Video of Penn State fraternity incident was deleted, officer testifies

August 12, 2017

(CNN)Prosecutors say surveillance video was deleted from the basement of the house where they say Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi pledges were forced to drink alcohol for a hazing ritual, and more charges are now imminent against at least one of the fraternity brothers already facing multiple counts in the hazing death of 19-year-old sophomore Tim Piazza. Eighteen fraternity brothers, plus the fraternity itself, have been charged in connection with…

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Unarmed Russian Air Force jet overflies the Pentagon, Capitol, CIA

August 10, 2017

(CNN)An unarmed Russian Air Force aircraft overflew the US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Andrews at low altitude on Wednesday as part of a longstanding treaty that allows the militaries of the United States and Russia to observe the other from the air, according to two people familiar with the flight. What do Russians think about Trump? Putin: Anti-Russia hysteria growing in US

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Trump’s love-hate relationship with China is confusing all of us

August 1, 2017

Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock/mashable composite Trump can’t seem to work out his feelings towards China. The U.S. president attacked China on social media, just a day after North Korea tested out a ballistic missile that it claims can reach as far as the U.S. SEE ALSO: Trump started a Twitter war with China, and it worked: China’s mad “I am very disappointed in China…they do NOTHING for us with North Korea,”…

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Two Baltimore detectives plead guilty in racketeering case

July 22, 2017

(CNN)Two former Baltimore police officers pleaded guilty Friday to federal racketeering charges, admitting that they committed armed robberies, made fraudulent overtime claims and filed false affidavits. In one instance, Hendrix and Ward, allegedly with another officer, stole $17,000 in cash from a suspect’s house following a SWAT raid.

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O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall, from football star to prisoner

July 20, 2017

Los Angeles (CNN)O.J. Simpson spent a lifetime in the limelight — first for his athletic prowess, charm and good looks, then as part of an American tragedy that came to symbolize much of what was controversial in America. On Thursday, a Nevada parole board will make its recommendation, potentially opening a new chapter in a life that already includes a legacy of fame, fortune and infamy. Early years Born on…

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How one moment changed two people forever

July 15, 2017

Peoria, Arizona (CNN)A little over three years ago, Peoria Police Officer Brandon Sheffert and his partner were on night patrol in a Phoenix suburb, when he noticed a teenage boy sprinting down a busy road. What happened next amounted to a moment that would change both of their lives forever.

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US, India and Japan begin naval exercises, as China looks on

July 11, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)A rising Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean has prompted the largest naval exercise the region has seen in more than two decades. Conducted annually since 1992, Malabar has grown in size and complexity in recent years to address what the US Navy describes as a “variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific.”

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Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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Inside the secret and lucrative world of ‘the super tutor’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

The next thing he knew, he was being woken up by the mother standing over him, shouting “You think this is some kind of holiday?”. Given the high fees charged by such tutors and the intense competition for places at top British schools it’s perhaps not surprising that tensions can sometimes run high. “In an already privileged world, tutoring is an extra level of pushing,” he says. Image copyright Getty…

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Reports: Former Guantanamo detainee to get $10 million from Canada

July 5, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian man who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after fighting US troops in Afghanistan is getting more than $10 million and an apology from the Canadian government, according to media reports. Under a plea deal with US military prosecutors in 2010, Khadr admitted to throwing a grenade during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that killed a member of a US Army Special Forces unit. He was 15 at…

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Trump faces stiff challenge in Merkel, Putin showdowns

July 5, 2017

Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump visited Europe six weeks ago, he and his counterparts parted ways atop a Sicilian cliff feeling agitated and bruised following a long set of disagreements. Returning to the continent Wednesday, Trump and those same European leaders will give it another go, with expectations of fostering a newly warm relationship far lower. Instead, both sides expect further clashes between the US President and leaders like German…

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We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 5, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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How Fire Island Got Its LGBT Theater Back

July 4, 2017

Every party is a theme party in Fire Islands Cherry Grove, where the frequent click-click on the boardwalks makes residents wonder: deer hooves or a drag queens heels? This is not the popular image of the summer gay utopia. Most conjure panoramas of muscle parties, Chelsea boys, and lavish homes with pristine pools, but thats the Pinesthe larger and relatively newer (1950s, compared to 1868) town of recent reality-television fame….

