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Atheist sues over New Jersey license plate refusal updated 42 minutes ago

Shannon Morgan identifies as an atheist and wants the world, or at least the car behind her, to know it. But the state of New Jersey says no.

Body found near highway identified as missing Massachusetts boy, 5 updated 2 hours 12 minutes ago

Massachusetts officials found the remains of Jeremiah Oliver, who was missing for months before police were called.

A prehistoric step: 9-year-old trods on 10,000-year-old mastodon tooth updated 2 hours 37 minutes ago

A 9-year-old Michgan boy stumbles across what turns out to be a tooth from a long-extinct mastodon.

Can the Klan rebrand? updated 12 hours 44 minutes ago

Pointy hats, white robes, crosses burning, bodies hanging from trees.

SpaceX's Dragon on way to International Space Station updated 22 hours 58 minutes ago

Belching smoke and fire, SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Friday afternoon on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Body found near highway could be missing Massachusetts 5-year-old updated 1 days ago

Massachusetts investigators said Friday they think they have found the remains of Jeremiah Oliver, 5, who was missing for months before police were called.

Ammo found beside road helped break Kansas City highway shooter case updated 1 days ago

A man accused of shooting at cars on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts covering nine incidents.

Hank Greenberg Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is a look at the life of former AIG Chief Executive Officer Hank Greenberg.

Samuel Alito Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's an in-depth look at the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is some background information on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), a religious sect that broke away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, over the practice of polygamy.

Oklahoma City Bombing Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is some background information about the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 19, 1995.

Columbine High School Shootings Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is some background information about the deaths of 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999.

Polygamist Warren Jeffs' Texas ranch being seized by state officials updated 1 days ago

Texas authorities initiated the seizure of the 1,600-acre ranch where prosecutors say polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs and others sexually abused children.

Fraternity closes Ole Miss chapter after racial incident updated 1 days ago

The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity has closed its Ole Miss chapter after three of its members were suspected of tying a noose around the neck of a campus statue.

Police: Man bought pot candy hours before shooting wife while she called 911 updated 1 days ago

A man accused of killing his wife while she frantically spoke to a 911 operator bought marijuana candy just hours before the deadly shooting, police said.

Police: Suspect in custody in Kansas City-area highway shootings updated 2 days ago

A suspect has been taken into custody in connection with as many as 20 highway shootings in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, police said Thursday.

Groups urge Tennessee governor to veto prenatal drug use bill updated 2 days ago

A bill is headed for the governor's desk that would allow for a woman to be prosecuted if she illegally takes drugs while pregnant and the child is harmed.

An accidental car thief: mom takes wrong car helping daughter updated 2 days ago

What started out as a simple mother-daughter favor in New York City ended up as grand theft auto. Well, kind of.

Newly released video shows moment of deadly West, Texas, blast updated 2 days ago

Jeff Tobola had just wrapped up another work day and picked up his son in West, Texas, when he heard the city's fertilizer plant was on fire.

Lost sea lion pup found high 'n' dry in California orchard updated 2 days ago

Up a river without a paddle. An adventurous California sea lion was found at a ranch in California, about 100-mile drive from the ocean.

Police: Utah mom admits to killing at least six of her babies updated 2 days ago

Utah police say a 39-year-old woman has told them she killed six babies immediately after she gave birth to them over a period of years.

Judge overturns North Dakota law banning most abortions updated 2 days ago

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that North Dakota's abortion law, considered one of the most restrictive in the nation, is unconstitutional.

'A special place': Texas town tighter than ever 1 year after fatal fertilizer plant blast updated 2 days ago

In the year after a fertilizer explosion shook West, Texas, killing 15 and displacing hundreds, residents worked hard to rebuild and rally around one another.

Portland water supply to be flushed after teen urinates into reservoir updated 2 days ago

The city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to dump millions of gallons of drinking water. Why? Because someone urinated into the water reservoir.

Colorado woman shot dead while on phone with 911 for 13 minutes updated 2 days ago

A Denver woman's frantic phone call with a 911 dispatcher ended when her husband allegedly shot her, police say.

NCAA proposal: Athletes may receive unlimited food updated 3 days ago

The NCAA on Tuesday proposed that athletes receive unlimited meals and snacks, the collegiate sports organization said in a news release.

