Hostage siege unfolding in Bangladesh terror attack
There are armed assailants inside a Spanish restaurant. Some customers are trapped inside, police official Gen. Benzir Ahmed told reporters.
Fmr. CIA officer: Uptick in violence unprecedented
Police exchanged gunfire with armed attackers at a restaurant in a diplomatic zone of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Robert Baer, a former CIA officer, discusses the uptick in violence in the area.
U.S.: Airstrike kills ISIS commanders
A coalition airstrike in Iraq killed two ISIS senior military commanders last week, including a man that the United States says oversaw the terror group's 2014 offensive to capture the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Pentagon said Friday.
WH reveals civilian death toll from drone strikes
President Barack Obama is expected to reveal the number of civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes on Friday, a central tactic of his fight against terrorism that has been harshly criticized by several human rights groups.
Lynch to accept DOJ, FBI guidance on Clinton emails
Attorney General Loretta Lynch will accept the "determinations and findings" of the FBI and career prosecutors who are investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a Justice Department official said Friday.
2 airport bombers and planner ID'd
The alleged organizer of the Istanbul airport massacre is a well known militant who served as a top lieutenant in ISIS' war ministry, a U.S. official said.
Toxic algae bloom blankets Florida beaches
Jordan Schwartz, owner of the Ohana Surf Shop, said he wanted to cry when he saw the green slime -- a toxic algae bloom -- covering his swath of Stuart Beach on Florida's east coast.
Puerto Rico makes historic default
Puerto Rico just did something that hasn't happened since 1933.
Trump jokes Mexican plane 'ready to attack'
During a rally Donald Trump joked that a plane flying overhead "could be a Mexican plane up there getting ready to attack."
Trump lets 'heeby-jobbies' remark go
Donald Trump on Thursday disagreed with a questioner who complained about "Zionist Israel" during a town hall in New Hampshire.
Hubble spots dramatic auroras on Jupiter
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of glowing auroras over Jupiter just days before NASA's new Juno spaceship arrives to orbit the gas giant.
Flour recall over E. coli outbreak
General Mills announced Friday that it is expanding its voluntary flour recall.
U.S. destroyer sails by Russian warship
U.S. officials say a Russian frigate recently came within an unsafe distance to the USS Gravely destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea.
The week in 33 photos
Take a look at 33 photos of the week from June 24 through June 30.
Michelle Obama: A heartbreaking loss
Ralphina Feelee lives in Liberia, where the average family gets by on less than two dollars a day, and many families simply can't afford to educate their daughters. Teen pregnancy rates are high, and pregnant girls are often discouraged from attending school.
First openly gay Miss America contestant
Miss Missouri, Erin O'Flaherty, is the first openly gay Miss America contestant in the pageant's 95-year history. She speaks to CNN's Ashleigh Banfield about the experience.
Driver killed in autopilot crash said tech was great
The Tesla driver killed in a crash while in autopilot mode happened to be a huge proponent of autonomous driving.
Opinion: Crash highlights self-driving car dangers
We think of automobiles as American as baseball, apple pie, and hotdogs - or at least that's what the car advertisers have gotten us to believe.
Three world leaders, one awkward handshake
Watch this hot mess of a handshake. Jeanne Moos gives a hand to some of the worst handshakes ever.
'Eat, Pray, Love' author announces separation
Elizabeth Gilbert announced she is separating from her husband a decade after writing about their romance in the best selling book, "Eat, Pray, Love."
Sanders: I do not hate Clinton
Bernie Sanders slapped away Donald Trump's claim that he "hates" Hillary Clinton, saying he has a "lot of respect" for her while mocking Trump as a "genius" for being able to read his mind.
Why Brexit could hurt U.S. security
What happens in Europe doesn't stay in Europe.
Accidental missile launch kills boater
A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile toward China Friday, hitting a fishing boat and killing the boat's captain in an incident China called "a serious matter."
Antarctic ozone layer is healing
The Antarctic ozone layer, which shields the Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays, shows encouraging signs that it's beginning to heal, according to research published in the journal Science.
How biggest July 4 fireworks show comes together
CNNMoney's Maggie Lake goes behind the scenes and on the barge as Macy's sets up NYC's July 4 fireworks show.
As firework laws are relaxed, injuries increase
Fireworks are synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations. But as entertaining as sparklers, bottle rockets and other consumer items can be, they're also responsible for many injuries, which can sometimes result in death.
Roseanne Barr denies she's a Trump supporter
If Roseanne Barr is going to endorse anyone for president, she's going to go with a potential candidate she knows really well -- herself.
Dangerous chemicals in everyday products
It was long believed that you could acquire "better living through chemistry." But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.
