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  • More held after 'Hunger Games' salute "The Hunger Games" has become a rallying point for university students expressing opposition to Thailand's military government, with several detained after flashing the sci-fi series' anti-establishment salute.
  • CIA launches big internal review CIA Director John Brennan has ordered an in-depth review of the intelligence agency's organizational structure, asking the agency to "take a close and honest look at ourselves."
  • Pit bull faces fears in adorable way Unhinged by doorways, pit bull enters BACKWARDS. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the butt-first way Queso conquers his fear.
  • Webcam security: What you must do Unsecured footage from thousands of webcams around the world -- including in the United States and western Europe -- has been accessed and streamed by a website thought to be based in the Russian Federation, British officials say.
  • He gets help after botched surgery A Costa Rican tour guide gets reconstructive surgery after driving 800 miles to return a hearing aid. KPHO has more.
  • Sharpton: I don't owe $4.5 million Civil rights leader and MSNBC host Al Sharpton and his for-profit business owe more than $4.5 million in current state and federal taxes, according to a New York Times report out Tuesday.
  • Motown singing great dies Jimmy Ruffin, silky-voiced singer of the Motown classic "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," died Monday in Las Vegas. He was 78.
  • Missing beauty queen found dead María José Alvarado Muñoz, the Miss World Honduras winner, went missing days before the Miss World pageant. Her body was found along with her sister's, police said.
  • U.S. tracking mystery spacecraft CNN's Chad Myers reports on a Russian object in space on a mission that remains unclear to the U.S.
  • Starving and scared in Ukraine The battle for control of eastern Ukraine is exacting a heavy toll on the area's residents, who are fighting just to survive as winter sets in.
  • Anchor did this and no one noticed Anchor wears SAME suit for a whole year. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports that smelling good isn't his strong suit.
  • Lawyer: Tracy Morgan has brain injury Five months after being injured in a deadly limo bus crash, Tracy Morgan is fighting to return to the person he once was, his lawyer said Tuesday.
  • The day I realized smoking wasn't cool I'm a quitter and proud of it.
  • Melissa McCarthy sheds some weight You'll be seeing a lot less of Melissa McCarthy.
  • Anti-Barbie doll has cellulite, moles It began for Nickolay Lamm as a question: What would Barbie look like if she had the dimensions of an average woman?
  • The world's best beer city is ... It used to be as plain as a beer-foam mustache.
  • CNN Hero of the Year is ... Pen Farthing, who founded a nonprofit that reunites soldiers at home with stray dogs and cats they took in during combat, has been named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year.
  • Immigration plan shields 5 million President Barack Obama will tell immigration officers to deport "felons, not families" in his immigration order.
  • Immigration speech transcript  My fellow Americans, tonight, I'd like to talk with you about immigration.
  • Republicans hammer legal case Opponents of President Barack Obama's plan, which makes sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system by use of executive order, focused their criticism on the legal case, saying Obama has overstepped the boundaries of his authority and is ignoring the will of the people.
  • Cardona: Plan is a win Maria Cardona says Republicans should appreciate President Obama's executive action on immigration.
  • Gergen: A dangerous move There is something deeply troubling about President Obama's decision to grant legal safe haven to unauthorized immigrants by executive order.
  • When white people riot  When black people protest against police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, they're thought of as a "mob."
  • Obama to stay deporter-in-chief Talk about wasted energy.
  • Camille Cosby, a forgotten victim Blue Telusma says the entertainer's wife has charted her own career and has remained stoic amid the allegations about Bill Cosby
  • 6 signs of rape culture Marc Lamont Hill says as new accusers are brought to light, we are reminded of an unshakable feature of American life.
  • Angelina Jolie's new passion The global effort to stop the slaughter of elephants received a major boost when Angelina Jolie announced recently that she will direct and produce a feature film about my efforts to stop the poaching of elephants in Kenya in the 1990s.
  • U.S.: China could shut down power grid China and "probably one or two other" countries have the capacity to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel Thursday.
  • Police Identify FSU gunman Florida State University police fatally shot the gunman, officials say. FSU canceled all classes and exams for Thursday.
  • Video shows chaotic scene A student at Florida State University tells CNN what it was like to be in the library during the shooting.
