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Letter outlines the treatment soldier endured
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released a two-page letter from Bergdahl describing the torture he endured, which included months spent chained to a bed and further years spent chained on all fours or locked in a cage. ... More >>

W.H.: President was committed to bringing Bergdahl home
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest comments on the U.S. military's decision to file charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. ... More >>

DOJ targets racism in police forces
New reports about four police officers in Fort Lauderdale exchanging racially offensive text messages and a video that showed President Barack Obama with gold teeth could prove to be the latest test for how the Justice Department polices the nation's local law enforcement agencies. ... More >>

1 dead after tornado spotted near Tulsa
At least one person was killed Wednesday when either a tornado or straight-line winds ripped through a mobile home community in Oklahoma, said Maj. Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. ... More >>

Expelled SAE member: I am 'deeply sorry'
Levi Pettit, one of the expelled University of Oklahoma SAE fraternity members, speaks out publicly for the first time after video of a racist chant surfaced. ... More >>

Boy allegedly kills brother after food fight
A 13-year-old fatally shot his brother following a food disagreement in Florida -- then committed suicide with the same gun, authorities said. ... More >>

Woman whose fetus was stolen gets out of hospital
A Colorado woman whose fetus was cut from her womb in a stabbing attack last week has been released from the hospital, relatives say. ... More >>

Cops: Woman's kidnapping a hoax
The reported kidnapping of a Vallejo, California, woman for ransom this week was nothing but a hoax, police said. ... More >>

1 killed after storms rake Oklahoma
What had been an usually quiet storm season broke out with a vengeance Wednesday, slashing across Oklahoma and killing one person. ... More >>

Children's bodies found in freezer
Police in Detroit made a gruesome discovery Tuesday. ... More >>

Home of Sandy Hook shooter demolished
The horror of the Sandy Hook shooting was such that the town of Newtown, Connecticut, demolished the school where it occurred and broke ground on a new structure. ... More >>

Man kicked off flight for offensive shirt
A New York college student was kicked off a Southwest flight for wearing an offensive shirt. CNN affiliate KPLR/KTVI reports. ... More >>

Best. Get well card. Ever.
Dad sends son a get well card with what turns out to be a $7 million lottery ticket inside. ... More >>

10 nutritionists share the McDonald's meals they'd order
The scenario goes a little something like this: You're on a long drive, the road ahead is completely bare and your stomach is making noises louder than the radio. ... More >>

Postal worker tosses package ... then takes a victory lap?
A U.S. postal service worker was caught on camera tossing a package on a porch in the Oklahoma City. CNN affiliate KOCO reports. ... More >>

Michelle Wilkins survived the unthinkable
When police officers Billy Sawyer and Phil Piotrowski responded to a 911 call from a pregnant woman who was stabbed and had her fetus ripped out, they weren't prepared for what they would see. "She was covered from head to toe in blood," Sawyer said. ... More >>

Little boy meets his heroes, has adorable meltdown
Quincy Kroner loves garbage trucks. When he met the garbage men who worked on the truck, his dad took a photo of the moment that quickly went viral. ... More >>

The Boy Scouts, the pedophile and his church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the largest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, says the church has strong measures in place to prevent the sexual abuse of scouts, as claims have been made it hasn't done enough. ... More >>

Aaron Hernandez jailhouse calls: Innocent or code?
The defense and prosecution are battling over whether a jury should be able to hear recorded jailhouse calls with Aaron Hernandez at his murder trial. ... More >>

TV reporter dies after suffering brain hemorrhage on job
Veteran television news reporter and anchor Lisa Colagrossi was remembered for her compassionate and reliable reporting after her death in New York. ... More >>

Ole Miss vote to ax chancellor riles alums
A decision last week to ax the popular University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones has rippled into Wednesday with demonstrations planned at the Oxford campus, powerful alumni denouncing the decision, and wealthy donors threatening to withhold funding to the school. ... More >>

Desperation in fire: Cop can't find toddler
Body cam video captured the moments a Georgia officer rescued a toddler from a burning house. The officer told CNN affiliate WGCL,"I could not find him." ... More >>

After 22 years on death row, murder case tossed
Debra Milke spent 22 years on death row, convicted of conspiring with two other men to kill her son allegedly for an insurance payout. ... More >>

'Most Interesting Man' cutout doesn't pass in HOV lane
Call it "The Most Interesting Traffic Ticket in the World." ... More >>

Hundreds of sharks swarm coast of Louisiana
Hundreds of sharks were spotted off the coast of Louisiana as they migrate north for the summer. ... More >>

Cool things the U.S. gave the world
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The fastest plane in the world
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Famous atheists and their beliefs
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Why you should thank Jupiter
It turns out that Jupiter may be more than just an enormous ball of gas spinning a few hundred million miles farther out in the solar system. ... More >>

Celebrate a Martian marathon
It certainly won't be troubling any earth-based runners' personal bests, but NASA's long-serving Mars rover Opportunity set a significant benchmark Tuesday as it clocked in 26.219 miles (42 kilometers) -- the first-ever Martian marathon. ... More >>

What a shot! 30 amazing sports photos
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Look at me! 33 selfies of the week
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Spring blossoms signal winter's end
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The week in 31 photos
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U.S. aircraft carrier classes
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Swarms you've never seen before
A swarm of insects tends to startle us -- chaotic yet organized, fascinating and beautiful. ... More >>

Army Special Forces jump
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Not your typical childhood photos
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Young Native Americans celebrating their culture
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U.S. military's fighter fleet
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Celebrity tattoos
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Hot rod frenzy
For five years, George Brainard was the official photographer for The Kontinentals, a car club based in Austin, Texas. ... More >>

'It's a girl!' Not so fast ...
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Losing a brain tumor, gaining perspective
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College kids make robotic arms for children without real ones
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Fans honor Nimoy with tweets, Vulcan salute
In a moment Friday, the social-media debate over whether a dress was white and gold or blue and black was silenced. ... More >>

Severely autistic boy becomes gold medalist
Rachel Miller's son John is profoundly disabled. But Jeff Hancock looked past John's disabilities and trained him to be an athlete. ... More >>

What fishing line can do to a baby dolphin
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TV networks swing the ax
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Best of America
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U.S. Military
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Space + Science
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Diet + Fitness
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Change the List
Help CNN bring change to bottom-of-the-list places. John D. Sutter is tackling five topics you selected. ... More >>

Best of Travel
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People we lost in 2015
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