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Look at me! 25 selfies of the week
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What a shot! 39 sports photos
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The week in 32 photos
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When I realized smoking wasn't cool
I'm a quitter and proud of it. ... More >>

Soldier broken by war silenced
Paralyzed by a sniper's bullets, Tomas Young became an outspoken opponent of the Iraq War. A year ago, he outlined his plan to end his life. He died this month. ... More >>

Want to help veterans?
What does Veterans Day mean to the 19.6 million veterans it's meant to honor? CNN asked a few of them. ... More >>

Think fireballs are rare? Think again
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Comet lander conks out, may be dead
After an improbable 10-year, 310-million-mile journey to become the first ever space vehicle to make a soft landing on a comet, the Philae probe may have ended its mission prematurely. ... More >>

11 other really cool space missions
It's hard to top the tricky, first-ever landing on a comet, broadcast live on the Internet. ... More >>

Dog hitches ride to hospital
Good boy Buddy! ... More >>

Secret memos: FBI obsessed with MLK
MLK was followed constantly and regularly harassed by the FBI. See the secret FBI memos for yourself. ... More >>

Separated at birth, reunited online
Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman have the same laugh and the same freckled cheeks. They wear their hair the same way and have since they were babies. They share a hatred of cooked carrots, a love of the same color nail polish and the need to sleep 10 hours a day. ... More >>

Was mental illness his only crime?
Blaec Lammers will spend the prime of his life in prison. His mother believes her son's only crime was being diagnosed with a mental illness. ... More >>

Paraplegic groom's first-dance
Joey Johnson, a paraplegic, surprised his wife on their wedding day with a contraption that let him stand for their first dance. ... More >>

'Walking Dead' in Georgia
Even a zombie apocalypse has a silver lining. ... More >>

Prison hosts Daddy-Daughter dance
Daughters dressed up in frilly dresses and tights, many of their fathers in suits and ties: It could have been a scene at almost any school's father-daughter dance. But it's not. Prisoners and their daughters dressed up for the first-ever Daddy-Daughter Dance at Miami's federal prison. ... More >>

Corvette Nation strikes back
A special team of hotshot Corvette restorers has dealt a blow against an evil sinkhole that desecrated the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ... More >>

Ex-SEAL: I killed bin Laden
Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill said in an interview with The Washington Post that he was the one who fired the final shot to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011. ... More >>

Hippo's mystery conception
Mara had been putting on weight lately, so those around her thought something was up. But she was on birth control, so if there was to be a baby, that would be a bit of a surprise. ... More >>

Paisley's 'Black-ish' joke at CMAs
Brad Paisley has never shied away from controversial topics in his music: Alcohol helps white people dance. Celebrities can act like fools because people think they're cool. Real guys don't get "manicured, waxed and botoxed." ... More >>

Dying women teach lesson
For a brief moment, both women, who were dying of brain cancer, took us away from the negative political ads blasting from our TVs and gave us the most important message of all: to enjoy our time on Earth. ... More >>

A first for new Navy jet
A combination of old and new hooked up off the coast of San Diego Monday to give the U.S. Navy a glimpse into its future. ... More >>

Test pilots' workplace
It's an unforgiving place, 45,000 feet above the Earth. It's brutally cold up there, as low as 59 degrees below zero, and there's so little air to breathe, it takes just seconds to pass out. ... More >>

Fliers 'State of Hate' airline survey
Almost 30,000 travelers filled out a Spirit Airlines survey detailing what passengers really hate about airlines. ... More >>

National anthem makes NFL star cry
Before the final whistle at Monday night's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants, trumpeter Chris Botti had already won. ... More >>

Magliozzi of NPR's 'Car Talk' dies
Tom Magliozzi, half of the "Click and Clack" team of brothers who hosted NPR's "Car Talk" radio show, died Monday. He was 77. ... More >>

NICU mimics mom's womb
Doctors and nurses at a specialized unit at CHOC have implemented a system they say is dramatically reducing disability and infection rates among micro preemies. ... More >>

Woman in catcall video: 'Not unique'
What started as an expose of the harassment women face in public has turned into online death and rape threats against the woman in the video. ... More >>

6 most romantic small towns
For an otherwise entertaining movie, "Gone Girl" had kind of a downer message. ... More >>

Dad says sons called 'Ebola'
Fears over Ebola have made the jump from pundits to the playground. ... More >>

School shooting victim forgives
That's how a 14-year-old high school student, lured to a lunch table, shot in the face and told he can never play football again, feels about his attacker. ... More >>

