Militant group controls most of Syria, activists say
With its latest offensive, ISIS controls more than half of Syria, an activist group says. FULL STORY
ISIS in Iraq: How did we get here?
Iraq roils in a maelstrom: ISIS now controls Ramadi, a new prime minister is in charge, Shiite-Sunni bloodshed flows, and a U.S.-led coalition is back, this time executing airstrikes in Iraq.
Palmyra before the fall: Why ISIS destruction sickens me
Palmyra: a 2,000-year old city that's remarkably preserved in the middle of the Syrian desert. And now, it's in the hands of ISIS.
D.C. slaying suspect caught
Feds tracked him to New York, then back to Maryland before nabbing him in Washington. FULL STORY
What was slain family's life like?
A prominent Washington family and their housekeeper were found dead in the smoking ruins of their home. CNN's Joe Johns has more.
Lawsuit: Inmate rapes permitted
Two women are suing a corrections officer at Rikers Island and the city of New York, claiming that they were raped repeatedly by the officer with the complacency and consent of the city.
Biker gangs targeting cops, officials say
Texas law enforcement officials are investigating what they say are new threats against officers from biker gangs in the wake of a recent shootout in Waco.
171 mugshots of arrested bikers
A fight broke out among rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, on Sunday, May 17, leaving at least nine people dead. The sheriff's office has begun releasing mugshots of the people arrested.
Hundreds of N. Korean spies in U.S.?
Looking at the poison pens and torch guns, you would be forgiven for thinking you were on a James Bond set. But these weapons are real and are still part of the arsenal of North Korean spies.
What Rand Paul did in 10 hours
Rand Paul knows a political opening for his presidential campaign when he sees one.
Court frees 'nut rage' exec
Former Korean Air Line executive Heather Cho, who was jailed for a fit she threw on a flight over how she was served nuts, walked free Friday when an appeals court suspended her sentence.
HS student has 8 degrees
Joshua Chari, 16, is slated to receive gubernatorial honors for pocketing eight associate degrees before graduating high school.
Ireland votes on same-sex marriage
Ireland goes to the polls on Friday for a landmark vote on whether to change its constitution to allow same-sex marriage.
Josh Duggar apologizes after molestation claim
Reality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: "I acted inexcusably."
Ex-supermodel sues Bill Cosby
In November, supermodel Janice Dickinson said in an interview that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982 after the two had dinner in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
This will be the world's largest hotel
Twelve towers, 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants, plus helipads and a full-size convention center: That's the plan for Abraj Kudai, a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that's set to become the world's largest hotel by room count when it opens in 2017.
California oil spill: How bad is it?
At its worst, the smell burns your nostrils and gives you a little nagging headache.
Woman shot in neck driving home from work
CNN's Don Lemon speaks to Cori Romero, who was shot in the neck while driving home from work in Windsor, Colorado.
5 things to start your day
Suspect in Washington family killing is nabbed. The Boy Scouts may soon let in gay leaders. And biker gangs in Texas issue new threats against cops.
Is Putin's rumored girlfriend pregnant?
The former gymnast who is alleged to be Russian President Putin's girlfriend sparked pregnancy rumors when she appeared at an event wearing a billowy dress. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
Jay Z and Beyonce's activism: Real or PR?
Music's first family, Mr. and Mrs. Shawn "Jay Z" Carter — that is Jay Z and Beyonce -- have been on quite the philanthropic streak, blurring the distinction between entertainer and saint.
The best (and worst) of working for Letterman
For the first 13 of his 33 years on the late-night airwaves (does anyone still say "airwaves"?), I was a writer for Dave Letterman. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. The best because working with Dave was endlessly entertaining. He was and is the smartest, funniest, quickest and most oddly original utterer of sentences in our vast republic.
Desperate people, heartless nations
The world is facing a massive refugee crisis. Yet there's something missing from the international response: compassion.
What politicians aren't telling you about ISIS
Despite months of an American-led bombing campaign, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has conquered the Iraqi city of Ramadi. It is a major setback, and it should compel policymakers to assess whether our strategy -- which in the near term boils down to containing and disrupting ISIS while we bolster stable governance in Iraq -- is working. What it should not do is prompt half-baked calls for inserting more American troops into Iraq.
Oil disaster is a chilling preview
For those who know something about our nation's environmental laws, images of oil on the Santa Barbara coastline evoke a painful, if iconic, memory -- for Tuesday's spill is not the first to degrade that idyllic locale.
What became of jet-set playgrounds
Emirates: Sharia and skyscrapers
1932: Earhart crosses the Atlantic
What a shot! 40 amazing sports photos
Wow! Neville Longbottom is all grown up
Matthew Lewis, who starred as the lumpy Neville Longbottom in the "Harry Potter" films, has toned up considerably as an adult. A new fashion spread in "Attitude" magazine features photos of the former child actor wearing very little fashion.
