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  • Bodies of 40 MH17 victims flown to Dutch city

    MH17 victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

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    A lone bugler marked the return home Friday to the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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    By Michael Pearson and Holly Yan CNN
  • Taiwan plane crash wreckage

    Wong Yao-wen/Reuters

    47 dead, 11 injured in Taiwan plane crash

    Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported. CNA cited Taiwanese Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih.

  • Tel Aviv airport

    Airline to resume Israel flights if approved

    US Airways will resume flights to Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport on Thursday if the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approves, the airline told CNN Wednesday.

  • Ukraine jets shot down

    CNN

    Ukraine: Two military jets shot down

    Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said.

    The pilots ejected, the office said. Information on their condit...

  • Miguel, Samira, Mika and Shaka Calehr

    Courtesy Haroen Calehr

    Mom's regret over MH17 victim's plane fear

    The mother of two brothers killed in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 told CNN she regrets not taking her youngest son's fears about the flight more seriously.

    Ten-year-old Miguel Calehr died alongside his older brother Shaka, 19, when the Mal...

  • Costa Concordia refloated

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    Costa Concordia sets sail on final voyage

    The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship has begun its final voyage.

    Salvage crews refloated the ship last week so they can move it from its resting place off Giglio Island to the Italian port of Genoa to be dismantled.

    On Wednesday morning, the rusting...

  • Ban Ki-moon, John Kerry

    State Department

    U.N. slams possible 'war crimes'

    Washington's top diplomat landed in Israel on Wednesday on an urgent mission from his boss -- to push for an "immediate cessation of hostilities."

    Feverish striving by diplomats to reach a cease-fire has been fruitless, as the Palestinian death toll ...

  • George-Harrison-playing

    Steve Mathieson

    Tree dedicated to Beatle killed by beetles

    A tree dedicated to the memory of Beatle George Harrison, whose solo career included the hit "What is Life," has met a grisly end to its life from the jaws of voracious bark beetles.

  • Pat Bowlen, Broncos owner

    Joshua Roberts/Reuters

    Broncos owner steps down to battle Alzheimer's

    Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team so he can battle Alzheimer's disease.

  • Flights soar over conflict zones

    CNN

    Many flights soar over conflict zones

    When passengers boarded Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week, they couldn't have known they were about to fly over a battlefield.

    But hours later, at 33,000 feet above eastern Ukraine, a missile ended the lives of 298 innocent civilians.

    That flight w...

  • Rep. Jack Kingston vs. David Perdue

    Outsider beats insider in Ga. GOP primary runoff

    Businessman David Perdue won Tuesday's Republican Senate primary runoff in Georgia, narrowly edging out Rep. Jack Kingston.

  • White flag atop Brooklyn Bridge

    Drew Griffin/CNN

    Who switched flags on Brooklyn Bridge?

    The NYPD is investigating how two American flags that fly at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by two white flags.

  • We are Penn State banner

    Tim Shaffer / Reuters

    Ex-Penn State assistant coaches sue for $1M

    A pair of former Penn State assistant football coaches, including the son of the late head football coach Joe Paterno, have filed a federal lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages from the university.

  • Alexander Borodai

    CNN

    Who are Ukraine's pro-Russia rebels?

    The horrifying crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has put the pro-Russia rebels operating in Ukraine's eastern regions center stage -- and raised all kinds of questions about who they are, what they want and who's in charge.

    U.S. and other officials...

  • Battle over birth control

    White House revises contraception opt out

    The Obama administration announced revisions to the Obamacare contraception mandate so that nonprofit religious organizations can opt out of signing a release form to avoid covering birth control and workers for those nonprofits are able to obtain separate contraception coverage without a copay.

  • Donald Sterling on Anderson Cooper

    Donald Sterling sues wife, NBA and commish

    Donald Sterling has filed a new civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking damages from his wife, the NBA and NBA commissioner Adam Silver in their attempt to sell the the L.A. Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

  • Crime scene

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    Police: Craigslist meet leads to Mich. deaths

    A headless body of a man found in a wooded Michigan park had local police in Michigan wondering how -- and why.

    Then, as authorities investigated the bizarre killing and waited outside a suspect's home, the suspect tried to outrun the police -- endin...

  • Pro Russian separatists at MH17 site debris

    REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

    Ukraine: A Russian downed MH17

    Did a Russian fire the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17? That depends on who you ask.

  • Bloomberg blurb

    Bloomberg flying to Israel to protest FAA ban

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel Tuesday night to protest a ban by the Federal Aviation Administration that is preventing U.S. airlines from flying into or out of Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.

  • NSA, National Security Agency HQ, Fort Meade, Md

    NSA/Handout via Reuters

    Dark Mail: Email that hides from the NSA

    You can run from NSA surveillance -- but you can't hide. One way or another, the U.S. government will be able to snoop on your personal conversations.

  • Beretta handguns

    REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

    Gun maker relocates fearing stricter state laws

    The fear of stricter state gun laws is pushing Beretta USA to move all of its manufacturing from Maryland to Tennessee.

    The gun manufacturer said Tuesday that it is "very worried" about keeping a factory in Maryland.

    While proposed gun laws that would...

  • Chrysler logo, car

    Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

    Chrysler recalls 792,000 older Jeeps

    Chrysler recalled about 792,000 older SUVs Tuesday for ignition switch problems.

    The flaw affects Jeep Commanders from model years 2006-2007 and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2005-2007.

    The issue is linked to one accident, but the company is unaware of a...

  • Wasp on flower

    REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

    Mayor dies after wasp attack

    The mayor of a community just outside Montreal died of anaphylactic shock Sunday after being attacked by wasps while on vacation.

    Lucie Roussel, the mayor of La Prairie, was 51, according to a release issued by the city. Roussel had served as mayor s...

  • Washington mudslide area

    REUTERS/Gov. Jay Inslee's Office/Handout

    Last Washington landslide victim may be found

    Authorities believe they have found the final victim of a deadly landslide in Washington state.

  • Law professor killed

    Cops seek answers in professor's slaying

    Days after a nationally renowned criminal law professor was found with a gunshot wound to his head, his death is being investigated as a homicide.

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