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A spokeswoman for the Hood County, Texas, Sheriff's Department confirms multiple fatalities in the wake of storms that hit the county Wednesday night. Hood County Judge Darrell Cockerham said there were reports of homes being flattened with people inside.
New Orleans Police Department has arrested 19-year-old Akein Scott in connection with the shooting of 19 people on Mother's Day, according to the department's official Facebook page.
The hurricane season opened Wednesday with a flourish, and more specifically, with the debut of its first named storm, Tropical Storm Alvin.
The latest on Cyclone Mahasen as it closes in on the coast of Bangladesh
Egypt-Unrest (monitoring)
The Egyptian prosecutor's office says evidence shows three suspects linked to al Qaeda targeted the U.S. and French embassies in Cairo, as well as an Egyptian army facility in the Sinai Peninsula, according to state news.
Alaska-Volcanoes (monitoring)
An Alaska volcano exhibiting "elevated seismic activity" has spewed ash clouds skyward -- as high as 20,000 feet above sea level -- an observatory reported Wednesday.
The concept of purgatory isn't familiar to most Bangladeshis. But the way Reshma describes her 17 harrowing days -- buried underground in pitch-black darkness as the voices around her faded away, as days bled into nights, as she questioned whether she was in this world or the next -- it's an apt one. She spoke to CNN about that ordeal in her first one-on-one interview.
If anyone can understand what the Cleveland abduction victims must have endured, it's Natasha Kampusch. Like the three women, the 25-year-old Austrian spent most of a decade imprisoned in her abductor's house after being abducted on a Vienna street in 1998.
The Brazilian National Council of Justice passed a resolution on Tuesday that denies notary publics throughout the country the right to refuse to perform same-sex marriages and civil-unions.
At least 29 people were killed and more than 120 were injured in a dozen car bomb explosions in Baghdad and Kirkuk Wednesday.
Four people were arrested Wednesday in connection with blasts in a southern Turkish town that killed about 50 people, the semi-official Anadolu news agency reported.
North Korea said Wednesday that the U.S. citizen it sentenced last month to 15 years of hard labor has begun his stay at a "special prison."
Several Syrian rockets landed early Wednesday in the Mount Hermon area of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, on the border with Syria, the Israeli military said.
Four months before the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, a woman fired a gun in China's National Art Gallery -- all in the name of art.
The retirements are coming thick and fast out of Old Trafford, with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand the latest to call time -- on his international career.
Nigeria's president declared states of emergency Tuesday for three states, blaming "terrorists" aimed at "rebellion" who have caused "fear among our citizens and a near breakdown of law and order in parts of the country."
Turkey's flagship airline is facing the threat of a strike after negotiations with the country's main aviation workers union collapsed.
The Rev. Alejandro Solalinde is well known in Mexico for his advocacy on behalf of migrants making their way north. He defied numerous death threats to continue his work at a migrant shelter in Oaxaca state. Now, the priest is making his voice heard in the United States. He is part of a pro-immigration caravan that is headed to Washington to call for reform.
At least three workers were killed and 21 others injured Tuesday in Rwanda when a building collapsed, national police said. The four-story building was under construction in Nyagatare, in the country's Eastern Province. Police estimate about 50 people were on the scene at the time.
A Mayan pyramid that has stood for 2,300 years in Belize has been reduced to rubble, apparently to make fill for roads.
Rubbished, reviled, rejected. Rafa. As he posed on the Amsterdam Arena pitch with the glistening Europa League trophy in his hand, Rafael Benitez might have wondered what all the fuss had been about.
Jodi Arias could face the death penalty, nearly five years after she stabbed, shot and almost decapitated her ex-boyfriend. A jury Wednesday found that Arias was "exceptionally cruel" when she murdered Travis Alexander in 2008. That verdict is a key step that makes Arias, 32, eligible for the death penalty in the next phase of her trial.
Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that his decision to remove himself from the Justice Department investigation into a leak that led it to surreptitiously collect telephone records from the Associated Press leaves him unable to respond to questions about it.
Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey are no longer on Florida's death row, but they are fighting for those who still are. Penalver and Lindsey, two of Florida's death row exonerees, held a press conference on Wednesday asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to veto a death penalty bill recently passed by the state legislature.