Bloomberg to spend $50 million to challenge NRA on gun safety updated 3 days ago

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year through his new group Everytown for Gun Safety to counter the NRA.

Boston Marathon security: How can you keep 26.2 miles safe? updated 3 days ago

Given the huge Boston Marathon course, how can police prevent every suspicious item from slipping through?

Will Ferrell: A serious note updated 3 days ago

Back in 1993, my friend Craig Pollard set out with a very simple mission. He wanted to help cancer survivors realize their dreams of a college education.

39 confirmed dead in Washington landslide updated 3 days ago

Thirty-nine people are now confirmed dead in last month's landslide in Washington state, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday.

New York Police Department disbands unit that spied on Muslims updated 3 days ago

A controversial New York Police Department surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities has been disbanded, according to the department.

Four decades later, disappearance of 2 missing S.D. girls blamed on fatal wreck updated 3 days ago

South Dakota officials put to rest a 42-year-old cold case about two missing 17-year-old girls and declared they died in a 1971 car accident, with no foul play.

'We are America, we own the finish line,' Biden says at Boston bombing memorial updated 3 days ago

Thousands of people gather in a Boston convention center to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Ad for world's toughest job draws few applicants and many smiles updated 3 days ago

A fake job ad listing impossible working conditions was really a pitch for the job of "mother."

Alleged Kansas Jewish center gunman charged with murder updated 3 days ago

A man suspected of killing three people at two Jewish-affiliated facilities in Kansas has been charged with murder.

Army veteran to receive Medal of Honor for Afghan heroism updated 4 days ago

An Army veteran credited with trying to save the lives of fellow soldiers during a firefight in Afghanistan will be awarded the nation's highest military award, the White House said on Tuesday.

Europe to Florida in a kayak: Another bucket list check updated 4 days ago

Olek Doba's slow, lonely kayak journey across the Atlantic Ocean is nearing an end this week.

Kansas City shooting: 3 lives defined by love, taken by gunman's rage updated 4 days ago

Reat Griffin Underwood, William Lewis Corporon and Terri LaManno -- killed in shootings at Jewish facilities near Kansas City -- were remembered by loved ones.

University is digging into Mississippi's past with a long forgotten graveyard updated 4 days ago

Amid a grove of trees, buried beneath the grass and dirt, Mississippi's past is colliding with its future.

As Boston marks bombing anniversary, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev awaits trial updated 4 days ago

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sits in a jail cell as dignitaries, survivors and rescuers gather to remember the Boston Marathon bombing.

Same-Sex Marriage Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

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

Martin Luther King Jr Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pulitzer Prizes Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at the Pulitzer Prizes. The prizes are presented every April in recognition of achievements in journalism, music, literature and drama.

Mickey Rooney Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Mickey Rooney.

Al Sharpton Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Rev. Al Sharpton, political activist and Baptist minister.

Stories about NSA surveillance, Snowden leaks win Pulitzers for two news groups updated 4 days ago

News stories about NSA surveillance have won Pulitzer Prizes for public service for The Washington Post and Guardian US.

Severe weather blasts southern Mississippi, ransacks trailer park updated 4 days ago

A thunderstorm roared through southern Mississippi on Monday, injuring two people and damaging a trailer park in Gautier, Mississippi, authorities said.

Jewish center shooter 'knocked family to its knees,' relative says updated 4 days ago

A Missouri man, with a history of anti-Semitism, is suspected of killing three at Jewish centers in Kansas City.

Suspect in Jewish center shootings 'entrenched in the hate movement' updated 4 days ago

The 73-year-old man accused of opening fire outside two Jewish centers has a long resume of anti-Semitism

Boston Marathon Terror Attack Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here is a look at what you need to know about the Boston Marathon terror attack. On April 15, 2013, double bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured at least 264.

How to help Boston bombing survivors, one year on updated 5 days ago

A year after a bomb exploded during one of Boston's most-celebrated events, many whose lives were shattered are struggling to put the pieces back together.

College after cancer updated 5 days ago

The nonprofit Cancer for College not only provided me with a college scholarship, but it also showed me that goals can be accomplished regardless of adversity.

Mark Geragos Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's a look at the life of attorney Mark Geragos, known for his high profile clients.

