A history of fright: Why we love haunted houses

When we look for fun things to do for Halloween, haunted houses are inevitably part of the list. With their costumed players, spooky music and darkened rooms, they present a great way to get the daylights scared out of you.

Four things we learned from government shutdown

Whew, it's all over, folks -- the twin crises of government shutdown and national default countdown. At least for now. This one wasn't easy. And we'll be talking about it for a while.

Is Apple's iPhone 5C a flop?

When Apple unveiled not one but two new iPhones last month, it was the dawning of a new strategy for the company, which for six years had championed its single iconic smartphone even as competitors rolled out an array of shapes, sizes and featu

Apparently This Matters: Wristwatch counts down to your death

Nobody wants to underwhelm when it comes to their final words on this planet. "Diane, toast me a bagel."

Official: Forged documents used in prison break from Fla. prison

Investigators ordered a statewide review of Florida's prison records to determine whether anyone has filed forged documents like the ones used in an elaborate escape. Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, both 34, are considered "escapees" by authori

Another rare 'sea monster' lands in California: a 15-foot saber-toothed whale

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Oh, Jules Verne or Peter Benchley, where are you, great writers of deep-sea monsters? For the second time this week, Southern California has seen a rare sea beast washed ashore, far from home waters. This time, it's a saber

NY police: Shoppers held after possible human remains found in bag

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Two teen girls were detained Thursday at a Victoria's Secret store in Manhattan after possible human remains were found in one of their bags, an NYPD spokesman told CNN. The 17-year-old girls were reportedly acting suspiciously a

Air marshal accused of taking upskirt pictures of passengers

(CNN) -- A federal air marshal was arrested Thursday morning at Nashville International Airport after being caught taking multiple upskirt pictures of female passengers boarding a plane, police said. A witness spotted 28-year-old Adam Bartsch, who

Jewish scribe up for bail hearing in kidnapping-divorce case

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A federal judge will decide bail Friday for one of 10 men facing kidnapping charges after allegedly arranging the violent assaults of Orthodox Jewish husbands, according to the man's attorney.

1 dead in Killeen shooting sparked by argument

The Killeen Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that happened Thursday night on the 1600 block of Linda Lane. Police say one man is dead.