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If you have the 'killer instinct needed to fight the real enemy,' you could be New York City's next 'rat czar'

New York City is recruiting a new "director of rodent mitigation" to rid the streets of its most notorious furry inhabitants.

Forget smartwatches, consumers are snapping up these quirky alternatives

In 2015, the same year Apple introduced its smartwatch, a Kickstarter campaign launched for a very different kind of wearable device: a wellness-tracking ring called the Oura.

Republican John Duarte wins open House seat in California after Democrat concedes

Democrat Adam Gray conceded on Friday night to Republican John Duarte in the open-seat race to represent California's 13th Congressional District, the final House race of the 2022 midterms to be called.

People can't stop drinking espresso martinis, stats show

It might be 2022, but people are still ordering espresso martinis like it's the 90s.

Rhode Island's capital city will spend $10 million in reparations, and it could benefit White residents

Officials in Providence, Rhode Island, recently approved a $10 million budget plan for the city's reparations program, but some are wondering who might end up benefiting from it.

Released Twitter emails show how employees debated how to handle 2020 New York Post Hunter Biden story

For days, Twitter owner Elon Musk had teased a massive bombshell disclosure based on internal company documents that he claimed would reveal "what really happened" inside Twitter when it decided to temporarily suppress a 2020 New York Post story about Hunter Biden and his laptop.

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Arizona secretary of state seeks investigation of Republicans who balked at certifying election

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office on Friday asked state and local prosecutors to investigate and take enforcement action against two Republican officials who had balked at certifying their county's election results by the legal deadline.

Jamal Simmons, vice president's communications director, to exit

Jamal Simmons, Vice President Kamala Harris' communications director, is leaving her office around a year after his role was announced.

Covid broke the economy. No one knows what's next

Each week brings head-scratching contradictory news about the economy. Tthis past week was no different, with a batch of economic reports showing that β€” despite the recession talk β€” the US economy shows remarkable resilience.

Suspect in 2017 killing of two Indiana teen girls 'has nothing to hide,' attorneys say

Attorneys for the suspect in the 2017 killing of two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana, said in a statement Friday that their client "has nothing to hide. "

US Navy sends a message to adversaries with a rare submarine port visit in Indian Ocean

The US military wants its adversaries, as well as allies, to know that, for the first time, a US Navy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine docked at the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean as part of an extended months-long deployment.

Biden administration considering migrant proposal mirroring Trump-era policy

The Biden administration is seriously considering an asylum proposal that would bar migrants from seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border if they could have received refuge in another country they passed through, mirroring Trump-era asylum limits, according to two sources familiar with discussions.

Biden signs legislation to avert rail shutdown

President Joe Biden on Friday signed legislation to avert a rail shutdown after congressional lawmakers raced to pass the measure amid concerns over the economic danger posed by a possible strike.

The investigation into the stabbing deaths of four Idaho students continues -- but not without confusion over a key case detail

As many University of Idaho students returned to campus this week, the police investigation into the stabbing deaths of four of their peers continued -- but not without confusion over a key case detail.

7 students at LA middle school sent to hospital after suspected overdose of unknown substance

Seven students at a Los Angeles-area middle school were sent to the hospital on Thursday after experiencing "mild-to-moderate distress" following a suspected overdose of an unknown substance, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a release.

Kanye West's Twitter account has been suspended after Elon Musk says it violated rule against incitement to violence

Kanye West's Twitter account was suspended early Friday morning after Elon Musk said it violated the platform's rules on inciting violence.

Top EU official quits US meeting as tension over electric car subsidies persists

Efforts to resolve a simmering dispute between Europe and the United States over electric vehicle subsidies stemming from President Joe Biden's Inflation Reduction Act suffered a blow Friday when a top EU official pulled out of talks scheduled for Monday.

US economy added a robust 263,000 jobs in November

The US economy added 263,000 jobs in November, defying aggressive action from the Federal Reserve to cool the economy and bring down decades-high inflation.

Some Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated with their colleagues' threats to cause chaos on the House floor

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his critics are gearing up for a potential floor fight over the speakership in January, raising the possibility of a messy intraparty showdown that could bring uncertainty and chaos just as Republicans prepare to enter their new majority.

Binance pauses withdrawals after warning two crypto tokens may have been hacked

The crypto industry just can't catch a break this year.

Fed spirits should be lifted by the housing market

The global economy is weakening and consumers are feeling financially stressed. Gas and heat prices are up significantly from last year and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell indicated on Wednesday that painfully elevated interest rates will hang around for some time.

