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Renowned law professor found dead

A nationally renowned criminal law professor's death is being investigated as a homicide.

Who switched Brooklyn Bridge flags?

The NYPD is investigating how two American flags that fly at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by two white flags.

Stabbed girl gets Purple Heart

An anonymous military veteran gifted his Purple Heart to the "Slender Man" victim who was stabbed 19 times.

Spanking the gray matter out of our kids

Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain -- not only in an "I'm traumatized!" kind of way, but also in an "I literally have less gray matter in my brain!" kind of way.

Strippers sue San Diego cops

Several strippers in California are suing the San Diego Police Department on charges of unreasonable search and seizure.

She tried to ditch rings, but ...

The owner of two wedding rings found attached to some balloons says she no longer wants the rings. WBRC reports.

'Facts of Life' stars reunite

On Saturday, two stars from "Facts of Life" got together for a long overdue TV reunion.

My son wears skirts -- so what?

Actor and father Seth Menachem explains why he's comfortable letting his 2-year-old son wear dresses in public.

New 'Star Wars': Check out the X-wing

J.J. Abrams has given "Star Wars" fans something new to geek out about, and better yet, it's for a good cause.

'Star Wars' director's 'nerd porn'

CNN's Lisa France explains why Star Wars fans are drooling over a charity video released by director J.J. Abrams.

One-piece swimsuit makes a comeback

Bikinis might dominate beach bods, but style editors say the one-piece makes a bolder statement.

Hollywood's highest-paid actor is ...

Robert Downey Jr. is once again the most highly paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.

See giant whales shock boaters

Several humpback whales play and feed in Monterrey Bay giving boaters a show. CNN affiliate KSBW reports.

Little girl remakes Perry's 'Roar'

Make-A-Wish helped a young girl with cancer create a music video to Katy Perry's "Roar."

Planes carrying remains arrive in Netherlands

Uniformed men are carrying the coffins to hearses as loved ones watch on the tarmac.

Ukraine: 2 military jets shot down

Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said.

Young MH17 victim feared crash

The mother of two brothers killed in the MH17 plane crash has spoken of her regret at not taking her youngest son's fears over the flight seriously.

Russia's take

In the tangled aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster, two narratives have emerged -- one that most of the world subscribes to, and another that Russia and the rebels are pushing.

Cuomo challenges RT anchor

CNN's Chris Cuomo discusses the Russian response to the MH17 crash with Russia Today host Peter Lavelle.

Witness: Kids cried as bodies fell

Ukrainian residents who saw bodies falling from the sky describe the horrors of tthat day. CNN's Phil Black reports.

The argument for eating dog

The dog photos are difficult to view.

He died in a chokehold: Why?

The tragic death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD -- a fatal scuffle caught in all its horror in a video shot by a bystander -- is, in part, the product of a nationally recognized police strategy, "broken windows." It may have outlived its usefulness in many parts of New York.

War crimes in Gaza? Let court decide

At least 17 children and 14 women had been killed as of midafternoon July 20, in the 24 hours since Israeli forces had launched ground operations in the al-Sheja'iya neighborhood of Gaza City, the United Nations reported. Those numbers will rise: Many bodies are still in the rubble. Ambulances came under attack and couldn't reach the wounded, witnesses said, and survivors fleeing tank shells and airstrikes didn't know how many of their relatives had been killed.

GOP's bogus slam of Obama over MH17

Kudos to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough for owning up to "my boneheaded error" (his words) when last week he claimed—in a slam of President Obama—that President Reagan cut his vacation short and "immediately went back to the White House" after the Soviet Union mistakenly shot down a Korean Air flight in 1983.

47 feared dead in plane crash

As many as 45 people are feared dead after a passenger plane crashed on one of Taiwan's Penghu islands Wednesday, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.

Costa Concordia on final voyage

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship has begun its final voyage.

Airline wants to resume Israel trips

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FAA to U.S.: Don't fly in these areas

The map of countries off-limits for U.S. airliners is growing, as the FAA adds Israel to the list. Tom Foreman reports.

What Obamacare rulings mean for you

Two U.S. appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies. Check out this FAQ.

Actor left his fortune to his girlfriend

Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want his children to become "trust fund kids" so he left his fortune to his girlfriend, a court document said.