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Supreme Court to decide if boy can list 'Israel' as passport birthplace

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Menachem Zivotofsky is a 12-year-old boy without a country -- he's a U.S. citizen born in the city of Jerusalem. There lies his dilemma. The U.S.

Massachusetts child rape suspect on national crime spree arrested

A Massachusetts child rape suspect who was wanted in connection with a cross country spree of sexual assaults, kidnappings and armed robberies has been arrested.

Man beheads mother, commits suicide by train

 A woman was found beheaded outside her apartment on Long Island, New York, Tuesday night, and shortly afterward her son died in an apparent suicide when he stepped in front of a commuter train, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Hawaii volcano: Lava inches closer to homes, but some might stay

PAHOA, Hawaii (CNN) -- A 2,000-degree river of lava could swallow a dozen Hawaiian homes in the next day or two -- and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Rocket contracted by NASA explodes into fireball

When a rocket contracted by NASA burst into flames seconds after liftoff, its supplies for the International Space Station disappeared in an orange fireball.

'Pumpkinsteins' are not your average pumpkin

There are heads growing on Tony Dighera's farm, and they're not made of lettuce. They're called "pumpkinsteins," and they look a lot like the Frankenstein creature that actor Boris Karloff made famous more than 80 years ago.

U.S. beefs up security at federal buildings

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering more security for more than 9,500 federal government buildings and their 1.4 million daily visitors.

Google searching for cancer cure

Google is searching for a cancer cure. The company announced Tuesday that it is experimenting with designing nanoparticles that would detect cancer and other diseases before their onset.

Nurse Amber Vinson Ebola-free, discharged from hospital

A second Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola is being released Tuesday from an Atlanta hospital and is free of the virus, according to Emory University Hospital's Dr. Bruce Ribner.

Saving space in Israel with cemeteries in the sky

With a tiny land mass relative to its 8.2 million residents, the state of Israel is running out of room to bury its dead. So it's joining an unconventional trend led by other densely packed areas: Instead of burying the dead below the earth, it'