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Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> A federal judge has struck down Texas' ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure.<p>On Wednesday, US District Judge Lee Yeakel overturned Texas Senate Bill 8 -- which was passed earlier this year and banned doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions.<p>"That a woman may …

Rights & Freedoms

Why Cyntoia Brown, who is spending life in prison for murder, is all over social media

<b>(CNN) —</b> This week, the case of a woman named Cyntoia Brown went viral on social media, even though she has already been in jail for more than ten years.<p>Brown is serving a life sentence for the murder of a Nashville man in 2004. According to Brown, after a childhood marked by abuse and drugs, she …

Crime

Husband gives thanks to Las Vegas shooting hero who helped his wife

<b>(CNN) —</b> Steve Melanson had a lot to be grateful for on Thanksgiving morning.<p>On CNN's "New Day." he got a chance to talk to the man he credits with saving his wife's life during the Las Vegas massacre in October.<p>Melanson gave an update on his wife Rosemarie, who was wounded in the mass shooting. She …

Las Vegas

Going Green - CNN

Turner Broadcasting

Loss of the night: Light pollution rising rapidly on a global scale

<b>(CNN) —</b> Artificial lighting at night is contributing to an alarming increase in light pollution, both in amount and in brightness, affecting places all over the world, a new study has found.<p>Some regions have showed a steady increase in light pollution aligned with economic development, but more …

Medical Journals

Seth Meyers will host Golden Globe Awards

<b>(CNN) —</b> Seth Meyers is going to preside over the first major award show of the season.<p>"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is excited to have Seth Meyers host the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards," HFPA President Meher Tatna announced in a statement. "With his natural comedic wit and innate …

Awards

This bond could shelter 200 homeless people

Forget stocks. These investors are putting £1.8 million ($2.4 million) toward shelter for the homeless.<p>Bridges Fund Management has backed a program that will finance living spaces for 200 homeless people in Manchester, England.<p>The investment comes from the firm's Social Impact Bond Fund, a £25 …

Housing

This virtual politician wants to run for office

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's no handshaking for this politician.<p>Meet SAM, the world's first virtual politician. The AI-powered New Zealander talks to voters through Facebook Messenger, answering their questions about issues and elections.<p>"My memory is infinite, so I will never forget or ignore what you tell me. …

InterAct

Trump visits Coast Guard in Florida (full remarks)

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit a US Coast Guard station in Riviera Beach, Florida.

Coast Guard

Deal signed for Rohingya to return to Myanmar, but details are scarce

<b>(CNN) —</b> Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed a memorandum of understanding on the return of possibly hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine state, a spokesman for Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday.<p>An estimated 615,000 Rohingya refugees have …

Asia

New Zealand expected to dominate awards ceremony

Look out for plenty of accolades for the All Blacks at the 12th World Rugby awards this weekend in Monaco.

New Zealand

US troops overseas celebrate Thanksgiving with 98,820 pounds of turkey

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> US troops serving overseas during the holiday still have much to be thankful for, including nearly 100,000 pounds of turkey.<p>In keeping with a long tradition of providing holiday meals to troops serving abroad, the Department of Defense intends to serve 98,820 pounds of turkey, …

War

Thousands of names purged from FBI background check system for gun buying

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tens of thousands of names were removed from the national criminal background check database this year after the FBI narrowed its interpretation of who is a "fugitive from justice," according to an administration official.<p>Under the narrowed definition, in place since February, gun purchases …

Gun Control

Survivor searches for remains of Srebrenica victims

Ramiz Nukic searches the woods he fled nearly 22 yrs ago for remains of villagers killed in 1995 on the outskirts of Srebrenica. Melissa Bell tells us more.

