Oprah Winfrey to deliver Harvard address
March 4th, 2013
09:01 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey to deliver Harvard address

Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address at Harvard University's 362nd graduation ceremony on May 30, the university said Monday.

"Oprah's journey from her grandmother's Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world's most admired women is one of the great American success stories," Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement posted to the Harvard Gazette website Monday.

"She has used her extraordinary influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with a constant focus on the importance of educational opportunity and the virtues of serving others."

Winfrey will speak at the school's "Afternoon Exercises," which also serves as the Harvard Alumni Association's annual meeting, the school said.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
January 15th, 2012
07:52 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans on covering this week:

Martin Luther King Jr. documents go online

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one of 10 national holidays in the United States.

Besides marking the day as a federal holiday for the 26th time, January 16, 2012, begins a new age of online accessibility for those wanting to know more about King and his work.

The King Center Imaging Project, which makes 200,000 of  the civil rights leader's documents quickly accessible online, goes live Monday. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and his letter from a Birmingham, Alabama, jail are among the documents available.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-violent Social Change in Atlanta and JPMorgan Chase & Co., working in partnership with AT&T Business Solutions and EMC, are responsible for the project.

Read a TIME.com history of MLK day

Taking King at his words

The memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. has sparked controversy, and perhaps this is fitting. He was a controversial man whose humanity - and words - still speak volumes today.


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Gotta Watch: Scene stealing siblings
A recently released picture of Pippa Middleton in just a bra and skirt is causing a stir.
May 10th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Scene stealing siblings

Catherine Middleton may be a duchess and future queen of England now, but it's her sister who's been stealing the spotlight. It began at the royal wedding when Pippa Middleton donned a figure-hugging dress that netted global attention. Now racy pictures of her in a purple push-up bra have some wondering if Pippa's stealing her sister's limelight. In today's Gotta Watch, we're focusing on the siblings whose actions have eclipsed their famous family members.

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Oprah Winfrey academy student questioned in infant's death
Oprah Winfrey and students inaugurate her South African academy in 2007.
February 19th, 2011
11:02 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey academy student questioned in infant's death

A student of Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa is being questioned in the death of an infant, authorities said.

The body of the newborn boy was found in the 17-year-old girl's bag as she was being treated in a hospital for excessive bleeding.

Police suspect she gave birth at the school, but say it is unclear if the child died naturally or was killed at birth. An autopsy was under way.

American talk-show host Oprah Winfrey opened the school in January 2007 to provide educational opportunities for impoverished girls in South Africa.

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Monday's intriguing people
Slim Amamou, Tunisian minister of youth and sports, arrives for a ministers session on January 20 in Tunis.
January 24th, 2011
02:28 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Slim Amamou

The dissident blogger said he was being psychologically tortured in Tunisia earlier this month, according to several media outlets. He was reportedly told that screams emanating from beyond a wall in an Interior Ministry office were the cries of his family members being tortured.

Today, Amamou is Tunisia’s minister of youth and sports – a fitting role reversal for a cog in Tunisia’s lightning-fast, social media-fueled revolution.

The 33-year-old CEO of a Web development company was arrested January 6 with another blogger and accused of being part of a conspiracy to destroy government sites, Al-Jazeera reported.

He was released January 13, the day before President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country. Minutes before the Cabinet was announced, Amamou was offered a position in the interim government, Al-Jazeera said.

He has since been using his blog as well as his Facebook and Twitter accounts - the same weapons he used to sound off about government abuses and his own arrest - to send out reports on the new government, even on closed-door meetings, The New York Times said. His postings are in French, Arabic and, sometimes, English.

His first conflict with the Constitutional Democratic Rally, Ben Ali’s party, was over his failure to wear a tie, The Times said.

“I like the minister of justice,” he tweeted later. “I am going to wear a tie just to please him.”

He also caught some flak from his followers when he said the members of the president’s party shouldn’t be rejected from the government. It’s a coalition government, he wrote, so people won’t be in total agreement over its makeup, The Guardian in London said.

As for criticism aimed at his transition from revolutionary to minister, he said it is not a career move. He is doing it for his country and to keep an eye on the interim government until elections can be held. He also wants to persuade other Cabinet members to sign up for Twitter, The Times reported.

“It is similar to an underground artist who signs with a major label and is criticized by the purists and the masses,” he wrote, describing the criticism.


Oprah's big secret is ...
Oprah Winfrey is to reveal a family secret on her talk show Monday.
January 24th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Oprah's big secret is ...

Oprah Winfrey has a half sister who she didn't know existed.

Much hoopla has surrounded the queen of talk who has been owning her final season with big interviews and an adventurous vacation Down Under. But her promise to reveal a personal family secret on air Monday may be the ultimate show tease.

In a promo for the episode, Winfrey said the secret "shook me to my core."

Overnight, there was an overwhelming amount of Web buzz about what the secret could be. "Oprah secret" is one of the most popular Google searches Monday. Most speculation appears to center on guesses about a half sister.

