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War vet charged in homeless killingsupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 05:23:00

A 23-year-old Iraq war veteran has been charged with four counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of four homeless men.

Suspect in California homeless killings faces additional murder charges updated: Mon Feb 06 2012 05:23:00

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.

Suspect in homeless killings faces additional murder charges updated: Sat Feb 04 2012 02:43:00

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.

Iraq war vet charged with first-degree murder in 4 homeless men's deathsupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 19:53:00

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.

Stimulus money kept Americans off the street, study findsupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 08:59:00

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.

Pinkberry co-founder arrested on assault allegationupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 19:14:00

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.

Police identify man arrested in killings of California homeless menupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 17:05:00

Authorities on Sunday identified a man arrested in connection with a series of fatal attacks on homeless men in Southern California.

Man arrested after stabbing of apparent homeless man in California updated: Sat Jan 14 2012 04:44:00

Authorities in California have arrested a man who "generally fits the description" of a man suspected of killing several homeless people, Anaheim police said.

8 of the weirdest work stories from 2011 updated: Mon Dec 26 2011 07:44:00

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.

How to teach your child about charityupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 07:49:00

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.

Salvation Army embraces social mediaupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 07:49:00

CNN's T.J. Holmes talks to Maj. George Hood of the Salvation Army about using virtual bell ringers to collect donations.

LA vets demand housing at giant VA campusupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 01:33:00

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.

A veteran's descent into homelessnessupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 01:33:00

An Iraq vet tells CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta how post-traumatic stress disorder led to homelessness.

The jobless in New Jersey find refuge in Tent Cityupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 17:10:00

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.

Desperate, jobless head to tent citiesupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 17:10:00

CNN's Allan Chernoff reports on a new low in the sour economy: unemployed people living in tent city just to survive.

Homeless turn to Twitter for food, shelterupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 11:18:00

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 use social media for supportupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 11:18:00

Homeless people are using social media to connect with others, services and find their voices.

Former street children run luxury safari lodgeupdated: Wed May 11 2011 08:42:00

In Tanzania, homeless boys living on the streets are seen by many residents as a menace, dangerous or trouble-makers.

Second chances for "street boys"updated: Wed May 11 2011 08:42:00

In Tanzania, homeless boys on the street are seen as menaces. But the Watoto Foundation see them as young kids with potential.

When a pet's love is all you have leftupdated: Tue May 10 2011 13:52:00

James has an unlikely reaction when he watches his gangly black puppy Bigera chow down on a can of dog food: His stomach rumbles.

Helping pets without a homeupdated: Tue May 10 2011 13:52:00

Volunteer vets are helping animals whose owners have lost their homes. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

-------------When a pet's love is all you haveupdated: Tue May 10 2011 10:37:00

James has an unlikely reaction when he watches his gangly black puppy Bigera chow down on a can of dog food: His stomach rumbles.

Man's art gets him off the streetsupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 13:56:00

Painting becomes a way of life, and a way to make a living, at an art studio inside a homeless shelter.

At this shelter, art studio helps the homeless paint a brighter futureupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 13:56:00

An art studio doesn't usually make anyone's list of what the homeless need.

Giving money to the homeless might actually workupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 08:58:00

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.

CNNMoney: Budget cuts may hit homeless vetsupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 18:25:00

Among the more controversial GOP budget cut proposals is an effort to kill $75 million that's slated to house homeless veterans.

Twitter helps homeless man reunite with daughterupdated: Sat Feb 26 2011 07:55:00

One tweet was all it took to reunite a homeless New York man with a daughter he had not seen in 11 years.

I was homeless; 'the look' judged me worthlessupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 09:54:00

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.

Web extra: CNN Hero Roseanna Meansupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 12:19:00

CNN follows Dr. Roseanna Means on a recent trip to a homeless shelter in the Boston area.

Homeless women face more obstaclesupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 12:19:00

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.

