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BBC News - Home Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:05:05 GMT

CNN.com - Top Stories 
  • 'Dog got' White House fence jumper A man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night suffers from mental problems, and has been arrested there before, according to his father.
  • These dogs protect the president For the Secret Service only one breed of dog will do to keep the President safe.
  • The best (worst?) sick-day excuses Had a big night out? Don't fancy leaving a cozy bed for the cold outdoors? Having a Ferris Bueller moment?
  • Palin finds a Dem she can back Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin snubbed home state Republicans this year, instead endorsing an independent candidate for governor and his Democratic running mate for lieutenant governor.
  • Sunset partially eclipsed  The cosmos will cast an afternoon delight over the country on Thursday with a partial solar eclipse.
  • Time-lapse shows solar eclipse Time-lapse video shows the solar eclipse over Denver on October 23, 2014.
  • 4 held in Total CEO's plane crash Four people have been detained in connection with a crash that killed the chief executive of a French oil company, a Russian investigative committee said Thursday.
  • Boko Haram abducts dozens more Despite government claims of a ceasefire that will supposedly lead to the release of more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram, members of the Islamist terror group have abducted at least 60 young women and girls from Christian villages in northeast Nigeria, residents said Thursday.
  • 'Christie's got his head in the sand' Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Thursday panned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's comments that he's "tired" of the minimum wage debate.
  • Archie and the gang coming to TV Archie Andrews has lived, died and become a zombie. And now, the cartoon character is returning to TV.
  • Is this the next miracle drug? Imagine discovering a plant that has the potential to help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and paralyzing anxiety. That's what some believe ayahuasca can do, and this psychedelic drink is attracting more and more tourists to the Amazon.
  • Nazi U-boat wreck found off U.S. coast A World War II German U-boat, sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic more than 72 years ago, has been discovered off the coast of North Carolina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday.
  • Clue to Neanderthal mating found DNA from a 45,000-year-old leg bone is giving scientists a better idea of when modern humans first started mating with Neanderthals.
  • 10 outlandish future predictions Ever since two men first laid a bet on two flies climbing up a cave wall, gambling has struck at the core of the human condition: the future is uncertain.
  • See how she nabbed a sex offender An Australian man is sentenced for online sex with a young girl, but she wasn't even real. CNN's Lynda Kinkade reports.
  • Web seeks National Parks vandal The National Park Service is investigating reports of graffiti and other vandalism in at least 10 National Park sites throughout the western United States. One move that could get the vandal caught? Bragging about their "artwork" on social media.
  • 'Price is Right,' but dance is wrong After getting lucky on "The Price is Right," a contestant performed some pretty unforgettable dance moves.
  • Man chisels his way out of elevator A group in China escape from a stuck elevator thanks to one man and his trusty hammer. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
  • Robertson: Towels can spread AIDS CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on Pat Robertson's recent claim about how one could get AIDS from towels in Kenya.
  • Store pulls 'Breaking Bad' toys "Breaking Bad's" drug-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White will have to stop making the sale at Toys R Us.
  • Disney's new heroine: 'Moana' Get ready for another addition to the line of Disney heroines: Moana, an ocean adventurer.
  • Helmet cam shows shot to head U.S. military footage posted to YouTube shows a Marine survive a head shot by a sniper in Afghanistan in 2013.
  • Jogging, bowling, riding subway Craig Spencer was in contact with four people after he started exhibiting symptoms, authorities said, which is when he was contagious.
  • NYC doctor has Ebola The doctor had symptoms for "a very brief period of time" and had direct contact with "very few people" in New York, the mayor says.
  • Country won't screen flyers from U.S. Rwanda will not be screening U.S. visitors for Ebola after all.
  • Ebola's messy truth What happens when you get Ebola? CNN's Miguel Marquez explains (Sources: CDC and WHO).
  • Country reports first Ebola case A 2-year-old girl in Mali has been diagnosed with Ebola, making her the West African country's first confirmed case, health officials said Thursday.
  • Latest updates on Ebola crisis A doctor in New York City tests positive for Ebola. The European Union pledges more funds to fight the deadly virus. And a military response team begins training.
  • Russia taking jabs at Sweden The Swedes will find sitting on the fence to be increasingly uncomfortable when Putin is your next door neighbor, writes Gary Schmitt.
  • Leave Renee Zellweger alone LZ Granderson says the actress's changed appearance after years out of public eye unleashed a wave of gossipy judgment. Why can't we just accept her explanation that she's happy?
