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Plots include assassinating President and hijacking jet
Their arrests took place in New York and Florida. ... More >>

Opinion: What terrorists are really angry about
Boiling outrage at American foreign policy drives jihadists seek to revenge on the west ... More >>

What is ISIS' appeal for young people?
The case of three teenage British girls, who are believed to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS, has refocused attention on the Islamic extremist group's appeal to young people. ... More >>

The names: This is who ISIS has recruited from the West
More than 20,000 foreigners have flocked to fight for ISIS, the radical Sunni group that controls portions of Iraq and Syria. ... More >>

Police fired 17 times at Mexican worker
Seventeen times. That's how many shots police in Pasco, Washington, fired at Antonio Zambrano-Montes when they killed him after he allegedly hurled rocks at them. Of those, five or six rounds struck the former orchard worker, according to the investigative team looking into the incident. ... More >>

Cops caught slapping, dragging suspects
Two South Florida law enforcement officers are under fire after witnesses used their cell phones to capture footage of them possibly mistreating people they were arresting. ... More >>

Yoga guru accused of sex assault, rape
To his legions of fans, Bikram Choudhury has an almost other-world quality. The yoga guru inspires as he promises to heal body and mind. ... More >>

Baby's body found in Northern California
Hours after a mother turned up without her baby, an infant's body found amid "rough terrain" in Northern California, authorities say. ... More >>

Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 pearl Oscars dress stolen
The pearls?! The swine! ... More >>

Man survives terrifying bridge crash
A Boston driver was lucky to survive a horrifying crash off the upper deck of Interstate 93. CNN affiliate WCVB has the details. ... More >>

Airline warns pilots after series of cockpit errors
United Airlines has issued a stern warning to its pilots after mistakes in the cockpit put passenger planes in potential danger. ... More >>

Former 'America's Next Top Model' contestant slain
Mirjana Puhar, a recent contestant on "America's Next Top Model," was found dead in a triple homicide Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to police reports. ... More >>

Winter storm in much ado about not much
This is a tale of two storms. ... More >>

Snow postpones Georgia's first execution of a woman in 70 years
Not since Lena Baker, an African-American convicted of murder and pardoned decades later, has Georgia executed a woman. The state is scheduled to snap that 70-year streak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson. ... More >>

For sale: Boston snow, starting at $19.99
The only thing crazier than a guy in snowbound Massachusetts boxing up the powdery white stuff and offering it for sale online? ... More >>

19 manatees, 1 drainpipe
How do you get 19 manatees out of a drainpipe? CNN's Jeanne Moos says it took more than a plumber to flush this clog. ... More >>

Is deadly bacteria lurking in your doctor's office?
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Bobbi Kristina Brown suffers seizures
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Baby born encased in amniotic sac
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'American Sniper' killer gets life in prison
No one disputes that Eddie Ray Routh shot and killed Chris Kyle and another man. But his lawyers wanted to convince a jury he wasn't sane when he did so. It didn't work. ... More >>

Drones cost $28,000 for one arrest
They are sleek, mostly silent converted weapons of war: Drones used by the Border Patrol to scan the skies in the empty deserts of the Southwest to spot illegal immigrants and then, if things work out, have agents arrest them. That's the idea, and the agents who use them say the drones give them a ... More >>

A dud bomb, a foiled bank heist and a very twisted plot
The predicament Matthew Yussman found himself in -- pulled from his home by masked men, a dud bomb strapped around him, and ordered to clean out the bank where he worked -- is the stuff of movies. ... More >>

Driver ejected during violent crash, walks away
Dramatic video released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows a man who was ejected from his vehicle after it was hit by another car. ... More >>

New Cosby accuser: 'Do you remember me?'
Heidi Thomas says she has held a secret for 30 years. Now, for the first time, she wants to be heard. ... More >>

Boston Marathon bombing trial set to begin
The death penalty trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- long delayed by painstaking jury selection, crippling snowstorms and last-ditch appeals to move the case someplace else -- finally is scheduled to begin here next week. ... More >>

