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16 May 2014 - Top Stories

  • Rising oceans will be unstoppable
    Thu, 15 May 2014 18:53:03 EDT
    Have you heard the news? Because Antarctic ice sheets are melting, the sea level is likely to rise "unstoppably" by at least 10 feet, dooming many coastal towns and displacing millions of people. And it's all going to happen—within several centuries.
  • Times editor fired because she's a she?
    Thu, 15 May 2014 18:12:07 EDT
    You can draw your own conclusions about why Jill Abramson was fired, but as we look at the history of her tenure as executive editor of The New York Times, the world's most prestigious and influential newspaper, and learn details about how it came to an end, women everywhere are shaking their heads.
  • Photos: TV shows that got the ax
    Thu, 15 May 2014 17:37:42 EDT
    TV networks swing the ax
  • The most popular baby names are ...
    Thu, 15 May 2014 22:25:10 EDT
    Michael and Jacob, your reign has ended.
  • How'd killer behead elderly man?
    Wed, 14 May 2014 13:49:49 EDT
    An elderly man was found decapitated while his wife's still missing. Martin Savidge looks at how this could have happened.
  • Princess Leia on a 'Star Wars' diet
    Thu, 15 May 2014 06:25:58 EDT
  • 100% of state in drought; fires rage
    Fri, 16 May 2014 01:50:04 EDT
    Fire blackened the skies in one California neighborhood and sent a "firenado" -- a column resembling a tornado with smoke and flames -- twisting into the air.
  • 'Like a scene from Armageddon'
    Thu, 15 May 2014 07:24:35 EDT
    At least nine separate fires are burning in the San Diego region.
  • Photos: California wildfires
    Thu, 15 May 2014 20:57:02 EDT
  • WH on climate: Get used to fires
    Thu, 15 May 2014 20:58:37 EDT
    Climate change is here and will only worsen. Get used to more flooding, wildfires and drought, depending on where you live. Cities and states across America already are spending lots of money to respond.
  • See what WH report threatens
    Thu, 15 May 2014 21:39:48 EDT
    Photo gallery: Sameple of severe weather
  • 'Sugar Man' director committed suicide
    Thu, 15 May 2014 18:48:21 EDT
    Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of "Searching for Sugar Man," committed suicide, his brother said.
  • Barbara Walters: 'It's time' to retire
    Thu, 15 May 2014 08:58:47 EDT
    Barbara Walters is retiring after a career that spans 50 years. She speaks with CNN's Chris Cuomo.
  • Photos: Walters' amazing career
    Thu, 15 May 2014 22:31:55 EDT
  • Adoptive mom: Dad 'a total stranger''
    Thu, 15 May 2014 22:11:22 EDT
    The last time Sonya's adoptive parents heard her voice, the girl was begging to return to the only home she'd ever known.
  • Casey Kasem found
    Thu, 15 May 2014 19:58:59 EDT
    Days after he left a nursing home, radio icon Casey Kasem was spotted in Washington state -- but his exact location remains unclear. His family has "grave concerns about his medical care."
  • 9/11 museum first look
    Thu, 15 May 2014 17:41:53 EDT
    Mayor Bloomberg takes Jake Tapper on a tour of the 9/11 museum set to open May 15.
  • Justin Bieber: 'Don't believe rumors'
    Thu, 15 May 2014 13:16:29 EDT
    Justin Bieber is counting on "the truth" to set him free.
  • What went wrong on S. Korean ferry?
    Fri, 16 May 2014 00:15:02 EDT
    A month after the Sewol ferry sank, leaving 284 people dead and 20 missing, the incident set off a bout of national soul searching in South Korea over what went wrong.
  • Toddler falls off 11th-floor balcony
    Wed, 14 May 2014 07:28:12 EDT
    A 1-year-old toddler sustained injuries, but survived a fall from an 11-story building. WCCO has more.
  • Roommates find WHAT in couch?
    Thu, 15 May 2014 06:27:11 EDT
    Three roommates in New York were shocked to find $41,000 in a couch they bought from Salvation Army.
  • Photos: The man behind 'Godzilla'
    Thu, 15 May 2014 17:26:18 EDT
  • World's scariest, best water slides
    Thu, 15 May 2014 21:16:12 EDT
    Verrückt will become the world's tallest water slide -- it's taller than both the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls -- when it opens in May in Kansas.
  • Who needs high heels?
    Thu, 15 May 2014 16:21:52 EDT
    Kelci Stringer realized her days in high heels were numbered when her children began to walk.
  • How to deal with your in-laws
    Thu, 15 May 2014 16:29:51 EDT
    Love them or hate them: In-laws are yours forever. And there's nothing like a wedding to make you get to know the newest addition to your family.
  • THIS 12-foot python found ... here!
    Thu, 15 May 2014 18:48:22 EDT
    A Texas woman was shocked to find a 12-foot python in her bathroom after a nearby resident lost it two months prior.
