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National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2017: stunning winners revealed

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year winners have been announced and the images are as incredible as you'd expect.<p>The annual …

Nature Photography

Inside the GOP's House of cards

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Republican lawmakers were still filtering into the ornate House Ways and Means Committee room and digging into a lunch of barbeque chicken, beef and pork tacos from a local food truck -- completely unaware of the bombshell that was about to drop.<p>As Kevin McCarthy got up to speak, …

Charges Dropped Against Woman Who Allegedly Ran Over Husband

An Ohio woman accused of running over her allegedly abusive husband in front of their daughters will not be charged with the man's death.<p>Angela Luke, 40, pleaded not guilty on Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide and reckless homicide after authorities say she fatally struck Daniel Luke, 42, …

American shares observations on England: 'I wish foreign travel were required'

When visiting a foreign country, some Americans may be surprised to learn just how differently life works outside the U.S. Some call this “culture shock,” but what about “culture refreshment”?<p>That appears to be the case for Scott Waters, a 66-year-old newly retired artist living in St. Augustine, …

Guns

A NASA Experiment Is Going to Light Up the Sky With Beautifully Colored Clouds Tonight

If you’re on the east coast tonight, keep an eye on the sky between 7pm and 9pm: NASA is launching a test of some new tech that will include …

Surveillance Video Shows Daring Abudction Escape

See How Refugees Use Selfies to Document Their Journey

Refugees take a selfie after arriving on the island of Lesbos in Greece.<br>Patrick Witty for TIME<p>1 of 16<p>Refugees fleeing war-torn territory have come to …

The 15 best hotels in Mexico

We recently published a list of the best hotels in the world, and several of the top properties are in Mexico.<p>So we decided to focus on just the best hotels in Mexico.<p>To create this list, we aggregated five notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites: Travel + Leisure's …

Mexico

Stephen Hawking talks technology, AI and more in his first Reddit AMA

Stephen Hawking, genius that he is, is just like us. He finds <i>The Big Bang Theory</i> hilarious, and his favorite song ever written is Rod Stewart's "Have …

How The Seasons Of "American Horror Story" Connect

Surprise, bitch. Everything's connected.

To Your Brain, A Runner’s High Looks A Lot Like Smoking Weed

Endorphins have nothing to do with it<p>Intense exercise may not feel good to those unaccustomed to it, but does have at least one great perk: a runner’s high, a feeling of relaxed euphoria, which sets in at the end of long bouts of activity. Scientists recently discovered that this happens because …

Neuroscience

Father of Saudi man sentenced to death says UK intervention could save him

Mohammed al-Nimr, whose son Ali Mohammed al-Nimr is facing beheading and crucifixion, believes David Cameron could sway Saudi royal family<p>The father of a Saudi man facing the death penalty has suggested that an intervention by David Cameron could save his son’s life.<p>Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, 21, has …

ISIS soldiers told to rape women 'to make them Muslim'

<b>Lalish, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Sitting on a shabby green sofa somewhere in the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, Iraq, the militants laugh and joke as one of them films their excited chatter.<p>"Today is the female sex slave market day, which has been ordained," explains a skinny, black-clad Jihadi, gesturing at …

Yazidis

Dolphins' housecleaning continues, defensive coordinator gets fired

For the second time in three days, the Dolphins have fired someone on their coaching staff.<p>Joe Philbin wasn't the only coach to get canned in Miami …

New Horizons images show Pluto has blue skies and red water ice

First spacecraft ever sent to the dwarf planet continues to transmit data after sending the first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes last week<p>Pluto has blue skies and exposed, bright red water ice, Nasa announced on Thursday, as the first spacecraft ever sent to the dwarf planet continues to …

Best Twitter Reactions To McCarthy Withdrawing From Speaker Race

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was supposed to win the GOP leadership election to succeed retiring House Speaker John Boehner easily. Wrong.<p>Faced with a conservative revolt and an inability to win over his caucus, McCarthy made a stunning announcement Thursday that he was …

Chipgate stokes anxiety, relief and some laughs over iPhone 6s

Heading to social media to vent about Chipgate, some iPhone 6s owners are upset to discover that not all A9 chips are created equal.<p>Worse, some feel duped by Apple, which used two vendors to supply different versions of the chips in “identical” phones. Others worry about reports of inferior battery …

First on CNN: U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.<p>Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran.<p>The U.S. …

WASHINGTON ANALYST: 'This is the political equivalent of a dumpster fire'

"We will not mince words — this is the political equivalent of a dumpster fire," Krueger said in a note hours after McCarthy announced his decision.<p>The chaos comes as Congress is rapidly approaching three key fall deadlines:<p>An October 29 deadline to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which funds …

House Freedom Caucus

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

Russian Missiles Aimed At Syria Reportedly Hit Iran

The reports could embarrass the Russian government.<p>Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria reportedly landed in Iran on Thursday.<p>The mistaken bombing, launched from a Russian warship in the Caspian Sea, was first reported by CNN, which received the information from two unnamed U.S. officials.<p>From …

The House Divided Cannot Stand: GOP Civil War

<i>MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images</i><p><b>"I am not the one." House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy.</b><p>These are trying times for the Republican Party. The storm has arrived, the thunder is rolling while lightning crashes down. The GOP has reached the gates of perdition and they are staring their party's mortality …

A Photographer's Personal Look at Vietnam 40 Years After the War

Hanoi's street in an afternoon in May, 2010.<br>Maika Elan<p>1 of 16<p>Today, Vietnam commemorates the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, which led to the …

This Map Shows You The Coldest Day Of The Year Across The US

Hope everyone enjoyed some sun and heat outdoors over the past few days because as of today many of us are probably not going to feel warmth like that again for some time.<p>Here's a map from the National Climatic Data Center that shows you exactly when it's most likely be the coldest outside this …

9 Apps to Help You Completely Organize Your Life

Email was supposed to make our lives easier. Instead it’s become a dumping ground for travel itineraries, receipts, social-­media updates, work …

Witches

Maddow contrite after pro-canister outcry

Part II: One-On-One with House Leader Nancy Pelosi<p>10:33<p>Suing Unite The Right<p>06:22<p>Trump’s History of Racist Remarks<p>15:39<p>'Breaking Hate' looks at …

Alex Jones

Amazon admits the Fire phone’s pricing was a major mistake

Last week Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) shocked investors with a massive loss. Jeff Bezos’ company ended Q3 2014 with $544 million in the red, a bad loss even for a company that has longed delivered minimal quarterly increases in profits or even small losses.<p>While Amazon had some other big-ticket …

Batteries

What happens to your Facebook account when you die?

When a Facebook user dies, there are two options: delete the account or memorialise it. How can people plan for their digital legacy?<p>Sadly, my wife passed away in April. Since then, I have made several requests to have her Facebook account turned into a memorial page. I would prefer this to …