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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An Alaska mom is charged with killing her two babies after searching online for ‘ways to suffocate’

(CNN)A woman in Alaska charged with murdering her two children almost two years apart searched the internet for ways to kill — and get away with it — before calling for medical help for her baby daughter, police in Fairbanks said. “This is just an unimaginable tragedy,” Fairbanks Police Chief…

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Family friend of New Mexico suspects is the tipster who relayed starvation message to police

(CNN)One of the women in the New Mexico compound reached out to a family friend with a desperate message for help, expressing danger of starvation. “I am desperately in need of $400 in order to save myself from starvation,” according to the message she sent Amin. “Again, I wouldn’t ask…

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Shanann Watts was to have a ‘gender reveal’ party Saturday

(CNN)Shanann Watts was looking forward to a party Saturday to disclose the gender of her third child, CNN affiliate KDVR said, quoting a friend. “They were always so happy. They were always so — I’m completely lost for words,” Bell said. Video shows Colorado mom tell husband about pregnancy Shanann…

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Brian Christopher Lawler, former WWE wrestler known as Grandmaster Sexay, dies

(CNN)Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Brian Christopher Lawler died Sunday, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Lawler had been held on DUI and evading arrest charges since July 7, according to TBI. WWE expressed its sadness in learning that Lawler had died and extended its condolences to his family,…

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School closes for two days after threats against 12-year-old transgender student

(CNN)A rural Oklahoma school system closed for two days earlier this week after a group of adults made threatening Facebook comments about a 12-year-old transgender girl, Achille Public Schools Superintendent Rick Beene said. According to CNN affiliate KXII, Facebook commenters called the seventh grader, “it” and “thing.” One Facebook poster…

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