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    How the mortgage process just changed

    NEW YORK — It just got a little easier to navigate the complicated mortgage process. New disclosure rules went into effect in the mortgage world Saturday that require lenders to provide home buyers two new forms that clearly detail their loan terms. “For consumers, it’s going to be viewed as an improvement in what can be a somewhat scary and intimidating process in the biggest investment of their life,” said David Stevens, CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rule, […]

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    Parents: Here’s how to stop the worst of social media

    Editor’s note: Kelly Wallace is CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. Read her other columns, and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter. Watch a CNN Special Report, “#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens,” Monday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. (CNN) — As the mom of two girls, ages 7 and 9, there are countless reasons why I’m freaking out about the teen years. But topping that list, at the moment, is […]

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    American Airlines pilot dies suddenly while in flight

    PHOENIX, Ariz. – In a terrifying turn of events, an American Airlines flight had to be diverted when the pilot suddenly died behind the controls. An American Airlines official confirmed to CNN that the pilot of a commercial jet died while flying from Phoenix to Boston. The flight, which had 147 passengers on board at the time, was diverted to New York. Fortunately, the co-pilot landed the jet safely. The airline did not specify a cause of death, simply saying […]

  • It's mealtime for these mealworms, which researchers have found are able to eat Styrofoam. The waste they produce from these dubious snacks is biodegradable.
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    Worms that eat Styrofoam could help save our planet

    STANFORD, Calif. — Plastic, long considered nonbiodegradable and one of the biggest contributors to global pollution, might have met its match: The small, brownish, squirmy mealworm. Researchers have learned that the mealworm can live on a diet of Styrofoam and other types of plastic. Inside the mealworm’s gut are microorganisms that are able to biodegrade polyethylene, a common form of plastic, according to new studies published in Environmental Science and Technology by co-authors Professor Jun Yang and his doctorate student […]

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    The acronyms teens really use on social media

    Editor’s note: Kelly Wallace is CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. Read her other columns, and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter. Watch a CNN Special Report, “#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens,” Monday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. For the sake of this story, I’d like to invent a new acronym: IAVS, which means, “I am very sorry.” The reason for the apology stems from a story I wrote last […]

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    23 dramatic photos of the historic South Carolina floods

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — This is the kind of deluge that might happen only once every 1,000 years. South Carolina is grappling with historic flooding that has led to several deaths, shut down interstates and sent search crews scrambling to rescue those trapped by rising waters. “This is an incident we’ve never dealt with before,” Gov. Nikki Haley said. The hardest-hit swath of South Carolina stretches from the capital city of Columbia, right in the middle of the state, all the […]

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    McGraw-Hill to rewrite textbook after mom’s complaint

    Textbook publisher McGraw-Hill will rewrite a section in one of its books after a Houston-area mother complained that it whitewashes the role of slavery in bringing Africans to America. Roni Dean-Burren took to Facebook last week to vent her frustration over the wording of a passage in her son’s “World Geography” textbook that calls African slaves “workers” and “immigrants.” “The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers … notice the nuanced language there. Workers implies wages … yes?” she wrote. […]

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    Merciless gunman shot woman in a wheelchair, Oregon survivor says

    ROSEBURG, Ore. – He showed no mercy. He ordered his victims to the ground and shot them even if they complied. He asked them their religion but shot them no matter the answer. He even shot a woman in a wheelchair. The description of the shooting that left nine dead at Umpqua Community College in Oregon came from one of the survivors, a woman who was shot in the hand. The mother of another survivor said the shooter spared her […]

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    Oregon shooting: Victims remembered for compassion

    ROSEBURG,¬†Ore. – A quadruplet, an aspiring pediatric nurse and a man who had finally found his path in life. Recent high school graduates experiencing their fourth day of college. Beloved sons and daughters. They were among the nine people killed Thursday when a gunman stormed the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin gave their names and ages along with brief family statements. Here is more about them: Lucero Alcaraz, 19 Lucero Alcaraz was […]

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    South Carolina Governor calls rain a ‘thousand year’ event

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t mince any words Sunday about just how dangerous a situation the weather had become in her state. “We haven’t seen this level of rain in the Lowcountry in 1,000 years,” Haley said at an afternoon press conference. “That’s how big this is.” It wasn’t hyperbole. Certain areas of South Carolina had never before been deluged with such eye-popping rainfall tallies: more than 24 inches in Mount Pleasant, nearly 20 inches […]

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    Coast Guard finds debris field in the search for missing container ship

    UPDATE: The U.S. Coast Guard reports it has located a 225-square mile debris field comprised of Styrofoam, wood, cargo and other items. It is unclear whether the debris found belongs to the missing container ship El Faro, which was last heard from Thursday as it sailed near the Bahamas with Hurricane Joaquin approaching. Original Story The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy teams looking for the missing container ship, El Faro, have found “multiple items” during their search, including an oil […]