A 23-year-old Iraq war veteran has been charged with four counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of four homeless men.
A 23-year-old man prosecutors say fatally stabbed four homeless men in California will be charged Monday in connection with two other crimes: the brutal killings of a mother and son.
The man that prosecutors say is behind the stabbing deaths of four homeless men in Southern California now stands accused of the brutal killing of a mother and brother of an old friend, authorities said.
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether they will seek the death penalty in their murder case against Itzcoatl Ocampo, a 23-year-old Iraq war veteran accused of stabbing four homeless men to death in California, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Tuesday.
Federal aid helped many cash-strapped Americans keep a roof over their heads during the prolonged economic slump, but the number of people living a step away from the streets has grown sharply, researchers reported Wednesday.
A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt franchise has been arrested and is accused of beating a homeless man with a tire iron near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday.
Authorities on Sunday identified a man arrested in connection with a series of fatal attacks on homeless men in Southern California.
Authorities in California have arrested a man who "generally fits the description" of a man suspected of killing several homeless people, Anaheim police said.
As the year draws to a close, it's not the promise of a new year that brings us the most joy. No, it's the chance to reflect on the past year's most memorable work stories that gives us the most delight. This year's selection of workplace tales ranges from ingenious to inspiring to just plain weird, but they all left their own special mark on pop culture.
All kids are born with an innate sense of charity and compassion. Sure, it's easy to lose sight of that fact as we listen to our little ones clamor for the hottest toys, tastiest treats, and trendiest clothes. But if we look closely, the signs are everywhere. Watch your 2-year-old stop to offer a wailing baby a comforting toy. Catch your 5-year-old consoling a pal who has just been walloped by a playground bully.
CNN's T.J. Holmes talks to Maj. George Hood of the Salvation Army about using virtual bell ringers to collect donations.
The connection seems obvious: nearly 400 acres of land set aside to house veterans and thousands of veterans who need a place to call home.
An Iraq vet tells CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta how post-traumatic stress disorder led to homelessness.
Cars and trucks cruise along Cedar Bridge Avenue, drivers listening to radio anchors reporting the headline that a record 46 million Americans are living in poverty, while 50 feet from the bustling boulevard, hidden by the woods that border the road, lies a shocking example of that shameful statistic.
CNN's Allan Chernoff reports on a new low in the sour economy: unemployed people living in tent city just to survive.
Blogging and tweeting might be among the last hobbies you'd list for a homeless person, but some down-and-out people have embraced social media in such a way that it's actually garnered them needed assistance -- everything from food and diapers for children to counseling and housing.
Homeless people are using social media to connect with others, services and find their voices.
In Tanzania, homeless boys living on the streets are seen by many residents as a menace, dangerous or trouble-makers.
In Tanzania, homeless boys on the street are seen as menaces. But the Watoto Foundation see them as young kids with potential.
James has an unlikely reaction when he watches his gangly black puppy Bigera chow down on a can of dog food: His stomach rumbles.
Volunteer vets are helping animals whose owners have lost their homes. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.
James has an unlikely reaction when he watches his gangly black puppy Bigera chow down on a can of dog food: His stomach rumbles.
Painting becomes a way of life, and a way to make a living, at an art studio inside a homeless shelter.
An art studio doesn't usually make anyone's list of what the homeless need.
A few months ago, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a UK-based nonprofit that does amazing work in the field of poverty and social exclusion, issued a surprising report that deserves a much wider readership.
Among the more controversial GOP budget cut proposals is an effort to kill $75 million that's slated to house homeless veterans.
One tweet was all it took to reunite a homeless New York man with a daughter he had not seen in 11 years.
I remember vividly when I got "the look." My hair was grimy and my clothes smelled from having been worn for three straight weeks. I buried my unshaven face into my jacket as I stepped onto the E train in New York, clinging to my green garbage bag of belongings.
CNN follows Dr. Roseanna Means on a recent trip to a homeless shelter in the Boston area.
