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August 18, 2019

From Greenland to West Antarctica, Earth's enormous masses of ice are disappearing fast.
Scientists say they are bidding farewell to Okjökull, the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change, in a funeral of sorts. ... click to read more

Watch a glacier collapse in Iceland
Tourists in Iceland scrambled to higher ground when a large wave triggered by a glacier collapse came rushing their way. ... click to read more

The water is so hot in Alaska it's killing large numbers of salmon
Alaska has been in the throes of an unprecedented heat wave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers. ... click to read more

Scientist captures melting ice sheet in viral photo
The devastating impact of a warming planet has been captured in a stunning image of sled dogs walking on Greenland's melting ice sheet. Climatologist Steffen Olsen talks to CNN about his viral photo. ... click to read more

July was Earth's hottest month on record
Earth faced unprecedented heat in July, its hottest month on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ... click to read more

A baby dugong that became a Thai internet star died with plastic waste in its stomach
An orphaned baby dugong that attained celebrity status in Thailand has died with plastic waste lining its stomach, prompting a surge of mourning on the internet. ... click to read more

Workers had 3 choices: Attend Trump speech, use paid time off or receive no pay
• Analysis: The 28 most egregious lines from Donald Trump's Pennsylvania speech • Opinion: Trump's re-election nightmare ... click to read more

'Mommy can't do this for much longer': Waiting for a liver transplant, she prepares her family for the worst
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Deadly blast rips through wedding in Afghanistan, killing 63 people
A suicide bomb attack at a wedding in Kabul on Saturday killed 63 people and wounded 182, the Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman said. ... click to read more

A father is charged after 12-year-old girl hits a man and a dog with an SUV, killing them
A 12-year-old girl hit a man and his dog with an SUV in Houston, killing them instantly, police said. Her father has been arrested and charged with criminal negligent homicide and endangering a child. ... click to read more

Hong Kong protests for 11th consecutive weekend
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A woman woke up to a stranger assaulting her in 1983. DNA finally led to an arrest
A Florida woman who woke up to a stranger sexually assaulting her 36 years ago may finally get justice after DNA helped crack the brutal rape case. ... click to read more

NYT: Obama told Biden he didn't have to run in 2020
The New York Times reports that former President Barack Obama cautioned former Vice President Joe Biden against running in the 2020 presidential election, saying, "you don't have to do this, Joe, you really don't." ... click to read more

Five of the world's biggest economies are at risk. Here's where the US stands
Fears of a brewing global recession were renewed this week as markets whipsawed over President Donald Trump's trade war with China as well as disappointing economic data from both Germany and China. ... click to read more

Jewelry store owner fights men with sledgehammers
A jewelry store owner fought off men armed with sledgehammers after they smashed one of the jewelry cases and tried to run off with the jewelry. ... click to read more

Trump again claims he won an award that doesn't exist
President Trump has claimed for years that he was once named "Michigan Man of the Year," a title that does not exist. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports. ... click to read more

Portland protests wind down after 13 arrested and six injured
More than a dozen people were arrested Saturday and six others were injured as left-wing anti-fascist demonstrators spent hours counter-protesting against a rally by far-right and extremist groups. ... click to read more

Hundreds join El Paso widower at wife's funeral
Hundreds of strangers attended El Paso shooting victim Margie Reckard's funeral after her husband, who was left with no family, invited the public. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports. ... click to read more

Eagles lure 40-year-old QB out of retirement
Josh McCown, a 40-year-old quarterback who had retired and was going to be an analyst with ESPN this season, agreed to contract terms with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, the team announced. ... click to read more

A beach town will install anti-sex public toilets
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The 'dark side' of Finland's famous free health care
In his search for examples of a more equitable society, Bernie Sanders has long looked north ... to Northern Europe, that is. ... click to read more

Diver finds SD card with man's final moments
Two years after a Georgia man drowned at a Tennessee waterfall, his family received an unexpected surprise that could help bring them some closure. ... click to read more

Plague-infected prairie dogs have shut down parts of a Denver suburb
Prairie dogs infected with the plague -- yes, the plague -- have shut down parts of a city and wildlife area near Denver this summer. ... click to read more

Simon Cowell looks different after going vegan
"America's Got Talent" host Simon Cowell is getting noticed for his new appearance after losing 20 pounds on a vegan diet. ... click to read more

