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Jennifer Lawrence, 2014 Oscars

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5 Things about the celeb nude photo scandal

A hacker's invasion of dozens of celebrity iCloud accounts, leading to the embarrassing leaking of nude photos, has lessons for us all. Here are five things you should know about what happened.

Kenneth Bae, Matthew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle

CNN

How North Korea may be using U.S. detainees

The setup was bizarre.

North Korean officials whisked a CNN team away in a van, purportedly to go meet with a high-ranking government official.

Hours later, they arrived in the capital and were presented with three Americans held captive in the reclu...

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DMV says no makeup for license; boy sues

The mother of a 16-year-old filed a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday claiming her son was sexually discriminated against when he was forced to remove his facial makeup for a driver's license photo.

Teen correctional facility escape

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7 teens who escaped Tenn. center still free

Authorities near Nashville were still searching Tuesday for teenagers who escaped a detention center the night before.

Thirty-two teens escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center late Monday, Tennessee Department of Children's Services s...

President Barack Obama Afghanistan troop withdrawal

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Obama OKs more troops to Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized additional troops be deployed to Iraq to protect American diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad.

The 350 troops are being sent at the request of the U.S. Department of State to beef up securit...

Kent Brantly, wife

REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Ebola victim: 'Felt like I was about to die'

Dr. Kent Brantly had stared death in the face many times, doing all he could against frightful odds to save Ebola victims in West Africa.

Until death stared back.

Barack Obama

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ISIS puts pressure on Obama to act

If nothing else, the latest ISIS act of barbarism brought a quick political consensus, and added pressure on President Barack Obama: Caution in the face of repugnant horror just won't do.

Girl with uzi kills instructor

Family of girl who shot instructor devastated

The family of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot and killed an Arizona instructor with an Uzi is "devastated" and asking for privacy, according to a statement from a family lawyer.

"Words cannot express the family's sadness about the accidental s...

Bob McDonnell

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Jury gets case of former Virginia governor

It had all the elements of a soap opera. A broken marriage. Alleged influence peddling. Courtroom drama.

Steven Sotloff in Egypt

ISIS video purports to show beheading of 2nd US journalist

The ISIS terror group has published a video titled "A second message to America" that purportedly shows the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

Steven Sotloff with sheep

Sotloff friends praise his talent, passion

When freelance journalist Steven Sotloff disappeared during a reporting trip to Syria in August 2013, his family kept the news a secret. Families of hostages are frequently advised to do this by security firms.

The abduction of Sotloff, who was behea...

Hugo Chavez

UNTV

The Lord's Prayer becomes the 'Chavez Prayer'

A member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and follower of Hugo Chavez is raising eyebrows for changing the words of the Lord's Prayer as a way to honor the late president.

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Kansas councilwoman fighting public nakedness

A Topeka, Kansas, councilwoman wants to end public nakedness in her city.

Steven Sotloff with sheep

New video appears to show American journalist beheaded

The image is haunting and familiar.

Ebola West Africa

CDC director raises Ebola alarm as another American doctor infected

CDC director visited West Africa to see Ebola outbreak firsthand.

Steven Sotloff in Egypt

ISIS video appears to show journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded

An ISIS video appears to show journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded.

Americans detained in North Korea

Is N. Korea reaching out to US through captives?

CNN got a surprise opportunity to interview three American men being held in North…

Risks of synching devices

Synching devices can mean accidental sharing

Synching devices can be convenient, but it can also lead to a photo, text message or…

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A to Z: Back to school

Make sure your child is ready to head back to class. Here are 26 items your student…

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Take a tour of top national parks

The National Park Service turned 98 years old on Monday. Learn more about some of…

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Stay safe in the sun

It is important to stay safe in the summer sun. Here are a few tips to help you do…

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5 fun facts about Barack Obama

Happy birthday, Mr. President! President Barack Obama turned 53 on Monday. Find out…

Pumping gas

Gas savings tips: Fact or fiction

Summer means road trips, and it seems everyone has a tip on how to save fuel. But…

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Pizza Hut unveils bacon-and-cheese stuffed crust

Everyone loves bacon. And cheese. But stuffed into a pizza crust?

Woman swallows diamond ring

Cops: Woman swallows stolen ring to 'hide it'

A Utah woman is accused of hiding a stolen ring worth thousands of dollars -- by…

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Russian bank offers cats with mortgages

Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, is…

Entertainment Headlines

Jennifer Lawrence, August 2012 file photo

Why Jennifer Lawrence's career won't be hurt by nude photos

The publication of nude photos belonging to Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities…

Chris Brown leaves court

Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault

Chris Brown pleaded guilty to simple assault Tuesday to settle a case stemming from…

Jennifer Lawrence, 2014 Oscars

5 Things about the celeb nude photo scandal

A hacker's invasion of dozens of celebrity iCloud accounts, leading to the…

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BP oil spill, Gulf of Mexico, oil rig, smoke, ships

Halliburton in $1.1 billion oil spill settlement

Halliburton will pay $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits stemming from the worst oil…

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Weird sea critters invade West Coast beaches

Thousands of strange sea creatures are washing ashore on California beaches,…

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Mexico puts out the welcome mat for Big Oil

Mexico's landmark energy reform -- so long in the making -- is starting to take…

Travel Headlines

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Giant duck artist's next big thing: Hippos

When it comes to the creatures most likely to be spotted swimming down London's…

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Seat recline fight diverts another flight

Another day, another fight about reclining seats on a U.S. airline flight.

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5 must-play courses in the Canadian Rockies

Breathtaking scenery, championship design -- many of the courses dropped into the…

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