Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Meadows plays both sides of January 6 probe while clock ticks on investigation

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday became the latest Donald Trump acolyte to bow to the former President's ire, begging out of his scheduled deposition with the House committee investigating the January 6 riot -- despite having given over key documents that will help build their case.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/08/politics/mark-meadows-donald-trump-january-6-committee/index.html

Protests held at Boise State after professor says at conference that men, not women, should be recruited into fields like medicine and law

Hundreds of protestors demonstrated at Boise State University in Idaho over the weekend following comments made at a conference by a professor who said men should be prioritized for fields of study such as engineering, medicine and law.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/08/us/boise-state-professor-men-women-studies/index.html

Chinese couple reunited with abducted son after 14-year search that inspired a hit movie

A couple in southern China were reunited with their missing teenage son in an emotional ceremony on Monday, ending their 14-year-search which inspired a hit movie.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/08/asia/china-family-reunion-intl-hnk/index.html

Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Australia will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/07/australia/australia-beijing-olympic-boycott-china-intl-hnk/index.html

House passes new debt ceiling plan after McConnell cuts deal with Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached an agreement to create a one-time process that would let Democrats raise the debt ceiling on their votes alone, a deal that underscores the lengths the GOP leader will go to avoid a damaging default without Republican support to increase the national borrowing limit.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/07/politics/debt-limit-deal-mcconnell-schumer/index.html

Chile's Congress votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Chile's Congress voted on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, clearing the way for it to become law.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/07/americas/chile-same-sex-marriage-intl-latam/index.html

Watch Biden greet Putin on important call

President Joe Biden greeted Russian President Vladimir Putin before beginning their video call meeting amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine. CNN's Dana Bash discusses how consequential the meeting could be for both the US and Russia.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/07/biden-putin-call-meeting-greeting-sot-ath-vpx.cnn

'Handmaid's Tale' writer on what totalitarianism could look like in US

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Margaret Atwood, the writer behind the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale," about the parallels between what she wrote in the 1980s and the echoes of totalitarianism in the US today.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/07/margaret-atwood-handmaids-tale-totalitarianism-amanpour-vpx.cnn

Elon Musk doesn't want US government spending any more money on EV efforts

At the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested that Biden's spending bill be "deleted." The bill includes up to a $12,500 tax credit for electric vehicles and subsidies for EV charging stations.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/12/07/elon-musk-tax-credit-electric-vehicle-biden-orig.cnn-business

Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead border agency

The Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's pick to lead US Customs and Border Protection, Chris Magnus, on Tuesday after months of confirmation setbacks that left the agency with a void at the top amid a record number of border arrests.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/07/politics/senate-confirms-magnus-border-agency/index.html

Why top Republican is quitting congress to run Trump's media company

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who is in line to chair the powerful House Ways and Means committee if the GOP takes back the House in 2022, announced that he is leaving congress in December to become CEO of former President Donald Trump's media company.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/07/devin-nunes-retire-from-congress-trump-media-company-sot-ip-vpx.cnn

Monday, December 6, 2021

Fareed Zakaria: This is the highest-stakes diplomacy Biden has conducted

CNN's Fareed Zakaria explains the high stakes surrounding President Joe Biden's anticipated call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/07/biden-putin-call-fareed-zakaria-ac360-sot-vpx.cnn

GOP lawmaker: Marjorie Taylor Greene is a 'tattletale' for running to Trump

Amid a week of Republican infighting on Capitol Hill, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) told Steve Bannon on his radio show that she only believes Republicans taking back the House is worth it if the "right people" are elected.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/05/marjorie-taylor-greene-steve-bannon-gop-infighting-ip-panel-vpx.cnn

The ominous signals Putin is sending

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin going to launch an invasion into neighboring Ukraine? Enormous movements of Russian troops and military equipment toward the shared border have raised the alarm among Ukrainians and their Western friends.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/opinions/vladimir-putin-russia-ukraine-signals-ghitis/index.html

These are red flags students and schools can look out for to help prevent school violence

To help thwart potential school violence, students and staff need to beware of certain warning signs -- and feel comfortable reporting them.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/07/us/school-shootings-red-flags/index.html

