Boston Marathon bomber begins appeal to overturn his death sentence

(CNN)The surviving Boston Marathon bomber who’s been convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the terror plot that killed four, injured hundreds and left the city under siege during a five-day manhunt in April 2013, is hoping his legal team’s appeal will give him his life back. Dzhokar was 19 years old when […]

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Thanksgiving weekend storms are to blame for a plane sliding off a runway and a 25-car pile-up

(CNN)Millions of travelers are stressing out as powerful storms rolling over the East Coast interrupt or delay their return home from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Airlines have delayed flights across the country on what is expected to be the busiest travel day in the US. American, Delta and other airlines issued travel waivers for those […]

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Students’ meals were thrown away over a lunch debt. People donated more than $22,000 to pay it off

(CNN)Hundreds of people donated to pay off lunch debts at a Minnesota school after hearing that students’ hot meals were thrown away. People have donated more than $22,800 since the incident, the district told CNN on Tuesday. That exceeds the outstanding lunch account balance of $19,669. “We are extremely grateful to our local community, as […]

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Hundreds of cats might be put to death in Utah. One shelter is trying to save them

(CNN)The Humane Society of Utah, a private nonprofit animal shelter, has an ambitious goal. It wants to get 400 cats adopted in four weeks. The shelter launched its campaign October 20, sending out calls on social media, shooting parody videos and giving cats cute bios about their personalities. Until November 16, it will waive all […]

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40 horses were rescued from a burning ranch in California

(CNN)Forty horses trapped at an equestrian center in Sylmar, California, during the Saddleridge Fire were rescued after a ranch worker reached out for help on social media. That’s when Alejo Morales, who was also on the scene, posted a message on social media asking for help. “We had a lot of friends that came through […]

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DA says there’s a ‘good case’ to charge alleged kidnapper in Pennsylvania toddler’s death

(CNN)Authorities believe they have a good case against the Pennsylvania woman accused of kidnapping 23-month-old Nalani Johnson, whose death is expected to be ruled a homicide. “I can tell you that there’s no sign of trauma, that’s been eliminated,” Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told CNN affiliate WTAE. “The baby is fully clothed. She […]

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New ‘Day of the Dead Barbie’ celebrates Mexican holiday

(CNN)There’s about to be a new Barbie doll on the shelves, with flowers on her dress and a skull painted on her face. Monarch butterflies typically migrate in Mexico for the winter and arrive around the same time as the festival, and they have come to symbolize the souls of loved ones coming back to […]

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The people behind that Halloween petition want to create a new holiday: National Trick or Treat Day

(CNN)Fear not, Halloween purists: Your beloved holiday will probably remain on October 31. But what’s better than one day of witches and vampires roaming the street? Two days of treats! The association will partner with Party City to launch #ALLoween, a campaign to promote the new holiday that — fittingly — hits stores on Friday, […]

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A man who got laid off gets hundreds of job offers after handing out his rsum on the side of the road

(CNN)Patrick Hoagland of Phoenix was down on his luck after getting laid off from his job as a forklift operator at a metal recycling company. He filled out applications online and handed out rsums to local businesses, but he wasn’t getting any responses. “I was impressed with Patrick because it was 110° outside and what […]

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