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Friday, May 16, 2014

Why Texas excels in executions

Why Texas excels in executions


Why Texas excels in executions

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:12 AM PDT

Texas law regarding the death penalty often feels like a cultural remnant from the days of cowboys and the Old West: You kill; you get killed. In a recent New York Times article, the headline included the phrase, "Confronted on Execution, Texas Proudly Says It Kills Efficiently." The language feels like an understatement considering that 515 inmates have been put to death in Texas since 1982, about 60% of the national total. Unfortunately, efficiency does not equate with accuracy.

The truth about extreme weather

Posted: 16 May 2014 08:37 AM PDT

Raging fires forced thousands to flee the San Diego area this week, as mandatory evacuation notices went out to 11,000 homes and businesses. Even Legoland had to be evacuated as so-called devil winds whipped through the heat. As the chaos unfolded, the latest data from the U.S. National Drought Monitor shows half of the country is deep in drought.

Republicans block tax credits

Posted: 16 May 2014 09:13 AM PDT

It is a rare day when Senate Republicans vote to block billions in tax cuts. But that's what happened when they chose to freeze a massive tax credit package.

Fierce winds spawn 'firenadoes'

Posted: 16 May 2014 06:18 AM PDT

Wildfires are barreling from one town to another in Southern California, putting thousands of homes in jeopardy.

See the blaze from 'firenadoes'

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:15 AM PDT

Unruly wildfires and "devil winds" keep barreling across Southern California, destroying homes and spawning "firenadoes."

Reports: Sterling won't pay NBA fine

Posted: 16 May 2014 04:23 AM PDT

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has sent a letter to the National Basketball Association telling the league he won't pay his $2.5 million fine and rejecting his lifetime ban, according to multiple media reports.

'Sugar Man' director committed suicide

Posted: 15 May 2014 03:48 PM PDT

Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of "Searching for Sugar Man," committed suicide, his brother said.

Rap star turns to religion

Posted: 16 May 2014 03:44 AM PDT

Bill Weir reveals the story behind Gene and Terrence's rise from drug pushers to successful rappers.

Meet real-life UFO hunters

Posted: 16 May 2014 03:39 AM PDT

Morgan Spurlock investigates UFO history and research. For more, tune in Sunday, 10pm EST.

Beyonce, Jay Z, Solange break silence

Posted: 16 May 2014 04:10 AM PDT

The Carter-Knowles family releases a statement about their already infamous elevator brawl.

What statement REALLY says

Posted: 16 May 2014 05:27 AM PDT

Solange and Jay Z have released a statement regarding their elevator fight from the Met Gala that was caught on camera.

Rare footage shows FDR walking

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:58 AM PDT

A rare video showing a walking President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was paralyzed from the waist down by polio in 1921, has been donated to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

These cars were recalled

Posted: 16 May 2014 08:17 AM PDT

General Motors' recall for the year is 12.8 million worldwide. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.

Meet the man who will lead 1.2 billion

Posted: 16 May 2014 09:07 AM PDT

Narendra Modi has claimed victory as India's next prime minister, bringing to power a man whose past at one point led the U.S. to deny him a visa.

Pentagon has zombie apocalypse plan

Posted: 16 May 2014 11:07 AM PDT

Never fear the night of the living dead -- the Pentagon has got you covered.

Bizarre GOP debate goes viral

Posted: 15 May 2014 05:48 PM PDT

Conservative voters in Idaho are faced with a colorful debate in this video that has gone viral.

School nicknamed 'Predator High'

Posted: 16 May 2014 08:46 AM PDT

The school that inspired 'Friday Night Lights' is reeling from accusations of sex scandals. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports

Shocking video of terrorist brutality

Posted: 15 May 2014 08:05 PM PDT

Propaganda war in Yemen intensifies with shocking video of terrorist brutality released by al Qaeda affiliate, AQAP.

Son: My dad is Zodiac Killer

Posted: 16 May 2014 08:33 AM PDT

CNN's Erin Burnett talks with Gary Stewart, the man who claims his father is the Zodiac Killer.

Tall truck meets short bridge and ...

Posted: 16 May 2014 03:37 AM PDT

Truck upchuck! Truck slams into bridge, spewing debris everywhere. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on decapitated trucks.

Barbara Walters signs off

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:48 AM PDT

Barbara Walters isn't fully retiring, but "The View" has still given the veteran journalist a send-off to remember.

Video shows Jameis Winston shoplifting

Posted: 16 May 2014 03:23 AM PDT

Sportswriter Rick Reilly discusses surveillance video released of Jameis Winston shoplifiting crab legs from Publix.

How to deal with your in-laws

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:05 AM PDT

Love them or hate them: In-laws are yours forever. And there's nothing like a wedding to make you get to know the newest addition to your family.

34-year-old posed as teen in high school

Posted: 16 May 2014 05:54 AM PDT

A 34-year-old woman has been arrested after she pretended to be a 15-year-old high school student, police say.

Widow's act will make you cry

Posted: 16 May 2014 08:27 AM PDT

A widow forgives a driver who killed her husband in a car crash in 2011. CNN affiliate WSB has more.

Game changing theme park rides

Posted: 15 May 2014 10:45 PM PDT

The world's top theme park experts pick the attractions that changed the thrill ride industry forever.

Man loses weight, wins $50k

Posted: 16 May 2014 03:32 AM PDT

A man won $50 thousand after winning a weight-loss challenge hosted by a website. CNN affiliate WDTN reports.

The fabulousness on the red carpet

Posted: 16 May 2014 09:02 AM PDT

Controversial moments

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:35 AM PDT

Cannes has been a hotbed of controversy since the beginning. The first festival, organized by the French in 1939 as a response to the Venice Film Festival -- then a vehicle for Nazi propaganda movies -- had to be canceled after it launched on the day WWII broke out.

Space rocket breaks apart after launch

Posted: 16 May 2014 02:48 AM PDT

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying an advanced communication satellite disintegrated in the atmosphere, Russia's state news agency reported.

Solange, Jay Z apologize (to each other)

Posted: 16 May 2014 04:10 AM PDT

We may never know the why -- though there has been no shortage of speculation on the Internet -- but at least now we know what the Carter-Knowles family has to say about their already infamous elevator fight.

The week in 37 photos

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:57 AM PDT

Bine, a 9-day-old giraffe, greets a friend at the Friedrichsfelde Zoo in Berlin. See other incredible images from the past week.

Have you seen our travel photos?

Posted: 16 May 2014 10:38 AM PDT

Each day, CNN producers select a user-submitted photo to be our Travel Photo of the Day. Click through the gallery above to see stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image.

California wildfires

Posted: 16 May 2014 06:18 AM PDT

The good news: Temperatures and winds across scorched parts of southern California are starting to subside.

Solange vs. Jay Z

Posted: 16 May 2014 06:27 AM PDT

We may never know the why -- though there has been no shortage of speculation on the Internet -- but at least now we know what the Carter-Knowles family has to say about their already infamous elevator fight.

Donald Sterling

Posted: 16 May 2014 07:52 AM PDT

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has sent a letter to the National Basketball Association telling the league he won't pay his $2.5 million fine and rejecting his lifetime ban, according to multiple media reports.

Measles

Posted: 16 May 2014 06:12 AM PDT

A woman with an incurable cancer is now in remission, thanks, doctors say, to a highly concentrated dose of the measles virus.

Russian rocket

Posted: 16 May 2014 07:14 AM PDT

A Russian space rocket launch went sour Friday, destroying the booster and its payload, Russian state media said.

The week in 37 photos

Posted: 16 May 2014 03:25 AM PDT

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