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Texan crosses illegally into North Korea, denounces U.S. policies

Texan crosses illegally into North Korea, denounces U.S. policies

An American who said he crossed illegally into North Korea gave an unusual press conference in the country on Sunday, where he denounced the U.S. political and economic systems.
Brian Williams renews with NBC for five more years

Brian Williams renews with NBC for five more years

 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Brian Williams, the anchor of the "NBC Nightly News" for the past 10 years, has agreed to extend his contract, NBC said Monday morning.
Angelina Jolie's chickenpox explained

Angelina Jolie's chickenpox explained

 (CNN) -- Actress Angelina Jolie is missing the premiere of her own film Unbroken because she says she has been diagnosed with chickenpox.
Amal Clooney is Barbara Walters' most fascinating person of 2014

Amal Clooney is Barbara Walters' most fascinating person of 2014

 (CNN) -- Barbara Walters' pick for the most fascinating person of 2014 is interestingly a celebrity who shuns such a spotlight.
Busiest day of season for FedEx, postal service

Busiest day of season for FedEx, postal service

With just 10 days until Christmas, Santa's delivery elves are working overtime. That means it's extra busy for shippers as well. Monday is the peak shipping day of the season for FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service.
5 said killed in shootings near Philadelphia

5 said killed in shootings near Philadelphia

Five people are dead after shootings in three communities in a county near Philadelphia in what a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation says appears to be a domestic dispute.
REPORT: NFLPA files lawsuit challenging Adrian Peterson's suspension

REPORT: NFLPA files lawsuit challenging Adrian Peterson's suspension

According to NBC Sports, on Monday the National Football League Players Association has filed a lawsuit ion a Minne
Gunfire erupts in Sydney hostage crisis; suspect identified

Gunfire erupts in Sydney hostage crisis; suspect identified

 The man who held hostages in a Sydney cafe for nearly 16 hours is Man Haron Monis, an official with direct knowledge of the situation said Monday.
Northern white rhino dies at San Diego zoo; only 5 left worldwide

Northern white rhino dies at San Diego zoo; only 5 left worldwide

 (CNN) -- A northern white rhino has died at a San Diego zoo, bringing the rare species closer to extinction. Angalifu, 44, died of old age Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Happy sequential birthday! Two babies born at 10:11 on 12/13/14

Happy sequential birthday! Two babies born at 10:11 on 12/13/14

 (CNN) -- They won't be able to count for a few years, but when the time comes, they'll be able to practice using their unique birthdays.
The hottest gift you aren't getting: selfie sticks

The hottest gift you aren't getting: selfie sticks

 (CNN) -- Seriously, how is this not already huge in the United States?
Samuel L. Jackson challenges celebs: Sing 'I can't breathe'

Samuel L. Jackson challenges celebs: Sing 'I can't breathe'

 (CNN) -- Samuel L. Jackson is calling on celebs who participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to take part in another movement.
'Ready for Romney' group site launches

'Ready for Romney' group site launches

 (CNN) -- If encouragement from major GOP donors and favorable polling isn't enough, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney now has a super PAC launched by an unknown benefactor urging him to run.
Arrest made in Auburn football player's killing

Arrest made in Auburn football player's killing

 (CNN) -- Police have arrested Markale Deandra Hart, 22, in connection with the shooting death of a freshman Auburn University football player, the Auburn Police Division said in a news release Sunday.
Michael Bloomberg: Cities drive innovation

Michael Bloomberg: Cities drive innovation

 Albert Einstein once said that if he was given an hour to solve a problem, he'd spend the first 55 minutes thinking about it and five minutes coming up with solutions.