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Russian diplomats expelled from U.S. arrive in Moscow

<b>MOSCOW --</b> It's the latest sign of the diplomatic breakdown between Russia and the West. Russian diplomats who were expelled from the U.S. arrived …

Russia

'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch, who killed four people in crash, released after serving two years

FORT WORTH, Texas --- The Texas man known for his "affluenza" defense when he was given probation for killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash was released on Monday after serving two years for violating his probation.<p>Ethan Couch, who is now 20, has almost fulfilled a 720-day sentence …

Crime

North Carolina city releases bodycam videos related to beating of jaywalking suspect

<b>(CNN) —</b> The city of Asheville, North Carolina, released "disturbing, difficult to watch" videos from nine body-worn cameras related to the beating and tasing of a man who was suspected by police of jaywalking, the city said.<p>One video from an officer on the scene shows Asheville police officer …

Justice

How Washington is undermining the stock market’s highest-flying sector

Wall Street pummeled leading technology stocks Monday amid fears that some of the nation’s most dynamic companies were facing political, regulatory and market challenges that could hinder the industry’s growth for months or years.<p>President Trump’s ongoing attacks on Amazon.com, which he criticized …

Stock Markets

Trump says 'our country is being stolen' due to illegal immigration

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump said Monday that "our country is being stolen" due to an influx of illegal immigration, blaming Democrats for weak border protection policies.<p>"Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem laws don't allow them to do their job. Act now …

Immigration

These are the victims of the Florida school shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> A football coach. An athletic director. And young, eager and forward-looking students.<p>They were among the 17 people killed by a gunman Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.<p>Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday that all families who lost loved …

Florida

Trump's top health official traded tobacco stock while leading anti-smoking efforts

CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald bought shares in a global tobacco giant even as her previous holdings were under review.<p>The Trump administration’s top public health official bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her leadership of the agency charged with reducing tobacco use — the leading …

Olympic Curling Rocked by Russian Doping Case

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Victoria Moiseeva, in a high-stakes match, found it impossible to push a brewing scandal out of her mind on Monday morning at Gangneung Curling Centre. It was the first time in her life, she said, that she could not fully focus while competing.<p>“It’s a catastrophe,” she said.<p>…

Doping

A $17,850 urine test: Industry boom amid opioid epidemic

After Elizabeth Moreno had back surgery in late 2015, her surgeon prescribed an opioid painkiller and a follow-up drug test that seemed routine -- until the lab slapped her with a bill for $17,850.<p>A Houston lab had tested her urine sample for a constellation of legal and illicit drugs, many of …

Medicine

JJ Redick Was 'Tongue-Tied' in Video, Chinese Racial Slur 'Not in My Vocabulary'

Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick denied using a racial slur in a video that included various NBA players wishing Chinese fans a happy new year.<p>In the video, Redick appears to say, "I just wanted to wish all the NBA c---k fans of China a very happy Chinese New Year" <b>(warning: post contains</b> …

Gunman confessed to Florida high school shooting, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police say an Uber car dropped off Nikolas Cruz at his former school around 2:19 p.m. on Wednesday.<p>Within 10 minutes, authorities say he gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and left campus undetected in a crowd of students.<p>Now, as the 19-year-old gunman begins his …

Crime

Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard recalls 'hectic' morning before big win

Redmond Gerard, 17, made history on Saturday when he took home the Olympic gold medal in snowboarding slopestyle at the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter …

Shaun White’s Bumpy Ride Back to the Top

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was exactly noon, 12 o’clock high, when Shaun White stared down the halfpipe, looking again for the top of the world. He wondered if, to win a third gold medal at a Winter Olympics, he could do it on the last run.<p>He had been there before.<p>“It was like this crazy déjà …

California woman, 19, fatally stabbed, left for dead, ID's suspects on death bed

The 19-year-old woman who was stabbed multiple times and left for dead on a rural road in a town outside San Francisco has been credited for fighting "like a soldier" and identifying two suspects in her killing.<p>Reports of her condition when first discovered early Monday are chilling.<p>Four men who …

Jeff Sessions's 'Anglo-American' comments, and the danger of the liberal Trump outrage machine

Washington was an outrage factory long before President Trump arrived, and it has become exponentially more so now that he's here. But constantly being on an outrage footing can undermine your cause.<p>That's what happened Monday with critics of a speech Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave in which he …

