ISIS fighter learned counterterrorism skills in U.S.
An ISIS fighter who calls for jihad in a new online video was trained in counterterrorism tactics on American soil, in a program run by the State Department, officials tell CNN. FULL STORY
ISIS women pose for the camera
Dozens of women have left their homes in the West to join ISIS. So what do their social media posts reveal about who they are and why they made the move?
Counterprotests at 'Draw Mohammed' rally
Opposing sides lined the street outside a Phoenix mosque. Police tried to keep them apart. FULL STORY
Sources: Hastert paid to hide sexual misconduct with minor
Ex-House speaker indicted for lying to FBI about $3.5 million he allegedly agreed to pay. FULL STORY
Pentagon to China: End South China Sea expansion
As China rapidly builds new artificial islands in the South China Sea to expand its territory claim there, Washington is adamantly refusing to recognize those claims.
Man: I saw Holloway buried
Jurriën de Jong says he kept silent for years because of his own crimes -- and out of fear. FULL STORY
Her dad: Best lead in years
CNN's Martin Savidge has part three of his series on a possible new lead in the Natalee Holloway investigation with an alleged witness who claims Holloway is buried on land.
Feds: Hanging wasn't homicide
Federal investigators, saying they could not determine the death of a black man found hanging in a tree was a homicide, will not pursue criminal civil rights charges in the case.
Racist Dr. Seuss drawing for sale
A California auction house is selling an early drawing by Dr. Seuss that's sure to disappoint the parents and children who adore his later work. The 1929 color illustration for "Judge" magazine depicts a blatantly racist scenario and uses a slur to describe black people. It's being auctioned for a minimum bid of $20,000.
Why South Asian kids dominate spelling bees
While your kid was at music class, Puthenveedu Jayakrishnan's was learning to spell. FULL STORY
'Saved by the Bell' star guilty in stabbing
A jury has found actor Dustin Diamond not guilty of one felony charge in a Christmas Day bar stabbing last year.
Obama poster's maker loses hope
Shepard Fairey says he's run out of hope for President Barack Obama.
Airport workers busted in Durant sneaker heist
NBA star Kevin Durant got paid big bucks for making 24 steals this season. But prosecutors have called a foul on two New York airport employees who allegedly swiped 24 not-yet released sneakers from his Nike collection.
'Friday' actor and comedian dies
Actor and comedian Reynaldo Rey died Thursday of complications from a stroke, his manager said.
Opinion: Yes, Putin, this IS America's business
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs -- and he's right. We are. And we should be.
'Bachelor' couple calls it quits
Taylor Swift 'fine' with not being 'overtly sexy'
Taylor Swift says she's "fine" with her generally squeaky-clean image.
Woman goes blind after pet cat licks her
Cat owner suddenly goes blind and doctors diagnosed her with "Cat Scratch," a bacteria passed by cats through their saliva or fur. CNN affiliate WTOL reports.
New Jersey: Magic, not tragic
Don't trash Jersey until you've traveled it
Being from New Jersey, I've heard all the old Joisey stereotypes.
America's first dream vacation
Anthony Bourdain looks back on summers at the Jersey Shore with nothing but fondness. "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Pot vs. alcohol: Which is worse?
As more states legalize medical and even recreational marijuana, more communities are being forced to ask a key question about pot: how bad is it, really? Even the President has weighed in:
Is eating marijuana riskier than smoking it?
Edible marijuana products are the toughest ones to ensure consistent potency. "High Profits" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The week in 39 photos
Grand opening of Golden Gate Bridge
The child workers of Bangladesh
Like many little girls, Popy likes stuffed animals. The 8-year-old carries her teddy bear everywhere -- even to work, where she sorts garbage at a dumping ground in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Images show cruelty of slave masters
In front of a white building, with a Belgian flag flying high in the yard, a black man in a striped t-shirt and shorts is being strangled with a chain.
What's streaming on Netflix, Hulu next month
Brooke Shields is HOW old?
View pictures of celebrities turning 50 in 2015.
37 is 'too old' for actress to play love interest?
CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a examines women in Hollywood and just how old is too old for actresses to play "believable" love interests.
Bill Clinton: 'I'm officially Ebola-free'
Former President Bill Clinton said at a United Nations event Thursday that he underwent Ebola screening from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after a recent visit to Liberia, but that he was never exposed to the deadly virus.
Congress flocks to see Taylor Swift
There's plenty of bad blood between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, but on July 13, one woman will bring them together: Taylor Swift.
Obama meets ISIS victim's family
President Barack Obama met Thursday with the family of an American killed by ISIS, visiting the parents and sister of journalist Steven Sotloff during a trip to Miami.
W.H. on Patriot Act: No plan B
CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks with White House Communications Director Jen Psaki about what the administration plans to do if Patriot Act provisions are not renewed.
Pataki makes bid for POTUS
George Pataki, the Republican who won the governorship three times in heavily Democratic New York, is running for President in 2016.
China, U.S.: No backing down
The standoff between the U.S. and China over disputed territory in the South China Sea is escalating into a war of words and renewed pledges of military maneuvers in the area.
