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Terror threat over July 4 holiday
U.S. leaders at home and abroad are taking steps to increase security and surveillance ahead of the July 4 holiday, following a warning from security officials that such gatherings could be targets of a terror threat.
Escapee wrote letter to daughter
Photos: How the manhunt ended | Timeline | Opinion: Why escapee is talking to cops
Sex, drugs, prison corruption
CNN's Randi Kaye brings to light the corruption in a Maryland prison. According to the government, one inmate fathered five children with four different officers while in prison.
GOP finds Trump 'not helpful'
Republicans seeking to broaden the party's appeal to Latino voters have a challenge: Donald Trump.
Town where ISIS makes militants
The town where militants are made | ISIS leader killed in strike | UK mourns beach attack victims
'Star Trek' actor regrets 'blackface' remark
George Takei likely went where no critic of a Supreme Court justice has gone before.
N. Korean scientist: 'Trust us'
'Ordinary' citizens defend N. Korea | Drought expected to cause famine | New airport awaits more flights
Assange: My life is in danger
France has rejected a request from Julian Assange for "protection" after the controversial WikiLeaks founder published an open letter in national newspaper Le Monde on Friday.
Man busted in mall with AR-15
Police arrested a soldier carrying an assault rifle and ammunition at a Fayetteville, North Carolina, mall after officers received multiple reports of an armed man walking through a Macy's department store.
The Greek crisis, in memes
Greece. A government debt of $323 billion, an economy that's dropped by a quarter and banks that have closed their doors and ATMs -- you can cry, or you can laugh. Many have opted for the latter.
Guide survives leopard attack
A guide at South Africa's most famous national park survived a leopard attack after a tourist scared the animal away with his car, Kruger National Park said.
Killing suspect deported 5 times
Kate Steinle was walking on a busy pier in San Francisco with her father when there was a single popping sound in the air.
Girl found dead in garbage bag
Massachusetts authorities are seeking help in identifying a little girl whose body was found on Deer Island in Boston Harbor last week.
Most expensive concerts of all time
Tickets for this weekend's Grateful Dead shows are among the most expensive in history -- roughly $600 on StubHub, the online ticket seller.
5-day flight to Hawaii -- without fuel
Photos: Solar Impulse 2 | 11 people changing the way we travel
4th bison attack in Yellowstone
Bison attacked two more visitors at Yellowstone National Park over the past week, for a total of four attacks in the park so far this season.
Amy Winehouse demos destroyed
Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at age 27, with only two studio albums to her name. The troubled singer recorded demos for a third LP, but those tracks will never be heard -- since they were destroyed by David Joseph, chairman/CEO of Winehouse's label, Universal Music U.K. "It was a moral thing," the exec told Billboard. "Taking a stem or a vocal is not something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can't happen on anyone else's."
Cops' body cameras show beating
Cameras show a police officer repeatedly hitting a man. CNN affiliate KVDR reports.
What hot dog eating king won't eat
When it comes to the world of competitive eating, it's feast or famine, eat or be eaten.
The week in 43 photos
F-16 fighter blasts drone from sky
The Royal Danish Air Force released video of an exercise involving an F-16 fighter jet shooting an unmanned aerial drone with guided missiles.
The mind-bending worlds of M.C. Escher
A new exhibition at the Scottish National Museum of Modern Art explores the intriguing illustrations of Dutch designer, M.C. Escher.
Kim Kardashian: Selfies = power
Is a selfie empowering? Or objectifying?
The difference between grilling and barbecue
Who put a handprint on the Declaration of Independence?
Chris Moody investigates how a handprint got onto the lower left corner of the Declaration of Independence at some point in the last 238 years.
The most popular July 4th fireworks
More than 225 million pounds of fireworks are expected to be ignited this year. Here are some of the most popular ones.
6 things you might not know about the Declaration
This Fourth of July will mark the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the document that birthed the nation.
Is the U.S. negotiating a bad Iran deal?
de Blasio, Cuomo fight in the spotlight
Internal Democratic tensions have spilled over into public view this week, as two of the biggest New York executives feuded publicly.
U.S. spied on German media, government
Secret spenders face challenge in 2016
Secret money groups will have to work harder this year to keep their spending hidden.
British base cancels July 4 celebrations
A British airbase used by American airmen has canceled its Fourth of July celebrations given rising security threats.
Has Katy Perry met her match?
How Texas is taking away my liberty
In Texas, we pride ourselves on a spirit of entrepreneurship. We value our freedom to pursue the American dream relatively unhindered by burdensome government regulation and other barriers to economic liberty.
The real reason for more shark bites
Is this the most American thing you can do?
What is the most "American" thing you can do?
Celebrating Fourth like this could get you shot
Brandon Yam has lived with a bullet lodged in his brain for a year now. The 48-year-old father of four is unable to work and has to cope with frequent headaches, partial paralysis, a poor memory, and needing a wheelchair to go longer distances. Unfortunately, this July 4 weekend could see more people suffering a similar fate to Brandon -- when they are injured by a bullet that literally falls out of the sky.
