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In North Charleston, tales of a price being paid

<b>North Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> Jeffrey Spell felt embarrassed the flowers were cheap lilies left over in the grocery store from Easter. He carried them solemnly into the park where Walter Scott was shot and killed by a police officer a week ago.<p>Once there were trailers here, on each side …

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'Dead Man Walking' nun: 'Botched' executions unmask a botched system

<b>New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) —</b> Sister Helen Prejean blasts the air-conditioner in her champagne-colored Toyota Corolla, the back bumper held up with duct tape. It's clear why friends insist on driving when they are with her. She could rival NASCAR's Danica Patrick on the gas pedal. Age -- she …

Living in limbo: Grieving gets tougher when there's no body to bury

Seven years after it happened, Donna Carnes can finally sleep through the night, except when a similar trauma occurs, like the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.<p>Then those dreams come again, 1,000 different visions in which she sees her husband in the cream-colored sweater and blue jeans he was …

Missing plane mystery: A hole in the clouds, an empty space on earth - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: This story is based on conversations and e-mail exchanges between K.S. Narendran and CNN's Moni Basu as well as essays written by Narendran after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Excerpts from those essays appear in italics.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- He should have been in Rome this …

The girl whose rape changed a country - CNN.com

Desaiganj, India (CNN) -- She was 14, maybe 16, when they raped her. It was 1972, and I was 9. The India of her youth was the India of mine -- except she lived in utter poverty.<p>She was an orphaned adivasi, a tribal girl, and she performed the most menial of jobs to put bread in her belly. She …

Iraq's Baby Noor: An unfinished miracle

American soldiers plucked the child from her Iraqi home at the height of the war and brought her to America for life-saving surgery. But how did she fare after her return to a war-torn nation struggling to stand on its own?<br>Story by Moni Basu • Video by David S. Holloway and Brandon Ancil<p>Baghdad …

Hotel Death -- CNN.com

Varanasi, India<p>A 10-hour journey on Indian roads can be difficult and this one, fueled by faith, was more so.<p>Dinesh Chandra Mishra packed moth-eaten woolen blankets for the trip along with muslin and cotton quilts that had once been crisp and white. He also brought a single-burner kerosene stove, …