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Traumatized and tired, nurses are quitting due to the pandemic

Traumatized and tired, nurses are quitting due to the pandemic

(CNN) was more than a career to Rachel Ellsworth. She says she was "called" to the work. For 10 of her 12 years in nursing, Ellsworth was an indefatigable intensive care nurse. The work energized her, and she felt privileged to witness some of the most important moments of people's lives, when their worlds shifted for better or worse. Though she did all she could to save them, she also found purpose in giving her patients a "peaceful, dignified death" when it was time. "I was the kind of person who went into work every day, like, literally, 'Let's go save lives,' for 12 years" she said. "I...

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The bizarre and totally scientific way that alligators breathe in icy water

The bizarre and totally scientific way that alligators breathe in icy water

(CNN)Winter storms have battered the US this week, and many animals are . The cold-blooded alligator, though, is getting through the week with an unusual method of survival.This week, an employee at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation posted of alligators frozen in water. A grim scene, maybe -- if their snouts weren't sticking out.It's called "icing," and it's how alligators breathe when submerged in freezing temperatures. While they may look dead in photos, they're surviving -- and in the middle of a fight of their lives.Read MoreThe "icing" response is tied to , which is...

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The Los Angeles school board slashes its police force and diverts $25 million to services for Black students

The Los Angeles school board slashes its police force and diverts $25 million to services for Black students

(CNN)Los Angeles schools are responsible for school safety to combat systemic racism against Black students.The Board of Education overseeing the Los Angeles Unified School District voted Tuesday to slash $25 million from the Los Angeles School Police Department and cut 133 jobs, a spokesperson told CNN. Money will go from the police agency to a Black Student Achievement Plan to empower community groups, improve student literacy, and reduce the "over-identification of Black students in suspensions, discipline and other measures," according to the meeting agenda. The board for the nation's...

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A cheerleading competition that may draw 40,000 people raises concerns about a superspreader event

A cheerleading competition that may draw 40,000 people raises concerns about a superspreader event

(CNN)A massive national cheerleading competition is descending on downtown Atlanta this weekend. Around 40,000 youth cheerleaders, coaches and spectators from across the country are expected to attend -- prime conditions, according to CDC guidelines, for a possible . The will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), a 3.9-million-square-foot facility in downtown Atlanta. "This weekend's event will bring an estimated 40,000 attendees, which will be our largest event held in our building since the start of the pandemic (using March 12, 2020, for reference...

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At least 15 people died in avalanches last week, the deadliest week of US avalanches on record

At least 15 people died in avalanches last week, the deadliest week of US avalanches on record

(CNN) was the mayor pro tempore of Eagle, Colorado. , a lover of all things outdoors, spent all the free time she had in the Utah snow. Army Ranger survived a helicopter crash in Iraq that crushed his foot but he learned to climb again, most recently on Alaska's Bear Mountain. Jessen, Moughamian and Nyman are three of the 15 people who between February 1 and February 8. It's the highest number of avalanche deaths recorded in a seven-day period since the US Forest Service's started tracking deaths, according to Karl Birkeland, the center's director.The most recent avalanche death happened...

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A man was killed at a baby shower in Michigan after a celebratory cannon exploded

A man was killed at a baby shower in Michigan after a celebratory cannon exploded

A man attending a baby shower was killed when a small cannon exploded in the back yard of a home near Flint, Michigan, police said. Evan Thomas Silva, 26, died Saturday after he was struck by shrapnel from the cannon, which was fired to "celebrate the baby's pending arrival," Michigan State Police said in a statement. When the cannon was fired by the homeowner, police said the cannon blew up, spraying metal shrapnel across the yard that struck Silva, three vehicles and the garage of the home in Gaines Township. Partygoers thought they'd built a clever gender reveal device. It turned...