Country singer rushed to the hospital after almost collapsing onstage
Country singer Drake White was rushed to the hospital after he almost collapsed on stage while performing in Virginia. ... click to read more

Elizabeth Smart's dad says he is gay
Ed Smart, whose daughter Elizabeth Smart was abducted in 2002, has announced that he is gay but says he is not leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ... click to read more

Colbert: This is odd thing about Trump ...
In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, late night host and comedian Stephen Colbert says that we don't really know anything about President Trump. ... click to read more

Opinion: Greenland has long been a bargaining chip between US and Denmark
President Donald Trump made his name in real estate on the world's glitziest island with the help of tax breaks and loopholes. As President, it seems Trump wants to take his real estate experience to a new level. ... click to read more

The man who made a $450 million auction bid
In November 2017 at Christie's New York, Alex Rotter uttered a phrase never before heard at an art auction: "Four hundred million." ... click to read more

Where is Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi'?
When bids for Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" hit $200 million there was an audible gasp in the auction room. At the $300 million mark, onlookers broke into applause. ... click to read more

The iconic Mustang from Steve McQueen's 'Bullitt' is going up for auction
It's a car that changed movie history -- and now, a new owner could be hopping into the driver's seat. ... click to read more

'Bubble gum' pink diamond sells for millions
A rare 3.44 carat diamond sold at Christie's auction house in Hong Kong for 7.5 million dollars ... click to read more

This James Bond Aston Martin was just auctioned for $6.4 million
One winning bidder is now legally able to drive in an actual James Bond Aston Martin, with working nail spreaders, tire slashers, smoke screen and rotating license plates. ... click to read more

The moment these cliffs fell and barely miss kayakers
A group of kayakers on Michigan's Lake Superior barely missed falling sandstone cliffs. Nature photographers happened to capture the moment on camera. ... click to read more

Trump sends Justin Trudeau passive-aggressive note
There's something passive aggressive about the way President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau have become pen pals, though it's not exactly a pen that the President has deployed. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports. ... click to read more

Family films great white shark under boat on Cape Cod
A family had a close encounter with a great white shark when it swam underneath their boat near Provincetown, Massachusetts. ... click to read more

What a mysterious explosion tells us about Russia's 'doomsday weapon
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Pilot radioed he was having trouble before crash that killed himself and TV anchor
The pilot of a stunt plane that crashed, killing a popular New Orleans anchor, radioed the tower that he was having unspecified problems with the aircraft shortly after takeoff, the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday. ... click to read more

Watch a glacier collapse in front of kayakers
Andrew Hooper and Josh Bastyr were kayaking near Spencer Glacier in Alaska when they heard cracking noises. Moments later, the massive glacier collapsed right in front of them. ... click to read more

Heather Locklear ordered to treatment program for attacking first responders
Actress Heather Locklear pleaded no contest to multiple charges of battery on law enforcement personnel who responded to domestic disturbance calls at her home last year. ... click to read more

Bugatti is making only 10 of these $9 million supercars
Bugatti unveiled its latest limited-edition model at a classic car show in California Friday. The Bugatti Centodieci will cost $9 million and only 10 will be made. ... click to read more

Madoff whistleblower says GE is 'one recession away from Chapter 11'
Harry Markopolos, the accounting investigator who accused General Electric of massive fraud on Thursday, is warning that the company could be in serious financial trouble -- and even go bankrupt -- if the economy turns south. ... click to read more

He bet his career on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.' He won big
That August 16, 1999 fell on a Monday is of little significance except in the world of television, which quite unexpectedly experienced a revolutionary moment that night. ... click to read more

Designer babies are on the way
Many surprises come with having a baby, including learning your child's sex and discovering all the traits they inherited as they grow up. But what if parents could pick and choose their children's genetic makeup instead of leaving those traits up to nature? Such arrangements are increasingly poss... click to read more

The best way to drive Trump nuts
Linger on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets and you just might hear the chuckling: Some locals want to rename a few long blocks of the avenue after President Barack Obama. ... click to read more

The problem with Priyanka Chopra
The actress Priyanka Chopra, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, came under fire this week for scoffing at a Pakistani-American woman's challenging question to her at the BeautyCon summit in Los Angeles. Chopra had posted a tweet on February 26 that appeared to support an announcement from India that it ... click to read more

