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#ISIS lost nearly 6000 terrorists in #Raqqa, then surrendered in large numbers. Once purported as fierce, now pathetic and a lost cause. 4/6

2 US sailors die of apparent drug overdoses in same week at Submarine Base Kings Bay

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two US sailors based at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia have died of apparent drug overdoses in the last week, according to a US Navy public affairs officer.<p>Petty Officer First Class Brian Jerrell, a sailor assigned to the Trident Training Facility, was found dead of an apparent …


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ESPN sticking with Barstool Sports after Sam Ponder reveals sexist, vulgar comments

ESPN2 will debut <i>Barstool Van Talk</i>, a new sports talk show that comes out of a partnership between Disney-owned ESPN and the raucous, often off-color …


Comedy Writer Reveals Lurid Details of Harassment on Set — and Why It Cost Her a Job (Guest Column)

"He-Man Women-Haters" drove her from a job 'It's Garry Shandling's Show,' Janis Hirsch writes, but karmically, she persisted and got the last …

Garry Shandling

Doctors in Puerto Rico: 'Reality here is post-apocalyptic'

Melted medications. Surgical procedures conducted in sweltering 95-degree heat. Malfunctioning X-ray machines.<p>This is the reality doctors in Puerto Rico are facing almost four weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.<p>"We're practicing disaster medicine in real life," said Dr. William …


Gretchen Carlson discusses the Weinstein scandal

Former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson speaks with CNN's Jake Tapper about her new book on sexual harassment and the Harvey Weinstein allegations.


U.S.-backed forces liberate ISIS 'capital'

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the near liberation of Raqqa.

Islamic State (ISIS)

Gabbard: U.S. must ask why soldiers are in Niger

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard told Jake Tapper that she's concerned U.S. service members are over extended and that Americans are going to ask what we're doing in Africa.

United States

Pentagon investigating soldiers death in Niger

The Pentagon is launching an investigation of the mission in Niger after four U.S. soldiers were killed. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.


Putin's 'chef,' the man behind the troll factory

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.


Can Alexander/Murray health care deal pass?

The Lead political panel discusses.

Health Care

Federal judge blocks Trump Travel Ban 3.0

CNN's Jessica Schneider reports on the third time a judge has struck down a White House travel ban.


Trump backs health care fix, warns McCain

CNN's Sara Murray reports on the president's plans for health care and his warning for Sen. John McCain.

Health Care

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Exclusive: Putin's 'chef,' the man behind the troll factory

<b>(CNN) —</b> Yevgeny Prigozhin is a Russian oligarch dubbed "chef" to President Vladimir Putin by the Russian press. In 2002, he served caviar and truffles to President George W. Bush during a summit in St. Petersburg. Before that, he renovated a boat that became the city's most exclusive restaurant.<p>But …


A must read eulogy by General Kelly, just 4 days after his son was killed in action

Selected by President-elect Donald J. Trump as the new nominee for head of the Department of Homeland Security, retired General John Kelly is now one …

City fires two aviation cops who dragged doctor off United flight

The Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two of its officers involved in a passenger-dragging incident last April at O’Hare International Airport, according to the city’s top watchdog.<p>The dragging, captured on video by another passenger and spread on social media, involved Dr. David Dao, who …


‘Beautiful Girls’ Scribe Scott Rosenberg On A Complicated Legacy With Harvey Weinstein | Deadline

Scott Rosenberg, the screenwriter whose work has touched such films as the upcoming <i>Venom, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Con Air</i> and many others, …

Harvey Weinstein

All the Other Harveys

The tale of Harvey Weinstein is now a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way. We all seem to have a Harvey story, each one a little different but with essentially the same nauseating pattern and theme. Woman were bullied, …

Harvey Weinstein

Hawaii judge blocks Trump's latest travel ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban one day before it was set to take effect.<p>Judge Derrick Watson said the travel ban -- Trump's third version of the policy -- "plainly discriminates based on nationality."<p>The President's executive order "suffers …

Travel Ban

Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by TV Showrunner

A female showrunner who worked on the Weinstein Co. drama “The Mist” has accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment during the production of the …


McCaskill’s false claim that she ‘wasn’t here’ when the DEA bill was passed

<i>“Now, I did not go along with this. I wasn’t here at the time. I was actually out getting breast cancer treatment. I don’t know that I would have objected. I like to believe I would have, but the bottom line is, once the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] kind of, the upper levels at the DEA</i> …