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Maine teenager dies after wisdom teeth removed
Fatal complications from oral surgery are so rare that frequency cannot be calculated

DA: Charges stand vs. officer in NYC biker melee
First-degree assault and gang assault charges remain against an undercover police detective accused of taking part in a motorcyclists-versus-SUV driver melee caught on video

Marijuana triggered deaths of two men, study says
Researchers call cases isolated, but warn people with serious heart problems may be at risk

Calif. orders evacuations ahead of powerful storm
Evacuations issued for 1,000 homes in foothill suburbs east of L.A. in advance of second major storm that has prompted fears of mudslides

Texas man dies after re-entering burning house to get phone
Fire official says 2 men went back into home for a phone so they could call 911, but only 1 came out

Rare lion cubs born in France
Three Asiatic lions, one of the world's rarest species, born in French zoo

Illinois man takes tiger cub strolling; cops not amused
Tiger cub takes a walk through downtown Lockport, Ill., with its owner, and even ends up at a bar

British spies reportedly snoop on video chats, X-rated webcam pics
The Guardian reports that British intelligence has been stealing sensitive images by intercepting video chats in an effort codenamed OPTIC NERVE

Lawyer: Teacher films autistic boy in distress, shares video "for laughs"
Mich. teacher allegedly shot cellphone video of autistic student after he got his head stuck in a chair, shared video with others

Jim Lange, "The Dating Game" host, dead at 81
The first host of the popular game show died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif., Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack

Legally blind Fla. man who killed friend gets guns back
The legally blind Florida man who shot and killed his friend after a drunken argument and was let free under the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law has been given his rifle and handgun back

Monkey steals tourist's camera, takes "selfie"
Watch: A Brazilian tourist visiting Indonesia had his GoPro camera stolen by a monkey who managed to open the case and take some video of itself

Cano Singles on 1st Pitch, Mariners Top Padres 7-1
Robinson Cano singles on 1st pitch with Mariners, helps Seattle beat Padres 7-1

AP Exclusive: Phone System Failure in LAX Shooting
AP Exclusive: Airport phone system didn't give location of Los Angeles airport shooting

'Personalized Porn': Is Sex Becoming More Social?
As the traditional pornography industry fades and people continue to look for ways to spice up their relationships, business is booming for personalized pornography. More and more couples are becoming interested in memorializing their moments of intimacy.

Cracks Force Closure of $60M Texas HS Stadium
Cracks in concrete force indefinite closure of $60 million Texas high school football stadium

Teen's Shooting Reveals Gallery of Shocking Photos
Explicit photos of a young teenage children posing with guns and large sums of cash have come to light after a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed, prompting an investigation on to how these minors obtained the weapons, officials said today.

James Holmes gets a trial date in Aurora, Colo., massacre: Oct. 14 - Los Angeles Times

James Holmes gets a trial date in Aurora, Colo., massacre: Oct. 14
Los Angeles Times
James Holmes, the defendant in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater massacre, has been scheduled to stand trial Oct. 14, a judge ruled Thursday. The date, however, may be delayed by pretrial actions over Holmes' psychiatric evaluations, according to the ...
October trial date set for accused Colorado theater gunmanReuters
Oct. trial date set in Aurora theater shooting caseUSA TODAY

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Wyoming Top in CO2 Per Person Amid New Regulations
Wyoming leads in CO2 per person; top coal mining state is a reluctant enforcer of emissions

Hewitt 'sorry' over paedophile group
Former Labour Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt apologises for having "got it wrong" in the 1970s over a civil liberties group's links to a pro-paedophile group.

Northern Lights Aurora Borealis In The UK
The Aurora Borealis, normally only visible inside the Arctic Circle, have been seen lighting up UK skies as far south as Essex.

Homeland Security Awards Contact for Border Towers
Homeland Security awards $145 million contract for series of border security towers in Arizona

Angelina Jolie Wows Oscar Rehearsal Actors
Wait till you read the advice she gave.

A Look at Key Moments in Arizona Governor's Career
No stranger to the national spotlight: A look at key moments in Arizona governor's career

California Gov. Jerry Brown Will Seek Re-Election
California Gov. Jerry Brown will seek re-election: 'There is nothing I would rather do'

Harry Reid: Koch brothers are un-American - The Seattle Times

Washington Post
Harry Reid: Koch brothers are un-American
The Seattle Times
The Senate's top Democrat criticized a pair of billionaire brothers in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, accusing the conservative duo of being "un-American," spreading lies about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and lacking a conscience.
Republicans derail Senate vets billPolitico
US Senate Republicans block veterans' health bill on budget worryReuters
Senate blocks huge vets benefits billMilitary Times -Live 5 News -Washington Post (blog)
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Boston, NYC Mayors to Skip St. Pat's Parades
Boston, NYC mayors refuse to participate in St. Patrick's Day parades that exclude gay groups

Egyptian Islamic Preacher to Testify at NY Trial
Egyptian Islamic preacher to testify at April trial in NY on charges he assisted al-Qaida

Same-Sex Marriage Now Legally Recognized in Ky.
With judge's order, same-sex marriage now legally recognized in Kentucky; related case ongoing

Jeter Goes Hitless in First Exhibition Game
Yankees SS Derek Jeter goes 0 for 2 in first spring training game, an 8-2 loss to Pittsburgh

Ukraine's Parliament Approves Yatsenyuk as New PM - Voice of America

ABC News
Ukraine's Parliament Approves Yatsenyuk as New PM
Voice of America
Ukraine's new prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, is accusing the government of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych of stealing billions from the state treasury. Parliament approved Mr. Yatsenyuk, a popular opposition leader, as the head of the new interim ...
West warns Russia amid rising tensions in CrimeaBBC News
Ukraine Looks to IMF Bailout After Gunmen Storm Crimea AssemblyBloomberg
Kerry Talks With Russian Foreign Minister About Ukraine CrisisWall Street Journal
CTV News -Businessweek -Christian Science Monitor
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Yellen, With Eye on Weak Data, Puts Policy Shift on Ice for Now - Wall Street Journal

Yellen, With Eye on Weak Data, Puts Policy Shift on Ice for Now
Wall Street Journal
While testifying to the Senate Banking Committee Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the heavy snowfalls across much of the United States this winter had "adversely" affected consumer spending levels. Federal Reserve Chairwoman ...
S&P 500 ends at record after Yellen's weather talkReuters
Yellen: Fed monitoring recent 'soft' economic dataNewsday
Yellen Says Fed to Keep Taper as It Parses Weather-Weakened DataBusinessweek -Investor's Business Daily -USA TODAY
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Comedian calls out Kirk after addressing near empty Senate about Alzheimers - Chicago Tribune

ABC News
Comedian calls out Kirk after addressing near empty Senate about Alzheimers
Chicago Tribune
After speaking about Alzheimer's before a mostly absent Senate committee Wednesday, funnyman Seth Rogen called out Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk on Twitter for leaving the hearing before his testimony. “@SenatorKirk pleasure meeting you. Why did you leave ...
Seth Rogen wants to get high with Tom HarkinPolitico
Seth Rogen testifies during Senate hearing on Alzheimer'sOmaha World-Herald
Watch Seth Rogen give a moving and hilarious speech about Alzheimer's DiseaseYork Daily Record
First Coast News -Oneida Dispatch
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Gunmen Seize Government Building as Ukrainian Rift Widens
“I am a citizen of Ukraine, but I am Russian,” one protester says.

