Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Taiwan's TSMC is pouring $100 billion into chipmaking over the next three years

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world's largest contract chipmaker, announced Thursday that it expects to pour $100 billion into advanced chips over the next three years to keep up with rising demand.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/01/tech/tsmc-investment-chips-intl-hnk/index.html

Asia's first 'travel bubble' opens between Taiwan and Palau

More than a year after Covid-19 was first detected, Asia's first "travel bubble" has finally launched.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/taiwan-palau-travel-bubble-intl-hnk/index.html

Senate Republicans already have a Donald Trump problem

Over the past 10 days, two things happened that make clear that a) Trumpism isn't going anywhere and b) it's going to complicate Republican attempts to retake control of the Senate next November.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/31/politics/2022-senate-gop-donald-trump-problem/index.html

Delta CEO and Georgia governor get heated in voter law square-off

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp launched a counterattack on Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian Wednesday afternoon, just hours after Bastian said the voting bill Kemp signed last week was "unacceptable," "wrong" and "based on a lie."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/31/business/brian-kemp-ed-bastian-delta-georgia-voter-law/index.html

Mysterious crosses at sacred Christian site explained

Three-dimensional imaging was used to shed light on the origin of thousands of mysterious crosses carved into the walls of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2021/03/31/church-of-the-holy-sepulchre-crosses-study-orig-bdk.cnn

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rep. Matt Gaetz denies relationship with 17-year-old and claims extortion attempt

Rep. Matt Gaetz on Tuesday denied that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old after the New York Times reported that, according to its sources, the Justice Department was investigating a possible sexual relationship with the girl and whether he paid for her to travel with him.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/politics/matt-gaetz-justice-department/index.html

With an eye on history, Biden moves on big, bold and progressive infrastructure package

Every day he works from the Oval Office, President Joe Biden stares across from his desk at the portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt he selected to hang above his fireplace.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/politics/biden-infrastructure-history/index.html

Newly discovered T. rex lookalike with an unusual skull terrorized Patagonia 80 million years ago

Paleontologists in Argentina have identified a previously unknown species of dinosaur that would have used its huge claws, powerful bite and keen sense of hearing to hunt prey in Patagonia 80 million years ago.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/americas/dinosaur-patagonia-llukalkan-aliocranianus-scn/index.html

Swiss ambassador to US allegedly assaulted in Washington residence

An intruder gained entry to the Swiss ambassador's residence in Washington, DC, on Monday afternoon and assaulted the ambassador, according to a statement filed in federal district court by the responding Secret Service officer.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/politics/swiss-ambassador-residence-intruder/index.html

A man making a video about Philadelphia's gun violence was shot and killed on the job

A Philadelphia man working on a video about the city's gun violence became a victim of the story while on the job.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/us/philadelphia-homicide-gun-violence-video-trnd/index.html

The UAE's tiny lunar rover will face big challenges on the moon

Last month, the United Arab Emirates became the first country in the Arab world to put a spacecraft into orbit around Mars. But as it celebrates the achievement of its Hope probe, a group of Emirati scientists is already engaged in another historic feat: building a lunar rover.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/middleeast/uae-emirates-moon-rover-spc-intl-scn/index.html

Mama bear has paws full getting cubs across road

A mama bear hilariously herds uncooperative cubs across road. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports human mothers can relate.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/31/mother-bear-and-cubs-cross-road-moos-pkg-vpx.cnn

Firefighter, 9-year-old and teens give powerful testimony in Derek Chauvin trial



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-chauvin-trial/

Minnesota Supreme Court overturns a felony rape conviction because the woman voluntarily got intoxicated

The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a felony rape conviction in a ruling last week because the woman was intoxicated by her own will during the alleged assault.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/us/minnesota-rape-conviction-overturned/index.html

Volkswagen America may or may not be changing its name to Voltswagen, maybe

Editor's Note: On Tuesday March 30th, the day after this article was originally published, Volkswagen of America doubled down on its stunt and put out a finished version of the press release. Tuesday afternoon, though, the company admitted the whole thing was an "April Fool's joke" gone wrong. For more, please see our follow-up article. Our original story on the hoax follows.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/business/volkswagen-voltswagen/index.html

New video shows conditions inside US-Mexico border facility

New video from inside a border facility in Donna, Texas, shows overcrowded conditions as migrants continue to cross the US-Mexico border.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/03/30/new-video-border-facility-flores-tsr-vpx.cnn

Bolsonaro will replace all three top military chiefs in historic first

The top commanders of Brazil's Armed Forces are stepping down -- marking the first time in Brazil´s history that a president will replace all three military chiefs at once.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/americas/brazil-military-resign-bolsonaro-intl-latam/index.html

Volkswagen of America said its name was changing. They were just full of it

In a move intended to reflect its new push into electric vehicles, Volkswagen's US arm said Tuesday it was changing its name to "Voltswagen." Yes, really. Except, not really.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/business/volkswagen-voltswagen-update/index.html

Monday, March 29, 2021

A small plane crash killed one person and knocked out power for more than 1,700 people

A pilot died after his single-engine plane crashed in northwest Georgia on Monday night, according to authorities.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/us/cave-spring-georgia-plane-crash/index.html

Toxic chemical 'Hall of Shame' calls out major retailers for failing to act

A dozen major companies earned an F for failing to publicly address the growing problem of toxic chemicals that may be in the products they sell to consumers, according to the 2021 Who's Minding the Store? A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/health/shopping-toxic-chemicals-wellness/index.html

Highest number of migrant children in border facilities since government started releasing data

The number of unaccompanied migrant children in border facilities reached its highest point on Sunday since the federal government began releasing data last week.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/politics/migrant-children-border-facilities/index.html

Trump takes mic at a wedding and pushes lies about election

Former President Donald Trump gave a speech at a Mar-a-Lago wedding that continued to push lies about the 2020 election.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/03/29/trump-wedding-video-election-ebof-vpx.cnn

Volkswagen America might be changing its name

In what seemed to be a shocking goof -- pun absolutely intended -- Volkswagen of America on Monday briefly posted an unfinished press release announcing a plan to change its name to Voltswagen of America.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/business/volkswagen-voltswagen/index.html

Ex-officer knelt on George Floyd for 9 minutes and 29 seconds -- not 8:46

Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, prosecutors said Monday, correcting the 8:46 timing that has become a symbol of police brutality.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/us/george-floyd-timing-929-846/index.html

Federal prosecutors add sex trafficking charges against Ghislaine Maxwell

Federal prosecutors filed sex trafficking charges against Ghislaine Maxwell, the former associate of Jeffrey Epstein, alleging she recruited and groomed a 14-year-old girl to engage in sex acts with Epstein as recently as 2004.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/us/ghislaine-maxwell-sex-trafficking-charges/index.html

VICE reporter treks dangerous jungle with migrants. Here's what she saw

VICE correspondent Paola Ramos explains why so many vulnerable migrants brave one of the world's most dangerous jungles to reach the US.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2021/03/26/amanpour-migrants-border-immigration-paola-ramos-latin-america.cnn

This new P&G ad confronts stereotypes against Black Americans

P&G, which owns brands like Tide and Old Spice, just launched an ad campaign called "Widen the Screen." It's part of a larger effort by the company to confront racial stereotypes in media and give opportunities to Black creators.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/03/29/pg-widen-the-screen-new-commercial-racism-zw-orig.cnn-business

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Nashville flash flood leaves four dead and dozens of homes and businesses destroyed

The city of Nashville is recovering from a deadly flood caused by heavy rains that prompted hundreds of rescues and killed four people.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/us/nashville-flooding-monday/index.html

Lil Nas X releases unofficial 'Satan' Nikes containing human blood

Rapper and singer Lil Nas X is launching a controversial pair of "Satan Shoes" featuring a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross and a drop of real human blood.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/lil-nas-x-mschf-satan-nike-shoes/index.html

Ever Given ship partially dislodged as refloat efforts underway in Suez Canal



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-suez-ship-02392021/

Birx describes 'uncomfortable conversation' with Trump after CNN interview



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-cnn-covid-special-videos/

Arkansas and Tennessee latest US states to pass anti-trans legislation

LGBTQ advocates are warning that the influx of anti-transgender legislation being proposed in many states nationwide could have significant negative repercussions for trans youth.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/us/transgender-rights-arkansas-tennessee-anti-trans-laws/index.html