Trump's anti-democratic 2022 playbook takes shape as Biden faces off with Putin

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-trump-gop-71221/

Jussie Smollett, who denied orchestrating attack, heads back to the stand to face cross examination

Jussie Smollett will resume testifying in his defense today after taking the stand Monday to rebut allegations that he staged a fake hate crime in 2019 and lied to Chicago police about it.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/07/us/jussie-smollett-trial-tuesday/index.html

What it's like traveling to Japan amid the Omicron variant

Like so many people around the world, my life was massively upended by the pandemic.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/japan-travel-restrictions-omicron-selina-wang-intl-hnk/index.html

The EU is finally putting its money where its mouth is on China

The European Union has long been criticized for trying to have its cake and eat it when it comes to China. On one hand, it badly wants a strong economic relationship with its biggest partner for goods trade. On the other, it recognizes the Chinese government is a serial human rights offender and systemic rival.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/business/the-eu-finally-has-a-china-plan-intl-cmd/index.html

India signs trade and arms deals with Russia during Putin's visit to New Delhi

Russia and India signed a flurry of trade and arms deals during President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, including one that will see India produce more than 600,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/india/india-russia-arms-deal-putin-modi-intl-hnk/index.html

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida seeks to boost defense capability

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed Monday to strengthen the country's defenses by looking into options including acquiring the capability to strike enemy bases as it deals with an assertive China and unpredictable North Korea.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/asia/japan-kishida-defense-capability-intl-hnk/index.html

Top Pence aide cooperating with January 6 committee

Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the January 6 committee, a significant development that will give investigators insight from one of the highest-ranking Trump officials, according to three sources with knowledge of the committee's activities.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/politics/marc-short-pence-aide-january-6-committee/index.html

The world's newest nation is both drying up and drowning

Many of the main roads running through Unity State are now completely submerged, yet the traffic remains. There are no cars, just people, some of whom swim, others wade, pushing their way through the heavy silt-laden water. The more fortunate glide by on canoes with their livestock and whatever possessions they could salvage from the floods.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/africa/south-sudan-floods-climate-cmd-intl/index.html

Biden faces high-stakes test in call with Putin over Ukraine

President Joe Biden is set for one of the most critical calls of his presidency on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he gets stark warnings from the US intelligence community that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine as soon as next month.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/politics/joe-biden-vladimir-putin-call-on-ukraine/index.html

Microsoft used court order to seize websites used by China-based hacking group

Microsoft used a court order to seize dozens of websites that a China-based hacking group was using for a cyber-espionage campaign against organizations in the US and 28 other countries, the tech giant said Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/politics/microsoft-china-hacking-court-order/index.html

GOP Rep. Nunes retiring to become CEO of Trump's new media company

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California announced Monday he'll leave the House in the coming weeks to become CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/politics/devin-nunes-retiring/index.html

Federal regulators are investigating the Trump SPAC deal

The shell company that is facilitating former President Donald Trump's return to Wall Street disclosed Monday that federal regulators are investigating the deal.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/business/trump-spac-investigation/index.html

3 more hostages released in Haiti, Christian aid group says

Three more members of a group of 17 hostages kidnapped in Haiti in October were released Sunday night, according to a statement from the US-based Christian Aid Ministries.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/americas/three-more-haiti-hostages-released/index.html

Why Donald Trump cares *so* much about Georgia

Donald Trump's recruitment of former Sen. David Perdue to take on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in next year's Republican primary is part of a broader effort by the former president to install loyalists in the state with an eye not just on 2022 but the possibility of his re-run for the White House in 2024.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/politics/donald-trump-georgia-david-perdue/index.html

South African epidemiologist flags a concern found in new Omicron data

CNN's Brianna Keilar speaks with Salim Abdool Karim, a South African epidemiologist and former co-chair of the country's Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, about the latest developments in the data regarding the Omicron variant's spread in South Africa.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/12/06/covid-19-omicron-variant-south-africa-natural-infection-karim-keilar-newday-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn

'I am not a traitor': Contractor who leaked top-secret NSA document speaks out for first time

Reality Winner, a former NSA contractor, who pleaded guilty to leaking a classified NSA document providing details of a 2016 Russian cyberattack on a supplier of US voting software tells CBS she acted out of love during a "60 Minutes" interview. CNN's Katie Bo Lillis reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/12/06/reality-winner-russian-interference-2016-election-whistleblower-speaks-out-cbs-interview-newday-vpx.cnn

