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When I Realized Why a Crowd Was Staring While My Son Played

A couple years ago we took my son Ivan to his very first parade. The parade route was just a couple blocks away from our house. We went because the …

Identical Twin Sisters Share Unforgettable Birth Story

<i>Identical twins Karen and Kathy Escobar with their doctor, Joseph Salinas, and Kathy’s new daughter at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. (Photo: The</i> …

Skimming device found in MetroCard machine

An eagle-eyed subway rider spotted a skimming device on a MetroCard machine in Manhattan, sparing other straphangers from bank and credit card …

Teen couple kills cop, then selves in suicide pact

He loved his mother. She hated her mom, and said she was a “waste of space.”<p>But the two Florida teenagers adored each other, dying together in a …

'Wheel of Fortune' contestant has epic win - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Oh baby!<p>On "Wheel of Fortune" Wednesday, a contestant named Emil turned two letters into $45,000 during the bonus round. His luck (skill? clairvoyance?) shocked host Pat Sajak and thrilled the Internet.<p>After being given the letters "R, S, T, L, N, E" and selecting the letters "H, M, D, O," …

Elephants escape circus in St. Louis, damage cars in Shriners' lot

What's better than a bull in a China shop? Three cows in a parking lot -- elephant cows, that is.<p>The trunked trio -- all circus stars in St. Louis, Missouri -- found a way out of their enclosure Saturday and went for a stroll.<p>Eyewitnesses told CNN affiliate KSDK that loud noises from circus goers …

Why more Puerto Ricans are living in mainland U.S. than in Puerto Rico

If it were up to Surey Miranda, she would have never left her family in Puerto Rico. Miranda, a college graduate, says she had little choice.<p>"It was a challenge to find a job in Puerto Rico," said Miranda, 24, who graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a political science degree in 2012. …

Teenager charged with killing NY bus rider who was not target

For Angel Rojas, the daily bus ride through the streets of Brooklyn provided a respite from a hardscrabble existence juggling two low-paying jobs.<p>"It was his time to relax," his wife's cousin, Josie Guerrero, said Saturday. "His time to take the load off. He usually listened to music or talked on …

Sister: Mother who drove with children into ocean thought there were 'demons'

She was trying to get help for her sister.<p>Help for a woman who was distraught and uneven, having driven to Florida to get away from her husband. Who had gone, at her sister's urging, to a hospital only to sign herself out earlier in the day. A woman who was "talking about Jesus and that there's …

Michigan woman's auto-payments hid her death for over 5 years

For years, the payments went out of the woman's bank account.<p>Nobody batted an eyelid. Bills were paid. And life went on as normal in the quiet neighborhood of Pontiac, Michigan.<p>Neighbors didn't notice anything unusual. The woman traveled a lot, they said, and kept to herself. One of them mowed her …

Police: Oregon teens torture classmate, cut swastika into his head

Three Portland, Oregon, teens are accused of luring a classmate into a shed, hitting him in the head with a crowbar, shooting him with a BB gun -- and then using a box cutter to carve a swastika into his forehead.<p>"There is no understanding what they did," Kelli Murrain, the victim's mother, told …

3 hospitals failed to help dying deaf patient: suit

A cancer-stricken deaf man died without ever knowing his diagnosis after three Long Island medical facilities failed to get him sign-language …

Groom Makes Fiancee's 'Dream Wedding' Pinterest Board a Reality

Amanda Roman had dreams for her fairy tale wedding. On Pinterest she made them concrete, to the tune of over 220 pins covering what her perfect day …

Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe, feeds body to lions

An online petition to save a healthy young giraffe from death has failed, despite thousands of signatures from animal lovers.<p>Copenhagen Zoo said it euthanized the male, named Marius, on Sunday because of a duty to avoid inbreeding.<p>After an autopsy, "Marius" was dismembered in front of a zoo …

Living with Stiff Person Syndrome: 'I'm a statue for your lawn'

Laura Kassem had tripped before. But this time, she fell hard. She couldn't seem to control her body as she went down, even to protect her face from hitting the concrete sidewalk.<p>It happened again the next day as she stepped off an escalator. Then again in the parking garage on Monday when she went …