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Football coach fired after controversial 'watermelon ritual' updated 12 hours 57 minutes ago

A high school football coach in South Carolina, was fired after he permitted a post-game celebratory ritual involving a watermelon that some say is racist.

Accused Indiana killer refuses to speak at hearing, charged in second death updated 13 hours 0 minutes ago

Darren Vann, accused in string of killings in Indiana, appears in court Wednesday but refuses to answer questions, forcing the hearing to be rescheduled.

Alaska family twice told their son is dead -- only to have him answer the door updated 13 hours 50 minutes ago

An Alaska couple rode an emotional roller coaster earlier this week, when state and local police mistakenly told them their son was dead.

South Miami commissioners propose seceding from Florida updated 14 hours 40 minutes ago

Miami-area lawmakers are proposing adding a 51st star to the American flag by splitting Florida into two states.

Billy Graham Fast Facts updated 14 hours 47 minutes ago

Here's a look at the life of evangelist Billy Graham.

Officials: 3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS updated 15 hours 39 minutes ago

Three teenage girls who set out from a Denver suburb apparently bound for Syria to join extremists are back home after their parents alerted authorities.

Wreck of WWII German U-boat found off North Carolina updated 16 hours 21 minutes ago

A World War II German U-boat, sunk more than 72 years ago, has been discovered off the coast of North Carolina, NOAA announced Tuesday.

Canadian police say man who ran down, killed soldier was 'radicalized' updated 20 hours 33 minutes ago

A man shot after running down and killing a Canadian soldier with his car was "radicalized" and classified as a "potential important threat," officials say

Coaches sidelined over New Jersey locker room sex abuse scandal updated 20 hours 39 minutes ago

A sexual harassment scandal in a football locker room has led a New Jersey high school to suspend the team's head coach and four assistants.

Inside the search area for suspected cop killer Eric Frein updated 21 hours 6 minutes ago

Scared. Anxious. Surprised. Residents describe what it's like living inside the search area for suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein.

Washington Post's Ben Bradlee dies updated 21 hours 14 minutes ago

Ben Bradlee, the former top editor of The Washington Post who oversaw the paper's coverage of the Watergate scandal, has died, the newspaper said Tuesday.

Dwyane Wade goes 1-on-1 with 90-year-old Grandma Nelly updated 23 hours 6 minutes ago

When Grandma Nelly lays down a challenge, you'd better accept it. And she wasn't shooting low. Nelly was gunning for NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Police: Abandoned homes searched after man admits to 7 killings updated 1 days ago

Authorities searched abandoned properties Tuesday in Gary, Indiana, hoping not to find more victims from a man they say has admitted to killing seven women.

'We fell short' with Ebola patient, Texas hospital exec says updated 1 days ago

Texas Presbyterian Hospital "fell short" several times in treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, starting by not asking the right questions in the emergency room, the hospital's chief clinical officer, Dr. Daniel Varga, said in an interview with CNN.

Denver teens set out for Syria to join extremists; parents, FBI bring them back updated 1 days ago

Three teenage girls who set out from a Denver suburb apparently bound for Syria to join extremists are back home after their parents alerted authorities.

Hannah Graham suspect indicted in 2005 assault updated 1 days ago

The lone suspect in Hannah Graham's disappearance is indicted in an assault from almost a decade ago, according to court papers in Virginia.

Academy Awards Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is some background information about the Academy Awards, also known as the "Oscars."

Laura Bush Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Laura Bush, wife of 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush. Personal: Birth date: November 4, 1946

2014 In Review Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here is a look back at the events of 2014, so far.

Indiana authorities identify man held after 7 bodies found updated 1 days ago

Indiana police Identify the man arrested in connection with the bodies of seven women found in Hammond and Gary as Darren Deon Vann.

Super Bowl Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's some background information about the Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League. The Seattle Seahawks are the 2014 Super Bowl champions.

N.H. police to seek suspects in Pumpkin Festival disturbance updated 1 days ago

New Hampshire police will prosecute people who caused a disturbance at the city's Pumpkin Festival over the weekend.

General Motors Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at General Motors, one of the Big Three U.S. automakers.

Michael Dukakis Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Michael Dukakis, three-term Governor of Massachusetts.

Benghazi suspect Abu Khatallah pleads not guilty updated 2 days ago

A lawyer for Benghazi suspect Ahmed Salin Faraj Abu Khatallah entered a plea of not guilty Monday to all charges related to the 2012 attack.

Government prosecutes alleged scientific fraud on AIDS research updated 2 days ago

Federal prosecutors accuse a researcher of deliberately falsifying research that resulted in a $15 million grant.

Online romance flames out after woman gets stuck inside chimney updated 2 days ago

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa had to be rescued after getting stuck inside of a chimney in Thousand Oaks, California.

