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5 things to know for January 7: Shutdown, Jazmine Barnes, Syria, Globes

1. Shutdown Government shutdown: How we got here Bolton unveils Trump’s strategy for Africa The timetable for when the US will pull troops out of Syria is still up in the air. President Trump, when he made the surprise announcement last month, indicated he wanted the 2,000 troops brought home quickly. But national security adviser John Bolton says troops won’t leave until the US can be assured that Turkey won’t attack Kurdish allies there. The Kurds have helped the US fight ISIS, but Turkey considers some Kurdish groups to be terrorists. Bolton said the…

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Soccer star Wayne Rooney arrested on public intoxication charge

(CNN)Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested on a charge of public intoxication on December 16 and was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in Leesburg, Virginia, according to court documents. Now 33, Rooney is currently playing for MLS’s DC United team, where he leads the team with 12 goals. Rooney has been arrested before on alcohol-related charges. He pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence in September 2017 and was banned from driving for two years for the offense. “I want publicly to apologize for my unforgivable…

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3 people dead in shooting at a bowling alley in Southern California

Torrance, California (CNN)A shooting at a bowling alley late Friday left three men dead and four people wounded in Southern California, and police are trying to find whoever fired the shots, authorities said. No arrests were immediately reported after the shooting. City police were “working to identify the suspect(s) involved,” they said in a news release. By late Saturday morning, relatives of those who were shot were clustered outside the bowling alley, standing behind yellow police tape. Some of them embraced; others looked toward the building’s rear, where a coroner’s…

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Detained US citizen Paul Whelan was in Moscow for a wedding, his brother says

(CNN)A US citizen and corporate security director detained in Russia on accusations of spying is a retired Marine who was in Moscow for a wedding, his twin brother said Tuesday. “We are deeply concerned for his safety and well-being. His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected,” Whelan’s brother, David Whelan, said in a statement released Tuesday to CNN.

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Severe storm system that has already killed 6 moves toward Eastern US

(CNN)Six people have died as a result of a severe storm system that caused blizzard conditions in the US Midwest and torrential rain and flood threats in the South. Live: Track the storms yourself The storm system has caused major headaches for holiday travelers heading into the New Year’s weekend. Heavy rain and strong winds will combine to make travel difficult by air or road Friday in the parts of the East. Major delays are expected at airports in major cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Snow is…

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She attached her Christmas wishes to a balloon. He found it across the border and made them come true

(CNN)Randy Heiss wasn’t going to let anything — not even an international border — stop him from fulfilling an 8-year-old girl’s Christmas wishes. He had stumbled upon a Christmas wish list, written by someone named Dayami. The note asked for toys, clothes, magic markers, paints and a coloring book. “It was a kid’s Christmas wish. You can’t turn away from that,” Heiss told the affiliate. “Some little kid put that list out there in good faith, hoping someone would fulfill it and so I just knew I had to do…

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5 things to know for December 17: White House, Brexit, Sri Lanka, China, Hungary

(CNN) 1. White House It’s bound to be another exhausting week in Washington. Why? Let us count the ways: Over the weekend, President Trump lashed out at the ongoing Mueller investigation, calling it a “scam” and characterizing a raid of his former attorney Michael Cohen’s office as a break-in. This of course comes among court filings and sentencing hearings regarding some of the high-level Trump associates implicated in the investigations. Next up? Tuesday’s sentencing hearing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted lying to the FBI. Moving on,…

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When a pipeline threatened national forests, a federal court invoked Dr. Seuss

(CNN)Forget about the Truffula trees. The Lorax is now saving real-life forests. The underground natural gas pipeline is being built by Dominion Energy, a Virginia power company, and would stretch 604.5 miles across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The Forest Service initially had concerns because the developers would build through a total of 21 miles of Virginia’s George Washington and Monongahela National Forests and a right of way across the Appalachian Trail but the agency ended up approving the permit. In its ruling, the court says the decision was…

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2018 In Review Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look back at the events of 2018. January 13 – In Hawaii, a state emergency management worker pushes the wrong button in the emergency operation center, sending out a false warning during a ballistic missile alert drill. The employee thought the attack was real when he sent out the warning, according to a Federal Communications Commission report. January 17 – The Dow closes at 26,115.65, the first time it has closed above 26,000. January 23 – A 15-year-old male student opens fire at Marshall County High School…

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El Chapo trial week 3: Plastic surgeries, bricks of cocaine and an ominous prison serenade

New York (CNN)In the procession of cartel members and law enforcement agents who have testified against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the face of former Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia stood out. Guzman has remained fixated on those testifying against him, entering court each day in suits his legal team says are from Kmart and smiling and waving at his wife who has attended each of the nine days of trial so far. ‘I’m a lot faster, try me and you’ll see’ Ramirez believes his North Valley Cartel was…

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An American Zen Master has died: An oral history of Roshi Bernie Glassman

(CNN)One of Bernie Glassman’s favorite koans asks: Where do you step from the top of a 100-foot pole? “Bernie is the one who really gave us the permission to be ourselves,” said Senauke. “His influence will be wide that way.” Glassman passed his direct influence on to 29 dharma heirs, the Buddhist term for spiritual successors, whom he recognized as masters in his Soto Zen lineage. The eclectic heirs include a National Book Award-winning author, a pioneer in prison ministry, an expert in end-of-life care, a Jesuit priest and a…

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Drug traffickers bribed postal workers to deliver cocaine during their mail run

Atlanta (CNN)Sixteen US Postal Service workers got sentences of between three to nine years in federal prison for accepting bribes to deliver cocaine on their routes in Atlanta. Federal agents learned about the operation in 2015, while working to take down a drug trafficking organization in Atlanta. Drug traffickers targeted postal workers because their jobs made it less likely for them to be caught by law enforcement officials, federal authorities said. To help pinpoint corrupt workers, federal agents used a confidential source who posed as a trafficker looking for postal…

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Evacuation orders, flash flood watches for areas burned by California wildfires

(CNN)Flash flood watches and evacuation orders were issued Wednesday for parts of California scorched by recent wildfires, as possible thunderstorms threatened to increase the risk of mudslides and debris flows in those areas. Drone footage shows wildfire devastation The National Weather Service Sacramento also issued a flash flood watch for burned parts of Northern California, including areas where the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, the Camp Fire, raged for more than two weeks this month, killing 88 people. A flash flood watch was also in effect through Thursday morning…

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More than 30 people knew of Nikolas Cruz’s disturbing behavior, but didn’t report until after shooting, sheriff says

(CNN)More than 30 people knew about confessed Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz’s troubling behavior, but didn’t report it until after he killed 17 students and teachers at his former school, investigators found. Cruz, 20, was arrested shortly after the shooting on February 14 and has confessed to being the gunman, court documents show. He is awaiting trial on 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty. A judge entered a plea of not guilty on Cruz’s behalf when…

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Turkey gives recordings on Khashoggi’s death to Saudis, US, Britain – Erdogan

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Recordings related to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death have been passed on to Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday. Erdogan said the killer, or killers, would be known to the 18 suspects identified by Turkish authorities — including 15 men who arrived from Saudi Arabia shortly before Khashoggi’s death. He again called on Saudi Arabia to provide answers as to what happened to Khashoggi and his body. Saudi Arabia has presented an evolving narrative about what…

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