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Google's 10 most popular Halloween costume searches

(CNN) -- When it comes to Halloween costumes in 2015, the typical vampire or clown costume just won't do.Superheroes, who dominate movies and TV, remain popular, but a villain is the most sought-out costume of all, according to Google Trends'…

Processed meat causes cancer, says WHO

LONDON (CNNMoney) -- Like your daily hot dog or bacon sandwich? You may want to think again.The World Health Organization said Monday that eating processed meat such as sausages and ham causes cancer, while unprocessed red meat may also be…

Chris Rock to host 2016 Oscars

(CNN) -- Standup comedians are having a comeback moment. First, Tracy Morgan returned to host "Saturday Night Live" after a devastating car accident and announced that he would tour in 2016. Then, Eddie Murphy dipped a toe back into standup…

New breast cancer guidelines: screen later, less often

(CNN) -- In a move sure to befuddle women -- and anger some breast cancer survivors -- the American Cancer Society has issued new guidelines saying less screening for breast cancer is better than more.The venerated cancer organization says women…

What did 'Back to the Future II' get right?

(CNN) -- "Back to the Future" Day is Wednesday, and fans are tallying up the 1989 film's predictions of life in the year 2015.How did the movie do? Here are some of its hits and misses:Big-screen televisions and video conferencing:…

Was 'Back to the Future II' right about the Cubs?

(CNN) -- Calm down, America.Yes, the Cubs have won a playoff series. Yes, "Back to the Future Part II" predicted that the Cubs would be the 2015 World Champions.But the 2015 World Series is still, well, in the future. First,…

Dole recalls spinach for potential salmonella

(CNN) -- Have a bag of spinach salad in your refrigerator? Be sure to check its code number.Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling some bagged spinach due to salmonella, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Random tests by the…

Halloween Fast Facts

(CNN) -- Here is some spooky background information about Halloween, celebrated annually in the United States on October 31. This year, Halloween is on a Saturday.Facts: The word Halloween is an abbreviated version of the phrases All Hallows' Eve or…

Playboy to eliminate nude photos from the magazine

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Soon "I read it for the articles" will be more believable.The iconic men's magazine Playboy said Monday that it is planning to drop fully nude female photography from its pages.The news, first reported by The New…

Priest Rapids Dam Explosion Injures Six

11:35 Update: Three patients were airlifted to Harborview Medicial Center in Seattle. One is a 58-year-old male who is satisfactory and two other males in their 40's are critical in intensive care. Harborview is expecting two more patients. 7:20 p.m.…

Another death related to cucumber salmonella outbreak

(CNN) -- Another person has died after eating cucumbers linked to a multi-state Salmonella Poona outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.The person lived in Oklahoma and was the fourth to die in this recent outbreak.The CDC said…

Mysterious hissing leads to missing cobra

(CNN) -- The Great Florida Snake Scare of 2015 is over.The deadly king cobra that escaped its Orlando enclosure after a tree limb fell on it has been recovered, just 1,500 feet from where it first slithered away in September,…

Netflix raises monthly price $1 to $9.99

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Netflix is about to cost you a bit more.The popular streaming TV service is hiking the cost of its standard plan from $8.99 a month to $9.99.The standard plan lets households watch programming on two devices…

Is there a right time to buy holiday plane tickets?

(CNN) -- Although rumors abound about the best times to buy the most affordable holiday plane tickets, flying during some of the year's busiest travel periods won't be cheap.In an era of packed airplanes, shrinking seats and fees for extra…