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Former WWE superstar Gabbi Tuft comes out as transgender

Former WWE superstar Gabbi Tuft comes out as transgender

(CNN)Gabbi Tuft is ready to show the world who she is.Tuft, a former WWE wrestling star, announced she is transgender this week."This is me," she wrote in an coming out as transgender. "Unashamed, unabashedly me."The former wrestler was active in the WWE from 2009-2012 under the ring name "Tyler Reks." In 2012, she left WWE fame to spend more time with her wife, Priscilla, and their daughter.But her post-wrestling life wasn't always smooth sailing. Read More"The previous eight months have been some of the darkest of my entire life," Tuft wrote on Instagram. "The emotional turmoil of being...

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See the 'Field of Flags' planted on the National Mall ahead of Biden's inauguration

See the 'Field of Flags' planted on the National Mall ahead of Biden's inauguration

(CNN)Instead of the patriotic crowds that typically fill the National Mall on Inauguration Day, before hundreds of thousands of American flags. The Presidential Inaugural Committee planted more than 191,500 American flags on the National Mall, meant to represent the American people who can't attend Biden's inauguration. On Tuesday, the committee illuminated the flags, concentrated in 56 pillars to represent the 50 states and US territories, in a ceremony that took roughly 46 seconds -- in honor of Biden, who this week will become the 46th President of the United States. The public art...

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A Dolly Parton statue may be erected at the Tennessee Capitol

A Dolly Parton statue may be erected at the Tennessee Capitol

(CNN)may be the quintessential Tennessean. Born and raised in the Smoky Mountains, she's waxed poetic about her "Tennessee mountain home" in her recordings. She that helped develop a coronavirus vaccine.The even bears her name. It's fitting, then, that she be in front of the Tennessee Capitol. Earlier this week, Tennessee Rep. John Mark Windle erecting a statue of Parton that will sit on the state Capitol grounds "to recognize her for all she has contributed to this state." If it's commissioned, the Parton sculpture will face the historic , a music venue where she's played throughout her...

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A redesigned South Carolina flag was scrapped after residents made fun of its palmetto tree

A redesigned South Carolina flag was scrapped after residents made fun of its palmetto tree

(CNN) are fiercely proud of the state's iconic indigo-blue flag, with its thin crescent and lush palmetto.So when a commission of historians was tasked with tweaking its design, residents of the state were quick to respond -- mess with the flag, and you mess with us. Lambasted by the public, a newly proposed state flag has been scrapped, the this week. The South Carolina State Flag Study Committee was created in 2018 to standardize the state flag -- and met just five times before proposing the new one, influenced by state history. South Carolinians haven't had an official flag since 1940,...

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Around 200 toys were stolen from a Texas public housing complex. More than 2,000 gifts were donated to replace them

Around 200 toys were stolen from a Texas public housing complex. More than 2,000 gifts were donated to replace them

(CNN)It was set to be a to remember for all the wrong reasons. San Antonio Housing Authority staff had who live at one of the city's largest public housing complexes -- and then, staff say, most of those the night before they were supposed to be handed out. Disappointed staff prepared for a pared down Christmas. But when residents of the Texas city found out about the theft, they donated hundreds more gifts."San Antonio is a very caring and supportive community," said Joel Tabar, director of community development initiatives at the San Antonio Housing Authority, or SAHA. "And in this case,...

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A Florida man who spent 31 years in prison for a nonviolent marijuana crime has been released

A Florida man who spent 31 years in prison for a nonviolent marijuana crime has been released

(CNN)After spending 31 years in prison for a nonviolent marijuana crime, the man thought to be the in the US has been released. Richard DeLisi, 71, was released Tuesday from the South Bay Correctional Facility in Palm Beach County, the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed to CNN. He'd been incarcerated since 1989, when he was convicted on charges of racketeering, trafficking in cannabis and conspiracy, and sentenced to 90 years in prison for smuggling more than 100 pounds of marijuana from Colombia into Florida. His release marks the first time in 32 years he hasn't been behind bars,...