  • Man plants tree in huge city pothole
    Wed, 14 May 2014 07:09:25 EDT
    An Indianapolis man decides to take matters into his own hands to fix up the city's potholes. WTHR has more.
  • Space rocket breaks apart after launch
    Fri, 16 May 2014 01:21:04 EDT
    A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying an advanced communication satellite has disintegrated in the atmosphere, Russian state news agency ITAR-Tass reported, citing a space agency official.
  • Woman to be executed for her faith
    Thu, 15 May 2014 20:55:43 EDT
    Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was convicted by a Khartoum court of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith. She is eight months pregnant and is in custody with her 20-month-old son, Amnesty International says.
  • GM: Do not drive these trucks
    Thu, 15 May 2014 18:41:10 EDT
    General Motors' recall for the year is 12.8 million worldwide. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.
  • Reports: Sterling won't pay fine
    Thu, 15 May 2014 22:52:01 EDT
    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has sent a letter to the National Basketball Association telling the league he won't pay his $2.5 million fine and rejecting his lifetime ban, according to multiple media reports.
  • Ex-NFL player charged in more killings
    Thu, 15 May 2014 16:49:08 EDT
    Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez -- already charged in the 2013 slaying of a semipro football player -- faces murder charges in a 2012 double homicide in Boston.
  • FDA cuts recommended sleep-aid dose
    Thu, 15 May 2014 17:27:12 EDT
    Lunesta may help you doze off at night, but it's the morning after that has officials concerned -- which is why on Thursday they halved the recommended dosage for the well-known sleep aid drug.
  • Shocking video of terrorist brutality
    Thu, 15 May 2014 23:05:26 EDT
    Propaganda war in Yemen intensifies with shocking video of terrorist brutality released by al Qaeda affiliate, AQAP.
  • Courts rule on gay marriage in 2 states
    Thu, 15 May 2014 22:06:10 EDT
    Two days after Idaho became the latest state where a federal judge effectively legalized same-sex marriage, an appeals court has stepped in to prevent such unions -- at least for now.
  • Measles puts her cancer in remission
    Thu, 15 May 2014 17:41:18 EDT
    A woman with an incurable cancer is now in remission, thanks, doctors say, to a highly concentrated dose of the measles virus.
  • WH chief of staff grilled on TV
    Thu, 15 May 2014 20:04:42 EDT
    CNN's Jake Tapper questions the White House Chief of Staff about the VA hospital scandal and the response.
  • Republicans block tax credits
    Thu, 15 May 2014 22:18:32 EDT
    It is a rare, strange day when Senate Republicans vote to block billions in tax cuts. But that's what happened Thursday when they chose to freeze a massive tax credit package in order to protest how Democrats are running the chamber.
  • Bizarre GOP debate goes viral
    Thu, 15 May 2014 20:48:17 EDT
    Conservative voters in Idaho are faced with a colorful debate in this video that has gone viral.
  • Who has the MH370 satellite data?
    Thu, 15 May 2014 22:09:25 EDT
    Who has the data investigators used to shape their search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and why hasn't it been released to the public?
  • How Mississippi surprised Bourdain
    Thu, 15 May 2014 06:17:34 EDT
    Anthony Bourdain explores the history, food and culture of the Mississippi Delta. For more, tune in Sunday, 9pm EST.
  • Outrage sparked over this image
    Thu, 15 May 2014 20:08:55 EDT
    The image of an aide to Turkey's Prime Minister kicking a man protesting the mine disaster that has claimed nearly 300 lives has prompted outrage -- and has become a symbol of the anger felt against the government.
  • Prom police - who are they protecting?
    Thu, 15 May 2014 14:37:26 EDT
    She was kicked out of prom. Is it her fault that her dress and dancing style could have caused "impure thoughts?"
  • She lifts 215 lbs. before giving birth
    Thu, 15 May 2014 21:16:52 EDT
    Meghan Leatherman says that regular exercise made her pregnancy a breeze and she hopes to be a role model for other moms.
  • Do you know where this is?
    Thu, 15 May 2014 21:22:21 EDT
    Photo of the Day
  • UN is worried about 'killer robots'
    Thu, 15 May 2014 18:46:42 EDT
    The UN is exploring new lethal weapon systems that could include robots. CNN's Jake Tapper reports.
  • Game changing theme park rides
    Fri, 16 May 2014 01:45:55 EDT
    The world's top theme park experts pick the attractions that changed the thrill ride industry forever.
  • 'Louie' episode sparks debate
    Thu, 15 May 2014 09:26:18 EDT
    An episode on the TV show "Louie" is causing controversy after it grappled with the idea of dating an overweight woman.
  • Runner's twin's act will make you cry
    Wed, 14 May 2014 12:01:14 EDT
    A twin did something special for her injured sister during an event at their middle school track meet. KTVI reports.
  • Biker walks away from THIS crash
    Wed, 14 May 2014 07:05:56 EDT
    Unbelievable video captures a motorcyclist getting up after he crashes into a van at a busy intersection.
