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Jury weighs fate of accused killer of Etan Patz
When Etan Patz went missing in New York City at age 6, hardly anyone in America could help but see his face at their breakfast table. ... More >>

Missing Children Fast Facts
Here is some background information about missing children in the United States. There are several different types of missing children: runaways, family abductions, lost or "thrown away" and non-family abductions. Recent advances in technology, communications through public alerts and greater coope... More >>

Atomic blast guinea pig on ocean floor
A former U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that survived a Japanese torpedo strike and was a massive guinea pig for two atomic bomb blasts looks remarkably intact at the bottom of the Pacific, according to federal researchers who surveyed the wreck last month with an underwater drone. ... More >>

Cop, case worker help homeless man find $
No identification, no social security card and only a box to live in. John Helinski was homeless and nameless for three years. Then, with some help, he found his old bank account. ... More >>

Ferguson protesters were deemed 'enemy forces'
As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as "enemy forces" and "adversaries" to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN. ... More >>

U.S. Coast Guard touts record-setting drug busts
The offloading of tons of cocaine was used as a backdrop to announce record-setting drug busts in the eastern Pacific Ocean. ... More >>

Cops: Parent choked teacher in class
Police say a parent walked into a middle school and choked a teacher until she was unconscious. CNN affiliate WCBS reports. ... More >>

Prosecutors: New York cardiologist targeted doctor
A suburban New York cardiologist has been charged in connection with a failed scheme to have another physician hurt or killed, according to prosecutors. ... More >>

Samaritan pulls man from truck hanging over cliff
With a truck dangling over the edge of an Idaho canyon, Jason Warnock sprang into action this week, climbing up a cliff face to pull the driver out. ... More >>

Lady Antebellum tour bus catches fire
Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott's tour bus caught fire on a Texas freeway Thursday morning, but everyone on board was safely evacuated. ... More >>

Justice.: New U.S. citizen wanted to kill troops
A naturalized U.S. citizen traveled to Syria for training and wanted to return home to kill Americans -- particularly U.S. soldiers, execution style, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. ... More >>

Shooting suspect booted from court after outburst
Kenneth Morgan Stancil's first appearance in court didn't last long. A throng of deputies rushed him out of a courtroom on Thursday after the 20-year-old murder suspect swore at the judge and tried to flip over a table. ... More >>

Viral video shows cop parking in bike lane
CNN affiliate WIVB has the details on cellphone video showing a police officer parking in a bike lane so he can buy pizza. ... More >>

Photo of hunter, giraffe causes storm
Five years ago, Rebecca Francis posed for a photo while lying next to a dead giraffe. ... More >>

National parks are free this weekend
From the giant sequoias of Yosemite to the geysers of Yellowstone, the United States' national parks were made for you and me. ... More >>

ESPN reporter: I'm on TV; you're in a trailer
ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry for a week after a video of her video berating a towing company employee surfaced Thursday. ... More >>

Florida beach gang rape sickens
Authorities in Panama City Beach, in the spotlight after video of an alleged gang rape went viral, say it's not the first video of its kind they've seen, and they are sick of it. ... More >>

Auto repair shop says yes to gun owners, no to gays
A Michigan car repair shop owner says openly gay people are not welcome at his business. And gun owners are. ... More >>

Highway barrier falls, kills entire family in car
A couple in their 20s who led a youth ministry and their baby boy were driving underneath a highway overpass in a Seattle suburb when other motorists heard the crackle of a pending collapse. ... More >>

A 'blacks-only' school field trip?
CNN affiliate WBND reports that some parents at one school are upset after learning about a field trip for only black children. ... More >>

Parents 'opt out' of standardized tests nationwide
For the first time, in just about every state in the country, some parents are refusing to let their children take standardized tests at school. Here's what's behind the growing movement. ... More >>

Deputy in shooting says he did required training
A 73-year-old volunteer deputy who says he mistakenly killed a suspect during a sting operation this month told NBC's "Today" on Friday that reports that his training records were forged are false. ... More >>

Remains of Pearl Harbor victims to be exhumed
Remains of up to nearly 400 unaccounted for service members tied to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor will be exhumed this year, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. ... More >>

Still spinnin': America's classic record stores
Like phone booths and typewriters, record stores are a vanishing breed -- another victim of the digital age. ... More >>

'Super barber' turns hair into works of art
Derek Hernandez is one of a growing number of "super barbers" who use people's heads as a canvas to create stunning works of art. CNN affiliate KPIX reports. ... More >>

Dr. Gupta: 'Legalize medical marijuana'
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Exclusive tour of the only federal weed farm in America
Since the 1970s, the Marijuana Project at the University of Mississippi, known as Ole Miss, has been the sole provider of marijuana for federal research in the United States. The farm and the studies it supports are strictly regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institut... More >>

10 diseases where medical marijuana could have impact
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Is marijuana as safe as -- or safer than -- alcohol?
Looks like the ongoing debate about marijuana legalization in the United States has reached a new high: President Barack Obama's White House. ... More >>

U.S. women, you won't be happy with this
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The week in 40 photos
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What a shot! 36 amazing sports photos
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Look at me! 20 selfies of the week
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The Oklahoma City bombing
On April 19, 1995, the Albert P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was rocked by a truck bomb. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500. ... More >>

Wreck of the USS Independence
Gallery of the wreck of WWII aircraft USS Independence with historical photos ... More >>

The U.S. military's best photos of 2014
A sergeant wipes away a tear while kneeling before a battlefield cross at a Memorial Day ceremony for fallen service members at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. ... More >>

U.S. aircraft carrier classes
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Army Special Forces jump
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11 of America's most spectacular libraries
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2015's high-profile graduation speakers
Colleges across the country are announcing their commencement speakers: the entertainers, politicians, military leaders, business executives and famous alumni who will be sharing a last few words of wisdom with graduating students. ... More >>

Girls behind bars tell their stories
Richard Ross' latest collection of photos, "Girls in Justice," conveys the ugliness of a young person's life behind bars. The pictures are replete with the unique loneliness, anger and boredom of a juvenile detention center. But the girls also tell their stories alongside the images. ... More >>

'Underwater Babies'
In his latest book, "Underwater Babies," photographer Seth Casteel one-ups the cuteness factor found in his previous underwater portraits of dogs and puppies. ... More >>

Aaron Hernandez
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Death Penalty
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Colorado Theater Shooting
Here is some background information about the July 20, 2012, movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed and 70 others were injured. Suspect James Holmes faces 165 counts, including murder and attempted murder charges. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. ... More >>

Controversial Police Encounters
Here's some information about notable controversial police encounters in the news. ... More >>

Hernandez juror: I saw cruelty
The trial took an emotional toll, a juror said in the jury's first nationally televised interview. ... More >>

5 years after oil spill, how healthy is the Gulf?
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In North Charleston, a price being paid
Charleston is the city known for its Old South splendor. North Charleston is its ugly stepsister, separated from many parts of the metropolitan area by the Cooper and Ashley rivers -- and by so much more. ... More >>

A killing in the heartland
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Cool things the U.S. gave the world
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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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