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Seconds before crash, passengers knew they were too low

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was seconds away from landing when the passengers sensed something horribly amiss.<p>The plane was approaching San Francisco International Airport under a beautifully clear sky, but it was flying low. Dangerously low.<p>Benjamin Levy looked out the window from seat 30K and said …

Google Street View captures the view from the world's tallest building | CNN Travel

How supersized portions cost the earth

We're all familiar with the phrase "waste not, want not," but how well are we applying these words today?<p>For many of us, we buy more than we need, we spend more than we earn, we eat more than our fill. The consequence of excessive living and waste affect not only us, but also our global neighbors …

Royal baby: King Terry? What's in a royal name?

Way back in the mists of time, when schoolkids were expected to learn seemingly endless lists of facts off by heart, they chanted a poem to remember the names of England's kings and queens.<p>"Willie, Willie, Harry, Ste," it began. "Harry, Dick, John, Harry three / One, two, three Neds, Richard two / …

U.S. airlines cancel flights as Mexican volcano rumbles | CNN Travel

Kids find massive body part from past

A few children were playing in a creek when they found a giant surprise from the past.

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Gearing up for triathlon: What every beginner needs

Triathlon has a reputation for being expensive. In fact, the perceived costs are enough to stop some prospective participants from taking up the challenge.<p>There's no doubt that triathlons are harder on the bank balance than other sports, such as running, soccer, baseball or swimming. But believe me …

Woman survives sinkhole drop

CNN's Nick Valencia has the story of a school teacher who survived being swallowed by a sinkhole.

Celebrity baby names: The best of the unique

Some celebrities like their children to be as distinctive as they are, giving them unusual names. Check the photos to see examples.

Crews make major progress fighting deadly Arizona blaze, now 80% contained

Crews battling the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters made significant progress Thursday, moving within sight of fully corralling the blaze, authorities announced.<p>Despite still gusty winds and temperatures in the 90s, the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott was 80% contained as of Thursday …

Photos: History meets modernity at Gettysburg

Proposal sends woman to the floor

A man spent more than a minute on his knee waiting to get his girlfriend's attention to propose to her. She said, yes!

Silver penny minted to mark royal birth

Keeping with an old tradition, the Royal Mint will give a silver penny to anyone born the same day as the royal baby.

She could be the first gay ...

Analouisa Valencia is the first openly gay contestant to compete for the Miss South Carolina pageant title.

Inside look at TSA bomb training

CNN's Emily Schmidt was given rare access to explosives classes offered by the TSA to train security officers.

Great green blob covers Chinese waters

For years, China has talked about promoting "green growth." But this probably isn't what they had in mind.<p>For the seventh year in a row, monstrous quantities of green algae known as <i>enteromorpha prolifera</i> have sprouted in the coastal waters near Qingdao, China. But this year's growth, covering …

12 years later: Remains of firefighter killed in 9/11 attacks identified

The remains of a firefighter killed in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks at the World Trade Center have been identified, the New York City Medical Examiner's office said Friday.<p>Lt. Jeffrey P. Walz, 37, was identified after authorities retested remains that were recovered in the months …

Overheard: Celebrities unfiltered

FBI: Deen victim of extortion attempt

The FBI arrested a man it says wanted cash from Paula Deen to keep quiet about "damning" statements she allegedly made.

World's biggest, baddest roller coasters 2013 | CNN Travel

Cut off aid to Egypt till elections held

The ouster of Mohamed Morsy as Egypt's president is unlikely to end the country's political turmoil. As a result, the United States -- which has great stakes in Egypt's stability -- must use its limited leverage to nudge Egypt back onto a democratic trajectory.<p>The lesson of Egypt's 2011 revolution …

25 greatest engineering feats around the world | CNN Travel

FBI: Man asked for hush money, or else he'd reveal 'damning' info on Deen

FBI agents on Friday morning arrested a 62-year-old man who, they say, tried to extort Paula Deen by threatening to divulge "true and damning" information about the embattled celebrity chef -- unless he was paid to keep quiet.<p>Thomas George Paculis was taken into custody without incident in Ithaca, …

Koreas start talks on reopening joint industrial factory

North and South Korean officials started talks Saturday on reopening the Kaesong industrial complex, a suspended joint factory that marked a symbol of cooperation between the two rivals.<p>Each side sent a delegation of three members to Tongilgak, the South Korean Unification Ministry said.<p>The …

Protests against the NSA spring up across U.S.

Anti-NSA protesters took to the streets in cities across the United States on Thursday, using the Independence Day holiday to call attention to recent disclosures about the U.S. government's telephone and Internet surveillance programs.<p>The movement, called "Restore the Fourth," says the government …

Soldier's suicide note goes viral; family demands better for veterans

"Too trapped in a war to be at peace, too damaged to be at war."<p>These are the words of post-traumatic stress disorder.<p>They are the words of Daniel Somers, an Iraq War veteran who took his life last month. He left behind a powerful suicide note that went viral on the Internet after his family shared …

The 12 best designs from the past 100 years

Is the much-loved Piaggio Vespa more iconic than the floppy disk? Is the iPod more of a design classic than the Airbus A380?<p>These are the questions we put to some of the world's greatest designers when we asked them to nominate what they believe to be the most iconic industrial design from the last …

Police make traffic stop, deliver baby

Milwaukee police officers pulled over a speeding driver and found that the passenger was having a baby.