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The extraordinary story of the grandmother who committed her life to hugging soldiers

Since the first months of the Iraq War in 2003, soldiers deployed from Fort Hood knew they’d always be sent off and welcomed home with a hug.<p>She’s known to them as the “Hug Lady,” and for the last 12 years she’s been a calming, constant presence for men and women for which little else is certain. …

Empathy

Vine

University of Missouri campus protests: 'This is just a beginning'

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Tuesday, students went to classes as they usually do. Football players intended to take the field in preparation for their game against Brigham Young University on Saturday.<p>But something was very different at the University of Missouri campus.<p>Students on Tuesday woke up to what …

Justice

Historic Handshake: China, Taiwan Leaders Meet For First Time In 66 Years

In a landmark moment, the presidents of China and Taiwan held an 80-second handshake ahead of a historic meeting in Singapore on Saturday.<p>The handshake marked the first time that the two sides of the Chinese Civil War have come together since the Communists won the war in 1949, forcing the losing …

China

The Story That Made Our Interpreter Cry: #15Girls

It was a story that brought the NPR interpreter to tears.<p>This story is part of our <b>#15Girls series</b>, profiling teens around the world.<p>As part of our series on 15-year-old girls around the world, reporter Jason Beaubien and producer Rebecca Davis were looking for a 15-year-old Syrian refugee. The …

Translation

Mexican church reappears nearly 50 years after being submerged

Ruins of 16th century Apostle Sandiago church re-emerge following drought<p>A 16th century church submerged in a southern Mexico dam project 49 years ago has reappeared following a severe drought, drawing visitors by boat to gaze at the spectacular ruins.<p>The Apostle Santiago church, built by Dominican …

Archaeology

The island where men are disappearing

<b>At first glance it's paradise, a small Caribbean island with palm trees swaying in the breeze, white sands and emerald waters, untouched by mass tourism. But Old Providence has a guilty secret - the huge number of people who have turned to drug-running and then disappeared.</b><p>On Old Providence nobody …

Hillary’s Hollow Debate Victory

That she's the most electable Democrat doesn't mean she's electable.<p>Hillary Clinton’s laugh is so often transparently forced and insincere that it is a staple of Kate McKinnon’s impression of her on “Saturday Night Live.”<p>At the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, though, the former secretary of state …

Government

Make gun owners get mandatory insurance

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Obama said it best: Our reaction to gun massacres has become a routine. It was only a week ago when a gunman killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. And yet, the tragedy seems like it has already faded into the distant past.<p>Sure, right after the shooting, there …

Guns

21 Of The World's Most Powerful People As Youngsters

Started from the bottom, now the whole team here.

Bill Clinton

We showed Iranians photos of Republican candidates -- here's what they told us

<b>Tehran, Iran (CNN) —</b> The Republican 2016 hopefuls may have spent most of Wednesday night's CNN debate savaging each other on everything from marijuana and immigration to abortion and taxes, but they also devoted plenty of time to their favorite boogeyman abroad: Iran.<p>From frontrunner Donald Trump …

Government

GOP Candidates Prep for Debate: Pictures

England

The 10 most important things in the world right now

1. Hungary has made it a crime to cross or damage the razor-wire fence it has built along its Serbian border, closing off a key entry point for tens of thousands of migrants into the European Union.<p><b>2.</b> Migrants are looking for new routes into Western Europe after Hungary sealed its border, with many …

Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning UK monarch

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Playing Youth Sports Takes A Lot More Green Than It Used To

You could say 36-year-old Matt Ray works in paradise — on a barrier island off the Florida's southern coast. As athletic director of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, Ray is doing what he loves.<p>"I grew up playing sports," he says. "I actually played two years of college basketball. So sports …

Education

Stonehenge researchers 'may have found largest Neolithic site'

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Where Pope Francis Learned Humility

For the pontiff, being humble is less a character trait than a calculated choice.<p>“Where’s my briefcase?” asked Pope Francis. The papal entourage had arrived at Fiumicino Airport in Rome for the pontiff’s first trip abroad. Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been pope for just four months and was now bound …

Trump: O'Malley 'weak' and 'pathetic' for apologizing to Black Lives Matter

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump says Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley was "weak" and "pathetic" for apologizing to Black Lives Matter protesters.<p>Fox News aired a preview Friday of an interview with the leading GOP candidate that will air Saturday.<p>Trump was reacting to O'Malley …

Government

Why isn't Hillary Clinton doing better with women voters?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been a tough year for political prognosticators. First, almost all of them told us that Donald Trump's candidacy would be collapsing by now. Instead, the latest CNN/ORC poll shows that he is ahead of his closest Republican rival by 2-to-1.<p>Now, one begins to wonder whether the …

Government

Unpaid UN intern who slept in tent quits after media uproar

An unpaid intern at the United Nations in Geneva has resigned after revelations that he was sleeping in a tent caused uproar.<p>Olalla Tuñas (@olalla_tunas)Unpaid #UN intern David Hyde forced to live in tent near the UN Beach Club http://t.co/FRCtyx56yiAugust 11, 2015<p>David Hyde, 22, who had flown …

United Nations

German woman saved from bullet by bra

Woman saved from bullet by her bra’s metal underwiring after straying into boar hunt while on bike ride in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania<p>A woman in Germany survived being accidentally shot in a hunting accident after her bra stopped the bullet.<p>The bra’s metal underwiring may have saved the …

Women's Health

Target to move away from gender-based signs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Attention Target shoppers: Say goodbye to "girls' building sets" and "boys' bedding."<p>The big box retailer announced Friday that it will start phasing out gender-based signage in some departments. The shift comes in response to customer feedback that distinguishing between products for girls …

Stereotypes

Irina Ionesco: the grande dame, her ‘Lolita’ pictures, and a true Paris scandal

A French <i>rentrée</i> – the return to work after the summer break, and the start of the literary season – would be incomplete without a colourful cultural scandal. And the annual publishing spat erupted on cue last week when French-Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco – notorious for taking provocative …

Biographies

From witness stand, James Holmes' dad tries to bridge an unfathomable gulf

<b>Centennial, Colorado (CNN) —</b> On the 58th day of his son's capital murder trial, Robert Holmes took the witness stand on Tuesday and repeatedly tried to make eye contact with the mentally ill young man he still calls "Jimmy."<p>He spoke of his son's idyllic boyhood in Castroville, a small California …

Mental Disorders

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working off four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers from Nasa, the Seti Institute and several universities announced the …

Astronomy

Kerry: Agreement on Iran issue only alternative to force

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that if Congress disapproves of the Iranian nuclear deal, it will undermine President …

South Asia

Lafayette theater shooter bought gun legally, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> John Russell "Rusty" Houser methodically shot 11 people in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater using a handgun he legally purchased from an Alabama pawn shop, authorities said Friday.<p>Houser stood up Thursday evening in the theater where the comedy "Trainwreck" was showing and fired off …

Lafayette

Dems blast GOP move on Confederate flag amendment

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Republican leaders decided to yank a bill on Thursday that would have allowed Confederate flags in federally run cemeteries. The decision comes on the same day South Carolina decided to remove the flag from its own state capitol.<p>The move came after House Democrats blasted …

Obama Administration

Rare system of five stars discovered

<b>Astronomers have discovered a very rare system of five connected stars.</b><p>The quintuplet consists of a pair of closely linked stars - binaries - one of which has a lone companion; it is the first known system of its kind.<p>The pair of stars orbit around a mutual centre of gravity, but are separated by …