  • Five Gitmo detainees transferred Five detainees at Guantanamo Bay were transferred to the nations of Slovakia or Georgia as part of the U.S. plan to reduce the facility's population of detainees who were suspected of terrorism after the September 11, 2001, attacks, officials said Thursday.
  • 10 dead in winter storm If the forecast holds, that's more than a year's worth of snow in just three days. The extreme conditions have led to tragedy in and around Buffalo, New York.
  • Views from an epic snowstorm Look back at a week of frigid temperatures and heavy snow across parts of the U.S., especially Buffalo.
  • Ferguson chief: 'I can see this through' Police Chief Thomas Jackson -- a central figure in the protests that flared in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of an unarmed black teen -- says he has no plans to step down despite mounting calls that he must go.
  • Michael Brown's dad: Stay calm The father of Michael Brown spoke to supporters Thursday, urging calm ahead of an expected decision from a St. Louis County grand jury.
  • Oscar-winning director dies Mike Nichols, the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "The Graduate" director who was one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday evening, according to a note from ABC News' president to their staff.
  • U2's Bono has extensive injuries U2 lead singer Bono is not having a good month. Days after a rear hatch flew off his aircraft midair, a bicycle accident in New York landed him in an operating room this week.
  • Bill Cosby facing litany of allegations It seems lately as if every day brings another allegation that further dismantles Bill Cosby's image as the jovial, pudding-loving patriarch whose family-friendly brand of comedy tickled successive generations.
  • The video Cosby didn't want public The AP released an interview with Bill Cosby from Nov. 6 in which he refuses to comment on rape allegations against him.
  • French back off ISIS video claim French authorities backed off a claim that a 22-year-old man was connected to beheadings in a recent ISIS video, a day after publicly identifying him.
  • Mother rescues daughter from ISIS A Dutch mother single-handedly brings her daughter back from ISIS territory. CNN's Isa Soares has her amazing story.
  • Petition seeks to cancel Duggar show A petition has gathered thousands of signatures to get TLC's reality show "19 Kids and Counting" canceled amidst anti-gay controversy
  • Are civilian drones legal? Attorney Danny Cevallos explains a few of the legal questions surrounding civilian drones.
  • Country singer comes out as gay Country star Ty Herndon has something to share: He's an "out, proud and happy gay man."
  • Flip phones are hip again Hipsters, rejoice. Next time you ride your fixed-gear bicycle to the the thrift store, where you find a vintage, grease-stained mechanic's shirt that matches your Rollie Fingers mustache and Grizzly Adams beard, there's an edgy, if technologically sub-optimal, way to tell your friends about it.
  • Why happiness is healthy Being able to manage the emotional ups and downs of life is important for both body and mind.
  • Amputations get strollers recalled About 4.7 million Graco and Century-branded strollers are being recalled after its maker received reports of 10 full or partial fingertip amputations and one laceration, federal officials said Thursday.
  • Airbag maker grilled over devices  Airbag maker Takata apologized at a federal hearing for deaths caused by its devices. CNN's Rene Marsh reports.
  • Stranded nurses help deliver baby Jared Hojnacki tells Anderson how two stranded nurses helped deliver his baby daughter during historic Buffalo storm.
  • Ellsberg: He's a hero Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
  • Eminem raps about rape, Azalea With Snoop Dogg bowing out of his feud with Iggy Azalea, it seems Eminem is more than willing to take his place.
  • What Angelina Jolie wants to do next Angelina Jolie "absolutely" plans to give up acting one day -- but not just yet.
  • Look out! Reporter hit by skateboard A reporter for Australia's Seven Network learned the hazards of live TV while reporting next to a skatepark in the U.S..
  • Website streams private webcams  A Russian website is streaming video from private webcams around the world. Laurie Segall reports.
  • Is it legal for citizens to film police? CNN's Sara Sidner reports on how videos of police interactions have stoked distrust in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Adoption: One story, three lives November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Michaela Pereira of CNN's New Day and @THIS HOUR shares the story of growing up in a family of five adopted girls in Canada and her eventual reunion with her biological half-sister.
  • Aerial photos show geometry of life Photographer shoots series of eerie symmetries captured from above
  • 'I am buried in my own house' From belly flop to doggie igloo ... CNN's Jeanne Moos picks the best pix (real and bogus) from the monster snowstorm.
