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Today โ€” August 18th 2022CNN.com - RSS Channel - US

All of Massachusetts now in drought

The flash drought conditions expanded and intensified in New England over the past week, according to the latest report from the US Drought Monitor. Extreme drought โ€” level 3 out of 4 โ€” now covers parts of eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut and the entire state of Rhode Island.

Sole survivor of lightning strike near White House grappling with survivor's guilt

Amber Escudero-Kontostathis is the only survivor of a deadly lightning strike outside the White House earlier this month, and despite going through something so life-changing, she said she's recovering quickly.

'Visibly upset' pilot apologized before exiting small plane mid-flight and falling to his death

The co-pilot who fell to his death after getting off an aircraft mid-flight in North Carolina may have been sick and was described as "visibly upset" prior to exiting the plane without a parachute, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation and Safety Board.

Suspect in Rushdie's stabbing pleads not guilty to attempted murder and assault

The man accused of stabbing award-winning author Salman Rushdie and injuring another speaker on stage in New York state last week pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault.

Biden officials accelerate monkeypox vaccine effort

Top Biden administration officials are set to announce new steps Thursday to accelerate the US response to the spread of monkeypox amid high demand for vaccines and treatments.

Most electric cars are quiet. But Dodge says its future electric muscle car will be super loud

Dodge, famous for offering cars with big and powerful V8 engines, is phasing out some of its iconic, gas-powered muscle cars in favor of electric power. To ease fans into this new era, the company has opted to mimic some muscle car sensations โ€” including shifting gears and a loud exhaust โ€” in an electric concept car it unveiled on Wednesday.

Why junk food stocks are surging

People are stressed out and exhausted. The past two and a half years, full of public health crises, recession and inflation, have been so eventful that news of a possible alien invasion barely even made a blip. Nights are sleepless and days restless, and we need an extra boost to keep us going.ย 

Strippers at LA strip club want to join actors' union

Strippers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood, California, have filed with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to join the Actors Equity Association, a union of performers and other show business professionals.

China dims lights in Chengdu subway to save power as heat soars

Metro stations in Sichuan province's capital city Chengdu have dimmed their lights to save electricity, leaving some travelers in partial darkness as China grapples with a power crunch amid a record heat wave.

Fire captain denies using Kobe Bryant crash photos as 'party trick' at cocktail hour

In court Wednesday, a Los Angeles County fire captain denied using photos from the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others as a "party trick" when he showed the images during an awards ceremony cocktail hour.

Yesterday โ€” August 17th 2022CNN.com - RSS Channel - US

Federal judge allows North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban to be reinstated

A US district court judge in North Carolina on Wednesday allowed a North Carolina law that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy to be reinstated, lifting an injunction he had placed on the state law prior to the US Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Secret Service notified Capitol Police on evening of January 6, 2021, of earlier threat directed at Pelosi

The US Secret Service, on the evening of January 6, 2021, notified the US Capitol Police that it had discovered an online threat -- made days earlier -- directed toward House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to an email notification obtained by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington through a public records request.

Rudy Giuliani, a target in Atlanta probe into Trump 2020 election subversion scheme, appears before grand jury

Rudy Giuliani, who was told by Atlanta prosecutors that he is a target in their probe of former President Donald Trump's 2020 election subversion schemes in Georgia, appeared behind closed doors for grand jury testimony in the investigation Wednesday.

Boston Children's Hospital says it's gotten violent threats over care for transgender children

Boston Children's Hospital, which calls itself "home to the first pediatric and adolescent transgender health program in the United States," says it has faced a "large volume" of threats of violence for offering that kind of care.

Ohio judge rules Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens must pay a combined $650.6 million for damages related to opioid crisis

Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens must pay a combined $650.6 million to two Ohio counties for damages related to the opioid crisis, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Family of US Navy officer jailed in Japan over fatal car crash calls on Biden to intervene

The family of a US Navy officer imprisoned in Japan rallied outside the White House on Wednesday to protest his detention and try to attract President Joe Biden's attention to the case.