  • Like, OMG!! Zuck speaks Mandarin?!! So, Mark Zuckerberg apparently speaks Mandarin.
  • Islamists targeting people in uniform? A chain of attacks and plots in rapid succession in the Western world by assailants with a radical interpretation of Islam have raised suspicion that a hatchet attack on NYPD officers could be the latest link.
  • Man attacks NY cops with hatchet A man charged at four New York police officers Thursday afternoon, metal hatchet in hand, hitting one officer in the right arm and another in the head, the city's police commissioner said.
  • Source: Canada gunman tied to jihadists The Ottawa gunman had "connections" to jihadists in Canada who shared a radical Islamist ideology, including at least one who went overseas to fight in Syria, multiple U.S. sources told CNN on Thursday.
  • New video shows shooting details Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is believed to have communicated with extremists. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.
  • Plane, helicopter collide in midair Three people died and two were injured when a small aircraft and helicopter collided on Thursday afternoon at a municipal airport in Frederick, Maryland.
  • Heads line streets of ISIS capital CNN's Nick Paton Walsh brings us a grim look at life under ISIS rule in Raqqa, Syria. (Warning: Disturbing images)
  • Deal lets 200 join fight against ISIS A month of airstrikes in Syria by the U.S.-led coalition has killed 553 people -- a large majority of them ISIS militants, including foreigners, according to a monitoring group.
  • Poll: Ga. Sen. race too close to call Democrat Michelle Nunn has a slight 47%-44% edge over Republican David Perdue in the Georgia race for an open Senate seat, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey released Friday.
  • Warren to Dems: Stand up and fight While an increasingly unpopular President Obama seems to be on a self-imposed Rose Garden strategy this election, one Democrat is in demand on the campaign trail: Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
  • Viewers: Scott Brown 'fear mongering' As New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen accused former Sen. Scott Brown of "fear-mongering" on Ebola, Democrats strongly agreed, Republicans completely disagreed, and independent voters stayed neutral.
  • Secret war threatens al Qaeda Yemen is going through its greatest upheaval since protests erupted during the Arab Spring more than three years ago. Only this time, it's not a cry for democracy but a bitter sectarian battle for power -- pitching al Qaeda and other Sunni groups against Shia Houthi rebels.
  • Giant gold nugget discovered Five-pound nugget is 90% gold, believed to be worth between $350,000 and $450,000. KTVU has the story.
  • Ex-mayor linked to missing students The former mayor of Iguala is a "probable" suspect in the disappearance of 43 students who were kidnapped last month from the city in Guerrero state, Mexican authorities said.
  • Foss Lake mystery solved: It's them A decades-old mystery that captivated Oklahoma has been solved after officials confirmed the identities of two groups of people -- some of them teens -- who went missing in 1969 and 1970.
  • Study of diet pill retracted Dr. Mehmet Oz has been under fire recently for promoting weight loss products on TV's "The Dr. Oz Show" that aren't backed by a lot of scientific evidence. Now a study supporting one of those products, diet pills made with green coffee bean extract, has been withdrawn by its lead researchers.
  • Countries punished for soccer brawl It was a night which evoked hatred of years past -- now both Serbia and Albania have been punished for their part in dramatic night of violence in Belgrade.
  • Elizabeth Peña's death cause ID'd Actress Elizabeth Peña died from complications related to alcoholism, according to her death certificate obtained by CNN.
  • Ellsberg: He's a hero Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
  • Which celebs speak multiple languages? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg already owns a good chunk of the Internet, but on Wednesday he won it as well when he spoke Chinese to an audience at a Beijing university.
  • Zuckerberg's surprise has crowd gasping Facebook's founder says he taught himself Mandarin and tested his skills with students in China.
  • Goodbye to China's 'weird' buildings?  The Chinese leadership has called for less "weird architecture" to be built in the country. Does it mean the end of unusual structures like these?
  • North Korea closes borders to tourism North Korea is closing its borders to international tourists due to concerns about Ebola, tour agencies specializing in the country were told.
  • Stadium's glass panel falls toward girl A little girl in Ukraine has survived a close call with a glass panel from a soccer stadium. Erin Hawksworth reports.
  • Renee's new look is raising eyebrows A plastic surgeon weighs in on Zellweger's new look. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the eyebrow-raising details.
  • Why confidence is overrated  Few things are more overrated than confidence.
