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Secret space plane launches

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:56pm
The Air Force's mysterious space plane is back above the Earth -- along with Bill Nye's solar sail.
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Why other comedians revere Letterman

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:47pm
When David Letterman airs his last show Wednesday night, late-night rival Jimmy Kimmel plans to give him the ultimate tribute.
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America's best BBQ is ...

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:34pm
There's more than one bone of contention in the great finger-lickin' barbecue debate. Pork or beef? Vinegar- or tomato-based sauce? No sauce -- or maybe something mustard-based?
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Why they'd choose prison over military service

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:21pm
CNN's Kathy Novak meets some of the young South Korean men who would rather go to prison than be forced to serve in the military.
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Ricky Gervais goes after trophy hunters on Twitter

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:21pm
Comedian Ricky Gervais does not like trophy hunting, as he reminded his Twitter followers after a Texas man killed an endangered black rhino.
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Girl Scouts welcome transgender girls

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:49pm
Transgender girls are welcome in the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a stance that has attracted controversy from some conservative groups over the past week.
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Slain rhino feeds village

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:55pm
The morning after he shot and killed a black rhino, Corey Knowlton returned to where the hunt ended for the final act.
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Arrested biker is a former cop

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:55pm
Much like his black-and-white goatee, Marty Lewis represents a dichotomy. FULL STORY
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The runner who collapses sobbing after every race

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:47pm
Kayla Montgomery is a runner unlike any other. Every time she competes in a race, she knows she'll collapse in a sobbing heap at the finish line. It's become a fact of life since the teen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago.
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Why Serena Williams is the best, period

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:47pm
Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of the World No. 1 women's tennis player Serena Williams, tells CNN's Open Court the five main reasons for her dominance of the game. Mouratoglou began coaching Williams in 2012, and their trophy tally since teaming up includes a Wimbledon title, an Olympic Gold Medal, three US Open titles, a French Open title and an Australian Open title, lifting her back up to the pinnacle of the women's game.
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'Dancing with the Stars' winners crowned

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:47pm
Rumer Willis and professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy took home the "Dancing with the Stars" mirror ball trophy Tuesday night.
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Our 'Late Show' Top 10

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:46pm
As David Letterman gets ready to host his last "Late Show," we take a look back at our favorite moments.
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North Korea parades teen defectors

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:45pm
Kkot-jebi -- literally "flower swallows" -- sounds poetic, but the reality is much harsher.
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See the journey to kill a black rhino

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:18pm
CNN's Ed Lavandera takes us along with hunter Corey Knowlton as he tracks and kills an endangered black rhino in Namibia.
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Declare war on climate change?

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:17pm
We have a tendency to view certain public policy issues as wars. As in "the war on ... " fill in the blank: drugs, cancer, poverty.
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'Mad Men' got the smoking issue right

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:17pm
As a veteran of the advertising business I have been a "Mad Man" fan since the beginning. But when I left the agency world to run a public health foundation dedicated to ending tobacco-related illness and death, the show became a truly "guilty pleasure."
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Is conservation hunting legit?

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:25pm
Can so-called conservation hunting actually benefit wildlife? Or is it the killing of endangered animals for sport unconscionable, no matter what?
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State outlaws gay conversion therapy

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:25pm
Oregon this week became the third state to ban conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice aimed at changing the sexual orientation of individuals who identify as gay or lesbian.
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How we freaked out Letterman

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:23pm
David Letterman is the best there ever was or ever will be at what he does.
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'Rape bait' case heard after 5 years

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:12pm
An Alabama girl who said she was persuaded by a teacher's aide to act as bait to catch an accused sexual predator finally had her case heard in a federal court, more than five years after the alleged incident.
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