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'Where's the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?'

'Where's the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?'

(CNN) -- Matt de la Peña wasn't a reader, until the words finally spoke directly to him. It wasn't until college that de la Peña read an entire novel, "The Color Purple."
Using tablets to reach kids with autism

Using tablets to reach kids with autism

(CNN) -- Two 5-year-old boys, one with autism, were having some friendly playtime when they had a communication breakdown. One boy didn't respond to the other and walked away.
Is the Internet killing religion?

Is the Internet killing religion?

(CNN) We can blame the Internet for plenty: the proliferation of porn, our obsession with cat videos, the alleged rise of teen trends like -- brace yourself -- eyeball licking.
'My girlfriend is a tax break'

'My girlfriend is a tax break'

If you're in a relationship with someone who is dependent on you financially, you might be able to claim them as a tax break.
Malaysia Airlines plane search: New signal possibly detected

Malaysia Airlines plane search: New signal possibly detected

Investigators got new information that may help them narrow the possible whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as details emerged Thursday that shed light on the doomed flight's final moments early March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur
Ukrainian leader to protesters: Surrender and you won't be prosecuted

Ukrainian leader to protesters: Surrender and you won't be prosecuted

Pro-Russian protesters who disarm and leave occupied buildings will not be prosecuted, Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said Thursday.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev of Boston bombings fame sought out a different name

Tamerlan Tsarnaev of Boston bombings fame sought out a different name

A few months before the Boston bombings, the suspected mastermind of the terror attack, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, wanted to change his name, a U.S. government official told CNN Wednesday.
Oil towns lead nation in population growth

Oil towns lead nation in population growth

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; The oil and gas boom brought about by new drilling technology is drawing people to shale plays like iron filings to magnets.

Wrestling superstar The Ultimate Warrior dies

The Houston Chronilce is reporting; wrestling fans got a shock late Tuesday when word spread that The Ultimate Warrior, a legend in the WWE, has died at 54.
Toyota recalls 6.4 million cars worldwide

Toyota recalls 6.4 million cars worldwide

Toyota announced five recalls on Wednesday, affecting a total of 6.39 million vehicles globally.
At least 15 hurt at Florida day care when SUV pushes car into building

At least 15 hurt at Florida day care when SUV pushes car into building

Central Florida authorities were looking Wednesday evening for a 26-year-old man after a Dodge Durango pushed a car into a day care center, leaving at least 15 people, most of them children, injured.
Bentley unveiling plug-in hybrid concept

Bentley unveiling plug-in hybrid concept

Bentley cars, known for their luxury and speed, are also about to become more fuel efficient.
Is the Internet killing religion?

Is the Internet killing religion?

We can blame the Internet for plenty: the proliferation of porn, our obsession with cat videos, the rise of teen trends like -- brace yourself -- eyeball licking.