Hate crimes up fivefold in week after UK vote
Police in Britain have recorded a dramatic rise in racist attacks in the wake of Brexit, with five times the usual number of incidents reported in the week since the country voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
The week that brought the UK to its knees
A week ago, Brits were waking up to news the country had voted for "Brexit." The seven days since have seen a political and social whirlwind across the UK.
Sorority sister gets life for killing baby
An Ohio court sentenced 21-year-old Emile Weaver to life in prison without parole for the killing of her newborn child in April 2015.
Wimbledon: Del Potro savors win over Wawrinka
Juan Martin del Potro slipped holding a break point late in the first set of his upset win over fifth seed Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon. It wasn't a nasty spill and the Argentine held himself up, but he then sat on the grass, seemingly pausing to embrace the grand surroundings.
McCain, Reid want pardon for boxer Jack Johnson
Sens. John McCain and Harry Reid are joining together to ask President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion.
BMW promises driverless cars by 2021
BMW has teamed with two leading tech companies to deliver fully self-driving vehicles in 2021.
Butter not as bad as you thought
There's little to no link between butter and chronic disease, but it's not exactly good for your health.
Reluctant singer stuns with anthem
An impromptu song at Lincoln Memorial gives goose bumps. CNN's Jeanne Moos introduces us to the latest viral singing sensation.
Again, Russian warship in close call with Navy
For the second time in two weeks, a Russian warship in the eastern Mediterranean has approached U.S. Navy ships in what American military officials said was an unsafe manner, raising concerns about Russian intentions.
Priest killed while picking flowers
A Hindu priest was hacked to death at his temple in Bangladesh's southwestern district of Jhenaidah early Friday, police said.
Workers to strike at Trump Taj Mahal casino
It's going to be a rough start to the holiday weekend for the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.
Judge calls law 'state-sanctioned discrimination'
A federal judge blocked a controversial Mississippi law that would've gone into effect Friday, which would've allowed businesses and government employees to deny services to gay and transgender people based on religious grounds.
Alleged child rape victim speaks out
Tracie remembers when she met Elby Hars and his daughter Terri Hars, a day that would forever change the path of her life.
Holocaust escape tunnel discovered
The Jewish prisoners used spoons and their bare hands to dig the tunnel in Lithuania's Ponar forest during World War II, hoping it would lead them to freedom.
What do modern libraries loan? Humans
What does a library look like in a modern city? There are still epic tales of migration, inspiring stories of people overcoming hardship, and chronicles of religious or racial persecution. But in some places, there aren't any books -- instead, it's humans that are on loan.
What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon in July
Admit it: It's too hot to go outside.
Niki Lauda: 'Too much safety will destroy F1'
He was severely burnt after a crash 40 years ago, but Niki Lauda believes "too much safety" will destroy Formula One.
Billionaire provides trip of lifetime
He's spent billions of dollars fulfilling dreams of Chelsea fans across the world -- now Roman Abramovich has helped fund a group of children's trip of a lifetime to Euro 2016.
Next British PM has job from hell?
In case you haven't noticed, Britain is in a bit of a pickle. The British people voted last week to pull out of the European Union, and as a result, they have no clue who's going to lead the country through one of its toughest political transitions in years. And most will have no say in it, either. Oops.
New trial for accused killer in 'Serial' podcast
A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial for Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the first season of the popular "Serial" podcast.
Miss Teen USA ditches swimsuits
After 33 years, the teenage beauty pageant decided to get rid of its swimsuit competition.
Giant spaceship spins into the unknown
A spinning, solar-powered spacecraft as wide as a basketball court will arrive at Jupiter on July 4 to study the giant planet and to take the highest-resolution images of Jupiter in history.
Who's Leslie Jones gonna call? Christian Siriano
Leslie Jones has just shown us the power of a tweet. The actress will be styled by designer Christian Siriano for the upcoming "Ghostbusters" premiere on July 9.
Dame Judi Dench gets tatted up at 81
Dame Judi Dench has a tattoo. Yes, you're reading that correctly. The 81-year-old recently revealed that she got some ink for the first time. It's on her wrist and it says, "Carpe diem."
Dry, hot weather makes fireworks riskier
With high temperature across the country, there are more warnings than usual posted about fireworks safety. In addition to harming themselves, people are also in danger of lighting up their entire neighborhoods -- unless you're in one of the cities getting hit with rain.
Are you using sunscreen right?
Still not wearing your sunscreen? Here are a few good reasons to start: Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. It's also the most preventable, says Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at NYU and Vice President of the Skin Care Foundation Dr. Elizabeth Hale, since regular use of sunscreen is one of the most effective prevention strategies around. What's more: 90 percent of skin damage (aka premature skin aging) is caused by UV exposure, says Hale. And (you guessed it) regularly wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to stave off this wear and tear.