'Hello Kitty Con' draws 25,000 fans
The Hello Kitty icon turns 40, drawing 25,000 fans to the first-ever 'Hello Kitty Con.' Just don't say Happy Birthday Kitty. The Japanese firm owning the image says it's an anniversary. ... More >>

'Pumpkinsteins:' They're alive!
There are heads growing on Tony Dighera's farm, and they're not made of lettuce. ... More >>

Agents: The devil made him do it
Though he told authorities that the devil made him do it, Satanists disapproved, after a man allegedly shattered a stone copy of the Ten Commandments last week. ... More >>

Famed explorer's notebook found
Explorer Robert Falcon Scott died in 1912 while crossing Antarctica, but his story lives on in artifacts that continue to be discovered on the frozen continent at the bottom of the world. ... More >>

Berkeley students want no Maher
TV host Bill Maher started his career as a standup comedian. But students at the University of California, Berkeley aren't laughing at his latest antics; they're petitioning to have him removed as their 2014 fall commencement speaker. ... More >>

Girls skip school to join ISIS?
German authorities intercepted the accused teen trio and put them on a plane back to the U.S., where they were greeted by FBI agents. ... More >>

Barkley: Blacks 'brainwashed'
Charles Barkley hasn't met a sensitive topic he couldn't dig into, and now he's speaking on what he calls a "dirty, dark secret" in the African-American community. ... More >>

WWII German U-boat found
A World War II German U-boat, sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic more than 72 years ago, has been discovered off the coast of North Carolina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announces. ... More >>

Eleanor Roosevelt's sharp tongue
"Dammed if you do, damned if you don't" -- 12 inspirational quotes from the U.S. President's charismatic wife. ... More >>

How much sex counts as exercise?
When I think of the ultimate sex workout, I picture the scene from "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie throw each other around their kitchen for an hour. Unfortunately, not every sexual experience is quite that... well, high-intensity. But how many calories do we really burn in ... More >>

Students took fake 'paper classes'
For 18 years, thousands of students at the University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, an independent report finds. ... More >>

Oklahoma cold cases solved
A decades-old mystery that captivated Oklahoma has been solved after officials confirmed the identities of two groups of people -- some of them teens -- who went missing in 1969 and 1970. ... More >>

Moon bites sun
If there's one thing we've learned about the CNN iReport community, it's that you all love to capture celestial events. ... More >>

Romance ends in chimney
The perils of online dating are well-documented. But the mantle of absurdity in dating folklore might now belong to a Los Angeles-area man, and it's for where his online flame turned up -- behind his mantel. ... More >>

12 best meat cities in America
With the possible exception of smartphone technology, nothing's seen more practical advances this millennium than food. ... More >>

Mystery space plane back on Earth
Whatever it was doing up in space, we may never know, but the U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B space plane returned to Earth this week, with still no details from the military on the nearly two-year mission. ... More >>

San Fran stations ban Lorde's 'Royals'
With the World Series on the line, radio stations in San Francisco aren't taking any chances. ... More >>

Megaquake could hit West Coast
It's been 25 years since a massive earthquake rattled San Francisco. Is the West Coast ready for the next big one? ... More >>

Clowns scaring residents
A rash of "creepy clown" sightings in California has left some residents unnerved, and it all appears to have started with the "Wasco Clown." ... More >>

Her death linked to latest case?
As the years wore on after her death, Cassandra Morton's family learned to live without knowing who committed this heinous act. Until now. ... More >>

US changes mind on gay marriage
Stephanie Coontz says 11 years ago only one state allowed same sex marriage. Soon, some 60% of Americans will live where gays can marry. How did attitudes change so quickly? ... More >>

Drought victims drink in kindness
California's historic drought leaves hundreds of homes without running water. Enter a godsend: A grandmother, 71, delivers love by the bottle. ... More >>

'SNL' veteran dies at 57
Actress and comedian Jan Hooks died in New York on Thursday. Her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed the death to CNN but provided no additional information. ... More >>

Did tweet get her kicked off jet?
Tweeting about why her Tuesday night flight was delayed got Lisa Carter-Knight kicked off a JetBlue airplane, she claims. ... More >>

Carter criticizes Obama on ISIS
Former President Jimmy Carter said President Barack Obama "waited too long" to go after ISIS and criticized what he described as the president's changing foreign policy. ... More >>

My right to death with dignity at 29
On New Year's Day, after months of suffering from debilitating headaches, I learned that I had brain cancer. ... More >>

