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220 km Sahara desert run: 'The toughest race on Earth'

Would you pay thousands of dollars to spend seven days running under the scorching sun of the Sahara Desert, traversing shifting sand dunes and punishing rocky plateaus for more than 220 kilometers, with all your food and kit affixed to your ba

Auschwitz survivor's social media search for long-lost twin

TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) -- Menachem Bodner is a soft-spoken 73-year-old, who thinks carefully before he describes his first memory as a three-year old child. "I remember my mother. What she was wearing.

6.3 magnitude quake strikes southern Iran, USGS says

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit south-central Iran late Tuesday afternoon, centered about 91 kilometers southeast of Bushehr, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Bushehr is the site of a key Iranian nuclear facility.

North Korea tells foreigners in South to take safety measures

North Korea issued its latest dispatch of ominous rhetoric Tuesday, telling foreigners in South Korea they should take steps to protect themselves in the event of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, the storm of warlike words coming fro

Obama scolds lawmakers for reticence in passing gun control

President Barack Obama angrily chided lawmakers reluctant to back gun control legislation on Monday, saying the overwhelming support for measures like universal background checks among the American people should force action in Congress. The presi

GOP lawmakers continue to call out Beyonce and Jay-Z for 'shameful' vacation

Beyonce and Jay-Z are continuing to face heat from Republicans in Washington for their jaunt last week to Cuba, which remains off-limits for Americans looking only for a tropical vacation. "How nice it would have been if they had said something ab

Police say Port Arthur man tortured, assaulted woman for 5 weeks

PORT ARTHUR (KBMT) -- Port Arthur police have arrested a man they say kept a woman locked in his house for five weeks. Jermaine Champs, 36, of Port Arthur, is charged with aggravated sexual assault.

Woman killed by 4-year-old in Tennessee cookout

A pistol in the hands of a 4-year-old boy went off during a weekend cookout, killing the wife of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy who was showing his guns to a relative, state police said Monday.

Louisville beats Michigan in epic game to clinch NCAA men's basketball title

The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines, 82-76, to win the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship Monday night in Atlanta.

NYPD: For this 'Cookie Monster,' it was 'Me want money!'

C is for "Cookie," or is it "Cash"? A man dressed as the TV character Cookie Monster allegedly shoved a 2-year-old after the child's parents refused the man's demand for $2 for posing for a photo, New York police say. The child was not physical