‘El Chapo’ Guzman trial begins under unprecedented security measures

New York (CNN)While a US prosecutor painted for a jury the picture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera as the leader of a powerful and murderous drug cartel, his defense lawyer countered that Guzman was a “leader of nothing,” a myth, not a feared boss. Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said Guzman spent significant time in […]

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A 6th-grader witnessed a school bus hit a car and left a note to the owner

(CNN)When a school bus driver hit a car and allegedly fled the scene, a sixth-grader who witnessed the incident told the owner who was responsible. The sixth-grader, who appears to live close to Sipowicz and went back to the scene of the accident to place the note on his car, wrote “sorry” in the note […]

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New York parishioners are using the collection basket to ask embattled Catholic bishop to resign

(CNN)In the deeply Catholic Rust Belt community of Buffalo, New York, some parishioners are using the Sunday collection basket to ask embattled Bishop Richard Malone to resign. Instead of giving money, some faithful are leaving handwritten messages giving the church an ultimatum. In March, Malone released a list of 42 priests in the Buffalo diocese […]

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Anger, grief and inspiration as Pittsburgh lays more synagogue victims to rest

(CNN)A mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue is bringing together residents and supporters throughout the city this week as they process a range of emotions — anger, grief, inspiration and renewed spirituality. The funerals came the day after President Donald Trump and his family visited the synagogue to pay their respects and encountered demonstrators who […]

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Michael’s not done yet — path of destruction stretches north from Florida

(CNN)Hurricane Michael’s deadly trail of devastation now stretches from the Florida Panhandle, where it wiped away a coastal city, to the Carolinas, where it triggered flash floods that turned roads into rivers. And the threat continues overnight. “Please don’t come down,” Linda Albrecht said. “The more people that return, it’s just going to get in […]

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A rare Mandarin duck is hanging out in NYC’s Central Park and nobody knows how it got there

(CNN)New York’s latest celebrity is an odd duck. “The zoos say it’s not theirs,” said Dan Tainow, an urban park ranger with the New York City Parks Department. “It’s most likely a pet.” Tainow said the bird could be from as far afield as New Jersey or Long Island. “It flies fine; it eats,” Tainow […]

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Former prosecutor hopes James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s death is ‘the end of a very sad chapter in Boston’s history’

(CNN)In a 3-foot grave near a river not far from Boston, Paul McGonagle’s body lay decaying, undisturbed until his remains were found nearly 20 years ago. Parts of a pelvic bone. A fractured skull with decomposed brain matter. A ring with a part of a decomposed finger bone. He died Tuesday in a West Virginia […]

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Fear near Cape Fear rises with the river, and the death toll from Florence keeps growing

Wilmington, North Carolina (CNN)North Carolina can’t take any more flooding, but it’s going to have to anyway. Four days ago, the Cape Fear River near Fayetteville was 15 feet deep. By Tuesday afternoon, it had topped 60 feet — and it still hasn’t crested. Overflow from Cape Fearhas already created a new river on what […]

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Florence leaves ‘monumental disaster’ — with more trouble to come

Wilmington, North Carolina (CNN)Florence has left the Carolinas, but the death toll keeps rising as remnants of the storm generate rain, floodwater and tornadoes. View this post on Instagram

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5 things to know for October 5: Kavanaugh, Russia hacks, red tide, Nobel Peace Prize

(CNN) 1. Brett Kavanaugh Amy Schumer arrested in Kavanaugh protests 2. Russian meddling It’s not just US elections that the Russians are screwing with. They seem to be trying to mess with the whole world. But the West is starting to fight back — in an unprecedented and coordinated effort that represents a significant escalation of tensions with […]

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