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Madonna Fast Facts updated 10 hours 9 minutes ago

Here is a look at the life of Madonna, singer and actress.

Bill Clinton Fast Facts updated 10 hours 9 minutes ago

Here's a look at the life of Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States.

2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts updated 10 hours 10 minutes ago

Here is a look at the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

Paul Simon Fast Facts updated 10 hours 19 minutes ago

Here's some background about singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

John Brennan Fast Facts updated 10 hours 27 minutes ago

Here is a look at the life of John Brennan, director of the CIA.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Fast Facts updated 11 hours 50 minutes ago

Here's some background information about the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, composed of sculptures of the faces of former Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Harriet Miers Fast Facts updated 11 hours 51 minutes ago

Here is a look at the life of Harriet Miers, former nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

West's drought leads to rising prices, shrinking lakes updated 16 hours 43 minutes ago

An intense drought in California is having an impact on food prices, tourism and more.

Sudanese Christian woman who once faced death penalty arrives in U.S. updated 19 hours 51 minutes ago

A Sudanese Christian woman once sentenced to death in her native country because of her faith arrived in her new home, the United States, on Thursday.

Empire State Building Fast Facts updated 20 hours 21 minutes ago

Here's what you need to know about the Empire State Building.

Bob Dole - Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is a look at the life of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole.

Indiana teen pilot, dad raise $1 million for charity despite deadly crash updated 1 days ago

A Californian helps salvage the dream of Babar and Haris Suleman, who died trying to pilot a plane around the world in a record-breaking quest for charity.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and former governor of California.

Ravens' Ray Rice: 'My actions were inexcusable' updated 1 days ago

Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back suspended after video showed him dragging his then-fiancée from an elevator, said his actions were "inexcusable."

A killer's execution could hinge on a Colorado election updated 1 days ago

Quadruple murderer Nathan Dunlap's execution is on hold. But a new Colorado governor could push it forward if elected in November.

Broken rail caused deadly 2012 train derailment, NTSB says updated 1 days ago

A broken rail caused a train derailment near Baltimore that killed two young women on a railroad bridge, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Police: Toddler dies after getting trapped in hot car updated 1 days ago

A 3-year-old boy in Southern California died Wednesday after he climbed into an unlocked car on a hot summer's day and was trapped, police said.

From convicted sex offender to millionaire, man gets new life updated 1 days ago

After spending 12 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit -- and another 12 on sex-offender registry -- Texas man holds no grudge against his accuser.

Yet another child dies in a hot car; a foster father is arrested updated 1 days ago

A 10-month-old girl dies after being left in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas; her foster father is arrested.

Last crewman of U.S. plane that dropped A-bomb on Hiroshima dies at 93 updated 1 days ago

Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, who navigated the Enola Gay when it dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, has died, his family says.

Jesse Ventura wins $1.8M in defamation lawsuit against ex-SEAL sniper updated 1 days ago

Former pro wrestler-turned-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wins $1.8M in defamation lawsuit against ex-SEAL sniper.

Eight unforgettable ways 1968 made history updated 1 days ago

1968 is arguably the most historic year in modern U.S. history. Explore CNN's "The Sixties," Thursday at 9 p.m.

'Substantial' damage at UCLA, including arena, after water pipe break updated 2 days ago

Hundreds of vehicles are waterlogged and stranded in underground UCLA parking garages a day after a water main break dumped millions of gallons of water.

Bowe Bergdahl to be questioned next week about capture updated 2 days ago

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will meet next week with the general who's looking into how the now-freed prisoner of war was captured by the Taliban in 2009

Rosalynn Carter - Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Rosalynn Carter, wife of former President Jimmy Carter.

MTA New York City Transit Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's some background information about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)/New York City Transit which provides 24-hour subway and bus service throughout the five boroughs of New York.

U.S. Capitol Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's some background information about the U.S. Capitol. Located at 100 Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress.

Jim McGreevey Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at the life of former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey.

General Motors Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about General Motors, one of the Big Three U.S. automakers.

New York man arrested for supplying drug in Electric Zoo festival death updated 2 days ago

Federal authorities Wednesday arrested a New York man on drug charges in connection with the sale of the drug known as "molly" to concert-goers.

Los Angeles water main break floods Sunset Boulevard, UCLA campus updated 2 days ago

Part of Sunset Boulevard was closed Tuesday after a water main broke, spilling an estimated 8 to 10 million gallons of water near or on UCLA

Girl hit by plane on Florida beach dies from her injuries updated 3 days ago

The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says.

Federal court says no to shutting down Mississippi's lone abortion clinic updated 3 days ago

Mississippi's lone abortion clinic can stay open, after a federal appeals court Tuesday ruled against a state law that effectively would have shut it down.

Stephen Breyer Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Stephen G. Breyer, Justice for the United States Supreme Court.

Space Shuttle Program Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about NASA's Space Shuttle Program which ended in 2011 after 135 missions.

