Two more people in China have died from the H7N9 bird flu virus, raising the country's death toll to five, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Thursday, citing Shanghai health officials.
H7N9 is a strain of avian flu not detected in humans before China's recent cases, which the country began reporting on Sunday.
Fourteen human cases of H7N9 – all in eastern China – have now been reported, according to Xinhua.FULL STORY
A hiker who had been missing for more than three days in a heavily wooded area in California has been found alive, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Steve Gil told CNN.
The condition of Kyndall Jack, 18, is "unknown," he said.
Jack's companion, Nicholas Cendoya, 19, was recovering in a hospital after being rescued Wednesday night in Trabuco Canyon, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.FULL STORY
The Coast Guard said Thursday it has suspended its search for a shipyard employee who has been missing since high winds blew him into the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama, on Wednesday.
The winds also caused a Carnival cruise ship to break loose from a repair dock.
An official with the city's fire department said that the missing employee and another person were in a guard shack at the BAE shipyard that was blown into the Mobile River. One of them was found in the water.FULL STORY
On Wednesday, Jay Leno confirmed the rampant reports that he's once again departing "The Tonight Show," presumably for good this time.
He'll wrap up his 22-year run as host in spring 2014, with Jimmy Fallon officially signing on as his replacement.
The expectation that he would leave NBC's legendary late-night program has been building recently. NBC execs told The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times in early March that Leno was going to be out and someone else, most likely "Late Night" host Fallon, was going to be in.FULL STORY
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose career was sidetracked by an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina, has won a Republican runoff for his old congressional seat.
Former Charleston City Councilman Curtis Bostic conceded Tuesday evening in the South Carolina 1st Congressional District GOP runoff.
The victory sets up a May 7 showdown between Sanford and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a Charleston businesswoman who is the sister of TV comic Stephen Colbert.FULL STORY
Israel conducted two airstrikes inside Gaza on Tuesday night, security sources in Gaza told CNN. Israel Defense Forces confirmed the strikes, saying they were launched in retaliation for rocket attacks.
The Gaza sources told CNN this was the first Israeli airstrike there since a truce that ended eight days of fighting between the Israelis and Hamas last November.
Medical sources said there were no initial reports of casualties.FULL STORY
Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, was among the educators who surrendered to authorities Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury in a cheating scandal that rocked the district and drew national attention.
Hall resigned from her position in 2011 after a state investigation into large, unexplained test score gains in some Atlanta schools.
She has denied any role in the cheating scandal.FULL STORY
Jane Nebel Henson - who was married to the late Muppets creator Jim Henson and was instrumental in the development of the world-famous puppets - died Tuesday morning, a representative for the Jim Henson Company said. She was 79.
Henson died at her home in Connecticut after a "long battle with cancer," a written statement from the company said.FULL STORY
Two people were arrested overnight and charged with one count of arson in connection with a string of suspicious fires in Accomack County, Virginia state police said Tuesday.
Tonya Bundick, 40, and Charles Smith III, 38, are being held without bail, authorities said.
There have been 77 suspicious fires in the county in the past five months, according to the sheriff's department.FULL STORY
Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show "Buckwild," and two other people died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the sheriff's office in Kanawha County, West Virginia, said Tuesday.
The deaths, discovered Monday, were labeled as accidental, according to preliminary findings from an autopsy report.
Gandee, 21, was found dead in a vehicle along with his uncle, David Dwight Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27, authorities said. The vehicle was stuck in mud that covered its tailpipe, investigators said.FULL STORY
Lindsay Lohan is not pregnant, the actress announced Tuesday, refuting herself.
"April Fools. Where's everyone's sense of humor?" the troubled actress wrote Tuesday morning on her verified Twitter account. This after unleashing a retweet storm with three simple words posted April Fool's night: "Its official: pregnant."
Some, but certainly not all, of those following @lindsaylohan went for it hook, line and sinker. Within an hour, it had been retweeted more than 9,000 times.FULL STORY
Hamas, the Palestinian movement that runs Gaza, has re-elected Khaled Meshaal as its political leader, several sources inside Hamas confirmed to CNN Tuesday.
Meshaal (pictured) was re-elected as chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau in Cairo on Monday. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya will continue to lead the movement internally inside Gaza.FULL STORY
Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show "Buckwild," has been found dead inside a vehicle along with two other people in Kanawha County, West Virginia, authorities said Monday.
The show follows a group of young adults trying to have fun in Sissonville, West Virginia, pulling stunts like turning a dump truck into a swimming pool or just riding around the woods on their all-terrain vehicles. Gandee was billed as a former high school prom king who had done "every job from coal mining to being a garbage man."FULL STORY
A gas explosion at a northeastern Chinese coal mine killed 28 people, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.
Thirteen people were rescued following the incident, which happened Friday, according to Xinhua.
The blast occurred in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin.
North Korea has entered a "state of war" with neighboring South Korea, according to a report from the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
North and South Korea technically remain at war since their conflict between 1950 and 1953 ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. On March 11, the North Korean army declared the armistice agreement invalid.FULL STORY
Thirty-five Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators were indicted Friday on a myriad of charges in connection with alleged cheating in standardized testing, one of the largest cheating scandals to hit the nation's public education system.
Among those indicted by a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury was Beverly Hall, the former schools superintendent who gained national recognition in 2009 for turning around Atlanta's school system.
There were 65 counts in the indictment, which included charges of racketeering, influencing a witness, theft by taking and making false statements or writings.
The most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, has been declared fit for trial by a United Nations-backed court in Cambodia, the U.N. said Friday.
Nuon, the right-hand man to late leader Pol Pot and a former Cambodian prime minister, is reportedly 86 years old and is accused of murder and torture.