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'I'm bad with names' is a real thing
Names don't give your brain much information to grasp onto beyond the name itself, which is why your memory can't hold them well.
Best of Letterman's finale
After more than an hour of tributes and laughs, David Letterman signed off his last show with poignant words: "That's pretty much all I got ... thank you and goodnight."
Nightmare dental procedures done on kids
A Florida dentist is accused of harming children while collecting millions of dollars for unwanted procedures. CNN's Victor Blackwell is Keeping Them Honest.
Mysterious object caught on camera at museum
Surveillance cameras at the U. S. Space Walk Hall of Fame Museum captures a mysterious object on camera. CNN affiliate WKMG has more.
Delta's new safety video is meme-tastic
A new safety video Delta will begin showing on May 25, featuring 23 popular YouTube video memes.
Starbucks worker loses it when customer does this
Isn't the customer always right? This Starbucks employee didn't think so, and let the customer know. A video of the incident has since gone viral.
The Stars and Stripes in Cuba
Click through the pictures to see how Cubans are displaying and even wearing the American flag.
Look at me! 28 selfies of the week
Happy when it rains: On the road with caravan crowd
Squeezing a large family into a tiny box on wheels and dragging them to a remote rain-swept field doesn't sound like much fun.
China's homeowners who refused to budge
Killing in the heartland; heartbreak in China
A Chinese family chooses rural America for their daughter's college education. And thus she becomes part of a new wave of Chinese students to call Iowa home. But her unsolved death has shattered the one-child couple. And the last person to see her alive, her Chinese boyfriend, has disappeared.
'Foxcatcher': The crazy du Pont next door
Add a fake nose, a few tics and mad acting skills and Steve Carell is John du Pont, the Boo Radley of my childhood.
The 13th Juror: An insider's guide to the Tsarnaev trial
No cameras are allowed at the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But CNN's Ann O'Neill will be there every day. Think of her as The 13th Juror, bringing insights here weekly.
Bon Jovi gives Rutgers grads special gift
Who's speaking this year?
Students protested these commencement speakers' invitations.
Michelle Obama: I was held to different standard
Michelle Obama gave an impassioned and personal commencement speech Saturday on the trials she's faced as the first African-American first lady of the United States, saying she was held to a different standard than other candidates' wives during the 2008 campaign because of her race.
A commencement speech that energized a nation
In this year's season of commencement speeches, these academic rites of passage have become the subject of fierce political controversy.
Who were the bikers in that Waco brawl?
Omaha cop killed day before maternity leave
New mom. Coach K at the local Boys and Girls Club. Girl Scout leader. Special Olympics volunteer. Omaha, Nebraska, police officer. Kerrie Orozco was all of those things and much more.
President Obama's unscripted moments
Presidents come into the Oval Office with all sorts of plans, but it's the unscripted moments that also define their legacies.
Oil cleanup could take months
Owner of ruptured California pipeline has 175 safety and maintenance violations since 2006. FULL STORY
Top 10 U.S. beaches for 2015 are ...
An hour's drive from Oahu's famous and often-crowded Waikiki Beach is a local's delight.
How Taylor Swift helped him lose 425 Ibs
Ronnie Brewer's 425-pound weight-loss campaign has gone viral. He credits hard work, his two trainers and Taylor Swift.
What is Red Nose Day?
You've probably noticed a lot of photos lately of celebrities wearing red clown noses.
Airport carpet inspires new sneakers
The city of Portland is losing one of its most beloved institutions: its airport carpet. But the carpet is going out in sentimental style, with a wave of commemorative T-shirts, beer and even a new edition of Adidas shoes bearing the iconic design.
5-year-old's touching gesture goes viral
A 5-year-old boy offered to feed a homeless man at a Waffle House. CNN affiliate WSFA reports.
America's best BBQ is ...
There's more than one bone of contention in the great finger-lickin' barbecue debate. Pork or beef? Vinegar- or tomato-based sauce? No sauce -- or maybe something mustard-based?
Secret space plane launches
The Air Force's mysterious space plane is back above the Earth -- along with Bill Nye's solar sail.