Henry Cavill says his dog, Kal, has saved his mental health

"Superman" star Henry Cavill has revealed that not all heroes wear capes -- some just have fluffy paws.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/entertainment/henry-cavill-dog-intl-scli-gbr/index.html

SEC probes Tesla on whistleblower's claims about solar panel defects

Tesla is under regulatory investigation after a whistleblower alleged the company failed to properly disclose fire risks associated with solar panel defects.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/business/tesla-sec-probe/index.html

Hong Kong warns Wall Street Journal of legal action over election editorial

Hong Kong has warned the Wall Street Journal that it may have broken electoral law by "scaremongering" in a recent editorial about the upcoming vote for the city's legislative council.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/media/wall-street-journal-hong-kong-intl-hnk/index.html

Asia-Pacific wants to live with Covid. Omicron is threatening those reopening plans

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/covid-int-12-06/

Volcano rescue workers dig through thick layers of hot ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupts

Rescue workers in Indonesia continued to dig through thick layers of hot ash and debris Monday to find survivors of a volcanic eruption that left more than a dozen people dead and thousands displaced in the country's East Java province, even as the volcano continued to erupt ash.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/asia/indonesia-volcano-rescue-intl-hnk/index.html

Lewis Hamilton accuses Max Verstappen of 'being over the limit' after thrilling Saudi Arabian GP

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's rivalry continued to heat up on Sunday -- both on and off the track -- at an action-packed Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as the Mercedes driver won his third consecutive race to go level on points with the Dutchman in the driver standings with one race remaining in the Formula One season.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/motorsport/lewis-hamilton-max-verstappen-crash-spt-intl/index.html

These dogs with jobs are the new calendar stars of 2022

Sam is an artist shiba inu from Berlin in a plaid button-down shirt who poses with his easel. Bertha is a microdosing king poodle chef who frequents the Berlin club Berghain. Bruno the boxer will hustle you in pool at the local dive bar; Pan the tarot-reading vizsla wants to know your sun and rising signs.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/daniel-gebhart-de-koekkoek-doggystyle-calendar-2022/index.html

China wants to return to 'zero-Covid.' But cases have been above zero for seven weeks

As the world grapples with the new Omicron coronavirus variant, China is determined as ever to eliminate Covid-19 within its borders -- but it hasn't been able to achieve that ambitious goal for the past seven weeks.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/china/china-covid-inner-mongolia-mic-intl-hnk/index.html

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to four years in prison

A court in Myanmar has sentenced deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison on charges of incitement and breaking Covid-19 rules, in the first verdict against the Nobel Peace Prize winner since the military seized power in February.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/asia/suu-kyi-verdict-sentence-myanmar-intl-hnk/index.html

Sunday, December 5, 2021

The timeline of events leading to Chris Cuomo's firing

CNN's Brian Stelter breaks down the events that led up to CNN's firing of Chris Cuomo.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/12/05/chris-cuomo-fired-timeline-stelter-rs-vpx.cnn

Evergrande shares plummet after debt warning

Shares of Evergrande are plummeting in Hong Kong after the debt-laden developer warned it may not have enough funds to meet its financial obligations.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/business/markets-evergrande-intl-hnk/index.html

See ash-filled sky after 'Ring of Fire' volcano erupts

Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano in East Java Province has erupted. Authorities say thousands have been displaced due to the smoke and ash.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/12/04/indonesia-semeru-volcano-erupts.cnn

Pregnant woman saves man from burning home

A pregnant woman faced 50 ft flames to save the life of a nearby neighbor whose house caught fire in Utah. CNN affiliate KSL reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/11/30/pregnant-woman-saves-man-burning-home-affil-pkg-vpx.ksl

Jim Jordan says 'real America is done with Covid.' These maps indicate otherwise

CNN's Phil Mattingly takes a look at how some prominent Republican lawmakers are peddling misinformation about Covid-19 and vaccines.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/06/mattingly-matt-gaetz-vaccine-claim-ftr-sot-vpx.cnn