Business Highlights
Business Highlights

Minecraft movie in the works at Warner Bros.
Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of the beloved indie sandbox sensation, revealed on Twitter Thursday that Warner Bros. and his studio Mojang are bringing Minecraft to the big screen. [Read more]

VIDEO: Lego CEO on 'secret of business'
As Danish toymaker Lego reports a 11% rise in sales in 2013, company CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp tells the BBC's Aaron Heslehurst he is ''very excited'' about the Lego movie.

No, People Don't Get Own Planets in Afterlife Like in 'Book of Mormon'
Mormon church: Members not taught they'll get planet in afterlife, as told in 'Book of Mormon'

Northern Lights illuminate the UK
The Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, is giving spectacular displays over parts of the UK, lighting up skies from Essex to south Wales.

New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space - Fox News

New York Magazine
New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space
Fox News
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address at LaGuardia Community College in the Queens borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. De Blasio, delivering one of the most important speeches of his young ...
NYC to block 3 charter schools from public spaceWall Street Journal
Mayor de Blasio vs. Charter Schools, Round INew York Magazine
Mayor to Reverse Bloomberg Approved Charter School ProposalsNY1
United Federation of Teachers -CBS Local -Gothamist
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Suit Filed on Anniversary of Ohio School Shooting
Families file lawsuit on 2nd anniversary of Ohio school shooting that left 3 teens dead

Kerry Kennedy's NY Jury Begins Deliberations
NY jury begins deliberating at Kerry Kennedy's drugged-driving trial

England call-up unbelievable - Shaw
Southampton's teenage left-back Luke Shaw describes his England call-up against Denmark as "unbelievable".

Top 20 Concert Tours From Pollstar
Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

Boeing to sell self-destructing smartphones
Don't try tampering with Boeing's new "Black" phone, cover your webcam to avoid government spies, and meet the Moov fitness coaching tracker. [Read more]

Google Barge to Leave San Francisco for Stockton
Google's mystery barge headed to Stockton, Calif. after being ordered to leave San Francisco

Trial Nears End in Detroit-Area Deaths of 4 Women
Prosecutor tells jury: 4 women were killed, treated like 'garbage' by Detroit-area man

3 Dead, 3 Injured in Hawaii Plane Crash
3 dead, 3 injured in small plane crash on Hawaii's Lanai Island

Armed standoff in pro-Russian region raises Ukraine tension
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - The United States told Russia to demonstrate in coming days that it was sincere about its promise not to intervene in Ukraine, after armed men seized the regional parliament in a mainly ethnic Russian region and raised the Russian flag.

Flooding shuts major London road
Police close off a south-west London road following flooding from a suspected burst water pipe.

Navy Ship Bears Reminders of Sept. 11 Crash in Pa.
USS Somerset, Navy's newest ship, bears reminders of Sept. 11 Flight 93 crash in Pa.

YouTube Video Purports to Show High Court Action
Unprecedented: YouTube video purports to capture Supreme Court argument, protest

Obama Launches Program for Disadvantaged Minority Youth -- Update - Wall Street Journal

Obama Launches Program for Disadvantaged Minority Youth -- Update
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a public-private program to provide economic and educational opportunities to African-American and Latino young men and boys, an initiative that includes a $200 million commitment from ...
Obama launches program to boost minority youthPolitico
IMMONS: Obama's 'Brother's Keeper' a big-government initiative that lacks faithWashington Times
Obama Launches Effort to Help Young Men of
Los Angeles Times
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Adam Driver in talks to play "Star Wars: Episode VII" villain: Report
Adam Driver is reportedly nearing a deal for a Darth Vader-type role in the J.J. Abrams-directed new "Star Wars" movie

Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys

'VERY MILITARISTIC' Border-area residents fight to end internal checkpoint
  • VIDEO: Asylum surge: Illegals using 'fear' to avoid deportation

  • Arizona Governor Wins Bipartisan Praise for Veto - New York Times

    Wall Street Journal
    Arizona Governor Wins Bipartisan Praise for Veto
    New York Times
    Reaction to Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of a bill that would have allowed refusal of service to gays. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading the main story Share This Page. Continue reading the main story. PHOENIX ...
    Veto of SB 1062 neededAztec Press
    Brewer signs bill to repeal 2013 voting lawEast Valley Tribune
    Brewer Signs Bill To Repeal Controversial Election LawKJZZ

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    The Oscars: 86th Academy Award nominees interviews
    Tom Hanks, U2, Chiwetel Ejiofor and other nominees spoke to CBS News over the last year about their now-Oscar-nominated films and performances

    The Week in Pictures: Feb. 20 - 27
    Hindu goddess dons green, infant roadside rescue, rebel retreat, Argentinian rice for Russian newlyweds, Olympic goal gets gold and more.


    Standard Life quit plan sparks row
    Standard Life's announcement that it may move operations outside Scotland in the event of independence sparks a political row.

    Farmers get first taste of chocolate
    Amid the smiles, cocoa farmers taste chocolate but soon they are calculating the markup. #cocoanomics is scandalizing the industry.

    FCC spectrum auction ends with more than $1.5B in proceeds
    The H block auction comes to a close as the FCC reaches the reserve price of more than $1.5 billion, which will be used to help fund the building of a nationwide public safety network. [Read more]

    Don't shoot! You're not in a video game anymore
    Seeing gaming "health bars" appear over people's heads in real life? Young hard-core gamers transfer virtual behaviors into actual ones, according to a new study. [Read more]

    Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 FC Dnipro (agg: 3-2)
    Tottenham produce a dramatic second-leg comeback to beat 10-man FC Dnipro and reach the Europa League last-16.

    Documents reveal more joking about NJ traffic jams - Washington Post

    Documents reveal more joking about NJ traffic jams
    Washington Post
    TRENTON, N.J. — The latest documents released by a New Jersey legislative committee looking into a political payback scandal surrounding Gov. Chris Christie show two figures at the heart of the case making running jokes about the idea of creating traffic ...
    Mass. gov. candidate Baker fundraising with Romney, ChristieNECN
    Rabbi is new mystery focus of Chris Christie team in bridge messLos Angeles Times
    New Bridgegate E-Mails Reveal Christie Aides Made Fun of RabbiNewsweek

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    Google Barge, $35 million and counting
    Even though the famous floating showroom is leaving Treasure Island for Stockton, it's still far from ready for prime time -- and Google is still on the hook for half a million dollars in rent. [Read more]

    Group warns almost 500 food products contain chemical found in yoga mats
    Baked azodicarbonamide creates compounds linked to cancer in rodents; industrial workers have also developed asthma, respiratory, skin problems

    Bayern dressing room secrets revealed
    Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng and Thiago Alcantara dip into CNN's 'Stein of Secrets' and reveal dressing room secrets.

    Moscow migrants deserve respect
    Of Russia's 12 million immigrants, about 2-3 million of them live in Moscow, according to the U.N. It's a high proportion for a city of 11 million people.

    VIDEO: Russia drills 150,000 troops near border
    Russia conducts a series of what it calls "military preparedness drills" near the country's border with Ukraine.

    Who will win?
    A bit of insiders' knowledge can help spot Oscar winners.

