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A House panel Wednesday voted to cite former top White House aide Karl Rove for contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to answer questions about the dismissals of several federal prosecutors.

Prescription drug abuse in the US has soared in recent years, according to new federal data released Wednesday that show it has risen 80 percent since 2000 and now involves nearly 7 million Americans Defini-tions of abuse vary but refer typically to nonmedical use of prescription drugs. Their use is a major cause of overdose deaths.

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook southern California from Los Angeles to San Diego Tuesday, causing only limited damage and minor injuries, but serving as a reminder that scientists have long warned to expect a "big one" at some point.

Sgt. Michael Strank, one of the World War II Iwo Jima flag raisers, was posthumously awarded a citizenship document Tuesday, CNN reported. He was born in Czechoslovakia and derived US citizenship when his father was naturalized in 1935, but the official paperwork was never issued. Strank was killed in combat in 1945.

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