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A police runs along a street close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. AP Photo/Rob Griffith

American arrested after attempting to swim to North Korea

An American was arrested near Seoul on Tuesday night after trying to swim to North Korea, South Korean officials told local media.<p>South Korean marines arrested the man after they found him suffering from exhaustion on the banks of the Han River, the Yonhap News Agency reported. The man, believed to …

North Korea

Military source: ISIS hostages dispersed after revelation of Foley rescue mission

After the administration released details of the July mission to rescue journalist James Foley and others in Syria, intelligence suggests ISIS dispersed the remaining hostages to multiple locations, making them harder to locate, a military source told Fox News.<p>In addition, the source added guard …

Big solar storm hitting Earth

Will you be watching for the Northern Lights? Share your photos with CNN iReport.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Youvathana Sok looked up and saw more than just stars in the crisp, clear Maine night sky.<p>A colorful, spectacular showing of the aurora borealis greeted Sok, a CNN iReporter, and others at Cadillac Mountain in …

Raging Wildfire in Orange County Causes Mandatory Evacuations

By 9 a.m. Saturday, a large fire in Orange County, California had scorched 1,600 acres less than 24 hours after it had started, prompting mandatory …

Orange County

Mountain Lion Attacks 6-Year-Old California Boy

Boy suffered bite wounds and scratches his head and neck following the attack near the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino, officials say.<p>Read more here.

Virus hitting the U.S. could be 'tip of iceberg,' CDC official says

A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say.<p>The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the …

The Last Summer 'Supermoon' Of 2014 Is Also A Harvest Moon

Skywatchers, you're in for a treat. Tonight's "supermoon" is a pretty special one.<p>When the moon turns full on Monday, Sept. 8 at 9:38 p.m. EDT, it not only will become the last supermoon of the summer, but also this year's Harvest Moon -- which is a full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal …

9/11 Museum Shows SEAL's Shirt From Bin Laden Raid

The shirt a and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are now being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum.<p>Read more here.

Cops ID people behind vile ice bucket prank on teen - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Police have identified those involved in an incident in which the ice bucket challenge trend was used to trick an autistic teenager into being drenched with a bucket of urine, feces and spit.<p>Authorities are not yet releasing the names, and are not discussing potential charges as the …

Elephant apparently crushes caretaker to death in Maine

A veterinarian with a passion for elephants died Tuesday, apparently crushed to death in "a tragic accident" by one of the giant mammals he spent his life caring for, authorities said.<p>Dr. Jim Laurita was the full-time caregiver for two elephants on his property in Hope, Maine. His rehabilitation …

Girl accused in 'Slender Man' stabbing found unfit for trial by psychologist

A psychologist has determined the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times in an attempt to please a fictional character called Slender Man has mental health problems that make her unfit to stand trial, her attorney contends.<p>One of the girls was ordered to receive …

Father in custody after bodies of 5 missing South Carolina children found in Alabama

A South Carolina man will be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children – who were ages 1 to 8 – after their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags off a two-lane highway in Alabama, authorities say.<p>Acting Sheriff Lewis McCarty of Lexington County said Wednesday at a news conference …