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Icy Michigan Roads Lead to 50-Car Pile-Up, 'Hundreds and Hundreds' of Crashes

A small amount of snow caused a large number of traffic accidents in a Michigan county Friday — including a pile-up that involved as many a 50 vehicles, according to authorities.<p>A portion of U.S. Highway 131 in western Michigan was shut down after slick conditions caused a chain-reaction crash, …

Autonomous Cars

Virginia school district shut after Arabic assignment prompts backlash

A Virginia school district had to cancel all classes after being flooded with angry messages over a lesson that involved copying a Muslim statement …

High School

US police arrest Sikh teen over bomb hoax

Police in the US state of Texas have arrested a 13-year-old boy after he allegedly made bomb threats, an account disputed by his family.<p>Armaan Singh Saraai, a Sikh teenager, was detained on Friday last week and held in a juvenile detention centre until his release on Monday.<p>A spokesperson for the …

Extremism

Avalanche hits Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago, 1 dead

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Rescue workers used shovels, excavators, search dogs and powerful lamps to dig through tons of snow in total darkness Saturday after an avalanche smashed into houses on the remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, killing one man and sending nine other people to the …

Natural Disasters

Junior High Student Accused of Bomb Threat Against School

A Sikh junior high student of Indian descent has admitted threatening to detonate a bomb at school, police in North Texas said Thursday.<p>While a young woman who claims on social media to be the boy's cousin says he was falsely accused by a bully, police said the suspect never mentioned being bullied …

High School

Ex-terrorist explains how to fight ISIS online

<b>(CNN) —</b> They look like scenes from a Hollywood movie.<p>Swiftly moving panoramic shots of mountains and fields dissolve to a circle of smiling, gun-wielding soldiers enjoying camaraderie. A young man speaking perfect English beckons his brothers to join him in battle. Underneath the images, a track of …

Islam

Hitler really did have only one testicle, German researcher claims

Analysis of long-lost medical notes seems to confirm that Nazi leader suffered from cryptorchidism, or an undescended right testicle<p>The song sung in schoolyards by generations of British children mocking Adolf Hitler for only having “one ball” might be accurate after all.<p>A German historian has …

World History

Court papers say Fremont man held as terrorist has sinister side

Adam Shafi by many accounts was a typical young man living in suburban Fremont — a second-generation American with a large extended family, most of Egyptian descent, pursuing successful lives in medicine, marketing and tech.<p>Living in the city known for its cultural and ethnic triumphs, Shafi, 22, …

Middle East

Report: Samsung Galaxy S7 to have software optimization that rivals the iPhone

This year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 finally brought the major shakeup in design that many had long been hoping for, alongside tweaks and improvements to Touchwiz that made it a bit more streamlined than in years past. While the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge weren’t without their faults, there’s no denying that …

Phones

Who is Enrique Marquez? Social media, acquaintances, FBI tell different tales

<b>Riverside, California (CNN) —</b> "No one really knows me," the Facebook posting read. "I lead multiple lives and I'm wondering when it's all going to collapse on me."<p>Enrique Marquez, then an innocuous Walmart employee and part-time security guard at a bar, made this foreboding post on November 5.<p>The …

California

Kathy Griffin Has the Last Laugh

A comedian recalls her climb from a mean-girls target to an 8,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills home<p>Comedian Kathy Griffin, 55, is currently on her 80-city “Like a Boss” stand-up tour and will be co-hosting her ninth consecutive “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” on CNN. She …

Kathy Griffin

Football player killed shielding girls from gunfire, police say

A high school football player was killed as he shielded three girls from gunfire as several men went on a shooting spree in Tennessee, police said Friday.<p>The shootings that killed Zaevion Dobson, 15, began Thursday night, said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. The first person shot was Lisa …

Police hunt missing 'affluenza' teenager

Ethan Couch was 16 when he avoided prison for killing four people in drink-drive crash after pyshcologist said his coddled childhood meant he was unable to understand the consequences of his actions<p>Authorities hunting a wealthy Texas teenager, who was described as suffering from “affluenza” when he …