Bolsonaro ordered to pay 'moral damages' to journalist

A Brazilian court has ordered that President Jair Bolsonaro pay damages to a journalist after he made remarks that questioned her credibility, according to newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/americas/bolsonaro-journalist-damages-intl/index.html

Georgia Republicans made two big mistakes when they attacked voting rights

By passing one of the nation's most restrictive voting bills, Republican lawmakers in Georgia have forgotten a lesson from the past and are setting themselves up for defeat in the future.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/politics/voting-rights-georgia-souls-polls-blake/index.html

Why Biden's marijuana stance is 10 years behind the curve

President Joe Biden and the federal government are behind the times on marijuana reform.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/politics/biden-marijuana-policy-analysis/index.html

He's a cop. He's 91. And he has no plans to retire

Where do you see yourself at the age of 91? Working, with no plans to retire, may not be the first thing that comes to mind.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/us/91-year-old-police-officer-no-plans-to-retire-trnd/index.html

Saturday, March 27, 2021

'I spent a whole year indoors and upstairs.' Life during the pandemic for people with disabilities



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/uk/covid-19-pandemic-disabilities-intl-gbr-cmd/index.html

Dutch people are partying like it's 2019



source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/netherlands-festivals-intl/index.html

'It's a tough time to be Asian,' demonstrator says at Los Angeles rally to end anti-Asian violence



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/us/anti-asian-rally-in-los-angeles/index.html

This country has about 500 doctors and 9M people -- and it's dealing with a Covid outbreak



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/asia/papua-new-guinea-covid-outbreak-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

Netflix and Amazon gave daring Indian filmmakers hope. Now that's turning to fear

Screenwriter and director Ruchi Narain struggled for decades to find steady work in the Indian film industry.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/media/netflix-amazon-india-censors-intl-hnk/index.html

Is Thailand's Full Moon Party over for good?



source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/full-moon-party-thailand-covid-koh-phangan-cmd/index.html

What it's really like steering the world's biggest ships



source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/steering-worlds-biggest-ships-suez-canal-cmd/index.html

Miss art museums? The Louvre just put its entire art collection online



source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-art-collection-free-museum-trnd/index.html

Classified US military war game set to take place as concerns about threats posed by China and Russia increase

The "enemies" will have fictional names, but when hundreds of US military personnel around the globe log on to their computers later this summer for a highly classified war game, it will be clear what a major focus of the scenarios will be -- how the US should respond to aggressive action and unexpected moves by China and Russia.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/politics/us-war-game-russia-china/index.html

Tornadoes threaten to hit Southern states within days of previous storm

Saturday will be the third time this week that some Southern states are facing the possibility of severe weather.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/weather/weather-weekend-storms-tornado-southeast-mid-atlantic/index.html

The pandemic is stirring deep resentments in Europe. They may not be quick to heal

Europe's had a torrid time since the start of the pandemic. For a continent whose prosperity relies on political cooperation, seamless supply chains and the uncomplicated crossing of borders, a crisis that pits nation against nation and demands limited movement is a challenge.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/europe/europe-is-angry-with-itself-intl-analysis-cmd/index.html

16 protesters killed in Myanmar on 'day of shame for armed forces'

Myanmar's security forces shot and killed at least 16 protesters on Saturday, news reports and witnesses said, as the leader of the ruling junta said the military will protect the people and strive for democracy.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/asia/myanmar-protesters-day-of-shame-intl-hnk/index.html

Friday, March 26, 2021

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says he's tested positive for Covid-19

Legendary Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar has announced he tested positive for Covid-19.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/sport/sachin-tendulkar-covid-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

Several people reported shot in Virginia Beach

Several people may have life-threatening injuries after a shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia, police tweeted early Saturday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/us/virginia-beach-shootings/index.html

America arrives at a moment of introspection on the coronavirus

When Dr. Anthony Fauci said this week that the US is "at the corner" when it comes to fighting the coronavirus pandemic -- though not yet turning that corner -- it was a reflection of a stream of positive data points in recent weeks suggesting that the US is finally getting the pandemic under control.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/politics/covid-war-deaths-preventable/index.html

Children's author Beverly Cleary, creator of Ramona Quimby, dies at age 104

Children's book author Beverly Cleary died on Thursday in Carmel, California, at 104 years old, her publishing company, HarperCollins Publishers, announced on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/26/us/beverly-cleary-dies-childrens-author/index.html

Appeals court ruling paves way for release of alleged Capitol rioters with extremist ties, but at least one Oath Keeper will stay in jail

A handful of the US Capitol riot defendants whom prosecutors have grouped among the most extreme were told on Friday they could potentially be released from jail as they await trial, because -- under the law -- they aren't considered that dangerous at this time.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/26/politics/capitol-riot-court-action/index.html

Michigan attorney general closes investigation into Larry Nassar's abuses after saying university was unhelpful

After a three-year investigation, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that her office was "forced to close" its inquiry into Michigan State University's handling of former school doctor Larry Nassar after the school declined to waive attorney-client privilege for approximately 6,000 documents.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/26/us/michigan-nassar-university-investigation-closed/index.html

Covid-19 travel restrictions state by state

Total cases of Covid-19 have reached past the 30.1 million mark in the United States. Though some states continue to enforce travel restrictions and quarantines, in general more states have been moving toward looser restrictions or none at all in recent weeks. The situation remain in flux, though.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/us-state-travel-restrictions-covid-19/index.html

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Georgia Democratic Rep. arrested protesting voting bill

Democratic Rep. Park Cannon was arrested for protesting Georgia's sweeping elections bill, which would restrict voting access and give state officials more powers over local elections.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/03/26/georgia-representative-arrested-georgia-voting-bill-sot-vpx-ac360.cnn

LAPD cracks down on Echo Park homeless encampment

Los Angeles officials moved ahead Thursday with the shut down of a homeless encampment in Echo Park following a night of confrontations between police and demonstrators.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/us/los-angeles-police-echo-park-homeless/index.html

Biden says US faces battle to 'prove democracy works'

President Joe Biden cast challenges to the US from China, Russia and global shifts in stark terms Thursday, describing "a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/politics/biden-autocracies-versus-democracies/index.html

China sanctions UK lawmakers and entities in retaliation for Xinjiang measures

China has issued more retaliatory sanctions over Xinjiang, targeting individuals and entities in the United Kingdom it says "maliciously spread lies and disinformation" regarding Beijing's treatment of Uyghur Muslims.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/china/china-uk-sanctions-xinjiang-intl-hnk/index.html

At least 111 people died from the winter storm that hit Texas in February

The number of people reported dead in the aftermath of winter storms that pummeled Texas in February now stands at 111, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/us/texas-winter-storm-deaths/index.html

Here's the deal with Jack Dorsey's weird 'clock'

On Wednesday, the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared (virtually) before a congressional committee to answer hours of pointed questions about how their platforms handle misinformation.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/tech/jack-dorsey-clock-blockchain/index.html

A bottle of wine was blasted into space. Here's what it tastes like now

When most of us need to sound smart about wine, we simply tilt the glass a little, take a big sniff, and mumble something about dark fruits.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/space-wine-tasting-scli-intl/index.html

Hong Kong Disneyland's new castle is an architectural vision of diversity

Much has changed in the 55 years since Walt Disney died -- not just in the fortunes of his brand, now one of the world's most influential corporations, but in the characters it creates and the values it promotes.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/disneyland-castle-of-magic-dreams-diversity/index.html

Octopuses stay busy while they're sleeping. See what they're up to.