Lawsuit claims legislation used to fund DeSantis' migrant flights is unconstitutional

Three non-profit immigrant rights organizations have filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue, claiming that the state is "infringing upon the federal government's immigration system by creating a separate, parallel immigration system."

Biden proposes South Carolina as first primary state in drastic shake up of presidential nominating calendar

President Joe Biden has asked Democratic National Committee leaders to drastically reshape the 2024 presidential nominating calendar and make South Carolina the first state to host a primary, followed by Nevada and New Hampshire on the same day a week later, Georgia the following week and then Michigan, a source confirms to CNN.

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Former San Antonio police officer who shot unarmed teen in a McDonald's parking lot has been indicted for attempted murder, prosecutor says

A former San Antonio police officer has been indicted on attempted murder and assault charges after he shot an unarmed 17-year-old in a McDonald's parking lot in October, prosecutors announced Thursday.

US approves $380 million missile sale to Finland

The Biden administration on Thursday approved a $380 million sale of missiles to Finland, just days after approving a separate $323.3 million arms sale to the Nordic nation.

Atlanta school under federal investigation after allegations principal assigned Black students to classes based on race

The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has launched an investigation into an Atlanta public elementary school after allegations the principal was assigning Black students to certain classes.

City of Uvalde sues county DA for access to Robb Elementary shooting investigation material

The City of Uvalde has filed a lawsuit against Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell, alleging she is blocking the city's independent investigator from accessing key evidence into the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Analysis: Why the Fed may finally loosen its grip

I don't know about y'all, but I could use some hopeful news today. So here's what I've got: Inflation appears to be β€” really, this time β€” easing.

Jim Jordan renews requests as House probes continue

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio is sending a renewed set of requests to four current and former government officials on Thursday, providing a window into how the highest-ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is zeroing in on his first top targets ahead of the next Congress when he obtains subpoena power.

Hillary Clinton says US should not engage in nuclear talks with Iran as protestors stand up 'to their oppressors'

The US should not be negotiating with Iran "on anything right now," including a nuclear agreement, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday.

US sanctions three North Korean officials tied to weapons of mass destruction program

The US Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned three North Korean officials tied to the nation's weapons of mass destruction program.

Why Democrats should like the early voting patterns in the Georgia Senate runoff

More than 1 million Georgians have voted early (absentee or in-person) ahead of Tuesday's Senate runoff election. The compact nature of the early voting period for the runoff makes it difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison with what occurred during the November general election.

Elon Musk vs. Tim Cook, Sam Bankman-Fried's media apology tour, and why shopping on Amazon is getting worse

Crypto detective "Coffeezilla" tells Nightcap's Jon Sarlin that somebody at FTX "criminally screwed up." Plus, The Washington Post's Geoffrey Fowler on how Amazon risks turning customers off by showing so many ads in search results. And CNN's Clare Duffy has the latest on the spat between Elon Musk and Tim Cook. To get the day's business headlines sent directly to your inbox, sign up for the Nightcap newsletter.

Insured losses from weather disasters will exceed $100B for second year in a row, new data shows

Extreme weather disasters so far this year have caused $115 billion in insured losses around the globe, with Hurricane Ian inflicting the largest insured loss of roughly $50 to 65 billion, new data from reinsurance company Swiss Re shows.

Yellen to Colbert: 'I practiced and I practiced' signature for US currency

Sheets of dollar bills rolling off the presses at the Fort Worth Bureau of Engraving and Printing will soon bear the signature of US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Railroad workers aren't the only Americans without paid sick days

As freight railroad workers look to Congress to provide them with paid sick days, millions of other American employees have no safety net if they fall ill.

Black Creeks expelled from tribe finally get their day in court, 43 years later

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Sam Bankman-Fried says he 'got a little cocky'

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of now-bankrupt FTX, has fallen from the peak of crypto celebrity, but he's not going quietly. In back-to-back interviews, he's portrayed himself as a clumsy and repentant businessman.

Jim Clyburn becomes assistant leader, stays in Democratic leadership

Rep. Jim Clyburn, who is the current Democratic whip, was elected by affirmation as assistant leader in the next Congress after Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island launched a last-minute bid to run against him Wednesday.

Western US residents warned against traveling as a winter storm is expected to bring feet of snow

More than 10 million people across at least nine western states are under winter alerts, including cities such as Seattle and Salt Lake City, as winter storms sweep through the region.

