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A former UK officer was convicted of rape on a Tinder date, but his victim says trauma is a ‘life sentence’

Maryville, Tennessee (CNN)Kaitlin Hurley shook her head in quiet disbelief as the defense attorney made one last attempt to save her rapist from a lengthy sentence. Nearly a year later, she said she connected with Martin-Cramp on Tinder. A police constable with London’s Metropolitan Police Service, he was staying at the Pineapple Resort in Antigua for a wedding with friends and family. The two started chatting on WhatsApp and making plans to meet for drinks — and a potential overnight stay. Amid the flirtatious texts, however, Hurley warned Martin-Cramp not…

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Miami’s Little Haiti wasn’t a target for developers. Until the seas started to rise.

Miami (CNN)In a city where “sunny day floods” increased 400% in a decade, rising seas are changing the old real estate mantra of “location, location, location.” READ: Millions of US homes at risk of chronic flooding this century, study says Even now, as more frequent “king tides” bubble up through Florida’s porous limestone, pushing fish through sewers and onto streets, residents are becoming more aware that their city is built on the rippling shelves, ridges and canyons of a fossil seabed. “Water is simply going back to the same places…

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A Georgia couple is sued by a white tenant who says she was evicted after having African American guests

(CNN)A white woman in North Georgia has filed a housing discrimination suit against landlords who she says evicted her because she had African American guests over for a play date with her daughters, aged 2 and 9. After one of the playdates, the lawsuit says, Allen McCoy knocked on her door and used racial slurs to refer to African Americans. He called her a “n***** lover,” the suit says, and threatened to call Child Protective Services over her having a “n***** on their property.” According to the lawsuit, he told…

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Jim Bouton, ‘Ball Four’ author and former Yankees pitcher, dies at 80

(CNN)Jim Bouton, whose controversial book “Ball Four” exposed the personal lives of his baseball teammates, died Wednesday after a bout with vascular dementia, his wife, Paula Kurman, said. He was 80. “The motive for doing this was not to make money or write something that was going to last a long time,” Bouton told the Los Angeles Times in 2010. “Basically, I just wanted to share the fun of baseball.” But while the book, co-written with Leonard Shecter of the New York Post, was a critical hit, the funny tales…

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An earthquake rattled Los Angeles again. The Dodgers and Padres just played through it

(CNN)The crowd at Dodger Stadium went wild at bottom of the fourth inning. It wasn’t the game, the ground started shaking. The players just stayed focused, like it was nothing, even as broadcast cameras and the foul poles shook for a few seconds.

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Stowaways hiding in airplanes risk falling or freezing to death. But that doesn’t stop them from trying

(CNN)A man was sunbathing in his London garden when a body hit the ground feet away from him. People can die — and not only from falling Stowaways face countless risks throughout the entire flight. After sneaking into the wheel well of a plane — the most common method of stowing away –they can get crushed when the landing gear starts going in. There’s not much room; in many aircraft it’s even smaller than the trunk of a car. Things just get worse as the flight reaches higher altitudes. The…

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A lightning strike during a South Carolina holiday celebration leaves one person dead and 11 hurt

(CNN)A lightning strike killed one person and left several injured during a Fourth of July celebration in South Carolina. Andrews Mayor Frank McClary was celebrating the holiday with his family when the lightning struck. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this,” the mayor said. “We did lose a young man, and that is a horrible thing. “We are going to have to be aware of what goes on with these pop-up thunderstorms.” McClary said the county has an emergency operations center that sends out early warnings,…

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Chomp! Shark bite mystery solved 25 years later thanks to DNA

(CNN)Jeff Weakley was surfing at Flagler Beach in Florida in 1994 when he was bitten in the foot by a shark. Now he knows what kind of shark bit him — thanks to a tooth fragment he pulled from his foot more than two decades after the attack. The shark resurfaces But in 2018, Weakley started running and noticed a blister appear on his foot. He started picking at it and discovered it had a hard edge. “I pulled on it and it came out, and immediately I knew what…

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If you’re planning to buy fireworks for the 4th, read this first

(CNN)On the Fourth of July, you want your fireworks to explode. You don’t want them to put your cookout in danger. Here are all the recalled products, so you can keep your Fourth of July party safe. Grandma’s Fireworks in Indiana recalled 18 types of fireworks, a total of 25,000 units Here are the product names and how much they sold for: Rise in the East – CL1000 – $24-36 a box, $2 individual Safe cracker – $24-36 a box, $3 individual Angry Elf – $39.99 a box Mamba –…

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Environmentalists removed more than 40 tons of trash from the Pacific — and it barely made a dent

(CNN)Environmentalists have removed more than 40 tons of plastic from the Pacific Ocean. About 1.5 tons of the collected plastic was given to the University of Hawaii graduate art program and individual artists on the island, Crowley said. The artists plan to transform the plastic into sculptures and other works. The remaining amount is expected to be processed by Schnitzer Steel and sent to Hawaii’s H-POWER plant to be turned into energy. There’s still a lot more debris out there Forty tons may seem like a lot — it’s equivalent…

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Cedric Willis spent 12 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He was shot dead two blocks from his home

(CNN)Cedric Willis spent nearly 12 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Since his exoneration in 2006, he worked as a motivational speaker, helped register Mississippi residents to vote and visited schools talking about his experience. “Investigators have interviewed several individuals as it relates to information gathering, but no suspects have been identified,” he said. Holmes also said the motive remains unclear. His mother, Elayne Willis, said police visited last week and told her the incident is still under investigation. “The only thing I know for certain is…

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The suspect in Pinky the flamingo’s death is struck by a truck and killed

(CNN)The man who drew the ire of animal lovers after he was accused of causing the death of Pinky, a beloved Chilean flamingo at a Florida them park, has died. The 19-year-old flamenco-dancing bird received traumatic injuries and was euthanized. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/26/us/anthony-corrao-dies-trnd/index.html

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A gunman killed two employees inside a Ford dealership in California

(CNN)A gunman killed two people Tuesday evening at a Ford dealership south of San Jose, California, police said. “There is no threat to the public,” police said, adding the department will be conducting a “thorough and in-depth investigation and will be on scene for some time.” The Morgan Hill Police Department is working with the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire Police and Morgan Hill Fire on the scene. “The City of Morgan Hill and the Morgan Hill Police Department offer our sincere condolences to the families of the…

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California man allegedly kills 4 people over longtime feud

(CNN)Five people are dead after a feud in Santa Maria, California, turned violent, the city’s police department said in a news release Monday. Santa Maria investigators believe Claude killed his wife and son, police said, but their exact causes of death are unknown. Police also said it is unclear whether the shooting or fire took place first. Claude’s home and three other homes were destroyed in the fire, according to CNN affiliate KSBY-TV. Another home was seriously damaged. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/24/us/california-mobile-home-dispute/index.html

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Hot air balloon crash-lands into a crowd at a Missouri festival, injuring one

(CNN)Festivities at a hot air balloon festival in Missouri abruptly turned into fright as one of the balloons botched its landing and crashed into crowd of spectators. Stephanie Haught said she barely got out of the way before the balloon crashed. In a video she posted to Facebook, the balloonist is seen waving for people to get out of the way as the balloon descends. Another event attendee told KHQA the basket hit the ground right behind him and “ran over his mother.” Other than a small cut on her…

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