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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.
New Silk Road: World's longest train journey completed

New Silk Road: World's longest train journey completed

China is known for chasing superlatives -- now it can add marathon train journeys to its growing list of unparalleled achievements.
Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Get ready for a Monday bounce. Here are the four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:
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?
Source: Hostage-taker in Australia identified

Source: Hostage-taker in Australia identified

  The man who has held hostages in a Sydney, Australia, cafe for nearly 16 hours is Man Haron Monis, an official with direct knowledge of the situation said Monday.
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.

Cosby breaks his silence

Amid mounting allegations against him, Bill Cosby has broken his silence. Well, sort of.

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

A northern white rhino has died at a San Diego zoo, leaving only five worldwide and bringing the species closer to extinction. Angalifu, 44, died of old age Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Despite discrepancies, Dorian Johnson consistent in accounts of Brown shooting

Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Michael Brown before Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown in August, told remarkably similar stories in an interview with county and federal authorities in August and in testimony to the grand jury in Se

Arrest made in Auburn football player's killing

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.