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  • After refusing weight-loss surgery, woman reaches goal one step at a time

    (CNN) – In the fall of 2011, Jen Corn was the heaviest she had ever been. At 5 feet 6 inches, Corn weighed more than 300 pounds. Her mother and aunt had just offered to pay for her to have weight-loss surgery. But Corn knew the price tag was hefty: nearly $15,000. “I told them no,” said Corn, then 39, recalling the exact moment. “I felt like I was not worth that.” Her mom, Jean Corn, said the two older women […]

  • Rick Perry says that if Joan Rivers had surgery in Texas she may still be alive.

    Rick Perry: Joan Rivers’ death would have been prevented in a Texas abortion clinic

    (CNN) – Too soon? While many are still mourning the loss of comedic icon Joan Rivers, Texas Gov. Rick Perry invoked her death to defend a controversial abortion bill he signed last year. “It was interesting that when Joan Rivers — and the procedure that she had done, where she died — that was (at) a clinic. It’s a curious thought that if they had had that type of regulations in place, whether or not that individual would be still […]

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    White House fence jumper has PTSD, former stepson says

    WASHINGTON (CNN) – An Iraq war veteran who was arrested after jumping a White House fence suffers from PTSD, his former stepson told CNN Sunday. Omar Gonzalez hopped the north fence Friday and sprinted just past the north portico White House doors when he was stopped, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. The veteran carried in his pants pocket a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife with a 3-and-a-half inch serrated blade, according to an affidavit. A Secret Service officer said he […]

  • Capt. Tony Grider died from burn-related injuries when the firetruck ladder came in contact with a power line. (Photo: Grissom-Martin Funeral Home)

    Firefighter, father of 5, dies after ALS Ice Bucket Challenge goes wrong

    (CNN) — A Kentucky firefighter has died, weeks after participating in an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that went horribly wrong. Electricity from a power line shocked four firefighters on a ladder as they sprayed water on a group of college students below who were trying to pull off the charity stunt. Crews from the Fire and Rescue Department in Campbellsville were helping the Campbellsville University band with their video “Challenge” August 21. Capt. Tony Grider died Saturday from burn-related injuries, […]

  • The lawsuit alleges that teachers at Sparkman Middle School used a student as 'bait' to catch a sexual predator. (Photo: Google Maps)

    Lawsuit alleges school used student as ‘bait’ to catch sexual predator

    (CNN) — It’s an unimaginable horror. A 14-year-old girl with special needs allegedly was raped at school after a teacher’s aide persuaded her to act as bait to catch an accused sexual predator, a fellow student. “It has essentially devastated her life,” attorney Eric Artrip — who represents the girl and her father — said of the alleged January 2010 incident. The Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education filed an amicus brief Wednesday supporting her family’s federal lawsuit […]

  • Police appeared to be closing in on Eric Matthew Frein Friday night, but the manhunt continues. (Photo: CNN)

    Manhunt continues after police close in on suspect in officer killing

    Canadensis, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Police in Pennsylvania appeared to be closing in Friday night on the suspect in the slaying of a state trooper. A local government official told CNN that police surrounded a home where Eric Matthew Frein was believed to be hiding. The home, which was allegedly broken into, is not far from Frein’s family home in Canadensis, in the Poconos Mountains. But a police spokesman involved in the case could not confirm to CNN that Frein had been surrounded. Police exchanged […]

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    Man jumps fence, barges into White House

    Washington (CNN) –A man jumped a fence at the White House late Friday and made it through the North Portico doors into the building before he was captured, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told CNN. Part of the White House was evacuated after a disturbance was initially detected on the North Lawn, according to a CNN reporter who was among those hustled from the building. The first family was not at the White House at the time, but other people […]

  • "I must admit I am nervous about getting Alzheimer's.  Once it hits, I might tell my best joke and never know it." (Getty)

    ‘Fashion Police’ to continue in 2015 without Joan Rivers

    (CNN) — E! will keep producing “Fashion Police” without Joan Rivers, the talk show’s ringleader who died earlier this month. The legendary comedian passed away at age 81 a week after suffering cardiac arrest during an appointment at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. The cable channel said Friday that it had decided, with the blessing of Rivers’ daughter Melissa, “that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue.” “Fashion Police” will resume in January 2015 with coverage of the Golden Globes […]

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on September 19, 2014 in New York City. Goodell spoke about the NFL's failure to address domestic violence, sexual assault and drug abuse in the league.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    NFL’s Goodell: ‘We will get our house in order’ in handling of domestic violence

    NEW YORK (CNN) — Embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized Friday for what he said was his mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal but vowed “now I will get it right and will do whatever is necessary to accomplish that.” Speaking at a Manhattan new conference amid calls for his resignation, Goodell announced a sweeping policy to counter domestic abuse and sexual assault, mandating all players and staff on the league’s 32 teams undergo education and training about […]

  • First Minister Alex Salmond addresses supporters at a rally on September 17, 2014 in Perth, Scotland. (Getty Images)

    Scottish leader Alex Salmond quits after ‘no’ vote in independence referendum

    (CNN) — [Breaking news update at 11:18 a.m. ET] Alex Salmond announced Friday he is stepping down as leader of the Scottish National Party and as Scottish First Minister, after Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom. [Story published at 10:07 a.m. ET] Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom — along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland — following a historic referendum vote. By 55% to 45%, a majority of voters rejected the possibility of Scotland breaking […]

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