Meteor showers predicted for early Tuesday morning updated 2 days ago

If you wake up early enough on Tuesday, you might see some shooting stars.

Westminster Dog Show Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the second oldest continuous sporting event in the United States, after the Kentucky Derby. In 2014, the 138th show is held February 10-11.

Tony Awards Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at the Tony Awards.

South by Southwest Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here is a look at South by Southwest, a collection of music, film and interactive conferences and festivals held annually in Austin, Texas. It is nicknamed "South by" and abbreviated SXSW. The 2014 event is scheduled from March 7th to March 16th.

Screen Actors Guild Awards Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here is some background information about the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Mother's Day Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Mother's Day, which is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Memorial Day Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Memorial Day, a day honoring American soldiers who died serving the country in wars. In 2014, Memorial Day will be on May 26.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a federal holiday that falls on the third Monday in January.

Boston Marathon Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Boston Marathon, run from Hopkinton to Boston, Massachusetts. The finish line is in front of the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street.

Independence Day Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

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

Kentucky Derby Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2015 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for May 2nd.

Grammy Awards Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here is some background information about the Grammy Awards.

Golden Globe Awards Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here is some background information about the Golden Globe Awards, which are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Father's Day Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here is some background information about Father's Day, celebrated the third Sunday in June.

Primetime Emmys Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

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

Tony Stewart Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at the life of race car driver and race track owner Tony Stewart.

World Series Fast Facts updated 2 days ago

Here's a look at Major League Baseball's World Series. The Boston Red Sox are the reigning 2013 World Series champions.

Human remains found in search for UVA student Hannah Graham updated 3 days ago

Authorities looking for Hannah Graham -- the University of Virginia student who went missing -- find human remains, police say.

CIA Directors Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's some background information about directors of the Central Intelligence Agency. As part of America's intelligence community, the CIA collects information about foreign governments, organized crime, and terrorist groups.

Elizabeth Smart Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's an in-depth look at the life of Elizabeth Smart, children's advocate and kidnapping survivor.

Winona Ryder Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's is a look at the life of Winona Ryder, an Oscar-nominated actress.

Unmanned X-37B space plane lands, its exact mission a mystery updated 3 days ago

U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B space plane returns to Earth, with still no details on its mission in orbit for nearly two years.

New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival crowd sets fires, throws bottles updated 3 days ago

Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire, turns chaotic; police use tear gas and pepper spray on rowdy crowd.

Same-Sex Marriage Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

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

Barbra Streisand Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here is a look at the life of singer and actress Barbra Streisand.

What's more disturbing than Ebola? The outrageous commentary updated 4 days ago

The U.S. experience with Ebola is generating commentary that is both prudent and outrageous. Read a sampling of those comments, plus a little myth busting.

Germ-zapping robot Gigi sets its sights on Ebola updated 4 days ago

Gigi the robot looks like a skinny cousin of R2-D2, but the machine is a cold-blooded killer, a germ zapper that could help fight Ebola.

Ebola in U.S.: Who has it, who doesn't, who might updated 5 days ago

See CNN's up-to-date breakdown of U.S. Ebola cases and precautions.

Cardinal Bernard Law Fast Facts updated 5 days ago

Here's an in-depth look at the life of Cardinal Bernard Francis Law.

Is West Coast ready for next big quake? updated 5 days ago

It's been 25 years since a massive earthquake rattled San Francisco. Is the West Coast ready for the next big one?

Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage to 5 states updated 5 days ago

The federal government is expanding it recognition of same-sex marriages to five states where a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowed such marriages to become legal, with recognition to more states likely soon.

Male students dressed like female celebs told to go home updated 5 days ago

Two male students who dressed up as their favorite female celebrities for Spirit Week were told to change -- or go home.

Surviving the 'Murdered Child's Club' updated 5 days ago

Five years ago, against their will, Dan and Gil Harrington became members of the "Murdered Child's Club."

Train collision injures 44 on fall foliage ride in northwest Arkansas updated 5 days ago

A passenger train on a fall foliage excursion collides with a freight train in northwest Arkansas. Dozens are injured.

From bridal shop to Ebola ward: Who is Amber Vinson? updated 6 days ago

Over the weekend, Amber Vinson was in Ohio to plan her wedding.

Winter weather outlook: Forget Polar Vortex, it may be El NiƱo's turn updated 6 days ago

The south will be colder and wetter than usual but other areas will see warmer than normal temps, NOAA says in its winter outlook.

Kansas City Royals advance to World Series with sweep of Baltimore updated 6 days ago

The Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1985.

Five reasons to love the Kansas City Royals updated 6 days ago

Five reasons to love the Kansas City Royals.