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On the Radar: Jared Loughner in court, Oprah's secret, 'Palestinian Papers'
Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is suspected of a mass shooting in Arizona earlier this month.
January 24th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

On the Radar: Jared Loughner in court, Oprah's secret, 'Palestinian Papers'

Alleged Arizona shooter in court - The 22-year-old who allegedly gunned down 19 people, killing 6, at a political event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be in court Monday at 1:30 p.m. Tucson, Arizona, time. Jared Lee Loughner will appear before a federal judge to face murder charges.  Judge Larry Burns of the U.S. District Court for Southern California, based in San Diego, will preside. All of Arizona's federal judges recused themselves because one of the gunman's victims was Arizona's chief federal judge, John Roll of Tucson.

Loughner had already been in court shortly after the January 8 shooting to face charges on three counts of attempted murder related to survivors of the rampage: Giffords, who was shot in the head, and two of her aides, Rob Barber and Pamela Simon. Much has been reported concerning Loughner's apparent odd behavior and other red flags before the shooting. What will Loughner's defense be like?

Meanwhile, Giffords' condition continues to improve. She recently began rehab at a Texas facility.

Oprah's big secret Oprah Winfrey has said she will reveal a deep family secret on her show today. Chat rooms and blogs are buzzing about what it could be. She says during a promo for the episode: "I was given some news that literally shook me to my core. ... I was keeping a family secret for months, and you're going to hear it straight from me."

"Palestinian Papers" revealed - The Al-Jazeera TV network has published what it says are documents showing that Palestinian negotiators agreed to relinquish large tracts of East Jerusalem to Israel over the past several years during peace talks. The trove of more than 1,600 secret Palestinian papers that the Qatar-based news agency released on Sunday, along with Britain's Guardian newspaper, is not part of a WikiLeaks cable dump. The records detail an "increasingly desperate yet futile effort by Palestinian negotiators to tempt Israel into a deal by conceding more and more ground, while pleading in vain with U.S. officials for help. And in the longer term, they could even prove politically fatal to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeeb Erekat and his boss, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas," according to Time's analysis. The magazine breaks down what the papers could mean for the peace process.

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Funeral remembers Shriver's love of others, service
January 22nd, 2011
01:40 PM ET

Funeral remembers Shriver's love of others, service

Almost 50 years to the day that President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address asked Americans to get involved by doing good, family and friends bade farewell Saturday to R. Sargent Shriver, who helped lead the way.

Former President Bill Clinton referred to Kennedy's famous line, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

Shriver, Clinton said at a funeral Mass in Potomac, Maryland, gave the perfect example of public service, both at the bright-eyed beginning of the 1960s and the cynical end of the decade and in the early 1970s.

"He showed up every day and found joy in life," Clinton said of Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps, and a force - with his late wife - behind the Special Olympics. Shriver was Kennedy's brother-in-law.

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October 11th, 2010
10:34 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Toll on miners' body a concern: As the world awaits the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners from a copper mine, medical concerns arise. Some of the men have shown signs of anxiety and some have had minor cardiac issues, a Chilean official said. But there's also concern about what the isolation and confinement could do to their eyes, and their stomachs.

Hershel Walker is still a beast: For a long time, college football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Hershel Walker has been somewhat of a physical freak of nature.  "I'm in better shape than I've ever been in," said Walker, who's creeping toward 50 years old. Somethings never change.

Oprah Winfrey blasts verdict: The talk show maven said she was not satisfied with the acquittal of a woman accused of abusing students at her South African girls school. Tiny Virginia Makopo, 30, was found not guilty of allegations that she improperly touched several teenage girls when she was a matron at the campus near Johannesburg, the South African Press Association reported Monday.

Now you too can have more fun - in the sun: A Lithuanian firm called Olialia - pronounced "ooh-la-la" - has announced that it intends to build a resort in the Maldives that will employ blonde women only.

Cops: Boyfriend's arrest cracks cold case: More than a decade after high school sophomore Leah Freeman vanished from the street near her home in Coquille, Oregon, police say they have found her killer. A grand jury concluded it was her boyfriend, after police looked into the cold case a second time.

April 12th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

WebPulse: Conan to TBS, Adobe CS5 and Oprah

Conan is back on TV -- and he's going to be "Very Funny."

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:

Conan O'Brien and TBS - CoCo fans, you have your answer. Your fearless late night leader has a home again - though judging by the reaction online, it certainly wasn't the place most of you expected. This morning Conan and TBS announced they had reached a deal to put the late night host in George Lopez's talk show spot, moving his show to about midnight. Many people figured Conan was headed to Fox and the announcement this morning seemed to catch many people off-guard. But according to the New York Times' Media Decoder blog, the move was just as much a whirlwind for Conan and his folks - TBS in 10 days agreed to nearly every request and Lopez said he was happy to move back his show for Conan's arrival.


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April 8th, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey's show moves to her OWN channel

Four months after Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show leaves the air in September, Winfrey will return to TV on her OWN network, her company said.


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March 23rd, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Oprah settles lawsuit with former head of girls school

Oprah Winfrey has settled a lawsuit filed against her by the former head of the girls' school in Africa she founded in 2007, attorneys for Winfrey and Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane said.


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