NEWS

Air, road, rail: Travel to be a nightmare

The National Weather Service, which isn't prone to exaggeration, is using terms like "life-threatening" and "historic" to describe the weather system taking aim at the Northeast.

Opinion: How officials decide when to close schools

Officials are faced with making a tricky call on whether it's safe to allow normal life to go on when a storm is coming.

Nigerian soldiers slow militants' march

Nigerian forces fought off Boko Haram militants in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, military officials said, but the extremists seized another town in the same state.

Japan's ISIS hostage crisis: Where things stand

The Japanese government is grappling with an unpredictable hostage crisis whose terms are being dictated by the Islamic extremist group ISIS.

Dwarf planet to get its first close-up

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on Pluto and its five moons. Soon we will see what no one has ever seen before: Crisp, clear pictures of the tiny, icy world.

When politics and beauty pageants collide

Even beauty pageants are not exempt from the tensions of global politics, as two Miss Universe contestants learned. | PHOTOS: STUNNING COSTUMES

Can ex-governor avoid traps of campaign?

After forming a shiny new political committee in early January, Jeb Bush has largely receded from public view, instead focusing on building his campaign operation.

Drone found at White House

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a "device" found on the grounds of the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday morning, adding early indications are that the device does not pose an ongoing threat.

Kurdish fighters turn back ISIS

Kurdish fighters are claiming progress in their fight against ISIS and now control at least 90% of the embattled Syrian city of Kobani, a monitoring group said Monday.

2 die in Home Depot incident

Shoppers crowded into a Manhattan Home Depot store to prepare for an anticipated snowstorm streamed into the streets Sunday afternoon after an employee shot a store manager and then himself, according to NYPD spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan.

Girl sought in $4.6M heist

Police are on the hunt for a girl as young as 12 and three adults allegedly involved in a $4.6-million diamond heist that targeted a luxury jewelry store in Hong Kong.

'SNL' tackles Deflategate

"Saturday Night Lives' " 'Tom Brady' and 'Bill Belichick' offer their explanation on the controversy over deflated footballs surrounding the New England Patriots.

SAG Awards big winner is ...

"Birdman" won the big prize -- outstanding motion picture cast -- at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, but it was talk about heritage and diversity that captured the evening.

Should U.S. pay ISIS ransoms?

CNN's Poppy Harlow talks with Robert Baer and Peter Bergen about countries possibly paying terrorists to release hostages.

Couple missing after posting Craigslist ad

Police have identified a suspect in the case of a Georgia couple who went missing after contacting a car seller on Craigslist.

Obama's Alaska move triggers fight

The Obama administration is moving to block oil and gas production along a major part of Alaska's northern coastline, setting off another energy battle with Republican lawmakers.

TV talk show pioneer dies

Longtime New York City radio and television personality Joe Franklin has died. He was 88.

Blind mom sees her newborn for first time

A legally blind woman in Canada uses high-tech glasses to see her newborn son. CNN affiliate CBC reports.

5 things to start your day

Brace yourselves for the Blizzard of 2015. "Birdman" wins top picture at the SAG Awards. And police hunt for missing Craigslist couple.

Girl, 4, calls 911, saves pregnant mom

Calise Manning is being called a hero for helping her pregnant mother and calling 911 operators in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Obama's trip proof of India's rise again

I was 8 when I watched my first and only Republic Day parade in my home in India. Back then, long before Delhi's population swelled to its current 20 million, the streets seemed wide and open and my eyes feasted on a sea of saffron, green and white, the colors of my country's flag.

Mother tries to sell newborn boy for $7,000

A woman in central China has been prosecuted for selling her newborn baby for $7,000, state media reports said, the latest of a string of shocking cases that have shed light on the country's trade in children.

Opinion: Nudity doesn't shock us anymore

In Paris on Thursday, fashion designer Rick Owens gave audiences quite a show when he sent male models down the runway wearing clothes with peepholes that offered a glimpse of the guys' formerly private parts.

Maher: 'American Sniper' is 'psychopath patriot'

Bill Maher criticized the movie "American Sniper" and deceased Navy Seal Chris Kyle calling him a "psychopath patriot."