    British Spies Said to Have Intercepted Yahoo Webcam Images - New York Times

    Daily Mail
    British Spies Said to Have Intercepted Yahoo Webcam Images
    New York Times
    SAN FRANCISCO — A British intelligence agency collected video webcam images — many of them sexually explicit — from millions of Yahoo users, regardless of whether they were suspected of illegal activity, according to accounts of documents leaked by ...
    Strip show spies! British surveillance agency monitored raunchy video chats: reportNew York Daily News
    British spy agency kept images of Yahoo webcam chatsWashington Post
    Leaks show GCHQ captured ordinary internet users' webcam imagesFinancial Times -Sydney Morning Herald -Sunday Star Times
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    West warns Russia amid Crimea threat
    Western nations urge Russia to ease tensions in Ukraine's Crimea after armed men take over key offices and Moscow carries out military exercises.

    Amnesty: Israel 'trigger happy'
    Why Amnesty International is accusing Israeli forces of using excessive force in the West Bank.

    A history of Oscar's best pictures

    U.S. on Ukraine: "Time for very cool, wise leadership"
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Russia not to take action as ousted leader's ally scrambles fighter jets to patrol border

    Fix stalled safe-boot with OS X Mavericks update
    The recent OS X 10.9.2 update fixes a persistent Safe Mode bug for some, but there are alternative approaches to this issue for those still affected. [Read more]

    N-Dubz Singer Dappy Charged With Assault
    The 26-year-old rapper faces a court date after being bailed by police following an incident outside an Essex nightclub.

    VIDEO: Author of the Week: Jojo Moyes
    Author Jojo Moyes latest novel focuses love and economic class divide in modern Britain

    Author Danah Boyd on why teens and social media are 'complicated' (podcast)
    Danah Boyd, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, talks with Larry Magid about her new book, "It's Complicated: The social lives of networked teens." [Read more]

    Anelka Gets Five-Match Ban Over Quenelle
    The striker has now been suspended by his club after the FA ruling, which cleared the Frenchman of promoting anti-Semitism.

    Like a rolling milestone: Pandora hits 250M registered users
    The Internet's biggest radio service has growing competition, but its roster of members keeps growing too. [Read more]

    Lab making salami out of Jennifer Lawrence?
    BiteLabs insists it is growing meat from celebrity tissue samples. Oh, of course Kanye is one of them. It seems hard to swallow. [Read more]

    Fund this? An expandable storage backpack for your Android phone
    Don't want a card reader sticking out from the bottom of your handset? This one rides piggyback. [Read more]

    Hewitt Apologises For Links To Paedophile Group
    The ex-Labour Cabinet minister breaks her silence over claims an organisation she was in charge of supported paedophilia.

    Faith, family drive Olympian

    No confidence council vote lost
    A vote of no confidence in the leadership of Carmarthenshire council amid "unlawful" payment claims fails.

    Disgust at bomb suspect 'homecoming'
    Unionists express "disgust" at a planned homecoming celebration for an Irishman who police suspect was involved in the 1982 IRA bombing of London's Hyde Park.

    Extreme Weather Rocket Blasts-Off From Japan
    A Japan-US satellite will monitor hurricanes, blizzards, floods and droughts to help scientists understand their impact on Earth.

    Baghdad motorbike blast, other attacks kill 52 in Iraq
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 52 people were killed Wednesday as a motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated in Baghdad's Sadr City and militants targeted mostly Shi'ite neighborhoods around the country.

    Whistle, the Fitbit for dogs, makes push into mainstream
    Aimed at gathering data to help track and improve a dog's health, the wireless tracking device lands in PetSmart stores next week. And there's now an Android version of the app. [Read more]

    IRA 'Amnesty' Letters 'Worthless', Says Robinson
    Northern Ireland's First Minister welcomes a judicial review into the row over state-sanctioned letters sent to IRA suspects.

    Baseball stars anger president
    Venezuelan baseball stars call for peace, sparking a Twitter exchange with Venezuela's President.

    Weather seems to blame for U.S. slowdown, Fed's Yellen says
    (Reuters) - Unusually harsh winter weather appears to be behind recent signs of weakness in the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday, suggesting the central bank was poised to press forward in ratcheting back its stimulus.

    British Spies Intercept Webcam Pictures, Report Says
    The Guardian newspaper said Britain’s signals intelligence branch is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of Yahoo users’ webcam videos, including a massive haul of intimate photographs.

    Behind the sweet treats
    Love that chocolate Haagen-Dazs ice-cream? But what about the way its makers treat their farmers? How about KitKat and the way its production impacts the environment?

    Sporting Trials and the Story of Lotus Cars
    This is the little-known story of Lotus cars and the grassroots motorsport that inspired Colin Chapman to build super-lightweight race cars. Many folks may know a little bit about the original Lotus 7 from the 1950s, and their modern kit car incarnations, but what happened to the Lotuses numbered 1 through 6? [Read more]

    Uh-oh, this computer virus can spread via Wi-Fi
    Researchers at England's University of Liverpool have created Chameleon, a virus that can proliferate via Wi-Fi as efficiently as the common cold infects humans. [Read more]

    VIDEO: Merkel meets Queen at Buckingham Palace
    German chancellor Angela Merkel has been on a one-day visit to the UK during which she had tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

    Ukraine Treasury 'Stripped' By Ousted Regime
    The deposed head of state, who is reportedly staying in a five-star hotel outside Moscow, is facing claims of theft.

    VIDEO: Aerials show Toronto 96-car pile-up
    More than 100 people are caught up in a 96-car pile-up on a busy stretch of motorway in Toronto, Canada.

    NASA, Japan launch rain-tracker
    A Japanese rocket roared into orbit early Friday (Thursday afternoon ET) carrying what NASA calls its most precise instrument yet for measuring rain and snowfall.

    Can 'kamikazes' save Ukraine?
    Boos and cheers greeted cabinet names for Ukraine's new government. But can a mixture of technocrats, politicians and hardened activists bring stability?

    Woman in coma told to 'find work'
    The government apologises after a woman from Rochdale was invited to try to find work when she had been in a coma for two months.

    Tensions rise as Russian flag raised in Crimea
    Gunmen loyal to Ukraine's ousted president seize the Crimea regional government building -- as the deposed Viktor Yanukocych issues a defiant statement to Russian news agencies.

    The 404 1,434: Where we make room for meat (podcast)
    Bridget Carey is back in her first appearance of the year, and we're torturing her today with tales of meat made of celebrities, weird food from IBM's Watson Supercomputer, dog-to-speech translation, and facial hair transplants! [Read more]

    Inside a carnival mask workshop
    Artisan in Elzach, Germany creates wooden masks in centuries-old tradition

    VIDEO: Large crack appears on top of cliff
    A 30ft (9.1m) crack appears along the cliff top at Birling Gap in East Sussex.

    Brazil economy ends 2013 on an upbeat note, boosting Rousseff
    SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's economy ended 2013 on a upbeat note thanks to strong consumer spending and investment, providing a much-needed boost to President Dilma Rousseff as she tries to rebuild her credibility with business leaders and win re-election in October.

    Spain begins Bankia privatisation
    Spain's government starts selling part of its stake in nationalised lender Bankia, which was saved by an 18bn-euro bailout two years ago.

    Venezuela unrest shakes up opposition
    CARACAS (Reuters) - One month ago, Henrique Capriles was Venezuela's undisputed opposition leader, espousing a vision of dialogue and measured dissent towards the socialist government.

    Dozens dead in Baghdad blasts
    At least 30 people are killed in bombings around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, according to officials.

    Follow Root's example, says Broad
    Stuart Broad calls on his England players to follow Joe Root's example in the limited-overs series against West Indies.

