• Emmanuel Macron vows to avoid ‘the mistake Hillary Clinton made’
  • Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’
  • ‘My vision is like looking through a straw’ – BBC News
  • At what age do you feel you have reached adulthood? – BBC News
  • Trump agrees ‘not to terminate NAFTA at this time’

Emmanuel Macron vows to avoid ‘the mistake Hillary Clinton made’

(CNN)The man who’s hoping to become France’s next president says he’s not assuming he has the win in the bag. “That was almost certainly the mistake Hillary Clinton made,” Emmanuel Macron told CNN’s Melissa Bell on Thursday. “I’m absolutely not playing that game. Right from the first day, that hasn’t been the way I defended myself or how I fought.” The 39-year-old, who’s never held elected office, won the most…

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Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

(CNN)The top attorney for the US House of Representatives is now weighing in on the legal fight over how federal agents handled the investigation of former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, raising “serious concern about improper investigation tactics,” namely, recording Schock’s conversations with congressional staff and “the apparent theft of official records” from his office. In a letter to top officials at the Justice Department, the local US attorney’s office supervising…

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‘My vision is like looking through a straw’ – BBC News

“The worst case scenario for any deaf person is to lose their sight. Usher syndrome is not a death sentence but it is incredibly challenging. Without awareness and appropriate support, it is easy to fall into depression and despair – I’ve been there.” The loss of Molly’s sight was rapid, and within two years of being diagnosed she was registered blind. “My parents knew about my Usher syndrome diagnosis on…

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Trump agrees ‘not to terminate NAFTA at this time’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to US workers. “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” Trump said in a written statement that accompanied the readout of his…

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Texas: FDA should release impounded execution drug

(CNN)The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s battle against the US Food and Drug Administration over an impounded shipment of drugs to be used for lethal injections continued Wednesday with the state filing an amended court complaint. The motion follows the FDA’s decision last week to rule that sodium thiopental cannot be imported into the United States, blocking states from using the drugs in executions. The agency has not approved the…

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Fresno shooting suspect charged with murder

(CNN)California authorities on Wednesday charged a suspect with eight felony counts, including murder, after police said he killed three men in an alleged hate crime. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is accused of fatally shooting the three men at random in downtown Fresno, California on April 18, police said. Muhammad is black and his victims were white. Muhammad allegedly opened fire at a Pacific Gas & Electric truck, killing one man….

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

(CNN)Two Michigan doctors and a medical office manager were indicted Wednesday by a Detroit grand jury in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. Detroit emergency room physician Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, internal medicine physician Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida Attar, face one count of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, two counts of female genital mutilation and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an…

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Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment

(CNN)House Republicans are hoping they can revive Obamacare negotiations once again. GOP lawmakers in the House have taken the crucial step of putting their latest hope for a health care compromise on paper, circulating legislative text that could launch yet another round of health care talks just in time for the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. A draft amendment obtained by CNN, first reported by…

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Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley

(CNN)Will conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speak Thursday on the campus of one of America’s most famously progressive universities? A student group that had been helping to plan the speaking engagement said Tuesday it now will not host the event in Berkeley, California. But Coulter tweeted she still expects to be at the University of California’s flagship campus.

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Government shutdown: Trump shows ‘reasonableness’ on border wall

(CNN)Congressional Republicans have privately proposed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, a Congressional source told CNN on Tuesday, a sign congressional Republicans are willing to buck the President to avoid a government shutdown. But there are still obstacles to passing a spending bill by Friday, sources tell CNN. Congressional negotiators are now trying to work through another major issue: what to do about cost-sharing…

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Why hasn’t North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?