Officials ask high court to delay same-sex marriage in Alaska updated 6 days ago

Alaska officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage from moving ahead in the state.

Hank Greenberg Fast Facts updated 6 days ago

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

Drone shows life and death of killer whales updated 6 days ago

Killer whale families swimming, playing and, in the sad case of two orcas, dying.

NY moves to ease gender change on birth certificates updated 6 days ago

Proposed change to New York City's health code would allow transgender people to change gender on birth certificates without proof of surgery.

Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns updated 6 days ago

Evangelical pastor Mark Driscoll has resigned from Mars Hill Church, which he founded 18 years ago in the largely secular Pacific Northwest.

Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq updated 7 days ago

The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several service members were injured, says The New York Times.

A mother's campaign will take son's ashes into space updated 7 days ago

Cremated remains of C.J. Twomey, whose ashes have been scattered throughout the world, to be launched into space.

2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here is a look at the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

Dan Rather Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at the life of journalist and former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather.

U.S. troops assisting in Ebola mission may be quarantined updated 7 days ago

U.S. military commanders have authority to quarantine Ebola mission troops for 21 days at Defense Department facility for monitoring, treatment, memo says.

Bowe Bergdahl finishes with Army investigator updated 7 days ago

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an ex-Taliban prisoner, wraps up a two-day interview with an Army investigating officer to discuss his disappearance in Afghanistan.

Bowe Bergdahl's hometown uneasy about its one-time hero updated 7 days ago

Bailey, Idaho, has a complicated relationship with the saga of its homegrown prisoner of war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

College moves up season so dying basketball player can play first game updated 7 days ago

A terminally ill basketball player in Ohio will get a chance to make her dreams come true with her first college game.

Gunshot residue found on clothing, body of teen shot by St. Louis officer updated 7 days ago

Lab results show gun residue on the clothing and body of Vonderrit Myers, who was shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer.

Teens behind ice bucket prank on autistic teen charged updated 8 days ago

Cops charge five Ohio teens who allegedly humiliated their autistic classmate in a horrific ice bucket prank

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee says she once planned a pot farm updated 8 days ago

The fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber lived on land that was to be used for growing marijuana, and married an illegal immigrant for money, she says.

At least 26 hurt in Megabus crash near Indianapolis updated 8 days ago

A passenger bus overturned on Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis early Tuesday, injuring at least 26 people and temporarily stopping traffic, police said.

Storms rattle parts of Southeast updated 8 days ago

Storms battering the southern United States put 32 million people at risk of facing severe weather Tuesday.

Mark Zuckerberg Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook.

Mysterious Air Force space plane to land soon updated 8 days ago

The Air Force's mysterious, unmanned X-37B is about to come back to Earth after more than two years in orbit.

Justice Dept. bars waivers that prevent appeal updated 8 days ago

The Justice Department says it will no longer ask defendants who plead guilty to waive their right to appeal convictions because of bad legal advice.

Succession: Presidential and Vice Presidential Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here is some background information about the line of succession for the president and vice president of the United States.

Coroner: Dad collapses on infant daughter, she survives 3 days updated 8 days ago

A Louisiana 11-month-old infant survived for days under her father after he collapsed and died from a suspected cardiac episode, deputy coroner says.

Activist Cornel West among 49 people arrested at Ferguson protests updated 9 days ago

Activist and author Cornel West was arrested at the "Moral Monday" march in Ferguson, Missouri, event organizer Andrew Kling said.

Search for Hannah Graham continues one month after she disappeared updated 9 days ago

It has been one month since University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was last seen, and her parents are asking for help.

Haley Barbour Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here is a look at the life of former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.

Does race shape Americans' passion for guns? updated 9 days ago

What drives Americans' passion for guns? Is it the Second Amendment or white racial fears that trace back to slavery? It depends on who you ask?

Californians aren't amused by clown scares updated 9 days ago

A rash of "creepy clown" sightings in California has left some residents unnerved, and it all appears to have started with the "Wasco Clown."

113-year-old time capsule found in Boston updated 9 days ago

A time capsule hidden for more than a hundred years at one of Boston's most popular tourist attractions was opened on Friday in Boston.

Police: Off-duty St. Louis officer shoots, kills man who fired at him updated 9 days ago

Just 12 miles south of the spot where a police officer killed Michael Brown, it happened again: Another 18-year-old died at the hands of police Wednesday.

7 high school players face sexual assault charges over alleged locker room hazing updated 9 days ago

Teenage football players accused of hazing and sexual assault at a New Jersey high school were taken into custody Friday evening.

Judge overturns Alaska's same-sex marriage ban that dates to 1998 updated 9 days ago

A judge's ruling Sunday makes Alaska the latest state where gay and lesbian couples can legally marry.

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