Workers file for union vote at another Amazon facility

The union that was the first to win a representation vote at an Amazon facility has filed for an election among about 400 employees at another Amazon distribution center.

Analysis: 9 p.m. cable news primed for reinvention

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'Irate parent' is arrested in Georgia for discharging pepper spray on school bus

An "irate parent" was arrested after she boarded a Georgia school bus and discharged a can of pepper spray -- exposing two dozen students onboard, according to the Glynn County Schools.

EV tax credits just got revamped. What car buyers need to know

The newly signed Inflation Reduction Act will have big implications for electric vehicle buyers. Some popular electric vehicles may become eligible for a tax credit once again, while other cars that were eligible this month will not be for the foreseeable future. Here's what you need to know as a consumer.

Feds charge Missouri man with threatening Arizona election official

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced criminal charges against a Missouri man who left a voicemail on the personal cell phone of an election official during the monthslong, partisan review of ballots cast in Arizona during in the 2020 presidential election.

Florida state attorney challenges suspension by Gov. DeSantis

Florida state attorney Andrew Warren, who was suspended earlier this month by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his position on abortion, is appealing his suspension by claiming the Republican governor abused his authority.

Lose big on crypto? Here's how to reduce the sting

It's been a tough year for crypto investors as they've watched the price of their digital assets plummet.

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane ordered to report to federal prison

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was sentenced last month to two and a half years in prison for violating George Floyd's civil rights, has been ordered to report to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Colorado on August 30, according to a judgment order filed Tuesday.

Wisconsin man charged in 1992 double homicide

A Wisconsin man was arrested and charged in the 1992 killings of two people after his DNA was obtained during a traffic stop last month and matched evidence from the crime scene, according to a criminal complaint.

CNN projects Alaska special election will head to ranked choice. Here's how that works

The results of the Alaska special general election to fill the remainder of the late Rep. Don Young's term remain uncertain, as CNN projected none of the candidates on the ballot topped 50% on Tuesday -- a necessary feat given the state's new ranked choice voting rules.

Former US Rep. TJ Cox indicted on federal charges

Former US Rep. TJ Cox, a Democrat from California, has been indicted on federal money laundering and wire fraud charges related in part to campaign donations, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.

Federal appeals court says Americans with Disabilities Act protections cover 'gender dysphoria,' handing a win to trans people

A federal appeals court said Tuesday that the Americans with Disabilities Act covers individuals with "gender dysphoria," handing a win to trans people in a case concerning a former inmate who alleged discrimination at a Virginia prison.

Former White House lawyers interviewed by FBI over Mar-a-Lago documents

The FBI interviewed former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and his former deputy Patrick Philbin earlier this year as part of the investigation into federal records taken to Donald Trump's Palm Beach home, two people briefed on the matter said.

More Americans are relying on credit cards. That could be very costly

Interest rates on credit cards are so high these days that consumers with a $5,000 credit card balance could pay an extra $1,000 in interest over the course of a year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Airbnb rolls out 'anti-party technology'

Weeks after Airbnb said it would permanently ban parties at properties rented through its platform, the company is deploying so-called "anti-party technology" in the United States and Canada to help enforce the measure.

Exclusive: Buffalo Wild Wings is adding pizza

With football season approaching, Buffalo Wild Wings is adding a new menu item that's all but synonymous with the sport: pizza.

When will price increases end? Probably never

A dollar just isn't worth what it used to be.

8-year-old left paralyzed after July 4 parade shooting feels 'hopeless' and angry

โ€ข Watch: Shooting survivors and victims' family members release emotional video

New York City reports 2 human cases of the West Nile virus as the city sees record number of infected mosquitoes

Two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in New York as the virus has been detected in a record number of mosquitoes in the city, health officials said Tuesday.

No, Elon Musk is not buying Manchester United

The richest man on earth has once again created chaos and commotion on the internet with his tweets.