The future of NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space observatory was in question Wednesday after a part that helps aim the spacecraft failed, the U.S. space agency said.
US-New-York-Patz-Killing (will update)
The murder case will proceed against Pedro Hernandez -- accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared on his way to a New York City school bus stop in 1979 -- after a motion to dismiss the case was denied Wednesday, a court official said.
An Army sergeant first class assigned to a sexual assault prevention program at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for sexual assault, pandering, abusive sexual contact and maltreatment of subordinates.
One day after authorities released photos of a man purportedly culled from sexually explicit videos, a suspect is under arrest and his alleged child victim has been identified and taken to safety, officials tell CNN.
Friendly fire led to officer's shooting during Boston manhunt
In a blue prison jumpsuit, O.J. Simpson took the witness stand Wednesday in his effort to get a new trial on robbery, assault and kidnapping charges from 2007. A deputy escorted him to the stand and unlocked the manacles on his handsNew-Jersey-
Residents of a New Jersey senior citizen building have been accused of prostitution and drug-related crimes.
Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell was sentenced Wednesday to life with no parole in the death of one of three babies who died in his clinic.
A 12-year-old California boy accused of stabbing his 8-year-old sister to death was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder.
A wildfire ravaging part of northern Wisconsin has destroyed 50 structures and burned 6,800 acres. As of early Wednesday morning, the fire still wasn't under control.
"Black-market guides" cost $130 an hour, the report says
The adoptive parents of a child born with both male and female genitalia have sued South Carolina for surgically "assigning" the child to be a female. The surgery took place when the child was 16 months old and a ward of the state. Now 8 years old, the child says he identifies as a boy -- even though this male organs have been removed.
The man accused of kidnapping three Cleveland women and holding them for close to a decade abused all of them but used captive Michelle Knight as his main "punching bag," a family friend of one of the victims told CNN.
Ariel Castro's ex-daughter-in-law never felt comfortable around the man who police say kept three young women trapped in a Cleveland home for a decade.
Thirteen of 14 Boston deputy fire chiefs have signed a letter of "no confidence" in Fire Chief Steve Abraira's handling of the Boston Marathon bombings, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
The Sacramento Kings won't be headed north to Seattle after all -- despite its owners reaching a deal to sell the team to a Washington state group -- after NBA executives voted Wednesday to reject such a move.
Dry conditions and high winds are fueling a quickly growing wildfire in California that caused officials to close a high school on Wednesday, fire officials said.
A Bronx Supreme Court Judge dismissed on Wednesday the manslaughter indictment against New York Police Officer Richard Haste, who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in 2012.
The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
The White House released documents Wednesday that show President Barack Obama and the first family hold assets valued between nearly $1.9 million and nearly $6.9 million.
President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to hold accountable those at the Internal Revenue Service involved in the targeting of conservative groups applying for federal tax-exempt status, beginning with the resignation of the agency's acting commissioner who was aware of the practice.
Washington's battle over whether the United States should get involved in Syria's civil war took a new turn on Wednesday as the two top senators on the Foreign Relations Committee called for arming rebels and announced that the panel would take up their proposal next week.
Ed Markey disinvited former Georgia Congressman Ben Jones from performing at his fundraiser on Tuesday evening in Washington claiming that he did not know the former Dukes of Hazzard star supported the Confederate flag as a symbol of southern culture.
All forty-five Republican senators are demanding President Barack Obama's administration comply with requests for information as Congress probes the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.
The revelation this week that the U.S. government snooped into phone records of the Associated Press has stirred up a thicket of issues that touch on freedom of the press, national security and the use or abuse of presidential power.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz reiterated Tuesday that the impeachment of President Barack Obama is possible as the White House faces scrutiny over its role in responding to the terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
Secretly accessing phone records of journalists. IRS targeting of conservative groups. Misleading statements last year about the Benghazi terrorist attack. News headlines of the past week portray an administration engulfed in potential scandal, providing opponents of President Barack Obama with plenty of ammunition to try to derail his agenda in the early months of his second term.
As the Obama administration takes heat for the recent Internal Revenue Service controversy, the House Republican campaign arm is making sure some Democrats in Congress face pressure, as well.
Democratic Congressmen Mel Watt brought his one-year-old grandson to Attorney General Eric Holder's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Europe is getting tough with China over trade.