Dole's death prompts nostalgia for a bygone era sullied by Trump's GOP

The bipartisan outpouring of praise following the death on Sunday of Republican Bob Dole, the longtime Senate leader and former presidential nominee, mourned both a man and a more outwardly collegial era as Republicans drive the country toward another debt ceiling deadline crisis and party leadership downplays dangerous radicalism in its ranks.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/06/politics/bob-dole-republicans-trump-debt-ceiling/index.html

Fauci dumbfounded by GOP senator's false accusation

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) falsely accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of "overhyping" the coronavirus pandemic in a Fox News radio interview. Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to the false claim with CNN's Jake Tapper.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/05/fauci-republican-senator-ron-johnson-coronavirus-aids-sotu-vpx.cnn

CNN goes inside Covid-19 sequencing lab

CNN's Dianne Gallagher gets access inside a North Carolina lab that is sequencing Covid-19 variants.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/12/03/omicron-coronavirus-variant-covid-19-lab-gene-sequencing-gallagher-dnt-lead-vpx.cnn

Tesla shows off its $1900 Cyberquad ATV for kids

Tesla revealed its all-electric Cyberquad for Kids, two years after the reveal of the Tesla ATV.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/12/03/tesla-cyberquad-atv-kids-orig.cnn-business

UN and US condemn Myanmar military after protest reportedly turns deadly in Yangon

At least five people were killed in Myanmar when a vehicle plowed into anti-junta protesters this weekend, according to local media. The attack took place in a Yangon township, news outlet Myanmar Now reported Sunday, citing protesters and eyewitnesses.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/asia/myanmar-military-yangon-un-us-intl/index.html

Stolen yogini goddess statue, once on sale at Sotheby's, to be returned to India

A stolen yogini statue, which was once on sale at Sotheby's auction house in London, will be returned to the High Commission of India to be repatriated.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/india-stolen-yogini-statue-return-intl-scli/index.html

Canadian employers, facing labor shortage, accommodate the unvaccinated

Canada's tight labor market is forcing many companies to offer regular Covid-19 testing over vaccine mandates, while others are reversing previously announced inoculation requirements even as Omicron variant cases rise.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/business/canada-labor-shortage-unvaccinated/index.html

Manchester United defeats Crystal Palace in Ralf Rangnick's first game in charge

Ralf Rangnick's first game in charge of Manchester United ended in a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/football/manchester-united-crystal-palace-ralf-rangnick-spt-intl/index.html

Bob Dole, giant of the Senate and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, dies

Bob Dole, a Republican Party stalwart and presidential hopeful who espoused a brand of plain-spoken conservativism as one of Washington's most recognizable political figures throughout the latter half of the 20th century, died Sunday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/politics/bob-dole-dies/index.html

Pope Francis decries 'shipwreck of civilization' as he visits refugees

Pope Francis met with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos Sunday, his second trip to the island -- which has become a symbol of the migrant crisis -- in five years.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/europe/pope-francis-greece-lesbos-visit-refugees-intl/index.html

How Elon Musk sold 10 million Tesla shares and increased his Tesla holdings

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sold a massive stake in his company over the past several weeks. And yet he owns 564,000 more shares than he did at the start of the selling spree.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/investing/elon-musk-tesla-stock-sales/index.html

The world has the tools to end Covid pandemic. They're not being used properly

The Covid-19 pandemic will not last forever.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/health/covid-pandemic-global-solutions-toolkit-cmd-intl/index.html

Real Madrid extends La Liga lead; Bayern triumphs in Der Klassiker

Real Madrid moved eight points clear at the top of La Liga after a 2-0 victory against Real Sociedad on Saturday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/football/real-madrid-real-sociedad-la-liga-spt-intl/index.html

A man found his mother's vintage school cafeteria cookbook. He's now had the decades-old recipes reprinted

One man is bringing back memories, and delicious food, for the community of Abilene, Texas.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/05/us/man-reprints-old-cookbook-trnd/index.html

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Top Space Force official: China is developing space capabilities at 'twice the rate' of US

Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations for the US Space Force, said Saturday China is developing its space capabilities at "twice the rate" of the US.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/politics/american-experts-us-china-space-race/index.html

What the Omicron variant means for the holidays

Just when we thought we were heading for a more normalized holiday season, a new variant -- the dreaded Omicron -- has been identified as a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization. I and other public health experts are cautioning Americans to take this variant seriously, but also to be patient, as we have much to discover. But I recognize that the wait feels understandably frustrating: how is it possible that almost two years into the pandemic, we still can't know with certainty what the next best step might be?