Parents anxious about enterovirus
When news first broke about a month ago about enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68, with hundreds of children hospitalized across the United States with respiratory illnesses, I definitely took notice. ... More >>

Who are the U.S. Ebola patients?
As another American patient with Ebola arrives in the United States, here is a look at the American patients who have been diagnosed with this deadly virus. ... More >>

A sperm bank just for supersmart
It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie: An eccentric millionaire creates a sperm bank with donations from only extraordinary men -- Nobel laureates, an Olympic athlete and geniuses with off-the-chart IQs. ... More >>

18 annoying things in airports
Whether they're cutting their fingernails mid-flight or aggressively establishing armrest hegemony, we've already addressed the most irritating things travelers do on airplanes. ... More >>

Gender differences at school
Every so often a boy shows up to school at Garden Oaks Montessori in Houston wearing nail polish or a headband. When that happens, children -- and, sometimes parents -- ask questions. ... More >>

Paul Revere dies at 76
Paul Revere, leader of the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died Saturday at his home in Idaho, the band's website reported. He was 76. ... More >>

Aircraft carrier's 30-ton gift
The U.S. Navy's oldest nuclear aircraft carrier has given a piece of itself to one the younger carriers in the fleet. ... More >>

Man in bubble rescued off coast
An ultra-marathoner trying to "run" from Florida to Bermuda in a human-powered inflatable bubble was rescued Saturday morning after he signaled for help, the Coast Guard said. ... More >>

Ferguson flash mob disrupts symphony
Rather than take to the streets of Ferguson, these demonstrators took their demands to the seats of the symphony. ... More >>

Shooting at Florida State University
A gunman injured three students before he was fatally shot by Florida State University campus police, officials say. FSU canceled all classes and exams for Thursday. ... More >>

In Ferguson's shadow, a quiet grave
The 119 acres of St. Peter's Cemetery lie blanketed by the season's first snowfall. A hush fills the air; the only sound is the wind blowing accumulated snow, like confectioners' sugar, off the branches of nearly bare trees. ... More >>

One of the last 9/11 search dogs
Search and rescue dogs that responded to the 9/11 attacks are dwindling. Bretagne is one of them. And she trained at a place called Disaster City. ... More >>

Anti-Barbie doll has cellulite, moles
It began for Nickolay Lamm as a question: What would Barbie look like if she had the dimensions of an average woman? ... More >>

Tale of two streets in Ferguson
West Florissant Avenue runs parallel to South Florissant Road, separated only by a few blocks. But the division runs much deeper. The two thoroughfares tell the story of two cities in one, of the gulf between class and race. ... More >>

See snowstorm from drone
James Grimaldi used an aerial drone to capture video of a winter storm hitting his upstate New York town. ... More >>

Anti-Barbie doll has cellulite, moles
It began for Nickolay Lamm as a question: What would Barbie look like if she had the dimensions of an average woman? ... More >>

Mystery Russian spacecraft tracked
CNN's Chad Myers reports on a Russian object in space on a mission that remains unclear to the U.S. ... More >>

School accused of 'poverty porn'
A charity uses fictitious accounts of beaten and abandoned Native American children to raise money. ... More >>

Can cell phones stop police brutality?
Millions of people have now seen the video. ... More >>

Ferguson grand jury decision could come Friday
A tense Ferguson is awaiting to hear whether a St. Louis County grand jury believes Officer Darren Wilson should stand trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. ... More >>

Buffalo braces for up to 3 more feet of snow
Shivering under up to 6 feet of snow, Buffalo, New York, may see another 3 feet on Thursday. ... More >>

See snowstorm from drone's point of view
James Grimaldi used an aerial drone to capture video of a winter storm hitting his upstate New York town. ... More >>

U.S. tracking mystery Russian spacecraft
CNN's Chad Myers reports on a Russian object in space on a mission that remains unclear to the U.S. ... More >>

Can cell phones stop police brutality?
Millions of people have now seen the video. ... More >>

Bill Cosby facing litany of allegations
It seems lately as if every day brings another allegation that further dismantles Bill Cosby's image as the jovial, pudding-loving patriarch whose family-friendly brand of comedy tickled successive generations. ... More >>

Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols dies
Director Mike Nichols, one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday evening, according to a note from ABC News' president to its staff. ... More >>

School accused of 'poverty porn'
A charity uses fictitious accounts of beaten and abandoned Native American children to raise money. ... More >>

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