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    ‘We’ll die without that boat:’ What the Costa Concordia leaves behind in Giglio

    GIGLIO, Italy (CNN) – When the Costa Concordia and its salvage convoy finally depart Giglio, the residents of this picturesque Tuscan island will breathe a collective sigh of relief — and shed a collective tear. Nothing much ever happened on Giglio before the doomed cruise liner crashed here on that fateful Friday the 13th in January 2012. There were the odd inconveniences, like when bad weather stopped the ferries and cut off the island from the mainland, leaving the local […]

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    FAA grounds all flights to Israel citing rocket attack

    (CNN) – The Federal Aviation Administration has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours. “The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile” from the airport Tuesday morning, the FAA said. The suspension comes amid ongoing conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza. The Israeli military said at least 41 rockets were fired from the Palestinian territory toward Israel on […]

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    Mom arrested for allegedly leaving 9-year-old alone at park

    (CNN) – The case of a South Carolina mother arrested for allegedly leaving her 9-year-old daughter at a park for hours while she worked at a nearby McDonald’s has sparked a robust debate online, first about whether this mother should ever have been arrested, and second about how young is too young to leave a child on his or her own. Let’s start with the arrest, shall we. Place me solidly in the outraged camp about the arrest of the […]

  • Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16 and Gilbert Tofoya say they have been randomly attacking people for a year.

    Cops: Teens admit to killing 2 homeless men, attacking dozens of others

    (CNN) — Three teens admitted to police they attacked two homeless men who were found dead in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, police said. The boys — 15, 16 and 18 — used bricks and a metal pole to kill the men, according to a criminal complaint accusing each of them of two counts of murder. A judge set bond at $5 million each during a hearing Monday. All three are being prosecuted as adults, although the two youngest are […]

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    Appeals court strikes down key part of Obamacare program

    WASHINGTON (CNN) – The battle over Obamacare took a dramatic turn Tuesday with a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees. In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel found the federal money that helped people afford health insurance only could go to those who signed up through exchanges run by states. That’s what the law specified, the ruling said, meaning those who signed up through the federal government aren’t eligible for the subsidies […]

  • Matthew Durham, 19, allegedly confessed to sexually assaulting several children at an orphanage in Kenya where he was working on a mission trip, police said. (Credit: KFOR)

    Teen accused of raping young children on mission trip

    EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – An Oklahoma teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on a mission trip to Africa. Matthew Durham, 19, was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children. According to court records, Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and making other children watch. “This is a young man […]

  • By 2010, Nicole Durham had reached her heaviest weight of 258 pounds, but she wasn't yet ready to make a change.

    ‘Marathon’ style helps woman lose 100 pounds

    (CNN) – Like so many people, Nicole Durham was tired of being overweight. No one bullied her, and she didn’t have a health scare. She was just sick of looking and feeling bad. When the Colorado woman finally decided it was time to lose weight, she knew she had a long way to go. She needed more than a diet to lose 100 pounds — she needed to change her whole life. So she approached it like a marathon instead […]

  • Debris lie at the site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, where pro-Russian rebels are looting and obstructing investigations. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Network apologizes after reporter rifles through MH17 victim’s luggage

    (CNN) — Some of the most heartbreaking images to emerge from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash scene have been those of passengers’ belongings. A guide book, a stuffed toy monkey, a passport — items that remind us that those traveling on the Boeing 777 were, in many ways, just like us. Which is why many Sky News viewers watching the network’s live broadcast Sunday were shocked to see a reporter begin picking through the contents of an open suitcase […]

  • Nick Norris (not shown) and his three grandchildren, Otis (left), 8, Evie (center), 10 and Mo (right), 12, were all aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (CNN).

    Athlete, soccer fans, vacationing family among Malaysia Airlines crash victims

    (CNN) – A nun, a leading AIDS researcher, an international athlete and a family traveling on summer vacation. The victims aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from around the world and held a wide range of hopes and dreams. Their stories are being shared online, in traditional media and among friends and loved ones of passengers aboard the Boeing 777, which was shot down by unknown attackers Thursday in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines on Saturday issued […]

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    Kerry: ‘Drunken separatists’ interfering with evidence at MH17 crash site

    GRABOVE, Ukraine (CNN) – Are the same separatists accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 now looting, tampering with the evidence and stopping investigators from combing through the wreckage? Three days after the passenger plane plunged to the ground, criticism over the handling of the crash site in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine showed no signs of slowing on Sunday. Key questions remain unanswered: What will happen to the remains of the 298 people aboard the plane that crashed Thursday? Where […]