The Bahamas’ death toll is rising as 70,000 residents left homeless by Hurricane Dorian seek food and shelter

Great Abaco, the Bahamas (CNN)Volunteers with search dogs continue to scour neighborhoods flattened by Hurricane Dorian, while global relief agencies are rushing to get food and shelter Saturday to some 70,000 people in the Bahamas left homeless on two northern islands. Search and rescue personnel who arrived with cadaver dogs on the Abaco Islands brought body bags and coolers to store human remains, said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the country’s tourism and aviation ministry. Workers also brought equipment to count the dead and to understand the scope of damage, Jibrilu said. Bahamas resident: You can smell the death in the air The smell of death lingered in the air in Marsh Harbour, CNN’s Gary Tuchman reported Friday, as he …

Sorry, Pats fans, Gronkowski isn’t making a comeback. He’s hawking CBD oil

(CNN)Sorry, New England Patriots fans. That long-awaited announcement from your beloved former tight end had nothing to do with a comeback. In an Abacus statement, Gronkowski, 30, said he suffered numerous injuries and underwent nine surgeries during his nine seasons catching bullets from Tom Brady. “I was in near constant pain and needed to make a change,” he said. “These products have helped me safely manage pain better than anything else I’ve tried.” Proponents of CBD products say they can help athletes with pain, inflammation and even traumatic brain injuries, but because of CBD’s close relationship with its cousin, THC — the psychoactive drug in cannabis — CBD has seen itself banned in many pro sports venues. Unlike THC, however, …

Changing your energy-wasting ways is very doable. Take it one step at a time

(CNN)Rachel Bridge, for the most part, is environmentally “woke.” The Coloradan is big on recycling and reusable grocery bags. But not the 20% who say they try to do so “all of the time.” Bridge’s actions come as about 70% of Americans say they want the U.S. to take “aggressive” action to combat climate chance, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll last June. What can I do? It’s just me A lot of people feel overwhelmed trying to make changes that help the planet. Conservation psychologist Janet Swim says people often think their actions won’t have enough of an impact to matter. “It’s like, ‘What can I do? It’s just me.’” But it does matter. A lot. It’s just like voting, …

Purdue Pharma in settlement talks over 2,000 lawsuits

(CNN)Purdue Pharma told CNN it is involved in settlement talks with regards to a trial in Ohio where over 2,000 municipalities and Native American governments are suing the company. The federal trial is set to begin on October 21, said Cuyahoga County’s attorney Frank Gallucci. The first cases in Ohio starting with Summit County and Cuyahoga County are part of the larger consolidated case involving 2,000 cities, counties, communities and tribal lands that have been rolled into one. It is unclear if these two northeastern Ohio counties are part of current settlement negotiations with Purdue. Talks of a potential settlement come on the heels of a landmark decision in Oklahoma, where a judge ordered on Monday that pharmaceutical giant Johnson …

Massachusetts has confirmed its first human case of EEE since 2013. What is the mosquito-borne disease?

(CNN)A man in Massachusetts has been infected with a mosquito-borne virus called Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), health officials confirmed Saturday. It’s the first human case reported in the state since 2013. Any virus transmitted from an insect bite is a big deal, but what is EEE, and what risk does it pose? EEE is rare but often fatal The virus isn’t common, but it is serious. Seven cases are reported every year on average, but about 30% of all cases are fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. EEE causes inflammation of the brain, which is often preceded by a high fever, chills and vomiting. As the illness progresses, patients might experience seizures or a coma that …

Harry and Meghan use Instagram to spotlight the work of two CNN Heroes

(CNN)Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, continue to show that they are two of the most charitable and Instagram-savvy members of the British royal family. This month we turned to you for ideas of accounts to follow featuring people, organisations and causes that you find inspiring or noteworthy. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed! Many of you have suggested that we use this month as an opportunity to highlight lesser known organisations and shine a light on those working hard behind the scenes that may not get the level of attention that they so rightly deserve. These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of …

He thought his late wife’s precious ring was lost forever, but social media came to the rescue

(CNN)Since his wife’s death from colon cancer in 2016, Patrick Waddell of Harrisburg, North Carolina, has always carried their wedding rings with him. Two hours after he got the golf cart, he realized that the rings were gone. He searched for them but knew that he had to leave the next morning, so he did one of the only thing he could think to do: He posted it on Facebook and tagged the campground. The post garnered 11,000 shares in the first day, though now the number is over 43,000. “It’s just humbling to see so many people wanting to help you find something that means so much to you,” Waddell told CNN. A friend who worked at the campground …

A Chicago father was charged in the accidental shooting death of his 3-year-old son

(CNN)The father of a 3-year-old boy who was killed in an accidental shooting in Chicago Sunday has been charge in connection to the child’s death. The child was wounded in the face and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, WLS reported. Chicago police have contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to assist in the case, according to WLS. Original Article : HERE ;

The people behind that Halloween petition want to create a new holiday: National Trick or Treat Day

