Why did Illinois kidnapping suspect attend rally for victim?

July 6, 2017

(CNN)It’s the latest twist in a haunting kidnapping case that so far has left many painful questions unanswered for the family of a missing Illinois university student. Suspect Brendt Christensen can be seen in a photograph taken by CNN’s Kaylee Hartung. He is leaning against a railing behind hundreds of students and community members who gathered to support her on Thursday on the campus where she was last seen. Christensen…

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Suspect in kidnapping of Chinese scholar viewed fetish website’s abduction forum, police say

July 4, 2017

The suspect in the abduction of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois viewed a sexual fetish website that hosted an abduction forum before allegedly kidnapping the woman, authorities said. Brendt Allen Christensen was arrested and charged Friday in the June 9 abduction of Yingying Zhang, who investigators believe to be dead. A federal complaint said Christensens phone was used on April 19 to visit the FetLife.com forum, including…

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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao loses title to Australian underdog Jeff Horn

July 4, 2017

(CNN)Manny Pacquiao has lost his WBO Welterweight title to a relative unknown in a shock defeat for the Philippines boxing hero. However, it wasn’t long before social media shot back with allegations the judges got it wrong. Three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis disputed the result on Twitter: “This is what’s wrong with boxing. Horn was very game but I’m hard pressed to see how he could have won that…

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Illinois man held in Chinese scholar’s kidnapping was grad student

July 2, 2017

The 28-year-old Illinois man charged with kidnapping a Chinese scholar now believed to be dead was among a select few admitted to the University of Illinois’ highly competitive physics graduate program in 2013. Brendt Allen Christensen originally planned to earn a doctorate degree, but told his graduate adviser in 2016 he had changed his mind, Professor Lance Cooper recalled on Saturday. He didn’t say why, and Christensen continued taking classes…

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Pacquiao loses WBO welterweight title on points to Horn

July 2, 2017

Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. The 11-time world champion entered the fight at Suncorp Stadium as a hot favorite but got more than he bargained for against the 29-year-old former schoolteacher. Still, Pacquiao dominated the later rounds and the result…

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China’s Xi says there’s no tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong

July 2, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China’s sovereignty and stability would be “absolutely impermissible,” employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory. In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its handover from Britain, Xi pledged Beijing’s support for the “one country, two systems” blueprint, under which Hong Kong…

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Constance Zimmer loves when ‘UnREAL’ gets real

July 1, 2017

(CNN)There’s not much in the world of “UnREAL” that fazes the unflappable power producer Quinn, played by Constance Zimmer. “She’s almost too bright,” Zimmer teased to CNN in a recent sit-down. “She’s constantly keeping Quinn and Rachel on their toes, which gets them off-kilter in a way that is so surprising, especially playing a character like Quinn, who does not get knocked off her heels very often, and when she…

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Callan: The problem with Mika and Joe’s Trump allegation

July 1, 2017

(CNN)As most Americans begin a particularly lengthy Fourth of July holiday weekend, television screens, and virtually all the media are focused on the burning questions: “Did Mika really have a face-lift?” and “Did Trump really tweet that?” In Mika Brzezinski’s case, however,the answer is being seriously discussed as possibly having a bearing on whether the President of the United States has committed an act of possible criminal blackmail and/or extortion…

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Your Health Care Information Is Insecure — And Extremely Lucrative On The Black Market

July 1, 2017

Not very. TrendMicro, an information security company, has reported that the health care sectoris now the preferred target for cybercriminals. The industry, with hospitals leading the way, has been the top target of data breaches, followed by government and retail.In 2015, a total of 113.2 million health care-related records were stolen, the most ever, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. An electronic health record database contains personal…

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China refuses cancer treatment abroad for Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo

June 30, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Nobel prize winning Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been refused permission to travel overseas to receive cancer treatment. His case has come under an international spotlight amid allegations from his supporters that he had become gravely ill because his cancer wasn’t treated in prison. In a statement released Wednesday, Shenyang authorities appeared to attempt to dispel this speculation, saying his cancer was diagnosed less than a month ago, on…

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US, China relations begin to cool as Trump’s honeymoon with Xi ends

June 30, 2017

(CNN)In a flurry of announcements likely to antagonize Beijing, US President Donald Trump’s administration has seemingly thrown its China policy into reverse, cooling relations between the two super powers. Trump and Xi had previously enjoyed an unusually cordial relationship since their first February meeting in Florida, with the US president describing Xi as a “terrific person” with whom he had a “very good relationship.” The arms sale came the same…