Barbara Walters Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's a look at Barbara Walters's life.

Income Tax Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's some background information about the annual income tax filing deadline in the United States. April 15, 2014 is the deadline to file 2013 income tax returns.

Feds end roundup, release cattle after tense Nevada showdown updated 5 days ago

Citing public safety concerns, U.S. officials put an early end Saturday to a week-long roundup of a Nevada rancher's illegally grazing cattle on federal land.

Police find remains of seven babies at Utah home updated 5 days ago

A 39-year-old woman in Utah is in custody, accused of murder, after authorities found the remains of seven infants at a home where she used to live.

Rampage Killings Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about rampage killings that have occurred in the U.S. since the 1940s.

3 killed in shootings at Kansas City-area Jewish centers updated 5 days ago

Three people were killed Sunday in shootings at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City, police said.

Atlantic City casino claims poker champ Phillip Ivey cheated to win $9.6 million updated 6 days ago

An Atlantic City casino is suing poker champion Phillip Ivey Jr., claiming he cheated his way to more than $9.6 million in winnings.

NTSB: No evidence of fire before FedEx truck crashed into students' bus updated 6 days ago

Cell phone video recorded from inside a car clipped by a FedEx tractor-trailer truck before it slammed into a bus carrying students in Northern California is being reviewed by investigators, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.

Earth Day Fast Facts updated 6 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Earth Day, which is celebrated every year by more than a billion people in 180 nations around the world.

Bear drags Florida woman from garage updated 6 days ago

A Florida woman was attacked by a black bear she found sifting through her garbage in search of food, authorities say.

Daughter of severely beaten Detroit driver says he's breathing on his own updated 6 days ago

The 54-year-old Michigan driver severely beaten after he accidentally struck a child who had stepped into the street earlier this month is breathing on his own.

Family rescued at sea defends decision to sail with children updated 6 days ago

A family rescued at sea with a sick baby is out of danger and back on dry land, but may be facing its toughest storm yet.

SeaWorld appeal of OSHA citations denied updated 6 days ago

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied SeaWorld's appeal of issued safety citations.

NTSB: Witnesses say truck in flames before it crashed into students' bus updated 6 days ago

A FedEx truck was already on fire when it crossed a median and slammed into a bus carrying students in Northern California, witnesses said.

Living in limbo: Grieving gets tougher when there's no body to bury updated 6 days ago

After Donna Carnes' husband went missing, she learned to live with ambiguous loss.

Engaged couple among victims of California bus crash updated 6 days ago

Some of those who died or remain unaccounted for in fiery California bus crash were remembered Saturday.

Wyoming officials eye slow-moving landslide, evacuate residents updated 6 days ago

Officials in Jackson, Wyoming, evacuate homes in a slow-moving landslide the size of two football fields.

Showdown on the range: Nevada rancher, feds face off over cattle grazing rights updated 7 days ago

A 20-year dispute between a Nevada rancher and rangers over illegal cattle grazing becomes Old West-style showdown, even drawing armed militia groups.

Aaron Hernandez Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Eric Schmidt Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google.

Bernard Madoff Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Bernard Madoff, serving 150 years in prison for running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

College tour in California ends in fiery wreck, leaves 10 dead updated 8 days ago

Jonathan Gutierrez kicked off his shoes and dozed off in the back of a bus traveling along a sleepy stretch of Interstate 5 near the North California town of Orland.

UNC: Experts find flaws in whistleblower's findings on literacy updated 8 days ago

University of North Carolina says experts in the field of adult literacy found flaws in whistleblower's claims.

How to move a 30 million-pound, half-mile-long bridge updated 8 days ago

On Thursday, workers in Indiana and Kentucky finished sliding a new nearly half-mile-long, 30 million-pound bridge from one set of piers to another.

'I want to be an astronaut' reignites space travel dream updated 8 days ago

Last month, an independent film titled "I Want to Be an Astronaut" about a driven high school robotics student and his dream to become an astronaut premiered aboard the International Space Station 286 miles above the Earth.

Air marshal chief bought guns, but says he did nothing wrong updated 8 days ago

The outgoing director of the Federal Air Marshal Service told CNN that he bought several guns from an employee under investigation over concerns he may have used his position to get free and discounted firearms.