Terrified sisters hid here from intruders
Two sisters say they survived a home invasion and helped capture the suspects by climbing in a bathroom cabinet and calling 911. CNN affiliate WKRN reports.
Did Chris Pratt predict the future back in 2010?
See a "Parks and Rec" outtake from several years ago of actor Chris Pratt joking that he would star in the "Jurassic Park" movie franchise.
Don't be 'that' person at a concert
CNN's Lisa France breaks down your guide to summer concert etiquette and how to have a good time, while not ruining everyone else's.
Turtle's-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef
See what happens when you equip a turtle with a GoPro off the coast of Australia.
See Eminem sing Seger songs with Colbert
Rapper Eminem chats with Stephen Colbert as the new "Late Show" host temporarily takes over hosting duties of a public access cable show in Michigan.
Homeless man wows with piano performance
A homeless man in Sarasota, Florida, took advantage of the public street pianos and created beautiful music. CNN's affiliate WWSB reports.
2 seconds at the grill changed his life forever
A Florida man shares the story of how he was severely burned trying to grill. CNN's WSVN reports.
Sad reason millionaire is selling classic car collection
Henrik Frederiksen has collected classic cars since the age of 18, he now has sixty cars, most predating WWII.
Fact-checking Trump's immigration comments
Dan Simon looks at the numbers behind Donald Trumps controversial immigration comments.
Why Ted Cruz watched porn with Justice O'Connor
How GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz tells CNN's Jake Tapper how he came to be watching hardcore porn with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Polygamist seeks right to marry second wife
The Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling prompts a polygamist to apply for a marriage license. CNN's Brooke Baldwin has more.
As temperatures sizzle, fireworks even more risky
The most dangerous month for lightning strikes
A group of hikers were 500 feet below the summit of a Colorado mountain on Sunday when storm clouds suddenly filled the sky.
The grossest health concerns of summer
You are not the only one who thrives in the summer and loves its warm, long days. Bacteria and other microbes that cause food poisoning, diarrhea and just general grossness also flourish, threatening to make it a season to be sick.
The best sunscreens of 2015 that we aren't using
Who's the worst at protecting their skin from the sun and skin cancer, men or women? Men are, according to the latest study on sunscreen use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Only 14.3% of men said they regularly used sunscreen.
From bad breath to car accidents, dehydration is a real health threat
It doesn't take much to become dehydrated. Lose just 1.5% of the water in your body (the human body is usually about 60% H2O), and you've reached the tipping point of mild dehydration. It can be brought on by many things — and it can do much more to your body than just make you feel thirsty. Dehydration also brings on health effects ranging from fatigue and smelly breath to more dangerous consequences like distracted driving.
Life on the Marshall Islands
In the middle of the Pacific there's a place where no one has the luxury of denying climate change exists. People in the Marshall Islands are living it.
House washes away, woman wakes up floating
Where do you go when your country vanishes because of climate change? John Sutter visits the Marshall Islands to find the surprising answer.
Picturesque beaches face catastrophe
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner gives an impassioned reading of 2 Degrees, a poem about climate change and the threat it poses to the Marshall Islands.
EPA boss: Climate change could kill thousands
Like Hawaii's coral reefs?
At home with Frida Kahlo
Efron shows off his selfie 'swag'
The art of the abandoned sofa
You see a sofa abandoned on the side of a Los Angeles street. Andrew Ward sees art.
38 amazing sports photos
Take a look at 38 amazing sports photos from June 23 through June 29.
Fires, faith and fear
Smudged! The Declaration of Independence
Visit a pizza farm (really)
There are those who could eat pizza every day.
Why do people love Hepburn's 'look'?
Explore the fascinating exhibition that celebrates one of the world's most photographed fashion icons.
New Bubble Wrap is losing its pop
Stuffed beside the terrible birthday gift your grandma mailed was always the one redemption: Bubble Wrap. That instantly amusing piece of packaging is losing its pop -- literally.
Google rushes to fix racial slur
When Jacky Alcine looked at his Google Photos app recently, he was appalled by what he saw. The facial recognition software had tagged pictures of him and a friend, both of them African-Americans, with the word "Gorillas."
Peas? In guacamole??
Woe to be an avocado.
Traffic stop turns into surprise for mom
A soldier enlists police in Hanson, Massachusetts, to help him surprise his mom when he comes home for a visit. CNN affiliate WCVB reports.
