Layoffs hit Sesame Street

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Sesame Workshop, the parent organization behind "Sesame Street," laid off about 10% of its staff. The group's statement on Wednesday said the layoffs were necessary to "strategically focus our resources" because of "today's

Researchers: Newly found planets might support life

Our everyday concerns -- what's for dinner, what to update on Facebook -- seem small when we consider that there's a whole universe out there where other life may exist.

'The Heat' stars laugh off photoshop controversy

When Melissa McCarthy spotted her seemingly Photoshopped face on a promotional poster for her new comedy "The Heat," her first reaction was to laugh. "I thought it was the funniest thing I'd ever seen," McCarthy told CNN of the image, which sparke

Police: Prostitution alleged at string of sexy Washington state latte stands

A sign over the Java Juggs latte stand reads "Some Like it Hot" and features a seductive image of a silhouetted woman in high heels, a devilish tail and horns, and seemingly little else. Inside, authorities allege, customers got more than a sizzli

Massive tar mat dug up off Louisiana, 3 years after Gulf spill

Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, workers have dug up a massive chunk of weathered crude from the shallows off a Louisiana beach. The tar mat -- a slab of oil residue mixed with wet sand -- was about 165 feet long by 65 feet wide,

Stronger eruptions at two Alaska volcanoes, scientists say

Two Alaskan volcanoes that began minor eruptions weeks ago are showing their strongest seismic activity yet, emitting small amounts of lava and ash along with smoke plumes, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said Tuesday. The observatory warned of mor

Texas set to execute 500th inmate since U.S. reinstated death penalty

Barring a last-minute reprieve, Kimberly McCarthy will earn a notorious distinction in death Wednesday. McCarthy, 52, is set to be the 500th inmate executed in Texas since 1976.

Atlanta police union defends using traffic tickets to fund pay increases

It's a theory many drivers have held since their first speeding ticket, that citations are somehow connected to a special perk for the officer writing it. Now, a memo among Atlanta police officers has reignited such suspicions.

Supreme Court strikes down part of DOMA

Here are developments as the Supreme Court considers two cases concerning same-sex marriage. [Updated at 10:38 a.m.

Patriots' Hernandez arrested amid investigation of man's death

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Massachusetts (CNN) -- New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was released from the team Wednesday after being arrested and booked at a police station in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. For the past several days, inv