All dressed up and nowhere to go: The date night that Ticketmaster messed up

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sharon Ilstrup was looking forward to a very special date night with her husband, Blake -- a chance to attend one of the Inaugural balls with the president and the first lady.

Chavez will not be sworn in on inauguration day

(CNN) -- A political clash over the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's next term loomed as it was confirmed that he will be unable to attend his inauguration.

Syrian government to free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for 48 Iranians

ISTANBUL (CNN) -- A prisoner exchange involving thousands of Syrian and Turkish captives and at least 48 Iranians was under way Wednesday in Damascus, Syria, according to a Turkish charity organization that has been involved in previous prisone

Video of giant squid in ocean depths is a big breakthrough, expert says

(CNN) -- The first ever video footage of a giant squid swimming in the ocean depths is "an enormous breakthrough," according to a prominent marine conservationist who wrote a book about the quest to find the mysterious creatures.

People laugh until men fall off cliff in giant plastic ball

(CNN) -- An extreme sport went extremely wrong recently when two men riding in a large inflatable ball rolled out of control and fell off a snowy mountain in Russia killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Armstrong tried to donate $250,000 to anti-doping agency

(CNN) -- A Lance Armstrong representative tried to make a donation of about $250,000 to the U.S.

Mariah Carey on Minaj feud: I hired more security

(CNN) -- With "American Idol" returning to Fox next week, it seems Mariah Carey's been working on her look of disdain. The singer talked with Barbara Walters for ABC News' "Nightline" on Monday about the seemingly endless feud between herself and

Planets, planets, planets!

(CNN) -- We still don't know if Earth, as a planet that currently harbors life, is alone in the universe. But scientists are actively searching for clues about other potential habitable worlds outside our solar system.

More problems for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The mechanical problems continued Wednesday for Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft seen as a key part of the company's future.

No more paper Social Security checks come March

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Millions of Americans still receiving paper checks for Social Security and other federal benefits have less than two months to switch to electronic payments.