Gotta Watch: Mexico's drug war
Mexican police investigate a violent incident in Juarez, Mexico.
June 14th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Mexico's drug war

U.S. lawmakers are now calling for tougher firearms regulations after a report showed that more than 70% of Mexico's drug cartel weapons come from the United States. Violence associated with drug cartels has been a growing problem in Mexico, resulting in thousands of deaths. One of the more prominent ones was that of Mexican police chief, Martin Castro. His head was delivered to his colleagues in an ice box with a message from a powerful drug cartel in the region.  In today's Gotta Watch, we feature some of our more compelling stories highlighting the continued violence stemming from drug cartels in Mexico.

Mexico's 'bravest woman' - When 20-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia became police chief in one the deadliest parts of the world, she was dubbed the ‚Äúbravest woman in all of Mexico.‚ÄĚ Her predecessor had been beheaded, and it was a job no one was willing to take. Now, she‚Äôs left the only place she knows – a place where beheadings, shootings and gangland killings have become commonplace.

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Gotta Watch: The best of E3
Gamers and show attendees play video games at the Nintendo booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
June 9th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Gotta Watch: The best of E3

It's arguably the biggest video gaming event of the year. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3, started in 1995 as an annual showcase for the gaming world. Hundreds of companies, from multi-billion dollar corporations like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, to little-known software developers use E3 hoping it will launch them towards digital success.  This year's E3 just finished up in Los Angeles and CNN has your front-row seat. Here are some highlights you've just Gotta Watch.

From Wii to U ‚Äď At the world's biggest showcase for video games, Nintendo made the biggest splash this week with the unveiling of Wii U, the next generation of its popular, motion-controlled gaming system.

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Gotta Watch: Weird foods
June 8th, 2011
09:27 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Weird foods

Have you ever heard the saying you are what you eat? Well, if you like to sink your teeth into some of the foods in this Gotta Watch, we really hope that saying isn't true. Here are three of our favorite videos about foods that are not for people with a weak stomach. Bon Appetit!

Tacos a pest hazard - A California restaurant owner can no longer serve their most talked-about dish. That's because it's made out of grasshoppers and the health department isn't too thrilled with having bugs in your food. Supposedly they taste just like chicken.

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Gotta Watch: Remembering D-Day
Reinforcements disembarking from a landing barge at Normandy during the allied invasion of France on D-Day
June 6th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Remembering D-Day

On June 6th, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops poured onto the heavily fortified beaches of Normandy, France, in one of the most decisive battles of World War II. The D-Day invasion marked a beginning of the end of the war and the defeat of the Nazi regime in Europe. This particular operation was at a high cost to the Allied forces, with nearly 10,000 troops killed or wounded. Today marks the 67th anniversary of that pivotal operation.

'We didn't have time to fear' - World War II veterans recount what it was like to participate in the invasion of Normandy.

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Gotta Watch: Tiananmen Square protests
June 4th, 2011
02:21 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Tiananmen Square protests

It was a day in China's history that will never be forgotten.  June 4, 1989, Chinese troops opened fire on students and protesters in Tiananmen Square.  The protests began in April following the death of former Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang. Only a handful of people originally showed up to the square in his memory, but as weeks passed hundreds of thousands of people joined the demonstration, which became a mass movement for political reform.  The protests remained peaceful until troops opened fire June 4th. The government reported 241 people were killed and 7,000 were wounded. In today's Gotta Watch we remember the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

China's perfect storm - In 1989 the world watched mainly students and intellectuals protest in Tiananmen Square. CNN's Kristi Lu Stout details the most influential moments of the protests and the mystery that still surrounds the "tank man."

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Gotta Watch: The mind of 'Dr. Death'
June 3rd, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Gotta Watch: The mind of 'Dr. Death'

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, also known as "Dr. Death," passed away today at age 83. He most notably made headlines over his controversial stance on physician-assisted suicide.  Here are some of our most memorable moments involving Kevorkian...

'I helped more than 130 people die' - In April 2010, Dr. Jack Kevorkian tells CNN's Anderson Cooper about having to perform his first assisted suicide in a van.

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Gotta Watch: Wacky wedding proposals
May 22nd, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Wacky wedding proposals

There are lots of romantic ways to pop the question to your significant other.  You could get down on one knee or place the ring in a glass of champagne.  In today's Gotta Watch we thought we would showcase some of our favorite wacky marriage proposal videos. We'll start with one that happened earlier this week right here at the CNN Center.

