Rain breaks records; more on the way
A firefighter died early Sunday while performing a high water rescue operation in Claremore, Oklahoma, an emergency management official said. FULL STORY
Rain breaks records, soaks Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle
Emergency crews in Oklahoma and Texas are scrambling to help inundated residents cope with record-breaking rains. CNN's Derek Van Dam has more.
Pentagon chief: Iraqis showed 'no will to fight' in Ramadi
Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke frankly in an exclusive interview on CNN's "State of the Union" aired Sunday about the weak state of Iraq's military as one major reason the key town of Ramadi fell to ISIS, also known as ISIL, last week.
ISIS hit with counterattack
After days of ISIS fighters advancing east out of Ramadi, an alliance of Iraqi forces opposed to the terror group say they've launched a counter-attack -- hoping to push them away from a key Iraqi military base and the capital.
Protests after cop acquitted
Police arrested demonstrators in downtown Cleveland following the acquittal of a police officer charged in the 2012 shooting death of two unarmed people. FULL STORY
A band of sisters in Special Ops
Even before women were allowed in combat roles, a group of female soldiers gained crucial information for special operations units.
Russia bans 'undesirable' NGOs
Non-governmental organizations working in Russia awoke Sunday to a new reality -- that they operate now under a law that allows the government to prosecute them on the grounds they are 'undesirable.'
Steinem, activists cross DMZ
An international group of activists, including Gloria Steinem, crossed the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea to bring attention to the need for peace between the two nations. FULL STORY
Mass graves found in Malaysia
Mass graves of refugees caught up in the human-trafficking trade have been found in northern Malaysia near the border with Thailand, authorities said Sunday.
42 gunmen, 1 cop die in shootout
A three-hour shootout between Mexican security forces and unidentified gunmen Friday left 42 of the gunmen dead, as well as one federal police officer, officials said.
Ben Carson tops straw poll
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson handily won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll on Saturday, the first major survey to take the temperature of the Republican presidential field in the south.
Suspected killer of woman kept in box shot dead
A Missouri woman kept captive in a wooden box for four months escaped in April, only to be shot to death this week along with her son, police said.
Elephant grabs camera, takes excellent 'elphie'
Plenty of tourists have snapped a selfie of themselves posing with an elephant during their travels. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has done it.
40-pound woman's desperate plea goes viral
"My name's Rachael. I need your help," Rachael Farrokh says, short of breath in a desperate plea for life in a video she posted to YouTube.
'19 Kids' off air over molestation allegations
Reality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: "I acted inexcusably."
Man pronounced dead, stuns medical examiner crew
A man with a medical condition was pronounced dead after the Milwaukee Fire Department arrived at his apartment. Minutes later, he started breathing.
Eurovision contest winner is ...
A pop singer from Sweden won the 60th version of the hugely popular Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday.
Report: Grandmother, 65, has quadruplets
For many people, 13 children would be more than enough.
Mother found pushing dead toddler on swing
Police found a mother pushing a dead baby in a swing at a Maryland park. Police say she was there possibly all night. CNN affiliate WJLA reports.
Actress, 37, too old to romance 55-year-old
Here we go again, Hollywood.
Tour America with Anthony Bourdain
If you don't plan to skip town this Memorial Day, take a tour around the country with "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown."
Don't call us potheads
So you want to work at a cannabis club?
Caitlin McGuire, owner of BCC, explains how to be a good cannabis club employee. "High Profits" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Celebrities and marijuana
Several celebrities have been open about their love of the whacky weed. View the list.
Cannabis consumption basics
Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire of BCC outline various ways to consume cannabis products. "High Profits" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Is Breckenridge a party town or 'Disneyland'?
Residents of Breckenridge, Colorado, disagree on how to sell their town's image. "High Profits" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Why more women are going 'Wild'
What became of jet-set playgrounds
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.
The week in 40 photos
Get it straight: Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day
U.S. marks Memorial Day
Pentagon welcomes military kids who lost parent
Kids who had a family member that passed away while serving their country got to visit the Pentagon. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.
A general's apology to dead soldiers
Memorial Day 1945 was a somber time for most Americans, and 70 years later it still carries with it a special poignancy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had been dead just over a month, and while the war in Europe had concluded, it was too early to begin celebrating victory over the Axis powers. The fighting in the Pacific, where the battle for Okinawa had begun in April and would last through most of June, was still taking a heavy toll.
World War II in pictures
September 1 marked the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II. Look back at key moments from the war, which lasted from 1939 to 1945.
Senate lets NSA spy bills die
Opponents of the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data successfully blocked multiple attempts in the Senate early Saturday morning to extend the expiring law that authorizes the program.
Senate OK's trade bill
After weeks of tense negotiations on Capitol Hill and heavy lobbying from the White House, the Senate Friday night cleared a major trade bill that is a top priority of President Barack Obama.
Lee: Christie 'should be ashamed'
The chief Republican sponsor of the Senate bill to reform the Patriot Act slammed fellow Republican Gov. Chris Christie for saying "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin."
Duggar a common sight on stump
Joshua Duggar, the eldest son of the TLC hit reality show "19 Kids And Counting," admitted to "inexcusable" actions as a teenager amid a shocking report outlining multiple allegations of child molestation.
