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From power tools to helicopters: 6 famous prison escapes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Prisons are supposed to be the most difficult buildings to escape from. Yet time and again, inmates break free -- sometimes with dramatic helicopter stunts, sometimes by just slipping through the cracks -- literally.<p>Here are some of the most amazing prison breaks in history:<p>The French …

I like My Bed More Than I Like Most People

2015 National Spelling Bee in Pictures

Mental illness is no crime

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before Paton Blough got his bipolar disorder under control, it nearly cost him everything.<p>The Greenville, South Carolina, resident was arrested six times in three years, each for an episode related to his illness. Instead of receiving treatment, he was thrown in jail. In the rough prison …

Unbreakable: A Robot That Can't Be Stopped

New research shows that artificial intelligence can use trial and error to finish a job even when a robot's body is damaged.<p>It almost looks like a wounded animal.<p>There’s that little hop in its gait, the way it looks tentative as it springs forward from its haunches, the not-exactly-straight …

Robotics

Sometimes I Just Want Someone To Say

David Letterman: The man who changed TV forever

The comedy legend signs off from US TV after 33 years on the air this week. Without him there would be no Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert, writes Keith Uhlich.<p>I was four years old when Late Night With David Letterman premiered on 1 February 1982. There was no way I could have watched it, nor, I …

Waco slowly returns to normal after deadly biker brawl

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police in Waco, Texas, were grateful Tuesday for the relative quiet after a deadly biker brawl, but say they are on alert for whatever may come.<p>Nine people were killed Sunday and many more were injured in the shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant. The area remains a crime scene, but police Sgt. …

Tom Brady Suspension Gives Sneak Peek into Jimmy Garoppolo Era for Patriots

Things are coming full circle for the New England Patriots. Fourteen years ago, young second-year quarterback Tom Brady got his shot to prove himself when the face of the franchise, Drew Bledsoe, was knocked out of the game by a huge hit from New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis. Now, young …

The Skyscraper of the Future

The push to build a new kind of tower has begun.<p>There's something inherently absurd about skyscrapers. They defy gravity and high winds. They require years of challenging high-altitude construction. They're dizzying to look at—from the ground and from their top floors, where a sense of vertigo is …

Skyscrapers

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.<p>We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …

Mother: Son accused in officer killings had drug problem

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Marvin Banks' drug use and drinking had worsened in recent years and he was hearing voices in his head.<p>His mother said she had hoped he would get help. He didn't, and now he is charged with capital murder in the deaths of two police officers in Mississippi. His girlfriend …

Fans delighted as ABC renews 'Scandal,' 'Agent Carter' and more

<b>(CNN) —</b> As "Scandal's" Olivia Pope would say, "It's handled."<p>ABC has announced it is renewing that drama as well as other series including "Castle," "Nashville," "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" and newcomers "Secrets and Lies" and "Agent Carter."<p>Not that "Scandal" had much to worry about given that it …

TV

Sources: Patriots' Reputation as NFL's 'Best Cheaters' Made Them a Target

In the long history of the NFL, players, coaches and team executives have found the most aggressive, incredible, slick and futuristic ways to cheat. In some cases, it borders on NASA engineer-type stuff.<p>Whether it's in the composition of the human body, inside the football itself or in a blade of …

Floyd Mayweather brands Manny Pacquiao a ‘sore loser’ and ‘coward’

Floyd Mayweather said in an upcoming interview with Showtime that at this moment he’s not interested in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao “because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward.”<p>The interview was recorded late Tuesday night and will air Saturday night after the network’s replay of boxing’s …

Boxing

Google Integrates Food Ordering Into Search Results For Restaurants

Google now lets users in the U.S. order food from six companies—Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu, and MyPizza.com—directly from search results.<p>If someone searches for a restaurant that offers delivery through one of those providers, an option for “place an order” will show up in …

The Most Dangerous Gym in the World

These lifters have achieved world-class strength lifting in a dirt lot located in an Egyptian slum. What’s your excuse for not getting stronger?<p>Violence occurs often in Al Warden, a run-down industrial neighborhood in Alexandria, Egypt. Men young and old carry matwas, an Egyptian variant of a …

Ramadan

UK Election Final Campaign Day

England

Griffin, Clippers Finding Chemistry Can Overcome Almost Anything in Playoffs

Dig a little deeper into big playoff victories and you see that so much goes into them.<p>It might not look the case for the Los Angeles Clippers, seemingly riding high from the Game 7 momentum of knocking off the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Saturday and carrying it right on through to a …

Basketball

Manny Pacquiao laments injury after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Manny Pacquiaosaid after his Saturday night loss toFloyd Mayweather Jr.that he was hampered by a sore right shoulder that had been injured in training camp and was re-aggravated in the third round.<p>Pacquiao's performance in the 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 unanimous-decision loss at the MGM Grand Hotel …

What we know, don't know about Freddie Gray's arrest

<b>(CNN) —</b> New information released Thursday adds complexity, and even more questions, to the already confusing picture of what happened to Freddie Gray after his arrest.<p>The transport van that carried Gray made a previously unknown stop along its route from where he was arrested to the police station. …

Bullying does more long-term mental health harm than abuse, study says

The long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult, new research shows.<p>Among a large group of children in England, those who were bullied were 60% more likely to have mental health problems as adults than were those who suffered physical, emotional or …

When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?

A growing number of hospitals are relocating to wealthier towns, citing financial necessity, but many see it as a choice to abandon the residents of poorer areas.<p>BELLEVILLE, Ill.—Nearly as old as the railroad that slices through this southern Illinois city just east of the Mississippi River, St. …

Urban Design

The Secret Lives of Hillary and Bill in the White House

Broken lamps, shouting matches, sneaking away to the pool—and other scenes from the Clinton residence during the Lewinsky scandal.<p>Emery says he was devastated at the loss of his job, and his $50,000 salary. “I was out of work for a year,” he says. “They ripped the rug right out from under me. You …

Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

To survive, we humans need to be able to do a handful of things: breathe, of course. And drink and eat. Those are obvious.<p>We're going to focus now on a less obvious — but no less vital — human function: learning. Because new research out today in the journal <i>Science</i> sheds light on the very building …