TikTok to clamp down on influencers' paid political posts ahead of midterms

TikTok will work to prevent content creators from posting paid political messages on the short-form video app, as part of its preparation for the U.S. midterm election in November, the company said on Wednesday.

The recession debate could hinge on this data

Are Americans still reaching for their wallets, even as high inflation forces households to contend with higher bills?

Analysis: Tesla haters may have a new hero

Of all the powerful institutions that are skeptical of/worried about in Tesla's self-driving ambitions โ€” certain US lawmakers, auto industry experts, safety regulators โ€” the one that may finally be able to flex enough muscle is the unglamorous and almost universally dreaded Department of Motor Vehicles, my colleague Matt McFarland reports.

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Sheriff captain testifies his own deputies had no business taking photos of Kobe Bryant crash scene

Deputies responding to the helicopter crash that killed basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others had no authority to take photos of the crash scene, a Los Angeles County Sheriff captain said in court Tuesday.

Fake Trump electors ask judge to disqualify Atlanta DA from election probe

Eleven of the "fake electors" who participated in a plan to subvert the Electoral College have asked a judge to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from her probe into the Republican effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

Man indicted for allegedly stabbing two homeless men while they slept, killing one

A 40-year-old man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly stabbing two homeless men while they slept in separate incidents, killing one of them.

Jury seated in federal trial for R. Kelly and two former associates, opening statements set for Wednesday

Aย jury has been selected and sworn in for the Chicago federal child pornography and obstruction trial for R. Kelly and two of his former associates, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown.ย 

The brother of a Marine killed in an attack outside Kabul airport last year dies by suicide, his mother says

The brother of a US service member killed in a terrorist attack outside Afghanistan's Kabul airport in August of last year has died by suicide, according to his mother Shana Chappell.

Biden administration will stop buying Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and tests as early as this fall, Jha says

The Biden administration has been planning for how to get past the crisis phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and will stop buying vaccines, treatments and tests as early as this fall, White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said on Tuesday.

Solange will compose an original score for the New York City Ballet

Solange, the singer whose work spans everything from film to fashion, will take her talents to the world of dance, composing an original score for the New York City Ballet.

Judge rejects plea deals from Navy engineer and wife charged with conspiracy to sell classified info

A federal judge in West Virginia rejected proposed plea agreements made between federal prosecutors and a US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife who pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell classified information to a foreign country in exchange for thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.

Man accused of taking guns to vote-counting center arrested for trespassing Jan. 6

A man who is accused of bringing weapons to a Pennsylvania vote counting center after the 2020 presidential election was arrested Tuesday for allegedly illegally trespassing at the Capitol during the January 6, 2021, insurrection.

End of the Zoom boom? Analyst cuts stock to a rare 'sell' rating

Zoom was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the work-from-anywhere trend that took hold during the height of the pandemic in 2020. But, as more people go back to the office on a regular basis, the stock has plunged. And one top Wall Street analyst thinks the worst is still yet to come.

Amazon workers walk off to call for better pay and working conditions

A coalition of Amazon employees walked off the job on Monday at an air freight facility in San Bernardino, California, demanding better pay and working conditions, in the latest sign that worker organizing efforts continue to spread across the tech giant's vast retail and logistics network.

Walmart+ has an Amazon Prime Video competitor

Walmart+ โ€” in its effort to become a true competitor to Amazon Prime โ€” will offer Paramount+ as part of its membership offering, the companies announced Monday.

Ex-fire captain repeatedly walked off witness stand during testimony over Kobe Bryant crash photos

A former Los Angeles County fire captain walked off the witness stand three times during testimony Monday while being questioned about whether he took photos of Kobe Bryant's remains at the 2020 helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

Group files lawsuit against city officials in Mississippi after fired police chief's alleged remarks

A civil and human rights advocacy organization has filed suit against officials in Lexington, Mississippi following alleged racist and homophobic remarks from a now-fired police chief, and what plaintiffs allege is targeting behavior from the police department.