    "Survivor: Cagayan" premiere: Beauty vs. Brains vs. Brawn
    Castaways are divided into three tribes based on their attributes, and things get off to a bad start for the brainy ones

    Recognize Gay Marriage, Kentucky Is Told
    A federal judge on Thursday signed an order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

    Amid Crisis, Venezuela Begins Holiday Week
    Venezuelans began the week-long national holiday for Carnival on Thursday with some unrest in the country's capital, Caracas, still simmering."How can you enjoy carnival when people are dying?'' read one banner waved by students at drivers in a wealthy section of Caracas.


    Tennis stars opt out of exhibition IPTL
    The fledgling International Premier Tennis League suffered a blow when two of the world's most recognized female athletes snubbed the event.

    Power Brick battery charges phones, clicks with Lego pieces
    The Power Brick external battery pack doubles as a Lego-compatible building platform, letting you design your own ultimate smartphone stand. [Read more]

    DJ Sets Tone for Pro-Russian Protesters at Crimean Parliament
    A pro-Russian disc jockey dressed in traditional clothing looks at her computer during a rally outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol in Ukraine on Thursday.


    US attorney general out of hospital
    US Attorney General Eric Holder is released from hospital after being briefly admitted experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work.

    Real cost of chocolate
    Discover the real cost of treats: Tune in to CNNI 2100 GMT/2200 CET Thursday.

    Healthcare and tech intersect at MWC
    Healthcare is in the spotlight at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.

    'Quenelle' gesture brings soccer ban
    French soccer star Nicolas Anelka has been given a five-match ban and fined £80,000 ($130,000) by the English Football Association (FA) for making a "quenelle" gesture in a game last year.

    Jim Maceda: Ethnic Russians in Ukraine 'waiting for the tanks'?
    NBC News' Jim Maceda questions whether Putin will play an old Cold-War card, offering "protection" to threatened comrades in nearby nations.


    Rejection goes viral
    When you're a city's "Communicator of the Year" and have hailed yourself as a "passionate advocate" for job-seekers, you probably ought not blast one of those job-seekers in a snide, dismissive e-mail.

    Corroboration move endorsed by MSPs
    Controversial plans to get rid of the need for evidence in Scottish criminal trials to come from two sources are endorsed by MSPs.

    Glam bikers
    The word "motorcycle" conjures images of tattooed men. Not so in Marrakech.

    The monetized future of BBM
    BlackBerry BBM chief John Sims tells CNET about why there was "no choice" but to go cross platform, fixing BBM's sign-up process, and BBM's mobile banking potential. [Read more]

    Watch: Wash. state bus driver beaten by unruly passenger
    Video footage shows the 24-year-old passenger beating the bus driver, punching him in the head several times, after the driver tried to shove him off the bus

    Discover the real cost of treats: Tune in to CNNI 2100 GMT/2200 CET Thursday.

    Ex-Murdoch UK editor Brooks: 'I sanctioned payments to officials'
    LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch's former British newspaper boss, told a London court on Thursday she had sanctioned payments to public officials "half a dozen times" but denied approving the illegal sums for which she is on trial.

    British spy agency stored Yahoo Webcam images, report says
    In what Yahoo called "a whole new level of violation" for users, the GCHQ collected millions of images, many of them sexually explicit. [Read more]

    Wearable tech multiplies and goes mainstream at MWC 2014
    Whether it's Samsung's Gear gadgets, Sony's SmartBand, or the sci-fi-like Nymi, exciting wearables were in full force at Mobile World Congress. [Read more]

    What we learned at biggest tech show
    Use of smartwatches, fitness trackers set to go into overdrive.

    Anelka banned for 'quenelle' gesture
    West Brom suspend Nicolas Anelka after he is banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for his "quenelle" gesture.

    Scientific world getting duped by computerized fake research papers
    What started as a prank of software writing fake nonsense academic papers in 2005 has taken on a life of its own

    Concordia captain returns to ship
    The captain of the Costa Concordia went back on board Thursday for the first time since the cruise liner crashed into the rocks off Italy's Giglio island, killing 32 people.

    Tablets struggle to maintain their identity at Mobile World Congress 2014
    Tablets aren't phones and phones aren't tablets. The tablet makers at Mobile World Congress should probably be made aware of this. [Read more]

    Fed chief Yellen: No power to regulate Bitcoin
    As pressure builds for more regulation of the virtual currency, new chief Janet Yellen says this one is beyond the jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve. [Read more]

    Color Photos Reveal War Photographer's Softer Side
    An exhibit in New York features the rarely-seen color work of legendary black-and-white photographer Robert Capa.


    Hear Super Mario played on an ancient Chinese instrument
    Li-Jin Lee of the Taiwan Philharmonic plays the music from Super Mario on an instrument millennia old -- and it sounds amazing. [Read more]

    Savage on 10 Moyes mistakes at Man Utd
    David Moyes can still succeed at Manchester United but he has made mistakes during his difficult reign, says Robbie Savage

    Letter From Europe: In Swedish Case, Ghosts of Apartheid
    Revelations from the late author Stieg Larsson in the killing of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986 suggest a link to South Africa and the dark deeds of its apartheid-era security police.

    Thousands in Sir Tom Finney tribute
    Thousands of mourners, including Sir Bobby Charlton, attend the civic funeral of Sir Tom Finney at Preston Minster.

    Britain opens inquiry into letters to IRA suspects
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Thursday an independent inquiry into letters sent to IRA suspects, after an angry response to the freeing of an Irishman accused of a 1982 bombing that killed four soldiers in London.

    Best of Mobile World Congress: Samsung Galaxy S5, Mozilla $25 phone, smart glove and more
    From fitness bands to highly secure phones via future tech, we honour the products that turned our heads at MWC. [Read more]

    100-Vehicle Crash on Highway Near Toronto
    Dozens of vehicles were involved in a huge pileup along Highway 400 north of Toronto. Aerials courtesy of CTV.


    Ukraine's 'Dangerous Game': Why the Crimea Conflict Matters
    Armed men raised Russian flags over government buildings in Crimea Thursday, throwing the Black Sea province firmly into the center of what experts fear could become a deadly international dispute.


    Briton faces new US hacking charges
    A British man is charged with hacking into US Federal Reserve computer servers and stealing the personal information of users - adding to previous charges.

    Robinson welcomes suspects inquiry
    First Minister Peter Robinson welcomes the inquiry set up by Prime Minister David Cameron to look into NI's secret letters row.

    Dozens of gunmen seize the regional government building in Ukraine's Crimea region, where pro-Russian demonstrators have faced off against rival protesters.

    Yahoo's Shock At 'Webcam Spying Violation'
    The alleged activities by intelligence agencies in Britain and the US are described as "creepy" by civil liberties campaigners.

    Yahoo users' web pics intercepted
    'The Guardian' reports surveillance agencies from the UK and U.S. intercepted and stored Yahoo users' web cam images.

    100-Vehicle Crash on Highway Near Toronto
    Dozens of vehicles were involved in a huge pileup along Highway 400 north of Toronto. Aerials courtesy of CTV.


    Dirty stethoscopes 'bacteria threat'
    Doctors should disinfect their stethoscopes after seeing every patient because the instruments are heavily contaminated by bacteria, a study says.

    Nasty LinkedIn rejection goes viral
    When you're a city's "Communicator of the Year" and have hailed yourself as a "passionate advocate" for job-seekers, you probably ought not blast one of those job-seekers in a snide, dismissive e-mail.

