The death of singer Whitney Houston shocked many, and the outpouring of love for her has been memorable. Her fame as an artist, actress and model are well documented, but perhaps it is the touching stories by those closest to her that remind us of who she was as a person. The following clips move beyond the star, reminding us that underneath the glitz was a mother, daughter and friend.
Gospel singer Kim Burrell reflects on her friendship with Whitney Houston, remembering her as a "wonderful spirit."
During his annual pre-Grammy party, Clive Davis joined with other artists to speak about the loss of Whitney Houston.
IReporter Moshiu Knox captures video of Bobby Brown on stage asking for prayers the night Whitney Houston died.
For more reaction to Whitney Houston’s death, head to CNN’s collection featuring reaction from fans, artists and critics around the globe.
Call these babies “bundles of joy” all you want, just don’t call them little. Check out these videos of babies weighing in at more than 13 pounds!
Mother gives birth to a 13-pound baby – Iowa is known for creating “hearty stock.” Maybe it’s the corn or the wide-ranging farmland. Whatever it is, you can’t deny this mom produces some big boys. With her first child weighing close to 12 pounds, her second pushed the bar even further, weighing in at 13 pounds, 12 ounces. And get a load of the mom’s answer when the (male) reporter asks, “How’d it feel?”
A Texas-sized baby – Barely a few hours old and already this newborn boy had a nickname: “the Moose.” Weighing in at a whopping 16 pounds, who could blame people for the name. The little guy may be the fourth kid in the family, but he easily doubles each his siblings’ birth weights. Though he endured some medical issues early on, if you think his father is worried, think again. See if you can spot the twinkle in his eye when a future in sports is mentioned.
Football fans birth a lineman – New parents can be a bit naïve at times but perhaps thinking your 13 pound baby is normal size takes the cake. It took this Massachusetts couple several shocked expressions from doctors and nurses to realize they had a Super Bowl-sized baby. And just like the father of the above Texas baby, these New England Patriots fans see a football career in their child’s future.
If CNN affiliate WJW showed us anything, it’s that animals can easily captivate any audience. After a day of hard news from around the globe or in the political arena, sometimes you just want a cow on a waterbed, right? But luckily for their reporter, these farm animals didn’t turn on him and ruin his live shot. The same can’t be said for some journalists who found out the hard way that animals love to steal the spotlight. Laugh all you want at these videos but heed their warning: humans aren’t the only ones who crave attention.
Friendly dog overwhelms reporter — Poor Randene Neill. All she wanted to do was help out a few shelter dogs in need of a good home. Of course, she didn’t realize her friendly gesture would be taken too enthusiastically. While Neill tries to speak with the shelter owner, Ginger the dog ignores modern conventions of restraint and lavishes her love on the reporter the only way she knows how: licking.
If it wasn't for bad weather, poorly designed watercraft or well executed naval attacks, what would marine archaeologists do? This past year has brought to us a wealth of shipwreck discoveries and allowed our modern era better insight into the ships of the past. If you don't believe Davey Jones still has some fascinating discoveries held captive below the high seas, avoid walking the plank and just check out these videos.
13th Century Mongol ship discovered – They were the peak of land warfare in their time, and perhaps the crew of a sunken Mongol ship regrets leaving the firm ground of Asia behind for the Japanese islands. In a truly rare find, marine archaeologists in Japan uncovered the remains of a ship from a Mongol invasion fleet dating back to 1281. The team believes wreckage could provide better insight into attacks on Japan around that time period.
Watching 16-year-old Alexis Thompson win her first LPGA tournament got us thinking about other youngsters making a splash in the adult world. There are a surprising amount of successful kids out there, but we think we've found a few of the best and brightest. So without further adieu, be prepared to regret all those childhood days wasted instead of honing your talents.
Father’s Day is that one day a year where families pause and honor dear ol’ dad. If you want to give him the best day possible, make sure it’s filled with gifts, breakfast in bed and perhaps a few surprises. But who are we kidding? When it comes to surprises, no one does it better than dad. While we celebrate our fathers, let’s take a moment to watch some of the more heartwarming surprises our military men have given their families.