Unexpected hero emerges from train disaster
CNN's Kyung Lah talks to Ted Maloney about helping rescue victims of a train crash in Oxnard, California. ... More >>

Man with immunity in Holly Bobo case kills himself
A man who had been linked to the death investigation of Holly Bobo killed himself, his attorney says. ... More >>

Lawsuit: Purina food harms dogs
Beneful dry dog food produced by Nestle Purina PetCare has "resulted in serious illness and death of thousands of dogs," a lawsuit says. ... More >>

Third state legalizes pot
Marijuana smokers now have a new place to put on their bucket lists: Alaska, which on Tuesday became the third state to officially OK marijuana use. ... More >>

Art class allows you to smoke pot and paint
Students in this cannabis-friendly art class paint and smoke marijuana with their fellow artists. ... More >>

The inside story of the famous Iwo Jima photo
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The most popular national parks in 2014
America's national parks welcomed a record-breaking 292.8 million visits in 2014, shattering the previous record of 287.1 million visits set in 1999. ... More >>

American pioneers: Their lives changed history
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Army vet finishes high school 70 years later
70 years after leaving high school to join the Army during World War II, Dominic Giarrusso has his diploma. ... More >>

He invented the most collected car in America
Harley Earl taught Detroit how to get its Hollywood swing on. He's credited for single-handedly igniting an automobile renaissance with the Corvette. ... More >>

34 amazing sports photos
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2015's 'Designs of the Year' are...
Nominations for the Design Museum's 2015 Design of the Year award have been revealed. 76 of the best works of product, transport, graphic, fashion, digital and architectural design will be exhibited at the museum from March 25, with category winners announced May 4 and the overall winner June 4. Wh... More >>

Oscar-winning best pictures
For more than 80 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been designating one film the best motion picture of the year. Some of the winners have become classics, while others have been forgotten by all but trivia diehards. ... More >>

New York Fashion Week
CNN is on the scene as designers showcase their fall 2015 collections at New York Fashion Week from February 12-19. ... More >>

Selfies of the week
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Vintage NASA space photos up for auction
An out-of-this-world collection of vintage NASA photos -- including the first "selfie" taken in space and a rare image of pioneering astronaut Neil Armstrong on the Moon -- are to go up for sale in London. ... More >>

Young Native Americans celebrating their culture
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2015 Grammys: Red carpet
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U.S. military's fighter fleet
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8 castles in the U.S.
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Celebrity tattoos
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Burlesque legends still got it
They might be over 65, but these former burlesque dancers haven't lost the charisma that made them so desirable in their heyday. ... More >>

Severely autistic boy becomes gold medalist
Rachel Miller's son John is profoundly disabled. But Jeff Hancock looked past John's disabilities and trained him to be an athlete. ... More >>

Frozen Niagara Falls draws tourists
What? Not enough snow, ice and cold for you? You say you STILL need some "Frozen" references in your life? ... More >>

'Exploding Kittens' most backed Kickstarter ever
Curious kittens exploding are the Internet's new potato salad meets "Reading Rainbow" with a guest appearance by Veronica Mars, meaning this card game is seriously winning the hearts of Internet users and party game lovers alike. ... More >>

Oscars 2015: Red carpet
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Where's the alleged smoking gun in Aaron Hernandez case?
Was it the alleged smoking gun? ... More >>

Hundreds of chimps held in research labs despite government promise
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Real estate agent lives in Witch's House
It looks decrepit and disheveled. But if a witch were rich, she might feel right at home in this Beverly Hills house. ... More >>

Dancing for Mengele
A black-and-white photo shows the 16-year-old ballerina at her prime, mere months before her world would be destroyed. ... More >>

Aircraft carrier steams through a rainbow
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Florida manatees crowd out humans
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More than $28K raised for hero dog hurt in house fire
Fans of a heroic dog who fought in vain to save her owner's life in an Ohio house fire have donated more than $28,000 toward the $25,000 goal for the care of the 9-year-old boxer named Carmen. ... More >>

100 years of New York City from above
A century of photos showing New York City from the skies ... More >>

People we lost in 2015
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Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise
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