How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

April 27, 2017

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald …


Arkansas executions: ‘It was very methodical’

April 26, 2017

(CNN)After Arkansas conducted the first back-to-back executions in the United States since 2000, witnesses described what they saw when Jack Harold Jones Jr. and Marcel Wayne Williams died of lethal injection. Jessi Turnure of CNN affiliate KARK said she saw no visible signs of struggle when Williams died, such as “grimacing” or “clenching of the fingers.” But she acknowledged there may have been pain she couldn’t see. “It was very methodical,” she …


Why China’s craft breweries are tapping into ancient beer recipes

April 26, 2017

(CNN)China is home to one of the oldest civilizations, so it’s only fitting that it’s home to ancient beer as well. The 5,000-year-old brewery is the earliest evidence of barley- and millet-based beer-making in the country. Inspired by the scientists’ findings, two breweries — Jing-A Brewing Co in Beijing and Moonzen Brewery in Hong Kong — set out to give the modern world a taste of an ancient experience by recreating the original beer recipe. …


What the French elections mean for Americans

April 24, 2017

Paris (CNN)The second round of the French elections was set seconds after the polls closed Sunday evening, pitting two of the most unconventional candidates for the presidency of a nation that prides itself on professionalism and continuity of its leaders. Emmanuel Macron, who heads no political party but rather a movement he launched less than a year ago, will go head-to-head against Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, who has never held national office in France, but who …


Earth Day Pioneer Calls It A ‘Day Of Mourning’ This Year Thanks To Trump

April 22, 2017

Pete McCloskey, who co-chaired the original Earth Day celebration in 1970, said theres little to celebrate this year as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress set out toslash budgets for environmental agencies and undermine laws that protect water, air and wildlife. The first Earth Dayis credited with galvanizing public support behind sweeping changes to how the government managed natural resources. Months later, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Air …


This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he tried to have us sing ‘We Shall …


Steve King Toasts Border Patrol After Deportation Of Dreamer

April 19, 2017

… Security. But Montes could be the first documented case of a Dreamer with active DACA status being deported. He had past criminal convictions for driving without a license and shoplifting, but his record did not exclude him from the program and his paperwork was not set to expire until 2018, according to USA Today. Trump maintained the DACA program even though he promised to end it which King believes he should follow through on. But he also said he would give Immigration and Customs …


Glen Campbell Says Adis With Final Album Featuring Willie Nelson

April 17, 2017

Glen Campbell will unveil his final studio album on June 9, six years after being diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. Called Adis, the album features 12 classic songs that Campbell loved, but never had the opportunity to record. Among them are Dont Think Twice Its All Right, Everybodys Talkin and Adis, made famous by Linda Ronstadt. The set, recorded in Nashville shortly after the music legend wrapped his 2011 Goodbye Tour, features guest appearances by Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Campbells …


Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly 140m, says NUT – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… that 131 new schools had been approved under the free school programme, creating around 69,000 places. ‘More choice’ Free schools are state schools that are outside of local authority networks and which are set up by groups such as academy trusts, charities, parents and community groups. There are now about 800 free schools either open or in the pipeline. The NUT said the 138.5m on the closed or unopened schools would have paid for 3,680 teachers for a year. Mr Courtney added: …


United Airlines, David Dao, And The Way We Blame

April 13, 2017

… on the theme of What else was United supposed to do?, as if calling the police to clean up by physical force what was essentially a corporate scheduling error was the only available option (as opposed to, say, raising the offer of compensation for volunteers to take a later flight, or flying their personnel on a different plane.) Even in this seemingly indisputable set of circumstances, the victim found critics — unbelievably, and yet predictably. For some, a refusal to comply with an …


Egyptians mourn, but do they understand?

April 11, 2017

… bring back the victims nor prevent the next set of them. Widespread everyday discrimination, both legal and social, is far more consequential than tired slogans wheeled out after every tragedy. The Egyptian version of thoughts, prayers and inaction will only serve as a placeholder for the next time Egyptians experience a similar tragedy. Terrorists have escalated their campaign against Egypt’s Christians. And the state’s old policies and rhetoric have failed. A fresh approach is …


CNN 10 – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

… Northern Africa and Northern Europe. In the nation of Egypt Sunday, bombings at two Coptic Christian churches killed at least 43 people. The first blast took place during a service at St. George’s Church in the city of Tanta. Egypt’s state TV said a bomb was placed under a seat in the main prayer hall. And afterward, outside Mr. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the city of Alexandria, a suicide bomber set off explosives after police reportedly stopped the attack from …


Masters 2017: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia lead into final round at Augusta

April 9, 2017

… Masters to become only the sixth player to complete the set of all four of golf’s major titles, was unable to make any real inroads in a round of 71 Saturday for level par overall. “I need to play probably the round of my life tomorrow to have a chance,” McIlroy told BBC Sport. Golf icons remember Arnold Palmer The biggest comeback after 54 holes is the eight shots retrieved by Jack Burke against the amateur Ken Venturi in 1956. That should give some hope to …


Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… cases it drives a wedge between schools and families. The real problem is holiday pricing. Neither parents nor schools set the prices of holidays. They will both continue to be caught between a rock and hard place without some sensible government intervention.” Representatives of the tourism industry said it was not possible to say whether people in the industry were taking their children out of school so they could have a family holiday outside of the peak season, when they would need to …