Some octopuses change color while they sleep, new research suggests. Here's what scientists believe the color change means.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/03/25/octopus-color-change-sleep-na-mh-orig.cnn

See stunning video from inside the tornado in Alabama

Pelham, Alabama, resident Cesar Villaseñor captured dramatic footage from inside a tornado that struck the area Thursday.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/25/pelham-alabama-storm-video-sot-vpx.cnn

Chinese Ambassador to the US: China's goal is not to replace United States

China's goal is not to replace the United States as the world's leading country, the Chinese Ambassador to the US said Thursday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/world/chinese-ambassador-cui-tiankai-amanpour-intl/index.html

First fuel ship this year docks in Hodeidah as Saudi-led coalition relaxes blockade

A tanker carrying oil docked at Hodeidah port in Yemen on Thursday -- the first such ship to berth this year in the country's Houthi-controlled north, where fuel is desperately needed to distribute food and to keep the country's hospitals from shuttering.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/middleeast/yemen-fuel-ship-hodeidah-dock-intl/index.html

Chinese ambassador reacts to CNN Uyghur report

Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai reacts to CNN International Correspondent David Culver's reporting on separated Uyghur families in China's Xinjiang region.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/03/25/cui-tiankai-uyghur-reaction-china-intv-amanpour.cnn

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The US is sanctioning Chinese officials over alleged abuse of Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Here's what you need to know



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/xinjiang-intl-2503/

The Colorado suspect allegedly used an AR-15-style pistol. Here's how it differs from an AR-15-style rifle



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/boulder-intl-2503/

Britney Spears' attorney files petition to remove her father from overseeing her medical decisions

Britney Spears' attorney is requesting the judge overseeing her court ordered conservatorship, remove her father, Jamie Spears, as the conservator of her person, and permanently replace him with Jodi Montgomery.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/entertainment/britney-spears-conservatorship-medical-decisions/index.html

CNN tracks down children separated by China's repression in Xinjiang

Amnesty International reports that China's polices towards ethnic Uyghur Muslims have split up thousands of families, as some children are prevented from leaving China's Xinjiang region to be with their parents living abroad. The US and other countries have labeled China's treatment of Uyghurs as genocide. Beijing strongly denies the accusations, insisting that its actions are justified to combat religious extremism and prevent terrorism. With permission from Uyghur parents desperate for answers, CNN's David Culver traveled to the heavily surveilled Xinjiang region in search of their children left behind.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/03/24/china-xinjiang-children-culver-pkg-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn

'A national government that did nothing to protect' a generation: Colorado senator calls for gun reform in powerful speech

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet on Wednesday called on the Senate to act in the wake of a mass shooting at a supermarket in his state, asserting in an impassioned speech from the chamber floor that his colleagues have a moral obligation to a generation of young Americans who have lived through dozens of such attacks.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/politics/michael-bennet-boulder-colorado-shooting-senate/index.html

New AstraZeneca report says vaccine was 76% effective in preventing Covid-19 symptoms

Drug giant AstraZeneca updated its data on how well its coronavirus vaccine works, saying late Wednesday the vaccine showed 76% efficacy against symptomatic coronavirus disease and 100% efficacy against severe or critical disease or the need for hospitalization.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/health/astrazeneca-updated-coronavirus-vaccine-data/index.html

Africa's second coronavirus wave was much worse than the first, analysis shows

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit Africa much harder than the first wave, a new analysis has shown.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/health/coronavirus-africa-second-wave-intl/index.html

The Olympic flame starts its final leg to Tokyo. Some suggest this day should never have come

It was meant to be a curtain-raiser for thousands of sports fans, a celebration of Japan's recovery from nuclear disaster 10 years ago that would showcase a country emerging strongly from years of economic gloom.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/sport/japan-olympics-fukushima-torch-relay-covid-hnk-intl-dst/index.html

The Colorado suspect allegedly used an AR-15-style pistol. Here's how it differs from an AR-15-style rifle

The 21-year-old suspect in Monday's massacre at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket allegedly used a Ruger AR-556 pistol -- what one expert called "a semiautomatic made for combat" that is easy to carry and has "the firepower of a long gun."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/us/boulder-colorado-weapon-ruger-ar-556/index.html

Federal appeals court says states can restrict open carry of firearms

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that states may restrict the open carrying of guns in public, a major ruling that is certain to be appealed to a US Supreme Court hostile to limits on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/politics/states-can-restrict-open-carry-guns-federal-appeals-court/index.html

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Terrified and uncertain, these families crossed mountains to escape Myanmar's deadly junta

The woman had almost reached the border when the police spotted her.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/india/mizoram-myanmar-refugees-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

A lawsuit calls Deshaun Watson a 'serial predator.' 16 lawsuits against him now allege sexual assault

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is now facing 16 lawsuits alleging sexual assault.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/23/us/deshaun-watson-sexual-assault-lawsuits-spt/index.html

World's largest canvas painting fetches $62M at Dubai charity auction

The world's largest canvas painting has sold at a Dubai auction for almost 228 million dirham ($62 million), putting it among the most expensive artworks ever to go under the hammer.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/sacha-jafri-largest-painting-sold/index.html

Asian American senators back off threat to oppose Biden nominees

Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono on Tuesday backed off their threat to vote against any of President Joe Biden's nominees who aren't minorities, after going public with their anger that the Cabinet lacks Asian Americans, and Duckworth earlier saying she felt insulted by the White House's attempts to brush off her concerns.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/23/politics/duckworth-hirono-aapi-nominees/index.html

Hear from three survivors of three Colorado mass shootings

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to three survivors of three mass shootings in Colorado: the Columbine shooting, the Aurora theater shooting and the Boulder supermarket shooting.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/24/colorado-three-mass-shooting-survivors-cooper-intv-ac360-vpx.cnn

Acting Washington US Attorney: 'Unequivocal that Trump was the magnet'

CNN's Elie Honig breaks down what it may mean for sedition charges to be levied in the Capitol riot investigation.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/03/22/capitol-rioters-sedition-charges-honig-nr-vpx.cnn

Nearly twice as many unaccompanied migrant children apprehended daily at US-Mexico border as at 2019 peak

US border officials are detaining on average more than 600 unaccompanied migrant children who cross the US-Mexico border each day, a Department of Homeland Security official familiar with the data told CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/23/politics/migrant-children-us-mexico-border/index.html

Monday, March 22, 2021

Australia's political culture in spotlight again as new report emerges of lewd acts in parliament

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday acknowledged mounting dissatisfaction with his handling of a series of allegations about the mistreatment of women in politics, as he vowed to drive cultural change.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/22/australia/morrison-parliament-workplace-culture-intl-hnk/index.html

As young people itch to leave lockdown, British health leaders face a new challenge: Influencers

When 21-year-old Daanish Hussain escaped London for Dubai over the New Year, he did what he does almost every day -- reached for his phone, and documented his journey for his 550,000 followers on TikTok.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/influencers-pandemic-travel-social-media-scli-gbr-intl-cmd/index.html

Massachusetts DA seeks to vacate thousands of drug convictions connected to botched evidence certification at state lab

Thousands of people who had drug convictions in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, may soon see them vacated due to a "catastrophic failure of management," the county's district attorney Rachael Rollins said Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/22/us/suffolk-county-da-hinton-lab/index.html

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Diplomats denied access as Canadian Michael Kovrig goes on trial in China

Diplomats from more than two dozen countries were denied access to a Chinese court Monday as detained Canadian Michael Kovrig went on trial in Beijing on espionage charges.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/asia/china-canada-michael-kovrig-trial-intl-hnk/index.html

Arrest warrants for two Iraqi government critics spark outrage

Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council has issued arrest warrants for two prominent Iraqi political analysts, prompting backlash from activists and some politicians who say it's an attempt to intimidate critics of the government.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/world/iraq-arrest-ibrahim-al-sumaidaie-yahya-al-kubaisi-intl-latam/index.html

Philippine troops rescue Indonesian hostages and kill Abu Sayyaf leader

Philippine troops have killed a leader of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group and rescued four Indonesian hostages held since last year, the military said on Sunday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/asia/philippines-abu-sayyaf-leader-killed-intl-hnk/index.html

Church removes Atlanta shooting suspect from its membership

A suburban Georgia church removed suspected Atlanta spa shooter Robert Aaron Long from its membership ranks on Sunday morning, according to a statement from the church.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/us/crabapple-first-baptist-church-atlanta-spa-shootings/index.html

