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Meet the American women who are flocking to join ISIS

ISIS is recruiting an army of AK-47-brandishing women from the West who are just as bloodthirsty as the men they are marrying. Calling themselves …

North Korea

Why the Dwarf Planet Ceres is So Fascinating

Since initial photographs of Ceres were taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in 2015, the dwarf planet has been a source of continual discovery. It might just be the most fascinating planet in our solar system.

Dwarf Planet

No one knows why these humpback whales are organizing, but it can't be good

Humpback whales are up to something weird, and even scientists aren't sure what to make of it.<p>According to <i>Popular Science</i>, the whales have recently …

Cognitive Science
Donald Trump
Middle East

TRUMP: Mexico 'has taken advantage of the US for long enough'

"Mexico has taken advantage of the US for long enough," Trump tweeted Friday morning. "Massive trade deficits & little help on the very weak border must change, NOW!"<p>Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a planned meeting with Trump after Trump tweeted = Thursday morning, "If Mexico is …

Donald Trump

Trump's inaugural crowd expected to be half of Obama's 2009 gathering

He might make for watchable TV, but when it comes to getting Americans off their couches, it looks like Donald Trump can't quite pull Barack …

This Man Planned the Most Efficient U.S. Road Trip of All Time

Road Trips

Fired for flying Confederate flag, Georgia officer sues

<b>(CNN) —</b> A former police sergeant, fired for flying a Confederate flag outside her Georgia home, is suing the police department.<p>And she's doing it with the help of a group with alleged ties to white supremacy.<p>Silvia Cotriss, a nearly 20-year veteran of the Roswell Police Department, was terminated …

Confederate Flag

Google Reveals What We Were Most Curious About in 2016

The search giant released its top queries of the year.<p>Google users also really wanted to get to the bottom of some fairly complex decisions and institutions. The Electoral College and the Brexit vote made the list, as did the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and the European Union. But amidst …

European Union

Bomb attack at Egyptian cathedral kills 25, injures dozens

Security sources told Reuters that at least six children were among the dead.<p>There was no immediate claim of responsibility, however, some supporters of the Islamic State militant group celebrated the attack on social media.<p>"God is great, God is great, God is great," one wrote on Telegram messenger.<p>…


Cairo cathedral-complex bombing kills dozens

CAIRO—A bomb exploded at Cairo’s main Coptic Christian Cathedral compound, killing at least 25 people and wounding another 49, in the largest attack …


Oakland fire toll at 36; DA promises 'thorough' probe

<b>Oakland, California (CNN) —</b> The search for answers continued Tuesday in Oakland as city, state and federal agencies sifted through wreckage in one of the city's deadliest building fires on record.<p>Bucket by bucket, investigators painstakingly removed debris from inside the …

Alameda County

Russian ISS supply spacecraft destroyed 382 seconds into flight

The Progress MS-04 spacecraft never made it into proper orbit without that full third stage burn. Instead, gravity took hold and it burned up in the …

Mike Pence's new neighbors put up LGBT pride flags in protest

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some Washington residents who disagree with Mike Pence's positions on gay rights are making their values known to their new neighbor.<p>Until he moves into the Naval Observatory after taking office, the vice president-elect is renting a $6,000-a-month home in Chevy Chase, a swanky neighborhood …


Putin ‘ready for cooperation’ with Trump

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia hopes to normalize ties with the U.S. and join efforts in the fight against international terrorism.<p>Speaking in a live state-of-the-nation address, Putin said that Russia is ready to take part in tackling global challenges if its interests …


Vladimir Putin Says He Wants to Cooperate With Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he wants to reset relations with the United States when President-elect Donald Trump takes office …

Law Enforcement

Death toll rises to 13 in Tennessee wildfires as grim search for survivors continues

Efforts to pinpoint the cause of deadly wildfires that engulfed two tourist towns outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park and shut down one of the country’s most popular natural attractions focused Thursday on their devastating path through East Tennessee, where 13 people have been found dead …

National Parks

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Salt Lake City

ISIS claims credit for the Ohio State University attack

The attacker, whom officials have identified as 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, drove into a group of pedestrians on OSU's campus before using a knife to cut people.<p>Eleven people were sent to the hospital with injuries. A campus police officer killed Artan at the scene.<p>Amaq, ISIS's unofficial …


Trump announces he will leave business ‘in total’ — leaving open how he will avoid conflicts of interest

President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he would soon leave his “great business in total” to focus on the presidency, a response to growing worries over the businessman-in-chief’s conflicts of interest around the globe.<p>Shortly after, the official Twitter account of the Office …

Donald Trump