First lady Jill Biden tests positive for Covid

โ€ข CDC: Gorgeous island nation in Asia now at 'high' travel risk for Covid โ€ข Disney Cruise Line dropping vaccination requirement for kids ages 5 to 11

6 people shot near a hospital in Memphis

Six people were shot early Tuesday near Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, hospital and law enforcement officials said.

A metal object from an aircraft fell from the sky near the Maine State Capitol

A Maine Capitol Police employee was spared Monday when a large metal object apparently from an aircraft crashed to the ground outside the building, narrowly missing him, officials said.

The weird economy isn't stopping Warren Buffett

It's a moment of great uncertainty for the US economy, as high inflation and rising interest rates feed fears that a recession could be around the corner. But the Oracle of Omaha isn't losing faith.

Record Home Depot sales show US housing market is still strong

Soaring mortgage rates and unaffordable home prices are worrisome signs for the broader housing market and economy. In another worrisome sign, housing starts and building permits for July both fell from June levels and missed economists' forecasts. But don't tell that to Home Depot. The home improvement retail giant reported record earnings and sales for its most recent quarter.

New home construction cools as more people get priced out

Home builders pressed on the brakes once again last month as the cost of building supplies remained high and more prospective buyers were priced out of the market.

5,760 cases of Capri Sun have been recalled after being contaminated with cleaning solution

Approximately 5,760 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry beverages have been recalled because of possible contamination.

Why calling monkeypox an STD would be about more than just a label

A hallmark of the ongoing monkeypox outbreak is that most cases have been linked to sexual activity, and this has prompted some debate around whether to describe the illness as a sexually transmitted disease.

The cycling boom goes bust

Bikes, both stationary and non, did a brisk pandemic business.

Majority of Americans worry about being able to pay for housing

If you are feeling the pinch of higher rents, you're not alone.

She was a pioneering newspaper publisher in a room full of men. In history, she wasn't alone

The wood-walled conference room has a sterile quality, and the men in muted suits seated around the wide central table are eerily alike, as if duplicated. But this photograph of a high-level corporate meeting has one outlier -- a woman with short, curled hair seated on the far left. She lines up perfectly with the group's symmetry, but she's conspicuous in her jewel-toned blue dress, her bare legs visible below the hem.

Biden signs $750B health care, tax and climate bill into law in major victory ahead of midterms

President Joe Biden will sign a sweeping $750 billion health care, tax and climate bill into law at the White House on Tuesday -- marking a major victory for his administration and the Democratic Party ahead of the midterm elections.

Salman Rushdie is awake and 'articulate'

Award-winning author Salman Rushdie is awake and "articulate" in his conversations with investigators as he remains hospitalized for severe injuries following a stabbing attack in western New York Friday, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN Monday.

Son of the suspect in killings of 2 Muslim men in Albuquerque ordered to remain in custody on a federal charge of making false statements

The son of a man suspected of killing at least two men in a recent spate of killings that terrorized Albuquerque, New Mexico, was ordered Monday to remain in federal custody on a charge tied to his father's case.

You can finally buy a Dodge Challenger Convertible

You've long been able buy a convertible version of the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro right off the lot. Now, after 14 years on the market, the modern Dodge Challenger, considered somewhat of a competitor to those two "pony cars," will finally be available as a convertible you can order straight from the dealership.

Frozen pizza recalled due to metal pieces

About 13,000 pounds of frozen pizza made by Home Run Inn Frozen Food is being recalled because of potential metal contamination.

New charges related to threats against FBI unsealed against Pennsylvania man

The Justice Department unsealed charges on Monday against a Pennsylvania man who allegedly threatened to kill FBI agents after investigators searched Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump's home in Florida.

Analysis: US economy didn't get recession memo

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Opinion: Fully remote work could soon vanish

As restaurants, malls and movie theaters fill back up with people, the workplace has remained nearly empty. This is partly driven by how engrained remote work has become in society. People have invested in creating workspaces in their homes, relocated to smaller towns and even taken their work to vacation resorts. Now, amidst an easing pandemic and slowing economy, companies are increasingly trying to draw employees back into the office. But many just don't want to go.

