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12 dead as Typhoon Hato lashes Macau, southern China

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> A strong typhoon struck the coast of China Wednesday, bringing massive winds and flooding to the cities of Macau and Hong Kong.<p>Twelve people have been reported killed so far following Typhoon Hato's arrival in southern China.<p>Eight people died in the gaming mecca and former …

Final jurors picked for Menendez corruption trial

NEWARK, N.J. — A mail carrier, a utility worker, and a children’s librarian will be among the 12 people deciding the fate of Sen. Bob Menendez when …

Corruption

ISIS praises Barcelona terrorists, threatens more attacks in Spain

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS has praised last week's van attack in Barcelona, which left 13 people dead, and called for more attacks in Spain.<p>In a propaganda video released by the SITE Intelligence Group Wednesday, an ISIS member describes the Barcelona perpetrators as "our brothers," while another threatens …

A postal worker faked cancer and got paid to miss two years of work. Here’s how a judge punished her.

The tale that Caroline Boyle started spinning in 2015 was grim.<p>She told colleagues that cancer attacked her white blood cells and ravaged her immune system, leaving Doyle too weak to come into work at the U.S. Postal Service office in Aurora, Colo. Boyle needed to rest and work from home, according …

U.S. Postal Service

CT sailor among those missing after USS John S. McCain collision

Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>><p>Updated:Monday, August 21 2017 10:18 PM EDT2017-08-22 02:18:22 GMT<p>A mother from Spain has died after …

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Cleveland sailor among missing after USS John McCain collision

<b>CLEVELAND, Texas</b> - A sailor from Cleveland is among the 10 sailors reported missing after the U.S.S. John McCain collided with another ship …

John McCain

Michigan woman's son among 10 sailors missing after Navy ship collision

<b>MILFORD, Mich.</b> - A mother in Milford has learned her son is among the 10 sailors missing after a Navy ship was involved in a collision off the coast …

Military

​Ohio sailor among missing from USS John S. McCain

A 21-year-old man from Champaign County is one of the missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain, his family tells 10TV.<p>Jacob Drake attended Triad …

Military

Rep. Rodney Davis

Please join me in praying for the safe return of Petty Officer Logan Palmer and the other missing sailors who were aboard the USS John McCain. …

Virginia GOP deletes Confederate 'heritage' tweet criticizing Democrat

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Republican Party of Virginia deleted tweets Wednesday saying the Democratic nominee for governor was dishonoring his "family's heritage" by calling for the removal of Confederate monuments.<p>Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who won his party's gubernatorial primary, has …

US to sanction 4 countries for refusing deportations

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration will impose visa sanctions on four countries that refuse to take back foreign nationals deemed to be in the US illegally, Department of Homeland Security spokesman Dave Lapan said Wednesday.<p>The four countries -- Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone, …

Trump huddled Tuesday to plot primary against Sen. Jeff Flake

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump huddled privately with potential Republican primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake before taking the stage in Phoenix on Tuesday night.<p>The backstage meeting included former state GOP chairman Robert Graham and state treasurer Jeff DeWit -- two candidates Trump …

White House Sets Rules for Military Transgender Ban

Guidelines expected to direct Pentagon to stop admitting transgender people, gives Mattis power to remove those serving<p>WASHINGTON—The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in coming days on how to implement a new administration ban on transgender people in the military, issuing a …

The White House

Virtually no one thinks Trump has discouraged white supremacists

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Yes, it's true President Donald Trump has now explicitly condemned white supremacy groups -- but virtually no one in the United States thinks his comments and behavior have actually discouraged any white supremacist groups.<p>A mere 3% of American voters in a new Quinnipiac poll …

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Exclusive: Top Trump aide's email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to sources with direct knowledge of the …

Poll: Majority think Trump is not level-headed

Tapper to Trump: 'Your behavior is causing great concern among the majority of the American people'

Admin source: WH readies for Arpaio pardon

CNN's Jason Carroll and Kaitlan Collins report on President Trump's remarks and the potential pardoning of Joe Arpaio.

ESPN causes backlash by pulling Robert Lee

The panel reacts to ESPN benching Robert Lee.

Sources: Trump, McConnell not speaking over Russia

Sources say President Trump and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell are not on speaking terms and the Russia investigation may be why. CNN's Manu Raju reports.

Russian diplomat denies being a spy

CNN exclusive: CNN's Matthew Chance tracks down former Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak and presses him on contacts with Trump associates.