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/opinions/omicron-variant-covid-19-in-the-holidays-ranney/index.html

Biden administration still seeking return to compliance with original Iran nuclear deal while preparing for world without it

The Biden administration is still seeking a return to mutual compliance to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran but is "preparing for a world in which there is no return" to the landmark agreement, a senior State Department official said Saturday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/politics/iran-nuclear-deal-negotiations-biden-administration-preparations/index.html

Thousands flee as Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano erupts

Mount Semeru, a volcano on Indonesia's East Java Province, erupted on Saturday, spewing a column of smoke and ash while displacing thousands from the area, authorities said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/asia/indonesia-mount-semeru-eruption-intl/index.html

Gambians vote with marbles in key test for stability

Polls opened in Gambia on Saturday with voters using a unique voting system, marbles dropped in each candidate's ballot drum, in a tightly fought presidential election that will test stability and democratic progress.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/africa/gambia-election-voters-use-marbles-intl/index.html

Militants kill at least 31 in central Mali, say local authorities

Militants killed at least 31 people in central Mali on Friday when they fired on a bus ferrying people to a local market, local authorities said -- the latest deadly attack in a region racked by violent insurgency.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/africa/mali-militants-attack-bus-intl/index.html

Black job applicant suing over hair discrimination, but the company claims misunderstanding

A Black job applicant suing an employer over hair discrimination is demanding an apology and policy change -- but the company said it was a misunderstanding.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/us/black-job-applicant-hair-discrimination-lawsuit/index.html

We know who is attacking us and we know how to get even, says Israel's cyber defense chief

On a nondescript office park in the desert town of Be'er Sheva, a "war room" filled with screens showing various maps, rolling information, and graphics inform around a dozen or so staffers, manning computers at the central heart of Israel's civilian cyber defense system.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/middleeast/israel-cyberattack-intl-cmd/index.html

How detectives cracked open the case of teen girl's murder from over two decades ago

Omar Soriano has waited 22 years for good news from police about his younger cousin Minerliz, ever since that winter day in 1999 when the 13-year-old never returned home from school.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/us/joseph-martinez-arrest-nypd-investigation/index.html

French judoka plans appeal over release of partner she accused of domestic abuse

Margaux Pinot, a judoka with the French national team, plans to appeal a decision by a Paris court to not pursue a conviction against her partner, whom she accuses of domestic abuse, her lawyer Rachid Madid told CNN on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/football/margaux-pinot-judo-domestic-violence-spt-intl/index.html

Parents of alleged school shooter taken into custody

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-michigan-shooting-120421/

Brazil's top court opens investigation into Bolsonaro for linking Covid-19 vaccines to AIDS

Brazil's Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro's false claim that people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 may have a higher risk of contracting AIDS.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/americas/brazil-bolsonaro-covid-aids-intl-hnk/index.html

Friday, December 3, 2021

Nurse charged with making fake Covid-19 vaccine cards

A nurse in Columbia, South Carolina has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of making fraudulent Covid-19 vaccination cards, according to the US Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/us/nurse-charged-fake-vaccine-cards/index.html

Cannibalistic lancetfish washes up on a beach

Beachgoers discovered a 4-foot lancetfish washed up near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego Tuesday. Although not particularly rare, researchers noted it was the first lancetfish preserved by science since 1996, and only the 17th preserved from a San Diego beach since 1947.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/us/lancetfish-washes-up-on-san-diego-beach-trnd/index.html

Beijing is angry at the WTA for pulling out of China. But it can't let Chinese people know about it

The women's professional tennis tour just called it quits on China. But within China, there is no news about the decision, no public discussion as to why, nor any response from Chinese tennis fans.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/china/peng-shuai-wta-china-state-media-intl-hnk/index.html

US military launches investigation after possible civilian casualties in Syria strike targeting al Qaeda leader

US Central Command has launched an investigation after a drone strike against a senior al Qaeda leader in northwest Syria on Friday may have killed civilians, according to a spokesman for Central Command.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/politics/syria-drone-strike-investigation-central-command/index.html

