People in the Northwest are digging out from major storms this week. Some are taking advantage of the fresh powder, but winter sports come with risks. When things go wrong, they can go very wrong. Watch these incredible survival stories from athletes who were caught in avalanches.
Snowmobile scare â A group of buddies in Washington State headed out for a fun day on snowmobiles but got a major scare, instead. One man was caught in an avalanche and was unable to move or breathe under the snow. His friend captured the whole thing on his helmet cam.Â
Since the cruise liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy nearly a week ago, each day brings a new twist to the story.Â At least 11 people are dead and 21 are missing. The captain was arrested for abandoning the ship as others died. The terrifying passenger accounts of finding lifeboats evoke comparisons to the Titanic. Hear from the people involved in the disaster...
The passenger â Georgia Ananias was one of the last survivors on board. She described the event as âeverything you'd see on the Titanic and worseâ. One family, thinking they were about to die, asked her to save their child and handed their baby to her. Georgia looked at her husband, thinking it was the end, and returned the child to the family. See the rest of Georgiaâs story below.
ActressÂ Betty White turns 90 today, and sheâs not slowing down any time soon. The former âGolden Girlsâ star returned to the public eye after a spot in a Snickers commercial that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl. She followed that up with book deals and a gig as the guest host of âSaturday Night Live.â Now weâre showcasing our favorite moments. Youâve Gotta Watch these bawdy Betty moments.
Sex symbol â Betty White answers viewer questions with Larry King in this clip. She takes on everything from Sarah Palin to âDancing with the Stars.â Watch Larry King ask her if she was a âloose woman.â[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2010/03/17/lkl.betty.white.cnn"%5D
Sometimes the hype for the seasonâs âitâ item can really get over the top. When customers just have to have it, bad behavior can ensue. Check out the chaos that these hot products caused.
Apple attackÂ â Appleâs loyal followers love to have the latest product. In Beijing today, fans braved subzero temperatures to get the iPhone 4S. The store decided not to open in the morning, citing safetyÂ concerns overÂ the large crowd. The throng got unruly and even threw rocks and eggs at the store. Police were forced to break up the fray. Apple has now delayed the launch of the 4S in Beijing because of the incident.
The harrowing story of a young mother who protected her baby by shooting an intruder sheds light on those spur-of-the-moment choices people make when they are in danger. Hereâs a collection of other instances when victims defended themselves against their attackers. While the victims in these stories were wounded, the following incidents did not result in any fatalities.
Decades ago, the most popular action figures or dolls may have been G.I. Joe and Barbie, but companies are now branching out into ever-broader territory. Today's dolls are based on everyone from a tech company CEO to members of the first family. Not every idea sits well with the public, though. You've Gotta Watch these action figure ideas that fell flat.
Apple action figure â Apple fanatics can now buy an eerily realistic Steve Jobs action figure. This $99 doll from In Icons stands 12 inches tall and is expected to go on sale in February in the U.S. It comes complete with Jobsâ signature black turtleneck and jeans attire. Last year, a different Jobs doll was discontinued after the manufacturer was threatened with legal action.
From the Prince William to Kim Kardashian, it seemed like weddings made headlines all year. Here are some of our favorite unusual weddings from 2011.
Noble nuptials â This wedding took place in April, but excitement for this event was high from New Yearâs Day. Some people in the states hadnât been this eager for a royal wedding since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Many felt their son Williamâs wedding to Catherine Middleton lived up to the hype. Take a look back at Catherineâs stunning dress and the iconic balcony kiss.
Jeanne Moosâ quirky view of the world around her has earned her a place in the hearts of CNN.com viewers. Her videos are often among the most-viewed videos each day. (In case you missed yesterdayâs top-ranked pieceÂ showing delivery guys manhandling fragile packages, you can find it at the bottom of this post.) Weâve assembled the most popular pieces of the year, as well as some of Jeanneâs favorites. Plus, find out what she thinks of her picks.
Flour power â One of Jeanneâs favorite pieces of the year was a video of two toddlers covering every inch of a room in flour. The mess brought the mom to tears. âI donât have kids, and this is a great excuse for why not,â Jeanne says. See why.
This is kayaking like youâve never seen it before. Some âextreme kayakersâ are dropping down waterfalls and racing down rapids. Youâve Gotta Watch them perform death-defying stunts. Weâll let you decide whether theyâre cool or crazy.
Free-falling feat â Extreme kayaker Isaac Levinson recently rode down Alabama's 90-foot Noccalula Falls, upsetting park officials. He says he decided to do this stunt âbecause itâs there.â Hear him tell about his wild ride and watch a helmet-cam video of the fall.
Weâve all know Santa makes his list and checks it twice. But thatâs not all he does. Weâve got an insiderâs look at what Kris Kringle does to prepare for his big day. It may not all be what you expect.