    VIDEO: Captain returns to Concordia shipwreck
    The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, Francesco Schettino has returned to the wreck for the first time as part of his manslaughter trial.

    Why was PM not wearing headphones?
    Why PM and Clegg did not wear headphones at Merkel speech

    Forget Hollywood! Is this new film hotspot?
    Miles of sun-kissed beaches, breathtaking mountains and lush rainforests bathed in ethereal lights -- South Africa's varied and dramatic landscape has provided a photogenic backdrop for an increasing number of Hollywood productions in recent years.

    Ban lifted! It's time for 'Doctor Who' Lego
    Whovians, start building your best Tardis. Lego Cuusoo relaxes its ban on "Doctor Who" fan-submitted projects. [Read more]

    White House to Russia: No 'Provocative Actions' Over Ukraine
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reads a statement on the Obama administration’s stance on Russian military exercises near the Ukraine.


    Dolly Parton to play Glastonbury
    Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis tells the BBC that country legend Dolly Parton has been confirmed to play this year's festival in June.

    Android widgets on the Nokia X feel out of place
    The default widgets such as the clock just don't feel right in Nokia's skinned Android version. In fact, the whole OS feels "off." [Read more]

    Solidarity day for Egypt journalists
    People in cities across the world stage protests in support of journalists from the al-Jazeera network who are being detained in Egypt.

    Richard Engel: What to Know Now on Ukraine
    Viktor Yanukovych, the ousted president of Ukraine, is in Russia.


    Could Crimea Be A New Flashpoint Between Russia And The West?
    Armed men raised Russian flags over government buildings in Crimea Thursday, throwing the Black Sea province firmly into the center of what experts fear could become a deadly international dispute.


    The appeal of an unplayable game
    The game that everyone plays but no-one controls

    Education faces 10,000 violent attacks
    Schools and colleges face 10,000 violent attacks worldwide

    Rape trial striker took sheets photo
    A footballer accused of raping a woman in a Newcastle hotel room took a photo of the bedsheets, a court has heard.

    Bitcoin exchanges reportedly served with subpoenas
    Manhattan US Attorney's office wants information from different Bitcoin exchanges concerning recent round of cyberattacks, says Reuters. [Read more]

    New clue in deadly Doha blast
    An explosion at a restaurant near a gas station killed at least four people in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday, Qatar TV reported.

    College Finds Ancient Documents in Library
    Egyptian writings, some thousands of years old, are discovered at Luther College in Iowa. KWWL's Michael Crowe reports.


    Erdogan dares U.S.-based cleric: 'Do your politics in Turkey'
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused a U.S.-based cleric of conspiring against him with the opposition by faking recordings, and dared him to "stand up in the squares" and do his politics in Turkey.

    Journalists rally for jailed three
    In London, journalists and supporters rally to show their support for colleagues arrested on terrorism charges in Egypt.

    US introduces food label overhaul
    First Lady Michelle Obama unveils plans for the most sweeping overhaul of nutrition labels on US food packages in more than two decades.

    Merkel: EU reform no 'piece of cake'
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she can work with the UK to reform the EU but it will not be "a piece of cake".

    NASA discovers 715 new planets ..
    ... and four of them could support Earth-like life

    Israeli Forces Accused Of 'Trigger Happy' Killings Of Palestinians
    JERUSALEM - A leading human rights charity accused Israeli troops of being "trigger happy" in a report Thursday that cited the growing number of Palestinian civilians shot dead over the past three years.


    Islamists blamed for Nigeria attack
    Suspected militant Islamists killed at least 37 people during an assault on a town and villages in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses say.

    RBS shares tumble after £8.2bn loss
    The Royal Bank of Scotland, part-owned by the UK government, has posted a loss for the sixth successive year, causing its share price to fall.

    Germany's Merkel to Cameron: I can't satisfy all Britain's EU wishes
    LONDON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Prime Minister David Cameron she did not support the kind of fundamental reform of the European Union he wanted, but said Britain should stay inside the bloc to help make it more competitive.

    Police Fly To US To Crack Pistorius' iPhone
    The three investigators want to access any messages which may have been deleted from the athlete's iPhone device.

    The beauty/horror of the garish new Scotland away strip
    Why Scotland's new "rhubarb and custard" away kit has not met with universal approval.

    How bugs spook TV presenters
    Watch bald weatherman get spooked by spider. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on creature creep-outs caught on camera.

    Rebekah Brooks Admits Paying Public Officials
    The former Sun editor also tells a court that a controversial front page about Frank Bruno's mental health issues was a mistake.

    Why must Jesus be 'sexy' in film
    CNN's Carol Costello's Op-Ed asks: Why must Jesus be so sexy in new film?

    Cuban Spy Released from U.S. Prison
    A Cuban intelligence officer convicted of spying in the United States was released from a federal prison on Thursday after serving around 15 years.Fernando Gonzalez, 50, a member of the so-called Cuban Five, is expected to return to Cuba in a few days, the Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald reported.


    Ousted Yanukovych to Hold News Conference Friday
    Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has planned a news conference for Friday in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Russian news agencies reported Thursday.The news conference will be held Friday at 5 p.m. local time (8 a.m.


    Ukraine's Klitschko Calls on West to Freeze Yanukovych Accounts
    Ukrainian protester leader Vitali Klitschko, the former heavyweight boxing champion who has already announced his intentions to run for president, said Europe and the United States should freeze the accounts of ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych and return the funds to the state.


    Militants Set Down Strict Laws for Christians in Syrian City
    CAIRO - An extremist Islamist group disowned by al Qaeda has brought back seventh-century laws to govern Christians living in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which it took over last year.


    Brooks: I agreed officials' payments
    Rebekah Brooks tells the phone-hacking trial she approved payments to public officials - but only when there was an "overwhelming public interest".

    Sears trims losses despite 'tough to terrible' holiday quarter
    (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp said on Thursday its sales fell in a "tough-to-terrible" holiday quarter but store closures helped narrow its losses and it made progress in generating more business via the loyalty program it is betting its future on.

    VIDEO: Close-up: Fiery end for Syria chemicals
    The BBC's David Shukman goes behind-the-scenes at a waste-handling site in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, which is on standby to receive 150 tonnes of chemicals from Syria.

    U.S. core capital goods order up, but worries linger
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods excluding transportation and a gauge of business spending unexpectedly rose in January, offering hopeful signs for factory activity which has slowed in recent months.

    Child poverty change 'put on hold'
    The government updates its child poverty strategy - but the Lib Dems claim the Conservatives "vetoed" changes to the way it is measured.

    A foot injury? Give me your machete
    Mark Plotkin says the shamans of the Amazon rainforests possess centuries of therapeutic wisdom.

    Richard Engel: Yanukovych is in Russia
    Viktor Yanukovych, the ousted president of Ukraine, is in Russia.


    N. Korea launches missiles to sea
    North Korea launched four short-range missiles into the East Sea, the South Korea Defense Ministry said Thursday.

    Cuban spy released from US jail
    Fernando Gonzalez becomes the second of five Cubans convicted of spying to be released from a US prison after completing his sentence.

    5 things to know about Crimea
    Just when it looked like Ukraine was settling down after toppling pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych over the weekend, tension flared again in Crimea, the southern part of the country where support for Russia is strong. Armed men seized regional government buildings in Crimea and hoisted the Russian flag.

    Is this Europe's next war?
    World focuses on Ukraine but Crimea should be main fear.