Pakistan court sentences two men to death for highway gang rape

Two men were sentenced to death on Saturday for gang-raping a woman on the side of a highway in Pakistan last year, an attack that triggered nationwide protests and calls for tougher laws.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/asia/pakistan-gang-rape-sentence-intl-hnk/index.html

New York Rep. Tom Reed takes 'full responsibility' following allegation of sexual misconduct

Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York apologized and took "full responsibility" on Sunday for the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a former lobbyist.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/politics/tom-reed-sexual-misconduct-allegation/index.html

Connie Chung: The media is miserably late covering anti-Asian violence

Media outlets are ramping up their coverage of anti-Asian violence following last week's Atlanta shootings, but many Asian-American journalists feel the issue has been ignored for far too long.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/media/asian-american-journalists-reliable/index.html

She stopped talking after a rocket struck her home. Here, she says she's happy

CNN's Arwa Damon visits the only Down syndrome support center for children in Syria's war-torn Idlib province, where volunteers strive to give some of the country's most vulnerable children a chance at a better life.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/03/21/syria-down-syndrome-children-center-damon-pkg-vpx.cnn

CNN's Stelter: This Fox News host doesn't book experts to answer questions he asks

CNN's Brian Stelter looks at the media's coverage of vaccinations and vaccine hesitancy.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/03/21/vaccine-news-fox-carlson-stelter-rs-vpx.cnn

'Don't mess with us': history-making Korean American congresswomen fight back against racial bias

Reps. Young Kim and Michelle Steel never imagined that the first time they would testify before Congress as new lawmakers it would be to call out hate against their community.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/politics/badass-women-young-kim-michelle-steel-asian-american-women/index.html

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin travels to Afghanistan on unannounced visit

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Afghanistan Sunday on his first visit to the country as the United States' top defense official, meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other officials.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/politics/defense-secretary-austin-afghanistan-visit/index.html

Biden's honeymoon is ending



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-biden-0321/

Biden's honeymoon is ending

The honeymoon is about to end for President Joe Biden. He has sailed through his first two months in office, accomplishing a number of his goals with minimal backlash. But now the going is about to get tough and every new proposal is going to come up against Senator Mitch McConnell and the dreaded filibuster.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/20/opinions/bidens-honeymoon-is-ending-zelizer/index.html

Why the 911 will be last the Porsche model to go electric

Porsche is making a big push to go green. By 2030, the high-performance automaker says it will be "carbon neutral" and that 80% of the cars and SUV it makes will either be electric or plug-in hybrids.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/success/porsche-911-electric-vehicles-carbon-neutral/index.html

Spring breakers flock to South Florida while some residents worry about another Covid-19 surge



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-us-covid-0321/

They were innocent and on death row. Now, the exonerated want to ensure Biden keeps pledge

Sabrina Smith was only 17 when a predominately White Mississippi jury convicted her in 1989 for fatally beating her 9-month-old son.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/politics/innocent-former-death-row-inmates/index.html

Man arrested after taking his toddler into an elephant enclosure at San Diego Zoo

A visitor at the San Diego Zoo was arrested on Friday shortly after taking his two-year-old daughter into an elephant enclosure, according to a press release from the San Diego Police Department.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/us/san-diego-zoo-arrest-elephant-toddler/index.html

Dad mics up his skiing toddler, captures her adorable pep talks

Three-year-old Adia Leidums speeds down mountains on her tiny toddler skis in Fernie, British Columbia. Her parents Erich and Courtney say they're teaching her to ski at a young age in order to build her confidence and resiliency.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/20/skiing-toddler-dad-mics-up-british-columbia-orig-kj.cnn

Friday, March 19, 2021

China will allow foreigners into the country -- if they get a Chinese vaccinne

China is making it easier for foreigners to enter the country. But there's one condition: they need to have received a China-made Covid-19 vaccine.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/covid-vaccine-travel-visa-rules-intl-hnk/index.html

Biden administration prepares to expand phased entry of migrants forced to stay in Mexico under Trump-era policy

The Biden administration is preparing to expand the phased entry of migrants who were forced to stay in Mexico under a Trump-era policy to two additional ports of entry, the Department of Homeland Security told CNN on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/politics/migrants-phased-entry-remain-in-mexico-biden-administration/index.html

New York Times: Current Cuomo aide alleges sexual harassment against governor

Alyssa McGrath, a current aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined a chorus of other women in accusing the governor of sexual harassment, accusing the Democrat of having behaved and spoken to her in an inappropriate sexual manner, The New York Times reported Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/politics/alyssa-mcgrath-andrew-cuomo-sexual-harassment/index.html

Soldiers are ethnically cleansing this region through rape, doctors say



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/ethiopia-genocide/

Genetics may free a woman convicted of killing her 4 babies and help other parents explain the unexplainable

Kathleen Folbigg has spent the past 18 years in prison for one of the most horrific crimes imaginable: killing all four of her babies.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/australia/kathleen-folbigg-children-deaths-sids-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

Inside why all lawmakers still aren't vaccinated after months of access to shots on the Hill

As the political fight over vaccinations continues around the country, CNN has learned that several members of Congress still have not been vaccinated despite having had access to the vaccine on Capitol Hill since December.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/politics/lawmakers-not-all-vaccinated-capitol-hill/index.html

Suspect arrested after a 100-year-old man was slain in his home, Los Angeles police say

A man carrying an axe and a knife was arrested and charged in the slaying of a 100-year-old man who was found dead inside his home, Los Angeles police said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/us/encino-murder-elderly-trnd/index.html

Soldiers are ethnically cleansing this region through rape, doctors say



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/africa/ethiopia-tigray-rape-investigation-cmd-intl/index.html

Iceland reports volcanic eruption near Reykjavík

Iceland has reported a volcanic eruption on the south-west Reykjanes Peninsula, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) tweeted Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/world/iceland-volcano/index.html

Must-watch videos of the week



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/videos-of-the-week/

Number of women suing NFL star for sexual assault grows to seven

Four new lawsuits have been filed against Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson alleging sexual assault.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/19/us/nfl-deshaun-watson-sexual-assault-lawsuits-spt/index.html

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Biden and Harris to visit Georgia, a battleground that paved way for agenda

Democratic voters in Georgia may have helped deliver Joe Biden's long quest to win the White House, but they take even prouder ownership of their critical role in cementing an early chapter of his legacy through the passage of the American Rescue Plan.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/politics/georgia-biden-harris-visit/index.html

Hate turned my Asian-American mom into a shut-in. This isn't the country she left her homeland for

Hate has turned my once proud and confident Asian-American mother into a shut-in.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/asia/asian-americans-racism-hate-crimes-intl-hnk/index.html

Cuomo accuser Ana Liss details unsolicited attention, sexually hostile work environment in two-hour interview with AG's office

Ana Liss, the third former staffer to publicly accuse Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate conduct, met with investigators from the state attorney general's office Thursday via Zoom, according to a statement Liss provided to CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/politics/cuomo-accuser-ana-liss-interview-ag-office/index.html

New York is poised to limit solitary confinement in prisons and jails to 15 consecutive days

The New York Senate passed a bill Thursday limiting the amount of time an inmate can spend in solitary settings and ban it altogether for some populations.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/us/new-york-solitary-confinement-limits/index.html

Coronavirus spread on flight, in hotel corridor, New Zealand study finds

The coronavirus spread on an international flight, in a hotel corridor and then to household contacts despite efforts to isolate and quarantine patients, New Zealand researchers reported Thursday.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/coronavirus-airplane-spread-study-scn/index.html

Super Nintendo World opens in Osaka, Japan

Children and adults alike waited in line for their turn to experience the world's first Super Nintendo World and its life-sized Mushroom Kingdom, which opened Thursday at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/super-nintendo-world-universal-studios-osaka-japan-open/index.html

The Covid-19 pandemic almost didn't happen, a new genetic dating study shows

The coronavirus pandemic almost didn't happen, a new study shows.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/health/coronavirus-bad-luck-genetic-study-scn/index.html

Beijing's crackdown in Xinjiang has separated thousands of children from their parents, new report claims. CNN found two of them

