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42 dead, 11 missing after ferry capsizes in the Philippines

(CNN) — Searchers recovered more bodies Friday, a day after a passenger ferry capsized shortly after leaving port in the Philippines, killing 42 people, authorities said.

Eleven others remain missing, CNN Philippines reported, citing local police.

The Philippine coast guard said the boat, the MB …


Prison escapee Richard Matt wrote to daughter, vowed to see her, report says

(CNN) — When Richard Matt broke out of prison, he was looking forward to seeing his daughter. "I always promised you I would see you on the outside," he wrote to her in a letter.

She received it in the mail three days after he and fellow inmate David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional …

Time Warner

Adelaide Crows AFL coach found murdered at home

(CNN) — The head coach of Australian Football League club was murdered at his home early Friday morning, according to a statement released by the South Australian Police.

After being called to a domestic disturbance at around 2 a.m. local time, ambulance crews treated Phil Walsh, 55, for multiple …

News (Australia)

Woman gets library card 73 years after she was denied book in North Carolina

(CNN) — More than seven decades ago, Pearl Thompson wanted to check out a book from a North Carolina library. But she was told no, because she is black.

A county library official changed that Thursday, years after the 1942 incident during the days of racial segregation.

Thompson, now 93, was a …

North Carolina

ISIS publicly smashes Syrian artifacts

(CNN) — ISIS militants reportedly smashed cultural treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, including an artifact dating back to the second century, according to a statement from the group and Syrian state media.

A man smuggling at least six ancient statues through Aleppo province was …

Ancient History

Explosion at South Korean chemical factory kills 4

(CNN) — An explosion at a chemical factory in the South Korean port city of Ulsan has killed four people, an official at the city's fire department has told CNN. Two people remain missing following the incident.

Fire department officials initially heard the blast at the Hanwha Chemical plant and …

South Korea

Blasts rock Colombian capital; 8 injured

(CNN) — Two explosions rocked Colombia's capital on Thursday, injuring at least eight people.

The blasts took place outside the offices of the Porvenir pension fund management company, according to CNN affiliate Cablenoticias.

Images showed shattered glass on the ground and emergency personnel at the …


Top ISIS leader killed in coalition airstrike

(CNN) — Senior ISIS leader Tariq Al-Harzi was killed by a coalition airstrike in Syria last month, a U.S. official said Thursday.

Al-Harzi was responsible for getting people and materials into Iraq and Syria, and worked to recruit fighters, according to Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the …


Sean 'Diddy' Combs won't face felony assault charges in UCLA incident

(CNN) — Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs won't face felony charges after .

Combs was accused of assaulting someone with a kettlebell and arrested last month on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery after an incident at an athletic …


What's behind increase in shark attacks off the Carolinas?

(CNN) — Sharks have attacked 10 people off the coast of North and South Carolina this year, according to the at the University of Florida, including a man bitten Wednesday on the Outer Banks' Ocracoke Island.

That's higher than the average of six attacks a year off the coasts of those two …


Terrified sisters: Intruders are in the house

Two sisters say they survived a home invasion and helped capture the suspects by climbing in a bathroom cabinet and calling 911. CNN affiliate WKRN reports.


Oklahoma Supreme Court orders removal of Ten Commandments

(CNN) — After the Supreme Court's week of high-profile decisions, Oklahoma's high court made a stir of its own in a ruling that had a group of self-proclaimed Satanists and an ordained Baptist minister celebrating.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state must remove a 6-foot tall …

Ten Commandments

Peas in guacamole? Recipe causes backlash

Taste-testing guacamole and peas. CNN's Jeanne Moos takes the Great Guac and Peas Debate to the streets.


New York firefighter wins $5 million lottery

New York (CNN) — New York City firefighter Carmelo Mercado retired after suffering lung ailments from his time working at ground zero after the .

A former member of Battalion 49 in Astoria, Queens, Mercado, 63, on Thursday received the $5 million top prize from a Cash X100 scratch-off lottery ticket.


Friend accused of killing of Arizona couple

(CNN) — A friend of an Arizona couple who went missing more than a week ago now faces first-degree murder charges in their deaths.

Jose Valenzuela, 38, is accused of shooting Mike and Tina Careccia, then burying them in a 6-foot grave beside the home where he lived in Maricopa, Pinal County Sheriff …


Why are black church fires associated with acts of hate?