Death Penalty Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the death penalty in the United States.

NCAA reaches head injury settlement updated 3 days ago

A $75 million settlement would prohibit NCAA teams from returning players to the field on the day of their concussion.

2 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan updated 3 days ago

Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

Georgia school officials sued in Kendrick Johnson's gym death updated 3 days ago

The Georgia family of Kendrick Johnson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against school officials claiming their lack of action led to his death.

Whale-watching boat docks in Boston after being stuck for half a day updated 3 days ago

After more than 12 hours stuck at sea, passengers aboard a whale-watching boat off the Massachusetts coast safely dock in Boston.

Texas man allegedly sent 500 'white powder' letters updated 3 days ago

For nearly six years, hundreds of letters, most containing a suspicious white powder, were sent through the mail, addressed to President Barack Obama, members of Congress, hotels near the Super Bowl, schools, companies and others.

Two charged in Philadelphia carjacking that killed 3 siblings updated 3 days ago

Two suspects have been arrested in a carjacking that left three children dead in Philadelphia last week.

Same-Sex Marriage Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's some background information about same-sex marriage in the United States and worldwide.

Two charged in Philadelphia carjacking that killed 3 siblings updated 4 days ago

Two suspects have been arrested in a carjacking that left three children dead in Philadelphia last week.

Primetime Emmys Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Primetime Emmy Awards.

O.J. Simpson Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here is a look at the life of former NFL star O.J. Simpson.

Pro Sports Lockouts and Strikes Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about lockouts and strikes in professional sports. A lockout is imposed by management or the owners. A strike is initiated by the employees or players.

Attorney: Ohio State band director was wrongly fired over 'flawed' report updated 4 days ago

The attorney for Ohio State University's fired marching band director says Jonathan Waters was fired over a "deeply flawed" report.

Court says ground zero cross can stay updated 4 days ago

A memorial cross at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York can remain at the newly-opened facility, an appeals court ruled Monday.

Sarah Palin to launch her own online news channel updated 4 days ago

Sarah Palin is again going rogue -- this time to the digital world, with the creation of her own online news channel.

One dead, 13 injured after lightning strikes at Southern California beach updated 4 days ago

A relaxing day at Southern California's Venice Beach took a deadly turn when a lightning bolt struck the water, killing one and injuring at least 13.

Martha Stewart Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at the life of home furnishings entrepreneur, Martha Stewart.

DC Metro System Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's some background about Washington, DC's subway system, generally called the "Metro." The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the Metro, which is the second largest rail system in the United States, and also oversees the country's sixth largest bus system.

Emergency landing on Florida beach kills beachgoer, injures daughter updated 4 days ago

A Georgia man was killed and his daughter critically injured Sunday when an airplane struck them as they walked along a Florida beach.

Ohio State band director fired for 'sexualized' culture updated 4 days ago

The Ohio State University Marching Band was also known among insiders for a culture that facilitated sexual harassment, an investigative report said.

Boy with inoperable tumor gets 6th birthday wish: Lots of mail updated 4 days ago

New England Patriots players sang "Happy Birthday" to a 6-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor Saturday.

Police: Toddler smashes Jeep into house, dashes home to watch cartoons updated 4 days ago

A diaper-clad toddler crashed a Jeep Wrangler into a neighbor's house in Oregon -- then scampered home, sat on the couch and watched cartoons, authorities said.

Man charged in Pennsylvania caseworker's killing updated 4 days ago

A Pennsylvania patient accused of shooting his caseworker to death has been charged with first and third degree murder, authorities said.

Lawyer: Marine's first attorneys 'missed' chance to get him out of Mexican jail updated 6 days ago

A U.S. Marine Corps reservist held in a Mexican prison for more than three months on a weapons charge could have been released within days of his detention if not for "missed opportunities" by his original legal counsel, his attorney told CNN.

New England city awaits Sudanese Christian woman who faced death updated 6 days ago

The wait is nearly over in a close-knit Manchester, New Hampshire, community with ties to South Sudan.

Henry Kissinger Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at the life of former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Cops collect DNA evidence in Brooklyn Bridge flag caper updated 7 days ago

New York police collect DNA evidence in this week's Brooklyn Bridge flag switch, says a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation.

Pope to visit Philadelphia next year for conference updated 7 days ago

Pope Francis accepts the invitation of Philadelphia's archbishop to attend a conference in Philadelphia next year, the Catholic News Service reports.

Audit: NASA short of funds for deep-space rocket updated 7 days ago

NASA's staggering budget shortfall has put its rocket program at "high risk" of missing the planned 2017 launch date for its $12 billion deep-space rocket.

U.S. reveals secret plans for '60s moon base updated 7 days ago

The U.S. military races to the moon to build a base -- to beat the Russians to the punch. That was the plan in 1959, according to newly released documents.

Family of 17 to share $20 million lottery jackpot updated 7 days ago

The Endreson family lottery pool -- a tradition begun by their mother -- finally paid off when the 17 siblings from New Jersey won $20 million.