Poll: 5 GOPers tie for 2016 lead
The race for the Republican nomination for President is more wide open now than perhaps ever before, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, with five GOP hopefuls all tied with the same amount of support.
ISIS is winning -- how to stop it
ISIS has had a successful month. But taking a city and holding it are two different things. FULL STORY
Graham retires from Air Force
Lindsey Graham is leaving the Air Force Reserves -- even though he "wouldn't leave if they weren't making me," he says.
Clinton wins voter with scripture
Hillary Clinton is a lifelong Methodist, but you wouldn't know that by listening to most of her speeches. She rarely speaks -- at least at any length -- about her faith.
Flooding puts Cruz in bind on climate
The heavy flooding that's overwhelmed Texas and killed more than 30 people has put Sen. Ted Cruz in a bind on climate change.
Will Duggar scandal hurt GOP?
Guests Ben Ferguson and Marc Lamont Hill debate the impact the Duggar scandal will have on GOP politics.
NBA star's daughter takes over press conference
Most valuable toddler steals the show. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the thin line between adorable and annoying.
Climber's scary fall caught on camera
Mike Libecki is a first ascent addict. He has 60 expeditions under his belt -- all of them to places where very few humans have ever set foot.
Flight attendant investigated for these photos
A Chicago flight attendant for Spirit Airlines is being investigated after taking photos on the tarmac at O'Hare airport. WLS has more.
Lasers target multiple passenger airplanes
Laser pointers that the FAA says can temporarily blind pilots targeted four commercial passenger jets near Farmingdale, New York. CNN's Rene Marsh reports.
What a shot! 40 amazing sports photos
Take a look at 40 amazing sports photos from May 19 through May 25.
Mary Ellen Mark's high school prom portraits
Soaring above deserts on a 'leaf blower'
Several years ago, in Gadhafi-controlled Libya, George Steinmetz found himself hidden in a kind of "safe house" where he was assembling his personal aircraft.
Look at me! 26 selfies of the week
CNN's best bloopers
What's behind a tradition of spelling bee success?
The finals for the Scripps National Spelling Bee have once again produced Indian-American winners -- with Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam sharing this year's prize. Since 1999, 15 of the 19 winners have been Indian-Americans.
220,000 dead. Why are we just talking?
Almost a year on from their dramatic seizure of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continue to expand the frontiers of their stronghold in the Middle East.
35 years of CNN
Art pioneer once expelled for doodling
Growing up in India, Adarsh Alphons was expelled from school for doodling. He continued drawing in class at his new school, but there he got a different reaction.
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 killer and the scholar: An unlikely friendship
A few months ago, Kelly Gissendaner wrote a letter to a pen pal across the Atlantic. She told him the state of Georgia was about to fix a date for her execution. One evening soon, she would be strapped to a gurney, needles would be inserted into her arm, and poison would course through her veins until she was dead.
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.
'Soul-Sucking Dementor' wasp buzzes to fame
Residents flee Japan volcano
Residents of the Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu have been urged to evacuate to get out of the path of an erupting volcano.
Yes, Amy Schumer is everywhere
'Ugly' vegetables: Trendy, tasty, and good for you
Move over, kale. Americans are expanding their veggie horizons. 2015 is the year of the warty, hunchbacked and spiney.
Historic Gay Head Lighthouse on the move
Precariously perched Gay Head Lighthouse is on the move in Martha's Vineyard. Fortunately, the move is not a widely feared fall off a cliff.
Tattoos last, but for some, so does the pain
A new study suggests people suffer infections, itching and chronic complications for their body art.
Feminist yearbook quote goes viral
A lesbian California teenager used the gender pay gap as the basis for her yearbook quote, and a tweet of it has been retweeted more than 10,000 times.
Pearl Harbor memorial closed after accident
The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, will be closed to visitors until at least June 4 after a dock to the memorial that sits atop the sunken battleship was damaged in an accident Wednesday, the National Park Service says.
Mob burns teen girl alive
A large crowd stands by as a teenage girl -- beaten and bloodied -- writhes on the ground, her body engulfed in flames.
Actor arrested on DUI charges
Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of drunken driving in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
'Jeopardy!' answer is hilariously wrong
See this great answer from "Jeopardy!" contestant Choyon Manjrekar.
Casey Anthony -- FINALLY Talking ... for a Price (VIDEO)
Casey Anthony is ready to sing like a canary -- a well paid one -- because TMZ got video of the acquitted alleged child killer touching down in NYC, and she's about to do a big interview. Casey flew into NYC late…
Chris Brown – Baby Mama Nixed Fab Disney World Birthday for Royalty
Chris Brown offered to fly his daughter Royalty and the kid's mom to the happiest place for her first birthday, but his baby mama shut down the offer. Brown's rep tells TMZ, it's true he was a no show for Royalty's 1st birthday, but…
NBA Players -- We Want Our Weed!!! ... It's Time For The League To Legalize
10 out of 10 active NBA players believe it's time to LEGALIZE medicinal marijuana in the NBA ... and the recent video of Kevin Durant dropping prescription pot in L.A. is only fueling the pro-weed fire. Here's the dilemma ... since Rx…
Stars and Scars -- You Be the Judge
Casey Anthony has resurfaced and could be making bank off her first interview, and Kim Richards seems to be in desperate shape. So we gotta ask ...