Jan. 6 panel member says entirety of work will be released in coming weeks

A Democratic member of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot told CNN on Thursday that the panel's work will be released in its entirety later this month so Republicans cannot cherry-pick evidence when they take over the majority.

What happens now with Trump's taxes

The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee will meet Thursday to discuss how to handle six years of former President Donald Trump's federal tax returns, one day after the panel received access to the records following a protracted legal fight.

Don't fall prey to these 4 investing biases

No matter how smart or well educated you are, and no matter how successful professionally, when it comes to investing you still might not make the best decisions.

Why gas prices are finally plunging

Prices at the pump continue to plunge, dropping the US average for gasoline below where it was when Russia invaded Ukraine.

Ohio governor says verdict in family massacre 'brings us one step closer to achieving justice'

An Ohio man accused along with his family members of the 2016 massacre of another family was found guilty of multiple murder charges Wednesday.

Indiana AG asks board to discipline doctor who provided abortion services to 10-year-old. Her lawyer says it's to 'intimidate'

Indiana's attorney general is asking the state medical licensing board to discipline an Indianapolis doctor who provided abortion services to a 10-year-old girl -- a move the physician's attorney has called an effort to "intimidate" abortion providers.

Biden administration releases new strategy to end HIV/AIDS by 2030

On World AIDS Day, the Biden administration renewed its focus on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, releasing a new five-year strategy for the United States' global response.

This discount chain is lowering prices

Family Dollar has lost ground in the dollar store race for years. Now, the discount chain hopes lowering prices will help win back customers on tight budgets.

Uvalde survivors seek $27 billion from law enforcement entities and others

β€’ Mother of Uvalde massacre victim sues gun manufacturer, gun shop and law enforcement officers

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried: 'Look, I screwed up'

Sam Bankman-Fried, the 30-year-old founder of a now-bankrupt crypto empire, said he "didn't ever try to commit fraud on anyone."

Powell revives hopes of a Fed pivot. That's a bad thing

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell made investors very happy on Wednesday. US stocks popped after the central banker gave a speech strongly indicating that the Fed would ease the historically-high pace of interest rate rises at its next policy meeting in December.

Binance still has big growth plans despite crypto market meltdown

Binance is expanding into new markets even as the crypto industry grapples with turmoil unleashed by the spectacular collapse of crypto exchange FTX.

Students sue Yale University, alleging discrimination against students with mental health disabilities

Current students and an advocacy group are suing Yale University and its governing body, alleging "systemic discrimination against students with mental health disabilities," according to a lawsuit filed in Connecticut federal court Wednesday.

CNN begins layoffs as media companies are battered by economic headwinds

CNN on Wednesday informed employees that layoffs had commenced, a move that is expected to impact hundreds of staffers at the global news network and mark the deepest cuts to the organization in years.

More than 70 water agencies in California could face water shortages in the coming months

Nearly 20% of California's urban water agencies reported they could see significant water shortages in the coming months as the state braces for a potential fourth consecutive year of drought.

Biden administration projecting daily migrant border crossings could double when Trump-era policy ends

The Department of Homeland Security is projecting between 9,000 to 14,000 migrants may attempt to cross the US southern border a day when a Trump-era border policy ends in late December, more than double the current number of people crossing, according to a source familiar with the projections.

Biden commits to protect sacred tribal lands as administration moves forward with monument

President Joe Biden on Wednesday committed to protecting Spirit Mountain and the surrounding area in Nevada, a sacred site for the Fort Mojave and other Native American tribal nations.

VA has systemically discriminated against Black veterans for decades, lawsuit alleges

The United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) administered disability benefits in a racially discriminatory manner for decades, disproportionately rejecting Black veteran disability claims at a much higher rate than White veterans, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Amazon CEO explains thinking behind layoffs as unionized warehouse workers protest outside

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy on Wednesday said an "uncertain" economy pushed the e-commerce giant to move forward with rare and wide-ranging layoffs after having gone on a significant hiring spree for much of the pandemic.

Family of Georgia teen who died of heatstroke after school basketball drill accepts $10M settlement

A school board will pay a $10 million settlement in the death of 16-year-old Imani Bell, an Atlanta-area basketball player whose 2019 death from heat-related injuries led to murder charges against two coaches, the family's legal team said.

Tracking severe storms across the South: At least 2 killed in Alabama

The threat of possible tornadoes, strong winds and hail in parts of Alabama and Mississippi persisted early Wednesday as a line of storms that loomed over the region for much of Tuesday is expected to weaken as it moves east.