Groupon and Zynga -- two of the biggest social media flops -- have found a buyer in hedge fund Jana Partners.
U.S. stocks pull back from record highs after reports show weakness in Europe's economy. Dow dips 34 points.
With the Dow and S&P 500 coming off new record highs, investors will look Wednesday to a handful of corporate and economic reports.
Subaru is recalling 5,379 Legacy and Outback cars in the United States because of a problem that could cause them to lose steering control.
Of all the updates to apps and services that Google unveiled today at its I/O conference, its Chrome Racer demo wasn't the most complex, or grandiose or important thing on display. But it was definitely the favorite of many.
What's good for Tesla Motors is good for America -- at least U.S. taxpayers. Its electric cars are selling and its stock is up 150% this year. Elon Musk's company is making enough money to repay a $465 million Energy Department loan in the next five years, around half the time that was initially expected.
In early 2010, Nish Bhalla sat down at his computer with one objective: steal a huge amount of money from a bank.
Germany narrowly avoided recession in the first quarter of 2013, but its return to growth wasn't enough to prevent the eurozone economy from contracting again.
In football-obsessed Kenya, like much of Africa, the beautiful game is more than just a sport -- it's an inescapable way of life for millions of young people, a sacred carnival that's staged passionately everywhere from grandiose stadiums to gravel fields and dusty patches of land.
Japan's economy kicked into high gear during the first quarter as policymakers worked to combat decades of falling prices and spur growth.
News of Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy has instantly increased awareness of hereditary forms of cancer caused by mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. While the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes were discovered in the mid-1990s, genetic testing for the genes is increasingly available. Jolie's case highlights the importance of knowing one's family history and learning one's cancer risks in order to address them proactively.
For some Republicans, 2016 is 1992: Hating Hillary Clinton is chic again. Only more so, since the former secretary of state is also the partner of and potential successor to the last two Democratic presidents---Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Angeline Jolie, who has stated that she is a carrier of the gene mutation BRCA1, appears to have been a good candidate for the bilateral prophylactic mastectomy she underwent recently to remove both of her breasts.
As Ol' Dirty Bastard rhymes in "Brooklyn Zoo II," "When you take north, east, west, south/and put it all together and it spell newwwwws!" Know what else spell(s) news? A star-powered hip-hop festival announcing that two rap legends - not figurative legends, mind you; one's been dead eight years, the other 18 - will perform this fall.
World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Libya in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, May 19, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.
JetBlue tops airline satisfaction study for ninth consecutive year
Fifty years ago this month, I chanced to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I was a mild-mannered kid with a speech impediment and a love of math. That day, I was focused on solving math problems, not issues of justice and equal rights.
A Syrian rebel carves the heart out of a dead man and bites it. His comrades nearby cheer: "God is great." This is from a video that is circulating on the Internet. The appalling footage has all the world asking: What kind of people could do this?
10 classic American experiences
Hong Kong's favorite new resident, a giant inflatable duck, took a turn for the worse on Wednesday, looking less like an oversized lovable plaything and more like an unappetizing fried egg on the water.
Google Maps are getting personal. The next version of the widely used maps tool, previewed on Wednesday at the Google i/o conference in San Francisco, will soon have a different look and some splashy new features including displays of real-time accidents and personalized recommendations.
What are the chances you walk into work and the lead story is Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy when you are facing one yourself? I have been struggling for weeks with how to tell my co-workers and viewers that I have breast cancer and have chosen to have a double mastectomy. How much should I share? Will I be an emotional wreck? Do I want people feeling sorry for me? Angelina empowered me to share my story.
It's hard to overstate how frustrated Republicans have been over the last few years by their failure to gin up a juicy Obama administration scandal. They tried with Solyndra and "Fast and Furious," but those turned out to be gigantic nothing burgers. Well now at last, they may have something, in either Benghazi or the IRS targeting conservative groups. Unlike Benghazi, where even the Republicans claiming it was "worse than Watergate" can't quite say what the misconduct was (unless you consider squabbling over talking points to be a nefarious and earth-shattering crime), the IRS affair is pretty straightforward.
Fresh accusations that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war have led many to renew calls for the world to take stronger actions to stop the growing humanitarian crisis. But recent polls have shown Americans are very reluctant to support military interventions in Syria.