It was supposed to be a routine trip home to Xinjiang for Mamutjan Abdurehim's wife and two children.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/china/xinjiang-uyghur-families-china-amnesty-report-exclusive-dst-intl-hnk/index.html

Biden administration considering 6-month extension for US troops in Afghanistan

The Biden administration is considering a six-month extension for American troops in Afghanistan, just weeks before the May 1 deadline that the Trump administration had negotiated with the Taliban to withdraw all US forces from the country, according to a defense official.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/politics/afghanistan-troop-extension/index.html

CNN follows unaccompanied teen migrants along US-Mexico border

CNN's Rosa Flores follows migrant children along the US-Mexico border in the final steps of their immigration journey.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/03/18/border-ride-along-flores-lead-pkg-vpx.cnn

NASA successfully tests SLS rocket that will help Artemis astronauts reach the moon

The Space Launch System rocket that will launch NASA's Artemis astronauts into space on their way to the moon went through a final and successful hot-fire test of the core stage on Thursday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/world/nasa-artemis-moon-sls-rocket-test-scn/index.html

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

'Dehumanizing the victims': Walker reacts to Georgia officer

CNN's Amara Walker reacts after Captain Jay Baker with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office said the suspect in the Georgia spa shootings was having a bad day.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/18/georgia-spa-shootings-officer-reaction-walker-cpt-sot-vpx.cnn

Jeremy Lin: I worry I encourage hatred by speaking out

Former NBA star Jeremy Lin says he's seen a rise in racism across the United States, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that the type of attacks against Asian Americans is intensifying.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/18/jeremy-lin-anti-asian-american-violence-atlanta-intv-ac360-vpx.cnn

Fox commentator says Cardi B's 'WAP' performance weakened American society

During a Fox News segment, Candace Owens railed against Cardi B's "WAP" performance at the Grammys. Now, the rapper is hitting back on Twitter.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/03/17/fox-news-cardi-b-candace-owens-wap-grammys-orig.cnn-business

Court dates set for two Canadians detained in China on espionage charges

Two Canadian citizens charged with espionage in China will go on trial Friday and Monday, more than two years after they were first detained.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/asia/china-canada-kovrig-spavor-intl-hnk/index.html

Tokyo Olympics creative head resigns over derogatory remark

Tokyo Olympics creative head Hiroshi Sasaki said he has resigned after making a derogatory comment about a popular female Japanese entertainer, in the latest controversy over insensitive remarks towards women to hit Games organizers.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/asia/tokyo-olympics-hiroshi-sasak-intl-hnk/index.html

Education secretary says school in the fall 'will look more like what it was before Covid'

US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Wednesday projected optimism that the fall will bring a school year that looks "more like what it was before Covid," but stressed that his focus remains on resuming in-person learning this spring.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/politics/school-reopening-covid-19-miguel-cardona/index.html

NFL star Deshaun Watson sued for alleged sexual assault

Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson is being sued for an alleged sexual assault.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/us/nfl-deshaun-watson-sexual-assault-lawsuit-spt/index.html

Covid-19 drove hundreds of Africans out of Guangzhou. A generation of mixed-race children is their legacy

When the coronavirus pandemic ground China to a near-halt in early February last year, Youssouf Dieng jetted back to Dakar for, he thought, a brief sojourn.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/china/africans-guangzhou-hnk-dst-intl/index.html

Southeast braced for a significant tornado outbreak as storms move into the area

Severe thunderstorms with the potential for a significant tornado outbreak are hitting the US Southeast Wednesday after the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center issued a rare "high risk" level warning.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/weather/storms-tornadoes-severe-weather-wednesday/index.html

First images of the 'cosmic web' reveal hidden dwarf galaxies

Scientists have discovered a "myriad" galaxies that were of previously undetected. The newly found systems were observed with the world's most advanced optical telescope.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/world/dwarf-galaxies-intl-scli-scn/index.html

Intelligence report contradicts claims by Trump and his team on China election interference



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/politics/us-intel-report-trump-china-election-interference-claims/index.html

Man arrested outside Kamala Harris' residence with rifle and ammo in car

Washington, DC, police arrested a Texas man outside Vice President Kamala Harris' official residence, the US Naval Observatory, in the nation's capital on Wednesday and he's now facing weapons and ammunition charges.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/politics/kamala-harris-residence-arrest/index.html

Covid-19 reinfections are rare, but more common in people 65 and older, study finds

Coronavirus reinfections are relatively rare, but it's more common for people 65 and older to get infected more than once, according to a study published Wednesday in the Lancet medical journal.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/17/health/covid-19-reinfections-rare-wellness/index.html

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

8 killed in shootings at 3 metro Atlanta spas. Police have 1 suspect in custody



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/metro-atlanta-0317-app-intl/

Commander of Army investigators tells lawmakers it's 'not normal' that service members feel unsafe at Fort Hood

The commander of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command told lawmakers on Tuesday that it is "not normal" that Fort Hood service members and families feel unsafe because of the level of crime there.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/politics/ft-hood-congress-hearing/index.html

Family of teen internet personality Bianca Devins confront her murderer during emotional sentencing hearing

The family of Bianca Devins, the 17-year-old internet personality whose July 2019 murder was broadcast online by her killer, confronted him in court at his sentencing hearing Tuesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/us/bianca-devins-killer-sentenced-trnd/index.html

Woman who first accused Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment meets with investigators



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/cuomo-0317-app-intl/

California governor mounts aggressive effort to combat recall campaign

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has embarked on an aggressive new effort to push back against the well-funded effort to recall him, arguing that the campaign is being driven by followers and allies of former President Donald Trump, who is deeply unpopular in California, as he tries to marshal the state's Democrats to stand behind him.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/politics/gavin-newsom-california-recall-cnntv/index.html

Tiger Woods is recovering at home after car wreck

Tiger Woods is home from the hospital after several weeks in the hospital following his February car crash.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/us/tiger-woods-home-after-wreck/index.html

7 dead in shootings at three spas in metro Atlanta

At least three people were killed and two were wounded after a shooting Tuesday at a massage parlor in an Atlanta suburb, and four people were killed at two other spas in Atlanta, authorities said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/us/metro-atlanta-shootings/index.html

Three-level bunks and mats on floors as migrant kids wait in Border Patrol facilities amid surge

Children are alternating schedules to make space for one another in confined facilities, some kids haven't seen sunlight in days, and others are taking turns showering, often going days without one.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/politics/border-children/index.html

Monday, March 15, 2021

Two men arrested and charged for assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/capitol-riot-0316-app-intl/

Vatican says it will not bless same-sex unions, calling them a 'sin'



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/vatican-0316-app-intl/

The pandemic has changed TV viewing patterns, and awards shows are suffering

A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/15/media/tv-viewing-patterns-reliable-sources/index.html

Hear what changed Trump voters' minds about vaccine

CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks with former CDC director, Tom Frieden, about a recent focus group conducted by a Republican pollster consisting of vaccine-hesitant Trump voters, who spoke about why they are reluctant to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/03/16/trump-voters-focus-group-coronavirus-vaccine-hesitancy-tom-frieden-kth-ac360-vpx.cnn

Restaurant owner targeted by vandals after CNN interview

CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to Texas chef and business owner Mike Nguyen, who owns Noodle Tree, about recent vandalism at his restaurant due to his mask requirement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/03/16/texas-business-owner-vandalism-require-masks-coronavirus-intv-ebof-vpx.cnn

Chrissy Teigen celebrates husband's Grammy win in memorable outfit

Model Chrissy Teigen celebrates husband John Legend's Grammy win wearing a towel. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports Teigen's no stranger to bath couture.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/03/16/chrissy-teigen-grammy-awards-bath-towel-moos-pkg-vpx.cnn

'Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar': A portrait of Mongolia's burgeoning hip-hop scene

It was 1996 when the young poet Tugsjargal Munkherdene heard American hip-hop for the first time.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/straight-outta-ulaanbaatar-mongolia-hip-hop/index.html

White House races to blunt potential Covid-19 surge



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/us-coronavirus-0316-app-intl/

North Korea breaks silence to warn US against 'causing a stink'

