Russian leader comes out swinging for FIFA chief
Russian President Vladimir Putin suggests geopolitics is driving the U.S. crackdown. FULL STORY
Blatter: 'I cannot monitor everyone all of the time'
Sepp Blatter says "more bad news may follow" after arrests at soccer's governing body. FULL STORY
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.
Flooded Texas faces more
The ferocious Blanco River surged into the Perez family's vacation home, blowing the door off its frame.
Bergen: War hero investigated
Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Taliban, tried to get a deal to save U.S. hostages
New human ancestor found
Meet Australopithecus deyiremeda, a newly discovered species of hominin that sheds light on our earliest ancestors, scientists say.
Christie fires at Rand Paul, again
Sen. Rand Paul is "getting particularly sensitive" when it comes to the debate over the Patriot Act, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday.
2016 race gets a new entry
Roads melt in 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.
Mob burns teen girl alive
A large crowd stands by as a teenage girl -- beaten and bloodied -- writhes on the ground, her body engulfed in flames.
China, U.S.: No backing down
The standoff between the U.S. and China over disputed territory in the South China Sea is escalating into a war of words and renewed pledges of military maneuvers in the area.
Jetliner loses power in both engines in storm
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 with more than 180 passengers on board temporarily lost power to both of its engines as it passed through a storm, the airline has said.
Cops with rifles pose over black man in antlers
It's a racially charged photograph.
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.
White House fence getting new spikes
Secret Service and National Park Service officials are prepping for upgrades to the White House fence after several embarrassing security lapses in recent months.
Volvo plows into staff during safety demo
Car gone wild at safety training. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports instead of detecting pedestrians, it plowed into them.
Are Texas floods a wake up call?
The deadly rainfall that has left many parts of Houston underwater has happened before and can happen again -- not only in Texas but other cities that are unprepared. Houston has been known to flood even in moderately heavy rains -- some of its roads are designed to collect large pools of water when the city's drainage gets overwhelmed, which happens pretty often. And some parts of the city received an enormous amount of rain -- more than 11 inches.
How Pope's move breaks with conservatives
On Saturday, thousands gathered in El Salvador to celebrate a jubilant moment in their country's history. In a special ceremony held in the capital city of San Salvador, former Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified, putting him one step closer to sainthood.
A scandal without sex or David Beckham
The FIFA soccer scandal is grabbing headlines across the country. While Americans don't love soccer, we do love scandals. In fact, we love scandals so much we even have a hit show named -- you guessed it: "Scandal."
Death sentence for Middle East democracy
This month, former Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsy was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. More trials and harsh sentences are expected. Today, more than 40,000 Islamists are in prison in Egypt.
Is everyone entitled to an opinion?
If your reading habits are marked more by page clicks than page turns these days, chances are you've come across a "hot take" -- or 20.
Grand opening of Golden Gate Bridge
Images show cruelty of slave masters
In front of a white building, with a Belgian flag flying high in the yard, a black man in a striped t-shirt and shorts is being strangled with a chain.
Mary Ellen Mark's prom portraits
Photos: Happy birthday, CNN
Happy birthday, CNN! The world's first 24-hour news network came to life on June 1, 1980.
After 10 years, new lead in Natalee Holloway case?
Killing in the heartland; heartbreak in China
A Chinese family chooses rural America for their daughter's college education. And thus she becomes part of a new wave of Chinese students to call Iowa home. But her unsolved death has shattered the one-child couple. And the last person to see her alive, her Chinese boyfriend, has disappeared.
'Foxcatcher': The crazy du Pont next door
Add a fake nose, a few tics and mad acting skills and Steve Carell is John du Pont, the Boo Radley of my childhood.
State Department official to exit
A top State Department official -- Wendy Sherman -- will depart following the completion of the Iran nuclear talks, a source confirms to CNN. Sherman has been the lead U.S. negotiator with Iran as the Obama administration has pursued a nuclear agreement.
Clinton wins voter with scripture
Hillary Clinton is a lifelong Methodist, but you wouldn't know that by listening to most of her speeches. She rarely speaks -- at least at any length -- about her faith.
Nebraska repeals death penalty
One of the country's most conservative states, Nebraska, has outlawed what has long been a central plank of conservative criminal justice policy: the death penalty.
Santorum to seek WH again
Rick Santorum, who won Iowa by 34 votes in the 2012 GOP presidential primary race -- with about 25% of caucus goers -- is looking for lightning to strike twice, in the same spot.
Flooding puts Cruz in bind on climate
The heavy flooding that's overwhelmed Texas and killed more than 30 people has put Sen. Ted Cruz in a bind on climate change.
Kasich: I'm no Obamacare hypocrite
Would-be presidential candidate John Kasich, defended his expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, while slamming President Barack Obama's signature law at the same time.
Is Fox News bad for the GOP?
Conservative historian Bruce Bartlett joins Brian Stelter to discuss what he calls the "self-brainwashing" of Republican voters by Fox News.
