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What a shot! 40 sports photos
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The week in 29 photos
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15 electrifying photos of lightning
When a photographer is at the right place at the right time, a lightning show can be absolutely magical. ... More >>


The best selfies from space
"Gee whiz! Look at that horizon. It's curved a little bit and the clouds are way down there. I wonder what the picture's going to look like?" recalls famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin. ... More >>


Do we need to go back to the moon?
"Neil Armstrong is going to walk on the moon on Monday, July 21st." ... More >>


Buzz Aldrin: After moon, Mars
Back in July 1969, I stood on the talcum-like lunar dust just a few feet from our home away from home, Eagle, the lunar module that transported Neil Armstrong and me to the bleak, crater-pocked moonscape. ... More >>


Photos: Anger in the streets
Residents react to the shooting death of Michael Brown who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson. ... More >>


6 more journalists arrested
Six journalists were taken into custody while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday and early Tuesday, aggravating what one press freedom group has called a "concerted, top-down effort to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press." ... More >>


Trayvon Martin's mother's letter
The pain that Michael Brown's parents are going through in Ferguson, Missouri, is something Sybrina Fulton can relate to. She is Trayvon Martin's mother. Here are her words to Michael's mother. ... More >>


Guard's role in quelling past unrest
They've served in every U.S. war since 1637. When natural disasters strike, they're often among the first to head to the epicenter. ... More >>


What autopsy showed
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Pentagon joins weapons debate
The sometimes violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the law enforcement response has sparked a debate about what some call the "militarization of police," after armored vehicles, stun grenades and high-tech weaponry were brought in to calm the violence. ... More >>


Why bring in National Guard?
By calling National Guard troops into Ferguson, Missouri, authorities are taking the situation "to the opposite extreme of community policing," a former FBI assistant director says. ... More >>


What if Ferguson were your town?
Eric Liu says what's unfolded in the Missouri town is a shocking violation of American constitutional rights and should be a wake-up call to all ... More >>


Balancing security, protesters' rights
On the one hand, there's the need to respect and protect people's constitutional right to congregate and express their opinions. On the other, there's the need to make sure all people and all property are safe and secure. ... More >>


Ferguson streets calm until bottles flew
Police chased young men down Ferguson's streets and made arrests, as bottles flew again shortly before midnight. Protesters locked hand in front of the police line, while some urged the crowd to remain peaceful. ... More >>


15 electrifying lightning photos
When a photographer is at the right place at the right time, a lightning show can be absolutely magical. ... More >>


Strange sea creatures invade
Thousands of strange sea creatures are washing ashore on California beaches, puzzling tourists and thrilling scientists quick to explain the phenomenon. ... More >>


Lance Armstrong puts it out there
It's a year and a half since Lance Armstrong sat in front of Oprah Winfrey and admitted it was all a lie, every single word of it. In the fallout, everything that had been built on that lie came crashing down around him. ... More >>


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Missing model found
A 22-year-old Sudanese model who had been missing for nearly two weeks was found in an area hospital, a New York Police detective told CNN on Monday night. ... More >>


Cops: High schoolers plotted to kill
Two high school students plotted to kill three staffers and as many students as possible in a mass shooting plot, police in South Pasadena, California, said. ... More >>


Teen Instagrams threat to school
KCBS reports on Instagram messages threatening violence at schools that prompted parents to keep their children home. ... More >>


See moments after Brown shot
Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the Michael Brown shooting, talks with CNN's Michaela Pereira. ... More >>


Grandmother got hooked on heroin
Cynthia Scudo is a portrait of an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18 who survived an extraordinary journey lasting a decade: She became addicted to prescription painkillers and then to heroin. ... More >>


Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley
A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who disappeared in November 2012 in Syria. ... More >>


Defiant Rick Perry at courthouse: 'We will prevail'
A defiant Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was booked on Tuesday on two felony charges related to his handling of a local political controversy. ... More >>


Rescue crews respond to Phoenix flash floods
As many as 4 inches of rain fell near Phoenix on Tuesday, sending flash floodwater through areas of Arizona already saturated from recent rains. ... More >>


Grand jury to hear evidence in chokehold death investigation
Evidence in the investigation of the controversial chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner will be presented to a grand jury, prosecutors announced Tuesday. ... More >>


Cops: California high schoolers plotted to kill as many as possible
Two high school students plotted to kill three staffers and as many students as possible in a mass shooting plot, police in South Pasadena, California, said. ... More >>


Missing model found in hospital
A 22-year-old Sudanese model who had been missing for nearly two weeks was found in an area hospital, a New York Police detective told CNN on Monday night. ... More >>


Dare you to watch this without laughing
Why is this grown man in a baby's highchair? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on highchair hijinks. ... More >>


Cops: From Arizona to NY, thieves turn Legos into hard cash
From Arizona to New York, alleged thieves are turning those tiny iconic plastic interlocking bricks you grew up with into cold, hard cash. ... More >>


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