High-living official became wire-wearing informant
Chuck Blazer went from raking in illicit millions to taping colleagues secretly. Full story | What is this 'FIFA'?
Putin accuses U.S. of meddling
Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out swinging in defense of FIFA's embattled president and against U.S. authorities who've gone after soccer's powerful, polarizing governing body.
Sepp Blatter speaks at FIFA Congress
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Flooded Texas faces more
The ferocious Blanco River surged into the Perez family's vacation home, blowing the door off its frame.
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
Bergen: War hero investigated
Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Taliban, tried to get a deal to save U.S. hostages
New human ancestor found
Meet Australopithecus deyiremeda, a newly discovered species of hominin that sheds light on our earliest ancestors, scientists say.
The longest shot in GOP field?
George Pataki, the Republican who won the governorship three times in heavily Democratic New York, will run for president in 2016.
Who's running for president?
Roads melt in heat wave
Mallayia Baddula sits barefoot beneath the shelter of his hut in Perepally, a small village outside Hyderabad.
'Catfish' star held in terror threat
Washington transit police arrested a man Wednesday who appeared on MTV's "Catfish" on charges he made "terroristic threats" against Washington subway stations, buses and trains.
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.
Jetliner loses power in both engines in storm
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 with more than 180 passengers on board temporarily lost power to both of its engines as it passed through a storm, the airline has said.
Cops with rifles pose over black man in antlers
It's a racially charged photograph.
Salt water answer to Southwest's drought?
It's not just California. Droughts are sapping precious water supplies all across America's southwest.
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.
Volvo plows into staff during safety demo
Car gone wild at safety training. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports instead of detecting pedestrians, it plowed into them.
Are Texas floods a wake up call?
The deadly rainfall that has left many parts of Houston underwater has happened before and can happen again -- not only in Texas but other cities that are unprepared. Houston has been known to flood even in moderately heavy rains -- some of its roads are designed to collect large pools of water when the city's drainage gets overwhelmed, which happens pretty often. And some parts of the city received an enormous amount of rain -- more than 11 inches.
How Pope's move breaks with conservatives
On Saturday, thousands gathered in El Salvador to celebrate a jubilant moment in their country's history. In a special ceremony held in the capital city of San Salvador, former Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified, putting him one step closer to sainthood.
A scandal without sex or David Beckham
The FIFA soccer scandal is grabbing headlines across the country. While Americans don't love soccer, we do love scandals. In fact, we love scandals so much we even have a hit show named -- you guessed it: "Scandal."
Death sentence for Middle East democracy
This month, former Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsy was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. More trials and harsh sentences are expected. Today, more than 40,000 Islamists are in prison in Egypt.
Is everyone entitled to an opinion?
If your reading habits are marked more by page clicks than page turns these days, chances are you've come across a "hot take" -- or 20.
Grand opening of Golden Gate Bridge
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.
Mary Ellen Mark's prom portraits
Photos: Happy birthday, CNN
Happy birthday, CNN! The world's first 24-hour news network came to life on June 1, 1980.
After 10 years, new lead in Natalee Holloway case?
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.
State Department official to exit
A top State Department official -- Wendy Sherman -- will depart following the completion of the Iran nuclear talks, a source confirms to CNN. Sherman has been the lead U.S. negotiator with Iran as the Obama administration has pursued a nuclear agreement.
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.
Nebraska repeals death penalty
One of the country's most conservative states, Nebraska, has outlawed what has long been a central plank of conservative criminal justice policy: the death penalty.
Santorum to seek WH again
Rick Santorum, who won Iowa by 34 votes in the 2012 GOP presidential primary race -- with about 25% of caucus goers -- is looking for lightning to strike twice, in the same spot.
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.
Kasich: I'm no Obamacare hypocrite
Would-be presidential candidate John Kasich, defended his expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, while slamming President Barack Obama's signature law at the same time.
Is Fox News bad for the GOP?
Conservative historian Bruce Bartlett joins Brian Stelter to discuss what he calls the "self-brainwashing" of Republican voters by Fox News.
Rubio: Gay marriage backers 'danger'
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio took a decidedly conservative turn on same-sex marriage in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network this week, warning that "there's a real and present danger" that gay marriage proponents will cast the teachings of mainstream Christianity as "hate speech."
Jindal: Paul 'unsuited' to be POTUS
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took a swing at his would-be presidential primary foe Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday, calling the Kentucky senator "unsuited" to take over as commander in chief.
Paul: GOP brand 'sucks'
Presidential candidate Rand Paul has christened himself a different kind of Republican, and now he's embracing a unique moniker: tree hugger.
Senator marries longtime aide
Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran married his long-time aide, Kay Webber, over the weekend in a private ceremony in Gulfport.