January 6 committee to discuss potential criminal referrals at Friday meeting

As the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack stares down a fast-approaching deadline to complete its work, members are scheduled to have a key meeting on Friday to discuss its final report as well as the possibility of making criminal referrals, multiple sources tell CNN.

New York Mayor says NYPD and first responders can involuntarily commit those in mental health crisis

New York Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday directed first responders to enforce a state law that allows them to potentially involuntarily commit people experiencing a mental health crisis, as part of an attempt to address concerns about homelessness and crime.

Herschel Walker described himself as living in Texas during a campaign speech. He's running for Senate in Georgia

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, facing renewed and growing questions about his residency in the final week of the runoff campaign, described himself during a campaign speech in January as living in Texas and said he decided to run for Georgia's Senate seat while at his Texas "home," according to a CNN KFile review of his campaign speeches.

Ron DeSantis due to release autobiography in February amid 2024 speculation

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will release a book early next year amid speculation that he could be gearing up for a 2024 presidential campaign, CNN has learned.

Bob Iger has two years to find the next Disney CEO. These execs may top the list

Bob Iger has a lot on his to do list in his second round as Disney's CEO.

Chick-fil-A merch is here, but may 'sell out quickly'

If your holiday wish list includes a Chick-fil-A sauce-themed blanket or a chicken nugget pillow, look no further.

This new Lamborghini is 'completely different' than other supercars

The Lamborghini HuracΓ‘n Sterrato, officially unveiled in Miami Wednesday will be the Italian automaker's maker's last purely gasoline-powered supercar. It will also be unlike any Lamborghini supercar before because it's designed to go off-road.

House to vote today on legislation to avert a railroad shutdown

The House on Wednesday will vote on legislation to avert a rail shutdown following a grave warning from President Joe Biden about the economic danger posed by congressional inaction.

There's a big problem with the Kroger-Albertsons supermarket merger

When Christine Martinez found out last month that Kroger and Albertsons planned to merge in a deal worth nearly $25 billion, she thought, "here we go again."

Early voting surges in Georgia as Walker and Warnock make their final pitches to swing voters

The compressed timeframe of Georgia's Senate runoff has juiced single-day turnout across the state, which has now broken early voting records on two consecutive days, a top Georgia election official said, as the race between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker enters the homestretch.

'Living in despair and hopelessness': A lack of affordable housing can put people's health at risk

When Louana Joseph's son had a seizure because of an upper respiratory infection in July, she abandoned the apartment her family had called home for nearly three years.

House January 6 committee chairman says panel 'close to putting pens down' on final report

The chairman of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol said Tuesday that the panel is "close to putting pens down" on its final report, which is slated for release by the end of this Congress.

DNA match reunites daughter with her family 51 years after she was kidnapped

β€’ Three people found sitting on ship's rudder survived an 11-day voyage from Nigeria β€’ Missing US professor found dead during family kayaking trip in Mexico

Two more DeSantis administration officials named in lawsuit over migrant planes flown to Martha's Vineyard

A class action lawsuit filed in September on behalf of an advocacy group and migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard from Texas two months ago has added two additional members of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration and an alleged "lead recruiter" of the migrants as defendants, according to an amended complaint filed Tuesday.

Newly unsealed affidavit details the clues that led investigators to suspect in Delphi teen girl killings

A .40 caliber unspent round that was found near the bodies of two teen Indiana girls was tied to suspect Richard Allen, who was arrested last month in connection with the killings, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Cecily Aguilar pleads guilty in connection with death of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen

Cecily Aguilar, who was arrested in 2020 in connection with the disappearance of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen, pleaded guilty Tuesday to being involved in the cover-up of her death, according to CNN affiliate KWTX and an attorney for Guillen's family.

Kevin McCarthy falsely claims Trump condemned White nationalist Nick Fuentes

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked on Tuesday about how he hadn't yet condemned former President Donald Trump for having dinner a week ago with Nick Fuentes, a White nationalist and Holocaust denier.

Twitter is less safe due to Elon Musk's management style, says former top official

Twitter owner Elon Musk's dictatorial management style risks driving the company headlong into unforced business blunders, content moderation disasters and the degradation of core platform features that help keep vulnerable users safe, according to a former top Twitter official who led the company's content moderation before abruptly resigning this month.

Analysis: Sam Bankman-Fried won't shut up, and it's driving lawyers mad

In the weeks since his crypto empire has collapsed, Sam Bankman-Fried has ignored the most fundamental legal advice that any lawyer β€” or even a casual viewer of TV crime procedurals β€” would give: Shut your mouth.