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More than 4,000 eggs and embryos lost in Cleveland fertility clinic tank failure

<b>(CNN) —</b> An Ohio fertility clinic says more than 4,000 eggs and embryos were affected by a freezer malfunction, double the number previously thought -- and that it's unlikely any of them are viable.<p>The University Hospitals Fertility Clinic also said about 950 families were affected by the storage …

Fertility Clinic

Trump and Western Allies Expel Scores of Russians in Sweeping Rebuke Over U.K. Poisoning

WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States on Monday, adding to a growing cascade of similar actions taken by western allies in response to Russia’s alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.<p>Poland, Italy, Denmark, France and Germany were …

Russia

Vatican treasurer Cardinal Pell faces final week of historical abuse hearing

<b>Melbourne, Australia (CNN) —</b> Cardinal George Pell is set for a tense wait for a decision over whether an abuse case against him will proceed to full criminal trial in Australia when the committal hearing against him wraps up this week.<p>The Vatican treasurer is the most senior figure in the Holy See …

Crime

Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead at his London home

Counter-terrorism unit investigates death of Berezovsky friend who claimed political asylum in UK after fraud conviction<p>A Russian exile who was close friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in his London home, according to friends.<p>Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered by …

Russia

Stormy Daniels Offers to Return Payment to End Deal for Her Silence

The pornographic film actress who says she had an affair with President Trump offered on Monday to return $130,000 she received from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer in 2016 for agreeing not to discuss the alleged relationship.<p>In exchange, the actress, Stephanie Clifford, seeks an end to her deal to …

Stormy Daniels

Beware 'Disease X': the mystery killer keeping scientists awake at night

Over two days in early February, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened an expert committee at its Geneva headquarters to consider the unthinkable.<p>The goal was to identify pathogens with the potential to spread and kill millions but for which there are currently no, or insufficient, …

NRA sues Florida over gun bill same day Gov. Scott signed it into law

The National Rifle Association sued in federal court Friday to block a new Florida law, just signed by Gov. Rick Scott, that prohibits gun sales to anyone under 21.<p>"We filed a lawsuit against the state for violating the constitutional rights of 18- to 21-year-olds," said Marion Hammer, lobbyist for …

Guns

Aly Raisman Is Suing The U.S. Olympics Committee For Negligence

She wants to hold the organizations accountable for not protecting athletes from Larry Nassar’s abuse<p>Aly Raisman is suing the U.S. Olympics Committee and USA Gymnastics for negligence and failure to protect athletes from the Larry Nassar abuse. The Olympic gymnast is arguing that the sports …

Air’s app lets you record high-quality home movies without running out of space

These days, home movies aren’t recorded with handheld video cameras, but rather with our smartphones. Unfortunately, there’s a downside. Our iPhones default to lower quality video so recordings won’t eat up storage space; and while you can adjust that all the way to 4K on newer devices, that would …

Apps

Deadly attacks by extremists strike Burkina Faso capital

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Islamic extremists struck the French Embassy and army headquarters in simultaneous attacks of gunfire and explosives Friday in Burkina Faso's capital, killing eight people and wounding more than 80 others. All eight militants were slain by security forces.<p>The …

Africa

North Korea 'refuses talks with US if they come with preconditions'

North Korea and the US remain deadlocked over the prospect of direct peace talks as it emerged on Tuesday that Pyongyang's delegation in South Korea has repeated that it will not consider any American preconditions.<p>The Winter Olympics have sparked a fresh wave of diplomatic manoeuvres, bringing a …

New video shows U.S. soldier before his death in Niger

<b>WASHINGTON</b> <b>--</b> For the first time, we are seeing images of one of four U.S. soldiers killed by Islamic militants last October in the African nation of …

Military

Florida executes inmate; Texas, Alabama executions halted

If executions set for Alabama, Texas and Florida were carried out as scheduled, it would have marked the first time in more than eight years that …

Special counsel Mueller files new charges against Manafort, Gates

Paul Manafort was using fraudulently obtained loans and tax-cheating tricks to prop up his personal finances as he became chairman of the Trump campaign in 2016, according to a new 32-count indictment filed against him and his business partner Thursday.<p>The indictment ratchets up pressure on …