  • Ellsberg: He's a hero
    Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:18:17 EDT
    Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
  • The fabulousness on the red carpet
    Thu, 15 May 2014 17:33:17 EDT
  • Kidman's Grace Kelly causes a stir
    Thu, 15 May 2014 13:55:24 EDT
    Myleene Klass takes a look at opening night of the Cannes Film Festival and Nicole Kidman's work in "Grace of Monaco".
  • The best of the best: Movies to watch for
    Thu, 15 May 2014 17:41:43 EDT
  • Meet Michaela
    Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:15:29 EDT
    Michaela Pereira on her background, her parents, and helping L.A.'s kids.
  • Solange, Jay Z apologize (to each other)
    Thu, 15 May 2014 18:45:16 EDT
    We may never know the why -- though there has been no shortage of speculation on the Internet -- but at least now we know what the Carter-Knowles family has to say about their already infamous elevator fight.
  • Shinseki 'mad as hell' about VA allegations
    Thu, 15 May 2014 17:35:22 EDT
    Under withering criticism, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki told a Senate committee on Thursday he was "mad as hell" about allegations of deadly waiting times and coverup at VA hospitals.
  • Was her dress too short for prom?
    Thu, 15 May 2014 09:06:04 EDT
    A high school senior says she got kicked out of prom because chaperones declared her dress too short and said she was going to cause young men "to think impure thoughts."
  • Casey Kasem found in Wash. state
    Thu, 15 May 2014 11:20:46 EDT
    Radio icon Casey Kasem has been found in Washington state, a representative for his daughter told CNN late Wednesday night.
  • 'This is only going to get worse'
    Thu, 15 May 2014 01:25:58 EDT
    Firefighters are battling five blazes in and around San Diego that have prompted at least 15,000 evacuation notices to residents and parts of a Marine Corps installation.
  • Nuclear power plant, Legoland evacuated
    Wed, 14 May 2014 21:30:05 EDT
    Firefighters are battling five wildfires in and around San Diego that have prompted at least 15,000 evacuation notices to residents and parts of a Marine Corps installation.
  • Donald Sterling in CNN exclusive: Clippers will play if I am still owner
    Thu, 15 May 2014 09:12:34 EDT
    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he thinks that if he is able to keep his team, he won't have to worry about an NBA players strike next season.
  • Russia plans to leave International Space Station by 2020, official says
    Wed, 14 May 2014 20:02:49 EDT
    Russia said it does not plan to use the International Space Station beyond 2020, casting a shadow on U.S. plans to continue cooperation with the country and extend the life of the orbiting laboratory until at least 2024.
  • Beyonce, Jay Z, Solange break silence
    Thu, 15 May 2014 19:04:09 EDT
    The Carter-Knowles family releases a statement about their already infamous elevator brawl.
  • Watch the reported Jay Z-Solange elevator brawl
    Thu, 15 May 2014 19:03:06 EDT
    TMZ reportedly has video of an incident between persons that look like rapper Jay Z and singer Solange Knowles.
  • The web pokes fun at elevator rumble
    Thu, 15 May 2014 18:45:05 EDT
    The web pokes fun at his sister-in-law's attack on Jay Z. CNN's Jeanne Moos showcases parodies of the elevator rumble.
  • Aaron Hernandez
    Thu, 15 May 2014 19:02:31 EDT
    Ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the July 2012 killings of two men in Boston, authorities said Thursday.
  • Mine fire
    Thu, 15 May 2014 20:08:55 EDT
    Rescue and recovery workers retrieved more bodies Thursday from a smoldering coal mine in western Turkey, where a fire has killed hundreds.
  • Apostasy
    Thu, 15 May 2014 15:56:06 EDT
    A Sudanese court has sentenced a Christian woman to death for renouncing Islam, her lawyer said Thursday.
  • Joran van der Sloot
    Thu, 15 May 2014 08:47:21 EDT
    He's serving a 28-year sentence for killing a Peruvian woman. He's also the main suspect in the disappearance of an American teenage girl. But these days, Joran van der Sloot is more focused on his wedding plans than his legal situation.
  • Casey Kasem
    Thu, 15 May 2014 11:20:46 EDT
    Days after he left a nursing home, radio icon Casey Kasem has been found in Washington state -- but exactly where remains a mystery.
  • 9/11 museum
    Thu, 15 May 2014 11:02:27 EDT
    When does the ordinary -- letters, gloves, wallets -- become extraordinary?
  • Justin Bieber
    Thu, 15 May 2014 13:25:46 EDT
    Justin Bieber is counting on "the truth" to set him free.
  • Jay Z
    Thu, 15 May 2014 07:52:29 EDT
    The hotel where Jay Z had an alleged altercation with Beyonce's sister says it has fired the person who leaked the tape to the media.
  • Prom dress
    Thu, 15 May 2014 13:24:57 EDT
    Just when you thought you'd heard everything.
  • What a shot! 41 sports photos
    Tue, 13 May 2014 07:19:56 EDT
  • The week in 25 photos
    Fri, 09 May 2014 06:41:22 EDT
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