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Hipster or hatemonger? The trendy young face of Austria's alt-right

<b>Vienna, Austria (CNN) —</b> At the stroke of midnight in Vienna city center, members of Austria's so-called Identity Movement slipped on high-visibility vests and boarded a crane to pull off an audacious political prank: Draping a huge black cloth resembling a giant niqab -- the Islamic face veil -- …

Hipsters

The NFL is now hiring

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> The NFL is bringing on some new talent.<p>The league plans to hire up to 17 full-time officials before next season, according to the NFL's vice president of football ops, Troy Vincent.<p>Until now, the NFL has been the only major pro sports league without game officials that work …

Football (U.S.)

Robby Mook: Trump benefited from Russia 'intervening in the election'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager, said that the US needs to investigate Russia "intervening in the election."<p>He told CNN's Jake Tapper during a discussion Thursday at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics that Russia is behind a lot of fake news on …

Elections

Seth MacFarlane has a theory on why Hollywood hates on Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has a theory on why a bunch of people in Hollywood can't get on board with the idea of President-elect Donald Trump.<p>"Wanna know why Hollywood folks hate Trump?" he wrote in a note posted to social media. "We live and work amongst his kind every day out …

Republicans

Hackers steal 2 billion rubles at Russia's central bank

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Hackers have stolen 2 billion rubles -- equivalent to $31 million -- from accounts that banks keep at Russia's central bank.<p>The Bank of Russia confirmed the heist to CNNMoney on Friday.<p>Hackers tried to steal 5 billion rubles, but the central banking authority managed to stop them …

Russia

Judge tells Michael Slager jurors to keep deliberating

<b>(CNN) —</b> <b>[Breaking news update, published at 5:02 p.m. ET]</b><p>Judge Clifton Newman has sent the jury back to the deliberation room for a second time, after the foreperson said the 12 members of the jury could benefit from another explanation of the law in the murder trial of Michael Slager, the former …

Walter Scott

Beloved clown who comforted children in war-torn Aleppo killed in strike

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Happy children dance with a rosy-cheeked clown in a floppy birthday cake hat and oversized orange tie, their Eid celebrations a rare moment of joy amid the horrors of life under siege in Syria.<p>Footage of the July 2015 party, shot by activist group Aleppo Media Center, shows a …

Aleppo

Inside the mind of 'Mad Dog' Mattis

<b>(CNN) —</b> In picking General Jim Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday night that he has found his "General George Patton." Yet that label may not really capture what makes Mattis a distinctive choice. Mattis has been sharply critical of President Barack Obama's policies on Iran, and …

Politics

Obama to sign Iran sanctions bill

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama will sign an extension of the Iran sanctions bill passed in Congress this week, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Friday, although he called it "not necessary."<p>The White House has held the position that the administration has already provided enough …

Middle East

The pipeline protests are at a critical point. This is how we got there.

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the harsh North Dakota winter approaches and protests grow even more tense, the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters are rising to crescendo in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.<p>Now there's a deadline: Authorities say they must leave the camps by December 5. Demonstrators …

Protest

Pope Francis Fast Facts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here is a look at the life of Pope Francis, the current pope and first non-European pontiff of the modern era.<p>Personal: Birth date: December 17, 1936<p><b>Birth place:</b> Buenos Aires, Argentina<p><b>Birth name:</b> Jorge Mario Bergoglio<p><b>Father:</b> Mario Bergoglio<p><b>Mother:</b> Regina (Sivori) Bergoglio<p><b>Religion:</b> Roman …

Pope Francis

Michigan attorney general files lawsuit to stop recount

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Michigan's attorney general announced Friday he would file suit to stop a recount requested by Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein.<p>"Today I am filing suit to stop @DrJillStein's frivolous, expensive recount request," Bill Schuette, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.<p>The state's top …

Attorney General

Luke Bryan hits concert-goer

<b>(CNN) —</b> A concert-goer in the front row of a Nashville, Tennessee, show got more than good seats while Luke Bryan was performing Wednesday.<p>The country star was performing at the Charlie Daniels' all-star Volunteer Jam when, according to the singer's spokesperson, a man in the front row began …

Live Music

Country star smacks fan during show

Country singer Luke Bryan took a swipe at a concert-goer that flashed him an obscene gesture during a show in Nashville.

A resort island that travels to you

Austrian design company Migaloo Private Submersible Yachts has released plans for a mobile luxury island.