  • Brazilian man admits to 39 murders A Brazilian man nicknamed "handsome" serial killer has confessed to 39 murders. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
  • Want a free house? Become a writer Early next month, Casey Rocheteau will pack up the belongings of her Brooklyn flat, say goodbye to friends and set-off for her new home in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 'Weird Al' is HOW old? 
  • Citizen pulls over, warns police officer Gavin Seim filmed his exchange with a police officer in an unmarked car.
  • 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer drops The new trailer for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is, in a word, "Hulktastic."
  • Look at me! 17 selfies of the week 
  • 102 snakes found in home More than 100 snakes were found inside a Canada home. CBC News has more.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt's sharp tongue Politician, human rights campaigner and longest-serving first lady; Eleanor Roosevelt was a force to be reckoned with.
  • Dying dad's moving gift to baby girl Mitchell Whisenhunt left over 30 letters to his family, including some for his 1-year-old daughter's future birthdays.
  • Toddler gets stuck in toy claw machine A toddler in Maryville, Tennessee, became stuck in a toy claw machine at a restaurant.
  • Swerving driver crashes on camera Two men captured video of a swerving driver who eventually hits a car that then crashes into the men. WTAE reports.
  • Nun's shocking song on new album A nun sings "Like a Virgin" And CNN's Jeanne Moos says it's not the Virgin Mary she's singing about, it's a Madonna cover.
  • The mountain is just the icing on the cake Tanzania is far more than just a spot to climb the world's tallest freestanding mountain.
  • Are people in uniform targets for Islamists? A chain of attacks and plots in rapid succession in the Western world by assailants with a radical interpretation of Islam have raised suspicion that a hatchet attack on NYPD officers could be the latest link.
  • Was attack on NY cops sparked by radicals? A man charged at four New York police officers Thursday afternoon, metal hatchet in hand, hitting one officer in the right arm and another in the head, the city's police commissioner said.
  • Doctor in NYC tests positive for Ebola A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN.
  • Sources: Shooter had jihadist 'connections' Authorities are still in the early stages of their investigation, but they are beginning to piece together the puzzle. Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen, wanted to go to Syria.
  • The nerd science of political campaigns There's an entire industry in American politics built around finding and mobilizing voters, largely constructed by Democrats who have been innovating in the field for more than a decade.
  • How to reach voters online There's an entire industry in American politics built around finding and mobilizing voters, largely constructed by Democrats who have been innovating in the field for more than a decade.
  • Will they choose your President? Soon after I arrived in New Hampshire, I hit Mitt Romney in the face.
  • New front in war for women The war over women arrived in New Hampshire this week -- in the form of a press release.
  • Rand Paul's campus challenge Campus politics aren't always a clear winner for Rand Paul, as he discovered here this week during an appearance at the College of Charleston.
  • Want to be president? Talk to this guy It's September of 2014, but Bakari Sellers is already getting calls and visits from the small crop of Democrats considering a 2016 presidential bid.
  • Ebola A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed case in the city, authorities said late Thursday.
  • Midair collision Three people died and two were injured when a small aircraft and helicopter collided on Thursday afternoon at a municipal airport in Frederick, Maryland.
  • Hatchet attack A bloodied steel hatchet lay on a rainy Queens sidewalk on Thursday like an portentous question mark. Was the bearded man who used it to wound two New York City police officers motivated by radical Islam?
  • Canada shooting What would spur someone to walk up to a war memorial, shoot a soldier guarding it, then rush into Canada's Parliament?
  • ISIS A month of airstrikes in Syria by the U.S.-led coalition has killed 553 people -- a large majority of them ISIS militants, including foreigners, according to a monitoring group.
  • Foss Lake A decades-old mystery that captivated Oklahoma has been solved after officials confirmed the identities of two groups of people -- some of them teens -- who went missing in 1969 and 1970.
  • Diet pill Dr. Mehmet Oz has been under fire recently for promoting weight loss products on TV's "The Dr. Oz Show" that aren't backed by a lot of scientific evidence. Now a study supporting one of those products, diet pills made with green coffee bean extract, has been withdrawn by its lead researchers.
  • Elizabeth Peña Actress Elizabeth Peña died from complications related to alcoholism, according to her death certificate obtained by CNN.
  • Mark Zuckerberg Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg already owns a good chunk of the Internet, but on Wednesday he won it as well when he spoke Chinese to an audience at a Beijing university.
  • Look at me! 17 selfies of the week 
  • What a shot! 35 sports photos 
  • The week in 30 photos 

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