Doctor fills health-care gap for homeless womenupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 16:11:00

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.

CNN Hero: Dr. Roseanna Meansupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 16:11:00

Dr. Roseanna Means is bringing quality medical care -- for free -- to women in Boston's homeless shelters.

How faith helped uncover a 'golden voice'updated: Fri Jan 07 2011 16:53:00

By now, millions of Americans have heard from Ted Williams.

People.com: Homeless Man Ted Williams Strikes Gold - with His Voiceupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 11:55:00

After living on the streets, the latest YouTube sensation is ready to give life a second shot

Gold medalist's inspiration: Volunteeringupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 12:49:00

Olympic gold-medalist Evan Lysacek talks about how he enjoys his work with "Help USA," a homeless advocacy nonprofit.

Lysacek: Homelessness can happen to anyoneupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 12:49:00

Evan Lysacek became a household name in February when he won the Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating.

Helping homeless veteransupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 15:33:00

When Bob Adams returned from Vietnam, he began helping homeless veterans. Photojournalist Chris Davis has his story.

After war, a place to call homeupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 15:33:00

Alex Garcia is an Iraq war veteran who feels lucky. He's never needed the homeless shelter where he works.

Once homeless vet's mission to save his brothers-in-armsupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 07:39:00

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.

Five ways to help a veteran todayupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 18:09:00

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 Food Network chef pleads 'no contest' in murder plotupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 16:23:00

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.

Out-of-the-box shelter solutionsupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 10:11:00

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.

New York officials defend controversial study on services for homelessupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 21:52:00

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 discusses film on homeless in the OCupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 15:56:00

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.

Eastern European street kids facing 'HIV epidemic'updated: Mon Jul 19 2010 13:29:00

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.

The face of America's homeless youthupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 11:48:00

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.

Teens call highway overpass homeupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 11:48:00

CNN's Jim Spellman goes inside the world of teens and young adults who call the streets of Denver home.

Fact or fiction: World Cup woes for homeless ?updated: Fri Jul 09 2010 11:46:00

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.

CNNMoney: More families are homeless and on the streetsupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 08:59:00

The Great Recession drove more families into homeless shelters in 2009, a new federal report has found.

Sources: Inability to have child behind TV chef's murder schemeupdated: Wed May 19 2010 19:13:00

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.

'Calorie Commando' pleads not guilty in alleged murder plotupdated: Mon May 17 2010 21:02:00

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.

Former TV chef accused in murder-for-hire plotupdated: Sat May 15 2010 15:08:00

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.

Woman chronicles America's homelessupdated: Fri May 07 2010 09:42:00

After losing her job, Shay Kelly decided to live among the homeless and chronicle their lives. Video by Jim Spellman.

Pedal power is fueling green awarenessupdated: Thu Apr 22 2010 08:14:00

From Detroit to Denmark, the power of the pedal is generating electricity and energy conservation awareness.

Manatees seek weather sanctuaryupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 08:29:00

Manatee sanctuary officials say the animals are flocking to warmer waters to wait out the unusually cold weather.

South can't shake cold spellupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 08:29:00

The South emerged Saturday from another night of bone-rattling cold that has seen records fall and homeless shelters fill to capacity.

In winter, some homeless choose between independence, warmthupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 13:26:00

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.

Homeless in freezing tempsupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 13:26:00

With temperatures below freezing in Atlanta, members of the homeless community seek shelter, food and a bed to sleep in.

How to help the homeless in the coldupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 13:20:00

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?

Not just a homeless shelterupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 13:20:00

One Arkansas shelter is opening up its doors to help people.

'Homeless' Prince William spends night on streetupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 12:07:00

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.

Prince William sleeps on streetupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 12:07:00

Britain's Prince William spent a freezing night sleeping on the streets of London. ITN's Neil Connery explains why.

Volunteers vaccinate homeless against H1N1updated: Tue Dec 22 2009 13:57:00

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.

