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Why is Russia sending bombers close to U.S. airspace?

(CNN) — Two Russian bombers intercepted by U.S. fighter jets off the California coast on July Fourth could be seen as having raised a metaphorical middle finger to the United States.

"Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day," they said, …

Russia

Al-Qaeda 'suicide bombing chief' killed in US airstrike in Afghanistan

Pentagon says Abu Khalil al-Sudani was directly linked to plotting attacks against the United States and also commanded operations against troops in Afghanistan

Al-Qaeda's head of suicide bombing operations has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The US said Abu …

Afghanistan

22 Things You Can Make In Your Waffle Iron

Let's not beat around the brunch: Waffles are God's gift to carb lovers everywhere.

But did you know there are actually plenty of other foods you can make with your prized waffle iron? Here, 22 fresh ways to use what your aunt Patricia gave ya. (It was on your registry, after all.)

Cinnamon Rolls

Use …

Bacon

Authorities point to evidence of suicide in Texas jail death

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — While Sandra Bland's family maintains that the woman found dead in a Texas jail cell would not have taken her own life, authorities are pointing to mounting evidence that they say shows she hanged herself.

An autopsy showed that marks around Bland's neck were consistent with …

Hempstead

15 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Pursue Your Dreams

Following your dreams is usually easier said than done. A little motivation and inspiration from people who have successfully pursued their dreams can help you get started.

Following your dreams isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Watch a movie about someone following his/her dreams, and the …

Motivation

Your Shot: Hot Dog Photos From a Former Hot Dog

Thursday is National Hot Dog Day.

As a photo editor, I figured the best way to promote it is with pictures…pictures of hot dogs.

I feel like I have an obligation here, and it goes beyond my current occupation. When I was in college, my roommate interned at a local television station. She told me I …

Hot Dogs

Jury: Execution still an option for Colorado theater shooter

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors decided unanimously Thursday that the Colorado theater attack was cruel enough to justify the death penalty for James Holmes. His defense then urged them to spare his life, despite the horrors he caused.

Jurors determined that capital punishment is justified because …

Colorado

Turkey allows U.S. warplanes to use its base for airstrikes against Islamic State

Turkey has agreed to allow U.S. warplanes to use its air bases for the first time for bombing missions against Islamic State in Syria, U.S. and Turkish officials said.

The agreement came after President Obama spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discussed the two countries' …

Turkey

McDonald's Customer Punched Employee Because Restaurant Ran Out of Double Cheeseburgers

Only a double cheeseburger would do.

Sometimes all you want in life is a cheeseburger, but that's no excuse to resort to violence. A new video has …

Restaurant

Latest: 2 dead identified as parents; adult son is suspect

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The latest on the stabbing deaths of an Oklahoma family (all times local):

4 p.m.

Authorities have identified two adults who were among five family members stabbed to death in a suburban Tulsa home as well as an 18-year-old family member who is one of two brothers suspected …

Policing

23 things you'll never hear a French person say

Photo: Antoine K

1. CDG is the best aiport there is and, as a French person, I’m not ashamed of it one bit.

2. I passed my driving therory and practice …

France

Drug kingpin’s tunnel escape tarnishes polished image of Mexico’s President

However bruised and battered he has been, President Enrique Peña Nieto has always clung to the polished image he sold to the Mexican electorate: the perfectly coifed wunderkind who would break with the corrupt, incompetent past and get things done.

Even when Mexicans complained that his signature …

Mexico

What New Horizons Is Looking For On Pluto, And How

After nine years and three billion miles, here’s what we're learning from it all

At 7:50am EDT tomorrow, July 14, New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever launched, will perform the first close-encounter flyby of Pluto and its system of five known moons. During that approach, New Horizons will be …

Space Science

Get up to speed on the Iran nuclear talks

(CNN) — Until word slipped out Monday that talks had hit a snag, all indications were that Iran and world powers negotiating to crimp the country's nuclear program might reach a deal any time.

If they do, it's huge news. If they don't? Maybe even bigger news.

But what is the deal? Who wants it? Who …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

South Carolina Lowers Confederate Flag, and an Era Ends

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Closing a chapter on a symbol of the Deep South and its history of resistance and racial animus, South Carolina on Friday lowered the Confederate battle flag from outside its State House, where it had flown for more than 50 years.

The flag came down amid heavy security at a Friday …

South Carolina

U.S. says hackers stole personal data of 22M people

The number of Americans affected is much larger than what officials announced a month ago when the breach occurred.

Government

FBI says arrested 10 in July 4 plots inspired by Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities thwarted plots to kill people in the United States around the July 4 holiday, arresting more than 10 people …

FBI

Macy’s is the latest to dump Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants

Updated at noon ET on July 1 with Macy’s announcement and Trump’s statement

Donald Trump is well known as a real estate developer, television host, and the universe’s biggest pageant mom. He’s less recognized for his work in fashion. But Trump does, in fact, have a clothing line offering suits, …

Donald Trump

Can You Really Eat All the Fat You Want?

Scientists say yes, but of course there's a catch.

Desperate for the creamy goodness inside that bowl of guac? Well, today's your lucky day. Thanks to new research by the American Medical Association, dietary fat is no longer the bogeyman it once was, and a lot of fatty foods, including fish, nuts, …

Nutrition

What Weapons Would China Use In World War III?

A top secret preview of the weapons in Ghost Fleet, a new novel about our future war with China

Today, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, is coming out. By August Cole and Eastern Arsenal's very own P.W. Singer, it's a novel about what might happen if the brewing Cold War between the U.S. …

Asia

It Takes a Nation—and Then Some—to Make the All-American Meal

Independence, Iowa, is a heartland town that takes its namesake holiday very seriously. Since 1860, Independence Day has been marked by a parade …

Healthy Eating

A Spanish investigation into the Russian mafia 'could change the narrative of Putin in the West'

Vladimir Putin with Jose Maria Aznar, then Spain's prime minister, at Moncloa Palace on June 13, 2000.

One of Russia's largest organized-crime syndicates allegedly operated out of Spain for more than a decade with the help of close allies of President Vladimir Putin, then the deputy mayor of St. …

Russia