Donor presses Rubio on gay unions
In public and behind closed doors, 2016 Republican presidential candidates are being put on the spot on an increasingly tricky issue: same-sex marriage.
What Rand Paul did in 10 hours
Rand Paul knows a political opening for his presidential campaign when he sees one.
Obama: We're not losing to ISIS
Assessing his war on ISIS after the group overtook the key Iraqi city of Ramadi, President Barack Obama said in an interview this week his strategy against the terrorists isn't failing.
McCain: ISIS stance 'mindboggling'
Arizona Sen. John McCain says it's 'mindboggling' that President Obama says the U.S. is 'not losing' the fight against ISIS. He says about 10,000 boots on the ground are needed to combat the terror group.
Back to Iraq? GOP dithers
Pressing to send a new wave of U.S. combat troops into Iraq would have amounted to political suicide for White House hopefuls just a few years ago.
Bush rails against 'arrogance'
Jeb Bush hit back against President Obama's claim that climate change runs an immediate risk, saying Wednesday that while it shouldn't be ignored, it's still not "the highest priority."
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.
'Game of Thrones' loses famous fan
HBO's "Game of Thrones" lost a viewer Tuesday morning: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Supermodel breastfeeds on magazine cover
#NormalizeBreastfeeding is trending after ELLE Australia put out a cover of model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her baby.
Police video shows moment plane crashes on interstate
New video from a police dash cam shows a plane crash on a busy interstate just north of Atlanta, killing all four people aboard.
Crane fights off two tigers at zoo
A crane that stumbled into a tigers' den bravely fights off two tigers that are on the prowl.
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.
What the heck is that? 10 newly discovered species
An international committee of taxonomists selected their top 10 favorite new species for the annual list by State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
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
Second quake brings second chance for one girl
Sometimes, life takes twists so fortuitous that they seem inevitably predetermined. That may be the case for Maya Gurung, a 10-year-old girl suffering in post-earthquake Nepal.
Why was I spared from Amtrak Train 188's crash?
"i think the Amtrak i just got off just crashed in philly."
Freediving: 110 meters on a single breath
Jonathan Sunnex is part of a small group of elite freedivers who plunge hundreds of feet underwater, all on a single breath of air.
The most important number you've never heard of
Starting on Earth Day 2015, CNN's John Sutter will spend the rest of the year writing about one tiny little number -- 2 degrees. It may be the most important number you've never heard of.
The viral presidency: Obama's best unscripted moments
Presidents come into the Oval Office with all sorts of plans, but it's the unscripted moments that also define their legacies.
Ramadi memories a decade after an encounter with an IED
Hearing the news about Ramadi last week made me light-headed. Made the usual ringing in my ears more pronounced.
Be honest: ISIS fight will be a long one
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.
What really motivates biker gangs
Even after spending five years as a private government informant infiltrating three of America's deadliest biker gangs -- the Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws -- I remained perplexed by members' single-minded motivation for warring with rival gangs to acquire turf. What was it that made them want to extend their reach to a new town, city or state? Or try to expand nationally and globally, form new chapters and ultimately just try to protect the almighty "Patch"?
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.
The fall and rise of lawyers
The American legal profession has faced a tsunami of bad news since 2008. White-shoe, corporate law firms have faced waves of layoffs or even shuttered their doors. While the very top firms are rolling again, the 50 years of explosive growth that started in the 1960s are now a memory.
Vaginal exam lawsuit raises tricky questions
Last Thursday, two students at Orlando's Valencia College alleged in a lawsuit that instructors forced them into submitting to weekly transvaginal ultrasound exams performed by fellow students as part of their training.
Hang in there! 13 breathtaking buildings that seem to defy gravity
Catholic Ireland OKs same-sex marriage
Ireland has become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote. FULL STORY
Cops: Mansion killings suspect had help
The five people arrested along with the suspect have been questioned and released. FULL STORY
Must-see movies you never saw
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." "You had me at 'hello.'" "I'll have what she's having." "Say 'hello' to my little friend!" "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
Mom shames 13-yr-old daughter for racy pics
CNN's Poppy Harlow speaks to a mom who posted a video online shaming her daughter after she discovered her secret Facebook account.
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.
Would-be carjacker held at gunpoint until police arrive
An Atlanta man stops a potential carjacker by holding him at gunpoint until police arrive and arrest the suspect. A witness captured it all on camera. WSB's Rachel Stockman reports.
Scientists: Oldest stone tools found in Kenya
Archaeologists have made a discovery that may mean our school textbooks have to be rewritten.
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?
Mama June -- Bring 'Honey Boo Boo' Back Or I'll Sue for a Million Bucks
Mama June has given TLC an ultimatum -- either put "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" back on the air, or she'll sue the network for treating her far more harshly than the Duggar family. Mama June's lawyer tells TMZ, he gave the network the demand…
Benzino & Althea Eaton -- Getting Marriage Counseling ... And it Pays TOP Dollar
Althea Eaton and Benzino's non-stop drama cost them their "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" gigs -- but it also helped them score $200k to appear on "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars." Sources close to the show tell TMZ that the powder keg lovebirds…
Gloria Govan -- Dear, Matt Barnes ... Quit Blowing Our Kids' Money!!
