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BBC News - Home Mon, 25 May 2015 13:02:17 GMT - Top Stories 
  • Hundreds killed after ISIS seizes Palmyra, group says When ISIS captures a city, the bloodshed is hardly over, as the militants summarily execute captive fighters and residents by the dozens. FULL STORY | U.S. OPTIONS AGAINST ISIS
  • ISIS horror grows: Children massacred Just when it seems the horror can grow no deeper, ISIS shows that man's capacity for cruelty knows no bounds.
  • Flooding leaves at least 3 dead  Record-setting rains in Texas and Oklahoma spur floods that swept away hundreds of homes.
  • Pressure cooker in car on National Mall destroyed A pressure cooker in a parked car on the National Mall aroused the suspicions of Capitol Police in Washington on Sunday, and they called out a bomb squad to do away with it.
  • Ex-Israeli Prime Minister sentenced for taking bribes  Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for taking cash from an American businessman.
  • 'A Beautiful Mind' inspiration dies Nash's genius and his struggle with schizophrenia inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind." FULL STORY
  • Comedy great dies at 85 Comedy great Anne Meara, one half of the comedy team "Stiller & Meara," died at 85 on Saturday, her family said.
  • How China fights road rage On the sprawling ground of Beijing Gongjiao Driving School, hundreds of white Volkswagen sedans crawled at a snail's pace as students behind the wheels practiced starting, turning and parking their cars one recent afternoon.
  • Battalion leader killed in car attack A high-ranking separatist commander was killed in eastern Ukraine when his car was attacked in Luhansk region, his battalion announced in a video statement Sunday.
  • Mass graves of migrants found 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.
  • Cannes 2015: The winners and losers Comeback stars, the darlings of the festival, standing ovations and incessant booing: the Festival de Cannes has delivered entertainment on and off screen for an astounding 67 years.
  • Federer furious after boy's selfie attempt From world leaders to celebrities of all degrees of fame, taking a selfie with fans has become an accepted part of life.
  • 10 items you've been eating incorrectly How to avoid cooking mistakes preventing you from extracting the most vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat.
  • Historian claims Fox News is 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.
  • What now after Cleveland officer's acquittal? How can a police officer fire 15 shots into a car with two unarmed people inside and then get acquitted after their deaths?
  • 5 things to know for your new day The nation's defense chief says Iraq's army had "no will to fight." A Cleveland judge exonerates a police officer who fired 15 shots at two unarmed people. And on Memorial Day, it's time to remember fallen soldiers.
  • Kelly Rutherford gets temporary sole custody of kids Actress Kelly Rutherford, who played Lily van der Woodsen on "Gossip Girl," has been granted temporary sole custody of her two children in a protracted dispute that sparked an online petition.
  • 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.
  • Why Ireland said 'yes' to same-sex marriage Considerable surprise has been expressed around the world about the fact that traditionally conservative and Catholic Ireland approved same-sex marriage in a referendum May 22 by a majority of nearly two to one.
  • Hillary Clinton's emails: A tangled mix of conflicts? The mere fact that Hillary Clinton's official emails were kept on her personal computer system is turning out to be one of the least important things about them. What matters most about this first batch of messages released by the State Department is that they reveal Clinton, as secretary of state, at the center of a tangled web of connections and conflicts of interest between public and private actors.
  • Stop using Asians as role models When I was growing up, one of the things that always made me crazy was my parents' habit of constantly praising other kids in my presence: "Oh, remember Olivia Chang? Did you know she's going to be performing at Carnegie Hall next month? Original composition! She wrote it herself!" Or "Mrs. Lee's son George will be attending Oxford University next year. And he's only 14!" These exclamations would invariably be followed by silence and an evaluating look at me, intended to communicate my utter inability to match the performance of these other children.
  • Prison sex abuse suit: A harrowing reminder Two women who were inmates at Rikers Island have sued New York City's Department of Corrections and one of its officers, Benny Santiago, in federal court, alleging that he and other officers raped them, infected them with sexually transmitted disease, and threatened and retaliated against them for reporting the attacks.
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • Your tributes to vets This Memorial Day, CNN is honoring the men and women who died serving their country. Share your photos, stories and memories of the veterans you've lost by posting on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CNNRemembers.
  • U.S. marks Memorial Day 
  • World War II veteran writes 'Ode to Joe' Joe Bruni is a 92-year-old Iwo Jima survivor of World War II. He started writing poetry about his buddy, whom he will never forget, and his story reminds us of the importance of keeping memories alive, in this case, the expressive arts.
  • 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.
  • Clinton emails called 'witch hunt' Julian Castro labeled the House Republican-led investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails a "witch hunt" and a "sideshow" from dealing with America's most pressing problems.
  • Lawmaker: ISIS making gains Iraq's lack of national unity in the fight against ISIS threatens to splinter the country into several parts, a defense expert and two members of Congress said Sunday.
  • Carter: Iraqis had 'no will to fight'  Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his first comments since the key town of Ramadi fell to ISIS, blamed the weak state of Iraq's military as one major reason for the city's fall, in an exclusive interview on CNN's "State of the Union" aired Sunday.
  • Kasich 'proud' of protests Ohio Gov. John Kasich is hailing Cleveland example of how a city can peacefully protest during times of racial unrest, in this case in the wake of the acquittal of a white police officer who shot and killed two black unarmed motorists.
  • DOJ to review Cleveland shooting The Department of Justice announced Saturday that it will review the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black couple by a white police officer in Cleveland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson officiates wedding Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises a superfan with this wedding.
  • See Johnny Depp's radical makeover to play mobster Johnny Depp goes bald and blue-eyed for role of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • Not just prunes: Foods to get you regular Constipation isn't the most glamorous of topics — but having it sure isn't fun. For one, it's extremely common, afflicting 42 million people in the United States. Each of us has different bathroom habits, but most experts say that three or fewer bowel movements per week could indicate a problem. And although constipation can be caused by medical conditions (hypothyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease), medications (painkillers, antidepressants), and other factors that may be out of your control, for most of us, it's caused by what we're eating — or, rather, not eating, says Elizabeth Blaney, MD, gastroenterologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. The average American gets just 15 grams of fiber a day, though experts recommend at least 25. Most of us don't drink enough water, either, which also contributes to constipation. Get things moving again with the 15 foods that follow.
  • Top 10 U.S. beaches for 2015 An hour's drive from Oahu's famous and often-crowded Waikiki Beach is a local's delight.
  • 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.
  • Learn the basics of cannabis consumption  Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire of BCC outline various ways to consume cannabis products. "High Profits" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Know your weed words Learn more cannabis terminology from the stars of CNN's "High Profits," which airs Sundays on CNN 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.
  • Will this be his last breath? 
  • Teen climber survives deadly Everest avalanche When the wall of snow came roaring down the mountain, 17-year-old Matt Moniz jumped behind a boulder with his climbing partners, unsure whether he would survive.
  • New Explorers From the Himalayas to the Caribbean meet the next wave of explorers tackling challenges on land, sea and air.
  • Missing the Amtrak derailment: Dumb luck? "i think the Amtrak i just got off just crashed in philly."
  • 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.'
  • A girl, two earthquakes and a change in fate 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.
  • 40-pound woman's desperate plea goes viral Rachael Farrokh, 37, weighs roughly 40 pounds, suffering from a severe form of anorexia for more than 10 years.
  • 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."
  • Supermodel breastfeeds on magazine cover #NormalizeBreastfeeding is trending after ELLE Australia put out a cover of model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her baby.
  • 13 breathtaking buildings that seem to defy gravity 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

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