(CNN)Fear not, Halloween purists: Your beloved holiday will probably remain on October 31. But what’s better than one day of witches and vampires roaming the street? Two days of treats! The association will partner with Party City to launch #ALLoween, a campaign to promote the new holiday that — fittingly — hits stores on Friday, September 13, according to the petition. The association’s campaign to shift Halloween to a Saturday began in 2018. Organizers claimed that the change would make the holiday “safer, longer and stress-free.” After a year languishing on the petition website, it began picking up steam this month. The group didn’t specifically outline just how a Saturday spookfest would make for a better Halloween, but in theory, …

New York cancels OZY Fest cultural festival as temperatures climb

(CNN)Organizers were hoping OZY Fest would be hot — but not this hot. The cancellation appeared to come as a surprise; as recently as 30 minutes before the announcement, OZY Fest tweeted, “A limited number of Sunday tickets and weekend passes are still available, be sure to get yours today.” But in a statement forwarded by the organizers later Friday, de Blasio said the city decided to cancel all large-scale park events, including their own, over the weekend for health and safety reasons. They added that it would have been “impossible” to find an alternate location. “We absolutely cannot put any festival-goers at risk. We are so disappointed, and we hope to work with the City of New York in …

A mother gave birth to other couples’ babies because of an IVF mix-up, lawsuit states

(CNN)A couple from New York is suing a fertility clinic after a woman gave birth to other couples’ babies because of an IVF mixup, according to a federal lawsuit filed in US District Court. In vitro fertilization is a series of procedures in which an egg is fertilized in a lab and then transferred to a uterus, according to the Mayo Clinic. CHA Fertility claimed on its website to be one of the “premier fertility treatment networks in the world,” the lawsuit states. The clinic says on its site that it has “fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of aspiring parents” in over 22 countries. The lawsuit says that the couple spent more than $100,000 for the IVF services, …

Exclusive: Officials substantiate child sex abuse allegations at prominent DC synagogue’s preschool

(CNN)Officials have substantiated multiple accusations of child sexual abuse by a preschool teacher at a prominent synagogue in Washington, DC, according to a cease-and-desist letter sent by the DC superintendent of education to the synagogue in June. But the congregation and its early childhood education center have been thrown into turmoil since allegations of child sexual abuse arose last August. The cease-and-desist letter is believed to be the first public finding of an investigation into the alleged abuse at the school by DC authorities. The school allegedly allowed the accused abuser to lead groups of children to a wooded area outside the center and the bathroom, and dismissed other staff members’ verbal complaints about the alleged maltreator “disappearing with children …

Courage and sacrifice: 6 activists behind LGBTQ progress

(CNN)Activism takes different forms, whether it’s marching in the streets, speaking on behalf of marginalized people or influencing pop culture to embrace people from society’s fringes. Marsha P. Johnson: The defender of transgender rights Marsha P. Johnson’s name isn’t in most American history books, but it should be. When a judge asked her about the “P” in her name, she responded that it stood for “Pay it no mind.” The judge laughed and dismissed the charges against her. Her persistence and advocacy made her one of the most significant figures in LGBTQ and AIDS activism. The term “transgender” wasn’t commonly used in Marsha’s lifetime, but she identified as a “transvestite,” gay and a drag queen and used she/her pronouns. “I …

Why Border Patrol isn’t accepting donations for kids in custody

(CNN)Rep. Terry Canales heard the reports of children suffering in squalid conditions at Customs and Border Protection facilities and knew what he had to do. Two people who attempted to donate items at a Texas facility this week also told CNN their items weren’t accepted. The situation, first reported by The Texas Tribune, has left would-be donors scratching their heads and drawn criticism from Canales and others who accuse the federal government of letting red tape get in the way of human decency. Why wouldn’t the agency accept donations? CBP officials said Tuesday that they aren’t running low on supplies, but are looking into whether they can accept donations in the future. And a former CBP official told CNN it …

South Bend bar shooting kills 1 person and wounds 8 others the same day as Pete Buttigieg’s town hall

(CNN)A melee at a South Bend bar left one person dead and eight victims injured just as mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg gets ready to address issues in his Indiana city. The shooting happened the same day that Buttigieg is scheduled to speak at a town hall with South Bend’s police chief. The event, moderated by NAACP South Bend Chapter President Michael Patton, will outline the process for officer-involved shooting investigations. Buttigieg has touted his leadership of South Bend on the presidential campaign trail. But he’s come under criticism in recent weeks after an officer shot and killed a man who was allegedly breaking into cars with a knife in hand. In response, Buttigieg canceled an appearance at a …

Norman Lear Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of award-winning television producer Norman Lear, the creator of some of television’s most popular shows of his time, including “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons.” Father: Hyman “Herman” Lear, a securities broker/salesman Mother: Jeanette (Seicol) Lear Marriages: Charlotte Rosen, (1943-divorced); Frances Loeb (1956-1986, divorced); Lyn Davis (1987-present) Children: With Lyn Davis: Brianna, Madelaine and Benjamin; with Frances Loeb: Maggie and Kate; with Charlotte Rosen: Ellen Education: Attended Emerson College Military service: Served in the Army Air Corps, 1942-1945; Air Medal recipient Other Facts:Has won four Primetime Emmys out of 14 nominations, plus was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. His works are considered groundbreaking because he did not …