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Air, road, rail: Travel to be a nightmare

The National Weather Service, which isn't prone to exaggeration, is using terms like "life-threatening" and "historic" to describe the weather system taking aim at the Northeast.

Opinion: How officials decide when to close schools

Officials are faced with making a tricky call on whether it's safe to allow normal life to go on when a storm is coming.

Nigerian soldiers slow militants' march

Nigerian forces fought off Boko Haram militants in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, military officials said, but the extremists seized another town in the same state.

Japan's ISIS hostage crisis: Where things stand

The Japanese government is grappling with an unpredictable hostage crisis whose terms are being dictated by the Islamic extremist group ISIS.

Dwarf planet to get its first close-up

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on Pluto and its five moons. Soon we will see what no one has ever seen before: Crisp, clear pictures of the tiny, icy world.

When politics and beauty pageants collide

Even beauty pageants are not exempt from the tensions of global politics, as two Miss Universe contestants learned. | PHOTOS: STUNNING COSTUMES

2 days, 2 failed attempts to raise AirAsia fuselage

On Sunday, a wire rope snapped as the fuselage reached the surface. The previous day, the wreckage cut through a strap connecting it to a big balloon.

Kurdish fighters turn back ISIS

Kurdish fighters are claiming progress in their fight against ISIS and now control at least 90% of the embattled Syrian city of Kobani, a monitoring group said Monday.

2 die in Home Depot incident

Shoppers crowded into a Manhattan Home Depot store to prepare for an anticipated snowstorm streamed into the streets Sunday afternoon after an employee shot a store manager and then himself, according to NYPD spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan.

Teen girl suspect in $4.6M heist

Police are on the hunt for a girl as young as 12 and three adults allegedly involved in a $4.6-million diamond heist that targeted a luxury jewelry store in Hong Kong.

'SNL' tackles Deflategate

"Saturday Night Lives' " 'Tom Brady' and 'Bill Belichick' offer their explanation on the controversy over deflated footballs surrounding the New England Patriots.

SAG Awards big winner is ...

"Birdman" won the big prize -- outstanding motion picture cast -- at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, but it was talk about heritage and diversity that captured the evening.

SAG Awards: Red carpet

Celebrities arrive in Los Angeles for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, January 25.

'My mom...really needs help'

Calise Manning is being called a hero for helping her pregnant mother and calling 911 operators in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Should U.S. pay ISIS ransoms?

CNN's Poppy Harlow talks with Robert Baer and Peter Bergen about countries possibly paying terrorists to release hostages.

Couple missing after posting Craigslist ad

Police have identified a suspect in the case of a Georgia couple who went missing after contacting a car seller on Craigslist.

Obama's Alaska move triggers fight

The Obama administration is moving to block oil and gas production along a major part of Alaska's northern coastline, setting off another energy battle with Republican lawmakers.

Opinion: Nudity doesn't shock us anymore

In Paris on Thursday, fashion designer Rick Owens gave audiences quite a show when he sent male models down the runway wearing clothes with peepholes that offered a glimpse of the guys' formerly private parts.

TV talk show pioneer dies

Longtime New York City radio and television personality Joe Franklin has died. He was 88.

King Tut's mask repaired after 'close shave'

Was the priceless funeral mask of King Tutankhamun damaged and hastily glued back together? CNN's Amir Daftari reports.

Mother tries to sells newborn boy for $7,000

A woman in central China has been prosecuted for selling her newborn baby for $7,000, state media reports said, the latest of a string of shocking cases that have shed light on the country's trade in children.

Progress made on India-U.S. nuclear cooperation

President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi say they have moved forward on efforts to provide liability protection to U.S. firms that build civilian nuclear projects in India. | OBAMA: YEMEN UNREST WON'T HALT DRONES | OBAMA: DON'T BULLY UKRAINE

The woman ISIS wants back in captive exchange

In a televised confession in 2005 Sajida al-Rishawi recounted how she tried to take part in a string of attacks that killed at least 57 people, but her bomb failed to detonate.

Australian PM: Twitter fuss like 'electronic graffiti'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shirt-fronted the Australian public by awarding a Knighthood to a foreigner who already has a lot silverware in the pool room: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Huge asteroid to fly by Earth today

A big asteroid will fly by Earth on Monday, but NASA says don't worry -- we'll be safe.

Kendrick Johnson's parents may face jail

Still seeking justice in their son's death, Kendrick Johnson's parents will face the justice system themselves Monday on misdemeanor charges related to a 2013 protest, their attorney said.

Maher: 'American Sniper' is 'psychopath patriot'

Bill Maher criticized the movie "American Sniper" and deceased Navy Seal Chris Kyle calling him a "psychopath patriot."

Dancing for Dr. Mengele

A black-and-white photo shows the 16-year-old ballerina at her prime, mere months before her world would be destroyed.

Blitzer: You can smell the death

CNN's Wolf Blitzer describes his visit to Auschwitz and the moment he realized his grandparents' fate. Watch "Voices of Auschwitz" Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.