More than 2,000 women in Boston are homeless, but CNN Hero Roseanna Means is giving them something they can count on -- free, quality medical care.
For more than a year, Ellen O'Donnell slept on the streets, where she was the target of theft, violence and cruelty. Her situation left her neglecting chronic health problems that threatened her survival.
Dr. Roseanna Means is bringing quality medical care -- for free -- to women in Boston's homeless shelters.
By now, millions of Americans have heard from Ted Williams.
After living on the streets, the latest YouTube sensation is ready to give life a second shot
Olympic gold-medalist Evan Lysacek talks about how he enjoys his work with "Help USA," a homeless advocacy nonprofit.
Evan Lysacek became a household name in February when he won the Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating.
When Bob Adams returned from Vietnam, he began helping homeless veterans. Photojournalist Chris Davis has his story.
Alex Garcia is an Iraq war veteran who feels lucky. He's never needed the homeless shelter where he works.
I am a U.S. Army veteran and I was once homeless and struggling with addiction. After I got out of the service, I was introduced to alcohol and drugs. I ended up on the street where I lived in drug houses, and saw shootings and crime of all types.
Veterans Day is a day to honor and celebrate the military veterans who have served our country, but if you don't have a veteran in your family or even know one, the meaning of the day may be lost.
Former TV chef Juan-Carlos Cruz faces nine years in prison after pleading "no contest" Tuesday to a charge of soliciting two homeless men to kill his wife, the prosecutor said.
When temperatures start to dip to uncomfortable lows at night, there are always calls from charities to donate blankets and warm clothes for homeless people. Some iReporters came up with less predictable ways to help their fellow humans and make a creative impact in the lives of those less fortunate.
The New York City Department of Homeless Services is defending its decision to exclude 200 struggling New York families from a taxpayer-funded program that offers prevention services to people at risk of becoming homeless.
Alexandra Pelosi is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker known for capturing the political campaigns of George W. Bush, John McCain and Sarah Palin, as well as telling the story of the Rev. Ted Haggard.
Growing numbers of vulnerable children across Eastern Europe and Central Asia are at risk of dying from AIDS, with widespread drug use and the sex trade contributing to an "underground HIV epidemic," UNICEF warned on Monday.
When the sun dips below the Rocky Mountains and the streets of Denver go dark, Lokki, his girlfriend Magic and their friend Tripp head home.
CNN's Jim Spellman goes inside the world of teens and young adults who call the streets of Denver home.
Though the hosting of a major international sport event can provide great opportunity for much of the population of a host nation, critics argue that people living on the streets often have reason to be fearful.
The Great Recession drove more families into homeless shelters in 2009, a new federal report has found.
Fertility issues were at the center of former TV chef Juan-Carlos Cruz's motivation in the alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife, according to sources close to the couple.
Former TV chef Juan-Carlos Cruz entered a plea of not guilty Monday in his initial appearance on a murder-for-hire charge in Los Angeles.
Juan-Carlos Cruz, the former host of Food Network's "Calorie Commando" is accused of plotting to hire homeless people to carry out a murder, California police said Friday night.
After losing her job, Shay Kelly decided to live among the homeless and chronicle their lives. Video by Jim Spellman.
From Detroit to Denmark, the power of the pedal is generating electricity and energy conservation awareness.
Manatee sanctuary officials say the animals are flocking to warmer waters to wait out the unusually cold weather.
The South emerged Saturday from another night of bone-rattling cold that has seen records fall and homeless shelters fill to capacity.
The heat isn't working in the house, so Brook does what he can to keep warm for his night's sleep. He wears a thick coat and about five layers underneath, with a hat covering the hood that he draws close to his face.
With temperatures below freezing in Atlanta, members of the homeless community seek shelter, food and a bed to sleep in.
The weather has turned dangerously cold in much of the country, putting homeless people at high risk of injury or even death. If you encounter someone and want to help, what should you do?
