5 things to know for January 4: Washington, Thailand storm, Paul Whelan, ‘El Chapo’

(CNN) 1. Washington President Trump meets with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders this morning at the White House as they try to find a way to end the partial government shutdown, now almost two weeks old. No one expects much of a breakthrough, though. The President is…

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Intern killed by lion died ‘following her passion’

Burlington, North Carolina (CNN)The zoological park intern killed by an escaped lion in North Carolina “loved animals” and wanted to make a career of working with them, her family says. In a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WXIN in Indianapolis, Black’s family said she died “following her passion.”

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Guatemalan girl’s family wants to know: Was Jakelin’s death in US custody preventable?

(CNN)She survived an arduous journey from Guatemala to the United States. But somehow, during a 90-minute bus ride to a Border Patrol station, Jakelin Caal Maquin’s health deteriorated. Two days later, she was dead. But Attorney Enrique Moreno said he doesn’t understand why Jakelin, whose father said she was sick…

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Thousand Oaks gunman used smoke grenades to create chaos, then waited to ambush police

(CNN)The gunman in the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, entered the building and opened fire, tossed multiple smoke grenades to sow chaos and then sat in wait to ambush responding law enforcement officers, officials said on Tuesday. “We are no closer to determining that today as…

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5 things to know for November 5: Midterms, Brexit, Iran, corporal punishment

1. Midterm elections 23 & 2: That’s what Dems need to flip Congress Anger sets in as Iran braces for US sanctions The Trump administration is set to reimpose all sanctions against Iran today. The sanctions were lifted as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, which President Trump pulled…

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What’s being done to help the homeless and sick ahead of Hurricane Florence

(CNN)Imagine being in Hurricane Florence’s path without the means or ability to heed mandatory evacuation orders. What would you do? Most local year-round shelters closed as soon as mandatory evacuation orders were issued because they are not equipped to withstand a Category 3 hurricane. Those service providers helped transport residents…

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They went in to serve a warrant and were met with a barrage of bullets

(CNN)Officer Terrence Carraway rushed to respond when a gunman opened fire from a home in Florence County, South Carolina. As the barrage of bullets kept coming, he and his colleagues had to be rescued. The witness who took the video saw two officers get shot in front of a driveway…

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Puerto Rico says power restoration after Hurricane Maria is complete, but that’s not quite right

(CNN)Power restoration after Hurricane Maria, which struck almost a year ago, has been completed, according to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. “It’s something that’s not true,” resident Jose Saldaña Jr., 43, said on the phone, denying that power was restored, with frustration in his voice. Saldaña told CNN on…

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