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Working in Capitol, sleeping on street
By day, 63-year-old Charles Gladden works in the U.S. Capitol cafeteria. By night, he sleeps on a sidewalk. "They scramble around for issues to talk about," he said, motioning to the Senate chamber behind him. "All they have to do is stop and ask the common person on the street." ... More >>

'I don't want to be an embarrassment to this country'
Charles Gladden has worked at the U.S. Capitol for eight years. He is also homeless, and his story highlights the living wage debate. ... More >>

Food workers, janitors walk out on U.S. Senate
About 40 contracted workers from the United States Senate walked off their jobs Wednesday morning and joined more than 1,000 labor activists at a rally calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to require federal contractors to pay their workers more. ... More >>

The middle finger seen 'round the world
It's the image we'll always remember: the Boston Marathon bomber flipping the bird. ... More >>

Tulsa reserve deputy got special treatment
An internal inquiry by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in 2009 concluded that Reserve Deputy Robert Bates was shown special treatment and that training policies were violated regarding his role with the agency. ... More >>

HIV outbreak in Indiana grows
The number of new HIV infections in a rural Indiana county has grown, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The institute is working with state health leaders to control the "severe outbreak," which has spread among users of a prescription opioid called Opana. ... More >>

Protesters, police scuffle over Gray death
There were a few scuffles with Baltimore police and at least two people were arrested during another night of protests over the death of Freddie Gray. ... More >>

Freddie Gray wasn't put into seat belt
Freddie Gray apparently was not buckled into a seat in the back of a police van while being transported following his arrest, a police spokesman said Friday amid wide-ranging speculation over what happened to leave the Baltimore man with a broken back. ... More >>

Shocking police mix-up caught on camera
A girl who was wrongly taken away from her parents and sent to Texas is returned to Mexico. CNN's Rafael Romo reports. ... More >>

High school students hurt in stage collapse
About two dozen students at an Indiana high school were hurt Thursday evening when the stage they were performing on collapsed. ... More >>

Man attacked by bear for second time
A Washington man was attacked by a bear for the second time while walking his dog. CNN affiliate KOMO has more. ... More >>

Passengers black out on flight
Larry Johnson remembers the fear and feeling of helplessness from being on the SkyWest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York. ... More >>

Creflo Dollar. the devil and the jet
Prosperity gospel pastor Creflo Dollar responded recently to critics of his campaign to buy a very pricey Gulfstream G650. ... More >>

America's transgender moment
It's only April, but 2015 may be remembered as the year the term "transgender" fully entered mainstream consciousness. ... More >>

Prison escapee turns himself in after 40 years
A prison escapee from North Carolina called police to turn himself in to authorities decades after he disappeared. WLEX reports. ... More >>

Yellowstone supervolcano even more super
As tourists stroll between Yellowstone's 300 active geysers, taking selfies in front of thousands of bubbling, boiling mud pots and hissing steam vents, they are treading one of the planet's greatest time bombs and it's bigger than anyone thought. ... More >>

Fish kill at Texas State Aquarium
A poisonous chemical used in film processing is being blamed for killing almost 400 fish at the Texas State Aquarium. ... More >>

Navy drone makes history with refueling maneuver
The latest version of unmanned naval aerial combat vehicles achieved another first on Wednesday when it conducted its first aerial refueling test the Navy announced. ... More >>

Utah mom admits killing 6 babies
A Utah mom who admitted to killing six of her babies soon after giving birth was given a hefty prison sentence Monday. ... More >>

Bobbi Kristina Brown's brain damage 'irreversible'
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, has "global and irreversible brain damage," according to her grandmother. ... More >>

Man guns down his misbehaving computer
Man shoots his computer 8 times. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the PC that was DOA. ... More >>

Mom loses appeal in turkey baster pregnancy case
Robert Boardwine's path to fatherhood was unconventional, but Virginia's appeals court said Tuesday he is legally entitled to be a part of his son's life. ... More >>

Fitness guru's viral response to body shamers
YouTube fitness star Cassey Ho responded to negative comments about her looks in a video that has gone viral. ... More >>

Boxing's $128,000 golden ticket
Tickets for the showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are finally on sale. But you might need to win the lottery to be able to afford one. ... More >>

