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Shanann Watts’ mother said she felt her daughter’s ‘spirit the moment she died’

(CNN)Shanann Watts’ mother said she knew something terrible had happened to her, even before the Colorado wife and mother was reported missing. Rzucek and her husband and son shared their reactions to the recently released tapes of Chris Watts’ five-hour confession to law enforcement, and spoke about how they’ve struggled with the deaths and with understanding why Watts committed the murders. Watts had initially denied involvement in the August disappearance of his wife and children, and expressed concern about their well-being to a local news station. He pleaded guilty in…

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At least 30 injured on Turkish Airlines flight to JFK

New York (CNN)At least 30 people suffered minor injures on a Turkish Airlines flight that encountered severe turbulence before it landed Saturday at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the New York fire department and Port Authority said. “About 45 minutes prior to its landing at JFK, Turkish Airlines Flight 001 hit some severe turbulence,” Coleman said. The plane landed at the airport at 5:35 p.m. ET, about 10 1/2 hours after leaving Istanbul. The flight was on a Boeing 777. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/09/us/jfk-turkish-airlines-flight-injuries/index.html

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Stephon Clark protesters will not face charges, district attorney says

(CNN)No charges will be filed against protesters in Sacramento, California, who were arrested during a Stephon Clark-related demonstration Monday, the district attorney’s office said Friday. At a news conference March 2, Schubert announced the officers would not be charged because an investigation found they had not broken any laws. On Monday, dozens of demonstrators bearing photos of Clark and holding Black Lives Matter signs were arrested. The next night, Tuesday, Sacramento residents packed city hall to complain. The crowd launched into chants of Clark’s name and, occasionally, shouted down council…

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Stephon Clark’s family wants supporters to back new bill on police use of force

(CNN)The family of Stephon Clark are angry over the decision not to charge the police officers who shot and killed him last year. “So would Mario Woods and Oscar Grant and Alex Neito and Sahleem Tindle and Willie McCoy and far too many others, mostly young men of color,” Land added, referring other some of the people who have been shot and killed by police in recent years. Clark, who was black, was killed last year after Sacramento officers responded to a report that a man had broken car windows…

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No charges for Sacramento officers who fatally shot Stephon Clark

(CNN)Protesters gathered Saturday evening outside police headquarters in Sacramento, California, after the county’s top prosecutor announced she would not be filing charges against two police officers who killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in his grandmother’s backyard last year. Clark’s mother, SeQuette, told reporters outside a family home in Sacramento that she was outraged. “They executed my son,” she said of the officers. “They executed him in my mom’s backyard and it’s not right.” Schubert described Clark as taking a shooting stance and officers firing…

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Russian River rises 30 feet, making canoes and kayaks best ways to get around California town

(CNN)Cars and trucks are now almost useless in the Northern California town of Guerneville. Kayaks and canoes are much better for getting around. “It is incredibly flooded. It is really nuts. You see just the rooftops popping over on the side of the road,” Joe Pease, a county employee who delivered sandbags to firefighters but had to stop because of deep water, told CNN affilate KGO. Aerial video from the station in San Francisco showed people paddling through Guerneville in canoes and kayaks. On some streets, the water reached the…

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Stranded Amtrak train heads north to Seattle. The trip’s almost over for all the passengers

(CNN)After more than 36 hours in limbo, dozens of passengers exited an Amtrak train that had been stranded in deep snow in Oregon feeling a mix of relief and frustration. At the platform, they ate muffins, talked to reporters and carried their luggage away before leaving the station. “We played cards, we took naps and we looked at the snow piling up (outside),” passenger Alberto Hernandez told KOIN as he left the station. But for some passengers, the journey in the train is still far from over. Some opted to…

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What we know so far about the Robert Kraft investigation

(CNN)Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, has been charged as part of a monthslong investigation into sex trafficking that focused on several central Florida day spas and massage parlors suspected of being used for prostitution. Friday, January 18 • According to flight tracking site ADS-B Exchange, Kraft’s red, white and blue 2015 Gulfstream G650ER jet flies from Bedford, Massachusetts, to Palm Beach International Airport in south Florida. Kraft has a home in Palm Beach Saturday, January 19 • Around 4:45 p.m. ET, Kraft goes to the Orchids…

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Walls of ice bulldoze ashore from Lake Erie

(CNN)Extreme winds from a huge weekend storm over the Great Lakes pushed huge walls of ice on the shores of Lake Erie. He said the ice had pushed about 150 feet inland and was “starting to bulldoze trees and street lamps” when he left the area. Ice shoves are caused by wind, currents, changes in temperature and other factors that push ice onto shore. The town of Hamburg, New York, which is south of Buffalo, issued a voluntary evacuation for Hoover Beach as the ice pushed closer to lakefront buildings.…

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NYPD hate crimes task force investigating Nazi drawings found at an elementary school

New York (CNN)The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN. Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city. “This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.” There…

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The Illinois gunman lied about his criminal history on his gun owner application

(CNN)The gunman who killed five people in an Illinois manufacturing plant pleaded guilty in 1995 to aggravated assault in Mississippi, a felony that should have prevented him from getting a gun. Last week, Martin brought the gun to a meeting at Henry Pratt Co., where he’d worked for 15 years. When he found out he’d been fired, he shot the people in the room with him, authorities said. He then stormed into the warehouse, witnesses said, in a rampage before police killed him in a shootout. Martin killed five people…

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Town honors an African-American WWII veteran blinded in a 1946 police beating

(CNN)A South Carolina town has honored an African-American World War II veteran more than 70 years after he was beaten and blinded by local police. The officers were later charged with violating Woodard’s civil rights and acquitted. “I am sorry that this happened and I apologize for this happening,” said Batesville-Leesburg Mayor Lancer Shull during the dedication ceremony. The mayor shares the same last name as the police chief but says they are not related and that his family comes from Missouri. Shull and other city officials worked to vacate…

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380 Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers accused of sexual misconduct

(CNN)Since 1998, about 380 Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a sweeping investigation by two Texas newspapers. “Ultimately, we compiled information on 380 credibly accused officials in Southern Baptist churches, including pastors, deacons, Sunday school teachers and volunteers,” the newspapers said. “We verified that about 220 had been convicted of sex crimes or received deferred prosecutions in plea deals.” Of those 220, 90 remain in prison and 100 are registered sex offenders, according to the report. The investigation comes as other religious bodies,…

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Kansas judge calls teen victims in sex abuse case the ‘aggressor’

(CNN)Prosecutors in Kansas are considering appealing a judge’s sentencing decision, after he called the teen victims of a sex crime the “aggressor” in the case. “I do find that the victims in this case in particular were more an aggressor than a participant in the criminal conduct. They were certainly selling things monetarily that it’s against the law for even an adult to sell,” Gibbens said during a sentencing hearing in December, according to a court transcript. CNN has reached out to Gibbens for comment and has not heard back.…

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5 things to know for February 6: SOTU, nun abuse, US weapons in Yemen, mall shooting

(CNN)Some of the country’s national parks suffered serious damage during the partial government shutdown. Here’s how you can help them recover. And here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) President Trump appealed for national unity during his speech last night, though parts of his address also highlighted the partisan gulf that so starkly divides the nation. Trump urged Americans to move “forward together,” and…

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