• Two tie as winners of National Spelling Bee

    Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam

    Mark Bowen/Scripps National Spelling Bee

    Until last year, it hadn't happened for more than five decades.

    Now, they've done it for the second year in a row: Two competitors tied to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

    Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatach...

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    James Holmes: I had 'regrets' over deadly shootings

    In an initial meeting with a psychiatrist two years after killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theater, James Holmes told the doctor he sometimes had tears and regrets over the shooting.

  • Solar energy, green energy, renewable energy

    Jeremy Harlan/CNN

    US green energy use highest since 1930s

    Renewable energy use in the United States hit its highest level last year since the 1930s.

  • George_Pataki_001

    Pataki makes long-shot bid for President

    George Pataki, the newest addition to the packed Republican White House race, said Thursday the bottom of the pack is the best place to start, as he kicked off his long-shot presidential bid in New Hampshire.

    The former three-term New York governor, w...

  • Kuchino-erabu_island_(volcano)

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    Report: Eruption evacuates Japanese island

    Residents of a small island in Japan were ordered to evacuate after a volcanic eruption, The Associated Press reported.

  • Texas car water

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    Texas braces for onslaught of more rain

    The ferocious Blanco River surged into the Perez family's vacation home, blowing the door off its frame.

    "Oh no!" Sarah Perez cried from the second floor.

    The torrent of brown water filled the Texas house, creating a whirlpool of chairs and tables.

    "...

  • Sepp Blatter, FIFA congress

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    FIFA president: Punish the 'few' offenders

    Amid calls for his dismissal Thursday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter blamed allegations of widespread corruption within soccer's governing body on "a few" and called for those involved to be punished as FIFA works to rebuild its reputation.

    Blatter spo...

  • Dr. Seuss black and white photo

    Racist Dr. Seuss drawing up for auction

    A California auction house is selling an early drawing by Dr. Seuss that's sure to disappoint the parents and children who adore his later work.

    The 1929 color illustration for "Judge" magazine depicts a blatantly racist scenario and uses a slur to de...

  • Dennis Hastert

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    Former US House Speaker Hastert indicted

    Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to "cover up past misconduct."

  • Powerful - Putin

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    Russia makes peacetime military deaths secret

    For years, the tally of Russian troops who died at war has been a state secret. Now, President Vladimir Putin says his government won't reveal the number of military deaths during peacetime either.

  • 8 test scandal educators maintain innocence

    CNN

    15 indicted in test-taking scheme

    Fifteen Chinese nationals have been accused of participating in a cheating scheme that helped foreign students fraudulently gain admission to American colleges and universities and obtain student visas.

  • Texas flooding Austin

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    Casket unearthed in Texas flooding

    A bicyclist was shocked to find a casket on the side of a bike trail in southwest Houston after the weekend's flooding.

  • India heat wave

    Omar Khan/CNN

    Heat wave kills more than 1,100 in India

    Stifling heat has killed more than 1,100 people in India in less than one week.

    The worst-hit area is the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, where authorities say 852 people have died in the heat wave. Another 266 have died in the neighboring state...

  • India's heat wave

    Sugam Pokharel/CNN

    India's scorcher: What's behind heat wave?

    It's often hot in India. But the past 10 days have been exceptional, even for one of the hottest places on the planet. The highest temperature recorded on Wednesday reached 116.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the eastern states of Jharkhand and Odisha.

    Commut...

  • Bill Clinton

    Brian Yaklyvich/CNN

    Bill Clinton: 'I'm officially Ebola-free'

    Former President Bill Clinton said at a United Nations event Thursday that he underwent Ebola screening from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after a recent visit to Liberia, but that he was never exposed to the deadly virus.

  • Dzhokhar and Tamarlan Tsarnaev

    Bob Leonard

    Tsarnaev death sentence official in June

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence is expected to be made official next month.

  • California stream Lake Shasta

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    Obama announces new EPA protection of waterways

    The Obama administration announced a controversial new rule Wednesday that places the Environmental Protection Agency in charge of protecting streams and wetlands.

  • Young women using laptop computer for small business

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    For Millennials, it's good to be young, rich, and female

    Rich, young women are kicking butt.

    Wealthy Millennial women are more likely to make at least as much -- if not more -- than their husbands. They're also more likely to take the big decisions on household finances and investments, according to a new r...

  • Anthrax microscope

    CDC

    Live anthrax sent by military

    Four lab workers in the United States and up to 22 overseas have been put in post-exposure treatment after the U.S. military inadvertently shipped live anthrax samples -- some via FedEx -- to locations in nine states, a defense official told CNN.

    Twen...

  • Restaurant bill, tip

    SXC

    Customer leaves $2,000 tip in DC restaurant

    The gumbo at Blue 44 must be pretty good. Like $2,000 good.

  • Michael Jackson leaves court, 2005

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    Abuse claim against Michael Jackson dismissed

    A molestation claim made against the estate of Michael Jackson has been dismissed.

  • Taxes, tax forms

    iStock

    IRS believes data theft originated in Russia

    The Internal Revenue Service believes that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, Illinois Republican Rep. Peter Roskam confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

    Roskam, chairman of ...

  • Taylor Swift, 2014 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

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    Congress flocks to Taylor Swift concert

    There's plenty of bad blood between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, but on July 13, one woman will bring them together: Taylor Swift.

  • Facebook Messenger app

    Facebook

    Facebook Messenger tracks your location by default

    If you use Facebook Messenger on an Android phone you might want to check your settings. The app tracks and sends your location to everyone you chat with -- by default.

  • USS Arizona Memorial

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    Pearl Harbor memorial closed after accident

    The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, will be closed to visitors until at least June 4 after a dock to the memorial that sits atop the sunken battleship was damaged in an accident Wednesday, the National Park Service says.

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