First lady's workout is a knockout
As part of her "Gimme Five" fitness campaign, first lady Michelle Obama tweeted a video of five exercises for her followers to try.
4 ways Periscope is shaking up media
It's May 2, and in London, the Duchess of Cambridge has entered St. Mary's hospital to give birth to her second child. CNN Royal Correspondent Max Foster is waiting just outside in a crowded press area. He can't do much on TV until the baby is born. Instead, he turns to his phone -- clamped to a mini-tripod perched atop a trash bin -- and chats with thousands of royal fans via livestreaming app Periscope.
The invention that changed music forever
"Do you believe in life after love?" Cher used to sing. And if you've ever heard that song, you might now have an earworm in your head.
Sweet 16th birthday is ruined when this happens
You won't believe how this girl's sweet 16th birthday was ruined on this edition of the RidicuList.
'Jeopardy!' answer is hilariously wrong
See this great answer from "Jeopardy!" contestant Choyon Manjrekar.
Would you pay $90,000 for an Instagram photo?
Artist Richard Prince blew up screenshots of other people's Instagrams, hung them at the Frieze Art Fair in New York and reportedly made a ton of money.
Everybody cool is from this state
Anthony Bourdain heads deep into the Garden State to show people that "Jersey is still awesome."
Look at me! 26 selfies of the week
The week in 40 photos
Faces of the 2015 National Spelling Bee
Recently active volcanoes
The star gene: Next-generation celebrity
Rumer Willis and her mother, actress Demi Moore, dress like twins.
Baby lamb rejected by mother and adopted by ...
Stormy the lamb was born on a small farm in Canada and was rejected by her mother. CTV Network reports that a 1-year-old dog has adopted the lamb.
Want a Tina Fey or Amy Poehler of your very own?
With this pair of new action figures, you're sure to have a good night and a pleasant tomorrow.
Stunning images: Chinese families with everything they own
For more than a decade, Chinese photographer Ma Hongjie has asked dozens of families across the country to empty their homes and pose in front of everything they own.
Homeowners who refused to budge
7 outrageous American castles
For a country that ditched monarchical rule, America has some of the most intriguing "castles" in the world.
Soaring above deserts on a 'leaf blower'
U.S. military mistakenly shipped anthrax
Four Defense Department workers have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said, following the revelation the U.S. military inadvertently shipped live anthrax samples in the last several days.
ID thieves getting your benefits
A criminal could be collecting unemployment benefits under your name right now -- and you wouldn't even know it.
Kids give class trip money to ill principal
After years of saving and fundraising, the graduating class of New Hampshire's Profile Senior High School finally had $8,000 for their senior trip.
American arrested over grenade in airport
Authorities in the Philippines have arrested an American citizen who they say tried to take a grenade and knife through airport security.
No way! He's 50?
View pictures of celebrities turning 50 in 2015.
Lawyer offers cows, goats to marry Malia Obama
Felix Kiprono, a lawyer in Nairobi, Kenya, has his eye on someone special: President Obama's daughter Malia.
Illegal drug more lethal than cocaine
It goes by the name flakka. In some parts of the country, it is also called "gravel" because of its white crystal chunks that have been compared to aquarium gravel.
Grieving dad vows #NotOneMore death
Richard Martinez's son was killed during the 2014 shooting in Isla Vista, California. Since then, Martinez has been on a quest to end gun violence.
Watch tornado twist through parking lot
A surveillance camera got footage of debris flying as a tornado rips through Beavercreek, Ohio.
Brittney Griner -- 7 Game Suspension Is Ridiculous ... Says WNBA Players Assoc.
Brittney Griner is getting SCREWED by the WNBA -- so says the WNBA Players Association, which claims Griner's 7 game suspension for domestic violence is "excessive and inappropriate." We broke the story ... Griner and her wife Glory Johnson were…
'The Bachelorette' -- Brokeback Bachelors Are NOT GAY
The Bachelorette's big gay event -- the so-called "Brokeback Bachelor" moment where 2 of the guys fall in love with each other -- is missing something ... 2 gay guys. TMZ has learned both guys -- Clint and JJ -- are…
Steph Curry's Daughter -- Hijacks Press Conference Again ... Sings Big Sean Song
Best video of the day. Steph Curry's adorable daughter, Riley, stole the show at the Warriors post-game press conference -- AGAIN -- and this time, she capped off her performance by singing some Big Sean into the…
'Suicide Squad' -- Oh Yeah ... Batman Is Definitely In It! (PHOTO)
It wouldn't be a party if Batman wasn't invited, and now it's official ... the Caped Crusader is going to be in "Suicide Squad." While the Batmobile had previously been spotted on set, Wednesday marked the first time Bruce Wayne's alter ego made an…
Dwyane Wade -- I Still Paint My Toenails ... So What!?
