4 students hit by gunfire at Los Angeles school; 12-year-old girl in custody

February 6, 2018

(CNN)Police arrested a 12-year-old girl Thursday after a morning shooting at a Los Angeles middle school left five people injured, including two with significant gunshot wounds, officials said. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head but doctors stabilized him, said officials at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. A 15-year-old girl who was shot in the wrist was also hospitalized.

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They spoke out against immigrants. So she unearthed their own immigrant ancestors

January 31, 2018

(CNN)If you think the ongoing immigration debates don’t apply to you, Jennifer Mendelsohn has some news: They probably do. “I kept thinking, ‘This is ridiculous,” she told CNN. “How do these people think they have a leg to stand on, looking down on immigrants when so many American people have an immigration story in their history?” Sure enough, her research pointed her toward King’s own immigrant history: His 4-year-old grandmother…

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Cards Against Humanity buys land on Mexican border to stump Trump’s wall plan

November 21, 2017

(CNN)Cards Against Humanity, an irreverent card game company known for its attention-seeking pranks, says it bought land on the U.S.-Mexico border to block President Trump from building his wall. Cards Against Humanity said that contributing to the land purchase and its legal defense was the first of six days of gifts that customers would be receiving in December. “On Day 1, all Cards Against Humanity Saves America recipients will get…

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Authorities: Texas church shooter had three gunshot wounds

November 11, 2017

(CNN)Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas Baptist church, suffered three gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted shot to the head, Texas authorities said Monday. A day after the deadliest shooting in Texas history, the US Air Force and Department of Defense said they are probing why the Air Force did not appropriately relay Kelley’s 2012 court martial conviction for domestic assault to civilian law enforcement,…

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Boy Scouts’ decision to welcome girls isn’t completely welcome

October 18, 2017

(CNN)The Boy Scouts will soon include girls, and not everyone’s happy about it. “The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls,” Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. The group said it considered input from current members and leaders before making the decision. BSA said the expansion is also aimed at helping busy families consolidate programs for their children. “Families today are busier and…

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Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site

October 16, 2017

Dorado, Puerto Rico (CNN)Jose Luis Rodriguez waited in line Friday to fill plastic jugs in the back of his pickup truck with water for drinking, doing the dishes and bathing. Rodriguez, 66, is so desperate for water that this news didn’t startle him. Friday afternoon, CNN watched workers from the Puerto Rican water utility, Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, or AAA, distribute water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater…

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Hurricane Irma becomes Category 5 storm again

(CNN)Hurricane Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday as the core of the storm made landfall in Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said. The massive storm edged closer to US landfall in the Florida Keys after leaving a trail of devastation and death in much of the Caribbean as it advanced toward South Florida. — Hurricane warnings are in effect for parts…

September 15, 2017
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Powerful Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas

(CNN)Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas, as a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is poundng the Texas coast and its millions of residents with hurricane-force winds knocking down trees, power poles and signs, and with torrential rain deluging streets. What Hurricane Harvey looks like from space

September 1, 2017
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Memorial held for Minneapolis police shooting victim Justine Ruszczyk

(CNN)On the shores of a picturesque Minneapolis lake, family and friends of Justine Ruszczyk shared hugs and listened to music at a public memorial to remember the Australian woman fatally shot by police last month. The sound of two didgeridoos being played next to the Australian flag highlighted Ruszczyk’s heritage. Plans called for luminarias and a silent walk around the lake at the end of the memorial.

August 12, 2017
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Ex-Northwestern professor in court for 1st time in Chicago stabbing death

(CNN)An ex-Northwestern University professor who is accused of stabbing a man to death in his Chicago apartment appeared in court for the first time since leading police on a sweeping, cross-country manhunt that ended with his arrest last week. Lathem’s attorney, Kenneth Wine, said his client was charged for “murder and fleeing” in Illinois, but he has not been formally arraigned on those charges.

August 8, 2017
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Organizer: Baltimore ceasefire is a ‘movement’

(CNN)Hours after two gun deaths interrupted a 72-hour ceasefire in Baltimore, one of the organizers wrote a message early Sunday for those she said claimed the ceasefire had ended. Some 40 hours after the ceasefire began, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon. Hours later, a 37-year-old died from gunshots at a local hospital, pushing the city’s homicide total to 210 — compared with 318 for all of last…

August 7, 2017
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Harvard faces discrimination probe while accepting mostly nonwhite class

(CNN)Harvard College’s admitted freshmen last year became the first class in the school’s multi-century history comprised of mostly nonwhite students. Of the 2,056 students accepted for the class of 2021, 50.8% do not identify as white. Of the admitted students, 22.2% are Asian-American, 14.6% are African-American, 11.6 are Latino, 1.9% are Native Americans, and Native Hawaiians are 0.5%. First-generation students make up 15.1% of the admitted class.

August 4, 2017
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Honorary Alaska ‘mayor,’ Stubbs the cat, dies at 20

(CNN)In today’s political climate, catty politicians claw for every vote, but the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, was different. His ability to unite through cuddles and his fondness for naps made him remarkable, and this mayor — Stubbs the cat — also proved that opposable thumbs aren’t necessary for success in politics. “He was a trouper until the very last day of his life,” Stubbs’ owners said. “You are are a…

July 24, 2017
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Texas deputy fired after investigation into chokehold death

(CNN)A Texas deputy who was indicted in connection with a man’s chokehold death has been fired, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Thompson’s husband, Terry Thompson, allegedly put Hernandez in a chokehold May 28 after he confronted Hernandez for urinating outside a Denny’s restaurant, authorities said. Chauna Thompson, who was off duty at the time, helped hold Hernandez down.

July 23, 2017
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Dallas hires its first female police chief

(CNN)Detroit Deputy Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall, a 19-year-veteran of that force and the daughter of a cop, will become the first female police chief in Dallas. Hall, who led the Detroit Police Department’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau, said Wednesday she looks forward to swapping one “DPD” for another “DPD.”

July 20, 2017
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Body of missing California boy found, father remains in jail

(CNN)The body of a 5-year-old boy missing since he took a trip with his father in April has been found, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The statement did not say where the body was found, or what condition it was in. Their search focused on the 100-mile stretch between Santa Barbara and Pasadena, California.

July 2, 2017
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New York commuters’ ‘summer of hell’

New York (CNN)New York’s commuter rail lines, subways and buses carry about 9 million riders every day. Six million of those souls cram into the subway system’s vast underground maze each day. As part of the disaster declaration, Cuomo committed $1 billion to the MTA capital plan during a speech at the MTA Genius Competition, which was organized to foster new ideas to fix the subways.

July 1, 2017
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Philadelphia District Attorney pleads guilty in corruption case

(CNN)The district attorney of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges Thursday and resigned effective immediately, federal officials said. Williams was initially accused of accepting bribes between 2010 and 2015 to use his position to help two business owners, according to the indictment by the United States Attorney’s Office for New Jersey. In exchange for bribes including a 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible, 16 round-trip airline tickets, $9,000 in cash and…

June 30, 2017
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‘Tumultuous divorce’ behind apparent murder of 5-year-old, officials say

(CNN)A “tumultuous divorce” led a California man to kill his 5-year-old son in April, investigators said Monday, three days after 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested and charged with murder even though his missing son has not been confirmed dead. His son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., has been missing since he was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father during a weekend outing in April

June 27, 2017
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