Hunt is on for bear that killed cyclist
A bear knocked a cyclist off his mountain bike and killed him in a rare encounter Wednesday afternoon near the Glacier National Park.
El Chapo's reign on the run
How did the diminutive son of a Mexican farming family end up becoming one of the most notorious and powerful drug lords in the world? The story of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's life often inspires legend, in part because of one maddening truth: He simply wouldn't stay caught. Follow the kingpin's life, from his beginnings in Sinaloa to his current incarceration in a high-security prison.
Feds look at Tesla after fatal crash
Federal regulators are investigating Tesla's autopilot mode following a fatal crash that killed a Tesla driver using the software.
Marlins, Braves to play at Fort Bragg
On the surface, Sunday's game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves looks like a typical regular-season matchup. But unlike other MLB games this weekend, this one has added significance with a bit of history for the Fourth of July weekend.
Bill Clinton meeting causes headaches for Hillary
A meeting this week between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton is creating headaches for Hillary Clinton's campaign.
50 years photographing U.S. politics
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was the first national politician I photographed, and I hold him directly responsible for my interest in what makes the world tick! When I covered Kennedy in 1966 as a 19-year-old news photographer, I was entranced not only by him, but by the notion that so many people were transfixed with the persona and words of a single person.
Officer pushed through flames to help
When President Barack Obama awarded Los Angeles Police Officer Donald Thompson the Medal of Valor in May, the 6-foot-1 commander in chief had to stand on his tiptoes to hang the medal around the neck of the 6-foot-7 hero.
Bergen: Why Russians are fighting for ISIS
Russians are the largest group of foot soldiers in the group from a non-Muslim majority country and they have also played a leadership role in the organization, write Peter Bergen and David Sterman
Trump's VP finalists
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- a former Donald Trump rival turned top defender -- is being vetted as a possible running mate for the presumptive Republican nominee, a source confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
Benghazi widow rebukes Clinton
The wife of one of the men killed during the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, rebuked Hillary Clinton on Thursday for encouraging the country to "move on" four years after the violence.
The tragic paradox of Obama's presidency
President Barack Obama was delivering a speech before a joint session of Congress when a white lawmaker jabbed his right index finger at Obama and called him a liar.
Actor tells Black Lives Matter critics to 'sit down'
During his acceptance speech at the BET Awards, Actor Jesse Williams spoke in opposition to Black Lives Matter critics.
Opinion: What's behind Turkey's terror?
Like millions around the world, I grieve in solidarity with Turkey. A place that played a key part in my personal religious journey is suffering again -- this time in Islam's holiest month. Turkey, home of the majestic Blue Mosque, and resting place of the great Muslim love poet Mevlana Rumi, is now under monthly terror attacks.
U.S. hopes Turkey will step up
American officials have long wanted Turkey to be as committed to the fight against ISIS as is the U.S. With the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk Airport Tuesday, ISIS might have helped make the case for them.
Hong Kong streets packed with protesters
Thousands are marching through the streets of Hong Kong for the annual July 1 protest to call for democracy in the Chinese-administered territory.
Barn fire kills 7,000 young turkeys
A barn fire at a Massachusetts turkey farm killed 7,000 young birds, devastating the company's potential Thanksgiving business, farm officials said Thursday.
Kevin Durant -- Clippers Honchos Arrive for Meeting ... DeAndre, Ballmer & Doc (PHOTOS)
The Clippers have landed in NY -- with DeAndre Jordan, Doc Rivers and Steve Ballmer all laser focused on signing Kevin Durant. The Clippers trio touched down in the Hamptons -- where they're reportedly set to meet with KD, who became an…
NFL's Shiloh Keo -- Pleads Guilty in DUI Case ... Dodges Jail Time
Denver Broncos safety Shiloh Keo just pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge stemming from his arrest back in February ... but he won't spend any time behind bars. Keo -- who recovered the Patriots' onside kick during the AFC championship game and…
2 Chainz -- You Found My Ring? Here's a Couple Benjamins! (VIDEO)
2 Chainz is a ring fan ... so much so he rewarded a fan with cash when she found the missing bling. The rapper performed Thursday night at Club La Vela in Panama City Beach, Florida and showed fan appreciation by spraying the crowd with water.…
NBA's Meyers Leonard -- Courted By Raptors Coach ... In Bev Hills Meeting (PHOTO)
Some NBA movin' and shakin' in Bev Hills Friday -- with Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey meeting with 7'1" Meyers Leonard ... and TMZ Sports has the pic. Leonard was a 1st round pick by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2012 Draft -- and…
Mexican Singer Ana Barbara -- Wells Fargo Cost Me Over $1 Million!!