Activist's Web site, tweets put new face on homelessnessupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 14:16:00

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.

Web puts new face on homelessnessupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 14:16:00

A formerly homeless California man uses a video camera, web site and Twitter feed to chronicle the lives of the homeless around the country.

School takes care of its ownupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 12:20:00

A Las Vegas elementary school goes the extra mile to help its students. CNN's Dan Simon reports.

School helps students fend off bad timesupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 12:20:00

Principal Sherrie Gahn said she was shocked when she first came to Whitney Elementary School seven years ago.

VA's bold goal: Eradicate homelessness among veterans in 5 yearsupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 21:32:00

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.

Homeless find hope in working on TV showupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 10:42:00

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.

Homeless TV producersupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 10:42:00

CNN's Chris Welch reports on homeless men who are making their own TV show in Minnesota.

Tent camp for homelessupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 10:03:00

A tent camp in Seattle offers a temporary haven for the homeless. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

Homeless find temporary haven in tent campsupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 10:03:00

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.

U.S. seeing more female homeless veteransupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 07:20:00

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.

Mentoring homeless vetsupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 07:20:00

Vietnam War veterans mentor a new generation of homeless vets in Los Angeles. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Blog boosts homeless womanupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 17:50:00

Living in a trailer in a Wal-Mart parking lot, a woman uses a blog to change her life. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

Veterans of two wars work togetherupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 16:15:00

When Sergio Arias returned to civilian life in Oxnard, California, visions of war still haunted him.

Commentary: Beating the homeless is cruel, not coolupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 12:05:00

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.

CNNMoney: Homeless families spike in the suburbsupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 19:38:00

Homeless families in suburban and rural areas jumped by 56% in 2008, according to a government report released Thursday.

King: Bad economy puts more families on the streetsupdated: Fri May 08 2009 12:34:00

The tears begin and her voice trembles as Ruth Martinez remembers the first few days of her new world.

New face of homelessnessupdated: Sat May 02 2009 21:49:00

CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on the increasing number of homeless families.

Schools, agencies seeing big increase in homeless familiesupdated: Sat May 02 2009 21:49:00

Sheila Wash greets her son and daughter, 13-year-old Cecil and 9-year-old Sheliah, every day when their school buses arrive "home."

Tent city becomes home in tough timesupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 12:09:00

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.

Tent city is home to homelessupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 12:09:00

The homeless in Seattle have formed their own community in a tent city called Nickelsville.

PimpThisBum.com employs irony on homeless man's behalfupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 12:34:00

When Sean Dolan saw signs being carried by homeless people, he saw an opportunity.

Pimp this bum?updated: Thu Mar 26 2009 12:34:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on a marketing scheme that turned into a Web site to help the homeless.

Tents on wheels give homeless people roof and prideupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 12:58:00

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.

Homeless shopping cart tentsupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 12:58:00

A Los Angeles movie producer comes up with a shopping cart house for the homeless. Ted Rowlands reports.

Report: 1 in 50 U.S. children face homelessnessupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 08:58:00

One in 50 children is homeless in the United States every year, according to a report released Tuesday.

Cruise line donates items once discardedupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 08:42:00

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.

Homeless woman's plea to Obama draws flood of supportupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 11:13:00

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.

Obama moved by homeless womanupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 11:13:00

A homeless woman makes an emotional appeal to President Obama. CNN.com writer Ed Hornick reports.

Homeless veteran is a nomad no moreupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 10:31:00

Until recently, Navy veteran Joe O'Boyle had no home.

Help for homeless vetsupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 10:31:00

Photojournalist Emmanuel Tambakakis introduces us to a vet who has overcome homelessness and found a place of his own.

Time.com: Violence Against the Homeless: Is It a Hate Crime?updated: Wed Oct 22 2008 12:00:00

A horrendous attack on a street person in Los Angeles once again raises the issue of protecting the homeless

Commentary: Food banks instead of campaign adsupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 14:34:00

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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