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BBC News - Home Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:27:35 GMT

CNN.com - Top Stories 
  • Is the galaxy full of Earths?  Jim Bell says NASA's latest discovery support the notion that habitable worlds are probably common in the galaxy.
  • Are college students learning? Ben Wildavsky: If you want to know how U.S. schoolchildren are performing, you don't have to look far. But we need a way to know how much college students are learning.
  • Ukraine crisis could pull U.S. to war Graham Allison says if an unchecked and emboldened Russia foments conflict in a nation like Latvia, a NATO member with a Russian speaking population, the West would have to defend it.
  • Taylor Swift surprises bride at shower 
  • John Daly does weird trick shot Golfer John Daly gave one lady the thrill of her life when he hit a golf ball off a tee placed in her mouth. Take a look.
  • Captain was in his cabin at time of accident "The tidal current was strong and water temperature was cold, and there was no rescue boat," Lee Joon Seok told reporters.
  • Chances of survival  As rescuers take on the daunting task of finding survivors, family members of the missing passengers are pinning their slim hopes on floundering air pockets in the capsized South Korean ferry.
  • Ship-to-shore transcript The following is a transcript of communication between the sinking South Korean ferry Sewol and the local maritime traffic control, Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center.
  • Wracked by guilt, full of gratitude Tethered to an IV drip, 71-year-old Shin Young Ja lies under a thin fleece blanket, nursing a broken back and wracked with survivor's guilt.
  • Inside a ship simulator Randy Kaye goes inside a ship simulator to examine what happened right before the South Korean ferry capsized.
  • See Rosie O'Donnell's 50-lb. weight loss Rosie O'Donnell will be sporting a new look when she returns to "The View" in May.
  • Has smartphone innovation stalled? Here's a short message to smartphone makers before you try to wow us with a bunch of glitzy features in your next device: Don't do it.
  • Kansas City shootings: 18 felony counts For the last few weeks, Marisol Sanchez took pains to drive miles out of her way to avoid highways in the Kansas City area.
  • World loses 'astonishing' novelist The influential author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," is widely credited with helping to popularize the magical realism genre.
  • 5 myths about the Ebola virus Reporting from Guinea, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains some common misconceptions of one of the world's most deadly viruses.
  • League kicks out HIV-positive man An HIV-positive Florida man was told he could no longer play in a Kissimmee Parks and Recreation basketball league.
  • Miley Cyrus faces long recovery Miley Cyrus could be in celebrity sick bay for another three weeks because of an "extreme allergic reaction" to an antibiotic, her representative said Thursday.
  • Is Charles Barkley leaving TNT? Much to the amusement of his co-hosts, CNN's Rachel Nichols addresses Charles Barkley's desire to be an NBA executive.
  • Bear attack: 'She's bleeding hard!' A Florida woman is recovering after being attacked by a bear that walked into her garage. Hear the 911 call.
  • They put a Ford Mustang HERE?! How'd they get a Ford Mustang atop the Empire State Building? CNN's Jeanne Moos goes under the hood to find out.
  • Drone finds 1,000-year-old village Archaeologists used a drone to peer through the dry New Mexican desert to find this hidden treasure. KRQE has more.
  • New details on Flight 370's path An underwater drone dipped into the ocean Friday for its fifth trip to search for traces of the missing Malaysian plane as relatives of those aboard maintained their demand for answers.
  • How hard is it to find a black box? CNN's Martin Savidge shows how difficult it is to locate a black box from just 50 feet underwater.
  • 7.2 magnitude quake hits Mexico A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Friday morning in southern Mexico's Guerrero state, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
  • Watch SpaceX rocket launch The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off to send the Dragon cargo craft to a rendezvous with the International Space Station.
  • Deadliest accident ever on Everest A group of about 50 people, mostly Nepali Sherpas, were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet, according an official. The avalanche took place just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall.
  • Where are Nigeria's abducted girls? Families of girls kidnapped from school by suspected Boko Haram militants are accusing the Nigerian military of lying. Despite the military's claims that nearly all the girls are now free, nearly all of them are still being held, the families said Thursday.
  • Protesters: Russia didn't sign for us Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the West may have agreed to steps to easing the crisis in Ukraine -- but Friday will be the first test of whether those words will translate into action.
  • Frat closes chapter after racial incident The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity has closed its chapter at the University of Mississippi after three of its members were suspected of tying a noose around the neck of a campus statue of civil rights icon James Meredith.
  • 48 killed in attack on U.N. base Heavily armed militants on Thursday attacked a U.N. peacekeepers' base that was sheltering civilians in South Sudan, killing at least 48 people and seriously injuring dozens of others, a U.N. spokesman in the country said Friday.