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader, warned the Biden administration against "causing a stink at its first step" on Monday, hours after the White House said it had not received a response to its outreach to Pyongyang.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/15/politics/north-korea-biden-kim-yo-jong/index.html

Sunday, March 14, 2021

More than 4,000 unaccompanied migrant children in CBP custody

More than 4,000 unaccompanied migrant children are in Border Patrol custody, CNN has learned, marking yet another increase in the number of children held up in border facilities until officials can accommodate them in shelters that are suited for them.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/14/politics/unaccompanied-migrant-children-cbp/index.html

'Nomadland': Chloé Zhao and crew reveal how they made one of the year's best films

Having been wrenched from the earth, the mineral gypsum is crushed first. It's then blasted at high temperatures and ground down, packed up and shipped out to find a new purpose. What's left behind is a void; an empty space where something once thought permanent used to be.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/nomadland-film-making-of-spc-intl/index.html

The Lakewood fire has now burned over 160 acres of land

A large brush fire in Lakewood, New Jersey, that began Sunday afternoon has so far burned over 160 acres of land and damaged at least 29 homes, officials said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/14/us/lakewood-brush-fire-closes-garden-state/index.html

Recording of Trump call found in trash folder on Georgia investigator's device



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/trump-georgia-0315-intl-app/

Recording of Trump call found in trash folder on Georgia investigator's device

Officials in the Georgia Secretary of State's Office located a recently released recording of former President Donald Trump's call to a state investigator in a trash folder on her device, a state official familiar with the situation confirmed to CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/14/politics/trump-phone-call-georgia-investigator-trash-folder/index.html

100 arrested as spring break crowds hit Miami Beach despite pandemic



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/coronavirus-031421/

Biden says Cuomo investigation is 'underway and we should see what it brings us'



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/cuomo-0314/

Capitol Police plans to remove outer fence and make other security changes



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/capitol-insurrection-031421/

Stimulus checks are rolling out. Here's what you need to know.

Some Americans are already seeing the latest round of stimulus payments hit their bank accounts, as the first batch of funds is rolled out.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/14/politics/what-matters-for-march-14/index.html

Grammys 2021: Best fashion moments



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/grammys-03142021/

Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Meghan Markle and Queen sparks outrage



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/uk-royal-family-0315-intl-app/

There are Irish pubs all over the world. In Ireland they're in big trouble

Ireland. Close your eyes and picture what you think of when you envision the Emerald Isle. The green. The natural beauty. That distinctive accent. But above all, Ireland is forever associated with its famed hospitality -- the warmth of its people and its pubs.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ireland-pubs-trouble/index.html

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Meghan's interview sparked a reckoning on race in UK media. Will anything change?



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/14/media/meghan-uk-media-race-reckoning/index.html

Crowd shouts 'Shame on you' as London police break up a peaceful vigil for Sarah Everard



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/sarah-everard-031321/

Indian climate activist Disha Ravi speaks for first time since her arrest



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/14/asia/disha-ravi-statement-intl-hnk/index.html

Yo-Yo Ma celebrates second dose of vaccine with impromptu concert

After receiving his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma put on an impromptu concert at a vaccination clinic in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/14/yo-yo-ma-cello-performance-vaccination-clinic-sot-vpx.cnn

Former boxing champion 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler dies at 66

Former undisputed middleweight champion "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler died on Saturday at the age of 66, according to his wife Kay G. Hagler.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/sport/marvin-hagler-boxing-obit-spt/index.html

Crowd shouts 'shame on you' as London police break up a peaceful vigil for Sarah Everard

At first it all appeared calm.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/world/sarah-everard-vigil/index.html

Bolivia's ex-interim president arrested as political tensions reach new highs



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/americas/bolivia-arrested-interim-president/index.html

The Biden administration began reaching out to North Korea last month. There's been no response



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/politics/north-korea-biden-administration-outreach/index.html

This doctor left a 'perfect' American life to care for protesting farmers in India. Now, he can't imagine leaving



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/india/india-farmers-protests-doctor-swaiman-singh-trnd/index.html

From diplomat to detective, this man helped bring Asia's notorious 'Serpent' killer to justice



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/asia/serpent-bikini-killer-sobhraj-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

Kids detained in overcrowded border facility are terrified, crying and worried, lawyers say

Children detained in an overcrowded government-run tent facility at the US-Mexico border say they haven't been able to shower for days or contact their parents, according to lawyers who interviewed them this week.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/us/border-detention-conditions/index.html

India's silk slaves forced to work to pay off debts

The state of Karnataka, located in southwest India, is known for its silk. Mulberry trees grow in abundance, feeding silkworms and a centuries-old textile industry. But while silkworms prosper here, many people in the industry do not.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/asia/silk-slaves-india-the-freedom-project-spc-intl/index.html

Friday, March 12, 2021

Harry and Meghan feel wronged by the palace. But they can only seek justice in the court of public opinion

When Buckingham Palace finally broke its silence on the allegations made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their bombshell interview, royal observers paid particular attention to one line of the palace statement: "While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/uk/royal-accountability-intl-gbr-analysis/index.html

Associated Press calls for release of journalist detained in Myanmar

The Associated Press has demanded the release of a journalist detained and charged "for simply doing his job" while covering violent anti-coup demonstrations for the American news outlet in Myanmar.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/media/myanmar-journalist-detention-thein-zaw-intl-hnk/index.html

Former Albany reporter alleges Cuomo sexually harassed her in New York Magazine article

A former New York capitol beat reporter penned a first-person piece for New York Magazine, where she described what it was like covering Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, alleging multiple instances of sexual harassment.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/12/politics/jessica-bakeman-andrew-cuomo/index.html

She was shot dead, her body dug up and her grave filled with cement. But her fight is not over

Hours after her family, friends and thousands of mourners laid Angel's body to rest, Myanmar's security forces entered the cemetery under the cover of darkness, dumped the carefully placed flowers and wreaths, and dug up her grave.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/12/asia/myanmar-protester-angel-democracy-martyr-intl-hnk/index.html

Must-watch videos of the week



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/videos-of-the-week/

Alex Jones allegedly threatened to throw Trump rally organizer off a stage

Police in Washington, DC, are investigating an allegation that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones threatened to push a pro-Trump political organizer off of an event stage in December, according to people familiar with the incident.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/12/politics/alex-jones-police-investigation-invs/index.html

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Streets of blood in Myanmar town as UN fears 'crimes against humanity'

Bloodshed continues in Myanmar after another violent day Thursday saw at least 12 people killed by the ruling junta, according to a watchdog group, prompting a top UN official to say the crackdown on peaceful protests is "likely meeting the legal threshold for crimes against humanity."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/asia/myanmar-crimes-against-humanity-intl-hnk/index.html

China to begin trial of two Canadians for alleged espionage soon, state media reports

Two Canadian citizens charged with espionage in China could go on trial "soon," according to the state-run Global Times newspaper.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/asia/canada-china-kovrig-spavor-intl-hnk/index.html

7 takeaways from Joe Biden's prime-time Covid-19 speech

President Joe Biden marked a year since the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the country with his first prime-time address -- a speech in which he mixed hard numbers on vaccine distribution with appeals to unity and a deep-seated belief in the power of America to overcome any challenge.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/politics/joe-biden-speech-takeaways/index.html

Quad alliance is part of Biden's plan to contain China. But some experts aren't so sure

US President Joe Biden's administration entered the White House this year aiming to unite allies in efforts to contain China's territorial claims across the Indo-Pacific.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/asia/quad-us-india-japan-australia-intl-hnk/index.html

Former owners of girls boarding school facing more than 100 felony charges, including statutory rape

The former owners of a girls' boarding school in Missouri are facing more than 100 felony charges between them related to the abuse of 16 victims at the school, according to charging documents.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/us/circle-of-hope-girls-ranch-abuse-charges/index.html

New York Assembly speaker OK's committee impeachment investigation into Cuomo allegations

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was under renewed political pressure on Thursday after the speaker of the state Assembly authorized the judiciary committee to begin an impeachment investigation and dozens of Democratic New York state lawmakers called for Cuomo to resign.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/politics/andrew-cuomo-new-york-democrats-call-for-resignation/index.html