Success for Harvard medical students in DACA could mean their parents are deported

<b>Boston (CNN) —</b> As Blanca Morales walks the hallowed halls of Harvard Medical School, she ponders her humble roots and how she might be forced to choose between her parents and her dream of becoming a doctor.<p>It's a dream that started as a girl in her parents' tiny studio apartment in Santa Ana, …

Russian plane crash kills all 71 people on board

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> The crew of the Saratov Airlines flight that crashed near Moscow on Sunday didn't report any problems before the plane crashed into snowy terrain, killing all 71 people on board, state-run media said.<p>The Antonov An-148 aircraft was carrying 65 passengers and six crew members, the …

An effortless way to improve your memory

A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients.<p>When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time …

The Brain

Winter Olympics: NBC ditches analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo over Korea remark

<b>NBC has removed one of its Olympic analysts after he made a comment about Japan and South Korea which sparked anger among South Koreans.</b><p>Joshua Cooper Ramo said Japan, which occupied Korea from 1910-45, had served as a key "example" in South Korea's transformation.<p>South Koreans called the comments, …

White House releases 55-page, $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan

The White House on Monday officially released a 55-page proposal for President TrumpDonald John TrumpEric Trump: Entire family has received 'white …

The White House

CNN’s Camerota confronts Holocaust denier running for Congress in heated interview

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Thursday confronted the Holocaust denier who is the sole GOP candidate running for an Illinois House seat.<p>Arthur Jones, a …

U.S. Congress

Top DHS official says Russian hackers infiltrated US voter systems in 2016

The head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security revealed Wednesday that Russia managed to hack into voter registration rolls of several states during the 2016 presidential election.<p>U.S. intelligence official Jeanette Manfra told NBC News her department saw a small number of states …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Vice Just Had a Big Revenue Miss, and Investors Are Getting Antsy

Setback is largely due to the struggling Viceland cable-TV channel<p>Vice Media fell far short of its revenue target last year, as the privately held company works to stabilize its executive ranks and reassure shareholders pressing for an exit.<p>Vice, whose $5.7 billion valuation makes it the most …

Investing

British model Chloe Ayling suffered physical violence, 'brutally transported in luggage,' police testify

A British model, said to have been kidnapped last summer in Milan, Italy, suffered physical violence, including being drugged, handcuffed and "brutally transported in luggage," investigators testified Wednesday.<p>The remarks were part of opening testimony in the trial of Lukasz Pawel Herba, a …

Crime

The 'curse' of winning the lottery?

Be careful what you wish for.<p>The New Hampshire woman who won the $559.7 million Powerball jackpot last month is refusing to claim her prize until she's assured anonymity. And she may have a compelling reason to seek the guarantee.<p>It turns out winning a jackpot of millions or even thousands of …

Falcon Heavy, in a Roar of Thunder, Carries SpaceX’s Ambition Into Orbit

<i>(Sign up for the Science Times newsletter and sync your calendar with the solar system.)</i><p>KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — From the same pad where NASA launched rockets that carried astronauts to the moon, a big, new American rocket arced into space on Tuesday. But this time, NASA was not involved. The …

Esmond Bradley Martin: Top ivory investigator killed in Kenya

<b>Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) —</b> One of the world's top ivory and rhino horn trafficking investigators has been found dead with multiple stab wounds.<p>Esmond Bradley Martin was found Sunday at his home in the Nairobi suburb of Karen, according to Kenyan Interior Ministry spokesman Mwneda Njoka.<p>Police are …

Tillerson: U.S. considering sanctions on Venezuela oil

The United States is considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela that could cripple its oil industry and is probing whether the plan would be supported in the region, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday in Argentina.<p>Tillerson and his Argentine counterpart, Jorge Faurie, also said in a …

L.A.'s homeless population has grown by 75% in 6 years

The number of people living on the streets and shelters in Los Angeles has increased from about 32,000 to 55,000 in the last six years, per The L.A. …

Nick Foles, High-Powered Eagles Stun Tom Brady, Patriots to Win Super Bowl 52

The Philadelphia Eagles waited nearly 58 minutes to sack Tom Brady. When they finally did, they made it count.<p>Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady on a potential game-winning drive for the Patriots, helping Philadelphia clinch a 41-33 victory over New England to take Super Bowl …