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A man was threatening to jump off an overpass. Big rigs parked underneath to break his fall

(CNN)A man stood on a freeway overpass near Detroit early Thursday, threatening to jump. So thirteen tractor-trailers lined up underneath, ready to break his fall. It was 911 calls that alerted police to the man around 1 a.m. Tuesday on the overpass in Huntington Woods, just outside Detroit, Shaw said. “Once we figured out that this is a situation where someone might be contemplating taking their whole life … we shut traffic down (and) we diverted it off onto the side streets,” Shaw said. Troopers looked for big rigs exiting…

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Starbucks CEO calls arrest of two black men at Philadelphia store ‘reprehensible’

(CNN)Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson responded to public outcry over the arrest of two black men on Saturday from a Philadelphia branch of the coffee shop, calling the incident “reprehensible.” Dear Starbucks Partners and Customers: By now, you may be aware of a disheartening situation in one of our Philadelphia-area stores this past Thursday, that led to a reprehensible outcome. I’m writing this evening to convey three things: First, to once again express our deepest apologies to the two men who were arrested with a goal of doing whatever we can…

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David Hogg will take a gap year before college to work on the midterm elections

(CNN)One of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s most visible student activists will postpone his first year of college to devote time to political causes. Hogg’s college aspirations made national headlines last month when Fox News host Laura Ingraham mocked him on Twitter over a report that he had been rejected by at least three universities to which he had applied. (He was accepted by several others.) She later apologized after Hogg urged his 700,000-plus Twitter followers to pressure companies to stop advertising on Ingraham’s show. Hogg has told CNN and…

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They’re moms. They’re attorneys. They believe they can help end the Oklahoma teacher walkouts

(CNN)School closings in Oklahoma are a big concern for parents, so a group of mom lawyers decided to take matters into their own hands. “Most of us are moms, so it’s affecting our ability to work,” she told CNN. Murphy headed into her firm Friday morning with her two children, her friend’s two kids and her two dogs. “I thought, ‘We are a strong group of intelligent women. Why aren’t we coming together to do something about this? ‘” Others agreed. Before long, 120 women with a variety of backgrounds…

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Bill Cosby is on trial again. But a lot has changed since his mistrial last year

(CNN)Less than a year after his trial ended in a hung jury, Bill Cosby will again stand trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. This time, Cosby faces a different landscape, including the pressure of the #MeToo movement, the testimony of as many as five other women who claim similar misconduct by Cosby and his own new team of aggressive defense attorneys. Those key differences are likely to make this retrial more difficult for the 80-year-old entertainer to win, legal experts said. “It’s unquestionably worse for him because of…

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These teachers work up to 6 jobs. Now they’re fed up and ready to walk out

(CNN)Craig Troxell steps precariously across a customer’s roof, marking hail damage from yet another Oklahoma storm. He still smells of the freshly cut grass from the swanky side of town, where he had just mowed lawns to make a few extra dollars. Why Craig Troxell still teaches in Oklahoma “I was looking at your STAR (standardized) test we took,” he told his class of mostly freshmen. “You started the year at a 7th grade level. Now you’re above a 12th.” Freshman Zach Ennis said Moy has made algebra easier to…

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The Internet thinks the dad who tried to tackle Nassar is a hero

(CNN)When Randall Margraves asked an Eaton County, Michigan, judge on Friday morning for “five minutes in a locked room” with disgraced doctor Larry Nassar, he was turned down. Others shared the sentiment, calling the father of three a “hero.” Some wrote that they couldn’t blame Margraves, that they probably wouldn’t have reacted any differently if they were in his shoes. Nassar’s sentencing in Eaton County is his third in recent months, as dozens of young women and their families step forward to confront the doctor for his sexual abuse of…

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4 students hit by gunfire at Los Angeles school; 12-year-old girl in custody

(CNN)Police arrested a 12-year-old girl Thursday after a morning shooting at a Los Angeles middle school left five people injured, including two with significant gunshot wounds, officials said. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head but doctors stabilized him, said officials at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. A 15-year-old girl who was shot in the wrist was also hospitalized.

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They spoke out against immigrants. So she unearthed their own immigrant ancestors

(CNN)If you think the ongoing immigration debates don’t apply to you, Jennifer Mendelsohn has some news: They probably do. “I kept thinking, ‘This is ridiculous,” she told CNN. “How do these people think they have a leg to stand on, looking down on immigrants when so many American people have an immigration story in their history?” Sure enough, her research pointed her toward King’s own immigrant history: His 4-year-old grandmother and her two young siblings arrived at Ellis Island in 1894. Mendelsohn pulled out similar historical receipts for Dan Scavino,…

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Kentucky school shooting: 2 students killed, 18 injured

(CNN)Another high school has turned into a scene of carnage, this time in western Kentucky. Authorities identified the slain victims as Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both 15 years old. Bailey died at the high school and Preston died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to State Police Commissioner Richard W. Sanders. Sanders said the suspect, armed with a handgun, walked into the school at 8:57 a.m. ET and started shooting. The first 911 call was received two minutes later. The victims ranged from 14 to 18 years…

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South Carolina officer dies day after he and 3 others were shot

(CNN)A South Carolina sheriff’s detective died on Wednesday evening, a day after he and three other law enforcement officers were shot, officials said. McCall, 47, was injured when officers returned fire during the second exchange, which ended a nearly six-hour ordeal in which officers were looking for him, Faris said. Doty had been with the sheriff’s office for 12 years. The other officers, who were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, are: • Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Clinton, the first deputy who was shot • Sheriff’s Sgt. Buddy Brown •…

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Activist Erica Garner, 27, dies after heart attack

(CNN)Erica Garner — an activist for social justice and the eldest daughter of the man who died from a police choke hold in New York in 2014 — died on Saturday morning days after suffering a heart attack, her mother Esaw Snipes said. Garner, 27, suffered from the effects of an enlarged heart after giving birth to her son three months ago, Snipes said.

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Two arrested in ‘horrific’ quadruple upstate New York murders

(CNN)Two people have been arrested in the “horrific” murders of two women and two children in Troy, New York. The victims — Brandi Mells, 22, Shanta Myers, 36, and Myers’ children Shanise, 5, and Jeremiah, 11 — were found dead in a basement apartment on Tuesday in what police called a “horrific” homicide that shook the upstate New York city.

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‘Worst NYC fire’ in 25 years kills at least 12, injures 4 people

New York (CNN)New York City authorities are scrambling for answers this morning as to what sparked a deadly apartment fire in the Bronx. • The fire broke out on the first floor of the five-story building Thursday evening; firefighters extinguished it sometime before 10 p.m. ET. • A 1-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old are among those killed, according to the NYPD. • Four people were critically injured and others were hurt, the mayor said. He added that it’s possible that “we may lose others as well. • “This will…

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