    Is this the best of Britain?
    On first impressions, David Mach does not appear to have much in common with the high society of Royal Ascot. But the Scottish artist has captured the pomp and pageantry of the renowned racecourse in a painstakingly-crafted collage that represents "what I love about being British."

    VIDEO: Why Spitting Image picked on David Steel
    The creators of Spitting Image reveal why they picked David Steel as one of their characters in the ITV programme.

    PSNI papers: Former HET man arrested
    A 62-year-old man questioned about the theft of police documents is a former senior investigator with the Historical Inquiries Team (HET).

    Adopted children fight Irish state secrecy to find parents
    OMAGH, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - Catherine Droogan turns 40 this year. That's one of the few personal details she can be sure of.

    #FreeAJStaff: Day of Action For Imprisoned Journalists in Egypt
    Al Jazeera is calling for a Global Day of Action with a focus on social media Thursday to demand the immediate release of four of its journalists who have been locked up in Egypt's prisons for months.


    Concordia captain returns to ship
    The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, returns to the wreck for the first time as part of his trial for manslaughter.

    N. Korea accuses S. Korean of spying
    North Korea on Thursday showed off a South Korean man it has detained on spying charges.

    UK spies 'intercepted webcam images'
    British spy agency GCHQ intercepted webcam images from millions of Yahoo users around the world, according to a report in the Guardian.

    How best to tackle climate change?
    Climate change is worrying scientists and governments around the world -- but can the action of individual countries form the framework of a global solution?

    Red Bull hit more trouble in Bahrain
    Red Bull's hopes of getting their 2014 preparations back on track with a trouble-free final test evaporate on the first day in Bahrain.

    Russian troops 'cause concern'
    Russian military exercises near the Ukraine border are raising concerns that Moscow may be putting troops in a position to move across the border if such orders are issued, a senior U.S. official familiar with the most recent administration assessment told CNN on Thursday.

    China's Xi to run Internet security body: state media
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping is to take the reins of a government body for Internet security and aims to turn China into a "cyber power", official state media reported on Thursday, as the country steadily tightens its grip online.

    Bribery Bombshell: Leaked Tapes Trigger Protests in Turkey
    ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey’s extraordinary corruption scandal deepened Thursday with the publication of a new audio recording purporting to show Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan instructing his son to hold out for a larger bribe on a business deal.


    Disgraced Capt. Schettino Returns to Concordia Wreck
    ROME - When Capt. Francesco Schettino abandoned the Costa Concordia after the cruise ship ran aground on the Italian island of Giglio two years ago, a furious harbor master ordered him to “get back on board, damn it!”On Thursday, Schettino finally did.


    Russian Spy Ship Docks in Havana
    A Russian Vishnya class warship docked in Havana on Wednesday without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media. The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat measures 300 feet long, 50 feet wide and holds a crew of around 200.


    Pony stabled in living room moved
    A pony is removed from a house in the Western Isles after two years of being stabled in the living room of the property.

    Crimea is bastion of resistance to Ukraine's new rulers
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Waving the Russian flag and chanting "Russia! Russia!", protesters in Crimea have become the last major bastion of resistance to Ukraine's new rulers.

    Big increase in net migration to UK
    Net UK migration rose by 58,000 to 212,000 in the year to September 2013 - dealing a blow to Tory hopes of cutting it to 100,000 by next year.

    South Sudan government troops, rebels may have committed war crimes: HRW
    ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudan's government troops and rebel forces have committed serious abuses that may amount to war crimes during fighting in two oil-producing regions, with patients too weak to flee shot in their beds, according to rights and humanitarian groups.

    Destroying Syria's chemical weapons
    Destroying Syria's chemical weapons at sea

    Crimea Leader Calls Referendum Amid Ukraine's 'Total Chaos'
    The leaders of Ukraine's Crimea region further distanced themselves from last week’s regime change in Kiev by announcing plans Thursday to hold a referendum on its political future.


    Defense Secretary Hagel 'Closely Watching' Russian War Games
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Russia on Thursday that it must be transparent about military exercises on its border with Ukraine.


    Amputee CNN anchor 'to fly again'
    Would he ever fly again, now that his feet and right hand were gone?

    F1 legend Villeneuve back at Indy 500
    Jacques Villeneuve has not competed in the Indy 500 since his 1995 triumph in one of motor sport's most iconic events but at the age of 42 the Canadian will return to the famous Brickyard for this year's race.

    Is Standard Life alone?
    Is Standard Life alone in planning for a Scotland exit?

    Climate change: Time for global laws?
    Climate change is worrying scientists and governments around the world -- but can the action of individual countries form the framework of a global solution?

    Combat Ready? Putin Orders Military Drill as Ukraine Simmers
    Russian President Vladimir Putin put 150,000 Russian combat troops on high alert for war games Wednesday, rattling nerves in a neighboring Ukraine already consumed by upheaval.



    Meet Morocco's glam girl biker gangs
    The word "motorcycle" conjures images of tattooed men. Not so in Marrakech.

    How did the pro-paedophile group PIE exist openly for 10 years?
    The time when pro-paedophilia campaigners operated openly

    One Direction star makes soccer debut
    This was a not a normal reserve team fixture for English second-tier club Doncaster Rovers, as One Direction star Louis Tomlinson made his debut accompanied by applause and high-pitched screams.

    Self-harm 'motivated by bullying'
    A large survey looking into why young people self-harm has revealed that being bullied is the main reason they first injure themselves.

    NATO to plan for all options in Afghanistan, including 'zero option'
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO defense ministers agreed on Thursday to plan for all options for the alliance's future presence in Afghanistan, including the possibility it may have to pull out all its troops at the end of this year, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday.

    Two years after Concordia wreck, captain returns aboard
    GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) - The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, went back on board on Thursday for the first time since the huge cruise liner sank with the loss of 32 lives just over two years ago, accompanying experts investigating the capsize.

    RBS seeks to regain trust after post-crisis losses hit $77 billion
    LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland sought to shake off its reputation as Britain's pariah bank on Thursday with plans to cut more costs and reposition itself as a UK-focused retail and commercial lender.

    Lose weight, gain an Oscar?
    Gene Seymour thinks Matthew McConaughey, who lost 50 pounds for his role, will win best actor. He says the Academy loves it when actors drastically transform their appearance

    VIDEO: House of Commons
    The government is accused by a Tory MP of "sitting idly by" and allowing bonuses at RBS.

    Assad opponents' relatives 'held'
    The US accuses the Syrian government of undermining the Geneva II peace talks by detaining the relatives of opposition delegates.

    Caption Challenge: Panda-monium
    It's the Caption Challenge.

    North Korea releases video of missionary from South accused of spying
    SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean missionary held in North Korea said he had committed crimes against the state in a bid to establish an underground church, according to video footage provided by the North's state news agency on Thursday.

    No pleas in school voyeurism charges
    A deputy head teacher who has previously admitted secretly filming children in a toilet appears in court to face 48 more charges.

    Anne Frank books donated to Tokyo
    The Israeli embassy in Japan donates more than 300 Anne Frank-related books to public libraries in Tokyo, after many copies of her diary were found vandalised.

    New competition for China banks
    Chinese internet companies are shaking up the traditional banking sector. CNN's Pauline Chiou reports.

    2 missing in submarine accident
    Two Indian sailors were missing Thursday a day after the submarine they were on filled with toxic smoke.