Effort to recall Los Angeles DA fails to quality for ballot

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascรณn will not face a recall election after officials determined Monday that the campaign looking to oust him failed to gather enough valid signatures.

Giuliani told by prosecutors he is a target in Georgia 2020 presidential election probe

โ€ข Timeline: What Georgia prosecutors are looking at as they investigate Trump's efforts to overturn the election โ€ข The Washington Post: Trump-allied lawyers sought voting machine data in key battleground states

11 members of Congress have lost primaries this year. Is Liz Cheney next?

If the latest polling and on-the-ground reports are any guide, Rep. Liz Cheney is a major underdog heading into her primary in Wyoming tomorrow.

FAA staffing issues trigger New York flight delays

The Federal Aviation Administration says flights in and out of New York City area airports could be delayed up to two hours Monday night because of a shortage of air traffic controllers.

Suspect accused of shooting a coach during a Dallas-area youth football game turns himself in

Police are searching Monday for a suspect in a weekend shooting that left one man dead at a youth football game in a Dallas suburb.

Opinion: Don't shed any tears for Cheney

In another era, Liz Cheney would have been exactly the kind of candidate Republican leaders would champion. She has the voting record, the pedigree, the fortitude, the eloquence and the smarts they might look for in the party's first female presidential nominee.

Alaska voters are casting ballots in two separate elections for the same seat. Here's how it works

Voters in Alaska on Tuesday are voting in two separate elections for the same US House seat -- the state's at-large congressional district seat.

$3 gas could be around the corner

US gasoline prices continue to fall, and they could keep falling, raising the possibility of gas below $3 a gallon in much of the country before the end of the year.

Ex-Minneapolis officers reject state plea deal in George Floyd killing

Ex-Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao told a judge Monday they have rejected a plea deal offered by state prosecutors for their role in George Floyd's killing, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's deputy chief of staff said.

Did you change jobs during the pandemic and then regret it?

A record number of Americans quit their jobs last year. The reasons for leaving varied: some workers were looking for new opportunities, others wanted more flexibility, higher pay or were starting new careers.

This high risk investment craze isn't going away

Investors who aren't afraid of serious risk now have several new "funds" they can buy into. The difference is, unlike traditional ETFs which are tied to shares in multiple companies, the latest exchange-traded funds actually give traders exposure to only one stock.

SoulCycle is closing 25% of its studios

It's not just Peloton that's spinning into trouble: Indoor cycling studio SoulCycle is closing about 25% of its locations.

'We thought we were safe': Kentucky disaster shows how US is ill-prepared and under-insured for devastating floods

When Bob and Debbie Smith signed up for flood insurance years ago, they never expected the storm that transformed the little river next to their backyard into a raging, muddy torrent. They never imagined that they and their cat would need to be rescued from their front porch by a neighbor with a boat as the floodwater reached up to their chests.

US does not plan to release frozen Afghan assets soon

The Biden administration does not plan to release billions of dollars of Afghan government assets held by the country's central bank anytime soon, citing concerns the funds could end up in the hands of terrorists after the leader of al Qaeda was killed while hiding out in Afghanistan's capital.

Health departments apply lessons learned from Covid to other public health concerns

LIVINGSTON, Mont. โ€” Shannan Piccolo walked into a hotel with a tote bag full of Narcan and a speech about how easy it is to use the medicine that can reverse opioid overdoses.

White House launching messaging push

The White House is launching a messaging push to capitalize on a recent string of policy accomplishments and spur momentum for Democrats heading into November's pivotal midterm elections, according to a memo written by top White House officials.

Mar-a-Lago -- and its owner -- have long caused concerns for US intelligence

Revealing an airstrike over "beautiful" chocolate cake. A trespasser from China carrying flash drives and electronics. Cellphone photos of the "nuclear football" briefcase. And now, classified documents recovered during an FBI search.

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