Four Pennsylvania school stabbing victims remain in critical condition updated 8 days ago

Four of the 20 students wounded in a knife attack at a Murrysville, Pennsylvania, high school remained in critical condition Friday, area hospitals said.

9 killed in California bus-truck crash updated 8 days ago

At least nine people were killed when a tour bus collided with a truck in Glenn County, California, said California Highway Patrol Officer Timothy Howath.

Fifth suspect charged in beating of Detroit driver updated 8 days ago

Five people have now been charged in connection with the vicious mob beating of a Detroit man that some are calling a hate crime.

Chimpanzees escape Kansas City Zoo exhibit by using a tree branch updated 8 days ago

Seven chimpanzees escaped at the Kansas City Zoo, using a 6-foot-long tree branch to climb out of their enclosure on Thursday.

Eric Harroun -- accused of fighting with terrorists in Syria -- has died, family says updated 8 days ago

Eric Harroun, an Army veteran accused of fighting with al Qaeda-affiliated militants in Syria -- has died, his family and officials in Phoenix, Arizona, said.

Florida day care center crash: Suspect surrenders to authorities updated 9 days ago

Robert Corchado -- who police say fled after causing an accident that killed a 4-year-old at a day care center -- turned himself in Thursday, authorities said.

U.S. moves toward shorter sentences for drug crimes updated 9 days ago

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Thursday to reduce sentencing guidelines that could shorten prison stays for about 70% of federal drug trafficking defendants, backing a proposal supported by the Justice Department and some conservative lawmakers.

Former firefighter rescues pets in disasters updated 9 days ago

CNN Heroes: Jen Leary founded Red Paw Emergency Relief, which assists pets and their owners when disaster strikes.

Highway shootings shake up drivers around Kansas City updated 9 days ago

Authorities are trying to find out who is behind up to 20 shootings on Kansas City highways over the past month.

Experts predict quieter hurricane season updated 9 days ago

The U.S. could be in for another quiet hurricane season, according to Phillip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University.

Stomach illness that hit 83 people on cruise ship may be linked to norovirus updated 9 days ago

A new outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship may have been caused by the norovirus, the ship's operator said Wednesday.

Has the Roberts court placed landmark 1964 civil rights law on a hit list? updated 9 days ago

Has the U.S. Supreme Court placed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on a hit list? Some warn the Roberts court is already eroding the landmark law.

Chicago's $8 million push to protect students from gangs updated 9 days ago

Chicago's Safe Passage program puts the watchful eyes of adults on many students' routes to school, but community members aren't convinced it works.

Woman killed during D.C. chase was shot five times from behind, autopsy shows updated 9 days ago

An autopsy report is made public six months after Miriam Carey was shot dead after leading Washington police on a car chase from the White House to the Capitol

Missing Michigan doctor's body identified after discovery in Indiana lake updated 9 days ago

A body found in an Indiana lake has been identified as that of Teleka Patrick, the Michigan doctor who's been missing since December, a coroner confirmed.

Kansas City police investigating 13 shootings of cars on roads updated 9 days ago

Police in Kansas City are telling motorists to remain vigilant in the wake of 13 shooting incidents in the past month on major highways and roads.

Assistant principal who tackled stabbing suspect hailed as 'great man' updated 9 days ago

Franklin Regional Senior High assistant principal Sam King was toasted as "a hero" after tackling a stabbing suspect.

Heroes in all forms step up during Pennsylvania school stabbing updated 9 days ago

Students and staff at Franklin Regional Senior High School stepped in to help one another during a mass stabbing at the suburban Pittsburgh school.

Stabbing shatters peace in quiet community updated 9 days ago

The peace of mind Paula Fisher sought for herself and her children when she left Pittsburgh nearly two decades ago was shattered Wednesday morning.

One dead, 14 hurt when SUV pushes car into Florida day care center updated 9 days ago

One child has died at a hospital after a car was knocked into a Florida day care center. Fourteen others were injured, officers say.

Death toll from Washington landslide rises to 36 updated 9 days ago

The death toll from a massive landslide that struck in Washington state's Cascade Mountains rose to 36 on Wednesday, the Snohomish County medical examiner said.

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