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Rand Paul wraps 10-hour 'filibuster' over NSA surveillance program

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> After 10 hours and 30 minutes, Sen. Rand Paul relinquished the Senate floor late Wednesday night, ending his "filibuster" over National Security Agency surveillance programs authorized under the Patriot Act.<p>Paul, R-Kentucky, ran through several binders of material over the course …

New mom Carrie Underwood hits her stride at CMA Music Festival, discovers 'really good place'

Carrie Underwood remembers when she first performed to thousands of country fans at the coveted Country Music Association's Music Festival in Nashville.<p>It was June 2005, which is exactly 10 years ago this month.<p>Fresh off an American Idol win, Underwood said her first big Nashville stage show was a …

Machine Zone to dump Kate Upton for Mariah Carey in Game of War ads

Machine Zone has been printing money with its Game of War: Fire Age mobile strategy game. And it has been spending a lot of that money on ads with supermodel Kate Upton, decked out as the goddess Athena from the game.<p>But TMZ has reported that Machine Zone is preparing to dump Upton for pop singer …

Josh Duggar made 'bad choices,' say 2 sisters who were inappropriately touched

<b>(CNN) —</b> What happened to Josh Duggar's victims was "very mild" compared to what other victims of sexual molestation have experienced, two sisters of the reality TV star told Fox News in an interview that aired Friday night.<p>Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard said their brother began …

The collective wisdom of the 2015 graduation speeches

<b>(Real Simple) —</b><p>Trust yourself<p>"I want you all to stay true to the most real, most sincere, most authentic parts of yourselves. I want you to ask those basic questions: Who do you want to be? What inspires you? How do you want to give back? And then I want you to take a deep breath and trust …

College & University

U.S. defense chief to China: End South China Sea expansion

<b>(CNN) —</b> As China rapidly builds new artificial islands in the South China Sea to expand its territory claim there, Washington is adamantly refusing to recognize those claims.<p>On Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for "an immediate and lasting halt" to the practice.<p>"The United States …

China

Actor Sam Shepard arrested on drunken driving charges

<b>(CNN) —</b> Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of drunken driving in Santa Fe, New Mexico.<p>Security at a Santa Fe restaurant called police after spotting a man trying to drive away in a blue Toyota Tacoma, police said. He …

Demi Moore Is 'Filled with Love, Pride and Awe' for Daughter Rumer Willis

Though Demi Moore once admitted that her daughter Rumer Willis‘ choice to compete on <i>Dancing with the Stars</i> had her “insides screaming ‘No,’ ” Moore’s …

First round of Hillary Clinton State Department emails released

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The State Department released its first round of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State on Friday, offering a new look at her handling of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.<p>The roughly 300 emails, about 850 pages, are part of the 30,000 that she …

Iowa shrugs off Clinton controversies

<b>Cedar Falls, Iowa (CNN) —</b> The parallel universes of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign collided Tuesday.<p>In one world, four Iowans who'd all been invited by Clinton's team saddled up to a table to talk with her about what she might do to ease regulations on small banks and whether she'll …

Who's got the best 'Voice'?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the end, the fan favorite won.<p>Sawyer Fredericks, the long-haired 16-year-old never seen without his hat, was crowned the winner of "The Voice" on Tuesday night.<p>It was the first victory for coach Pharrell, who proudly congratulated his latest protege when season 8 came to an end.<p>Pharrell …

How to Make Your RAW Files Pop With Lightroom

Have you ever opened your RAW files to see that they lack contrast and saturation? This happens due to the fact that the camera doesn't apply any …

Friday Box Office: 'Pitch Perfect 2' Scores Aca-Amazing $27.8M

For the last two years, I’ve been discussing the possibility of <i>Pitch Perfect 2</i> being a major break-out sequel based on the popularity of the original and the leggy and “discovered long after opening weekend” nature of its success. Throughout that time, I’ve occasionally written something to the …

Obama trip mends a broken heart

<b>Watertown, South Dakota (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama has walked plenty of diplomatic tight ropes during his two terms in office, but it's safe to say none involved the emotions of an 11-year-old girl -- until now.<p>"I wanted to put my sad feelings into a letter," said Rebecca Kelley of Vermillion, …

Marijuana and forest bathing: New spa trends | CNN Travel

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev relative: 'Better to be a dog than the younger son'

<b>Boston (CNN) —</b> Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev was a quiet, studious boy who looked up to his eldest brother in a dysfunctional home where his parents often quarreled, Tsarnaev's former brother-in-law recalled Wednesday.<p>Elmirza Khozhugov, the former husband of Dzhokhar's sister …

