Trump wary of ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea as UN meets

April 28, 2017

(CNN)us President Donald Trump said on Thursday not to discount the chance of a military conflict with North Korea. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” Trump told Reuters amid an ongoing standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. He said he would prefer, however, to avoid conflict and peaceably achieve a non-nuclear North Korea. China pumps billions into North Korea ‘Never …

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Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test. Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program. “They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test,” Tillerson said of the Chinese. “In fact, we were told by the …

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China’s all-girl boy band

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Made up of all girls, this “boy band” is the latest in the androgyny trend in China. “We’re a girl band. But we look more like beautiful young men, not young girls,” said band member Min Junqian. “So the positioning fits us more. “ Their promotional photos present the five girls ages 18 to 24 in short hair, ties with pants, sitting with spread-out legs. They also are shown in shorts, like tomboys playing soccer, for their affiliation with the …

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Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The top attorney for the us House of Representatives is now weighing in on the legal fight over how federal agents handled the investigation of former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, raising “serious concern about improper investigation tactics,” namely, recording Schock’s conversations with congressional staff and “the apparent theft of official records” from his office. In a letter to top officials at the Justice Department, the local us attorney’s office …

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Trump agrees ‘not to terminate NAFTA at this time’

April 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to us workers. “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” Trump said in a written statement that accompanied the readout of his phone calls. “It is an honor to deal with both President Pea …

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Texas: FDA should release impounded execution drug

April 27, 2017

(CNN)The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s battle against the us Food and Drug Administration over an impounded shipment of drugs to be used for lethal injections continued Wednesday with the state filing an amended court complaint. The motion follows the FDA’s decision last week to rule that sodium thiopental cannot be imported into the United States, blocking states from using the drugs in executions. The agency has not approved the drug’s use in the United States More …

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Fresno shooting suspect charged with murder

April 27, 2017

(CNN)California authorities on Wednesday charged a suspect with eight felony counts, including murder, after police said he killed three men in an alleged hate crime. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is accused of fatally shooting the three men at random in downtown Fresno, California on April 18, police said. Muhammad is black and his victims were white. Muhammad allegedly opened fire at a Pacific Gas & Electric truck, killing one man. He then walked away and fired his handgun at four others, as …

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

April 27, 2017

… 44, and Attar, 53, also face one count of conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity — a charge that carries a potential sentence of up to life in prison. “Female Genital Mutilation has serious implications for the health and well-being of girls and women,” said Daniel Lemisch, acting us Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. “This brutal practice is conducted on girls for one reason, to control them as …

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Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Will conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speak Thursday on the campus of one of America’s most famously progressive universities? A student group that had been helping to plan the speaking engagement said Tuesday it now will not host the event in Berkeley, California. But Coulter tweeted she still expects to be at the University of California’s flagship campus. …

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Why hasn’t North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?

April 26, 2017

… after us President Donald Trump’s inauguration came when he was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February. There had been some speculation that North Korea would use the 85th anniversary of the founding of the army, which fell on Tuesday and is a significant date on the country’s calendar, to conduct a missile or nuclear test. In the event, the country conducted large-scale artillery drills. The June 25 anniversary of the Korean War could be options for …

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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 …

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FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

April 26, 2017

(CNN)The us Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer. On Tuesday, the agency responsible for policing the American food and drug market issued warning letters to 14 companies that it says are “illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.” “There’s a couple of issues here,” Jason Humbert, a regulatory …

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CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. us officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who, in a …

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Party identification is ‘starting to shift’

April 25, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday responded to a poll showing the majority felt the Democratic Party was out of touch by saying party identification is shifting — and everyday people can see the us political system as a “rigged game.” The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 67% of respondents said the Democratic Party was out of touch, ahead of 62% who said the same for the GOP and 58% for President Donald Trump. “I think the whole notion …

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Female genital mutilation procedure ‘hurted a lot,’ child says

April 25, 2017

(CNN)A 7-year-old girl who underwent a painful genital mutilation procedure told federal investigators that after a doctor completed the process, she was rewarded with a piece of cake for “doing good.” Court documents obtained by CNN contain that account, along with other details in the cases of three medical professionals now facing charges in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. The father of the girl — one of two 7-year-olds who underwent …

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You can’t out-crazy Kim Jong Un

April 25, 2017

… impose new sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH Join us on Twitter and Facebook And that’s where the President has it wrong. No, not moving the ships. That’s a key mission for the Navy, providing a measure of deterrence. I’m talking about his own bluster over it. He should take a page from his Cabinet and the national security process …

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Are we sexist for gawking at Macron’s marriage?

April 25, 2017

… Emmanuel Macron, then 15, kisses the teacher, 40, who would later become his wife,” runs the headline for the Daily Mail. (Readers are also treated to a photo of Macron and Trogneux sharing a cheek kiss during a high school theater performance.) The New York Daily News is a bit more measured in calling Macron’s marriage “unlikely,” but their subtext is clear: There’s something not quite right about this relationship. Join us on Twitter and Facebook …

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Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

April 22, 2017

… was picked up and deported to Mexico in February, a claim that the Department of Homeland Security disputes. When Montes tried to reenter the us two days later, he was arrested by Border Patrol agents. DHS says he voided his DACA status by leaving the country; he says the leaving was involuntary. Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH …

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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 …

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O’Reilly’s firing: What took so long?

April 21, 2017

… rather an ingrained culture at the network. Join us on Twitter and Facebook To their credit, these groups applied enormous and relentless pressure by making the public aware of O’Reilly’s alleged behavior. Given the fallout and the bevy of advertisers who were taking their money away from O’Reilly’s show, Fox had no choice but to sever ties with him. But this leads to another issue which has almost everyone scratching their heads. First, Ailes walks away with …

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Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

April 21, 2017

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling the event and …

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Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not …

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Fresno rampage suspect details each day of killing spree to police

April 20, 2017

(CNN)The Fresno killing spree that left several families fatherless started when the gunman thought a security guard disrespected him. So, police say, he killed him. But the shooter didn’t want to go down in history for just one slaying, police said. He vowed to eliminate as many white men as he could. Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Etan Patz case: Hernandez gets 25 to life in prison

April 19, 2017

(CNN)The bodega clerk convicted for the 1979 murder of New York first-grader Etan Patz was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison. Pedro Hernandez, 56, was convicted of kidnapping and murder in February, nearly 40 years after the 6-year-old disappeared on May 25, 1979. Etan left home to walk to a school bus stop and was not seen again. In the early 1980s, his photo appeared on milk cartons across the country, the first time the method was used to try to locate missing children. …

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Georgia student in police beating video says he feared for his life

April 18, 2017

(CNN)The 21-year-old Georgia college student seen on cell phone video being beaten by two Georgia police officers says he thought he was going to die during the traffic stop on April 12. Demetrius Hollins was pulled over on a busy suburban Atlanta road by Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni for not having a license plate, according to the police report. Hollins said the license plate was in the rear window. Replay More Videos … MusT WATCH …

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