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Flooding hits Alberta province, forces 75,000 people from their homes in Calgary

Rain-swollen rivers burst from their banks in southern Alberta, Canada, ripping out roads, cutting off communities and forcing about 75,000 people out of their homes in Calgary alone. "In my lifetime, I have never seen flooding like this," Calgary

Oklahoma valedictorian goes missing in Ecuador hike

August Reiger was supposed to reunite with his family at the top of a scenic mountain trail in Ecuador. But when his father, mother and younger brother arrived Sunday at the meeting point overlooking the town of BaƱos, the 18-year-old was nowhere

Singapore in haze over worsening smog

HONG KONG (CNN) -- Singapore's pollution standards index (PSI) tipped the scales at 401 at noon on Friday, the highest ever recorded, as the government warned that the lingering haze could last for weeks. The National Environment Agency warned the

Obama takes NSA controversy to nascent watchdog group

A watchdog group meant to guard Americans' right to privacy against overreach by government cyber intelligence has been around for years. If that makes you feel safer, consider this: It had no leader until May, and lawmakers delayed for years t

Witnesses, jurors shed tears as 'Whitey' Bulger trial focuses on killings

BOSTON (CNN) -- They could not say for certain who shot their loved ones in brutal gangland-style "hits," but a series of witnesses captivated the courtroom -- and drove two jurors to tears -- Thursday as prosecution testimony continued in the in the

Convict Jodi Arias sports black-and-white prison garb at court hearing

Jodi Arias was back in court Thursday for a status hearing on the penalty phase of her murder trial, this time donning black-and-white prison stripes instead of civilian clothing.

'I just hoped for the best,' woman who caught falling baby says

It must have been a terrifying sight.

All-female jury to try Zimmerman

An all-female jury will start hearing the murder case against Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman next week, with opening arguments in the closely watched trial set for Monday. The jury was selected Thursday afternoon after defense

Ancient Tennessee cave paintings show deep thinking by natives

The paintings and carvings have been scattered around the caves and bluff faces of the Cumberland Plateau for centuries, left behind by the ancestors of the Native American nations of the Southeast. Now a lengthy survey of the works indicates they

Woman's water tank death ruled accidental

A 21-year-old woman whose body was found in a water tank of a Los Angeles hotel in February was the victim of an accidental drowning, medical examiners reported Thursday. The decomposing body of Elisa Lam floated inside a water tank on the roof of