The Weirdest Viral Stories Of 2015

Some ... let's call them "interesting" ... things happened this year. Here are our top picks.

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Obama warns Putin against intervening in Syria

President Obama warned his Russian counterpart against intervening in Syria's civil war, suggesting Vladimir Putin is aware of the dangers his country faces by entering the bloody conflict.

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Four Arrested in Georgia Over Alleged Links to Islamic State

Four people, allegedly connected to Islamic State, were arrested in Georgia on Tuesday following the seizure of weapons and Islamic State flags during raids in the capital, Tbilisi. Mark Kelly reports.

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Conviction of ex-speaker sends NY politics into turmoil

New York government, politics thrown into turmoil after conviction of ex-Assembly speaker

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South African prison shows former cell of Oscar Pistorius

Cell where Oscar Pistorius stayed is a highlight of an official tour of a Pretoria prison

Texas attorney general back in court over fraud indictment

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton returns to court over indictment on securities fraud charges

Little boy rescued after climbing 50-foot tree

A 6-year-old boy was rescued by the fire department after climbing a 50-foot tree and getting stuck. Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) has the story.

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Obama urges lower tensions between Russia, Turkey

Meeting with Turkish leader, Obama calls for lowering tensions with Russia after plane downing

Police Investigating Death Of Juneau, Alaska's Newly-Elected Mayor

Mere weeks after being elected in October, Juneau, Alaska's mayor, Greg Fisk, was found dead inside his home. He was 70 years old.

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Police: Florida man tried to electrocute father over will

Central Florida man tried to electrocute his father on Thanksgiving over will, police say

Obama visits Paris attack site, pays tribute to victims

Shortly after arriving in Paris, U.S. President Barack Obama visits the memorial at the Bataclan concert hall to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly Paris attacks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Smithsonian museum initiative explores 'Giving in America'

'Giving in America': New Smithsonian museum initiative explores history of giving in America

J.J. Abrams Literally Broke His Back Filming 'Star Wars'

Director J.J. Abrams wasn't willing to let something like a broken back stop him from working on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

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Obama: U.S. supports Turkey's right to defend itself

President Obama holds talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the COP21 climate summit in Paris. CNN's Phil Black has more.

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Obama: COP21 should lead to 'legally binding' mechanism

President Barack Obama outlines what a successful outcome would be for the Paris climate talks.

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The Latest: Prince Charles, climate envoys focus on forests

The Latest: Prince Charles, global envoys focus on saving forests to reduce global warming

Giuliani: Trump is 'exaggerating' 9/11 claims

Rudy Giuliani says there were reports of small groups of people celebrating during the 9/11 attacks but no reports of thousands of people celebrating.

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November Jobs Report: What to Watch For

The Labor Department will release new data on the U.S. jobs market which could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to lift interest rates before year's end. WSJ's Paul Vigna explains three key things to watch when the November employment report is released on Dec. 4. Photo: Getty.

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Great Western Bancorp buying parent of Home Federal Bank

Great Western Bancorp buying parent of Home Federal Bank in transaction valued at $140 million

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Man accused of smuggling turtles expected to plead guilty

Canadian man charged with turtle smuggling scheme expected to plead guilty in Michigan

Mary-Kate Olsen allegedly had 'bowls of cigarettes' at wedding reception

Mary-Kate Olsen has officially tied the knot with Olivier Sarkozy, and she reportedly had a full house of smokers in attendance for the reception. Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) has more.

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Obama says he hopes shooting at Colorado clinic spurs action

Obama says he hopes shooting at Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado spurs action

Cyber Monday Breaks Records As Shoppers Flock To Their Smartphones

This year's Cyber Monday is expected to break records with nearly $3 billion. But it could have been a lot more.

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