(CNN)The world is anxiously waiting for North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. With every nuclear or missile test, North Korea gets closer to its stated goal of developing a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the United States. So what’s with the delay? USS Carl Vinson Navy strike group: What to know The pattern Domestic affairs and geopolitics are carefully considered when the secretive communist…

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Arkansas executions: ‘It was very methodical’

(CNN)After Arkansas conducted the first back-to-back executions in the United States since 2000, witnesses described what they saw when Jack Harold Jones Jr. and Marcel Wayne Williams died of lethal injection. Jessi Turnure of CNN affiliate KARK said she saw no visible signs of struggle when Williams died, such as “grimacing” or “clenching of the fingers.” But she acknowledged there may have been pain she couldn’t see. “It was very…

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FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer. On Tuesday, the agency responsible for policing the American food and drug market issued warning letters to 14 companies that it says are “illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.” “There’s a couple of issues here,” Jason Humbert, a regulatory operations…

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Muslim teen boxer inspires others to never give up

(CNN)For this teen passionate about boxing, her fight to go toe-to-toe with an opponent goes far beyond the ring. She’s fighting for the right to compete in her hijab. Amaiya Zafar, 16, started boxing three years ago and is already making waves in the boxing community. Not only is the Minnesota teen competing in a male-dominated sport, but she’s also a devout Muslim. “When I walked into a real boxing…

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CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Party identification is ‘starting to shift’

Washington (CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday responded to a poll showing the majority felt the Democratic Party was out of touch by saying party identification is shifting — and everyday people can see the US political system as a “rigged game.” The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 67% of respondents said the Democratic Party was out of touch, ahead of 62% who said the same for the GOP…

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Glenn Beck: Trump ‘doing a really good job of misdirection’

(CNN)Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck said Monday he believes President Donald Trump is “doing a really good job of misdirection.” An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 42% of people approve the President’s performance so far. The poll also showed Trump retaining support among his base, with 96% of people who said they voted for him saying they would do so again. “He’s done a good job of…

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Ilie Nastase: Romanian suspended from tennis after Fed Cup outbursts

(CNN)Ilie Nastase may have retired from tennis 32 years ago, but he appears to be still more than living up to his old nickname: “Nasty.” The 70-year-old Romanian, a two-time grand slam winner and former world No. 1, was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation, or ITF, on Sunday from all its events for his behavior at a Fed Cup match. Follow @cnnsport Nastase hurled abuse at the chair…

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You can’t out-crazy Kim Jong Un

(CNN)President Trump had a pretty full national security plate Monday: Lunch with ambassadors from the nations that make up the UN Security Council, a meeting with his Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs Chairman, and dinner with Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Top of the menu: North Korea. In fact, speaking briefly for the cameras at that very lunch, the President made clear he finds the status quo on…

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Are we sexist for gawking at Macron’s marriage?

(CNN)Barely 24 hours after Emmanuel Macron’s advancement in the French presidential election, the European and American tabloids are awash in headlines directed at his 10-year marriage to Brigitte Trogneux, their wording undeniably suggesting certain scandal. “How Brigitte met Emmanuel Macron — when she was his (married) teacher — and what the French will make of it,” goes the headline in the Independent. “Sealed with a kiss! French Presidential favorite Emmanuel…

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General election 2017: ‘No apology’ for Labour’s union ties – BBC News

“That is why one of the very first things we will do when forming our Labour government will be to repeal the vicious Tory Trade Union Act, giving working people the rights to collectively organise and make their lives better, safer and more content.” Introduced by former PM David Cameron, the act introduced a threshold for workers voting in strike ballots for action to be legal. The government said it…

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Talks due in bid to resolve Southern rail row with RMT – BBC News

‘No interference’ The RMT has taken 31 days of strike action over the proposed changes. General secretary Mick Cash said: “The union welcomes the opportunity to engage with Southern rail in further talks. “We expect there to be no efforts to undermine these important talks from other parties and that they will be allowed to take place free from external interference.” Rail user groups urged all parties to reach agreement…

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Road verges ‘last refuge’ for plants – conservation charity – BBC News

But it says even endangered plants on verges deemed nature reserves have been mown or cleared. For too long road verges have been thought of as “dull, inconsequential places that flash by in the wing mirror,” said Dr Trevor Dines of Plantlife. “Sadly, road verges have been woefully disregarded for decades and are increasingly poorly managed for nature,” he added. “Some exceptionally rare plants including fen ragwort and wood calamint…

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