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'The Lord of the Rings' cast is crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home and turn it into a literary center

'The Lord of the Rings' cast is crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home and turn it into a literary center

(CNN) in Oxford, England, is where Middle Earth was made. Where Bilbo Baggins first met Gandalf, and orcs and elves and hobbits sparred while one ring threatened to rule them all. The house on Northmoor Road, where Tolkien penned "The Hobbit" and trilogy, will soon hit the market. To preserve it for fans and writers, the actors who brought Tolkien's worlds to film are crowdfunding to buy it. Actors including Gandalf himself, , and Martin Freeman, who played Bilbo in "The Hobbit" films, have launched the crowdfunding campaign to purchase Tolkien's home and transform it into a literary center...

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A Jewish doctor who treated a patient with Nazi tattoos says the pandemic has tested his compassion

A Jewish doctor who treated a patient with Nazi tattoos says the pandemic has tested his compassion

(CNN)Dr. Taylor Nichols has faced hate in the emergency room before. He's treated racist patients, and each time the Jewish physician has dipped into his well of compassion to do his job. Until seeing a possible challenged the way he does his job. The patient's skin was covered in Nazi tattoos, including a large swastika on his chest. Critically ill by the time he arrived by ambulance, the patient asked Nichols not to let him die. Nichols and his team, which included a Black nurse and an Asian respiratory therapist, geared up to intubate him, which is because it may expose health care...

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Inmates in El Paso are volunteering to move bodies of Covid-19 victims at medical examiner's office

Inmates in El Paso are volunteering to move bodies of Covid-19 victims at medical examiner's office

(CNN)El Paso County, one of , has recruited inmates to move bodies of coronavirus victims. They are temporarily relieving overworked personnel at the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office, authorities say. Nine inmates from an El Paso County Sheriff's Office detention facility have volunteered to assist the medical examiner's office, which is currently housing bodies of Covid-19 victims in its permanent and . They have been working at the medical examiner's office for a week now, said Chris Acosta, public affairs director for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. El Paso County Judge...

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Dave Grohl wrote a song for a 10-year-old drumming phenom after she challenged him to a musical duel

Dave Grohl wrote a song for a 10-year-old drumming phenom after she challenged him to a musical duel

(CNN)Nandi Bushell can't embark on a world tour right now, hammering out impressive drum solos that belie her age. Pandemic aside, she's still in elementary school, and it's not very "rock'n'roll" to tour with your parents as chaperones and a backpack full of homework. She can, though, embark on an internet friendship with Dave Grohl, the rock legend and Foo Fighters frontman who's inspired some of her gnarliest percussion performances. The two, separated by decades of experience and , have repeatedly squared off (online) in an ongoing drum battle. This week, the Grammy Award-winning rocker...

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Miss USA 2020 is the first Black woman to represent Mississippi

Miss USA 2020 is the first Black woman to represent Mississippi

(CNN)The first Black woman to be crowned Miss Mississippi USA is now the reigning Miss USA. , a student at the University of Mississippi and Booneville native, was crowned Miss USA on Monday, after the coronavirus pandemic delayed the event by several months. She'll go on to represent the US in the pageant.Branch shared her historic win with , only the second Hawaiian woman to win the teen pageant.From the stage at Graceland Exhibition Center in Memphis, Tennessee, Branch fielded questions about how to (restore trust in institutions like the media and government, she said) and (her family...

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Lil Wayne met with Trump and praised the President's plan for Black Americans

Lil Wayne met with Trump and praised the President's plan for Black Americans

(CNN) met with President Donald Trump to discuss the President's plan for -- and apparently liked what he heard. Lil Wayne praised Trump in a tweet Thursday and shared a photo of the two men giving a thumbs up."Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he's done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership," the rapper . "He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done."Trump'sis geared toward Black voters and includes a number of broad initiatives like building neighborhoods with the...

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This American astronaut voted from space. Here's how she did it

This American astronaut voted from space. Here's how she did it

(CNN)NASA astronaut from some 200 miles above Earth should be all the motivation you need to make a plan to vote this year.Rubins, the only American voter not currently on Earth, said she was able to vote from the International Space Station last week. From the International Space Station: I voted today— Kate Rubins — NASA Astronauts (@NASA_Astronauts)This isn't the first time Rubins has cast her ballot from space: She voted in 2016 when she was also researching at the space station.Rubins, along with two Russian cosmonauts, began their mission earlier this month and will spend a total of...

