Dealing with rusty barrels turned into bombs
Plumbers, postmen and teachers join up to become a rescue team, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports. FULL STORY
ISIS extends hold on ancient city
ISIS forces have extended their control around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and two Iraqi security officials said on Friday the terror group took control of the Iraqi town of Husayba, pushing east from Palmyra.
Refugees stranded in horrific conditions
Iraqi refugees scrambling to flee from ISIS-controlled Ramadi end up stranded in a sandstorm without shelter. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
Suspect in mansion killings caught
Feds tracked him to New York, then back to Maryland before nabbing him in Washington. FULL STORY
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.
Officials: Biker gangs target cops
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.
Senator to Christie: 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."
Hundreds of NK 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.
Blast reported at Shiite mosque
An explosion rocked a mosque Friday in eastern Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Press Agency reported -- a mosque serving Shiite Muslims in a majority Sunni country, social media posts from purported witnesses say.
HS student has 8 degrees
Joshua Chari, 16, is slated to receive gubernatorial honors for pocketing eight associate degrees before graduating high school.
Josh Duggar apologizes after molestation report
Reality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: "I acted inexcusably."
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.
Mom shames 13-year-old daughter for racy pictures
CNN's Poppy Harlow speaks to a mom who posted a video online shaming her daughter after she discovered her secret Facebook account.
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.
Supermodel breastfeeds on magazine cover
#NormalizeBreastfeeding is trending after ELLE Australia put out a cover of model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her baby.
The absolutely must-see movie I 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."
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.
Who are the first victims of climate change?
Climate change is all about degrees.
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.
What's China really planning?
China has been busy building -- and it is worrying some of its regional neighbors. Since early 2014, China has undertaken widespread land reclamation and construction in the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea, at seven known locations. The work has involved converting several formerly submerged reefs into artificial islands, and increasing the size of other features many times over. Now, the country is building military facilities, including large ports and at least one airstrip, on these new outposts.
Why lawyers are suffering
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.
The week in 40 photos
Emirates: Sharia and skyscrapers
What became of jet-set playgrounds
What a shot! 40 amazing sports photos
Marines: No doubts about Osprey safety after crash
What veterans really think about on Memorial Day
As a wounded veteran who served two tours in Iraq, I've been asked to give speeches at Memorial Day celebrations. It's one of the hardest jobs I've ever done.
UK man gets life in U.S. soldier's death
A UK court sentenced a London taxi driver to life in prison Friday for the 2007 murder of a U.S. soldier in Iraq.
China warns U.S. surveillance plane
The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.
You won't believe what he looks like now ... and who helped him
Ronnie Brewer's 425-pound weight-loss campaign has gone viral. He credits hard work, his two trainers and Taylor Swift.
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.
Free diving: One giant breath could be your last
Jonathan Sunnex is part of a small group of elite freedivers who plunge hundreds of feet underwater, all on a single breath of air.
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
World's most marketable athlete is
Have tissues ready for 'Batkid Begins'
Get your tissues ready.
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.
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.
Best of Letterman's finale
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ronda Rousey -- Thanks David Spade, But ... Peeing Is More Dangerous Than the WWE
Ronda Rousey just laid a verbal armbar on David Spade -- saying she's a big girl, and doesn't need him worrying his pretty little head about her getting injured in a WWE ring. Ronda was leaving a book signing Thursday…
Michael Sam -- I'm Playing Pro Football Again ... In Canada
Michael Sam can once again say he is a professional football player, just not in the NFL ... instead he'll be balling in the Canadian Football League. Sam signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, after getting cut by the St.…
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…
Joe Jackson & Chris Brown -- We Have Something BIG in Common (PHOTO)
Joe Jackson and Chris Brown came together Thursday during the Cannes Film Festival, and it's no surprise because they have a very strong, common bond. Brown has made no bones about it ... Michael Jackson was a hugely influential figure in his…
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…
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…
‘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…
'19 Kids and Counting' -- TLC Airs Josh-Centric Marathon in Wake of Molestation Admission
TLC seems undaunted by Josh Duggar's admission he molested young girls -- including some of his sisters -- when he was a teenager, because the network ran a Josh-centric marathon last night. TLC's been radio silent about the revelations, but it…
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!
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…
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…
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…