  • Can we pull elephants back from the brink? Richard Leakey says Angelina Jolie is planning a movie about fight against elephant poaching, but need to end the ivory trade that is bringing elephants closer to extinction is immediate
  • Dog nearly chews off paw to escape chain An 11-month-old puppy had one of its legs amputated after it almost chewed off its paw while chained up. KSWB reports.
  • What if plane wings could change shape? A new wing technology may join a list of NASA innovations that have made air travel safer and more convenient.
  • People's Sexiest Man Alive is ... When you're talking about Chris Hemsworth being named People magazine's new Sexiest Man Alive, don't make the mistake of calling him "that guy from 'The Hunger Games.'"
  • Russell Brand charms CNN hosts Russell Brand joins "New Day" to talk about his new book and comedy special.
  • Inside the world of extreme sports 
  • Great white caught near Australian beach A 2.5 meter long great white shark was found tangled in nets surrounding one of Sydney's busiest beaches.
  • The beers you should be drinking We are well into the fall season, so by now, you probably have had your fill of pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers, so now is the time to give a fresh hop beer a try.
  • Hermits and where they dwell Deep in the untouched areas of Ukraine and Russia live men who have decided to leave human establishments and live isolated in nature.
  • Hilary Swank got fired from '90210' It was just a few weeks after losing her gig on the '90s teen drama that Hilary was cast in "Boys Don't Cry."
  • Celebs you didn't know were religious 
  • Look at me! 25 selfies of the week 
  • Travel shots we wish we'd taken Each day, CNN producers select a user-submitted photo to be our Travel Photo of the Day. Click through the gallery above to see stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image.
  • Why community colleges rule Can two-year institutions solve the U.S. college crisis? Many provide programs comparable to - if not better than - some of their four-year counterparts, at a fraction of the cost.
  • Why community colleges rule Can two-year institutions solve the U.S. college crisis? Many provide programs comparable to - if not better than - some of their four-year counterparts, at a fraction of the cost.
  • Crushing debt explained in 79 seconds College students got nearly $239 billion in aid last year. Many have a hard time paying loans off, so is it worth it?
  • Opinion: Why are college costs so hard to figure out? Suppose you are car shopping and all cars have sticker prices of $60,000.
  • Opinion: Is college worth the cost? Is college worth the cost? The question has echoed in the halls of government, over the family dinner table and throughout the media for decades. But the alarm bell has rung even louder in recent years, when student loan debt in the United States grew to over $1.2 trillion and tuition increases continued at nearly triple the rate of inflation.
  • Immigration President Barack Obama will order immigration officers to deport "felons not families" as he wields executive power to shield five million illegal immigrants in the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades.
  • FSU shooting Florida State University students huddled together in the aisles of a packed campus library early Thursday after a gunman opened fire, injuring three students.
  • Winter weather Enough already.
  • Ferguson The father of Michael Brown spoke to supporters Thursday, urging calm ahead of an expected decision from a St. Louis County grand jury.
  • Power grid China and "probably one or two other" countries have the capacity to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel Thursday.
  • Bono's injuries U2 lead singer Bono is not having a good month. Days after a rear hatch flew off his aircraft midair, a bicycle accident in New York landed him in an operating room this week.
  • Ty Herndon Country star Ty Herndon has something to share: He's an "out, proud and happy gay man."
  • Flip phones Hipsters, rejoice. Next time you ride your fixed-gear bicycle to the the thrift store, where you find a vintage, grease-stained mechanic's shirt that matches your Rollie Fingers mustache and Grizzly Adams beard, there's an edgy, if technologically sub-optimal, way to tell your friends about it.
  • Hermits of Ukraine, Russia Deep in the untouched areas of Ukraine and Russia live men who have decided to leave human establishments and live isolated in nature.
  • Look at me! 25 selfies of the week 
  • Kobani: Life at war At the edge of the Syrian war, photographer Furkan Temir found despair packed in tent camps and an outpouring of humanity from a tight-knit Turkish border community.
  • What a shot! 39 sports photos 
  • Tokyo between past, present  Sharp angles, fragmented glass, scaffolding, bright lights, looming robotics -- these elements tower over ghostly, apparition-like people scurrying to and from their destinations.

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