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  • Erwin Mena, man accused of being an imposter priest (Photo: KTLA)

    Police: Man impersonates Catholic priest for years, defrauding parishioners

    (CNN) -- The people of Southern California called him "Padre." For years, Erwin Mena officiated Mass, took confessions and performed other rites of the Catholic Church. One problem, he's never been a Catholic priest. The way police describe him, con man might be a better title.

  • CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 23:  Actress/recording artist Lady Gaga performs onstage at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 23, 2016 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    Lady Gaga to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

    (CNN) — Super Bowl 50 just added another top performer to its star-packed entertainment lineup for this Sunday. The NFL announced Tuesday that Lady Gaga will be singing the national anthem during the pregame festivities. The “Poker Face” singer’s performance will be broadcast live on CBS before the kickoff of the game between the Denver Broncos and the North Carolina Panthers. The pop star will be joined on stage by Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who will perform the anthem […]

  • Officer Mathew Hickey developed a close bond with his police dog, Ajax. When Hickey retired from the force after 30 years of service, he tried to buy the dog from the city for $3,500. However, the dog is considered city property. That means that under Ohio law, Ajax must be sold at auction.  A GoFundMe campaign raised almost $50,000 to help buy Ajax.

    Retired officer gets to keep K-9 partner

     (CNN) — If ever a story deserved a happy ending, it would be this one. A police officer in Marietta, Ohio, has been allowed to keep his K-9 partner. Officer Matthew Hickey developed a close bond with his police dog, Ajax, and the two were together every day for the past three years. When Hickey retired from the force after 30 years of service, he tried to buy the dog from the city. “Ajax is a family member; he’s one […]

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    Early spring coming, Punxsutawney Phil prognosticates

    (CNN) — If you’re into listening to groundhogs, break out your flip-flops and bathing suits. The famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw no shadow when he emerged from his home in a mock tree stump in western Pennsylvania, his handlers told a crowd of thousands Tuesday morning — meaning, according to tradition, there will be early springlike weather.

  • 2016 Iowa Caucuses

    Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz wins; Clinton declares victory

    Virtual tie for Dems' #IAcaucus; @HillaryClinton and @BernieSanders locked in dead heat: https://t.co/3g9mXCKfyE pic.twitter.com/4ps5J61QRy — CBS News Politics (@CBSPolitics) February 2, 2016 (CNN) — Hillary Clinton declared victory early Tuesday morning in a razor-thin contest against Bernie Sanders in Iowa. But Democratic party officials have not yet declared a winner. “Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus,” the Clinton campaign said. “After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won […]

  • Adele Trump

    Adele: Donald Trump doesn’t have permission to use my music

    (CNN) — Donald Trump has been playing Adele’s music to fire up his supporters at rallies across the country throughout his presidential campaign. And Adele wants her fans to know she never gave the brash billionaire permission to do so. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” an Adele spokesperson said in a statement to CNN. Asked if Adele was requesting the Trump campaign stop using her music, Adele spokesman Benny Tarantini […]

  • Iowa Caucuses

    Caucus Countdown: Candidates make final pushes ahead of first nominating contest

    (CNN) — The race to win the Iowa caucuses turned even more sharply combative Sunday as candidates desperate for an edge dashed through a frenzied final day of campaigning. Donald Trump, standing on the verge of a potentially stunning victory on Monday night called his Republican rival Ted Cruz a “liar” and made a play for the Texas senator’s evangelical power base. Cruz questioned his rival’s conservative authenticity on abortion and religious liberty and appeared alongside Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, […]

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    ISIS claims responsibility for deadly blasts in Damascus suburb

    (CNN) – ISIS claimed responsibility for a triple bombing Sunday that killed at least 45 people and injured more than 100 others in a Damascus suburb, according to a statement circulating online from supporters of the terrorist group. Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi reacted to the carnage on the southern outskirts of Damascus. “The aim of this cowardly and desperate terrorist attack is to raise the morale of the defeated terrorist groups following the great victories that our brave army […]

  • Police investigate a shooting and stabbing at an expo in Colorado

    1 killed, 7 hurt in shootings, stabbing at Denver motorcycle show, police say

    (CNN) – Shooting and a stabbing broke out at a motorcycle show in Denver on Saturday afternoon, leaving one person dead and seven people injured, authorities said. Two rival motorcycle clubs were “possibly” involved in the violence at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, police Chief Robert White said at a press conference. The Denver Post quoted a witness, who didn’t want to be identified because of fear of retaliation, as saying the violence involved rival biker gangs. Video taken after the […]

  • Lego unveils plans for a new minifigure in a wheelchair

    Lego unveils its first disabled figure

    LONDON (CNNMoney) — After decades of building pirate ships, race cars and haunted castles, Lego has come up with something new: a wheelchair. The Danish toymaker has unveiled its first ever disabled minifigure on Thursday. The figure of a hat-wearing boy in a wheelchair was first spotted at the Nuremberg international toy fair in Germany and featured on fan blogs. The company later confirmed the tiny wheelchair will be part of a new Lego CITY set that will come out […]

  • Authorities climb down into a hidden bunker

    Italian police arrest 2 fugitive Mafia bosses in underground bunker

    (CNN) – After eluding capture for years, two Mafia bosses have been arrested in an underground bunker in southern Italy. Police seized mobsters Giuseppe Ferraro, 47, and Giuseppe Crea, 37, in Calabria region Friday, according to Italian news agency Ansa. Ferraro was found guilty of murder and Mafia association decades ago, and had been a fugitive since 1998. Crea was convicted of Mafia association and had been on the run for nine years, according to the news agency. Their hideout […]

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    British Columbia avalanche kills 5 snowmobilers

    (CNN) – An afternoon snowmobiling in the Canadian Rocky Mountains turned deadly for five people, after a powerful avalanche swept through and swept them away. At least three groups of snowmobilers were out in remote, mountainous terrain near McBride, British Columbia, when the avalanche struck at 1:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. CT) Friday. Two people managed to activate rescue beacons — a recommended emergency tool for those enjoying backcountry snow  – to alert authorities, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. […]

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