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Tom Perez Enters Race for DNC Chair, Setting Up Test for Obama, Progressives

Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Thursday officially entered the race to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, setting up a potentially divisive struggle with the party’s left flank and a test of President Obama’s strength as a party leader on his way out of office.<p>“I'm in this …

Houston 911 Operator Charged Over Hanging Up on Callers

A former Houston 911 operator is facing criminal charges for hanging up on callers because “she did not want to talk to anyone,” according to Houston Police investigators.<p>Crenshanda Williams, 43, faces two misdemeanor charges of Interference with Emergency Telephone Call stemming from incidents in …

FBI Releases Full Transcript of 911 Calls from Orlando Massacre

The FBI reversed direction Monday and released the full transcript of the 911 call Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen made while in the midst of shooting-up the Pulse nightclub.<p>Just hours after FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper had said he didn't want to "give credence to to …

Sasha Avona Bell, Flint Woman Who Sued Over Water Crisis, Fatally Shot

A key figure in the Flint water crisis has been killed — a young mom who was one of the first to sue after her baby boy came down with lead poisoning.<p>Sasha Avona Bell was fatally shot last week — allegedly by a spurned lover — while her 16-month-old son Matthew was in the apartment, according to …

Voter turnout shows Trump, not Sanders, leading a revolution

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders talks extensively about revolution, but it appears that it's actually Donald Trump who is driving record numbers of voters to the polls with his fiery populist message.<p>Republicans voted in unprecedented numbers on Super Tuesday, setting record numbers in contests throughout …

Osama bin Laden's will, personal letters made public

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Newly released documents written by Osama bin Laden include the late terrorist's will, personal letters and warnings to countries including the United States.<p>The documents show that he claimed to still be worth millions of dollars even as he struggled to remain relevant while his …

Hurricane Katrina, Then and Now

St. Patrick's Day

These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina

Where should we expect the next Hurricane Katrina to hit? Despite 10 years of work and some $15 billion in investment in disaster preparedness, …

President Obama Visits Treme in New Orleans

Sanaa Lathan triumphs over 'Perfect Guy'

LOS ANGELES — Sanaa Lathan has a confession: Even she peeks regularly below her mattresses. Just to make sure the floors are clear.<p>"I've always looked under my bed when I come home," says Lathan, 43. "And I feel like now other people are going to be looking under their bed at night too."<p>You can …

11 Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

We’d be hard-pressed to find someone who <i>didn’t</i> know that Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but we’d bet you’d be surprised to learn how many household names are completely made-up, or were inspired by a Shakespearean character—or the result of an autocorrect. On the heels of the …

President Obama Visits Treme in New Orleans

Four years after mother's suicide, search for son continues

<i>"The Hunt With John Walsh"</i> airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. Got a tip? Call 1-866-THE-HUNT (In Mexico: 0188000990546) or click here.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> On May 11, 2011, Amy Fry-Pitzen checked her 6-year-old son out of Greenman Elementary School citing a family emergency.<p>Three days later, Fry-Pitzen's body …

Crime

10 Essential Stories About Hurricane Katrina

<i>It was Aug. 29, 2005, that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, leading to one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in U.S. history.</i> …

The Most Popular Songs Summer 2005

Every year, there's always buzz around what song (or, often, songs) will win as the official "Song of Summer." (Speaking of, these 20 were our picks for this year's best.) So what were we jamming to 10 years ago? According to Billboard, these were the top 10 tracks the summer of 2005...<p><b>"We Belong</b> …

Music

Crowds gather to protest St. Louis police shooting, but no outrage for murder of girl, 9

A crowd gathered Wednesday evening to protest the shooting of an armed suspect by Missouri cops, but no mention was made of the 9-year-old girl who had been shot dead by an unknown assailant just seven miles away the night before.<p>Jamyla Bolden was killed doing homework on her mom’s bed and her …

Lightning strikes Delta plane at Atlanta airport

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lightning struck a Delta Air Lines plane in line for takeoff at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this week, and it was all captured on amateur video.<p>The recording shows rain drenching the airfield crowded with aircraft, waiting to take off from the world's busiest passenger …

Rihanna Will Be Joining The Voice

<i>The Voice</i> just got a big boost. Rihanna will join the NBC show as a key advisor for season 9, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt announced at the TCA press …

Straight Outta Compton

This movie burns so hot that it’s bound to run out of steam. It does. But not so much that you ever want to leave its danger zone. <i>Straight Outta</i> …

The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.

Over the last five years, we've asked our readers to rate a city's "friendliness" in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome. Did an outgoing local show you the way? Was the city easy to navigate? More than 300,000 people took the survey in 2016—see what …

The Week in Review: Attention on Women in Sports

A string of achievements by women in sports has increased attention on their individual successes and the larger role they play in the world of athletics.<p>American mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey defeated Bethe Correia on Saturday to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Women’s …

Ronda Rousey

Sandra Bland: Texas records show racial breakdown of those stopped by same trooper

The Texas state trooper whose traffic stop of Sandra Bland last month ignited national controversy did not appear to disproportionately stop minority drivers, records show, but a racial profiling expert cautioned that it's difficult to draw conclusions from the figures.<p>Trooper Brian T. Encinia, 30, …

Snoopy at 65: How an icon was born

Snoopy started out as a real dog, a remarkable and unusual tack- and razor-blade-eating wunderpup named Spike.<p>The mixed-breed, black and white pup …

Bernie Sanders and Ferguson Gunfire: When Protest Loses Its Purpose

Bernie Sanders is forced from the stage in Seattle by a Black Lives Matter protest and a gunfight breaks out in Ferguson. Shouldn't some of these protests be directed at politicians who actually oppose the cause as well?<p><i>Update 2:47 pm:</i><p>I am caught between two old quotes from my reading as I attempt …

The Latest on Ferguson: Crowd at protest diminishing

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The latest in the events marking a year since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (all times local):<p>1 …

Law Enforcement

As Tracy Morgan heals, NTSB says driver in fatal crash was awake 28 hours

Fourteen months have passed since Tracy Morgan was nearly killed in a six-car wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike, and the comedian's recovery has been a slow one.<p>Earlier this summer, Morgan said he is still haunted by the death of his "comrade in comedy" James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, who died after a …

Tractor-Trailer

Feds: Mississippi couple planned honeymoon to join ISIS in Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Our story will be that we are newlyweds on our honeymoon," the young woman allegedly wrote.<p>But in reality, according to a criminal complaint, she and her soon-to-be husband had a far more sinister trip in mind: flying from Mississippi to Europe, then traveling to Syria and joining ISIS.<p>Now …

Peshmerga

5 Ways Gabby Douglas Is Prepping for Nationals

Gabby Douglas is giggly. It's the Tuesday afternoon before the P&G Gymnastics Championships and the reigning Olympic all-around champ is taking a …