They were trying to get rid of snakes. Instead, they burned down their home

What started as an attempt to get rid of pesky creatures ended with an entire house going up in flames.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/us/house-fire-snake-removal-trnd/index.html

There is a manhunt for parents of the Michigan high school shooting suspect, but two attorneys say they are not fleeing

Hours after a prosecutor announced involuntary manslaughter charges against the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old accused of killing four fellow students at a Michigan high school, authorities said the parents are missing.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/us/michigan-oxford-high-school-shooting-superintendent-message/index.html

'A lot of it doesn't square': Security analyst on attorneys' statement

After officials said the parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are missing, attorneys for the parents said the couple left town for "their own safety" and are not fleeing.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/12/03/james-crumbley-jennifer-crumbley-missing-michigan-school-shooting-prokupecz-nr-vpx.cnn

Must-watch videos of the week

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/videos-of-the-week/

Taliban decree on women's rights, which made no mention of school or work, dismissed by Afghan women and experts

The Taliban released a so-called "decree on women's rights" on Friday that failed to mention access to education or work and was immediately panned by Afghan women and experts, who said it was proof that the militant group was uninterested in upholding basic freedoms for millions of Afghan women who have largely been constrained to their homes in recent months.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/asia/afghanistan-taliban-decree-womens-rights-intl/index.html

Biden's 'hot' Secret Service agent makes internet swoon

Hot Secret Service agent has posters panting..."Please wrestle me to the ground." CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/12/03/hot-secret-service-agent-moos-pkg-vpx.cnn

Banning US oil exports would be a 'gift to OPEC and Putin,' Big Oil CEO says

President Joe Biden has already launched the biggest intervention into energy markets in a decade. Big Oil is nervous he's not nearly done yet.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/business/gas-prices-oil-exports-api/index.html

US, European allies sound a pessimistic note as Iran nuclear talks break in Vienna

US and European officials sounded a pessimistic note Friday as the latest round of talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal concluded, saying that Tehran's maximalist demands and push to unwind previously agreed upon points are leaving them disappointed and concerned.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/politics/iran-talks-us-europe-pessimistic/index.html

Adele says meeting this celebrity would make her cry

Adele reveals that meeting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would make her "actually cry" during an interview with YouTube personality NikkieTutorials.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/12/03/adele-dwayne-johnson-the-rock-mxp-vpx.hln

Shell scraps plans to develop Cambo oilfield, citing economics not the climate

Shell has pulled out of a controversial oil project in Scotland that was strongly opposed by climate activist groups.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/business/shell-abandons-cambo-north-sea-oilfield-intl/index.html

Alec Baldwin: 'I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never'

In an interview with ABC that aired Thursday, Alec Baldwin shed light on what happened in the moments prior to the fatal shooting on the set of the film "Rust" that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/entertainment/alec-baldwin-abc-interview/index.html

America keeps adding jobs but we're still not back to normal

The US jobs recovery has picked up steam again in the final months of the year, bringing some good news in the face of persistently rising prices and a new Covid variant.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/economy/november-jobs-report/index.html

Former head of World Athletics Lamine Diack dies aged 88

Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics' governing body, has died aged 88.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/sport/lamine-diack-world-athletics-death-spt-intl/index.html

Chinese developer Kaisa talks with bondholders as default threat looms

Chinese property developer Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd has begun talks with some of its offshore bondholders over extending the deadline for a $400 million debt repayment due next week, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/business/kaisa-china-developer-default-risk/index.html

They've read the briefs and heard oral arguments. Here's what the Supreme Court justices do next.

The nine Supreme Court justices will gather in their private conference room Friday, if they follow general practice, to cast initial votes in a case that could determine the future of Roe v. Wade and radically transform -- after a half century -- the landscape of women's reproductive health nationwide.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/politics/supreme-court-briefs-arguments/index.html

Appeals court hears arguments in E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against Trump

Former magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll squares off against the Justice Department before a New York federal appeals court Friday in an oral argument that will likely decide the fate of her defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/politics/e-jean-carroll-trump-lawsuit/index.html

LeBron James clears NBA Covid-19 health and safety protocols after negative tests

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James is cleared to return to play after a brief stint isolated from his team due to the NBA's Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/sport/lebron-james-covid-cleared-nba-spt/index.html