Wells Fargo has enabled two crooked employees to fleece a famous Mexican singer out of her hard-earned money ... so claims the performer in a new lawsuit. Latin Grammy winner Ana Bárbara accuses the bank and two of its employees of…
Conor McGregor -- I'm Ready to Rage In Vegas ... Hosting UFC 200 After-Party
Conor McGregor is gonna be working in Vegas during UFC 200 weekend -- just not in the Octagon. Instead, he'll be hosting a post-fight party at a massive nightclub at the Wynn Hotel ... TMZ Sports has learned. McGregor has signed on to…
MLB's Bryce Harper -- Sick July 4th Cleats ... Most Patriotic Kicks Ever?? (PHOTO)
Pretty awesome move from MLB superstar Bryce Harper -- who's honoring July 4th with some custom cleats paying tribute to ALL 5 BRANCHES of the U.S. military. The Washington Nationals superstar hooked up with sneaker customizer Dez Customs and…
Bebe Clothing Creator -- You Can Live as Large as Me ... For $40 Mil
Women's clothes can make you super rich ... and if you had any doubt look at the estate the creator of Bebe clothing wear is selling. Manny Mashouf has just put his Holmby Hills estate on the market for a cool $40 million. Everything about it is…
Rick Ross – House Arrest Never Looked So Chill (VIDEO)
Rick Ross has always been an industrious guy -- figuring out ways around the word "no" -- so it's no surprise he figured out a way to get a luxurious spa treatment in the confines of his palatial ATL cell, ankle bracelet and all. The rapper…
Lifetime Sued -- The Fempire Strikes Back
What do you get when you combine chicks and "Empire"? A lawsuit. Alta Tseng and Jessica Corbin claim they launched their Fempire brand in 2004 to encourage female empowerment and promote female trends. They cemented their brand by snagging a…
O.J. Mayo -- Banned from NBA for 2 Years ... Violating Anti-Drug Program
Another O.J. ... from USC ... in big trouble. Milwaukee Bucks star O.J. Mayo has been BANNED from playing in the NBA for 2 years -- after league officials say he violated the NBA's anti-drug policy. Unclear what caused the violation or…
Ex-Cowboys Player -- Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison ... For Sexual Assault
Ex-Dallas Cowboys cornerback C.J. Spillman was just sentenced to 5 years in prison after he was convicted of sexual assault. The 30-year-old was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Texas resort back in 2014. He admitted to the sex, but…
Lisa Vanderpump -- Restaurant Sued ... Would You Like Glass in Your Calamari?
Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant is being sued by a customer who claims their garnish messed him up something fierce. John Santos claims in a new lawsuit he was chowing down on calamari at Pump in WeHo when he felt a sharp pain in his mouth. Santos…
Rapper Bun B -- Kevin Durant's My Homie ... You NEED to Sign with Houston!! (VIDEO)
Did you know ... rap legend Bun B is longtime homies with Kevin Durant??? It's true -- and now the rap legend is reaching out to the NBA superstar to convince him to sign with his beloved Houston Rockets. With Durant officially on the market,…
Chris Brown -- Cops Boot Singer from Ibiza ... Vomit and Urine Everywhere
Chris Brown is once again in the crosshairs of cops, but this one's weird. Chris rented a villa in Ibiza for the last week in June, and the landlord went to police and accused Chris of trashing the house. According to the police report, obtained by…
Daphne Joy -- Miss Me Yet, Jason? (PHOTO GALLERY)
Daphne Joy just gave Jason Derulo a whole lotta regret. Daphne -- who's got a kid with 50 Cent -- was spotted on the beach in Mexico Thursday looking ridiculous. Ay, caramba!
WWE's Jerry Lawler -- Charges Dropped ... In Domestic Violence Case
WWE legend Jerry "The King" Lawler is off the hook in his domestic violence case -- prosecutors have dropped the charges against him and his fiancee. 66-year-old Lawler and his 27-year-old fiancee, Lauryn McBride, were arrested in Memphis on…
Boosie -- TV's Trying To Make Everybody F****** Gay
Boosie is adamant ... TV is forcing kids to be gay, and if things don't change ... in 10 years half our population will wave the rainbow flag. Boosie went wild Thursday during an interview with DJ Vlad ... railing on TV shows that showcase gay…
NFL's Tarvaris Jackson -- I Have No Cash ... I Need a Public Defender
NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson -- who reportedly made more than $13 MILLION during his 9 year career -- requested a public defender in his assault case ... claiming he has no cash to his name. It's all laid out in court docs obtained by TMZ…
Prince -- Criminal Investigation Full Bore ... Doctors On The Hot Seat
The Prince criminal death investigation is in high gear, and authorities are scrutinizing two doctors ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. Our sources say authorities are taking a hard look at Prince's primary physician Dr. Michael…