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Time replaces its logo for the first time in its history. Now, it says 'Vote'

Time replaces its logo for the first time in its history. Now, it says 'Vote'

(CNN)For the first time ever, logo will be replaced with an imperative -- "VOTE."It's both a call to action for readers and a mission statement for the November 2 double issue, which covers the ."Few events will shape the world to come more than the result of the upcoming U.S. presidential election," Time editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal in a note to readers. To mark the most monumental election in recent history, the magazine temporarily swapped its logo to read "Vote" instead -- something Time has never done since its first issue published in 1923. Even the cover has echoes of...

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National Park Service interns unearthed fossils of a bizarre 220-million-year-old reptile

National Park Service interns unearthed fossils of a bizarre 220-million-year-old reptile

(CNN)A peculiar, 220-million-year-old species of burrowing reptiles that evaded scientists has been found, fossilized. A are credited with its discovery. Hidden in a once-vibrant part of Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park, the burgeoning paleontologists unearthed fossils of the Skybalonyx skapter, an "anteater-like reptile" that probably predates dinosaurs, according to findings published this month in the . It's a new species of a reptile previously thought to only live in trees. The unusual Skybalonyx skapter belongs to the group Drepanosaur, often considered the ugly duckling of...

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Rock star Tommy Lee says he'll leave the country if Trump is reelected

Rock star Tommy Lee says he'll leave the country if Trump is reelected

(CNN)Drummer and frequent Donald Trump critic has sworn he'll move to Europe if the President is reelected.In an excerpt from his , the Mötley Crüe drummer vowed to relocate to Greece, where he was born, if Trump wins the 2020 election. "Dude, I swear to god if that happens then I'm coming over to visit the UK," he told the UK publication. "I'm out of here. I'll go back to my motherland, go back to Greece and get a house on one of the islands."Lee has repeatedly criticized the President since Trump's election in 2016, most recently for in the first presidential debate in September.The...

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Monica Roberts, a Black trans journalist who covered the killings of trans women before national media, dies at 58

Monica Roberts, a Black trans journalist who covered the killings of trans women before national media, dies at 58

(CNN)Monica Roberts had no predecessor. Before her groundbreaking blog, there were few news sites for like her. And before Monica Roberts, no journalist had painstakingly recorded and reported on the murders of transgender women of color. She took on both projects alone."The power of a blog, I've learned, to shape events is mighty," she said while in 2016. "It's even more potent when you walk the walk and back your words up with deeds." Through her work with the award-winning blog , Roberts provided a blueprint for the national media on how to report about trans people with sensitivity and...

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Covid-19 survivors set up 20,000 empty chairs near the White House to remember the more than 200,000 coronavirus victims

Covid-19 survivors set up 20,000 empty chairs near the White House to remember the more than 200,000 coronavirus victims

(CNN)There's been no communal mourning for the in the US, no national acknowledgment of the devastation the pandemic has wrought on.To cope, on Sunday, Covid-19 survivors and families of victimson the lawn across from the White House. The display represented less than a tenth of the US death toll from Covid-19.It's one of the few formal public remembrances of coronavirus victims in the US since the pandemic began. The sea of chairs and remembrance ceremony were organized by , a group of Covid-19 survivors and families of victims, which declared Sunday a for those who've died from...

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Jimmy Carter, the oldest living former US president, turns 96

Jimmy Carter, the oldest living former US president, turns 96

(CNN), the son of a Georgia peanut farmer who'd go on to be America's 39th president, turns 96 today. He's the oldest living former US president -- and he's outlived every other occupant of the Oval Office. At 96, the Nobel Peace Prize winner remains the longest-living president in US history, surpassing George H. W. Bush, who died in 2018 at 94. Carter's kept busy since his last birthday. He was hospitalized for much of the latter half of 2019 to , infections and two falls. His health woes forced him to stop teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, a tradition...

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