Gatlinburg fires: 11 dead; little rest for responders in hunt for missing

<b>Gatlinburg, Tennessee (CNN) —</b> Alice Hagler's family hoped she'd made it out of her Gatlinburg cabin -- that maybe a neighbor had rescued her after she'd called her son about the fire roaring into the area and starting to burn her home.<p>But her relatives were heartbroken Wednesday evening when, they …

Outdoors

Man released in shooting death of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man suspected in the shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight in what appears to be a road rage incident has been released from custody in Louisiana without charges, authorities said Friday.<p>McKnight, 28, who once played for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, was shot …

Kansas City Chiefs

The Dakota Access Pipeline CEO also has a Cherokee music festival - and a problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> The billionaire CEO building the Dakota Access Pipeline will continue to hold a music festival bearing the name Cherokee, a Native American tribe. But there's a problem: Some artists are refusing to perform.<p>Kelcy Warren, the founder and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the company trying to …

Festivals

Syrian man jailed over Hungary border riot despite pleading for calm

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Thousands of refugees and migrants, most fleeing violence in the Middle East, mass at the sealed-off border, chanting "Open! Open!" They are desperate to cross into Hungary, but a razor-wire fence, temporary blockade and a line of riot police stand in their way.<p>As tensions escalate, …

Middle East

Muslim comedian sits next to Eric Trump on trans-Atlantic flight

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Mo Amer, an Arab American stand-up comedian, received an unbelievable gift of comic material when he found himself seated next to Eric Trump on a flight to Scotland on Thursday.<p>Amer, on his way to a leg of a comedy tour, shared a picture he took with Trump on Instagram, and …

Eric Trump

First Brexit, then Trump, now Italy faces its political shockwave

<b>Rome (CNN) —</b> The world as we know it could come to an end this Sunday. Or it could be just another day. It depends on whom you talk to.<p>This weekend, Italians go to the polls to vote in a referendum on whether or not the country should amend its 1948 constitution.<p>The referendum is the brainchild of …

Italy

Iraq: Death toll climbs as urban warfare slows battle for Mosul

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Nearly 2,000 Iraqi troops were killed across Iraq in November as they battled to force ISIS extremists from the country, according to newly released UN figures.<p>That's nearly triple the number of military casualties reported in October, when an offensive to retake the city of …

War

New Zealand celebrates Dubai 7s win with haka

New Zealand won the Dubai 7s women's rugby final, beating Australia 17-5, and the Black Ferns celebrated with a traditional haka war dance.

New Zealand

Can Starbucks' new CEO escape the shadow of Howard Schultz?

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Kevin Johnson, the soon to be CEO of Starbucks, has some Venti-sized shoes to fill when he takes over for Howard Schultz.<p>Johnson is replacing a legendary business leader. And Starbucks investors have to hope that this timewill be better than Schultz's first departure.<p>Schultz took a …

Starbucks

The heartwarming tale of how a parrot ended up in this mugshot

<b>(CNN) —</b> So yeah, this is a mugshot of a guy with a parrot on his shoulder. But there's more to this photo than meets the eye.<p>So let's start at the beginning ...<p>Craig Buckner, an Oregon resident, went to court Monday for violating a release order. He'd failed to appear in court on drug and theft …

Parrots

Stolen Dachau concentration camp gate may have been found in Norway

<b>(CNN) —</b> An iron gate with the notorious Nazi slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" stolen from a German concentration camp site most likely has been recovered.<p>Authorities said they found a gate that matches the description of the one from the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial in Bergen, Noway, after …

Nazi Concentration Camps

Together, Trump and Putin can undo years of terrible foreign policy

<b>(CNN) —</b> His shoes won't touch White House carpet until January, but already the world is in dire need of Donald Trump's style of diplomacy, as Libya is about to equal Syria in fiery conflagration.<p>As of this week, militias are fighting each other across the Libyan capital of Tripoli, bringing down …

World Politics

Colombia crash: Demerson certain Chapecoense will 'come back strong'

<b>Chapeco (CNN) —</b> Demerson -- one of the nine Chapecoense players who did not travel on the club's fateful flight to Colombia -- says the bereaved team will soon "come back strong."<p>And the 30-year-old reserve defender thinks the team's camaraderie which drove it to unlikely success will help …

Colombia

Why I (still) want to run for office

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before the 2016 Election, I was excited at the prospect of Hillary Clinton making history as our first woman President. She wasn't my first pick, initially, but I supported her in the primaries, and by the time the general election came along, I was fully behind her candidacy. When the …

Politics

Kellyanne Conway, please talk to your boss

<b>(CNN) —</b> I've known Kellyanne Conway for 25 years. Before she was the campaign manager who sent President-elect Donald Trump to the White House, she did the polling for my first congressional campaign in 1996 in our home district, New Jersey's 1st.<p>When I wrote my first book in 2011 — about …

Republican Party