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BBC News - Home Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:21 GMT

CNN.com - Top Stories 
  • She gets a trip for having right name Jordan Axani planned to travel around the world with his girlfriend Elizabeth Gallagher, until they broke up. Now, he'll embark on Sunday on the circumnavigation with Elizabeth Gallagher.
  • Mars has gas; a fuzzy sign of life? A NASA rover has found the building blocks of life on Mars. They might be the product of past or present life on the red planet -- or they might not be.
  • Debilitating outbreak sweeps Americas Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
  • 'Heaven' actor: I did something terrible "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports.
  • Remains found in 'house of horrors' A woman has been indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her home.
  • 15-foot python found at restaurant A 15-foot python was found outside a restaurant in Florida.
  • Dog left on sinking ship but then ... An owner thought he lost his dog forever after his boat sank in a storm. KPIX has the miraculous story.
  • How'd ISIS get Texan's truck? A plumber in Texas is trying to avoid fallout after a picture of his old work truck ended up on Islamic social media sites.
  • Did UVA rapist actually exist? He's the man Jackie, the alleged victim of a gang rape, said lured her to his room. But accounts from some of Jackie's friends raise questions about whether he existed.
  • Family of man killed at Walmart sues The family of a man who picked up a BB gun for sale at an Ohio Walmart and was shot dead by police has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that the corporation and police are responsible for his death.
  • Grandma passes out, tot does this A smart 4-year-old boy took all the right steps when his grandmother collapsed in their home. CNN affiliate WRIC reports.
  • See shoplifters fake heart attack Police bust shoplifting "heart attack" scam. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on some heart-stopping shopping.
  • This city was rebuilt 40 times In the heart of Belgrade, the vibrant and resilient capital of Serbia, a slow and colorful transformation is taking place.
  • 12 best places to spend Christmas 2014 If your Christmas is too often one of tacky decorations and bitter family feuds, you may need to put the baubles back in the attic and plan a yuletide getaway.
  • Atomic site could become national park It was the bomb credited with ending World War II.
  • The man who was 'Stephen Colbert' Goodbye, Stephen Colbert. We hardly knew you.
  • 5 ways to be extraordinary  What makes a person extraordinary?
  • #AskACop becomes place to vent People have strong views about the way police officers treat minorities -- and they're eager to share those opinions.
  • The healing power of music When Capt. Greg Galeazzi joined the Army seven years ago, he was well aware of the risks he would face.
  • 'Clifford' author dies at 86 Norman Bridwell, the creator of "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died, according to his publisher, Scholastic.
  • Actor's revenge prank on Kimmel "The Office's" John Krasinski gets revenge on Jimmy Kimmel in an epic holiday prank.
  • After the Sony hack, what next? A defector who once worked as a computer expert for the North Korean government says it has a vast network of hackers devoted to cyberwarfare.
  • 'Team America,' too?! After Sony canceled the release of its comedy "The Interview," one Texas theater planned to screen "Team America: World Police" instead.
  • Things that annoy North Korea North Korea's fury over the movie comedy "The Interview" appears to have taken the secretive state's oversensitivity to new extremes.
  • Hollywood's complete moral surrender By canceling "The Interview," the film industry has given saboteurs a precedent to kill free expression, Jeff Yang writes
  • 'The Interview' 'utterly sucks' Timothy Stanley says theaters' understandable decision to pull 'The Interview' to protect patrons after hackers' extortionate threat of violence is a lesson about free speech and totalitarianism
  • Drug test bailed-out Wall Streeters? Eric Liu: It's shameful for for Republicans to propose laws that require welfare recipients to pass a drug test.
  • Abandon our brothers and sisters? Like many entrepreneurs, I am often asked about the secrets to building a successful career. The advice I give is that whether you're in Silicon Valley creating apps, or in Unadilla Valley in upstate New York making yogurt, there are many common ingredients for success.