Jack Nicholson -- Dissed By Billionaire NBA Megafan ... 'He's Not A Real Fan'
Jack Nicholson is officially UNDER ATTACK by a billionaire NBA superfan ... who claims the actor has TURNED HIS BACK on the Lakers -- and he's pissed!!! The rich guy going after Jack is Jimmy Goldstein -- who…
'Bachelor' Chris Soules -- Theme Park Appearance Turned Into Cattle Call
'Bachelor' star Chris Soules is suddenly single, and a lot more marketable ... at least to one venue, which is fully taking advantage of his breakup with Whitney Bischoff. As all of Bachnation knows ... Chris and Whitney ended their engagement…
USC Coach Andy Enfield -- Yes, My Wife Is Super Hot ... This Is How I Got Her
Listen up guys ... the following TMZ Sports video might actually help you score a super hot bikini model, courtesy of a guy who did it ... USC head basketball coach Andy Enfield. You see ... Andy has been married to…
Joe Budden -- Blows Off Court ... Wanted by Cops
Rapper Joe Budden is so on top of his social media game ... he flat out forgot to show up to face charges that he allegedly attacked his gf -- which is why there's now a warrant for his arrest. No joke ... Budden went A.W.O.L. for…
'Beavis and Butt-Head' Rapper T-Baby -- It's STILL So Cold in the 'D'... Remixed!!! (VIDEO)
There is life after "Beavis and Butt-head" for rapper T-Baby, who blew up when the show roasted her song, “It’s So Cold In The D” -- and now she’s making her return with an official remix.…
What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!
There's something more than some serious smizing going down in these Tyra Banks shots ... so sleuth through these professional pics and see if you've got what it takes to be America's next top spotter! **HINT -- There are THREE differences in the…
Bruce Jenner -- I'm Now Ready for My Close Up
Bruce Jenner will grace the cover of "Vanity Fair" as a woman ... his first such photo shoot at the hands of a world-famous celebrity photographer. TMZ has confirmed ... Annie Leibovitz will photograph Bruce for one of the magazine's covers this…
Chris Brown -- Move Over Blue & North ... Royalty Is A-List Too, Baby (PHOTOS)
Chris Brown just threw down a hip-hop papa challenge -- essentially putting Jay Z and Kanye West on notice ... that his baby girl is gunning for their daughters in the cute department. It might seem like an odd way to mark Royalty's first birthday,…
Ex-NBA All Star -- Arrested In Arizona ... Alleged Kingpin In I.D. Theft Scam
Ex-NBA player Chris Gatling -- a former All-Star -- was arrested in Scottsdale, AZ yesterday ... with cops saying he was the kingpin in a massive illegal credit card and I.D. theft scam. TMZ Sports has learned ... one of Gatling's alleged…
"Salute Your Shorts" Star -- We're Reuniting!! Donkeylips Sings Camp Anawanna Song
90's kids rejoice, the cast of Nickelodeon's "Salute Your Shorts" is getting back together ... and Donkeylips himself told us all about it -- along with some far out conspiracy theories. Michael Bower, who…
Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris -- Nighttime Is the Right Time ... For Healthy Pizza (TMZ TV)
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris had an overnight date, which is a polite way of saying they probably boned all night at her place. Or maybe they just had a gluten-free pizza, and fell asleep on the couch. But our…
Austin Rivers -- Dad & I Will Work Together ... On Next NBA Contract
Austin Rivers' next contract will be a tricky one ... but he will talk it over with his GM and his father ... who, of course, happen to be the same person ... Doc Rivers. Rivers was at LAX this week,…
Kelly Osbourne -- How Her New Dog Got So Damn Small!!!
Kelly Osbourne’s new Teacup Pomeranian doesn’t crap gold -- despite its $11,000 price tag -- but it’s still the best bang for your buck, according to the breeder. Betty Pedram, who owns…
Kelly Rutherford -- Not So Fast ... Custody Victory Hits Snag
"Gossip Girl" star Kelly Rutherford's victory in her child custody battle with her ex has proven to be short-lived ... because a judge undid the ruling ... leaving the kids in Monaco with their father. A California judge sided with Rutherford last…
Plaxico Burress -- No Prison ... In Tax Evasion Case
Plaxico Burress is NOT going to prison for tax evasion -- despite the fact he was facing an entire DECADE behind bars ... TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, officials in Mercer County, NJ charged the ex-NFL star with two tax…
Ed Sheeran -- Let's Talk About Sex ... I Do a Lot, But I Don't Suck Out Farts
Attention ladies, Ed Sheeran loves going down south, he's just not into the deep, deep south ... if ya catch our drift -- and if you don't, we mean he doesn't eat ass. Yes, seemingly innocent looking Ed got down and…