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1 dead as rain breaks records, soaks Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle

The bottom dropped out over northern Texas and Oklahoma overnight. Rainfall broke records and river banks, and killed a firefighter early Sunday, as emergency crews scrambled to pull residents from floodwaters.

With more rain falling, the torrents have already pushed Oklahoma City handily past a …


Protests, arrests follow acquittal of Cleveland police officer

Police arrested demonstrators in downtown Cleveland on Saturday night following the acquittal of a police officer who stood trial in the 2012 shooting death of two unarmed people.

CNN video showed police in riot gear moving down East Fourth Street, a strip of restaurants, and pushing back …


Carter: Iraqis showed 'no will to fight' in Ramadi

Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke frankly in an exclusive interview on CNN's "State of the Union" aired Sunday about the weak state of Iraq's military as one major reason the key town of Ramadi fell to ISIS, also known as ISIL, last week.

"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just …

Middle East

Suspect in death of woman held in box killed by Missouri police

A Missouri woman kept captive in a wooden box for four months escaped in April, only to be shot to death this week along with her son -- and the suspect in their deaths was killed Saturday, authorities said.

James Barton Horn Jr. -- who had been charged with two homicides, kidnapping, armed criminal …


Malaysia finds human-trafficking mass graves near Thai border

Mass graves of refugees caught up in the human-trafficking trade have been found in northern Malaysia near the border with Thailand, authorities said Sunday.

The grisly discovery comes amid a crisis among Southeast Asian nations over thousands of migrants who are attempting perilous journeys in the …


Russia bans 'undesirable' NGOs, sparking international outcry

Non-governmental organizations working in Russia awoke Sunday to a new reality -- that they operate now under a law that allows the government to prosecute them on the grounds they are 'undesirable.'

And those who work for such organizations could be sentenced to as much as six years in prison.

The …


Elephant snatches man's camera, takes amazing 'elphie'

Plenty of tourists have snapped a selfie of themselves posing with an elephant during their travels. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has done it.But how many have had their photo taken by the elephant?Christian LeBlanc, a 22-year-old Canadian, found himself the subject of an extraordinary …


Rain breaks records, soaks Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle

Emergency crews in Oklahoma and Texas are scrambling to help inundated residents cope with record-breaking rains. CNN's Derek Van Dam has more.


Women activists cross DMZ between North and South Korea

An international group of female activists crossed the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea on Sunday in a controversial effort to bring attention to the need for peace between the two nations.

The group of about 30 members, called WomenCrossDMZ, included feminist Gloria Steinem …

Korean Peninsula

Swedish singer wins Eurovision contest

A pop singer from Sweden won the 60th version of the hugely popular Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday.Mans Zelmerlow, a 28-year-old from Stockholm, sang "Heroes" to defeat 26 other finalists."It was absolutely amazing. I didn't hear it when they first said it," he said, according to the …

Eurovision Song Contest

Report: German grandmother, 65, gives birth to quadruplets

For many people, 13 children would be more than enough.

But not for Annegret Raunigk.

The 65-year-old German grandmother recently gave birth to quadruplets, making her the oldest woman ever to do so.

The new arrivals increase her progeny to a total of 17 children. And let's not forget her seven …

Martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero closer to sainthood

Just over 35 years to the day that an assassin's bullet hit his chest, Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, bringing the slain priest one step closer to sainthood.

Tens of thousands of people crowded El Salvador's Savior of the World Plaza for the bestowing of an honor that some …

Oscar Romero

Ireland votes overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage

Same-sex couples will soon be able to walk down the aisle in the Emerald Isle.

Voters in Ireland overwhelmingly chose to change their nation's constitution Friday, becoming the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote.

The official results were announced Saturday …


Burundi opposition leader gunned down

A Burundian political opposition leader was shot dead in the nation's capital, a police spokesman said Saturday.

Zedi Feruzi, the leader of the UPD party, was killed along with his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in Bujumbura, Pierre Nkurikiye said.

President Pierre Nkurunziza's office said that it …


What will the feds do in Cleveland?

Officer Michael Brelo was acquitted in the deaths of two black people. What will the Justice Department do now? CNN's Athena Jones reports.


U.S. marks Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Selfies with sailors commemorate Fleet Week New York

It was only a matter of time before social media infiltrated Fleet Week New York, the annual celebration of sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen leading up to Memorial Day.

As members of the United States Navy, Marines and Coast Guard descended upon New York this week, images tagged …

Fleet Week

A band of sisters on the Special Ops battlefield

"I remember when they were firing at these guys, the brass from the machine gun falling right over top of us," then-2nd Lt. Ashley White wrote from her base in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In the early hours of an August 2011 night, White boarded a helicopter alongside the men of the Army's 75th Ranger …


Carson captures southern Republican straw poll

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson handily won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll on Saturday, the first major survey to take the temperature of the Republican presidential field in the south.

Carson, a staunch opponent of Obamacare who is popular among social conservatives, …

Republican Party

'Little island with a big voice': Pride over Ireland's same-sex marriage vote

The Internet exploded with rainbows Saturday as Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

Ireland became a worldwide trending topic on social media after voters approved the referendum by as much as 70% in some constituencies.

Among the posts, …


DOJ to review Cleveland police shooting

The Department of Justice announced Saturday that it will review the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black couple by a white police officer in Cleveland.

The announcement comes hours after a Cuyahoga County judge ruled that police officer Michael Brelo was justified in the Nov. 29, 2012 shooting, which …


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen not returning for 'Full House' revival

A revival of the beloved ABC sitcom "Full House" is moving forward without one very important member of the Tanner family.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not reprise the role they shared as Michelle in the upcoming Netflix series, "Fuller House," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Although Ashley …

Ashley Olsen

Defector: DMZ activists don't understand plight of women in North Korea

In North Korea, women have no rights. There is no right to freedom, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

Because of state-induced starvation and poverty, families have been ripped apart and relationships between mothers and children have been severed.

A pervasive patriarchal culture governs North …

Women's News

Dashcam shows plane's deadly descent onto highway

New police dashcam video shows the aftermath of a deadly plane crash on an Atlanta-area highway earlier this month.

Greg Byrd, 53, and his two sons, Christopher, 27, and Phillip, 25, died in the crash on May 8, along with Christopher's fiancee, Jackie Kulzer. The four were headed to the University …


Reflecting on Ramadi a decade after an encounter with an IED

Hearing the news about Ramadi last week made me light-headed. Made the usual ringing in my ears more pronounced.

It was Christmas Eve 2004 and we were almost back. The traffic circle outside of Camp Hurricane Point, on the west side of Ramadi, was just ahead. I was starving and thinking of the …

Political History

The general who apologized to the dead soldiers on Memorial Day

Memorial Day 1945 was a somber time for most Americans, and 70 years later it still carries with it a special poignancy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had been dead just over a month, and while the war in Europe had concluded, it was too early to begin celebrating victory over the Axis powers. …

International Relations

Pentagon welcomes military kids who've lost a parent

Kids who had a family member that passed away while serving their country got to visit the Pentagon. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.


Ireland affirms same-sex marriage


Cleveland officer not guilty in killing unarmed pair

Yes, Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo stood on a car and shot the unarmed black occupants 15 times just after officers first riddled it with bullets. But a judge ruled Saturday that, partly because Brelo reasonably believed he was in danger, he's not guilty of a crime.

Concluding just one of …


Man pronounced dead but then ...

A man with a medical condition was pronounced dead after the Milwaukee Fire Department arrived at his apartment. Minutes later, he started breathing.

Medical Examiner