Justice

Welcome to the royal family: Catherine gives birth to a girl

<b>London (CNN) —</b> It's a princess!<p>That was the happy news on Saturday morning after the Duchess of Cambridge -- the British royal also known as Catherine -- gave birth to her second child.<p>The little girl came into the world at 8:34 a.m. (3:34 a.m. ET) Saturday at London's St. Mary's Hospital, …

Joseph Kent, Baltimore man arrested on live TV, is released

Watch a special report, "Police Under Fire," Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> The lawyer for a Baltimore community activist whose arrest was broadcast live on CNN said Thursday morning that his client had been released from jail.<p>As viewers watched, Joseph Kent held his hands up and walked in front of …

Justice

'Bravest woman,' free speech activist Sabeen Mahmud killed in Pakistan

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> Her second floor cafe on a dusty industrial road was painted with dashes of psychedelic colors. And Sabeen Mahmud surrounded herself there with books, people, and discussions on technology, human rights and women's entrepreneurship.<p>Introducing others to Jimi Hendrix, …

Google pulls the Nexus 7 tablet from its online store (updated)

In case you were on the fence about grabbing one of Google's affordable Nexus tablets, you'd better jump off it pretty soon. The Nexus 7's been pulled from the Google Store, as spotted by <i>TalkAndroid</i>, and it almost assuredly isn't coming back -- especially since the Nexus 9 exists. That means if you …

Nexus 7

Mario Balotelli most abused player says anti-discrimination report

<b>(CNN) —</b> The league that is often viewed "as the best in the world" looks like it has a hate problem.<p>Racism, sexism and homophobia are rife in the English Premier League according to Kick It Out's latest report on social media abuse.<p>Premier League clubs and players had over 130,000 discriminatory …

Huawei P8 review: Solid performance from a slick, metal body but without the high price - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Huawei P8 has a bright and bold screen, a sleek, all-metal body, plenty of power and a decent camera.<p><b>The Bad</b> The camera quality suffers at full screen and Huawei's custom software makes drastic changes to the Android interface which won't appeal to everyone.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The Huawei …

Third suspect arrested in alleged Panama City gang rape

<b>Panama City Beach, Florida (CNN) —</b> A third person has been arrested in the case of an alleged spring break gang rape that was videotaped on a crowded stretch of Panama City Beach, the Bay County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.<p>Police arrested the suspect at 11 p.m. Tuesday.<p>"After …

Crime

‘We Need to Limit Free’: Major Labels Begin to Question Spotify Model

Taylor Swift’s criticism of Spotify last fall as a “grand experiment” has helped prompt major record labels to question the entire “freemium” …

Study raises concerns over big, rapidly thinning Antarctic glacier

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists have raised concerns about a large, rapidly thinning glacier in Antarctica, warning it could contribute significantly to rising sea levels.<p>They say they've discovered two openings that could channel warm seawater to the base of the huge Totten Glacier and bring the threat of …

Antarctica

A gripping glimpse into bin Laden's decline and fall

<b>(CNN) —</b> Newly released al Qaeda documents, including letters to and from Osama bin Laden in the year or so before his May 2011 death, show an organization that understood it had severe problems resulting from the CIA drone program that was killing many of the group's leaders in Pakistan's tribal …

Osama Bin Laden

Danseur: Portraits of Masculinity - Photographs and text by Amy Elkins | LensCulture

<i>Masculinity as a socially constructed identity is not a stable entity, but one made up of conflictual and contradictory aspects.</i><p>—Ramsay Burt, author of The Male Dancer<p>The images above are a selection from the project "Danseur," which seeks to explore and push aspects of male identity, gender …

5 ways to eat healthier this year

<b>(Health.com) —</b> Nutrition is a hot topic these days, yet many of my clients still struggle with consistently following through with "the basics," and the stats show that missing the mark on many healthy habits is the norm. For example, the median daily intake of produce for U.S. adults is 1.1 …

TEEN TOP's Niel said to be making his solo debut next month

BTOB's Sungjae had the best response to the dating rumors involving DIA's Jooeun. On August 13, BTOB went live on Naver V Live for 'Talk Muk…<p>Nam Tae …

South Korea

Haru updates fans on her whereabouts!

ARMYs are furious at both MBC and Big Hit Entertainment.During the recording for 'Show! Music Core' on the 25th, BTS fans who were allowed in to …