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BBC News - Home Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:58:05 GMT

CNN.com - Top Stories 
  • Gay conservatives take on GOP Gay conservatives are undertaking the most coordinated effort yet to change the Republican Party's position on same-sex marriage. Their approach: one state and one Republican activist at a time.
  • Marine held in Mexico 'despondent' Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a Marine reservist, has been held in a Mexican prison for more than six months on a weapons charge. His mother says his mental health has deteriorated dramatically.
  • Breast implants in short supply  Currency controls have created a breast implant shortage in Venezuela. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
  • Sidewalk explodes in fiery blast A van driver in London narrowly missed being injured by a explosion.
  • Are we closer to seeing dark matter? Take a look around you, and in your mind's eye, randomly wipe out all but a small fraction of what you can see. Pretend the vast rest of reality is there but invisible.
  • N.Korea: U.S. man wanted prison An American sentenced in North Korea ripped up his visa so he could go to prison and expose human rights violations there, state media said Saturday.
  • Cops: 2 admit killing woman in suitcase A Chicago man confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother, whose body was found last month in a suitcase outside a hotel in Indonesia, police in Bali tell CNN.
  • Singer of country hit 'Abilene' dies Singer George Hamilton IV, known as the "International Ambassador of Country Music," has died at a Nashville hospital following a heart attack, the Grand Ole Opry said in a press release. He was 77.
  • 30 years later, Cosby sweater still rules It all started with a gift from a friend.
  • Man robs victim wearing GoPro Mugging at gunpoint captured by victim's head cam. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports the only thing shot was the robber's image.
  • See biker get revenge on litterbugs Biker throws trash at litterbugs caught red-handed. But is her story garbage? CNN's Jeanne Moos sorts through the trash.
  • 6 must-have apps for iPhone 6 As millions of people get their hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, many will no doubt be looking for new apps that take advantage of the new phones' capabilities.
  • See guy drop brand-new iPhone 6 The first man to buy the iPhone 6 in Australia drops his new phone as he excitingly unpacks it to share for the camera.
  • This pen has a really cool feature The Livescribe 3 records your handwriting and copies your notes directly to an app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Wildfires scorching the West 
  • He worked for CIA inside al Qaeda For half a decade, Morten Storm says he moved back and forth between two worlds and two identities. Now, the radical Islamist turned double agent is lifting the lid on some of the world's best-kept secrets
  • 10 things to know before visiting Peru With a climate that ranges from desert dry to tropical lush to freeze-your-North-Face-off in the Andes, Peru packs a ton of diversity between its sea level elevation Pacific beaches and the 22,204 foot top of its highest mountain, Nevado Huascaran.
  • 7 ways to boost your happiness Happiness isn't just an emotional state. Science shows people who are happy live longer and healthier lives. Here's how you can up your odds.
  • Look at me! 22 selfies of the week An injured athlete, politicians, socialites, cute dogs, Beyonce and airborne vegetables all make appearances in this week's collection.
  • 3 women, man hospitalized A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity is being investigated on suspicion that members put "date rape" drugs into drinks at a party, search warrants say.
  • Fraternity suspended The Zeta-Zeta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity was suspended amid claims members put "date rape" drugs into drinks.
  • Obama aims at campus sex crimes The Obama administration is launching a big new offensive: Combating sexual assault on college campuses.
  • 'Society does not value women' President Obama speaks at the launch of a new initiative to combat campus sexual assault.
  • School ask students about sex lives Clemson University suspended a mandatory online course that asked students and faculty about their sex lives and drinking habits following backlash from the school community.
  • Zakaria: Is the world going nuts? Is the world spinning out of control? I get asked this question a lot these days, and for understandable reasons, writes Fareed Zakaria.
  • A new low in anti-Muslim American bias Dean Obeidallah says an Oklahoma state representative's hateful remarks were rightfully condemned by religious leaders.
  • Threat to U.S. that gets ignored There is an imminent threat facing the people, economy and territory of the United States of America.