Dwyane Wade is more polished than we thought -- and the proof is in his toes. Wade has been documenting his weight loss in a 30 Day Transformation challenge by posting pics on social media of his weight on the scale in his home. We…
Charlie Sheen -- Sooo Dripping Wet ... Over Justin Bieber!!??
Get Charlie Sheen a towel ... a BIG one ... or maybe just a life preserver -- 'cause the guy was absolutely drowning in his own sweat at 1:30 AM in Hollywood. This video is insane, and literally soaking wet. We saw…
Terrell Suggs on Deflategate -- Patriots Got Off Way Easy
We already know he doesn't like Tom Brady ... and Tom Brady's hair -- but now it seems NFL superstar Terrell Suggs doesn't like TB's Deflategate punishment either. The Baltimore Ravens stud was leaving Mastro's…
Bruce Buffer -- Crappy Mayweather Fight ... Was Great for UFC!!!
The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight was so bad, it actively HURT the sport of boxing ... but it was GREAT for the UFC ... so says UFC octagon announcer Bruce Buffer. Buffer -- the voice of the UFC -- was brutally…
'19 Kids and Counting' Pulled From Hulu
Hulu has pulled the plug on "19 Kids and Counting." The popular streaming site was bombarded with messages from users who wanted the show 86'd in the wake of the Josh Duggar molestation scandal. Hulu responded quickly, saying, "The show…
TLC's '19 Kids and Counting' -- If You're Betting, Put $20 on Cancellation
It is way more likely than not that TLC will cancel "19 Kids and Counting" ... this according to sources connected with the network. As it was put to us, "If you're betting, you'd be wise to put money on the show getting cancelled." Our sources say…
Kyle Richards -- I Haven't Spoken to Kim Since Wedding Disaster in Mexico
Kyle Richards made it clear by what she said and what she didn't say ... her sister Kim is in crisis. We got Kyle out in Bev Hills Wednesday, and she opened up and said she hasn't spoken with Kim since Kim's daughter…
Michael King -- Creator Of Oprah, Dr. Phil Dead ... Dies at 66
Michael King, who with brother Roger created and syndicated wildly successful shows, including "Oprah" and "Dr. Phil," has died ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell us King and his wife went to France several weeks ago to visit their son and…
Nicole Scherzinger To Ex -- You Can Have Kendall Jenner ... I Have This Sexy Body
Nicole Scherzinger made it clear without saying a word ... her ex-BF may be with Kendall Jenner but he's missing out on a lot. Our photog practically tripped over his tongue when he spotted the 36-year-old leaving…
Auntie Fee -- I’m Trading In My Knife Set For A Film Set
Auntie Fee -- best known as Internet sensation Chef Sista Girl -- is taking her low budget recipes and take-no-s**t attitude to the big screen, and there's a Tyler Perry twist. Auntie just booked her first film role in "Barbershop 3" and is…
Guns N' Roses Guitarist DJ Ashba -- Concert Fight ... Over an E-Cigarette! (VIDEO)
Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba's e-cigarette vapor pissed off a Vegas concertgoer so badly ... the guy put an ass whupping on Axl Rose's axman. It's not the most rock 'n' roll brawl we've ever heard of ... but…
Ray McDonald's Mom -- My Son Is Innocent ... But His NFL Career Is Over
Ray McDonald's parents are adamant their son did NOT attack the mother of his child ... claiming he's a good man whose NFL career has been destroyed by his accuser's lies. Labrina McDonald tells TMZ Sports she and her husband have spoken with…
Spoon Boy in 'The Matrix' :'Memba Him?!
Rowan Witt is best known for playing The Oracle's metal melting prodigy, Spoon Boy -- who teaches Neo to realize "...there is no spoon" -- in the 1999 sci-fi film "The Matrix." Guess what he looks like now!
New Found Glory -- Band Connects with Horse ... Saves Her From Death Row
New Found Glory’s guitarist Chad Gilbert, just saved a very special horse from getting turned into glue. Chad tells TMZ he was doing a Twitter search recently for fan reactions to the band’s tour, and he came across an ad…
E-40 -- If Golden State Beats Houston ... I'll Supply Victory Booze!
There could be a slurricane heading for Oakland ... 'cause rap legend E-40 says if the Golden State Warriors squad wins the NBA title, they'll get UNLIMITED booze from his winery for the rest of the year!!! FYI -- E-40 is a major player in the booze…
DeAndre Jordan -- 'Friends' Could Sway Me to Stay with Clippers
When it comes to his NBA future, DeAndre Jordan says "friendships" could be a major factor -- which is why his BFF relationship with Blake Griffin is HUUUUUGE!!! DeAndre just got back from a guys trip to…