    Is it safe to travel to Bangkok yet?
    Tourists arriving in Bangkok may expect to see troops guarding key buildings and intersections, while masked vigilante protesters patrol their own roadblocks built from sandbags, barbed wire, rubber tires and debris.

    10 things France does better
    Sex, museums, cheese: how France beats its rivals.

    Hilton revenue jumps as occupancy, room rates rise
    (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, the world's largest hotel operator, reported a 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue as increasing business and leisure travel pushed up occupancy and room rates.

    50 gunmen occupy building
    Crimean authorities tell CNN that some 50 gunmen have seized parliament. CNN's Phil Black has more.

    Man to jump Everest: 'I'm not afraid'
    An ultra-daredevil plans to plunge off the world's tallest summit while wearing a wing-suit.

    Car bomb kills 9 in Mogadishu
    A car bomb exploded Thursday, killing at least nine people near Somalia's national intelligence headquarters in the capital Mogadishu, security spokesman Idris Aden said.

    New Ukraine ministers proposed, Russian troops on alert
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's protest leaders named the ministers they want to form a new government following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich, as an angry Russia put 150,000 troops on high alert in a show of strength.

    Bamboo bikes propel new workers
    A rising manufacturer could help train a new generation of women.

    Photo of baby with gun sparks fury
    A photo of an infant holding a rifle is creating shock waves on social media sites. WTNH has more.

    Thai PM faces negligence charges as protest leader broaches talks
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's anti-corruption agency weighed charges of negligence against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday as the leader of protests aimed at forcing her from power suggested a televised debate after weeks of refusing to talk.

    Lacoste: From tennis legend to style icon
    Grand slam great René Lacoste is still making his mark on the fashion world --one crocodile at a time. CNN's Max Foster reports.

    How Bayern Munich became World's best
    Amanda Davies talks to Bayern Munich players Jerome Boateng, Thiago Alcantara and Manuel Neuer about their team's success.

    Ex-boyfriend: Knox was 'very agitated'
    For six years Knox and her ex-boyfriend have proclaimed each other's innocence. That may be changing slightly.

    Exclusive: U.N. nuclear agency opted against sensitive Iran report - sources
    VIENNA/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog planned a major report on Iran that might have revealed more of its suspected atomic bomb research, but held off as Tehran's relations with the outside world thawed, sources familiar with the matter said.

    Mysterious mummy ritually sacrificed
    A previously unidentified female mummy was killed in a ritual sacrifice in South America, new research has found.

    India navy says missing sailors dead
    India's navy confirms that two sailors who went missing after smoke was detected on board a submarine died in the accident.

    China's official PMI seen hitting eight-month low
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity likely expanded only slightly in February, a Reuters poll showed, dropping to an eight-month low that would indicate a modest slowdown is continuing.

    Arctic Monkeys dominate NME awards
    Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys win five prizes at this year's NME awards, while Sir Paul McCartney and Blondie are also honoured.

    U.S. considers '3-parent baby'
    A promising way to stop a deadly disease, or an uncomfortable step toward what one leading ethicist called eugenics?

    Accused Cuban spy to be freed
    Accused of being a spy in the United States, Fernando Gonzalez can expect a hero's welcome when he returns to Cuba.

    U.S. envoy tells China, Japan to lower temperature in sea row
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Japan must ease tension in the disputed East China Sea to avoid severe "unintended consequences", U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke said on Thursday, days before he steps down as Washington's first Chinese-American envoy in Beijing.

    VIDEO: On the hunt for a man-eating tiger
    The BBC's Andrew North joins a team of hunters as efforts are stepped up to find a man-eating tiger that has so far killed 10 people in northern India, most of them farm workers.

    Appeal of cheongsam Chinese dress
    An exhibit at the Hong Kong Museum of History pays tribute to the iconic cheongsam. Some say the dress's appeal is fading. Others disagree.

    VIDEO: Wingsuit man in Everest practice jump
    Daredevil Joby Ogwyn has been explaining his reasons for attempting to jump off Mount Everest wearing a so-called wingsuit.

    Paula Deen cooks up new restaurant
    The celebrity chef, armed with a cash infusion from a wealthy backer, is hoping to draw tourists to her $20 million eatery in Tennessee

    Tide of desperate civilians in Syria's Yarmouk camp
    Picture captures scale of vast crowd of refugees in Syria

    N. Ireland's dark past threatens future
    Power-sharing government appears in grave danger.

    An evocative view of London's streets
    Photographer sees city in black and white

    VIDEO: 1D star plays for Doncaster Rovers
    One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has played his debut match at Doncaster Rovers football club.

    Too posh for Paris?
    French right struggles in race for mayor

    Jets made in world's biggest building
    Boeing opens its factory floor for fans to see how the planes are built.

    Egypt army's AIDS cure claim decried
    Egypt's army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS and Hepatitis C, prompting an outcry from the medical community, which blasted the declaration as a "scientific scandal."

    What does Boko Haram want?
    Suspicion after a school attack has fallen on Islamist group Boko Haram. But who are they and what do they want?

    'Religious freedom' laws to spread
    Arizona's decision on its "religious freedom" law -- whatever that winds up being -- won't end the move to pass similar laws elsewhere, observers predicted Wednesday.

    'Mayhem in court' - the papers
    Most papers react to the sentencing of two men who killed soldier Lee Rigby, while others look ahead to the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    10 things France does better than anywhere
    Sex, museums, cheese -- here's what France does better than the rest of us.

    How 'hanbok' is influencing biggest fashion names
    Compared with the Japanese kimono and Chinese cheongsam, Korea's traditional dress -- known as hanbok, and worn by women and men -- has remained under the international fashion radar.

    VIDEO: Our early impressions of the web
    On 12 March 2014 the world wide web turns 25, and the Pew Research Center has collected data on how Americans have reacted to it through its brief history.

    Arizona gov. vetoes controversial bill
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes a bill that would have allowed businesses in the U.S. state that asserted their religious beliefs to deny service to gay customers.

    Qantas cutting 5,000 jobs
    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announces 5,000 jobs will be lost over the next three years, calling recent huge financial losses "an unacceptable and unsustainable result."

    Do 'selfies' equal self-esteem?
    While women, on average, take more selfies than men, according to a new research project, after age 40 things begin to change. Is it a sign of women's insecurity -- or comfort -- with the aging process?

    Car thief goes on shopping spree then returns car
    A thief who stole a car in Denver went on a shopping spree with the victim's money before bringing the vehicle right back to where he took it from

    715 planets
    Our galactic neighborhood just got a lot bigger. NASA on Wednesday announced the discovery of 715 new planets, by far the biggest batch of planets ever unveiled at once.

    Appeal of iconic Chinese dress
    An exhibit at the Hong Kong Museum of History pays tribute to the iconic cheongsam. Some say the dress's appeal is fading. Others disagree.

    Mystery in 'Capt Philips' ship deaths
    More than a week after their bodies were discovered, many open questions surround the deaths of Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy.

    Hidden history found beneath Alcatraz
    Uncovering what lies beneath the world’s most notorious prison

    Oscar nominee finds success at 84
    June Squibb has been in show business for 60 years -- but it's only now, with her performance in the film "Nebraska," that she is getting wide recognition.

    China's "zombie" mills
    Dozens of steel mills can no longer afford to operate in and around Tangshan, an industrial city of 7 million people in China's northern Hebei province

    Hollywood royalty at the Oscars
    Classic images of Academy Awards stars over the years

    Beijing smog levels drop
    Strong winds have helped temporarily clear the air over Beijing and residents could not be happier.