Justice

'Where is the world?': Libya responds to outrage over slave auctions

<b>(CNN) —</b> Libyan officials have denounced the migrant slave auctions exposed in a CNN investigation, but claim more support is required from the global community to tackle the issue.<p>The United Nations-backed Libyan Government of National Accord, or GNA, said it's keen to address violations against …

António Guterres

Japan's latest scandal: Mitsubishi admits faking data

Another day, another admission of wrongdoing by a Japanese corporate giant.<p>Mitsubishi Materials said Thursday that it had falsified data on multiple products -- including components used in cars and airplanes -- for more than a year, adding to Japan's growing list of corporate scandals.<p>At least two …

Kobe Steel

Explicit Barton image raises possibility of 'revenge porn'

<b>(CNN) —</b> After a sexually explicit photo of Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton surfaced this week on an anonymous Twitter account, the congressman -- one of the most senior members of the House of Representatives -- is raising the possibility that he's the victim of "revenge porn," a criminal act in …

explicit

The ride home from jail

The Freedom Bus Ministry in Houston helps women who are newly released from jail get home.

Crime

Trump touts his leadership during Thanksgiving teleconference with troops

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Speaking to five branches of the military serving overseas via satellite from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump highlighted how the US military is "really winning" since he took office.<p>In the Thanksgiving teleconference, Trump told members of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division …

Cajun Navy

Husband gets Thanksgiving Day surprise

Steve Melanson, husband of a woman shot during the Las Vegas shooting, provides a update on her recovery. Then he receives a surprise reunion with the man who helped save her life.

Las Vegas

The art of the steal: When does a copyright go too far?

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you want to riff on the "Mona Lisa," go ahead. Scratch a biro mustache on her. Give her a full beard if you like.<p>Don't go drawing facial hair directly on the original, of course; that's the physical property of the Louvre, and the museum's conservators are likely to get very angry with …

Art History

Can the world's mightiest naval fleet survive the perfect storm?

It was a once-in-a-decade display of American firepower.<p>Three US Navy aircraft carriers -- the largest, most sophisticated warships in history -- assembled off the Korean Peninsula, in a move timed to coincide with US President Donald Trump's first official visit to the region.<p>But behind the …

Military

How heritage turkeys are changing Thanksgiving

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's the time of year when Grandma's kitchen smells like pumpkin pie, golden leaves dance in the autumn breeze, and families are selecting the best turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinner tables.<p>About 46 million turkeys are eaten each year on the last Thursday in November. Yet those …

Thanksgiving

Gymnast: MSU official scoffed at allegations

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexual assault, says a Michigan State University official mocked her report of sexual abuse. The university has said that "any suggestion that the university covered up this conduct is simply false."

Michigan State University

Holocaust memorial built outside home of far-right German politician

<b>(CNN) —</b> Political activists built a replica of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial outside the home of a far-right German politician to protest his call for Germany to stop feeling guilty about Nazi atrocities.<p>The Center for Political Beauty erected 24 large concrete slabs next to the house of Alternative …

World History

Darkest thing on Earth helps see into space

A UK company has created a substance that can absorb 99.9% of all light, and it's changing everything from art to space exploration.

Exploration

'Explosion' heard near missing Argentine submarine's last known location

<b>(CNN) —</b> A noise detected near the last known location of a missing Argentine submarine on the day it vanished was consistent with an explosion, the Argentine navy said Thursday.<p>"An anomalous, singular, short, violent and non-nuclear event, consistent with an explosion, was registered," navy …

Argentina

Mugabe's ex-No. 2 man to become Zimbabwe president on Friday

<b>Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN) —</b> Robert Mugabe's former right-hand man, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will be sworn in as interim President on Friday, a day after Mugabe and his wife were granted immunity, allowing the couple to remain in the country.<p>Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, in a historic moment that brought his …

Africa

This Thanksgiving, remember our troops

<b>(CNN) —</b> This Thanksgiving, it is not enough just to thank our troops for their service. Let's take time to think about them, their families and the wars this nation is asking them to fight.<p>America is still engaged in post-9/11 wars. And they are not ramping down. Indeed, two numbers that came to …

War

Police: Officer was killed with his own gun

A Baltimore homicide detective was fatally shot in the head with his own gun after a struggle with his killer, the city's police commissioner said.

Policing