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Delegitimizing his presidency, one tweet at a time

June 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)It marked a rare presidential moment on a most un-presidential day — Donald Trump stood at a podium flanked by flags as “Stars and Stripes Forever” rang out, after delivering a speech on energy. The controversy was yet another reminder, a few days ahead of America’s birthday, that Trump is a leader like no other in the nation’s 241-year history, who plans to stay true to himself and is…

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Off-Duty Officer Chokes Black Teen For Being On His Lawn

June 28, 2017

Another minor filmed a portion of the Saturday confrontation, which relatives of the teen later shared on Facebook, where it went viral. As seen in the video below, an adult man straddles the teen and puts his hand around his neck.The man can be heard scolding the teen for coming onto his property and says,Im going to fucking kill you. Andrew M. Stroth, a civil rights attorney who is representing…

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Johnny Galecki loses ranch in sprawling California fire

June 28, 2017

(CNN)A large California fire that has been raging since Monday afternoon has claimed a ranch owned by “Big Bang Theory” actor Johnny Galecki, his representative told CNN. “My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire. The threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area…

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United States’ Image Takes A Beating Under Trump, Survey Shows

June 28, 2017

Five months into Trumps presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favorability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obamas eight years in the White House. Trump took office in January pledging to put America First. Since then he has pressed ahead with plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, announced he will…

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White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack

June 28, 2017

The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. If … Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price, he…

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‘Turn The Cameras On, Sean’: Spicer Is Taunted At Press Briefing

June 27, 2017

The ugly confrontation was the latest conflict between journalists and the White House press secretary after broadcasters were forbidden from filming most of the months press briefings. Spicer and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have increasingly chosen off-camera gaggles, answering questions from reporters in privatesettings. Acosta angrily replied: Maybe we should turn the cameras on. Why dont we turn the cameras on? Why not turn the cameras on, Sean?…

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Kim Kardashian Faces Criticism For Car Seat Photo

June 27, 2017

On Saturday, Kardashian posted a photo of her 18-month-old son, Saint, sitting in a car seat. While many commenters pointed out how adorable Saint is, others also took the opportunity to voice concerns about the safety of his car seat setup specifically the fact that the toddler appeared to be front-facing. The comments section is filled with similar concerns, as well as responses from fans defending the celebrity. The American…

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Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule, the Bauhinia flower was chosen as the symbol of the new Chinese special administrative region. How Hong Kong has changed What China’s scared of China’s Xi Jinping to make first visit Carrie Lam: Not appropriate to challenge China Secret negotiations sealed city’s fate The protesters were led by Joshua Wong,…

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California family buries man wrongfully ID’d as son

June 26, 2017

(CNN)On May 12, Frank Kerrigan buried his son in a plot next to his late wife in California. About two weeks later, Kerrigan received a phone call and a voice he wasn’t expecting. Kerrigan’s oldest child — who is homeless and mentally ill — had visited the home of a family friend,a pallbearer at the funeral.

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Chaffetz: Justice watchdog also looking at Lynch’s role in FBI’s Clinton email probe

June 26, 2017

Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of House oversight committee, said Saturday that the Justice Departments inspector generals office, in addition to a Senate panel, is looking into whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch tried to squash the FBIs Hillary Clinton email investigation. This is really a pivotal moment, said Chaffetz on Fox News Fox & Friends,” amid three probes into whether President Trumps presidential team colluded with Russia during…

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Sabin: “We actively use this data for marine conservation purposes now” It’s a curious thing to see a group of early whale foetuses up close – to see beings so small that have the potential to become so big. But what really strikes you, especially in those initial developmental stages, is how familiar the forms look. How like an early human…

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10 miscarriages in 10 years: One couple’s heartbreak – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I want to look at a child and see my husband looking back up at me” Jen Bickel and her husband Andrew are no strangers to heartache, having suffered 10 miscarriages in as many years. The 39-year-old, from Cardiff, has endured several rounds of punishing IVF, two ectopic pregnancies resulting in surgery, and she is still no closer to finding out the…

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‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Gilli’s other children – including Niamh’s twin, Zach – were at school or college. But through the blur of upset and sorrow, Gilli knew one thing clearly: she wanted to donate Niamh’s eyes, the only part of the little girl unaffected by disease. Organ donation is very important to Gilli’s family – as a baby, one of Niamh’s brothers had a heart transplant after contracting a serious chest infection. She…

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