  • Easter egg hunt reveals dead body A Tennessee woman helping her son hunt for Easter eggs makes a startling discovery in her own backyard. WBIR reports.
  • Watch Chelsea announce pregnancy Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton announces she is expecting her first child this year at an event in New York.
  • Did Jesus really rise from the dead? As Easter comes into view, the thoughts of billions of Christians turn to Jerusalem, to a sacred weekend that includes the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Of course, people regard these events with various degrees of literalness. But Easter retains its power.
  • Holy Week around the world  Photo gallery: Holy Week celebrations
  • Photos: When Jesus came to Hollywood 
  • Ellsberg: He's a hero Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
  • The best TV you don't watch If fans thought season one of "Orphan Black" was mysterious, get ready to spiral deeper down the rabbit hole for a second season. The show returns this Saturday April 19 on BBC America.
  • What victim's mother did next is shocking The murderer was seconds from death, a noose around his neck. Then the mother of his victim walked up to the gallows. A photographer talks about what happened then.
  • Saudi Arabia to build tallest building ever Work will likely start on the Kingdom Tower next week. When it's finished, it will stand 3,280 feet tall -- 558 feet taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
  • Judge explodes: 'I hope you die' A convicted killer interrupts a relative of the victim during sentencing, prompting a Michigan judge to erupt in court.
  • 50 people turning 50 this year 
  • What happens in Vegas may surprise Maybe you think of the Rat Pack, showgirls, mobsters and martinis. Or perhaps it's bachelorettes and bros on a bender. But there's much more to the city.
  • Want to live forever? They may know how Morgan Spurlock dives into the world of "futurism," and sees if its possible to live forever
  • Neat! Ice sculptures in your drink Stunningly detailed miniature ice carvings made for a Japanese whiskey firm.
  • Parents flip out as boy is snatched What looked like a real kidnapping sent parents into a frenzy. CNN affiliate KCPQ reports on why the "kidnappers" did it.
  • See why Navy paid $3 billion for this The US Navy's newest stealth destroyer is twice as long as the Statue of Liberty but barely shows up on radar.
  • Watch cat leap out of burning building Cat flies out window, kitties get shipped. Jeanne Moos reports on felines with one less of their nine lives to live.
  • The scary side of the Easter Bunny Funny or Die looks at the best stuff on the internet. You're welcome. For more go to funnyordie.com.
  • Meet Michaela Michaela Pereira on her background, her parents, and helping L.A.'s kids.
  • 10 things you didn't know about Las Vegas Maybe you think of the Rat Pack, showgirls, mobsters and martinis. Or perhaps it's bachelorettes and bros on a bender. But there's much more to the city.
  • 9 people dead in Mount Everest avalanche A group of about 50 people, mostly Nepali Sherpas, were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet, according an official. The avalanche took place just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall.
  • Salsa legend killed in car wreck Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, a giant of salsa music, a crooner with one of the most recognizable and imitated voices in Latin music and a Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash in San Juan, police said. He was 78.
  • Arrest made in Kansas City road shootings Local and federal authorities have been trying to find out who is behind some 20 shootings on major highways and roads around the city since March 8. Three people have been wounded.
  • What victim's mother did next is shocking The murderer was seconds from death, a noose around his neck. Then the mother of his victim climbed up on the gallows. A photographer talks about what happened then.
  • In blast-shattered town, a 'new normal' emerges One year ago, death and devastation came to the town of West, Texas, when a fertilizer plant exploded. Today the town is more united than ever.
  • Powerful pictures The door through which Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is shown as evidence during his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Just one of the best photos of the week.
  • What a shot! 27 amazing sports photos 
  • Ferry sinks As divers raced to reach hundreds of people believed to be inside a sunken ferry boat, the death toll from the disaster rose to 28 Friday.
  • Flight 370 An underwater drone dipped into the ocean Friday for its fifth trip to search for traces of the missing Malaysian plane as relatives of those aboard maintained their demand for answers.
  • Earthquake It met the definition of a major one, but the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that struck Friday in southern Mexico's Guerrero state doesn't appear to have left much of a mark, and the region emerged relatively unscathed.
  • South Sudan Heavily armed militants on Thursday attacked a U.N. peacekeepers' base that was sheltering civilians in South Sudan, killing at least 48 people and seriously injuring dozens of others, a U.N. spokesman in the country said Friday.
  • Mount Everest Nine Sherpa guides were killed and three others were seriously injured Friday after a high-altitude avalanche on Mt. Everest, officials said.
  • Rosie O'Donnell Rosie O'Donnell will be sporting a new look when she returns to "The View" in May.
  • Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus could be in celebrity sick bay for another three weeks because of an "extreme allergic reaction" to an antibiotic, her representative said Thursday.
  • The week in 33 photos 
  • What a shot! 27 sports photos 

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