Criminal whiskey syndicate uncovered
When 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle -- one of the rarest and most expensive bourbons in the world -- were reported missing from a Kentucky distillery in October 2013, it was the crime heard round the whiskey-drinking world. ... More >>

Stealthy enemy subs can't hide from this
Silently moving deep beneath the ocean's surface, combat submarines can employ the element of surprise to carry out devastating attacks on naval fleets and land targets. ... More >>

AC/DC drummer pleads guilty
Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs in a New Zealand court. ... More >>

Man gets huge settlement after police beating
A California county has decided to settle with a man who was beaten after trying to evade police on a horse. The violent arrest will cost the county over half a million dollars. ... More >>

Photos show principal parked in school exit
A school principal sparked outrage after photos surfaced of her Jeep parked under an awning and blocking an exit, allegedly to protect it from a hail storm. ... More >>

Woman eats three 72-ounce steaks in 20 minutes
Molly Schuyler gobbled three 72-ounce steaks, three baked potatoes, three salads, three rolls and three shrimp cocktails to win an eating contest in Texas. ... More >>

America's hottest liquor shot is ...
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, which didn't even exist in its current form a decade ago, is the fastest-growing big brand of liquor in America. ... More >>

Obama confronts 'cruel' reality of his drone war
The long trail of civilian death left by President Barack Obama's drone war finally has an innocent American face. ... More >>

Inside the fight to free Warren Weinstein
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Weinstein's congressman: Our country let Warren down
Warren Weinstein's congressman, Maryland Rep. John Delaney, says the government failed the American contractor in its effort to find him and bring him home. ... More >>

2014: Family says Weinstein was dedicated to helping others
In 2014, CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke with the family of Warren Weinstein, an American taken hostage while living and working as a contractor in Pakistan. ... More >>

Who was al Qaeda's American-born PR person?
He was known as the American mouthpiece of al Qaeda, speaking against his native country on behalf of a terrorist organization that's devoted blood and resources to attacking it. ... More >>

Adam Gadahn Fast Facts
Here's a look at the life of al Qaeda translator and spokesman Adam Gadahn. ... More >>

A year in space
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend one year living on the International Space Station. The mission is a first for NASA, but not for Russia. ... More >>

Look at trees in a different way
It all started by looking up. ... More >>

The Oklahoma City bombing
On April 19, 1995, the Albert P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was rocked by a truck bomb. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500. ... More >>

2015's high-profile graduation speakers
Colleges across the country are announcing their commencement speakers: the entertainers, politicians, military leaders, business executives and famous alumni who will be sharing a last few words of wisdom with graduating students. ... More >>

Wreck of the USS Independence
Gallery of the wreck of WWII aircraft USS Independence with historical photos ... More >>

The FBI's most-wanted terrorists
Twenty years after Oklahoma City domestic terror threats range from white supremacists to eco-terrorists to anti-government extremists and radical separatist groups, according to the FBI. ... More >>

The U.S. military's best photos of 2014
A sergeant wipes away a tear while kneeling before a battlefield cross at a Memorial Day ceremony for fallen service members at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. ... More >>

U.S. aircraft carrier classes
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Society's forgotten animals
The Rolling Stones sang about them, and Ford named its most iconic sports car after them. ... More >>

Look at me! 29 selfies of the week
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The week in 40 photos
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What a shot! 40 amazing sports photos
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Aw shucks, Gulf oyster revival underway
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Why is this image so fascinating?
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Newly discovered frog looks like Kermit
Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog has some competition. ... More >>

Boston Marathon
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U.S. women, you won't be happy with this
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Hernandez juror: I saw cruelty
The trial took an emotional toll, a juror said in the jury's first nationally televised interview. ... More >>

In North Charleston, a price being paid
Charleston is the city known for its Old South splendor. North Charleston is its ugly stepsister, separated from many parts of the metropolitan area by the Cooper and Ashley rivers -- and by so much more. ... More >>

A killing in the heartland
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Cool things U.S. gave the world
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Best of America
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U.S. Military
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Space + Science
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Diet + Fitness
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Change the List
Help CNN bring change to bottom-of-the-list places. John D. Sutter is tackling five topics you selected. ... More >>

Best of Travel
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People we lost in 2015
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