  • 2 hurricanes and an oysterman John Sutter boarded a leaky oyster boat in Connecticut with a captain who can't swim as he set off to get world leaders to act on climate change
  • Lawsuit: Student 'bait' was raped It's an unimaginable horror. A 14-year-old girl with special needs allegedly was raped at school after a teacher's aide persuaded her to act as bait to catch an accused sexual predator, a fellow student.
  • White House intruder had knife The man who on Friday scaled a fence and ran into the White House carried a folding knife with a 3½-inch serrated blade in his pocket, according to the Secret Service.
  • Teens trapped in SUV, but then ...  Bystanders didn't hesitate to jump into a river and help save three teens stuck inside an SUV.
  • Emmy-winning actress dies Emmy-winning actress Polly Bergen, whose TV and movie career spanned more than six decades, has died, her publicist said.
  • Captive's wife begs ISIS to free him British hostage Alan Henning's wife pleaded with ISIS to release him, saying her husband was only in Syria to help people in need.
  • Kurds make stand against ISIS Hundreds of Kurdish fighters from Turkey have arrived in the Syrian Kurdish town of Ayn al-Arab to join a Kurdish militia group battling to hold off ISIS forces, activists said Saturday.
  • NYC beer cruise runs aground A beer-tasting cruise around New York's Lower Manhattan fizzled Saturday when the tour company's sailboat ran aground near the Statue of Liberty.
  • 400 officers search for ambush suspect Hundreds of law enforcement officers searched Saturday for the suspect in the slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper -- hours after authorities appeared to be closing in on the self-taught survivalist and bursts of gunfire were heard near the man's home in the Poconos Mountains.
  • Boko Haram willing to trade girls? The swap would involve the release of 30 Boko Haram commanders in the custody of the Nigerian government for the more than 200 kidnapped Chibok school girls, a source says.
  • School bus runs over boy's feet A young boy has several broken toes after a school bus rolled over his feet. CNN affiliate KUSA reports.
  • Video shows officer kick man  Video of an officer kicking a civilian who was being held on the ground has sparked outcry and an investigation.
  • Rachel Nichols challenges Goodell NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is questioned by Rachel Nichols at press conference on Friday.
  • Fighters scramble after Russian jets The incidents occurred near Alaska and Canadian airspace, NORAD said. They coincided with a visit by Ukraine's President to the U.S. and Canada.
  • Man seen with missing student Authorities looking for a missing University of Virginia student searched an apartment and a vehicle in the college town Friday morning, said Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo.
  • The Gatorade ad lighting up the web Andy Scholes takes a look at Gatorade's commercial honoring Derek Jeter, who is set to retire at the end of the season.
  • Grandkids' killer killed son in '01 A man who killed his daughter, six grandchildren and then himself in a shooting in north-central Florida was a convicted felon and wasn't allowed to possess the gun he used, police said Friday.
  • FSU increases Winston's punishment Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will miss all of Saturday night's marquee game against Clemson --- not just one half as previously announced -- because of a vulgar comment witnesses said he made on campus this week, the school said.
  • Ellsberg: He's a hero Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
  • Wait ... you were on 'ER'? 
  • Seeing is believing: Eye-popping 3D art This company creates 3D optical illusions. But when the banks didn't believe in it, it found another way to raise money.
  • Miley Cyrus twerks into trouble Yep. She did it again. Miley Cyrus twerked and there may be a price to pay in Mexico. CNN's Lisa France explains.
  • Fireball meteor caught on camera An apparent fireball lit up the night sky across Wayne, New Jersey. CNN affiliate News 12 New Jersey reports.
  • Oh baby! Celebs who are expecting Here's what we do know about next week: Bill and Hillary Clinton will kick off the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on September 21.
  • He quotes Tom Hanks before sex scenes Actor Hank Azaria tells Conan that he channels Tom Hanks before every sex scene he shoots.
  • Best oyster bars in America At Portland's Eventide Oyster Co., stakes in the ice declare whether the half shells are "from Maine" or "away." It's a sign of local pride—and the importance of place when tasting oysters.
  • The week in photos Wildfires have torched tens of thousands of acres in California. See photos from this and other stories making headlines this week.
  • Hilarious 'All About That Bass' parody  Check out this mom's parody to Meghan Trainor's "All about that bass."