'Marry Me, today and everyday' - Nothing could be more romantic than this surprise proposal. The lead singer of Train sings an acoustic version of "Marry Me" to surprise a soldier's girlfriend as he proposes. Good news! She said yes.

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Gotta Watch: Rare leg surgery; death-defying stunt; save date for 'Bridesmaids'
May 12th, 2011
08:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Rare leg surgery; death-defying stunt; save date for 'Bridesmaids'

Many of you have seen our Gotta Watch blog in the mornings. Well, there is so much great video out there that we've decided to continue the tradition in the evenings.  Here are two of the top videos from Wednesday (totaling more than 100,000 clicks each so far), as well as a CNN.com original.

A backwards leg is better than none -  A rare surgery is the only way  a 13-year-old Ohio boy with cancer could play baseball, again.  His leg surgery required doctors to rotate his leg 180 degrees.  Here's a warning, this video is probably not for the faint of heart.

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Gotta Watch: Mother's Day
May 8th, 2011
06:42 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is May 8 and, in the spirit of motherhood everywhere, we wanted to share some warm-and-fuzzy mommy videos that will hopefully make you smile. Here's a hint: They involve baby animals and their - how should we say, atypical? - mothers. These videos prove that you don't have to be a biological mother to be a mom.

Chihuahua's motherly instinct - This video from 2007 could be one of the cutest, or most disturbing videos ever.  At first glance, everything looks totally normal. Until you realize those babies aren't actually puppies.

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Gotta Watch: The big day!
April 29th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

Gotta Watch: The big day!

Months of planning, media hype and plenty of speculation about the dress are over. Prince William and Catherine Middleton tied the knot at a beautiful ceremony in Westminster Abbey. If you didn't get a chance to watch the wedding, here's your front row seat to some of our favorite moments.

William's first glimpse of Kate - It's arguably the most exciting part of the wedding, where the groom sees his bride for the first time on their big day.  Just take a look at Prince William's face when Catherine approaches. He looks so in love.

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Gotta Watch: Dumb criminals
April 22nd, 2011
09:51 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Dumb criminals

Rarely a day passes by that you don’t come across a story about a thief who bungled the simplest of heists. Check out these three, who reached new depths in criminal ineptitude, including one guy who literally wore his crime on his chest.

Guilt written in permanent ink - This guy thought it would be a good idea to get a tattoo depicting the scene of a murder. It just so happened that the murderer ... well it's him. This cold case had stumped L.A. investigators since 2004, but thanks to his tat, he's now convicted of the crime.

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Gotta Watch: Strange prom fashion
April 19th, 2011
07:16 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Strange prom fashion

It's that time of year again, prom season. While many are rushing out to buy the perfect outfit, others are taking a more creative route. They are designing their own prom outfits, and the materials they are using may surprise you.

Prom is as sweet as candy - literally – A Wisconsin mom thought it would be a good idea to design her daughter's prom dress out of Starburst wrappers. The entire creation took a total of six years to produce. The crafty mom also made a matching vest, shoes and handbag with the same material.

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Gotta Watch: Wrong-way truck crash; cold revenge; puppy in a box
February 8th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Wrong-way truck crash; cold revenge; puppy in a box

One lucky truck driver –¬†Well, maybe lucky isn't the word, but after driving the wrong way on the highway, crashing into a guard rail and surviving without major injuries, I'd say the driver should count his or her blessings. Perhaps what's even more amazing though is the cell phone video that captured the entire thing.

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Video: CNN reporters in the midst of violence in Egypt
Anderson Cooper, CNN crew attacked
February 2nd, 2011
06:48 PM ET

Video: CNN reporters in the midst of violence in Egypt

CNN's Anderson Cooper¬†and his crew were attacked in Tahrir Square by protesters Wednesday. ÔĽŅ Cooper said he was hit on the head by a pro-Mubarak demonstrator in front of the Egyptian Museum.¬† CNN producer MaryAnne Fox and a cameraman were attacked, too.

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November 24th, 2010
12:41 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Dance winning turkeys get 'new lease on life'

The stakes may have been high for "Dancing with the Stars," but they were even higher for the two turkeys President Obama pardoned at the White House today.

Obama offered the gobbling duo Apple and Cider a "new lease on life" after they won a dance competition against 20,000 other feathered friends.

Instead of receiving a mirror ball trophy like in 'DWTS', they got something even better: the gift of life. But that's not all. Watch the video to find out where they've been staying in Washington and what's next for them.

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