Matt Barnes' nasty habit of getting heavily fined by the NBA is pissing off his estranged wife Gloria Govan, who says he's blowing thousands upon thousands that's supposed to be going to their kids. The ex "Basketball…
Chris Brown -- I'm Going Back To Vegas, But There are Strings Attached
Chris Brown will be allowed back in the Vegas hotel where he brawled during a basketball game ... but there are serious strings attached. Brown wants to spend part of the Memorial Day weekend at The Palms, but the hotel has reservations. You'll…
Stars Bustin' Out -- Happy Mammar-ial Day!
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NHL Legend Mike Bossy -- My Super Rare Puck Is On eBay ... And I Want It Back!!
NY Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy is eyeing a legendary NHL puck on eBay, but refuses to pay a dime -- 'cause in his mind he's the rightful owner, and he's pissed someone's trying to sell it off. Here's the deal ... in 1981,…
'Bachelorette' Contestant -- Warns 'Rape Joke' Guy ... You Mess with Kaitlyn, You Mess with Canada!
Freshly booted 'Bachelorette’ contestant Shawn Evans wants Ryan McDill to man up and apologize for his drunken banter -- including the "rape" comment -- or he’s taking matters into his own hands. Evans…
Too Short -- I Wanted the Clippers to Win ... So I Could Watch Them Lose! (VIDEO)
Revenge is a dish best served by Steph Curry, at least according to rapper Too Short ... who is bummed the L.A. Clippers got bounced from the playoffs before his Golden State Warriors could get a shot at them. Too Short…
Kim Richards -- Mother of the Bride Is Ready to Take That Walk
Kim Richards is watching her daughter Brooke Brinson walk down the aisle in Cabo San Lucas -- putting her recent rehab stay and Bev Hills arrest behind her ... at least for a day. Kim and her sister Kyle Richards were seen gathering around Brooke…
Mark Wahlberg -- 'Tom Brady's the Jimmy Butler of Football'
Mark Wahlberg's going ALL IN to recruit NBA star Jimmy Butler to his beloved Boston Celtics -- comparing Tom Brady to HIM!!! Mark and the Chicago Bulls stud were hanging out in Beverly Hills together yesterday -- when…
'19 Kids and Counting' -- Josh Duggar on the Chopping Block
"19 Kids and Counting" may survive the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, but Josh might not. Connected industry sources tell TMZ, TLC is considering a number of options, weighing the pros and cons. One is to cancel the show outright, the other is to…
'Breaking Amish' Star Jeremiah Raber -- Arrested for Cursing at Cops
TLC execs must be dreading that "trouble comes in threes" saying -- a cast member from "Breaking Amish" got busted by cops ... the 2nd legal headache this week for the cable channel. Cops in Pennsylvania tell TMZ ... Jeremiah Raber from…
Kevin Durant -- Oops, There Goes the Weed!!! (VIDEO)
Kevin Durant moseyed out of a Hollywood club Friday night and a Rx of weed came tumbling out of his SUV. The Oklahoma City Thunder star chilled at Hooray Henry's, then limped out of the club with a boot covering his…
Bobby Flay -- Low Divorce Blow Over Breasts
Bobby Flay has taken an incredibly cheap shot at his estranged wife, telling the judge in their divorce case that any medical problems she has are the result of vanity ... specifically a boob job. We're told as part of her argument to invalidate…
Josh Duggar -- I'm Backin' Out of Sandusky
Josh Duggar has pulled the plug on a conference he was scheduled to attend in the most ironic of places ... Sandusky, Ohio. Josh was supposed to speak at a home schooling convention next week, but in the wake of his public sexual molestation…
Robert De Niro Tells Art School Grads ...'You're f*****' (VIDEO)
Robert De Niro inspired some very talented art school graduates to dive into the world of anti-depressants, telling them they are "opening a door to a lifetime of rejection." It's the greatest commencement speech of the season for sure ... De Niro…
Stars and Scars -- You Be the Judge
TLC has a new crisis with the Josh Duggar revelations, and Bobby Flay's divorce has just gotten even nastier. So we gotta ask ...
Kim and Kanye -- Happy Anniversary ... One Year and Counting!!!
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are in the clear, because they won't have to return any wedding gifts now that they've just hit their 1-year anniversary! Everyone we've spoken to says the same thing ... they are as solid as sold can be. It…
Scott Stapp -- Amazing Recovery After Drug/Alcohol-Fueled Meltdown (VIDEO)
Scott Stapp looks incredible after a stint in rehab following one of the most bizarre meltdowns in recent memory. The Creed frontman and wife Jaclyn breezed into LAX Friday, and we're blown away by how good Scott looks…
Letterman -- Dumpster Diving for Dave (PHOTOS)
The ghost of David Letterman will live on, and apparently so will his garbage. Check out these pics of NYC pedestrians rooting through dumpsters outside the Ed Sullivan Theater Friday in NYC. Pretty surprising ... lots of stuff associated…