Rare one-horned rhino at risk as Indian flood waters rise

July 13, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)Poachers are seeking to take advantage of widespread monsoon flooding in India’s Kaziranga National Park as animals flee in search of higher ground. In the past, poachers have used the floods to flush animals out into areas where they are easier to hunt. The problem arises when the animals flee past the park’s boundaries, said Singh, particularly in the southern most sections which are contiguous with hilly wild…

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AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech to Alliance Defending Freedom

July 13, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to a self-described Christian religious freedom advocacy group known for anti-gay stances Tuesday evening, and the Justice Department is keeping his remarks under wraps. LGBTQ rights organizations blasted Sessions for attending the event. “ADF is the most extreme anti-gay legal organization — so extreme that it does not concede even that gay or transgender people should be permitted to exist as such,” said Shannon Minter…

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Recreating June 9: A very consequential day in the 2016 campaign

July 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)It wasn’t Donald Trump’s day. But more than a year after that unseasonably cool Thursday in New York, what happened on June 9 has intensified the spotlight on Trump — now president — and his family. News of the meeting between Natalia Veselnitskaya, billed in an email as a “Russian government attorney” and three of Trump’s top campaign aides has rocked the Trump White House and led Clinton’s vice…

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Donald Trump Jr. astonishes America

July 12, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr.’s decision to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had alleged ties to the Kremlin may be the most baffling move by a high-level political operative in recent memory. Second only to his apparent thinking that such a meeting would be a good decision. In short, the emails suggest he was prepared to meet with a potential agent of a hostile foreign government. And because he…

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Chris Christie calls constituent ‘bum,’ ‘communist’ on sports talk radio

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t known for holding back when being criticized, whether it be with fellow politicians or even his own constituents. Callers quickly began dialing in to speak to the governor, but some used it as an opportunity to attack him. One of the callers, “Mike from Montclair” didn’t waste any time. “Governor, the next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed…

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Why Russia-probe investigators are looking at anti-money laundering database

July 11, 2017

(CNN)It has been reported that the Senate and House Intelligence committees investigating possible ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russians have begun to receive access to financial data from the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). It does this, in part, by These reports come from more than 80,000 financial institutions and 500,000 individuals who maintain foreign bank accounts. FinCEN makes this information available to law enforcement and…

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Augmented reality could help you learn to dance better

July 10, 2017

Augmented reality could help you learn to be a better dancer.Image: Shutterstock / edwardolive While we’ve now had several weeks to get a feel for iOS 11, there’s still one big, unanswered question about the update: augmented reality. Namely, whether or not the apps developers are building using Apple’s ARKit will live up to the hype. And while we’ve seen quite a few impressive demos already, being able to land…

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With autonomy, commercial real-estate could go mobile

July 10, 2017

Cyrus Radfar is a founding engineer of AddThis, which was acquired by Oracle. More posts by this contributor: Autonomous cars will bring a moveable feast of products and services Transport’s coming upheaval The coming years could see the next great land rush across the US and many other countries worldwide, but it might not even involve land. Instead, the next trend for savvy investors could be fleets of autonomous vehicles. A…

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Gordon Brown and Shakira: G20 leaders agreed to education financing, now comes the harder part

July 9, 2017

(CNN)If ours was a world where every child was in school and learning, then the two of us probably would have never met. But more than a decade ago, frustrated by education targets made by the international community set and missed, we came together to push back in a world where far too many children go without a quality education. It’s up to all of us to make sure that…

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Portman’s Ohio office health care protests lead to 15 arrests

July 8, 2017

(CNN)As many as 15 activists protesting the Senate’s GOP health care bill were arrested Friday at Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus, Ohio office, according to local law enforcement, following sit-ins at two state offices that spanned more than a day. The two-day protest that started Thursday intensified when activists from ADAPT, a national disability-rights organization, decided to block the doors to the ground-floor elevators on Friday in Portman’s Columbus office building,…

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Mother accused of fatally stabbing family gives thumbs-up in court

July 8, 2017

(CNN)The mother accused of fatally stabbing four of her children and their father appeared to pray, smiled and gave a thumbs-up to cameras during a bizarre court appearance Friday in Georgia. Martinez appeared in court Friday to face five counts of murder, five counts of malice murder and six counts of aggravated assault. Gwinnett County police discovered a bloody scene at Martinez’s home shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday in Loganville,…

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Prismas next AI project is a fun selfie sticker maker called Sticky

July 7, 2017

What do you do after garnering tens of millions of downloads and scores of clones of your AI-powered style transfer app? Why, keep innovating of course. Meet Sticky, the next app from the startup behindPrisma, which turns selfies into stylized and/or animated stickers for sharing to your social feeds. Sticky is launching today on iOS, with an Android version due in a week or two. While Prisma gained viral popularity…