Mama June Threatens TLC With Lawsuit ... We Weren't as Bad as the Duggar Family
Mama June is so angry TLC has not cancelled "19 Kids and Counting" she's prepared to sue TLC, claiming the Duggar family is way worse than hers, yet they still have a show. June tells TMZ there is no way TLC can justify keeping the Duggar family on…
Wiz Khalifa -- Amber Rose Is Trying To Crash My Vegas Party
Wiz Khalifa just wanted to get turnt up in Vegas for this Memorial Day weekend but there's a big wrinkle ... baby mama Amber Rose. We’re told Wiz just found out his estranged wife has booked a suite at the Palms Casino Resort, the same…
Denver Broncos Antonio Smith -- Alleged Abuse Victim Is a Relative
Antonio Smith's child abuse investigation is not only sexual in nature ... TMZ Sports has learned the alleged victim is one of his relatives. We broke the story ... the Fort Bend County Sheriff's department in Texas has been investigating the Denver…
Oprah Sent Duggar Family Packing After Molestation Tip
Oprah Winfrey took swift action when her production company got a tip that Josh Duggar had molested young girls, including some of his sisters, refusing to go through with a scheduled appearance on her talk show. As we reported, the first tip about…
Olympic Gymnast Nastia Liukin -- She's Bashing Me, But I Made Her Rich ... Ex-Agent Fumes
Former gymnast Nastia Liukin is pissing on the people who helped make her a star after the Olympics, and she's doing it just to launch her own business ... according to her ex-agent. Liukin -- a gold medalist in Beijing and…
‘Love & Hip Hop' Star Karlie Redd Serves Up Her Cake For Everyone
Karlie Redd proves there are enough slices of her cake to go around on the June 2015 cover of J’Adore Magazine. TMZ has obtained the exclusive photos ... and the "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta” rum slinger practically goes full frontal for…
Roger in 'Dawn of the Dead': 'Memba Him?!
Scott Reiniger is best known for playing the zombie slaying SWAT member Roger DiMarco -- who falls ill due to a bite -- in the 1979 horror film "Dawn of the Dead." Guess what he looks like now!
WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil -- Sorry, Old Guys ... 'Dad Bod' Ain't Sexy
WWE superstar Titus O'Neil says pudgy and pokey will NEVER be sexy ... telling TMZ Sports the "Dad Bod" craze sweeping the country is a total load of crap. O'Neil came on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" to talk about…
The Who -- Puff, Puff ... Shove That Weed Up Your Ass! (VIDEO)
****WARNING: Video contains graphic language***** Roger Daltrey damn near shut down The Who's latest concert because someone was smoking marijuana, and video of the incident is graphic -- for its severely un-rock and roll nature. During…
Google -- Don't Blame Us, Blame Racist Internet for White House, 'N***a House' Mistake
Google finally got to the bottom of that whole "n***a house" map search screw up, and it says the culprit is none other than YOU ... if you're a racist who frequently uses those words on the Internet. Here's the explanation from a Google…
Josh Duggar Admits Molestation ... Resigns from Family Research Council
Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable. Josh says, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I…
Rapper Lil B -- James Harden Needs to Stop Doing My Dance ... OR ELSE!!!
The biggest obstacle standing between James Harden and an NBA championship is not Steph Curry ... it's Lil B, who is threatening to put a curse on The Beard ... unless he cops to his demands. Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking…
Britney Spears -- Tyson Beckford Is A Freak On A Leash
Britney Spears made Tyson Beckford her bitch by strapping a leash to him and walking him up and down the stage for her audience to see ... and it looks like he loved it. Brit reunited with her old "Toxic" music video…
Robert Griffin III -- My Baby Has Arrived, But Won't Be RG4
Robert Griffin III officially became a father Thursday, but he's going to have to wait a while for RG4 ... because his wife gave birth to a girl. Rebecca Griffin squeezed out 7 lbs, 9 oz. of baby today ... and they named her Reese Anne. Griffin…
Josh Duggar -- Molestation Investigation Docs to Be Destroyed
Police are about to destroy all the names and details surrounding "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar's molestation case ... after one of his alleged victims asked a judge to protect her identity. The alleged victim -- only referred to…
Noel Gallagher -- I Wrote My Best Lyrics When I Was High!
Listen up Oasis fans -- today is gonna be the day Noel Gallagher throws it back to you ... about how he came up with all those lyrics that have been stuck in your head for years. The mellower Gallagher brother flew…
David Spade -- Ronda Rousey In The WWE ... Is a TERRIBLE Idea!
David Spade thinks Ronda Rousey should say buh-bye to all WWE action for the sake of her career -- but he's got a theory about why she keeps pushing to be a pro wrestler. Spade -- who's a big fan of the UFC and Ronda --…
Flavor Flav -- Arrested in the Mother of All Traffic Stops
Flavor Flav was arrested early Thursday morning in Las Vegas by highway patrol and got nailed for so many alleged crimes ... it might be easier to tell you what cops didn't pin on him. Only sorta kidding, but here's what they booked him on: --…
Duggar Son Allegedly Admitted to Sexually Molesting Minor Girls, Including Sisters
Josh Duggar, one of the members of the family that stars in TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" ... was the subject of a police investigation for allegedly sexually molesting 5 girls, some of whom are his sisters. The story was broken by In Touch Weekly,…
Aaron Hernandez -- I Didn't Shoot Murder Witness in the Face ... to Intimidate Him
Aaron Hernandez pled not guilty to witness intimidation -- denying that he shot his friend in the face to keep him from testifying in a double murder investigation. According to the district attorney's office,…