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For first time, ISIS downs and captures coalition pilot -- a Jordanian

<b>Amman, Jordan (CNN) —</b> For the first time since an international coalition began striking ISIS, one of its pilots has been shot down and taken captive by the Islamist extremist group.<p>The captured F-16 pilot is Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a member of Jordan's military, according to his uncle, retired Jordanian …

How The Rock and other celebs are celebrating - CNN.com

Pope's Christmas message: Iraq and Syria have suffered too long

Pope Francis wants to bring hope to Christians and other ethnic and religious groups suffering "brutal persecution" in Iraq and Syria.<p>The Pope used his Christmas Day blessing, "Urbi et Orbi," to draw attention to displaced children and adults in the Middle East "who for too long now have suffered …

Police: Teen killed near Ferguson was armed - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- A Missouri police officer shot and killed a teenager Tuesday night in Berkeley, Missouri, just 2 miles from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where Michael Brown was killed by police, an event that set off protests across the country.<p>But even though both cases involve white officers and …

Amanpour: The 3 big stories of 2014 (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent, offers her take on the world's biggest stories in 2014. She is the host of CNN International's nightly global affairs program "Amanpour." You can follow her @camanpour. The views expressed are her own.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- If I had to …

Let's go ... sand sledding?! - CNN Video

Google fights Marriott's plan to block Wi-Fi hotspots

Google and Microsoft have joined a growing chorus of businesses that oppose Marriott's attempt to block guests' Wi-Fi hotspots in their hotel rooms.<p>Marriott (MAR) and the hotel lobby American Hospitality & Lodging Association asked the FCC this summer to allow hotels to deploy equipment that …

For moviegoers, 'patriotic duty' to see 'The Interview'

This day, Christmas, might be the first good day Sony Pictures has had in a month.<p>Ever since the movie studio was crippled by a cyberattack on Nov. 24, it has been on the defensive. Last week, after hackers objecting to the content of "The Interview" threatened American moviegoers, Sony (SNE) …

Israeli child severely burned in Molotov cocktail attack

An 11-year-old Israeli girl is being treated for severe burns after a Molotov cocktail was hurled into the car she was riding in Thursday in a West Bank settlement community, national EMS provider Magen David Adom said.<p>The incident took place at around 6 p.m. in Ma'ale Shomron, a spokesperson for …

Oregon woman released in East Timor after drug probe 'nightmare'

American traveler Stacey Addison says she was detained for months in East Timor because she unwittingly shared a taxi with a stranger carrying methamphetamine. Now she's out of jail -- and a guest of a former East Timor leader.<p>Addison, 41, of Oregon, was released from an East Timor prison Thursday, …

Rogen: We hope you like the movie - CNN Video

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Officials: 5 militants, 3 soldiers killed during attack on AU base in Somalia

Five Al-Shabaab militants are dead after they attacked an African Union military base in Somalia on Thursday, AU officials said.<p>The militants attacked the Halane military base in Mogadishu, Somalia's largest base for African Union troops, according to the African Union Mission in Somalia.<p>Two …

PlayStation, Xbox users forced offline in possible attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming networks experienced widespread problems on Christmas Day as a hacker group claimed responsibility for what it said was an attack.<p>Hundreds of users took to Twitter to report problems with the systems, which lasted much of the day.<p>"With the …

U.S. Navy helicopter drone's first flight - CNN Video

Two arrested in Hong Kong cash grab after millions in banknotes spill from security van

Two people were arrested Thursday evening after police said they snatched some of the nearly 15.23 million Hong Kong dollars that spilled from a money transport van onto a street on Christmas Eve.<p>A 43-year-old man was arrested in Kowloon and a 36-year-old woman was taken into custody in Tseung Kwan …

Seth Rogen thanks fans in person - CNN Video

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Theft of baby Jesus figure may be hate crime, authorities say

<b>(CNN) —</b> The FBI has joined the investigation into who stole a baby Jesus from a Haverhill, Massachusetts, nativity scene and replaced it with a real pig's head.<p>During a press conference Friday, authorities said this case may be treated as a hate crime.<p>"If our investigation leads us to think this …

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 26, 2014

<i>Hackers cause grumpy gamers. "The Interview" hits theaters. And Vladimir Putin cancels Kremlin vacations.</i><p><i>It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day</i><p><b>1.</b> <b>PLAYSTATION – XBOX OUTAGE</b><p><b>Bah, humbug:</b> Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming networks were a mess on Christmas Day …

'The Interview' illegally downloaded 750,000 times on Christmas

"The Interview" was a big hit with pirates on Christmas.<p>There are thousands of people currently sharing the movie illegally using BitTorrent. On Christmas, about 750,000 people stole digital copies of "The Interview" by using the file-sharing software, according to piracy blog …

Obama's 'teachable' moment about gender bias (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Tanya M. Odom, an executive coach, is a consultant on global diversity and inclusion, civil rights and education. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- President Obama caused a stir at his most recent press conference when he called only on …

Gender equality: What scares terrorists (Opinion) - CNN.com

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters assemble at a shrine on Iraq's Mount Sinjar on Friday, December 19. The Kurdish military said that with the help of coalition airstrikes, it has "cleansed" the area of ISIS militants. ISIS has been advancing in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to create an Islamic caliphate in …

Oil spills: A frightening way of responding (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Christopher Reddy is a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. David Valentine is a professor of biogeochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They have both advised the government and industry on the fate and impacts of oil in the</i> …

Suspected U.S. drone strikes hit militants in Pakistan

A pair of suspected U.S. drone strikes on militant targets in Pakistan killed at least seven people, Pakistani intelligence sources said Friday.<p>The strikes were carried out in North Waziristan, a mountainous region near the border with Afghanistan that's rife with militant activity.<p>One strike …

AI: Why we should be a little worried (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Greg Scoblete is the technology editor of PDN Magazine. Follow him on @GregScoblete. The views expressed are his own. For more on the future of technology, watch the upcoming GPS "Moonshots" special on December 28 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- Imagine you're the kind of person …

Woman gives birth on Philadelphia transit train - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Riders of Philadelphia public transit were reminded on Christmas Day that the holiday celebrates a birth in the humblest of circumstances.<p>The Christ child was born in a stable, the Nativity story in the Gospel of Luke says.<p>On Thursday, a woman went into labor in the subway, and people in …

From Russia with no love: Party-pooping Putin cancels holiday vacation

Vladimir Putin delivered a lump of coal in the Kremlin's stocking this year when he announced Thursday that he has canceled holiday vacations for members of the government.<p>Russia's President delivered the bad news at a December 25 meeting he convened of his government, but for those thinking that …

Patrick Stewart's weird holiday video - CNN.com

Sir Patrick Stewart attends the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in April in New York City.<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- Nope, Patrick Stewart, we don't get it either.<p>The Internet has fallen in love with a video of the 74-year-old actor, posted by his wife, in which he wears a Christmas hat that sings and dances. You read …

Al-Shabaab: Attack on base was revenge for U.S. airstrike

Al-Shabaab said it attacked an African Union military base in Somalia on Thursday in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that killed their leader near Barawe in September.<p>"Al-Shabaab has carried out the AU military base attack to revenge the killing of our leader, Ahmed Godane," the group's spokesman …

See troops' heartwarming homecoming - CNN Video

'The Interview' makes $1 million at box office

"The Interview" banked $1 million at the box office on Christmas Day, and it could make a couple million more over the long holiday weekend.<p>"The audience reaction was fantastic -- the limited release, in under 10% of the amount of theaters originally planned, featured numerous sellouts and a …