Survivor: 'I was so scared' in tornado that killed 2 at campground updated 7 days ago

A survivor tells of being terrified in the storm that killed two people in a Virginia campground.

Manson Family Murders Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here is some background information about Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence for nine murders committed in July and August of 1969 near Hollywood, California. Manson did not actually commit any of the murders, but orchestrated the killings. He was initially sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted when California's death penalty was overturned in 1972.

Denver mom survives darkness of prescription drug abuse epidemic updated 8 days ago

Cynthia Scudo, an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18, survived an extraordinary journey: She abused prescription painkillers and used heroin.

Edward Snowden Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Edward Snowden, who has admitted to leaking information about United States surveillance programs to the press.

Roger Clemens Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Major League baseball pitcher Roger Clemens.

Statue of Liberty Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here's a look at the Statue of Liberty.

Independence Day Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Independence Day, celebrated on the Fourth of July.

Student expelled after same-sex marriage accepted at another school updated 9 days ago

A woman expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma after she married another woman is now enrolled at a different school in the same state.

Oklahoma's botched lethal injection marks new front in battle over executions updated 9 days ago

The debate over lethal injections intensified after an apparently botched execution in Oklahoma, in which inmate lived for several minutes after first injection.

Oklahoma stops execution after botching drug delivery; inmate dies updated 9 days ago

A vein on an Oklahoma inmate "exploded" in the middle of his execution, causing authorities to halt the process and call off another execution later in the day.

Documents: Not enough drugs left to finish botched Oklahoma execution updated 9 days ago

Clayton Lockett's execution was halted after a doctor acknowledged not enough drugs had been given to kill him, Oklahoma authorities said Thursday

Craigslist contact leads to two killings, suspect's suicide, cops say updated 9 days ago

Michigan police say a Craigslist contact led to a double murder and the suicide of the murder suspect.

27 Deadliest Mass Shootings in U.S. History Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here is a list of the 27 deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history from 1949 to the present. If the shooter was killed or committed suicide during the incident that death is not included in the total.

Rampage Killings Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at rampage killings that have occurred in the United States since the 1940s.

Voting Rights Act Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here is a look at The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which serves to protect and enforce the contents of the 14th and 15th Amendments. It was a response to voter suppression in the 1960s by state and local governments and law enforcement.

Pacific Northwest wildfires char a million acres, spur warnings of bad air updated 9 days ago

Nearly a million acres were burning as 21 wildfires raged in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, fire officials said.

Hopkins to pay $190 million after doctor secretly photographed patients updated 9 days ago

Johns Hopkins Health System has agreed to pay $190 million to settle the case of a now-dead gynecologist who secretly photographed and recorded patients.

Another lawsuit: Donald Sterling sues wife, NBA and commissioner updated 9 days ago

Donald Sterling has filed a new civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking damages from his wife, the NBA and NBA commissioner Adam Silver in their attempt to sell the the L.A. Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Ex-Penn State assistant coaches sue for $1 million updated 9 days ago

A pair of former Penn State assistant football coaches, including a son of the late Joe Paterno, have filed a federal lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages

Pine tree dedicated to Beatle is laid low -- by beetles updated 10 days ago

A Los Angeles tree dedicated to Beatle George Harrison is gone because of the beetles -- the tree-eating kind.

Who switched two flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge? NYPD on the case updated 10 days ago

NYPD is investigating how two American flags that fly atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by two white flags.

Body might be that of last Washington landslide victim updated 10 days ago

Authorities believe they have found the final victim of a deadly landslide in Washington state.

Immigration Statistics Fast Facts updated 10 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about immigration to the United States.

Alberto Gonzales Fast Facts updated 10 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Alberto R. Gonzales, the first Latino U.S. attorney general.

PGA Championship Fast Facts updated 10 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the PGA Championship.

Rights group accuses U.S. of abuses in terror cases updated 10 days ago

The Justice Department targeted American Muslims in "abusive counterterrorism sting operations" as part of aggressive terror investigations, an international human rights group alleges.

Three New Mexico teens charged with killing homeless men updated 10 days ago

Three teens admitted they attacked two homeless men who were found dead in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, police said. They face murder charges.

Mississippi mom swaps death row for jail cell to await trial updated 10 days ago

A Mississippi woman whose death sentence was overturned has been moved from state prison to county jail, where she will await a new trial, authorities say.

New Hampshire teen missing 9 months is home; no word on where she was updated 11 days ago

A New Hampshire teen who disappeared nine months ago is back home, the state attorney general's office said Monday.

NFL Concussions Fast Facts updated 11 days ago

Here's some background information about concussions in the NFL. Reports show an increasing number of retired NFL players who have suffered concussions developed memory and cognitive issues such as dementia, Alzheimer's, depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Bowe Bergdahl Fast Facts updated 11 days ago

Here are some facts about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a former American prisoner of war.

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