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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Kentucky Official: All The State’s Bourbon Wouldn’t Make Fed Voter Demand Seem Sensible

July 2, 2017

In a particularly blistering comment, Kentuckys Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said theresnot enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible. Virginias Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe called the request silly,while other state officials blasted thewaste of taxpayer money for an investigation into what New Yorks Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Trumps debunked theory of vote fraud. Not on my watch are we going to be…

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Trump to get China, Japan leaders on the phone

July 2, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House announced Saturday night. No information was provided as to what subjects the calls would cover, but they come after an eventful week in East Asia politics. Trump warns North Korea: US patience is over China’s President issues ‘red line’ warning

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Founder of failed Fyre Festival faces federal fraud charges

July 1, 2017

(CNN)The co-founder of the Fyre Festival was arrested and charged with one count of federal wire fraud on Friday, according to the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office. He was arrested Friday in New York and is scheduled to appear before a US Magistrate Judge on Saturday. It’s unclear whether McFarland has an attorney.

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Constance Zimmer loves when ‘UnREAL’ gets real

July 1, 2017

(CNN)There’s not much in the world of “UnREAL” that fazes the unflappable power producer Quinn, played by Constance Zimmer. “She’s almost too bright,” Zimmer teased to CNN in a recent sit-down. “She’s constantly keeping Quinn and Rachel on their toes, which gets them off-kilter in a way that is so surprising, especially playing a character like Quinn, who does not get knocked off her heels very often, and when she…

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One house, two countries: This home is unique as it gets

July 1, 2017

(CNN)Imagine entering through the front door of a two-story house in Beebe Plain, Vermont, then heading out to the backyard and standing in Standstead, Quebec. The circumstance of the home allowed the original owners to conduct business on both sides of the border, a catch that appealed to DuMoulin’s aunt who acquired the property in the 1950s.

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Reality Check: How long will Theresa May’s majority last? – BBC News

July 1, 2017

Image copyright NT Between 1966 and 1970 Labour’s net loss was 15 seats. That was a particularly tough Parliament for the Labour Party because 20 sitting MPs died, as those elected two decades earlier in the 1945 landslide fell to ill health and old age. In the 1960s, many Labour MPs had endured harder lives than their Conservative counterparts because they often came from manual professions such as mining or…

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US, China relations begin to cool as Trump’s honeymoon with Xi ends

June 30, 2017

(CNN)In a flurry of announcements likely to antagonize Beijing, US President Donald Trump’s administration has seemingly thrown its China policy into reverse, cooling relations between the two super powers. Trump and Xi had previously enjoyed an unusually cordial relationship since their first February meeting in Florida, with the US president describing Xi as a “terrific person” with whom he had a “very good relationship.” The arms sale came the same…

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Radio 1: Why is the station struggling to find new DJs? – BBC News

June 30, 2017

Image caption Jameela Jamil presented T4 before joining Radio 1 in 2012 In recent years, Radio 1’s line-up has sometimes resembled a Sunday morning TV schedule. Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw, Jameela Jamil and many more were hired to present on the station after first cutting their teeth on TV. But Cooper says the issue now with hiring from TV is the fundamental change in the type of personalities which fill…

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Trump’s surprise Paris visit marks shrewd political calculation

June 29, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s decision to visit France on its national day next month at the invitation of new President Emmanuel Macron represents a shrewd political calculation by both leaders. The US President, on his second trip to Europe in two weeks — he heads to Germany for the G20 summit and Poland next week — will bask in the pomp of his official role as commander-in-chief at a time…

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Emmett Till marker near grocery store site vandalized

June 28, 2017

(CNN)A civil rights marker about Emmett Till on the Mississippi Freedom Trail has been vandalized twice in the past two months, according to the firm that manages the trail. Till was kidnapped and lynched in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 after the incident at the Bryant Grocery store. Two white men were arrested in the case, but were acquitted by an all-white jury in Mississippi that same year. Till’s death, and…

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McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

June 28, 2017

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where…

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