Reindeer gamesÂ â Santaâs reindeer need year-round care for their epic 24-hour journey on Christmas Eve. Now, you can check in onÂ Dasher, Dancer and the rest 24 hours a day, seven days a week via webcam.Â Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Santa comes out to feed his reindeer and check his mailbox for letters from kids around the globe.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/12/13/bts-christmas-reindeer-cam.wxmi"%5D
Move over Lassie, youâve got some competition. These real-life dogs went to great lengths to save the lives of their owners and other animals alike. Maybe this is why theyâve earned the title of âmanâs best friend.â Youâve Gotta Watch these heartwarming videos.
Cats and dogsÂ â Cats and dogs might traditionally be enemies, but one pooch in Iowa rescued two kittens. Several cats were sealed into a âMeow Mixâ bag, abandoned on a road, and hit by a car. A dog dragged the bag back to his ownerâs house and whined until the owner discovered what was inside. See what became of the felines.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/12/07/dnt-dog-rescues-kittens.who"%5D
Politicians need to be prepared forÂ pretty much anything. Between the tabloids and reporters – every bit ofÂ what they say is scrutinized.Â Â Â There are always going to be moments when politicians get caught off guard by the people they expect the least.Â You've gotta watch whatÂ happens when kids stump politicians on the tough questions starting with an incident between Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and a teenager.
Teen vs. presidential candidate – Bachmann is questioned by a high school student about her stance on same-sex marriage at a town hall meeting in Iowa. Watch the testy exchange as she just won't let up. See the full video from iReporter Anelia Dimitrova here.
Thanksgiving may just be the most perilous day to be a turkeyâ after all, we call it Turkey Day. When the birds are under all that stress, who can blame them for wanting to take a little revenge? From chasing after mail trucks to pecking at presidents, youâve Gotta Watch these turkeys unleash their wrath.
Wild turkey chaseâA turkey might not seem like a very menacing animal â until itâs chasing you. One Sacramento TV producer went to check out reports of a turkey named âTerrible Tomâ terrorizing a neighborhood. She got a lot more than she bargained for. See her hilarious reaction to this wild turkey.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/10/07/turkey-attacks-producer.kxtv"%5D
The first moon landing was one of the nationâs most historic must-see events. An estimated 600 million people around the world tuned in to see Apollo 11 touch down on the moon. Today, the astronauts who flew to the moon are making a rare joint appearance to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, along with former senator and astronaut John Glenn. Youâve no doubt seen the moon landing footage. Now go behind the scenes and learn more about what it took to get Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon.
Cutting edge â The computer on the lunar module had 36kb of memoryâthatâs less than a calculator holds now. Check out the giant technological leaps weâve made since that historic trip.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2009/07/20/riddell.uk.apollo.technology.cnn"%5D
Cars, buildings and cameras. Youâre bound to get some good footage when they mix. You Gotta Watch these cars roll into a bike shop, smash into a diner and crash through a house. Amazingly, nobody was seriously injured in these incidents.
Dash cam dashÂ â An Oregon police officer was responding to a call when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a house. Watch the incredible dash cam footage as the car flies into the building. Also see the homeownerâs response when he watches the video for the first time.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/topvideos/2011/11/10/dnt-police-car-crashes-into-house.kgw"%5D
Surfing is already considered an extreme sport, but these riders are taking it to a whole new level. Check out one surfer breaking the world record for riding the largest wave, and others who sought out some unusual surfing spots.
Surfâs way, way up â Surfer Garrett McNamara rode aÂ behemoth wave that is believed to be 90 feet tall. He broke the world record for the largest wave ever ridden. He didnât realize how big it was at the time, but he says, âby the grace of God I made it through." Watch this unbelievable swell.
Itâs not uncommon for shoplifters to hide merchandise by stuffing it into their pants. Youâve Gotta Watch how far some thieves take this tactic to the extreme.
Fur coat follies â Police say one woman tried to steal a fur coat by stuffing it into her underwear. She was arrested for shoplifting, but she was in jail for three days before she told cops that she still had the coat on her. In this video, not only do you see her stuff the coat in her panties, but you also see her pull it out for police... three days later!
It must be Friday, because weâve gotten a lot of freaky videos today. From a bandit escaping by wheelchair to a man jumping over moving cars, youâve gotta watch these bizarre videos.
The Great Escape â A man walks into a store, robs it, and then escapes by motorized wheelchair. The best part: they towed the chair. Youâve got to see this surveillance video.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian filed for divorce Monday from her husband, NBA player Kris Humphries, after just 72 days of marriage. The E! special âKimâs Fairytale Weddingâ that aired on October 9 and 10 (and several days since then) detailed their lavish wedding and drew 10.5 million viewers. The newlyweds are hardly the first celebrities to file for a quick divorce after a huge Hollywood wedding, though. Youâve Gotta Watch these celebrity marriages that ended in divorce.
Kardashian Bash – Kim and Kris threw the Hollywood wedding of the summer this year. It was reportedly a $10 million affair. If youâre wondering who Kim Kardashian is and why sheâs famous, you can also check out âExplain it to me: The Kardashians.â