  • Best perks of first class air travel Sure, first class sounds swank, but when you're paying a premium of several thousand dollars a ticket, it can be hard to justify the added expense.
  • Rare sea creature caught on tape  Researchers captured deep-sea high-definition footage of what is believed to be a siphonophore.
  • World's 15 best rivers for travelers They irrigate our farms, are an important means of transport and a source of eco-friendly power.
  • You have one week to change his mind 
  • Seriously, who does this on a flight?! Shame on the plane! Photos of passengers behaving badly. Jeanne Moos reports on bare bellies and bare feet at 30,000 feet.
  • Celebs who are saving the planet Celebs with issues: Saving the planet
  • Hubby: I lost balance on cliff's edge A husband says his wife saved him from falling off a cliff when the couple was renewing their wedding vows.
  • '7th Heaven:' Where are they now? '7th Heaven:' Where are they now?
  • Kim Kardashian met her 'SNL' double Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Nasim Pedrad gets a real thrill dressing as Aziz Ansari.
  • He worked for CIA inside al Qaeda For half a decade, Morten Storm says he moved back and forth between two worlds and two identities. Now, the radical Islamist turned double agent is lifting the lid on some of the world's best-kept secrets
  • ISIS gunman in video has North American accent An ISIS fighter who speaks perfect English with a North American accent appears in a slickly produced new video, forcing Syrians to dig their own graves before shooting them dead.
  • Fighters scramble after Russian bombers The two incidents Thursday occurred near Alaska and Canadian airspace, NORAD said. They coincided with a visit by Ukraine's President.
  • Ebola aid team killed Residents in the town of Womey threw stones at the Guinea Ebola team when they arrived this week, forcing them to flee. Eight were later killed.
  • CNN puts Goodell on hot seat  CNN's Rachel Nichols asks Roger Goodell if he's willing to give up some of his power in disciplining NFL players.
  • Ebola aid team killed Residents in the town of Womey threw stones at the Guinea Ebola team when they arrived this week, forcing them to flee. Eight were later killed.
  • Workers massacred in Guinea The bodies of 8 people were found after having been killed by villagers. CNN's Nima Elbagir has the details.
  • Ebola: What you need to know The deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus on record has sparked fears that the killer virus could spread from West Africa to other regions and continents.
  • Vaccine trials offer hope Oxford University begins human trials of a vaccine for Ebola. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.
  • Nationwide lockdown Sierra Leone starts a three-day nationwide lockdown Friday in an effort to halt an Ebola outbreak that has left thousands dead in the region.
  • Photos: Ebola outbreak The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever, health officials say.
  • Ways to help West Africa is facing the worst Ebola outbreak on record, according to the World Health Organization. More than 2,600 people have died from the virus since March and the numbers continue to grow.
  • ISIS The wife of British hostage Alan Henning pleaded Saturday with ISIS to release him, describing her husband as a "peaceful, selfless man" who was only in Syria to help people in need.
  • WH security incident In the second security incident at the White House in as many days, an individual failed to stop at the entrance to the White House complex while driving his vehicle, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.
  • Trooper killed Hundreds of law enforcement officers searched Saturday for the suspect in the slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper -- hours after authorities appeared to be closing in on the self-taught survivalist and bursts of gunfire were heard near the man's home in the Poconos Mountains.
  • Boko Haram The swap would involve the release of 30 Boko Haram commanders in the custody of the Nigerian government for the more than 200 kidnapped Chibok school girls, a source says.
  • Grandkids killed A man who killed his daughter, six grandchildren and then himself in a shooting in north-central Florida was a convicted felon and wasn't allowed to possess the gun he used, police said Friday.
  • Missing student Authorities looking for a missing University of Virginia student searched an apartment and a vehicle in the college town Friday morning, said Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo.
  • Polly Bergen Emmy-winning actress Polly Bergen, whose TV and movie career spanned more than six decades, has died, her publicist said.
  • Jameis Winston Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will miss all of Saturday night's marquee game against Clemson --- not just one half as previously announced -- because of a vulgar comment witnesses said he made on campus this week, the school said.
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