    Energy firm cyber-defence 'too weak'
    Power companies are being refused insurance cover for cyber-attacks due to inadequate defences, the BBC learns.

    Best pictures for your bucket list

    Eureka! Couple finds buried rare coins
    A husband and wife are reveling in their good fortune after finding some $10 million in rare gold coins buried on their property.

    ... and the worst dresses ever

    Tabloid apologizes for 'gay lover' story
    A paper apologizes for a story saying recently deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had a gay lover.

    The best dresses of all time ...

    VIDEO: Dyslexia label branded 'unscientific'
    Experts are calling for the term ''dyslexia'' to be scrapped, because they say it is unscientific and lacks educational value.

    Pine smell 'limits' climate change
    Scientists say they've found a mechanism by which the scent of pine forests can limit the impacts of global warming.

    Kepler bags huge haul of planets
    The science team sifting data from Nasa's Kepler space telescope says it has identified 715 new planets beyond our Solar System.

    Your pictures: Doors
    Readers' photos on the theme of doors

    AUDIO: Teen pregnancies fall to 40-year low
    The number of UK teenage pregnancies in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since 1969, Office for National Statistics figures show.

    Hands on with the Galaxy S5
    Exciting new features revealed on Samsung's new smartphone. CNN's Jim Boulden reports from Mobile World Congress 2014.

    A $30B fortune from... luggage?!
    The CEO of LVMH luxury consortium which owns Louis Vuitton talks exclusive to CNN about the brand heritage of adventure.

    Why men should be more like Brad Pitt
    What has Hollywood actor to do with empowering women?

    Day in pictures: 26 February 2014
    24 hours of news photos: 26 February

    In pictures: London now and then
    Hybrid images from the Museum of London

    Can you find North Korea in this?
    Give an astronaut on the International Space Station a digital camera and you're bound to end up with some astounding images -- especially if they're flying above North Korea.

    School builds air dome
    A Beijing school constructs two domes to allow students to play outside and avoid smog.

    Day in pictures: 25 February 2014
    24 hours of news photos: 25 February

    The hottest gadgets at MWC
    Mobile World Congress returned to form this year, with Samsung, Sony, and Huawei all choosing to launch flagship devices in Barcelona. These are my picks from the show:

    Zuckerberg talks WhatsApp
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said WhatsApp, the mobile messaging app purchased by the social media giant last week, was "worth more than $19 billion" during a speech given at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Monday.

    In pictures: Cambodia models
    Prospective models at a model agency in Cambodia

    Google: Don't be a 'Glasshole'
    Google has heard all the concerns about Glass, its digital headset expected to hit the market by the end of the year.

    Facebook reveals app for Rwanda
    Facebook is helping to roll out a pilot online education program in Rwanda, as part of its pitch to bring internet to the unconnected world.

    Sony partners with Jacko estate
    Sony has announced a tie-up with the estate of Michael Jackson, allowing them to use his music to promote the release of a new smartphone. But the announcement left some Jackson fans unimpressed.

    Mobile features to shape your world
    Today's smartphones are much more than phones -- they are powerful, networked multimedia computers, and over the next 10 years they'll get far more advanced. As a result, mobility is transforming many day-to-day processes -- including how we sell, communicate, collaborate, train, and educate.

    Day in pictures: 24 February 2014
    24 hours of news photos: 24 February

    In pictures: Smog hits Beijing
    Air pollution in northeast China

    Obama, Dalai Lama meet
    President Barack Obama met on Friday with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, despite China's appeal not to do so.

    Gigi Chao shakes up Hong Kong
    What's life like when your father is a billionaire, your mother is an actress, and your sexuality becomes an international headline?

    Week in pictures: 15-21 February 2014
    News from around the world: 15-21 Feb

    Octopus snatches camera
    Scuba divers were taking pictures of an octopus when it decided to grab hold of the camera.

    The business of dying
    With a rapidly aging population, the death industry is booming in China. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

    What is the 'Gatsby curve?'
    Writer Chrystia Freeland explains how the "Great Gatsby curve" could spell disaster for social mobility around the world.

    'House of Cards' surprise hit
    Like countless Americans, I recently watched the entire second season of hit political drama "House of Cards" in one weekend after U.S. video streaming site Netflix released all 13 nearly hour-long episodes.

    Cemetery business booms
    Like many companies in China, Fu Shou Yuan uses celebrities to attract clients. Except, in this case, they're dead.

    China gets tough with media
    On the Reporters Without Borders map of global press freedom, China appears as one big black spot.

    Climbers scale Shanghai Tower
    While their countrymen prepared to attend to the Olympic ideals of "citius, altius, fortius" -- faster, higher, stronger -- two Russian thrillseekers traveled to China to put at least one of those to the ultimate test by scaling the as yet unfinished Shanghai Tower in the city's financial district.

    'Baby hatches' rolled out
    The number of China's so-called "baby hatches" -- places where mothers can leave newborn babies anonymously -- is set to increase as the government tries to protect more of the country's abandoned infants.

    China cracks down on sex industry
    Hong Kong police plan to step up efforts against vice operations in the city following a massive crackdown on prostitution last week across the Chinese border, where police in Dongguan raided 2000 establishments and detained more than 900 people.

    A bike ride with a view
    Pro mountain biker Kelly McGarry takes us to New Zealand's Queenstown Bike Park which is 790 meters above sea level.

    Could you live on mars?
    See what life in outer space could look like at The Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station.

    Statue found in Gaza
    Gaza construction worker finds statue of ancient Greek god Apollo. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

    650-mph freefall from space
    GoPro has released harrowing footage of Felix Baumgartner's world record 24-mile Red Bull Stratos jump.

    China's Lunar New Year TV gala
    Thought the 111 million people tuning into the Super Bowl was a lot?

    'Millionaire visa' popular
    There's little doubt which country Australia is targeting under its immigration scheme for the super-wealthy; the investment visa is called sub-class 188 and its permanent visa is called sub-class 888.

    'Left-behind' children
    Like millions of China's migrant workers, Chen and his wife left their only daughter behind when they went to seek work in the southern boomtown of Guangzhou three years ago.

    Party expels 'bulldozer' mayor
    China's ruling Communist Party has expelled the former mayor of Nanjing for bribery and abuse of power, describing him as "morally corrupt."

    Plush toy or protest symbol?
    Hong Kongers are howling in disappointment as their potent -- if unlikely -- symbol of protest once again goes missing from the city's shelves.

    'Lucky money' goes online
    A growing number of Chinese are keeping their cash in their wallets this Lunar New Year as the traditional exchange of red packets of money is moving from the physical world into the digital space.

    CNN joins the great trek home
    Zhou Xia walks briskly and with a certain purpose.

    The truth about Chinese New Year
    I thought I could drink.

    Virgin Galactic bars Chinese
    Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, has barred Chinese nationals from applying for spots on its first commercial flights.

    Asia chases China's tourist dollar
    The Lunar New Year gallops ever closer and with it the world's largest human migration.

    H7N9 bird flu cases spike
    When Mr He, a 39-year-old furniture factory owner came down with flu symptoms late last year, he wasn't worried.

    11 things to know about Lunar New Year
    It's that time again: Lunar New Year.

    Court: Activist sentenced to 4 years
    Xu Zhiyong, a high-profile Chinese activist accused of organizing protests against official corruption, has been convicted and sentenced to four years in prison, a Beijing court announced Sunday.

    Scenes from the field