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'Lone wolf' attacks: Harder to predict

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:50pm
Jim Sciutto breaks down the growing motivation for lone wolf terrorist attacks on U.S. and foreign soil.
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Syrian wins 'Idol,' refuses to wear flag

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:41pm
In a region scarred by conflict and instability, a broadcast unites Arabs from many nations in front of their television sets. "Arab Idol," an adaptation of "American Idol," is going strong in the Middle East.
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GOP should back #ICantBreathe

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:40pm
In the wake of another round of national protests against police killings of unarmed black men, many Republicans seem unable to identify with protesters or give credence to the goals of the #ICantBreathe movement.
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Disasters prompt $1 billion contest

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:21pm
From superstorms to floods, to historic heat waves and droughts, not a week goes by without a major disruption somewhere in our communities. Between 2011 and 2013, 48 states and two-thirds of American counties endured crises severe enough to be declared major disasters.
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'All of a sudden, gunfire'

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:07pm
Dramatic scenes ended a tense hostage situation early Tuesday in Sydney, with sounds of an explosion and gunfire as Australian police stormed a cafe where a gunman had hours earlier taken more than 10 people hostage.
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Jeb: 'Don't be afraid to shake things up'

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:40pm
Jeb Bush name-checked Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Mark Zuckerberg on Monday while telling University of South Carolina graduates that "young people and newcomers are often the great discoverers."
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See couple steal $180,000 fur coat

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:37pm
Authorities in New York are looking for a couple who managed to steal a rare fur coat valued at $180k.
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U.S. Marine charged with murder

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:24pm
A U.S. Marine has been charged with murder in the death of a transgender woman who was found strangled in a Philippines hotel room in October, a prosecutor said.
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Cheney: I'd 'do it again in a minute'

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:17pm
Former Vice President Dick Cheney led a parade of George W. Bush administration officials who denounced a report on harsh interrogation techniques used against terrorism suspects, saying he would "do it again in a minute."
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R&B singer arrested at airport

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:15pm
Once your airplane's flight crew has shut the cabin doors in preparation for departure, don't open the door for a late-arriving boss. R&B singer Jeremih was arrested after allegedly asking his bouncer to open a closed airplane door to let him board.
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Most fascinating person of 2014 is ...

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:52pm
Barbara Walters' pick for the most fascinating person of 2014 is interestingly a celebrity who shuns such a spotlight.
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Video shows siege firefight

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:51pm
Video shows what occurred when gunfire broke out during a siege in Sydney in which a hostage-taker and two hostages died.
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Oprah: Email as if NYT is watching

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:45pm
Producers Oprah and Tyler Perry speak to CNN's Don Lemon about the hacked Sony emails and what was revealed.
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How the Sydney hostage siege unfolded

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:30pm
Take a look into the events that led up to the rescue of 17 hostages from a gunman in Sydney.
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Does 'Exodus' have race problem?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:26pm
Ridley Scott's biblical blockbuster is being criticized for its all-white cast. CNN's Sherisse Pham reports.
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200-lb. gift just what girl wanted

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:57pm
On her birthday, Taylor Spomer asked for donations to the Humane Society as gifts; the response was overwhelming.
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D'Angelo's first album in 14 years

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:54pm
How does it feel to release an album for the first time in almost 15 years? Ask D'Angelo. His record "Black Messiah" dropped this week.
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Death ruled suicide; mom says lynching

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:50pm
Claudia Lacy says she can accept anything: even that her youngest son committed suicide -- if it's proven and explained to her.
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Egyptian pharaoh statue rises again

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:47pm
A massive statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III was toppled in an earthquake some 3,000 years ago.
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Stray dogs travel to reunite with soldiers

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:39pm
Pen Farthing, a former sergeant in the Royal Marines, is reuniting soldiers with the stray dogs they befriended while serving in Afghanistan.
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