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Whitney Houston's storied career: A regal rise, a tragic fall

By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN

The news broke on the eve of Grammy Awards, the music industry's biggest night: The woman with the pitch-perfect voice who once reigned as the queen of pop at the awards show had died.

Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday by her bodyguard on the fourth floor of an upscale Beverly Hills hotel where only hours later she was to attend a pre-Grammy bash hosted by her longtime mentor, Clive Davis.

'CAPTURED!!!' Boston police announce Marathon bombing suspect in custody

By Chelsea J. Carter and Greg Botelho , CNN

The second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday night, bringing to an end a massive manhunt in the tense Massachusetts capital worried by warnings the man was possibly armed with explosives.

After announcing the arrest on Twitter, Boston police tweeted: "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."

Movie massacre: 'Oh my God, this is really happening'

By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN

Jennifer Seeger stared at the gun pointed at her face in a darkened movie theater.

The 22-year-old had two choices: Stand there and die, or make a run for it.

She made a split-second decision and dived into a row at the Century Aurora 16 multiplex, tucking herself under the seats.

The gunman shot into the row, and then into the row behind Seeger. Bullet casings, burning hot, dropped around her.

Play dead, she told people as the shooting continued. He won't shoot people he thinks are already dead.

Matchbox 20 takes a match to its old image

By ​Chelsea J. Carter, Associated Press

Rob Thomas sat down at a computer and typed out a message.

It was a missive to fans about the release of Matchbox Twenty's first single in five years. He told them about a few changes in the band. He told them about their new greatest hits-with-a-twist album. And he told them what so many fans had waited to hear -- he was happy to be back, making music again with his friends.

And then he signed off: "Death to Matchbox. Long Live Matchbox."

With this week's release of "Exile In Mainstream," a greatest hits album that features six new songs, it is a rather curious statement.

​A weekend at grief camp: 'It's never going to be the same'

By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN

Jordan Turner looks down at the scrap paper on the table in front of him.

The instructions sound simple enough: On one side, write a negative word associated with grief; on the other, a positive word.

Words have always come easily to the lanky 15-year-old, who hours earlier walked into a Washington-area hotel conference room full of unfamiliar faces and easily fell into conversation with teens and adults alike.

Faces of 9/11: Where are they now?

By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN

A voice on the phone. A cry in the dark. A flag raised amid death and devastation.

These are the stories forever linked with the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York, Washington and western Pennsylvania.

In some cases, they are tales of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances -- people who became symbols of comfort and hope for a grieving nation.

Then there were those who were behind the attacks, people who have become the emblem of evil.

Presidential election tests Facebook friendships

By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN

Steve Reeder says it's no secret among his Facebook friends: He's a Republican.

But after he began posting news articles and political cartoons on his page that reflect his support for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, his friend count began falling off. Today, it's down by several dozen.

"One day, they are there. The next day, they just disappear," said Reeder, 53, of Roswell, Georgia. "Most (people) don't say anything to me about it. So I just say 'good riddance.'"

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