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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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This is what happens to your body over months in isolation

This is what happens to your body over months in isolation

(CNN)Since the pandemic officially began in March, we've been told staying home is the best way to avoid catching Covid-19. And it is. But life in confinement can cause physical ailments on its own.Being homebound for so long contorts the body, weakens the heart and lungs and even impairs brain function. The effects of life in isolation may stay with us beyond the pandemic's end (whenever that may be). This is what half a year of isolation, staying home and staying sedentary can do to your body. A week homebound, whether you're working, eating or sleeping, may feel comforting and necessary....

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An Idaho pastor skeptical of masks lands in the ICU for Covid-19

An Idaho pastor skeptical of masks lands in the ICU for Covid-19

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A pastor in Idaho who called himself a "no-masker" during a and repeatedly questioned the veracity of is in the ICU after contracting Covid-19. Paul Van Noy, senior pastor at Candlelight Church in Coeur d'Alene, has spent two weeks in the hospital with a Covid-19 diagnosis, ministry coordinator Eric Reade confirmed to CNN. Five other church staff were infected with coronavirus, too, but they've all recovered, he said. In a , Van Noy said he'll soon move out of the ICU into another room in the...

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A Boston University lecturer was killed in an elevator accident

A Boston University lecturer was killed in an elevator accident

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A respected lecturer at Boston University was killed in what is believed to be a freak elevator accident.Boston police found Carrie O'Connor, 38, inside the elevator in her apartment building, Sergeant Detective John Boyle told CNN. The building is off campus.Her death was ruled an accident, Boyle said, caused by "traumatic asphyxia," which usually results when a heavy object suddenly crushes the chest. Police are still investigating the details of O'Connor's death, but witnesses told Connor was...

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Smoke from the U.S. wildfires has reached six Canadian provinces

Smoke from the U.S. wildfires has reached six Canadian provinces

AdvertisementSmoke from raging on the U.S. West Coast has blown thousands of miles east, reaching parts of the Midwest, Canada and upstate New York.At least 35 people have died in the fires, the . They've burned over 4.6 million acres in the West, devastating the environment and sullying air quality.Now, smoke from those fires has swept eastward in two large swaths: One has blown across the upper western U.S. to Michigan and the Great Lakes region and over to Rochester, New York. The other has traveled across the southwest through Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, ending in the Mid-Atlantic,...

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Oregon residents are illegally stopping drivers at gunpoint during wildfire evacuations, sheriff says

Oregon residents are illegally stopping drivers at gunpoint during wildfire evacuations, sheriff says

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Suspicions of looting have driven some residents of an Oregon county to illegally stop unfamiliar drivers at gunpoint, all while much of the county is under an evacuation order as . Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said several people in the county, in efforts to "protect property," had been conducting armed checkpoints, stopping cars they didn't recognize."The first thing I'd ask them to do is please stop that," Roberts said during a Sunday news conference. "It is illegal to stop somebody...

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Black people are more likely to be arrested, charged and killed by police in Toronto, new report finds

Black people are more likely to be arrested, charged and killed by police in Toronto, new report finds

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Less than 9% of Toronto's population is Black, but Black people are significantly more likely than other ethnic groups to be arrested, charged and , according to a new report. The Ontario Human Rights Commission this week, its latest report in a series on the issue. Pending a final report, the commission's research team will make recommendations on how to curb discrimination in policing. According to the report, Black Canadians represented 32% of all the charges analyzed between 2013 and 2017,...

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Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' is back on the charts after twin YouTubers rapturously reacted to the song

Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' is back on the charts after twin YouTubers rapturously reacted to the song

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for , a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. (CNN)"In the Air Tonight" has reentered the music charts nearly 40 years after its release. has the Williams brothers to thank. , 22-year-old twins and YouTubers, recently filmed themselves listening to Collins' 1981 single for the first time. Their endearing reaction -- dropped jaws, smiling in disbelief when the drum solo drops -- seems to have revived the song's...

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A man faces hate crime charges after feds say he burned a cross and displayed a swastika to intimidate his Black neighbor

A man faces hate crime charges after feds say he burned a cross and displayed a swastika to intimidate his Black neighbor

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)An Indiana man who burned crosses, displayed swastikas and made signs with racist slurs was charged with a hate crime for intimidating his Black neighbor, the this week. Shepherd Hoehn, 50, was also charged with two counts of unlawful weapons possession, the DOJ said. The intimidation began when his Black neighbor, who investigators did not name, was removing a tree from his own property in Lawrence, Indiana, the DOJ said.A construction crew came to Hoehn's neighbor's home in mid-June and began to...

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Assaulting a worker who's enforcing masks is now a felony under a new Illinois law

Assaulting a worker who's enforcing masks is now a felony under a new Illinois law

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Anyone who can now be prosecuted as aggravated battery in Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week that adds a penalty for assaulting a worker who's "conveying public health guidance" -- that is, telling patrons of a business to wear a mask or maintain social distancing. In Illinois, aggravated battery is usually a .The law went into effect immediately. "This provision sends the message that it's vitally important for workers to be both respected and protected while serving on the front lines," the...

