CNN wire
  • Follow me on:

Stories from the CNN Wire services.

™ & © 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Recent Articles
  • Smoke Billows Above Oil Fields Near Mosul Dam. Photo credit: CNN

    UK raises terror threat level; Syria, Iraq risk cited

    The UK government raised its terror threat level Friday from “substantial” to “severe,” the fourth highest of five levels, in response to events in Iraq and Syria, where ISIS militants have seized a swath of territory. “That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent,” Home Secretary Theresa May said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, said it is not aware of any specific, credible threat to […]

  • Tony Stewart drives the #14 Office Depot car during Sprint Cup Series practice at Talladega Superspeedway May 4th, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    WATCH: Tony Stewart says racing ‘will help me get through’ trauma of driver’s death

    ATLANTA — Tony Stewart says he took the last three weekends off to respect the family of the driver that his race car struck and killed this month, and to deal with his own emotions. Returning to NASCAR racing this weekend, he says, will help him cope. Stewart, who opted out of three races after his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race on August 9, spoke briefly to reporters Friday about his decision to race in […]

  • Border patrol agents provide first aid to a woman along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Credit: CNN)

    Stock of private prisons booms amid latest immigration crisis

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — There’s a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, and Wall Street is betting that it will result in a boom for private prisons. Geo Group and Corrections Corporation of America are two of America’s largest for-profit prison operators. They have thousands of open beds, and they have deep relationships with the federal agencies charged with doling out contracts to house undocumented immigrants, including children. “It’s highly likely that the federal government will have to turn to the private […]

  • (Credit: CNN)

    WATCH: Luxury Denny’s restaurant offers craft cocktails, $300 Grand Slam breakfast

    NEW YORK — Denny’s swung open its doors in a luxury apartment building in New York’s City’s financial district Friday morning. And it had every marking of trying to attract Masters of the Universes and ladies who lunch — what was made to look like copper-stamped ceilings, exposed brick walls, faux Tolix chairs, and a full bar with artisanal bloody marys and prosecco on tap. Owner Rahul Marwah said he envisions the restaurant filled with a Wall Street crowd, given […]

  • (Photo: American Airlines)

    Airline seat reclining sparks another midair skirmish

    MIAMI — Inching into another passenger’s knee space has some fliers itching for a fight. In the second serious airline legroom argument reported this week, a reportedly irate passenger caused a flight from Miami to Paris to divert to Boston on Wednesday. Paris resident Edmund Alexandre, 60, was charged in U.S. federal court Thursday with interfering with an airline flight crew. Interfering with flight crew members is a violation of federal law and carries a sentence of up to 20 […]

  • volcano

    Volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea

    RABAUL, Papua New Guinea — A volcano erupted in Papua New Guinea on Friday, spurting ash tens of thousands of feet into the sky. The eruption of Mount Tavurvur on the island of New Britain began early Friday, said Craig Earl-Spurr, a meteorologist at the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Australia. The volcano spewed a thick tower of ash that reached as high as 60,000 feet above sea level. Dramatic photos posted on social media showed Tavurvur belching fire […]

  • NFL (MGN-Online)

    NFL toughens domestic violence policy with six-game bans

    In the wake of criticism over a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the NFL has established a six-game unpaid ban for personnel who violate the league’s policy on domestic violence, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday. A second incident would be punished by a lifetime ban from the league, Goodell said in a letter and memo to the owners of the league’s 32 teams. Without referring to Rice by name, he acknowledged in his letter that he […]

  • U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks at the Republican National Convention. (Credit: CNN)

    McConnell tries to calm talk of another government shutdown

    WASHINGTON — In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year. “Of course not. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns,” McConnell said Wednesday. “It’s a failed policy,” he said of shutdowns. Earlier this month, Politico reported that, if selected majority leader, McConnell plans to tell the president to accept bills reining in the […]

  • Police stand guard during protests in Ferguson, Mo.

    $40 million lawsuit accuses Ferguson police of beating, drowning non-protestors

    FERGUSON, Mo. — In a $40 million federal lawsuit, five people arrested recently in Ferguson, Missouri, accuse police of using “wanton and excessive force” and treating U.S. citizens “as if they were war combatants.” A complaint filed Thursday alleges that police officers from Ferguson and St. Louis County used unnecessary force and made unjustified arrests as they cracked down on protests after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month. The lawsuit lists Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, […]

  • Kevin Ward Jr. exits his car moments before being struck.

    Tony Stewart returning to NASCAR after fatally hitting fellow driver

    ATLANTA — Tony Stewart, who hasn’t raced since his car struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt track race earlier this month, will return to NASCAR racing at Atlanta, his team announced on its Twitter feed. Stewart opted out of three races after his car hit Kevin Ward Jr., who was walking on the track during an Empire Super Sprints series race August 9 in New York. “NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and […]

  • (Photo: MGN Online)

    Massive bank hack: What you need to know

    NEW YORK — Hackers have managed to break into 7 of the top 15 banks. Here’s what you need to know. What happened? Some of the biggest banks — including JPMorgan Chase — were recently hacked. The attackers used never-before-seen malware to break into the banks’ computer systems, according to someone with direct knowledge of the investigation. And the hackers got in deep enough to delete or manipulate bank records. Does this affect me? As a consumer, not yet. Customer […]

  • Apple's invitation to a Sept. 9 iPhone event teases more -- possibly a long-awaited smartwatch.

    It’s official! Apple sets event for Sept. 9

    Apple has set Sept. 9 as the date for a big announcement. What will the company unveil? “Wish we could say more,” reads an invitation sent to media members on Thursday. Multiple reports over the past few months have suggested that Apple plans to roll out two versions of an iPhone 6 this year, with screens that are 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, when measured diagonally. That would be a massive leap from the iPhone 5S and 5C’s 4-inch screens […]