted himself on same-sex marriage, telling the court he had no power to enforce Indiana's gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject.

Iceland Volcano Eruption Threatens Europe's Airspace

CORPORATE | Aug 21
Authorities in Iceland are warning the airline industry about a possible volcanic eruption that could send ash spewing into the sky - and into the path of planes. CBS News' Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

Does Pregnant Police Officer Lyndi Trischler Have a Case?

Aug 21
Rikki Klieman joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss Kentucky police officer Lyndi Trischler's discrimination charges against her police department. They say the pregnant officer cannot take an easier job despite her state and Trischler is fighting back.

MATERC Applauds Worcester's Nondiscrimination Protections

LOCAL | By EDGE | Aug 21
The Worcester City Council voted unanimously in favor of an amendment to the city's Revised Ordinances of 2008 enacting nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity or expression.

Mapping the World's Coral Reefs like Never Before

SCIENCE | Aug 21
Jeff Glor tells us about a battle to save the world's coral reefs, waged by scientists and explorers armed with some very special cameras.

A builder works on the construction of new homes in Belmar, N.J.

US Home Construction Jumps 15.7 Percent in July

REAL ESTATE | By Martin Crutsinger | Aug 21
U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

Police: Woman Left Baby in Car while Shopping

AUTO NEWS | Aug 21
Officials say a Florida mother faces child neglect charges after leaving her 1-year-old daughter in the car while she shopped in grocery and liquor stores. Police were called by someone who saw the child alone inside the parked vehicle.

Charles Steadman at Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

A Food and Wine Festival For Every Season

FOOD/DRINK | By EDGE | Aug 21
Notable international chefs come together to create exclusive culinary experiences at Four Seasons food festivals from Hawaii to Bangkok.

A power tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System near Primm, Nev.

Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-Air

SCIENCE | By Ellen Knickmeyer, John Locher | Aug 21
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Apple and Amazon have ways to encourage you to buy more of their products: Offer bonus features that work only with gadgets from the same company.

A Closer Look: Do More with Companion Devices

PERSONAL TECH | By Anick Jesdanun | Aug 21
Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices like the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets. Amazon does it, too.