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Ellen DeGeneres at Tulane's 2009 Commencement Speech

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

Mars has liquid water just below surface - CNN Video

NASA's Curiosity rover has found liquid water just below the surface of Mars. Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri explains.

Turner Broadcasting

Tennessee set to legalise medical use of cannabis oil to treat child seizures

Cannabis oil used for medical purposes is on course to become legal in Tennessee after a bill passed on Monday evening aimed mainly at helping children with uncontrollable seizures.<p>Legislators in the state house of representatives and senate unanimously passed a bill allowing limited use of the …

Cannabis

Alleged gang rape on crowded beach is 'not the first,' sheriff says

<b>(CNN) —</b> A young woman was watching a video on the news when she discovered a nightmare scenario: She may have been drugged and gang-raped on a crowded Florida beach in broad daylight, as bystanders watched.<p>It's not the first time this has happened to a young woman in Panama City Beach, authorities …

Crime

Can you solve the maths question for Singapore schoolkids that went viral?

Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s threesome sets the web aflutter<p>How to solve Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s birthday maths problem<p>Why this problem turned into the maths version of #thatdress<p>Cheryl’s birthday puzzle part two, Denise’s revenge - can you solve it?<p>Singapore usually comes top, or nearly top, …

Mathematics

Florida spring break gang rape alleged; 2 college students charged

Two college students suspected of gang-raping a woman on a Florida beach just steps away from crowds of spring break revelers have been charged with sexual battery and suspended from their university, officials said.<p>The attack involved three assailants and occurred sometime between March 10 and 12 …

Panama City

1-Year-Old Braylon Robinson Shot Dead by Another Kid

A 3-year-old boy is believed to have fired the shot that killed a 1-year-old Sunday in Cleveland with an "unattended firearm," prompting the city's police chief to admonish the public's "fascination" with handguns.<p>"It’s a sad day for Cleveland," said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams during a …

Guns

No murder charge in case of baby cut from woman answering Craigslist ad

<b>(CNN) —</b> A former nurse's aide will not face murder charges for allegedly cutting and removing an unborn baby from the mother's womb, Boulder County, Colorado, prosecutor Stanley Garnett said Thursday.<p>The mother, Michelle Wilkins, answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18.<p>When she …

Crime

Thailand to continue keeping 17 'Uighurs' in custody

A family of 17 suspected Uighur Muslims at the centre of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Turkey and China will remain in custody until their nationalities are proven after a Thai court has rejected their argument that their prolonged detention was illegal.<p>The court ruled on Friday that Thai …

Asia

Syria's Assad says open to dialogue with US

America still wants a negotiated political settlement to Syria's civil war that excludes the president<p>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to having a dialogue with the United States, but there can be no "pressuring of the sovereignty" of his country, he said in an excerpt of an interview with …

Michelle Obama, Race and the Ivy League

The education of a future first lady.<p>In 1988, a group of black students at Harvard Law School compiled a report designed to recognize the growing achievements of black students on campus and share their wisdom with newcomers. The longest essay in the 50-page newsletter was written by a 24-year-old …

College & University

Why eating less meat is easy to say and not so easy to do

Meat Free Week provides us with the opportunity to reduce the amount of meat we eat – but will any of us keep it up?<p>Have you noticed that almost everyone now says they “eat less meat”? As we tuck into second helpings of Sunday roast – rib of beef with goose-fat potatoes – we reassure ourselves that …

These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

On Friday, Nevada lawmakers adjourned without voting on a petition submitted by residents to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. That …

Secret Service may have erased surveillance tapes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Secret Service Director Joe Clancy told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting that the Secret Service may have erased surveillance video of agents driving a car through an active bomb threat investigation at the White House.<p>House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CNN …

Cybercrime

Wisconsin girl suspected in double killing taken into custody in Indiana

A teenage girl suspected in a double killing and described as “armed and dangerous” was behind bars on Monday, after being intercepted while driving hundreds of miles south of the crime scene with her boyfriend.<p>Ashlee Martinson, 17, was taken into custody in Indiana after a nationwide alert was …

Crime

Philippine court enters plea of not guilty for U.S. Marine accused of murder | Reuters

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - A Philippine trial court on Monday entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of a United States Marine accused of killing of a transgender Filipino, in a case that could test the strength of security ties between the two allies.<p>Activists display placards of U.S. …

North Africa

Chelsea fans' racism: French police identify seven suspects

Images of supporters suspected of involvement in pushing a black man off a Paris metro train handed to the Metropolitan Police<p>French prosecutors have identified seven Chelsea supporters suspected of involvement in the <b>racial abuse of a black commuter on the Paris Métro</b>, and have given their …

France

Fears for London schoolgirls believed to have fled to join Isis in Syria

Counter-terrorism police open international search for three girls who left their homes in east London last week and caught a flight to Turkey<p>British counter-terrorism police have launched an international hunt to find three London schoolgirls feared to be making their way towards Islamic State …

Terrorism

Obama Calls Idea That The West Is At War With Islam 'An Ugly Lie'

"The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie and all of us — regardless of our faith — have a responsibility to reject it," President Obama said Thursday, at a summit on defusing violent extremism.<p>The statement echoes the president's remarks from Wednesday, when Obama said it's …

Religion

Oscars 2015: Secrets of the limo drivers

<b>More than 1,000 limousines will fill the streets of Los Angeles ahead of the Academy Awards. One limo manager shares his secrets.</b><p>On Oscar night - this year 22 February - the usually car-clogged streets of Hollywood fall silent because everyone is at a viewing party or, if they're very lucky, …

Jennifer Lopez

Racist letter on police stationery rants against black officers

<b>(CNN) —</b> An anonymous letter bitterly insulting African-American officers was recently found in mailboxes at a Connecticut police station.<p>It was written on official letterhead.<p>It starts out with the words "WHITE POWER" in capital letters. And it contains a line that reads, "These Black Officers …

Justice

Why does ISIS keep making enemies?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whenever ISIS carries out a new atrocity, whether it's beheading a group of Egyptian Christians or enslaving Yazidi women in Iraq or burning its victims alive, the big question most people have is: Why on Earth is ISIS doing this? What could possibly be the point?<p>Adding to your list of …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion Week

Hours and hours of work lead up to the moment when models are ushered out onto the runway. Click through for a glimpse at the world behind the glamour.

Fashion Week

Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

Justice Dept. could sue Ferguson for racial discrimination

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Justice Department is preparing to bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over a pattern of racially discriminatory tactics used by officers, if the police department does not agree to make changes on its own, sources tell CNN.<p>Attorney General Eric …

Justice