Corruption

Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be …

Guns

Trump slams FBI's handling of tip on Florida school shooter

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI late Saturday, describing its failure to follow up on a tip about Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz as "very sad."<p>The FBI has said it failed to act on information about Cruz, who massacred 17 people Wednesday at his former high school in …

Florida School Shooting

White House announces new security clearance protocol that could affect Jared Kushner

Chief of Staff John Kelly approved an overhaul to the White House security clearance review process Friday, amid controversy over how the White House handled allegations of domestic abuse against top aide Rob Porter.<p>The five-page memo was sent to White House counsel Don McGahn, national security …

Kelly makes changes to White House security clearance process after abuse allegations against top aide

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, under pressure over his handling of allegations of domestic abuse against a top aide, has approved an overhaul of how the White House manages security-clearance investigations, acknowledging missteps but putting the onus on the FBI and the Justice …

Donald Trump

Admiral warns US must prepare for possibility of war with China

Harry Harris, the next US ambassador to Australia, says Beijing intends to control South China Sea<p>The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the …

China

Trump's Inauguration: Record Spending Leaves Little For Charities

<b>Updated Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. ET</b><p>President Trump's inaugural committee raised twice as much as any of its predecessors, but its final filing with the IRS shows it spent most of the money on events that were significantly scaled back from past years.<p>The Trump committee raised $106.8 million, roughly …

Donald Trump

‘A horrific, horrific day’: At least 17 killed in Florida school shooting

<i>Follow Thursday’s updates here: Florida school shooting suspect booked on 17 counts of ‘murder premeditated’</i><p>PARKLAND, Fla. — A heavily armed 19-year-old who had been expelled from a South Florida high school opened fire on campus shortly before classes let out Wednesday, killing 17 people while …

High School

Porn star who alleged Trump affair: I can now tell my story

NEW YORK (AP) — Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom Donald Trump's attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with the man who is now president, her manager told The Associated Press Wednesday.<p>At the same time, …

Donald Trump

Jacob Zuma Resigns as South Africa’s President

JOHANNESBURG — President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, a master tactician who survived a string of corruption scandals and harsh court judgments during his nearly nine-year presidency, agreed on Wednesday night to step down, repudiated by the governing African National Congress Party, threatened by a …

South Africa

White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser

The White House struggled Tuesday to contain a widening crisis over its handling of domestic violence allegations against a senior official, as it reeled after sworn testimony by the FBI chief directly contradicted what President Trump’s aides had presented as the official version of events.<p>FBI …

Donald Trump

All the Trump Budget Cuts Congress Will Ignore

Lawmakers scoffed at the president’s calls to slash funding across the government a year ago. With a new spending deal now in place, they’re likely to do so again.<p>Within the thousands of pages the White House transmitted to Congress on Monday morning as part of President Trump’s second annual …

Kim Jong-un Invites South Korean Leader to North for Summit Meeting

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s reclusive leader, Kim Jong-un, extended an extremely rare invitation to a foreign head of state on Saturday, using the diplomatic opening created by the Olympics in South Korea to ask its leader, President Moon Jae-in, to visit the North for a summit meeting.<p>Mr. …

North Korea

Denied U.S. flag with coin toss, Davis snubs ceremony

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - American speed skater Shani Davis will not march at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony after losing out on a coin toss to carry his country's flag, a U.S. spokesman said on Friday.<p>Davis had called the method to decide the role "dishonourable" in a …

Winter Olympics

California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show

California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with “anti-racist” beliefs, court documents show.<p>The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with …

Rights & Freedoms

Brief government shutdown ends as Trump signs spending bill

President Trump ended the second government shutdown of his tenure early Friday morning, signing a sweeping spending bill hours after Congress backed the bipartisan budget deal that stands to add hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending on the military, domestic programs and disaster …

Republicans

Senate passes sweeping spending bill, sends measure to House for crucial vote to end government shutdown

<b>UPDATE</b>: The House approved the sweeping budget bill early Friday, clearing the way for the government to re-open. The measure now heads to President Trump for his signature.<p>==<p>The Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan spending bill Friday morning, but not before the federal government shut down when …

Budget Deficit