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They were trying to save a species. Instead, scientists created a fish that's part sturgeon, part paddlefish, all accident

They were trying to save a species. Instead, scientists created a fish that's part sturgeon, part paddlefish, all accident

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A group of Hungarian aquatic scientists was looking for ways to save the from extinction. Instead, they made a Frankenfish. But their accidental hybrid, a fish that's part American paddlefish and part Russian sturgeon, could benefit fish farming and the industry's And on their own, the fish are a marvel of biology. Though they haven't been formally named yet, fellow fishery researchers have given them the moniker "sturddlefish." The "sturddlefish" study appeared this month in the scientific...

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A 33-year-old tech CEO was found dismembered in a New York apartment, law enforcement source says

A 33-year-old tech CEO was found dismembered in a New York apartment, law enforcement source says

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A 33-year-old tech CEO was found dismembered in a luxury New York condo, a law enforcement source told CNN. The New York Police Department confirmed a man had been found dead Tuesday in an apartment in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The source identified him as tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, a venture capitalist and , Nigeria's motorcycle ride-hail company.Saleh was last seen in surveillance footage Monday evening, getting into the elevator in his apartment building in the Lower East Side of...

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A memorial to firefighters killed in 9/11 was vandalized in a New York village

A memorial to firefighters killed in 9/11 was vandalized in a New York village

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A memorial dedicated to five firefighters who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks has been vandalized in a New York village. A flagpole at the 9/11 memorial in Washingtonville, a bit over an hour away from One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, was "intentionally damaged," said this week. The flagpole appeared to be cut down with a saw, and parts of the pole were covered in graffiti, Washingtonville Mayor Joseph Bucco in a statement on Facebook.A sign belonging to a nearby church...

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A woman soldier is joining the Green Berets -- a first for the Army Special Forces unit

A woman soldier is joining the Green Berets -- a first for the Army Special Forces unit

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A woman soldier for the first time will join the , one of the Army's most elite units, after graduating this week from .The soldier graduated Thursday in a "Covid-compliant graduation ceremony," according to the US Army. The Army doesn't name to protect their identities for future missions. In a speech at the graduation ceremony, Lt. Gen. Fran Beaudette, the commanding general for the US Army Special Operations Command, And for the first time since the official founding of Special Forces in the...

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Masks are effective only if you wear them properly. Here's the right (and wrong) way

Masks are effective only if you wear them properly. Here's the right (and wrong) way

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)So, about masks -- they do next to nothing if you don't wear them properly. Yep, even the cloth coverings touted as the have instructions. We've laid them out below, based on guidance from the and the .And remember: Masks are effective only if they cover your mouth, nose and chin. And however tempting it may be to remove your mask for a moment, doing that could expose your fingers and face to the very virus you're trying to avoid. Keep that and more in mind when wearing your mask -- .Read...

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This town of 170,000 replaced some cops with medics and mental health workers. It's worked for over 30 years

This town of 170,000 replaced some cops with medics and mental health workers. It's worked for over 30 years

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Around 30 years ago, a town in Oregon retrofitted an old van, staffed it with young medics and mental health counselors and sent them out to respond to the kinds of 911 calls that wouldn't necessarily require police intervention.In the town of 172,000, they were the first responders for mental health crises, homelessness, substance abuse, threats of suicide -- the problems for which there are no easy fixes. The problems that, in the hands of police, have . Today, the program, called CAHOOTS, has...

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New York Police Department's budget has been slashed by $1 billion

New York Police Department's budget has been slashed by $1 billion

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Facing pressure from thousands of constituents , New York slashed $1 billion from the city's police budget. But some city lawmakers -- and the protesters calling for change -- think the cuts weren't sweeping enough. New York lawmakers approved the $88.9 billion 2021 budget late Tuesday night while hundreds of protesters, , waited to hear the results. The New York Police Department is the largest police force in the US and employs over 55,000. The department budget was . The approved budget...

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The US has 4% of the world's population but 25% of its coronavirus cases

The US has 4% of the world's population but 25% of its coronavirus cases

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)The United States has long prided itself as the world's shining beacon. But its current status is a much darker one: the globe's leader in coronavirus cases.More than 125,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US, and Americans have been infected. American life has been irrevocably altered by the worst pandemic in a century. And as the country struggles to reopen, cases of Covid-19 have surged again -- this time in young people and in states that had previously avoided the brunt of the virus....

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The iconic lion statues outside the New York Public Library are wearing face masks to encourage humans to do the same

The iconic lion statues outside the New York Public Library are wearing face masks to encourage humans to do the same

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Count on the to set an example of patience and fortitude.The marble statues that sit in front of the Steven A. Schwarzman Building in Manhattan's Bryant Park are now sporting their own lion-sized face masks to encourage New Yorkers to follow safety guidelines against coronavirus so their . The library mascots will wear their three-foot wide, two-foot tall masks to welcome back patrons when a few branches reopen next month. Anyone who enters one of its libraries is required to wear a mask, the New...

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