Former nurse who sexually assaulted an intellectually disabled woman is sentenced to 10 years in prison

A man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an intellectually disabled woman in an Arizona long-term health care facility was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday, according to prosecutors.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/03/us/nurse-abuse-intellectually-disabled-woman-sentenced/index.html

Contract reveals federal investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexual harassment allegations

A contract for outside legal help for New York State's Executive Chamber shows the existence of a federal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/politics/andrew-cuomo-federal-investigation/index.html

Thursday, December 2, 2021

DA who released Waukesha suspect ahead of tragedy says it was the result of human error by an overworked staffer

The Milwaukee district attorney whose office allowed for the release of a man accused of running over holiday parade attendees last month said Thursday that his low cash bail amount was the result of "human error" by an early-career prosecutor.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/us/waukesha-suspect-da-error/index.html

Fauci calls out Fox for its silence after host compares him to Nazi doctor

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday night called out Fox News for staying silent after one of its personalities and streaming hosts, Lara Logan, compared him to an infamous Nazi doctor.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/media/fauci-calls-out-fox/index.html

14 people arrested for group thefts at high-end Los Angeles stores

Fourteen people involved in recent group thefts at high-end Los Angeles stores have been arrested, authorities said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/us/los-angeles-smash-grab-theft-arrests/index.html

Didi says it will leave New York 'immediately' and list in Hong Kong

Didi said Friday that it would "immediately" start delisting from the New York Stock Exchange and instead prepare to sell shares in Hong Kong, just months after its disastrous IPO.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/investing/didi-ipo-delist-new-york-hong-kong-intl-hnk/index.html

Nevada police identify victim of 41-year-old cold case homicide using genealogy and DNA testing

The woman formerly known as "Jane Arroyo Grande Doe" now has a name after 41 years, police in Henderson, Nevada, announced Thursday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/us/nevada-victim-identified-cold-case-homicide/index.html

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

OPEC's power was waning. Soon it may have more sway than ever

The year before Covid-19 hit, the United States became a net exporter of energy for the first time since 1952, sending a strong message to the rest of the world: The country would not be beholden to foreign oil producers.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/energy/opec-market-power/index.html

India formally repeals controversial farm laws after year of protests

India has formally repealed three contentious farm laws that sparked more than a year of protests, nearly two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was pushed into a rare policy reversal that saw the legislation withdrawn.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/india/india-farm-law-repeal-intl-hnk/index.html

Boris Johnson faces grilling over alleged 'boozy' Christmas parties last year

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a grilling during the Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the UK Parliament after a British newspaper reported claims that he and aides held Christmas parties last year at 10 Downing Street, despite the Covid-19 restrictions at the time. CNN's Bianca Nobilo reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/12/02/uk-boris-johnson-christmas-parties-pmq-tgb-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn

CNN talks to WTA chief on decision to pull tournaments from China

CNN's Erin Burnett speaks with Steve Simon, chairman of the Women's Tennis Association following the organization's statement suspending all tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, in response to the lack of transparency from the Chinese government in the wake of tennis star Peng Shuai's sexual assault allegation against a former top Chinese government official.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/12/02/wta-steve-simon-peng-shuai-full-intv-ebof-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn

'That's not what's happening:' Biden tries to rebut news coverage about empty store shelves

A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/media/biden-rebuttal-reliable-sources/index.html

Student breaks down after learning classmate died in shooting

CNN's Adrienne Broaddus speaks with Oxford High School student JaVon Pittman and his family about the shooting that left at least four of his classmates dead and several others injured.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/12/02/students-oxford-michigan-shooting-pittman-family-broaddus-dnt-vpx.cnn

Major League Baseball lockout begins as players and owners fail to reach a new bargaining agreement

The collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' union expired at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, leading to the first official work stoppage in professional baseball since the 1994-95 seasons.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/sport/mlb-baseball-lockout-cba-expires-spt/index.html

South Korea struggles with record Covid-19 cases

Record numbers of new Covid-19 cases, critical cases and deaths in South Korea, the new reality of 'living with Covid' and Omicron's discovery in South Africa are threatening the country's road to recovery. The health system is stretched to the limit and medical staff are mentally and physically exhausted. CNN's Paula Hancocks catches up with the doctor she first met at the start of the pandemic.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/12/01/south-korea-covid-19-omicron-rough-road-hancocks-pkg-ovn-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn

