Putin: 'We're not warmongers'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia is ready to mediate in the Ukraine crisis, and he denied that Russians killed in Ukraine were…

URGENT - EU Crimea Sanctions

(CNN) -- The European Union on Thursday announced it will ban Europeans and EU-based companies from investing in Crimea, starting on Saturday. This, and other…

They tried to break the Internet in 2014

Thank you Kim Kardashian.

Because of the reality star and her naked backside, we heard the phrase "break the Internet" more than we would have imagined in 2014.…

Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185

Boko Haram refugees

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Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and…

The rock star manager who reinvents himself

Jeff Vinik is a hard person to describe in one line.

For much of his 20s and 30s, he was a rock star stock picker who ultimately ran Fidelity's flagship…

Amazon unveils one-hour delivery in New York

Amazon now has a solution for some of its customers who can't wait a few hours for delivery.

The online retail giant on Thursday announced the start of…

Defector: N. Korea runs a vast hacker network

A defector who once worked as a computer expert for Pyongyang says North Korea is running a vast network of hackers committing cyber warfare against the…

The best thing to do now for your portfolio

The stock market roller coaster is back.

The Dow and S&P 500 have both shed about 3% in December. Take your pick of what to be most concerned about: cheap oil,…

Putin blames the West for Russia's misery

President Vladimir Putin blamed "external factors" such as oil prices and sanctions for Russia's financial crisis Thursday, but admitted he should have done…

Boko Haram kidnaps 185 women, kills 32

Boko Haram refugees

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(CNN) -- Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials…

NASA: California needs 11 trillion gallons to end drought

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About 11 trillion gallons of rain, or nearly 17 million Olympic swimming pools full.

That's how much water California needs to recover from its extreme drought…

The 'Serial' effect

"Serial's" first season drew millions of listeners every episode, and the podcast's popularity may be spilling over to other shows.

The weekly show about the…

Space-based solar: the energy of the future?

In space there's no atmosphere, it's never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it's never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest…

Africa's prosperity list: Winners and losers

What is Africa's most prosperous country?

According to new research from the Legatum Institute, which last week ranked prosperity in 38 African countries…

Obama looks to Cuba to test an old theory

Since the early days of his first presidential run, Barack Obama made a pledge -- to talk directly with America's enemies -- that most other politicians found…

10 things you need to know about Russia

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President Vladimir Putin has used his end of year news conference to blame the oil price collapse and Western sanctions for Russia's financial crisis.

Here…

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Three cheers for the Federal Reserve!

It looks like Wednesday's Fed-inspired stock market rally could continue today.

Here are the four things you need to know…

"I thought life would be better after the recession. Not worse."

--John Smith, unemployed construction worker

"These amendments may very likely duck the House's specific definition of what constitutes an earmark, but that doesn't mean it's not pork.

--Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste

"Folks are beyond homeless here. Their homes don't exist ... the power and destruction here was unimaginable."

--Missouri Gov. Jay Dixon following a devastating tornado that killed more than 150 people.

""There's a lot of things happening that can change the dynamic of this race from the past. So it will certainly be interesting to see."

--former Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneve on the Indy 500.

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