Toys 'R' Us, Amazon and Walmart race to start Cyber Monday

Toys R Us

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The race is on to start Cyber Monday online sales well before Monday.

Foster care, abuse -- Laquan McDonald's tragic life

Laquan McDonald


In death, Laquan McDonald has countless defenders, people who want justice for him. They know him as the teenager in a police dashboard camera video who is…

Meet China's dinosaur king

Paleontologist Xu Xing has discovered so many dinosaurs he's lost count.

A spreadsheet he brings up on the desktop computer in his fossil-filled office in…

Could this Quran curb extremism?

On a warm November night in Washington, a small group of American Muslims gathered at Georgetown University to celebrate "The Study Quran," new English…

19 ways travel can change your life

It's been said before, but it's worth repeating: travel is like a drug.

The more we do it, the more we need to do it.

Like any narcotic, it also has side…

Family: Frank Gifford suffered from CTE

Frank Gifford 2010

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The family of Frank Gifford says the revered sportscaster and NFL star suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive brain disease linked to…

ISIS claims Tunis bomb blast that killed 12

Tunisia map


ISIS has claimed responsibility for bombing a bus carrying members of Tunisia's presidential guard, the latest deadly attack to roil a country once hailed as…

Chicago on edge over police shooting video

McDonald Chicago 12


Protests erupted in Chicago for a second day Wednesday in response to the release of graphic dashcam video that shows the final moments of 17-year-old Laquan…

Sly and the Family Stone's trumpeter dies

Cynthia Robinson, whose brassy, forthright trumpet lit up Sly and the Family Stone songs such as "Dance to the Music," "Life" and "Hot Fun in the Summertime,"…

Downed Russian bomber threatens NATO


The cool, calm, clear thinking that kept the NATO alliance intact as it weathered the Cold War with the Soviet Union has been shattered.  

Decades of careful…

Airlines saved $11B on fuel last year

Airplane seats, airline, flight

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The nation's four top airlines have saved a combined $11.1 billion in fuel costs in the first nine months of 2015, according to their financial reports.

Obama family serves Thanksgiving dinner to homeless and vets

Obama family portrait

Pete Souza/The White House

President Barack Obama, joined by the entire first family, on Wednesday began the Thanksgiving holiday by serving dinner to the local homeless population and…

Florida man found guilty of wife's murder

A Florida man who posted a photograph of his wife's body on Facebook was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder.

Derek Medina of South Miami was accused…

Opinion: What whites don't know about racism

There's an old saying that it's hard to know what you don't know, the premise being that when you're ignorant about something, you aren't likely to realize…

Mr. (Will) Smith goes to Washington?

Will Smith at Concussion premiere

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His new blockbuster doesn't come out until Christmas Day, but Will Smith is already looking past it.

This frenzied campaign season has so "incensed" the movie…

Obama: No 'specific and credible threat' to U.S.

Obama Nov 25 speech


Ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. government is "taking every possible step" to keep the country safe, President Barack Obama said Wednesday,…

2016 candidates: Yes, Chicago cop should face charges

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton

David S. Holloway/CNN/State Department

Several 2016 hopefuls weighed in Wednesday on the shooting death of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer.

"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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