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Man featured on CNN's 'The Hunt' with John Walsh killed during arrest in NYC

New York (CNN) -- A suspected sex offender recently featured on CNN's "The Hunt" with John Walsh was killed Monday in Manhattan while police were attempting to arrest him on child molestation charges, according to two New York law enforcement sources. (Full Story)

Appeals court rejects Virginia's same-sex marriage ban

(CNN) -- A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, the first such decision in a southern state and another victory for gay and lesbian couples seeking the right to legally wed. (Full Story)

Pentagon security clearance holders owe $730M in back taxes

(CNN) -- About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors with security clearances to protect the nation's secrets have delinquent federal tax debts totaling $730 million, according to an internal government audit. (Full Story)

Hidden cameras in University of Delaware restrooms lead to student's arrest

(CNN) -- University of Delaware students are being offered counseling after a doctoral student allegedly hid video cameras in restrooms around the university's Newark campus over a two-year period. (Full Story)

One dead, 13 injured after lightning strikes group on California beach

(CNN) -- A relaxing day at Southern California's famed Venice Beach took a deadly turn Sunday afternoon when a powerful lightning bolt struck the water, killing one person and injuring at least 13, emergency officials said. (Full Story)

Emergency landing on Florida beach kills man, critically injures daughter, 9 years old

(CNN) -- A Georgia man was killed and his daughter critically injured Sunday when an airplane struck them as they walked along a Florida beach. (Full Story)

Police: Toddler crashes jeep into house, dashes home to watch cartoons

(CNN) -- A diaper-clad toddler crashed a Jeep Wrangler into a neighbor's house in Oregon -- then scampered home, sat on the couch and watched cartoons, authorities said. (Full Story)

Man arrested in kidnapping of New Hampshire teen, 15 years old

(CNN) -- A 34-year-old man has been charged in the kidnapping of Abigail Hernandez, a New Hampshire teen who was returned to her home last week, more than nine months after she went missing on the way home from school. (Full Story)

Boy with inoperable tumor gets 6th birthday wish: Lots of mail

(CNN) -- New England Patriots players sang "Happy Birthday" to a 6-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor Saturday. (Full Story)

Court says ground zero cross can stay

(CNN) -- A memorial cross at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York can remain at the newly-opened facility, an appeals court ruled Monday. (Full Story)


~ Top 5 World News Stories ~


Gaza says children among dead after refugee camp struck

Jerusalem (CNN) -- At a refugee camp near the beach in Gaza, parents took their children out to play. It's Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Children need to be children, even during war. (Full Story)

Liberia closes its borders after Ebola hits two Americans

(CNN) -- The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to plague West Africa as leaders scramble to stop the virus from spreading. (Full Story)

Militants in Syria put victims' heads on poles; hundreds killed daily

(CNN) -- In some of the most gruesome images yet to emerge from the latest mass violence in Syria, videos show militants raising their victims' severed heads on poles. (Full Story)

Japanese high school girl accused of murdering, decapitating friend

(CNN) -- A 16-year-old Japanese girl has been arrested in Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture, on suspicion of murdering a fellow student. Police confirmed that the alleged attacker also dismembered her victim's body. (Full Story)

Boko Haram accused of taking Cameroonian official's wife

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) -- Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday abducted the wife of the Cameroonian deputy prime minister in a dawn attack on his home village of Kolofata, north of the area where they also kidnapped a local chief and his family, residents and security sources said. (Full Story)