Rubio: Gay marriage backers 'danger'
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio took a decidedly conservative turn on same-sex marriage in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network this week, warning that "there's a real and present danger" that gay marriage proponents will cast the teachings of mainstream Christianity as "hate speech."
Jindal: Paul 'unsuited' to be POTUS
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took a swing at his would-be presidential primary foe Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday, calling the Kentucky senator "unsuited" to take over as commander in chief.
Paul: GOP brand 'sucks'
Presidential candidate Rand Paul has christened himself a different kind of Republican, and now he's embracing a unique moniker: tree hugger.
Senator marries longtime aide
Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran married his long-time aide, Kay Webber, over the weekend in a private ceremony in Gulfport.
First lady's workout is a knockout
As part of her "Gimme Five" fitness campaign, first lady Michelle Obama tweeted a video of five exercises for her followers to try.
4 ways Periscope is shaking up media
It's May 2, and in London, the Duchess of Cambridge has entered St. Mary's hospital to give birth to her second child. CNN Royal Correspondent Max Foster is waiting just outside in a crowded press area. He can't do much on TV until the baby is born. Instead, he turns to his phone -- clamped to a mini-tripod perched atop a trash bin -- and chats with thousands of royal fans via livestreaming app Periscope.
The invention that changed music forever
"Do you believe in life after love?" Cher used to sing. And if you've ever heard that song, you might now have an earworm in your head.
Sweet 16th birthday is ruined when this happens
You won't believe how this girl's sweet 16th birthday was ruined on this edition of the RidicuList.
'Jeopardy!' answer is hilariously wrong
See this great answer from "Jeopardy!" contestant Choyon Manjrekar.
Why your desk is hurting your job
Mike Rowe explains why having a desk might make you feel like you're accomplishing less at work.
Would you admit you're from this state?
Anthony Bourdain heads deep into the Garden State to show people that "Jersey is still awesome."
Look at me! 26 selfies of the week
The week in 40 photos
Faces of the 2015 National Spelling Bee
Recently active volcanoes
The star gene: Next-generation celebrity
Rumer Willis and her mother, actress Demi Moore, dress like twins.
Baby lamb rejected by mother and adopted by ...
Stormy the lamb was born on a small farm in Canada and was rejected by her mother. CTV Network reports that a 1-year-old dog has adopted the lamb.
Want a Tina Fey or Amy Poehler of your very own?
With this pair of new action figures, you're sure to have a good night and a pleasant tomorrow.
Stunning images: Chinese families with everything they own
For more than a decade, Chinese photographer Ma Hongjie has asked dozens of families across the country to empty their homes and pose in front of everything they own.
Homeowners who refused to budge
7 outrageous American castles
For a country that ditched monarchical rule, America has some of the most intriguing "castles" in the world.
Soaring above deserts on a 'leaf blower'
Actor arrested on DUI charges
Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of drunken driving in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Salt water answer to Southwest's drought?
It's not just California. Droughts are sapping precious water supplies all across America's southwest.
U.S. military mistakenly shipped anthrax
Four Defense Department workers have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said, following the revelation the U.S. military inadvertently shipped live anthrax samples in the last several days.
ID thieves getting your benefits
A criminal could be collecting unemployment benefits under your name right now -- and you wouldn't even know it.
No way! He's 50?
View pictures of celebrities turning 50 in 2015.
Lawyer offers cows, goats to marry Malia Obama
Felix Kiprono, a lawyer in Nairobi, Kenya, has his eye on someone special: President Obama's daughter Malia.
Grieving dad vows #NotOneMore death
Richard Martinez's son was killed during the 2014 shooting in Isla Vista, California. Since then, Martinez has been on a quest to end gun violence.
Watch tornado twist through parking lot
A surveillance camera got footage of debris flying as a tornado rips through Beavercreek, Ohio.
Walk Off the Earth Guitarist Sarah Blackwood -- United Airlines Booted Me 'Cause My Kid Was Crying
United Airlines has a problem with crying infants according to alternative rocker Sarah Blackwood ... who says she was kicked off a flight because her 1-year-old son got fussy -- but the airline claims the kid was a safety risk. Sarah…
Allen Iverson -- I'LL SOCK YOU OUT ... I'm Back In Endorsement Game
Allen Iverson's endorsement drought is finally over -- the ex-NBA superstar just landed a brand new deal with a sock company ... TMZ Sports has learned. Iverson was one of the most marketable guys on the planet during his heyday -- but lost a…
NBA's John Wall -- Kicked Off Plane In Vegas ... After Altercation
NBA superstar John Wall was kicked off an American Airlines flight in Las Vegas this week ... after someone in his crew allegedly threatened another passenger ... TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us ... the Washington…
President Obama -- J.R. Smith Can't Outshoot Steph Curry
President Obama just took a stand on the NBA Finals ... saying there's no way J.R. Smith has a chance to outshoot Steph Curry ... despite the fact Smith has been ON FIRE in the playoffs. Obama went to Twitter to answer some questions ... when…
Verne Troyer -- Farts on NFL Legend's Wife ... In Protest
Verne Troyer let his ass do the talking for him during an argument with Hines Ward's wife -- ripping a fart on the NFL star's spouse in protest ... and it was all caught on video. It all went down on Wednesday night's episode of "Celebrity…
'Teen Mom 2' Star Jenelle Evans Turns Herself In ... With a Camera Crew
"Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans has decided to face the music and turn herself in to police in South Carolina amid allegations she beat up her baby daddy. Evans showed up to the Myrtle Beach Police Department -- with a few camera guys in tow --…
Jermain Taylor -- Arrest Warrant Issued ... Over New Alleged Attack
Former boxing champ Jermain Taylor is a wanted man -- TMZ Sports has learned an arrest warrant has been issued after JT allegedly attacked a man at a rehab center. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department in Arkansas tells us the warrant was…
Lindsay Lohan -- Off Probation!!! 8 Years in the Making!
