Front Page: Most Popular Stories from CNN


Here are the Top Stories from CNN.

Snowboard champ dies in avalanche
Swiss snowboard champion Estelle Balet has been killed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. The 21-year-old was the Freeride World Tour champion.

They’re dying for their cows
South Sudan is the world’s youngest country, and it has witnessed immense change since gaining independence in 2011. The promise of peace has given way to civil war, and tribal rifts continue to run deep, permeating political affairs. Over two million people have been displaced according to the UN, and tens of thousands killed.

Is this the one thing all religions can agree on?
“Slavery is repugnant to all faith communities – and all faith communities of faith can help end slavery once and for all,” writes Maurice Middleberg, of Free The Slaves.

5 things to start your day
Goodbye to a Prince. Hello to a (general) election. It’s Friday, and here are the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

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First lady to appear on ‘NCIS’
First lady Michelle Obama is set to appear in an upcoming episode of CBS’ “NCIS,” the network said Thursday.

‘The Science Guy’ gets political
On the eve of Earth Day, environmental activist Bill Nye told CNN that while everybody is more aware of climate change “than ever before,” we still have a long way to go.

Republican leaders huddle after Trump criticism
Given the high drama of this presidential primary, one can sympathize with the Republican National Committee for holding its annual spring meeting at a resort advertised as “an elegant retreat from the realities of day to day existence.”

Tiger found in Houston suburb
Police may have solved the mystery of the tiger found wandering the streets of suburban Houston.

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Prosecutor seeks to drop charges in 1957 cold case
One of the nation’s coldest cases could return to the deep freeze on Friday as a prosecutor seeks to dismiss charges he says sent an innocent man to prison for the 1957 murder of a little girl.

U.S. suicide rates on the rise
The number of suicides in the United States has been on the rise since 1999 in everyone between the ages of 10 and 74, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When a musician dies, interest in his or her catalog skyrockets. Imagine that response on steroids now that Prince has passed away.

Dancing in the street
Hours after learning of pop icon Prince’s death, hundreds of fans — many wearing purple — shut down the street in front of the famous First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis for an all-night dance party.

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Opinion: Stop criminalizing the victims
Nina ran away from home at 14. She met a woman who put her up in a hotel room and brought “clients” to her. For the next 13 years, Nina had 20 different pimps who advertised her for sex on the internet and abused her verbally and physically.

Chemical storage warehouse explodes
A warehouse storing chemical products has caught fire and exploded in east China’s Jiangsu Province, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

Dead at 57 after health scares, thrilling shows, purple pianos
At the height of his stardom, Prince was ubiquitous, a marquee star who sold out stadiums, stole the silver screen and slayed fans with his bare-chested sass and sexuality.

When Americans fought over gasoline
Friday is Earth Day and there is a lot to celebrate. Schoolchildren across the country will be honoring our natural environment and learning about what steps we need to take to preserve our resources, just as they did when the holiday started on April 22, 1970. According to the Energy Information Administration, since 1970, the United States has become more efficient for each dollar of GDP in how it uses energy.

We’re not doomed yet
Sure, there are plenty of reasons to be terrified about the future of the planet: melting ice sheets, intensifying heat waves, vanishing rainforests, falling temperature records, dying elephants, bleached out coral and kids in China don’t know the sky is blue.

Trump tries to smooth things over with GOP insiders
Donald Trump’s new delegate guru told Republican Party insiders at a posh resort here on Thursday that the billionaire front-runner is ready to work with the GOP to “evolve” as a candidate past the divisive primary.

Body found in search for firefighter
A search for missing Virginia firefighter Nicole Mittendorff was suspended Thursday after a woman’s remains were found in Shenandoah National Park, authorities said.

Purple tributes
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Donald Trump: 1988 and now
Oprah Winfrey interviewed Donald Trump on her show in 1988. He spoke about several issues that he has readdressed recently as a presidential candidate.

Recent podcasts: Sanders Demands Clinton Apologize | Guns in America | Radical Islam in America

Did you know Prince wrote this?
From the Bangles to Chaka Khan, Prince has written some of the most well-known songs sang by famous musicians of the last three decades.

Clinton takes her foot off the gas
Hillary Clinton is trading her direct attacks against Bernie Sanders ahead of this week’s New York primary for a softer touch.

Obama mourns ‘creative icon’ Prince
President Barack Obama called Prince a “creative icon” with a strong spirit as he offered prayers after the musician’s unexpected death Thursday.

Charged Flint official: I should have questioned directives
Mike Glasgow has been quick to admit that there are things he could have done differently.

2 killed in Rio bike path collapse
The host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics was hit with a setback Thursday when a large portion of a multimillion-dollar seaside bike path collapsed, killing two people and injuring three others.

Girl dies after school fight
A 16-year-old girl died Thursday after fighting with other girls in a bathroom at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, authorities said.

Prince of fashion
His Royal Badness, the Purple One, “the artist formerly known as Prince” and of course, simply Prince, has died at the age of 57.

Congress weighs restarting F-22
A week after Russian military aircraft buzzed dangerously close to U.S. Navy ships and Air Force spy planes, Congress is considering bringing back production of stealthy F-22 Raptor air-to-air fighter jets.

FBI paid $1m to hack terrorist’s iPhone
The FBI paid more than $1 million to the company that gained access to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook’s iPhone for their hacking services, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.

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U.S. soldier helps foil school plot
A U.S. Army captain working in Iraq helped foil a terrorist plot to blow up a school in Denmark, according to a U.S. defense official.

He devoured your resistance
He contained multitudes, flouted convention and ruled his world.

Memorable songs
From “1999” to “Purple Rain” to “Lets Go Crazy”, these are some of Prince’s most memorable songs.

Paris suspect Abdeslam charged
Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been charged with attempted murder in a shootout with police in Brussels days before his capture last month.

Why you sleep poorly in new place
Struggling to fall asleep and/or stay asleep when you are on the road? Don’t blame your pillow, instead blame your own hyper-vigilant brain, a new study shows.

Fans pay tribute
Prince’s sudden death Thursday in Minnesota prompted an outpouring of grief and disbelief from fans on social media, as the words of his hit song, “Let’s Go Crazy” found new meaning among lifelong fans mourning the passing of a musical legend.

How Prince described his music
In a 1999 interview, Prince says he draws inspiration from God when creating his music.

Why I changed my name
In a 1999 interview with CNN, Prince explains why he decided to take the step to replace his name with a symbol.

Here is a look at the life of Prince, a multitalented entertainer famed for his eclectic sound, glittery wardrobe and provocative lyrics.

Celeb tributes
Whoopi Goldberg said it best, echoing the thoughts of many: “This is what it sounds like when doves cry.”

Photos: Through the years
Prince’s most iconic moments
From his 1978 debut album “For You” to “Purple Rain” getting added to the Grammy Hall of Fame, these are Prince’s most iconic moments.

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‘Every song a prayer or foreplay’
Prince Rogers Nelson’s music transcended genres and generations. There were songs you could sing every word to, ditties that drove you to dance and ballads so poignant in their descriptions of love and life that anyone could relate.

Post your tributes
Pop iconic Prince has died at the age of 57. His music inspired a generation, and news of his death has created a massive outpouring of grief around the world.

Grand jury to meet in NFL star’s death
A grand jury for the Will Smith murder investigation will be convened Thursday, John Fuller, attorney for the accused killer Cardell Hayes tells CNN.

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