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A threepeat: Miss New York Kira Kazantsev crowned Miss America

A threepeat: Miss New York Kira Kazantsev crowned Miss America

(CNN) -- Hmm, there must be something in the water in New York. For the third consecutive year, a New York beauty queen has been crowned Miss America.
Apparently This Matters: Coffee naps

Apparently This Matters: Coffee naps

(CNN) -- I'm a napper. If all goes according to plan, I close my eyes every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. And if things really *don't* go according to plan, I end up directing traffic on I-85 without pants.
Disney World splurges that are worth it

Disney World splurges that are worth it

(CNN) -- Walt Disney World is expensive. No two ways about it.
Olive Garden's big problem? Cold breadsticks

Olive Garden's big problem? Cold breadsticks

Olive Garden is trying to attract more customers with a bold publicity stunt: a limited time only Never Ending Pasta pass that quickly sold out and started showing up for sale on eBay.
Hurricane Odile flogs tourists with rain in Mexico's Baja California

Hurricane Odile flogs tourists with rain in Mexico's Baja California

Hurricane Odile made landfall at the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula late Sunday. Its gales whipped torrents of rain ashore, chasing visitors in popular tourist destinations into closed quarters.
British man, woman found dead on Thai beach

British man, woman found dead on Thai beach

A British man and woman were found dead on a beach on a popular resort island in Thailand, police said Monday.
Pro-Russian Rebels release captive Ukrainian troops

Pro-Russian Rebels release captive Ukrainian troops

Pro-Russian rebels released dozens of captive Ukrainian troops Sunday as part of a ceasefire deal. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a Twitter post that 73 troops were released in Donetsk.
How many more Western captives is ISIS holding?

How many more Western captives is ISIS holding?

The beheading of British aid worker David Haines by ISIS has intensified fears for other Western hostages being held by the jihadist group.
I'm a legal immigrant, but not allowed to work

I'm a legal immigrant, but not allowed to work

A land of opportunities?  Not for Rashi Bhatnagar.
Palin family attended party, where fight broke out

Palin family attended party, where fight broke out

(CNN) -- It's not the latest reality television show but real life for the Palin clan, at least according to reports from bloggers.
Mark Sanford says he and fianceé have broken up

Mark Sanford says he and fianceé have broken up

(CNN) -- Is this the quintessential TMI Facebook post?
The final steak fry: Honoring Harkin with a large helping of politics

The final steak fry: Honoring Harkin with a large helping of politics

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- When Tom Harkin supporters Joan and Gary Kiernan decided to throw the congressional candidate a fundraiser in 1972, they charged $2 for the ticket, picked up the costs for the steak, salad and baked potatoes and gave the fun
Obama 'shocked' by Ray Rice video; Washington turns attention to NFL

Obama 'shocked' by Ray Rice video; Washington turns attention to NFL

The growing outcry over how the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell deal with incidents of domestic violence has reached the nation's highest office.
'Six Californias' Initiative Fails to Make Ballot

'Six Californias' Initiative Fails to Make Ballot

The controversial "Six Californias" initiative has failed to make it onto the 2016 ballot, the Secretary of State's Office said Friday.
Hurricane Odile, a Category 4 storm, threatens Baja California

Hurricane Odile, a Category 4 storm, threatens Baja California

Hurricane Odile, a Category 4 storm, is expected to affect life on the Baja California peninsula in Mexico on Sunday night and Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.