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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Texas attorney general back in court over fraud indictment

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

Police: Florida man tried to electrocute father over will

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

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

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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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

Man gets life in prison for hacking grandfather to death

Michigan man gets life in prison for hacking, bludgeoning 71-year-old grandfather to death

Latest: University of Chicago set to reopen after threat

The Latest: U of Chicago to reopen after arrest for online threat that cited police shooting

How Republicans Talk About Islam: Then vs. Now

Post-9/11, President Bush made it clear: Islam is a peaceful religion. So why won't anyone running for the Republican nomination say that now?

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This exhibit is a must-see for Star Wars fans

A team of artists created models of the most famous characters and 11 iconic scenes from the Star Wars series. CNN visits the exhibit at London's Madame Tussauds.

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Cybersecurity bills would add secrecy to public records laws

New cybersecurity bills would add more secrecy for tech companies under public records laws