One Arkansas shelter is opening up its doors to help people.
A cold icy sidewalk isn't where you would normally expect to find a sleeping British royal, but it is where Prince William spent the night to highlight the plight of the homeless.
Britain's Prince William spent a freezing night sleeping on the streets of London. ITN's Neil Connery explains why.
Sean Cononie bounded out of the back of an ambulance ahead of most of the other volunteers. A bullhorn in his hand, he was, in a sense, the pied piper.
Fourteen years ago, Mark Horvath was in crisis. The former exec was living on the streets in Hollywood, California, where for a dollar he let people take a photograph of his pet iguana, named Dog.
A formerly homeless California man uses a video camera, web site and Twitter feed to chronicle the lives of the homeless around the country.
A Las Vegas elementary school goes the extra mile to help its students. CNN's Dan Simon reports.
Principal Sherrie Gahn said she was shocked when she first came to Whitney Elementary School seven years ago.
With a simple, declarative statement, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs announced his ambitious goal to eradicate one of the country's most shameful problems.
Just a few years ago, Ron Kenebrew was in prison. When he got out, he moved from Arizona to Minnesota, but he soon wound up homeless.
CNN's Chris Welch reports on homeless men who are making their own TV show in Minnesota.
A tent camp in Seattle offers a temporary haven for the homeless. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.
In cities across the country, people with nowhere to live have done what many would have thought unthinkable before the economic crisis: moved into tents.
When Iraq war veteran Angela Peacock is in the shower, she sometimes closes her eyes and can't help reliving the day in Baghdad in 2003 that pushed her closer to the edge.
Vietnam War veterans mentor a new generation of homeless vets in Los Angeles. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.
Living in a trailer in a Wal-Mart parking lot, a woman uses a blog to change her life. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.
When Sergio Arias returned to civilian life in Oxnard, California, visions of war still haunted him.
Over the last two calendar years, more Americans in the United States were killed in a little-noticed spate of unprovoked attacks than were killed by terrorists, in large commercial jet crashes or in racial hate crimes.
Homeless families in suburban and rural areas jumped by 56% in 2008, according to a government report released Thursday.
The tears begin and her voice trembles as Ruth Martinez remembers the first few days of her new world.
CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on the increasing number of homeless families.
Sheila Wash greets her son and daughter, 13-year-old Cecil and 9-year-old Sheliah, every day when their school buses arrive "home."
The homeless men and women shuffle across the frozen ground of the tent camp and surround a steel drum burning wood. They use the flames to cook food and to stay warm.
The homeless in Seattle have formed their own community in a tent city called Nickelsville.
When Sean Dolan saw signs being carried by homeless people, he saw an opportunity.
CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on a marketing scheme that turned into a Web site to help the homeless.
Brenda Gardenhire shows off her new home with pride. It looks like an oversized shopping cart covered with a khaki canvas. But to her, it's "wonderful" -- a stepping stone to get her off the streets and get her life back in order.
A Los Angeles movie producer comes up with a shopping cart house for the homeless. Ted Rowlands reports.
One in 50 children is homeless in the United States every year, according to a report released Tuesday.
Some people feel a twinge of guilt at hotel checkout time when they see the small bottles of complimentary soap and shampoo that will be thrown out when they leave the room.
She's being hailed as the "face of the economic crisis," and now Henrietta Hughes has become something of a media star after reaching out to President Obama in an emotional plea for help.
A homeless woman makes an emotional appeal to President Obama. CNN.com writer Ed Hornick reports.
Until recently, Navy veteran Joe O'Boyle had no home.
Photojournalist Emmanuel Tambakakis introduces us to a vet who has overcome homelessness and found a place of his own.
A horrendous attack on a street person in Los Angeles once again raises the issue of protecting the homeless
In the middle of an economic crisis, with a lot of Americans worried to death about how they are going to pay their bills, our two presidential candidates are about to spend an astonishing amount of money kicking the "you know what" out of each other on national television.
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