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Icelandic photographer Sigga Ella wanted to show that people with Down syndrome are more than a chromosomal abnormality. They are diverse and they're unique, just like everyone else in the world.
After years of making the case that the education of athletes is paramount, the NCAA now says it has no legal responsibility to make sure education is actually delivered.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he does not plan to sign the version of the "religious freedom" bill that lawmakers sent him and calls on the state Legislature to make changes. FULL STORY
All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted Wednesday.
The New Jersey Democrat allegedly used his Senate office to push the business interests of a friend and donor in exchange for gifts. FULL STORY
"We're in a new era," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that's going to be a thing of the past." FULL STORY
A New York police detective assigned to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force with top-secret security clearance has been placed on modified assignment, and faces suspension, reassignment or loss of his clearance after an incident with an Uber driver Monday that was captured on video, officials said.
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez responds to the news that the Justice Department will bring criminal charges against him. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
A look back at the New Jersey senator's work and life.
President Obama managed to avoid embarrassment and a bruise or two when he recovered quickly after stumbling while deplaning from Air Force One.
A game-changing architectural concept was recently put forward by the London branch of NBBJ architects.
Ikaria is known as the island where people forget to die. Bill Weir catches up with some of the extraordinary people living on the Greek island.
The skies over Gotham City might become bright once again in 2016, with Adam West and Burt Ward promising a return to their career-high roles of Batman and Robin as part of an upcoming animated project next year.
Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to billions of oil money, appears to have died of natural causes, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.
Trevor Noah is already facing heavy criticism from the Internet community less than 24 hours after being named Jon Stewart's replacement as host of "The Daily Show."
Some of the women in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family have had their own brushes with the law.
On May 28, 2014, some 7,000 people gathered in a stadium in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. But they had not come to watch the local football team or any other grand sporting event. Instead, the authorities paraded scores of prisoners dressed in orange jumpsuits. Armed soldiers guarded the exits. In the patently unfair, open air trial that followed, 55 people were found guilty of a range of offenses linked to violent attacks in the region and jailed. Three were sentenced to death.
An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned.
In a CNN exclusive, Bikram yoga creator Bikram Choudhury reacts for the first time to allegations of rape or sexual assault by six of his former students.
Three people are dead and at least seven others remain unaccounted for after an avalanche Wednesday in the French Alps, an official in the Hautes-Alpes prosecutor's office said.
Cynthia Lennon, who married John Lennon when he was a struggling musician and was there when he rose to fame with the Beatles, died Wednesday, according to a post on the website of her son Julian.
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Southern California.
The mutable rainfrog, dubbed "The Punk Rocker," is the first discovered vertebrate with the ability to transform from smooth to spiny skin.
In HBO's documentary film "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," former Scientology members talk about the inner workings of the church. But the church calls "Going Clear" propaganda. CNN's Stephanie Elam takes a look.
Officials at the Oregon Zoo report they euthanized an 8,000-pound elephant who was known for his paintings. Some blame the zoo for his injuries and death. KOIN reports.
Cards with messages like "Never give up" are being handed out to strangers in Detroit, but no one knows the group of girls doing it.
CNN's Karl Penhaul speaks to an Alpine shepherd who witnessed Germanwings Flight 9525 crash and says he'll never fly again.
Misao Okawa, the world's oldest person according to Guinness World Records, has died at the age of 117.
Imagine traveling down a ski slope at 200km/h. Now imagine doing so on one leg.
As a person-of-color, African-American, veteran minority journalist and longtime enthusiast of all things "Daily Show," I am of course as happy, proud and thrilled as the wife of a successful Apollo astronaut over the impending ascension of Trevor Noah, the biracial comedian from South Africa, to Jon Stewart's anchor chair on what's believed by many to be the most trusted half-hour of news and information in America.
Growing up in Germany, everything Felix von der Osten learned about Native Americans came from the books of 19th-century German writer Karl May.