Fauci answers questions on Omicron variant

source https://cnn.it/3Dev6KQ

Biden to extend transportation mask mandate through March

The Biden administration will extend existing requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, buses, trains and boats, as well as in airports and other transportation hubs, through March to address concerns over the Omicron coronavirus variant.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/politics/transportation-mask-mandate-extension-biden/index.html

Facebook: Belarusian KGB made fake accounts to stir tension at Poland border

Facebook's parent company Meta said it has evidence that Belarusian KGB created fake Facebook and Instagram accounts to post false content and stir tension about crisis at the Poland border. Fake accounts from Poland discouraging migrants from entering the EU were also found, according to Meta. CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/12/01/facebook-meta-belarus-border-poland-kgb-fake-accounts.cnnbusiness

'This revelation shocked me': Ex-Trump aide on Trump's positive Covid test

Former Trump communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin tells CNN's Jake Tapper that she was "shocked" to learn Trump had tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of a presidential debate with Joe Biden.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/12/01/trump-positive-covid-test-alyssa-farah-griffin-lead-vpx.cnn

Jussie Smollett 'wanted me to beat him up,' Abimbola Osundairo testifies

On January 25, 2019, a few days before Jussie Smollett reported an alleged hate crime attack, he told an acquaintance he "wanted me to beat him up," the man testified Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/us/jussie-smollett-trial-abimbola-osundairo-testimony/index.html

Inside the Biden White House's thorny response to the Omicron variant

President Joe Biden has spent hours over the last week peppering his medical team with questions about the quickly spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus, pressing them for more data and asking when his team would know more.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/politics/omicron-variant-biden-white-house/index.html

Christian TV network founder who discouraged vaccinations dies after being hospitalized for Covid-19

Prominent Christian televangelist and anti-vaccine advocate Marcus Lamb died after being hospitalized with Covid-19, his family announced Tuesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/media/marcus-lamb-covid-death/index.html

Jacqueline Avant, wife of music exec Clarence Avant, shot and killed in home robbery

Jacqueline Avant, a philanthropist and the wife of music icon Clarence Avant and mother-in-law to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, was fatally shot in her home early Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for Netflix.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/entertainment/jacqueline-avant-obit/index.html

Democrats officially have a retirement problem

The shock retirement announcement by Oregon Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio on Wednesday provides clear evidence that senior members of the Democratic Party expect next year's midterm election to drive them out of the majority.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/politics/democrats-retirements-midterms-defazio/index.html

Takeaways from the historic Supreme Court arguments on abortion rights

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on one of its most important cases in decades and considered the future of abortion rights in America.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/politics/takeaways-supreme-court-abortion/index.html

Madagascar's food crisis has been blamed on climate change. Scientists say that's wrong

The UN's World Food Programme and multiple media organizations have been warning that the African island nation of Madagascar is on the brink of the world's first climate-change-induced famine. But a new study says the human-made climate crisis has had little to do with the current food scarcity in the country.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/africa/madagascar-climate-food-crisis-attribution-study-intl/index.html

Roe has lasted almost 50 years. How unusual would it be to overturn it?

For nearly half a century, Roe v. Wade has stood as the law of the land.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/politics/scotus-roe-overturn-history-precedent/index.html

Boat carrying Nigerian students capsizes, killing at least 29

A boat carrying Nigerian students capsized in Kano state in northern Nigeria, killing at least 29, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/africa/nigeria-students-boat-capsize-intl/index.html

London Heathrow airport reopens terminal to process arrivals from 'red list' countries

London's Heathrow airport has reopened its Terminal 4 as a separate arrivals facility for countries on the government's Covid "red list" as of Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/heathrow-airport-terminal-4-red-list/index.html

Zapping cow dung with lightning is helping to trap climate-warming methane

A Norwegian technology company has found a way to stop livestock slurry from releasing methane -- by zapping it with artificial lightning.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/europe/cow-dung-methane-climate-warming-intl/index.html

Goldman Sachs' CEO will perform at Lollapalooza

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon will DJ at Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival this July alongside acts like Metallica, Dua Lipa, Doja...