'Absolutely historic' snow totals forecast for this weekend

A major snowstorm is on the move and it will severely impact parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota this weekend. So much so that the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, Wyoming, had some bold words: "The snowfall totals currently forecast are absolutely historic."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/weather/snow-forecast-colorado-wyoming-nebraska/index.html

Africa's Oscar-shortlisted films show an industry spreading across borders

It's an exciting time for filmmakers and movie fans around the world: Academy Awards season is here. And with several African films up for official nominations, people across the continent will be paying close attention when those nominations are announced on Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/africa/oscars-africa-film-industry-spc-intl/index.html

Google Maps gets a fresh coat of paint

Google Maps is making some social media-inspired updates to encourage more user-generated content in the app.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/tech/google-maps-update-photo-sharing/index.html

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion sold for $51 million

Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion was sold for approximately $51 million to an undisclosed buyer Tuesday, an attorney for the estate said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/us/jeffrey-epstein-mansion-sale-51-million-trnd/index.html

Man charged with murder in 2018 accidentally released jail

A man who was charged with murder in 2018 was released prematurely from Rikers Island prison, officials said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/us/christopher-buggs-release-rikers-trnd/index.html

Brazil plunges into crisis as a second wave and deadly new variant overwhelm hospitals

A second wave of Covid-19 is ripping through Brazil, pushing hospitals and ICUs toward collapse and claiming record numbers of daily deaths.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/americas/brazil-variant-covid-icu-crisis-intl/index.html

High design: Seth Rogen is bringing his cannabis home goods to the US

After summiting the stoner comedy genre with movies like "Pineapple Express" and "This is the End," actor Seth Rogen and screenwriter-director Evan Goldberg have set their sights on the US cannabis market.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/seth-rogen-houseplant-cannabis-us/index.html

How NFTs are fueling a digital art boom

When graphic designer Mike Winkelmann started producing a drawing a day in 2007, he was simply looking for a way to improve his art skills. At best, the resulting "Everydays" project would help him promote his freelance work, which includes creating concert visuals for the likes of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. But selling the digital images was not on his mind.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/nft-digital-art-boom/index.html

He clung to a tree for hours to escape death in Japan's worst natural disaster. Ten years on, he's still rebuilding his life



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/asia/japan-tohoku-fukushima-tenth-anniversary-hnk-dst-intl/index.html

Kerry takes to the world stage before Blinken

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry embarked this week on what he called a "constructive trip" to Europe, meeting leaders there before Secretary of State Antony Blinken had even packed a suitcase for his international debut as the United States' most senior diplomat.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/politics/kerry-blinken-travel/index.html

'Even prisoners get fresh air': Inside Australia's 'lucky dip' hotel quarantine system

When my plane finally touched down in Sydney, I was overwhelmed by a sense of disbelief.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/australia-hotel-quarantine-system/index.html

The growing GOP rebellion against Marjorie Taylor Greene

For the fourth time in the last two weeks, Georgia freshman Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for a motion to adjourn the House on Thursday morning.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/politics/marjorie-taylor-greene-congress-adjourn-backlash/index.html

These Bronze Age women were more powerful than we thought

Archaeologists working at an ancient complex in southeastern Spain say women probably held political power in the Bronze Age society that ruled the area 4,000 years ago -- a sharp contrast with earlier views of the civilization.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/europe/female-power-bronze-age-spain-scli-intl-scn/index.html

Girls who play with ultrathin dolls more likely to have body image issues, study says

Ultrathin dolls could be detrimental to young girls' body image, a new study has shown.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/health/thin-dolls-body-image-study-wellness/index.html

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Beyoncé thanks Meghan for 'courage and leadership'

Beyoncé is showing love for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/entertainment/beyonce-meghan/index.html

House GOP struggles over conservative hardliners' tactics: 'It's a pain in the a**'

House Republicans are engaged in an internal struggle over how to assert their power with their robust minority, with a small contingent of conservative hardliners taking extreme measures to disrupt routine business of the chamber, irritating many of their GOP colleagues who are eager to wage a more focused battle over President Joe Biden's agenda.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/politics/house-gop-struggle-conservative-republicans-tactics/index.html

What to watch: The movies and TV shows we're most excited about

What to watch is a question that has never been more difficult to answer -- even if a lot of us have never had more spare time on our hands.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/cnn-film-school-hot-list-spc-intl/index.html

Clearview AI sued in California by immigrant rights groups, activists

Clearview AI, the controversial firm behind facial-recognition software used by law enforcement, is being sued in California by two immigrants' rights groups to stop the company's surveillance technology from proliferating in the state.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/tech/clearview-ai-mijente-lawsuit/index.html

Sea level rise is increasing fastest in populous coastal areas, study says

Coastal communities are experiencing sea level rise four times worse than global water rise, according to a new study released Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/world/sea-level-rise-increasing-with-sinking-land/index.html

Biden forges ahead with his pro-union agenda on several fronts

President Joe Biden on Tuesday continued his string of pro-union actions since entering the White House by calling for the House to pass a bill to make it easier for employees to unionize.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/politics/joe-biden-pro-act-union-record/index.html

Trump requests mail-in ballot ahead of local Florida election despite baseless fraud claims

Former President Donald Trump requested a mail-in ballot ahead of a local municipal election in Florida, according to Palm Beach County records, despite his frequent attacks on voting by mail.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/politics/trump-mail-in-ballot-voting-florida/index.html

Kia warns some owners to park their vehicles outside due to fire risk

Kia is issuing a recall for nearly 380,000 Sportage SUVs and Cadenza sedans due to a problem that could cause them to catch fire.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/business/kia-sportage-cadenza-fire-risk-recall/index.html

Kendrick Johnson death investigation will be reopened, Georgia sheriff says

An investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teenager found dead in a rolled-up gym mat eight years ago, has been reopened, according to Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/us/kendrick-johnson-georgia-gym-mat-death-investigation/index.html

Westerners are increasingly scared of traveling to China as threat of detention rises

Jeff Wasserstrom is a self-proclaimed China specialist who is seriously considering never returning to China -- at least, he says, not while President Xi Jinping is in power.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/china/china-travel-foreigners-arbitrary-detention-hnk-dst-intl/index.html

Monday, March 8, 2021

Hong Kong Star Ferry converted into a luxury yacht

The Star Ferry is one of Hong Kong's most affordable attractions. But the Star Ferry yacht is another story.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/hong-kong-star-ferry-yacht/index.html

Biden German Shepherd has aggressive incident and sent back to Delaware

The two German Shepherds belonging to President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were returned to the Biden family home in Delaware last week after aggressive behavior at the White House involving Major Biden, two sources with knowledge tell CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/politics/president-joe-biden-white-house-dogs/index.html

Daniel Prude's son files lawsuit against Rochester and city police officers alleging wrongful death

Daniel Prude's son is suing the city of Rochester, New York, and police officers involved in Prude's death in federal court for alleged gross negligence and wrongful death.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/us/daniel-prude-family-lawsuit-rochester-police/index.html

What the Biden administration can do to fight child poverty

Juanita Dominguez (whose real name has been changed to protect her privacy) is an immigrant from Venezuela and a single mother of two living in Queens, New York. Dominguez was earning a comfortable salary of $70,000 as an engineer at a construction company until the pandemic hit and she was laid off.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/opinions/child-hunger-direct-payments-patel-dodge/index.html

Teen Vogue staffers question Alexi McCammond's hire as editor in chief 'in light of her past racist and homophobic tweets'

A group of 20 Teen Vogue staff members sent a letter to management on Monday expressing concern over their recently appointed editor in chief, Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/media/alexi-mccammond-teen-vogue/index.html

What 'WandaVision' and 5 other picks can teach us about how to live

What would you do for love? And to what lengths would you go to erase grief?