  • LZ: Is U.S. learning from history? LZ Granderson says the U.S. can set right some wrongs created in the 1950s when it supported a brutal dictatorship in Cuba, paving the way for Fidel Castro to take over
  • U.S. airstrikes kill 3 ISIS leaders U.S. air strikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, a senior U.S. military official tells CNN.
  • Kurds: ISIS 'cleansed' from area Kurdish Pershmerga forces say they've recaptured territory near Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq from ISIS and "cleansed" the area of ISIS fighters.
  • 1 million mummies buried here? Archeologists claim there is an estimated one million mummies buried at a site in Egypt. CNN's Amir Daftari reports.
  • Lost ancient village rediscovered The site of a lost ancient Chamorro village has been rediscovered in the Northern Jungles of Guam. KTGM reports.
  • When can you take that trip to Cuba? The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles from Key West, Florida.
  • Haunted hopes for a new Cuba In June of 1960, my father was a 14-year-old Cuban boy with a round-trip airline ticket from Havana to Madrid, Spain. He spent the summer with family in Spain while Cuba fell deeper and deeper into Fidel Castro's revolution. He didn't realize the extent to which his life back home was quickly crumbling and that the winds of revolution were about to change his life forever.
  • Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185 Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.
  • Putin: Russia won't be a stuffed bear Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is ready to mediate in the Ukraine crisis and denied Russians killed there have been members of his country's military.
  • Bloodstains, bullet holes in classrooms The high brick wall outside the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar gives the first clue into the horror that unfolded inside its classrooms.
  • Bus driver takes blind boy's cane Parents are outraged after they say their blind son's cane was taken away from him by a school bus driver. WDAF reports.
  • Ebola nurse: Why kill my dog? It's a long road to recovery for Spanish nurse's assistant Teresa Romero Ramos.
  • #SaveBela: Can strangers save dog? Connie Lay made an unusual request in her will before she died last month in Aurora, Indiana: She asked that her German shepherd, Bela, be euthanized and buried with her.
  • Conviction tossed for executed boy A judge has vacated the conviction of a 14-year-old boy who was executed for allegedly killing two girls some 70 years ago in South Carolina.
  • Babe Ruth's cap sells for $300K A baseball hat Babe Ruth wore during his 1934 tour of Japan just sold for $303,277 on the site Grey Flannel Auctions.
  • 11 trillion gallons of rain needed in Calif. About 11 trillion gallons of rain, or nearly 17 million Olympic swimming pools full.
  • Car hits pedestrians: 3 dead One person died and up to a dozen others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people in Southern California after a church Christmas event, police said.
  • 'Breathe Easy' shirt sales skyrocket Customers are lining up to buy shirts at one Indiana business that say 'breathe easy don't break the law." WNDU reports.
  • Real life castaway seen on island The Coast Guard released video of a real life castaway they say was stranded on an island in the Bahamas for six days.
  • Ellsberg: He's a hero Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
  • Mysterious ice pancakes on river Here's another Scottish mystery to file alongside the Loch Ness Monster and Mel Gibson's accent in "Braveheart."
  • Revealed: Double life of dashing WWII spy The spy who drew me: How a top British spy become a fashion illustrator
  • Girl's last words: 'I know I'm going to die' An 11-year-old girl died from an allergic reaction on a family trip to Hawaii. CNN affiliate KTXL reports.
  • 5 things to do if you're taken hostage Martin Savidge goes inside a training facility for civilians and police.
  • 2014 Nat Geo photo contest winners More than 9,200 entries were submitted from more than 150 countries in three categories: people, places and nature.
  • The yearbook pic they didn't want you to see A high school senior's yearbook picture includes her two great loves: her dog and hunting. CNN affiliate WTEN has more.
  • Two brothers and their amazing golf tricks  If golf has a reputation for being a bit stuffy, then the Bryan brothers and their trick shots are a much-needed blast of fresh air.
  • This is your body on weed Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how marijuana affects the brain and how pot can be used to treat certain conditions.