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Doc Rivers -- We're Gonna Miss DeAndre Jordan ... But We'll Be Good (Video)
We JUST shot Doc Rivers -- moments after the story broke that DeAndre Jordan is leaving the Clippers for the Dallas Mavericks ... and he seems pretty upbeat for a guy who just lost a superstar. The L.A. Clippers honcho…
Eva Longoria -- Still Bangin' at 40 (PHOTOS)
Eva Longoria is a freak of nature. What to say ... Perfect body. Marbella, Spain. Beach. Hot. So hot,
Nik Richie & Shayne Lamas -- Our Empire Starts Today
Nik Richie and Shayne Lamas are about to become parents again and their kid is already on the fast track to his very own dynasty empire. Richie's 29-year-old mother-in-law Shawna Craig, who also doubles as the couple's surrogate, just got the…
Bobbi Kristina-- Brown Family Ballisitc Over Death Bed Photo
Bobby Brown's sister Leolah just unleashed her rage over news that someone is selling a photo of Bobbi Kristina laying in her death bed. Leolah is reacting to TMZ's story that someone got into Bobbi Kristina's room, snapped a photo and is hawking it…
Huge NASCAR Sponsor -- Boycotting Trump ... He's a Racist, Bigot
One of the biggest NASCAR sponsors in all of racing is pumping the brakes on Donald Trump -- trying to pull a huge awards ceremony from one of Trump's properties and urging all of NASCAR to cut ties.
WWE -- Doink's Mom Is Grasping at Straws ... NO PAY DAY!
The WWE is firing back at Doink the Clown's mother -- warning her that the lawsuit she filed against the company is bogus and there will be NO GOLD at the end of the rainbow.
Shark vs. Man -- Who You Rootin' For?
Ben Chancey was gleeful as he tried reeling in an ornery shark off the coast of Stuart Florida, until the shark made it a level playing field. After the kayak capsizes, Ben goes into panic mode. So who should eat who?
Calvin Harris -- I Got Grilled Good by Taylor Swift (PHOTO)
Calvin Harris is a lucky man. If money's ever an issue and he can't afford to go out, he can rely on his girlfriend to cook him some awesome BBQ! Calvin and Taylor Swift were at her Rhode Island home Thursday when he Instagrammed the pic with…
Scott Disick -- When You Can't Be with the One You Love ... (PHOTOS)
Scott Disick got super-cozy Thursday with a fringe celebrity in romantic Monte Carlo. Scott was at the pool with Chloe Bartoli, getting very touchy. Bartoli is a celebrity stylist who has been linked to stars like Jared Leto. She also…
Bobbi Kristina -- Someone's Shopping Death Bed Photo
It's pretty disgusting but also not unexpected ... someone is shopping a pic of Bobbi Kristina laying at death's door in a hospice. The photo was shopped to us ... we passed. It was taken earlier this week at the facility outside of Atlanta. A…
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner -- We've Still United as a Family ... in the Bahamas
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have some fundamental issues that have led to their decision to divorce, but they're united when it comes to their kids ... and that's why the family vacation in the Bahamas is underway. Ben and Jen have a home in…
Kobayashi -- I Could Kick Joey Chestnut's Ass in Hot Dog Contest
Joey Chestnut is a rank, out-of-shape amateur when it comes to eating the dog ... so scoffs Kobayashi. The Japanese competitive eater was in NYC Thursday when our photog asked if he could be the reigning Coney Island…
LeBron & D-Wade -- Teamin' Up ... To Party On $29 Million Yacht
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have reunited ... all aboard an insane $29 MILLION yacht in the Bahamas ... TMZ Sports has learned. James and his wife, Savannah -- along with Wade and Gabrielle Union -- have been staying on a yacht called the…
Shia LaBeouf -- Yeehaw!!! Do-Si-Do In Hotel USA Parking Lot (Video)
Shia LaBeouf's love for the red, white and blue is deeper than you think. We got him line dancing to liberal country rocker Steve Earle in a Stay Hotel USA parking lot, in rural South Dakota. LaBeouf has been…
Tracy Morgan -- Fun in the Sun ... At Disney World (PHOTO)
Great seeing Tracy Morgan having some fun with his family at Disney World. Morgan, his fiancee Megan Wollover and their daughter, Maven, took a ride on Dumbo Thursday at the happiest place in Anaheim. Morgan has been struggling to recover from the…
'The Bachelorette' Producers -- We Love Sex on the Show!!!
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Nick Viall apparently were the wet dreams of "The Bachelorette" producers ... they were drooling to make a story line out of the sexual tryst, but the other guys wouldn't bite. Sources connected with the show…
John Elway -- Dominates Fancy Golf Tourney ... Take THAT, Billy Bush!
John Elway still has it ... and he proved this past weekend by crushing his celebrity competition at a super fancy golf tourney event in Bel-Air ... TMZ Sports has learned. Elway paired up with golfer J.J. Dudum for a special tournament at the…
'God Bless The USA' Singer Lee Greenwood: 'Memba Him?!
Country music singer Lee Greenwood is best known for his patriotic 1984 song "God Bless the USA" ... which landed in the Billboard top 20 after 9/11. Guess what he looks like now!
Guess Whose Stars & Stripes String Bikini -- See The Patriotic Pic!
This sexy social media star is showing her American pride the best way she knows how -- with her smokin' bikini body! Can you guess who she is?!
Diddy -- D.A. REJECTS Felony Case
Diddy just got a huge break ... TMZ has learned the L.A. County D.A. has rejected the case, meaning he will not be charged with a felony, but Diddy is not out of the woods just yet. We've learned the case will be referred to the L.A. City Attorney,…