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$1 million bond for officers in Jeremy Mardis' shooting death in Louisiana

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Louisiana district attorney has recused himself from prosecuting the case of two police officers who allegedly killed a 6-year-old boy while pursuing his father's car.<p>Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle filed a motion Monday for recusal, citing his relationship with one of …

Law Enforcement

Queen’s University to revamp medical training to focus on skills

Queen's University will be the first institution in Canada to adopt competency-based training for all its medical residents, education that emphasizes the skills residents gain rather than the time they spend doing hospital rotations.<p>Residents starting in 2017 will be educated through a model that …

1-Pound Baby Born Early Aboard Cruise Ship Survives

Hands the size of quarters and weighing only 1 pound, a baby born about three months early aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean is expected to live.<p>A Utah couple, Chase and Emily Morgan, were on a seven-day Royal Caribbean cruise with their 3-year-old daughter earlier this month. What was supposed …

Puerto Rico

PETA suit claims monkey holds copyright to famous selfie

<b>(CNN) —</b> One is an endangered monkey with a cheesy grin. The other is a wildlife photographer who had just stepped away from his camera.<p>The two are at the center of a federal lawsuit filed by PETA, which wants the crested black macaque to win the copyright of a selfie he snapped with the …

CNN

Texas coach accused of ordering players to hit referee resigns

<b>Round Rock, Texas (CNN) —</b> The video couldn't be clearer: Two players hit a game official in the back during a high school football game. Outside of that, the details are perfectly opaque.<p>While the players from San Antonio's John Jay High School claim their assistant coach ordered them to level the …

Justice

Police: Texas high school football players 'targeted,' 'blindsided' game official

<b>(CNN) —</b> The defensive back comes charging in at full speed, knocking his blindsided target to the ground. A teammate follows moments later by diving in helmet-first.<p>These kinds of bone-crushing hits often land the players involved on football highlight reels. But this time, they could land the …

CNN

San Francisco Elementary School Introduces Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

"I would hope that this is the wave of the future."<p>An elementary school in San Francisco has introduced gender-neutral bathrooms to show support for all of its students, including those who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.<p>According to Today, Miraloma Elementary has changed some of …

Baltimore officials to vote on $6.4 million settlement with Freddie Gray's family

<b>(CNN) —</b> Baltimore officials will vote this week on a proposed $6.4 million deal to settle all civil claims tied to death of Freddie Gray, a possible settlement the city's mayor cast as a sensible move but the police union chief blasted as "ridiculous."<p>The family of Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal …

Justice

Iraq deputy justice minister kidnapped by masked gunmen

Iraq's acting deputy Justice Minister, Abdul Karim al-Faris, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the capital, Baghdad, security officials have told Al Jazeera.<p>The deputy minister's security guards and driver have also been kidnapped in Al-Bunouk neighbourhood in the northeastern part of the …

Islam

Survivor of on-air shooting in Virginia released from hospital

The woman who survived an on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists has been released from the hospital.<p>Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital spokesman Chris Turnbull says Vicki Gardner was released on Monday.<p>Gardner, the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, was …

Kentucky clerk's defiance is a test for GOP rivals

ATLANTA (AP) — The Kentucky clerk who is defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is putting Republican presidential contenders on the spot as they try to mollify social conservatives without alienating the majority of Americans who support gay marriage.<p>Former …

LGBTQI

Crude oil prices dive 7%

Oil prices continued on their wild roller coaster ride Tuesday, as weak Chinese manufacturing data sent prices tumbling lower.<p>A 7% dive to $45 a barrel comes after prices soared higher to close Monday above $49 a barrel -- a nearly 30% rise in three days.<p>Just a week ago, oil plummeted below $38 a …

Oil & Gas Industry

Congressman frightens elementary school kids with talk of suicide bombers

<b>(CNN) —</b> It started out as a visit from the local congressman to talk to elementary school kids about how a bill becomes a law, but after the conversation turned to school-age suicide bombers, Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon had to explain himself to upset parents.<p>Salmon frightened some second- and …

CNN

Underwater discovery rivals Great Barrier Reef

An underwater camera captured the first images of a vibrant reef system off the coast of southern Australia.

