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What does Vladimir Putin want next?

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin an opportunist, grabbing at chances to poke the West in the eye, or a clever strategist with the longer-term goal of restoring a greater Russia? Is he simply riding a tide of Russian patriotic fervor over Crimea?

Kurt Cobain's case stays closed despite rumors; it was gun suicide

"And I swear that I don't have a gun." Kurt Cobain, "Come As You Are" Despite the pledge in those lyrics that went around the world in the early 1990s, police in Seattle say that Kurt Cobain did have at least one gun. A shotgun.

Microsoft defends its right to read your email

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Microsoft is defending its right to break into its customers' accounts and read their emails The company's ability -- and willingness -- to take such an approach became apparent this week.

Is it right to celebrate Fred Phelps' death?

He was a preacher best known for his virulent anti-gay rhetoric, the force behind placards that read "God Hates Fags." He taught that natural disasters and man-made horrors like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were God's punishment for acce

Lawsuit filed after praying family escorted from Empire State Building

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A New York family's hope for an enjoyable outing high atop Manhattan ended abruptly when the group was escorted out of the Empire State Building for saying Muslim prayers, according to a lawsuit.

Scientists unveil dinosaur dubbed the 'chicken from hell'

For a Tyrannosaurus rex looking for a snack, nothing might have tasted quite like the "chicken from hell." That's one way Matt Lamanna describes Anzu wyliei, the species of dinosaur that he and fellow paleontologists unveiled Wednesday.

Objects could be Malaysia Airlines debris; weather hampers search

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (CNN) -- Two objects spotted by satellite in the southern Indian Ocean may be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian authorities said Thursday, fueling cautious hopes of a breakthrough in an internatio

Ukraine crisis: Kiev defiant on Crimea, EU leaders to meet

KIEV (CNN) -- [Breaking news alert, 8:19 a.m.] Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russia's national legislature, the Duma, on Thursday that -- speaking "on behalf of" President Vladimir Putin -- he suggests lawmakers ratify an agreement t

Hot spots in the world's happiest countries

Is there pixie dust mixed into the food and drink of the happiest places on Earth? Or is it something in the crisp clear air of many of the world's happiest nations?

Peru to tourists: 'Stop getting naked at Machu Picchu!'

Watch out for bare butts when traveling in Machu Picchu -- incidents of "naked tourism" at the 15th-century Inca citadel are on the rise, and getting under the skin of Peru officials. According to the Peruvian Times, four American tourists were de