(CNN) — It's a visceral and involuntary reaction, perhaps even knee-jerk: A black church burns in the South and our minds race immediately to hatred.

It must be arson. It must be the handiwork of some despicable white supremacist.

That was the sentiment on display across social and traditional media …

Civil Rights

Captain of TransAsia Flight 235 shut off working engine after other failed: Report

(CNN) — "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle."

These are the words of the captain of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235, eight seconds before the plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a Taiwanese river mere minutes after takeoff, killing 43 people on board.

The latest report by Taiwan's Aviation …


Charleston shooting: Donors give $3 million to church scholarship fund

(CNN) — Here's one more way Charleston's mayor says his community is fighting hate with love after nine people were gunned down in a church massacre: A $3 million scholarship fund.

The Reverend Pinckney Scholarship Fund, created by anonymous donors and announced Thursday, will help the victims' …


Washington reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years

(CNN) — The Washington State Department of Health reported Thursday what it said was the first confirmed measles death in the United States since 2003.

Authorities did not identify the woman, but said she was likely exposed to measles at a local health facility during a recent outbreak in Clallam …


Wimbledon 2015: Rafael Nadal upset by Dustin Brown

Wimbledon, England (CNN) — The upset bug has struck Rafael Nadal -- again -- at Wimbledon.

When the two-time champion lost to Dustin Brown 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the second round on Center Court Wednesday, it marked the fourth time in a row he had fallen to a player ranked 100th or lower at the All …

Dustin Brown

Bison attack two more Yellowstone visitors

(CNN) — Bison attacked two more visitors at Yellowstone National Park over the past week, for a total of four attacks in the park so far this season.

A 68-year-old Georgia woman remained hospitalized Thursday after encountering a bison while hiking Wednesday on Storm Point Trail, according to the …


Why 'Sesame Street's' Sonia Manzano is a Latino icon

(CNN) — A is for Adios. Actress Sonia Manzano announced this week at the American Library Association's conference that she would be a part she has played for 44 years. The news of her leaving was greeted with nostalgia and sadness among the show's fans, but Manzano hinted that she might return for …

Sesame Street

After prison escape, Sweat and Matt bickered over booze, agility

(CNN) — After splitting with his prison-break partner following disputes about drinking and his inability to keep up, convicted murderer Richard Matt was eventually found lying behind a fallen tree.

When agents with a U.S. Border Patrol special operations team came upon him last Friday afternoon, …

Prison Breaks

Rick Perry asks black voters to give GOP a second chance

Washington (CNN) — on Thursday said the Republican Party lost some of its "moral legitimacy" by not vying for the black vote in past elections, adding that the GOP has "much to do" to earn the trust of African-Americans.

Perry, the former Texas governor and 2016 presidential hopeful, used a …

Republican Party

Washington Navy Yard: Police say 'all clear' after lockdown

Washington (CNN) — Federal law enforcement has given the "all clear" at the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday morning, after a lockdown forced workers to hold-in-place and filled the Southeast D.C. neighborhood with police and ambulance vehicles.

The U.S. Navy tweeted that the facility was under …


Car assembly line robot kills worker in Germany

(CNN) — An automotive assembly line robot killed a worker at a car factory in Germany this week, a prosecutor's office said.

The man, 21, was installing the robot at a Volkswagen assembly line on Tuesday in Baunatal, which lies next to the city of Kassel, local newspaper the Hessische …

Assembly Lines

'Sesame Street' losing 'Maria' after 44 years

(CNN) — It's the end of an era on "Sesame Street."

The block is losing one of its most beloved citizens: Sonia Manzano, who has played shop owner Maria on the PBS series for almost 45 years, has announced that she is retiring.

The 65-year-old Puerto Rican actress revealed her plan to exit the show at …

Sesame Street

School shootings, mass killings are 'contagious,' study finds

(CNN) — Mass killings and school shootings spread "contagiously," a new study found, where one killing or shooting increases the chances that others will occur within about two weeks.

The study, published Thursday in the journal PLOS ONE, found evidence that school shootings and mass killings -- …

Purdue University

Democratic ex-Va. Sen. Jim Webb announces presidential bid

Washington (CNN) — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced Thursday that "after many months of thought, deliberation and discussion" he has decided to run for president of the United States.

In an over 2,000-word blog post, Webb writes that he decided to run because the United States needs "proven, …

Jim Webb

Cop beating man caught on camera

Cameras show a police officer repeatedly hitting a man. CNN affiliate KVDR reports.