Lindsay Lohan has dodged the orange jumpsuit ... because a judge has signed off on her community service hours, and for the first time in nearly 8 years, she's off probation! Lilo’s lawyer, Shawn Holley, did the honors in court Thursday,…
'The Bachelorette' -- Brokeback Bachelors Are NOT GAY
The Bachelorette's big gay event -- the so-called "Brokeback Bachelor" moment where 2 of the guys fall in love with each other -- is missing something ... 2 gay guys. TMZ has learned both guys -- Clint and JJ -- are…
Brittney Griner -- 7 Game Suspension Is Ridiculous ... Says WNBA Players Assoc.
Brittney Griner is getting SCREWED by the WNBA -- so says the WNBA Players Association, which claims Griner's 7 game suspension for domestic violence is "excessive and inappropriate." We broke the story ... Griner and her wife Glory Johnson were…
Rick Ross to 50 Cent -- It's Not My Fault ... You're a Loser!
Rick Ross is getting personal in his legal battle with 50 Cent ... saying the only reason 50 sued him is to cover up the fact he's just not as famous as he used to be. As TMZ first reported, 50 sued Ross to cover his own ass in a lawsuit he's facing…
Steph Curry's Daughter -- Hijacks Press Conference Again ... Sings Big Sean Song
Best video of the day. Steph Curry's adorable daughter, Riley, stole the show at the Warriors post-game press conference -- AGAIN -- and this time, she capped off her performance by singing some Big Sean into the…
'Suicide Squad' -- Oh Yeah ... Batman Is Definitely In It! (PHOTO)
It wouldn't be a party if Batman wasn't invited, and now it's official ... the Caped Crusader is going to be in "Suicide Squad." While the Batmobile had previously been spotted on set, Wednesday marked the first time Bruce Wayne's alter ego made an…
Dwyane Wade -- I Still Paint My Toenails ... So What!?
Dwyane Wade is more polished than we thought -- and the proof is in his toes. Wade has been documenting his weight loss in a 30 Day Transformation challenge by posting pics on social media of his weight on the scale in his home. We…
Charlie Sheen -- Sooo Dripping Wet ... Over Justin Bieber!!??
Get Charlie Sheen a towel ... a BIG one ... or maybe just a life preserver -- 'cause the guy was absolutely drowning in his own sweat at 1:30 AM in Hollywood. This video is insane, and literally soaking wet. We saw…
Terrell Suggs on Deflategate -- Patriots Got Off Way Easy
We already know he doesn't like Tom Brady ... and Tom Brady's hair -- but now it seems NFL superstar Terrell Suggs doesn't like TB's Deflategate punishment either. The Baltimore Ravens stud was leaving Mastro's…
Bruce Buffer -- Crappy Mayweather Fight ... Was Great for UFC!!!
The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight was so bad, it actively HURT the sport of boxing ... but it was GREAT for the UFC ... so says UFC octagon announcer Bruce Buffer. Buffer -- the voice of the UFC -- was brutally…
'19 Kids and Counting' Pulled From Hulu
Hulu has pulled the plug on "19 Kids and Counting." The popular streaming site was bombarded with messages from users who wanted the show 86'd in the wake of the Josh Duggar molestation scandal. Hulu responded quickly, saying, "The show…
Kyle Richards -- I Haven't Spoken to Kim Since Wedding Disaster in Mexico
Kyle Richards made it clear by what she said and what she didn't say ... her sister Kim is in crisis. We got Kyle out in Bev Hills Wednesday, and she opened up and said she hasn't spoken with Kim since Kim's daughter…
TLC's '19 Kids and Counting' -- If You're Betting, Put $20 on Cancellation
It is way more likely than not that TLC will cancel "19 Kids and Counting" ... this according to sources connected with the network. As it was put to us, "If you're betting, you'd be wise to put money on the show getting cancelled." Our sources say…