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    ‘Hunger Games’ disappoints despite record opening weekend

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The best movie opening weekend of the year was still a disappointment, as the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ fell far short of expectations. Fill in the blank: My favorite scene in #Mockingjay Part 1 was _________. pic.twitter.com/LG9HFFYwUl — Mockingjay – Part 1 (@TheHungerGames) November 23, 2014 The estimated $123 million in box office easily topped the $100 million opening for the “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which was the previous best opening of 2014. But […]

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    Kmart workers fight for time off on Thanksgiving

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Somebody has to work on Thanksgiving, and Kmart says it does its best to staff stores with volunteers that day. But hundreds of workers say that’s not good enough. More than 600 employees have signed a petition asking that the store allow employees to at least put in a request to have the holiday off. It’s the latest group of retail workers to push back against the Black Friday creep. At least 10 companies will open […]

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    Woman saying ‘we’re ready for Ferguson’ accidentally shoots self in head, dies

    ST. LOUIS, Mo.  (CNN) — A woman appears to have accidentally fatally shot herself in the head with a gun bought to prepare for possible Ferguson-related unrest, according to sources briefed on the police investigation. The shooting occurred Friday night in downtown St. Louis, the city’s Metropolitan Police Department said, in an area dominated by vacant lots beside a football stadium. The female victim, identified in a police report as Becca Campbell, 26, was a passenger in a car involved […]

  • Photo courtesy CNN: A Cleveland police officer responding to a call about a person with a gun fatally wounded a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be an air gun that looked very much like a real firearm, police said early Sunday.

    12-year-old with air gun dies in Cleveland police shooting

    (CNN) — A Cleveland police officer responding to a call about a person with a gun fatally wounded a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be an air gun, police said early Sunday.The shooting Saturday afternoon came as the nation nervously awaited a grand jury decision on whether to charge the police officer who killed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.The attorney for the family of the Cleveland youngster, who also was black, downplayed any possible […]

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    Katy Perry will headline Super Bowl halftime show; Watch her sneak peek promo video

    The NFL has announced that pop singer Katy Perry will be the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show in February on NBC, according to NBC News. .@katyperry will headline @pepsi @superbowl #halftime show: http://t.co/kCOCP8WdCl pic.twitter.com/ONUFW1JxIK — NFL (@nfl) November 24, 2014 Perry, 30, joins the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, and Prince to perform at the most-watched U.S. sporting and television event, said the NFL. Good decision? @katyperry has some "insane ideas" up her sleeve for the @SuperBowl: http://t.co/T5j1VWAlxI pic.twitter.com/m7Wf2t66l8 […]

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    R.I.P checkbook, adios PIN number: How you’ll manage your money in 2020

    CNN) — The checkbook is dead. While we’re at it, let’s write an obit for card readers too. And if you’ve ever worried about who might be looking over your shoulder at the ATM machine, or the exorbitant fee that money transfer will cost you, don’t fret. In years to come — not even that many — these problems won’t even exist as the way we bank and control our finances will change vastly. It already has in many ways. […]

  • Chris German, WHOI/NSF, NASA/ROV Jason

Shrimp called Rimicaris hybisae at deep hydrothermal vents in the Caribbean seem to have different dietary habits depending on the proximity of other shrimp. In dense clusters, the shrimp live moslty off bacteria, but when the shrimp population is sparse, they are more likely to turn carnivorous.

    Extreme shrimp might hold clues to alien life, NASA says

    (CNN) — Shrimp crawling around rock chimneys spewing hot water deep in the Caribbean Sea may hold clues to the kinds of life that can thrive in extreme environments on other planets, NASA says. The shrimp are called Rimicaris hybisae (no, we can’t pronounce it either). They live in clumps on hydrothermal vents 7,500 feet underwater, where temperatures reach 750 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s very, very dark. The water near the vents is cool enough for the shrimp to live […]

  • Exteriors of the Buzz Westfall Justice Centre in Clayton,Mo.This is where the Grand Jury looking into the police shooting of Michael Brown is taking place. The surrounding area is quiet,lots of media and rain.
Saturday, Law Enforcement surrounded the building with orange barricades and yellow tape.

    Is Ferguson grand jury close to deciding?

    FERGUSON, Missouri (CNN) — A grand jury will reconvene Monday to continue weighing evidence in its investigation of the Michael Brown shooting. Prosecutors haven’t said what their plans are, but local officials told CNN that if the grand jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson on Monday, an official announcement of that decision could come soon afterward — rather than 48 hours later as previously planned. Officials caution, however, that nothing is set and logistics are still being worked […]

  • Bill Cosby

    The Cosby controversy: From TV dad to accused sexual predator

    (CNN) — Bill Cosby has dominated headlines for much of the last month as accusations of sexual assault pile up. More than a dozen women have accused Cosby, many of whom say he drugged them first. Their stories paint a starkly different picture of the man beloved by millions as Dr. Huxtable — the sweet, sweater-wearing father on the sitcom, “The Cosby Show.” The 77-year-old comedian has denied some of the allegations and refused to discuss others. He has never […]

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    Bill Cosby defiant about answering sexual assault allegations

    (CNN) — It seems lately as if every day brings another allegation that further dismantles Bill Cosby’s image as the jovial, pudding-loving patriarch whose family-friendly brand of comedy tickled successive generations. Though the star has vehemently denied most of the accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted young women seeking career guidance, the stories are taking their toll on his reputation and bankroll. The stories of Cosby’s purported misdeeds have been around for about a decade, but they recently got […]

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    Former Wastington DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    (CNN) — Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry is dead, a Washington hospital spokeswoman said early Sunday. He was 78. Barry was elected four times as the city’s chief executive and was a council member in the District of Columbia for 15 years. The one-time leader of the city’s old Board of Education, Barry was, at one time, revered nationally as a symbol of African-American political leadership and beloved for his prowess at local politics. But his professional accomplishments were often […]