Trump, the divider, unites Denmark against sale of Greenland
President Donald Trump has often been accused of conquering the American electorate by dividing it along racial and economic lines. Yet, when it was rumored that Trump was considering an American purchase of Greenland off Denmark, he somehow managed to create the exact opposite effect. ... click to read more

GOP can't shake off taint of Steve King's racism
"Are black and yellow people at our doors?" Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini asked this question in 1927, two years into his dictatorship -- and his answer was yes. He falsely proclaimed a population emergency for "the entire white race" that threatened not only Italy but all of Western civilizati... click to read more

Trump muses about locking up the vulnerable
On his way to a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday, Donald Trump unveiled his latest musing — to incarcerate the vulnerable. This time, he's coming for people with mental illness, suggesting that the United States build more mental institutions because of mass shooters. Worse, it's all too possible... click to read more

$149 & up - Iceland & Europe Flight Sale (One Way)
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8 cards charging 0% interest until 2021
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US makes last-ditch attempt to stop Iranian supertanker setting sail
The United States has unsealed a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker anchored off the coast of Gibraltar. It is the latest twist involving the vessel at the center of a standoff between Tehran and the West. ... click to read more

Real Madrid heads into the new season with more questions than answers
Zinedine Zidane's second coming at Real Madrid proved the Frenchman is no miracle worker. ... click to read more

Hong Kong officials deny protesters a permit for Sunday march
Hong Kong officials have denied permits for a march organized this Sunday by the same group that coordinated massive marches earlier this summer. ... click to read more

Trump is interested in buying Greenland, but why?
President Donald Trump has expressed an interest in buying Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. But is it even for sale and would the United States want it? ... click to read more

Why some people fear a new era of lynchings
Carol Anderson was scanning Twitter recently when she saw something that brought back a chilling memory. ... click to read more

Jeffrey Epstein's cause of death was suicide by hanging, medical examiner says
Jeffrey Epstein's cause of death was suicide by hanging, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday. ... click to read more

Tyson Foods recalls frozen chicken patties over contamination with foreign matter
Tyson Foods is recalling 39,078 pounds of frozen chicken patties over fears they may be contaminated with foreign matter, the US Department of Agriculture said. ... click to read more

An Indiana state representative tried to buy cocaine and impersonated an officer, police say
An Indiana state representative was charged with drunken driving and impersonating an officer after he tried to buy cocaine "party favors" at a local bar, court documents show. ... click to read more

Truth behind the world's earliest photographs
As early cameras began spreading out from Europe in the middle of the 19th century, photography became an increasingly powerful medium for obtaining and disseminating information about the wider world. ... click to read more

The world's tallest unoccupied building
In 1987, ground was broken on a grand new hotel in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang. The pyramid-shaped, supertall skyscraper was to exceed 1,000 feet in height, and was designed to house at least 3,000 rooms, as well as five revolving restaurants with panoramic views. ... click to read more

Anna Wintour on fur and the climate crisis
Anna Wintour's omnipresent status, crafted over a three-decade-long career at the helm of Vogue, is unrivaled in the fashion industry. Her reputation has transcended that of the magazine she edits, her image -- immaculately sliced bob, sunglasses -- now instantly recognizable in silhouette or line ... click to read more

Why did this legendary car vanish for 30 years?
If this car could talk, it would describe a road to fame with all the twists and turns of a Hollywood plot. ... click to read more

Norway's $40 billion 'floating tunnel'
With majestic glaciers, fjords and mountains, Norway is famous for its dramatic natural landscape. ... click to read more

25 highly relatable 'Friends' episodes
"Friends," the ubiquitous sitcom about six New York City companions, turns 25 this year. ... click to read more

Rachel Bloom's future looks wide open
Rachel Bloom's absolutely ready for you to introduce her to your kids as Silver from "Angry Birds 2." ... click to read more

Who shines in 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" offers a solid showcase for Cate Blanchett, in a movie that's notably slight, but finally sweet and touching. Director Richard Linklater moves from "Boyhood" to the pangs of parenthood in this adaptation of Maria Semple's bestselling novel, which pivots on the vital rol... click to read more

Aretha Franklin's death a year later
A year after a rare form of cancer ended the life of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, her memory is inspiring more funding to try to find a cure. ... click to read more






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