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Trump joins battle for the soul of the West — to a point

July 7, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump delivered a battle cry to defend Western civilization on Thursday — but his political vision for the alliance in the West is one that few of its other major leaders would recognize, far less embrace. On the surface, Trump’s speech was exactly the kind of message Europe’s leaders have pined to hear. He reaffirmed NATO’s Article 5 principle of mutual defense, albeit with a swipe at member…

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What goes on in the mind of ‘trolls’

July 6, 2017

(CNN)Here we are today, in Donald Trump’s version of “modern day presidential”: Random badly behaved men on the Internet suddenly find their juvenile online aliases thrust into the national spotlight, as “HanA**holeSolo” did this week when he conceded he had created the Trump v. CNN meme — and it was further revealed that he was a regular purveyor of racist and anti-Semitic content on pro-Trump subreddits. Two of these anonymous…

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Why Israel’s courting India’s Prime Minister Modi

July 6, 2017

Jerusalem (CNN)Only a select few world leaders receive Israel’s grand reception at Ben Gurion International Airport: people like the President of the United States, and the Pope. So it did not go unnoticed that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the same red carpet treatment. Modi returned the gesture in trademark style. Modi addresses Congress as U.S.-India ties bloom A partnership that has seen bilateral trade grow exponentially from $200…

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How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF

July 5, 2017

(CNN)The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him. On Reddit, “HanA**holeSolo” took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, “HanA**holeSolo’s” other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and…

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Enter Japanese master Katsuya Kamo’s world of fantasy headpieces

July 5, 2017

Tokyo, Japan (CNN)There’s something distinctly punk about Katsuya Kamo’s aesthetic. His otherworldly headpieces, designed for some of the world’s most revered fashion houses, seem to disregard the limits of millinery, often combine hair with unusual materials. “If it’s not that, then the end form cannot be complete.” Three decades of innovation Since 1996, Kamo has collaborated with Japanese designers Takahashi and Junya Watanabe on hair and makeup for their collections….

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Gaming firm Razer seeks to raise over $600M in Hong Kong IPO

July 4, 2017

Gaming firm Razer has filed to go public through an IPO in Hong Kong as it looks to raise more than $600 million to go after growth opportunities. The U.S.-based company, which traces its origins back to Singapore, filed initial paperwork on Friday. Certain details such as how much Razer is looking to raise, its valuation and the timing of the IPO are not disclosed in the 345-page filing, but…

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Grenfell Tower fire: No prosecutions for subletting of flats, government promises – BBC News

July 4, 2017

All of the material checked so far in the wake of the tragedy on 14 June has failed the tests. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government said it was testing the buildings it was most worried about first. Where have cladding fire tests failed? What we know so far Who were the victims? Earlier this week, police warned it would not know the final death toll until at…

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert released from prison

July 3, 2017

(CNN)Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was freed from prison Sunday after serving 16 months on corruption charges, authorities said. The former leader was imprisoned for taking cash from an American businessman and also getting bribes related to a controversial Jerusalem housing project while he was mayor. “I only know that he loved expensive cigars. I know he loved pens, watches. I found it strange,” Talansky testified in 2009. He…

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Trump to get China, Japan leaders on the phone

July 3, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House announced Saturday night. No information was provided as to what subjects the calls would cover, but they come after an eventful week in East Asia politics. Trump warns North Korea: US patience is over China’s President issues ‘red line’ warning

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Can civilian deaths be avoided in RAF strikes on IS? – BBC News

July 2, 2017

Image copyright MOD Image caption Cockpit footage of an RAF air strike on an IS artillery position in Mosul Seconds after it is fired, the Brimstone hits the doorway where the weapon has been hidden. Once the dust clears the building is still standing relatively unscathed. James tells me the Tornados are now carrying more Brimstone missiles because their small explosive causes less damage than the larger Paveway bomb. “Dave”,…

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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Baton Rouge cop killer left note, fired at least 43 rounds

July 1, 2017

(CNN)The Louisiana law officers who killed Gavin Long after he shot dead three of their colleagues in a targeted attack on police in Baton Rouge last summer were justified “and certainly saved other lives,” a prosecutor said Friday. Long, a 29-year-old black Missouri resident and discharged Marine, arrived in Baton Rouge five days earlier and was determined to kill police officers, “black or white … as long as they had…

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New York commuters’ ‘summer of hell’

July 1, 2017

New York (CNN)New York’s commuter rail lines, subways and buses carry about 9 million riders every day. Six million of those souls cram into the subway system’s vast underground maze each day. As part of the disaster declaration, Cuomo committed $1 billion to the MTA capital plan during a speech at the MTA Genius Competition, which was organized to foster new ideas to fix the subways.

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