Great Barrier Reef

Police looking at videos that show Texas deputies shoot man

<b>(CNN) —</b> Authorities in Texas are examining two videos recorded by bystanders that show sheriff's deputies in Bexar County, Texas, shooting and killing a man.<p>One four-minute video has been made public by a San Antonio television station that acquired it from the man who recorded it Friday. It is …

Law Enforcement

Pope Francis says all priests can forgive women who've had abortions

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis shook up the Catholic world -- again -- on Tuesday by announcing that priests around the world will be authorized to forgive the "sin of abortion" when the church begins a "Year of Mercy" this December.<p>"The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented," the Pope …

Pope Francis

Georgia police officer responding to call shot after showing up at wrong house | Fox News

A police officer was shot and critically wounded Monday when he responded to a call of a suspicious person and showed up at the wrong house, authorities said.<p>The homeowner was also shot in the leg and his dog was killed in what DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander is calling a complicated …

Crime

Accused killer of Texas police officer has history of mental illness

Shannon Miles was sent to mental hospital after 2012 arrest Sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed and shot 15 times<p>The man accused of shooting and killing a suburban Houston officer has a history of mental illness and once lived in a homeless shelter, authorities said on Monday.<p>Sheriff’s …

Ben Carson ties Donald Trump in new Iowa poll

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> For the first time in more than a month, mogul Donald Trump is not leading the field in one of the first four nominating states in the Republican primary, according to a new poll.<p>Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has surged up in the pack to tie Trump in Iowa, Monmouth University found in …

Government

Sex traffickers are branding their victims

CNN's Sara Sidner goes on a police patrol in Los Angeles where she finds one girl after another with signs they have been branded by their traffickers to show who 'owns' them.

CNN

Prisoner slips past police in hospital gown

The New York Police Department is searching for a woman who escaped custody after being taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan for treatment.<p>Tiffany Neumann, 23, was arrested Saturday on larceny, theft of service and possession of stolen property charges, according to police. She was …

Crime

Stephen Hawking's fantastic vision of black holes may solve 40-year paradox

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want to know what happens after you pass through a black hole? Just look around you. You might land in another universe that is similar to our own, if Stephen Hawking is right. Or in a very different one.<p>The iconic astrophysicist joked about it this week as he unveiled a proposed solution …

Astrophysics

North Dakota is the first state in the US to legalize police use of drones with tasers and pepper spray

North Dakota, known for its vast frackable oil reserves and being in a Coen brothers film once, is the first state in the US that will allow its police to fly drones equipped with tasers and other “non-lethal weapons,” The Daily Beast reported.<p>According to The Daily Beast, the bill, originally …

Drones

We are now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015

For those keeping track, that's an average of more than one shooting per day.<p>These numbers are according to the Mass Shooting Tracker created by the anti-gun subreddit Guns Are Cool.<p>Wednesday morning's stunning on-air fatal shooting in Roanoke, Virginia of a television reporter and a photographer …

Guns

Theater shooter Holmes gets 12 life sentences, plus 3,318 years

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Colorado judge formally sentenced James Eagan Holmes to multiple life terms plus thousands of years in prison for the Aurora movie theater massacre that killed 12 and wounded 70.<p>Holmes, a 27-year-old former grad student, received one life term for each person he killed, plus 3,318 years …

CNN

Judge formally sentences Colorado theatre shooter to life in prison

The man who unleashed a murderous attack on a packed Colorado movie theatre was ordered Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole plus 3,318 years — the maximum allowed by law — before the judge told deputies, "Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please."<p>The gallery applauded the remark …

Death Toll Expected to Rise to 20 After British Air Show Crash

Authorities are expecting the death toll to rise to around 20 after a Hawker Hunter fighter jet taking part in a British airshow, near Brighton, …

Venezuela deports almost 800 Colombians in border-region crackdown

Security forces intensify efforts in crackdown against smugglers and criminal gangs operating along border after three army officers were shot last week<p>Venezuelan security forces have deported hundreds of Colombians as part of a security offensive along the border that is ratcheting up tensions …