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Pilot dies during American Airlines flight

(CNN) -- The pilot of an American Airlines passenger jet died during a flight from Phoenix to Boston, an airline official told CNN on Monday.The official did not specify the cause of death but said it was from "illness."The flight,…

10-year-old twins fight leukemia together

(CNN) -- It was almost time for summer vacation in June 2013, when 8-year-old Lily Dove threw up before school. Her mother, Erin Dove, thought it was odd, but kept her home for the day. As a mother of three…

15-year-old loses 100 pounds to reach bodybuilding dream

(CNN) -- At 15, MacKenzie Walker has accomplished more than most people twice her age. She's written a book. She's started a business, training and coaching clients online. She's amassed nearly 60,000 Instagram followers.And perhaps most impressive, MacKenzie has lost…

'Happy Birthday' song claim thrown out by judge

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- "Happy Birthday," the world's best-known English-language song, is now legally yours.A U.S. District Judge ruled Tuesday that Warner/Chappell Music's claim to the 120-year-old song wasn't legal, therefore freeing it from copyright. The ruling came amid a…

Weight of the union: Obesity by state

(CNN) -- New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control find that while adult obesity rates remain steady, they are still high around the country.In a state-by-state analysis, Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi were states with the highest adult obesity…

Humpback whale nearly crushes kayakers

(CNN) -- A massive humpback whale nearly flattened a pair of kayakers on California's Central Coast when it launched out of the sea and landed on their boat.Nearby whale watchers looked on in fright as the creature flipped the couple…

Pilot diverts airplane to save dog

(CNN) -- Simba the French bulldog is probably alive today because of the attentiveness of an Air Canada pilot.Simba was flying via Air Canada Flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Toronto when the pilot noticed a problem with the cargo…

Houston school bus crash: 2 students killed

(CNN) -- A Houston school bus fell from a highway overpass onto the street below after a car struck it Tuesday morning, killing two students and seriously injuring three other people, officials said.Video from CNN affiliate KTRK-TV showed the school…