  • 10 start-ups to watch At the end of another turbulent year for business as usual, the march of the disruptors shows no sign of abating. Big data analytics, the sharing economy, and virtual reality are just some of the transformational trends that have been causing sleepless nights for CEOs.
  • Holiday lights you can see in space NASA says lights in suburban areas of the U.S. can be up to 50 percent brighter during the holidays.
  • Ellen surprises Conan audience Conan usually does not give free gifts to his audience, but Ellen DeGeneres changes that.
  • Minnesotans strip for friend's calendar Residents of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota posed nude for a calendar to help a friend fighting cancer. KARE reports.
  • This is your brain on crafting Her brother's sudden death in 2004 hit Sarah Huerta hard.
  • The week's most satisfying cat video New York opens the city's first cat café.
  • Epic holiday office cubicle will amaze you One woman took her company's holiday cubicle decorating contest to the next level with her custom log cabin. WCCO reports.
  • Celebrities share their best advice Celebrities share their best advice
  • Processed food as landscape photos 
  • Look at me! 28 selfies of the week 
  • Photos: Celebs salute CNN Heroes 
  • Army 'blimps'
    to protect D.C.
     The U.S. Army plans to launch two stationary "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air next week to better protect the Washington D.C. area from cruise missiles and other possible attacks.
  • Bells in Havana,
    anger in Miami
     Bells rang out in Havana as news spreads that the U.S. is easing sanctions on Cuba and renewing diplomatic relations, but in Miami, many anti-Castro exiles are feeling betrayed.
  • Army 'blimps'
    to protect D.C.
     The U.S. Army plans to launch two stationary "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air next week to better protect the Washington, D.C. area from cruise missiles and other possible attacks.
  • Inflating an Army 'blimp' 
  • Airborne warning systems for Washington The U.S. Army plans to launch two "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air to protect the Washington D.C. area from possible air attacks.
  • See why Navy paid $3 billion for a ship The US Navy's newest stealth destroyer is twice as long as the Statue of Liberty but barely shows up on radar.
  • Navy laser ready for action The U.S. Navy says its new laser weapon works and it will use it if it has to.
  • ISIS U.S. air strikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, a senior U.S. military official tells CNN.
  • Cuba The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles from Key West, Florida.
  • Sony hack A defector who once worked as a computer expert for the North Korean government says it has a vast network of hackers devoted to cyberwarfare.
  • 'The Interview' There's a sad irony in the fact that one of the great tests of America's freedom of speech should involve a movie that, according to some reviewers, utterly sucks.
  • Vladimir Putin Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia is ready to mediate in the Ukraine crisis, and he denied that Russians killed in Ukraine were members of his country's military.
  • WWII spy The spy who drew me: How a top British spy become a fashion illustrator
  • Ice pancakes Here's another Scottish mystery to file alongside the Loch Ness Monster and Mel Gibson's accent in "Braveheart."
  • Boko Haram  Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.
  • Army 'blimps' The U.S. Army plans to launch two stationary "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air next week to better protect the Washington D.C. area from cruise missiles and other possible air attacks.
  • CNN Heroes Photos: 'CNN Heroes' tribute show
  • Junk food mountains 
  • Consumerism in Iran When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography.
  • Look at me! 28 selfies of the week 
  • Old-school Hollywood 
  • What a shot! 31 sports photos  
  • A town that's lost its men In the Armenian village of Lichk, you will find many hard-working women, but you will not find many men. All these women's husbands are thousands of miles away.
  • Fast food with Renaissance flair In this brave, forever-new world of social media, the minutiae of daily life can be documented for public consumption with the tap of a finger.
  • Newest nation still at war When photographer Fabio Bucciarelli first visited South Sudan, he found a nation filled with hope. He found citizens worn out by decades of war -- but looking forward to an independent, peaceful future.
  • 2014: The year in pictures  Photo gallery: 2014 in pictures
  • Look at me! Selfies of the year 
  • 75 amazing sports moments from 2014 

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