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/wandavision-morality-culture-queue/index.html

How wearable tech helped elite athletes through the pandemic

From the English Premier League to the NFL, sport is a multibillion-dollar industry, and top teams are increasingly turning to technology to give them the edge.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/tech/statsports-performance-tracking-spt-spc-intl/index.html

Greene and Freedom Caucus members force delay on votes for non-controversial legislation

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and several members of the House Freedom Caucus made plans Monday night to ask for a roll call vote on a series of suspension bills.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/politics/marjorie-taylor-greene-delays-votes/index.html

A Mexican restaurant in Texas is requiring people to keep wearing masks. Some are threatening to call ICE on the staff

As Texans looks ahead to the mask mandate ending and businesses reopening fully on Wednesday, one Houston restaurant is dealing with hateful comments because it said it will require customers to keep wearing masks.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/us/texas-mexican-restaurant-ice-trnd/index.html

Rare meteorite that fell on UK driveway may contain 'ingredients for life'

A fireball that lit up the sky over the United Kingdom and Northern Europe on February 28 was an extremely rare type of meteorite. Fragments of the space rock discovered on a driveway in the Cotswolds could provide answers to questions about the early history of the solar system and life on Earth.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/europe/uk-meteorite-extremely-rare-scn/index.html

Prosecutors' probe into Trump finances expands to include millions loaned for Chicago skyscraper

The Manhattan district attorney's office subpoenaed documents from an investment company that loaned the Trump Organization millions of dollars for its Chicago skyscraper in a sign that the investigation into the former president's finances continues to expand, according to people familiar with the investigation.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/politics/trump-chicago-subpoena/index.html

'Really disturbing': Friend of Prince Harry reacts to Oprah interview

CNN's Brooke Baldwin speaks to Dean Stott, a friend of Prince Harry's, about the interview Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave to Oprah Winfrey.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/03/08/dean-stott-mental-health-meghan-harry-interview-nr-vpx.cnn

US proposes Afghanistan government enter interim power-sharing agreement with Taliban

The Biden administration has proposed to the Afghan government that they enter an interim power-sharing agreement with the Taliban in a letter from Secretary of State Antony Blinken to President Ashraf Ghani.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/politics/us-afghanistan-taliban-letter/index.html

'QAnon shaman' must remain in jail, judge rules

A federal judge ruled Monday that the so-called "QAnon shaman" who was charged in the Capitol insurrection is too dangerous to release and must stay in jail while his case moves forward.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/politics/qanon-shaman-jail-jacob-chansley/index.html

Highlights from Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, dropped major revelations about the British royal family in a wide-ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey, including conversations the Royal family had about her son's skin tone.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/03/08/meghan-harry-interview-video-highlights-orig.cnn

Serena Williams says she understood the 'pain and cruelty' suffered by Meghan

Tennis superstar Serena Williams says she understands the "pain and cruelty" suffered by Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, after the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey that an unnamed member of the royal family raised the issue of how dark their unborn baby Archie's skin would be while she was pregnant.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/tennis/serena-williams-meghan-prince-harry-oprah-winfrey-spt-intl/index.html

Sunday, March 7, 2021

US and South Korea reach agreement on cost sharing for American troops

Washington and Seoul have agreed to a cost-sharing agreement for US forces based in South Korea, a US State Department spokesperson confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/07/politics/us-south-korea-cost-sharing-troops/index.html

New York state senate majority leader calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-cuomo-collection/

Germany should have led the world at handling the pandemic. But experts slam Merkel's vaccine response as a disaster



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/europe-covid-intl-0307/

Lawmaker fires back at Tucker Carlson's QAnon spin

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) weighs in on Fox News host Tucker Carlson calling QAnon supporters "gentle people." Quigley was at the Capitol on January 6 when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building, leaving five dead and dozens injured.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/03/06/tucker-carlson-qanon-gentle-fox-news-quigley-nr-sot-vpx.cnn

Asian American man attacked and robbed amid disturbing trend

A 67-year-old victim was attacked and robbed in San Francisco. It's the latest in a series of assaults against Asian Americans that have spiked during the Covid-19 pandemic across the US.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/06/asian-american-attack-san-francisco-orig-kj.cnn

Saturday, March 6, 2021

How Democrats miscalculated Manchin and later won him back



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/us-stimulus-vote-intl/

Wall Street Journal: Third female former staffer accuses New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate conduct

A third female former staffer has come forward with accusations of inappropriate conduct by embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to reporting by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday night.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/07/politics/andrew-cuomo-inappropriate-conduct-accusation/index.html

Trump wants top Republican fundraising organizations to stop using his likeness

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump sent out cease-and-desist letters Friday to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee for using his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise, a Trump adviser tells CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/politics/trump-cease-desist-name-likeness-rnc/index.html

Safe water -- it's what women want

Of the many indirect consequences of Covid-19, growing gender inequality is an area of grave concern where the world is falling grievously behind. While women labor at the frontlines, comprising 70% of the world's healthcare workers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), they are also leaving the workforce at a much higher rate than men, and doing over three-quarters of all unpaid care work, including the care of children.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/opinions/international-womens-day-water-and-sanitation-clark-chinchilla/index.html

China faces huge climate and tech challenges in its bid for global leadership

China's leaders are finalizing their political and economic agenda for the rest of 2021 and beyond. How the country achieves technological independence and tackles the climate crisis will be near the top.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/business/china-economy-climate-technology-intl-hnk/index.html

How rape allegations among Australia's political elite reignited its #MeToo movement

When Australia's attorney general last week outed himself as the minister accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1988, his denial was emphatic.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/asia/australia-rape-allegations-women-anger-intl-dst-hnk/index.html

Crash that killed 13 undocumented migrants highlights perils of desperate border crossings

Hours after 13 undocumented migrants were killed in a collision on a desolate stretch of California's Imperial Valley, Hugo Castro said a prayer and planted small crosses on the sandy, rocky edge of the cordoned off highway.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/us/imperial-california-crash-migrants/index.html

New body cam video shows man telling officers 'I can't breathe' before he died in 2017

Newly-released police body camera footage shows a California man telling Fresno police officers, county sheriff's deputies and paramedics that he can't breathe as they restrain him in the moments before he died in 2017.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/us/fresno-joseph-perez-i-cant-breathe/index.html

Biden administration expected to form task force to deal with Microsoft hack linked to China

The Biden administration is expected to put together a task force to deal with major cyber intrusions that Microsoft said this week were linked to China, according to a US official.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/politics/microsoft-hack-task-force/index.html

12-year-old arrested for four carjacking incidents

A 12-year-old boy was arrested Thursday evening after a series of attempted armed carjackings and one successful one in Washington, DC.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/us/12-year-old-four-carjacking-arrest/index.html

Three dads, a baby and the legal battle to get their names added to a birth certificate

Meet Ian Jenkins and his partners, Alan and Jeremy.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/us/throuple-three-dads-and-baby-trnd/index.html

Friday, March 5, 2021

A Black police officer in Florida was fired for using the N-word, but his police union wants him reinstated

A Black police officer in Florida was fired this week after footage from his body camera showed him using the N-word during a personal phone call and while making an arrest last November.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/us/black-police-officer-tampa-fired-n-word-trnd/index.html

NYC judge slams prosecutor's office behind the wrongful homicide convictions of three men

Three men were released from prison on Friday after the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) in the Queens, New York, District Attorney's Office found that they had been wrongfully convicted of double homicide.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/politics/queens-ny-wrongful-convictions/index.html

What's on the agenda for China's annual political meeting?

China is set to tighten its grip on Hong Kong even further as the country's top political gathering -- the People's National Congress -- announced a plan to reform Hong Kong's electoral system. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/03/05/china-two-sessions-2021-hong-kong-electoral-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn

Senator's move has many outraged

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is being criticized online for her "no" vote on a measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. CNN's Abby Phillip has more.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/03/06/kyrsten-sinema-minimum-wage-vote-sot-vpx-ebof.cnn

Traveling to Disney Parks during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

If you're planning to travel to one of the Disney Parks & Resorts around the world, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/disney-parks-travel-covid-19/index.html

Attorney for Cuomo accuser asks NY AG to protect all documents and notes of conversations from 'potential spoilation' by governor's administration

The attorney for Charlotte Bennett, who is accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, sent a letter Friday to New York Attorney General Letitia James calling for all documents and notes of conversations related to her client's complaint to be maintained "without alteration."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/politics/cuomo-accuser-protect-documents-notes/index.html