GOP health care bill: Inside a district that could make or break the vote

March 25, 2017

Colorado's 4th congressional district (CNN)When it comes to the fate of the GOP’s health care bill, no district is more important than this swath of eastern Colorado. Rep. Ken Buck is one of several Republicans who have said they might vote against their party’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. That has raised tensions in this largely rural district. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Koh Samui Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Gazing on the developing island of today: Five-star hotels. Upmarket dining scene. Plentiful shopping. While the isle’s built-up northern and eastern coasts increasingly cater to the tourists, in the south and west locals still stick to the simple life, and traditions that brought backpackers on rickety fishing boats from the mainland to this island paradise in the first place. Sheraton Samui Resort …

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Santiago: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Head east and in no time you’ll reach the Andes; west and you hit the beaches and coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It’s worth putting off Chile’s other attractions a few days to get to know the best of Santiago’s culture, food and pulsing nightlife. There’s a boomtown feel around Santiago these days. The national economy is buoyant, corruption is low and the city’s infrastructure is solid. …

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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So Paulo: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)With all there is to see and do in South America’s largest city, the sheer size of the metropolis often stuns the uninitiated visitor. Don’t despair — getting to the locations that showcase the best of So Paulo isn’t as hard as it might seem. While you’re in Brazil anyway … Rio de Janeiro: Insider Travel Guide …

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Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion

March 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia, suggesting “it’s the kind of evidence” that a grand jury investigation would want to consider. Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN Thursday that he had seen additional evidence, but would not specify what it was. “We continue to get new information that, I think, paints a more complete …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 24, 2017

London (CNN)The big red buses sit abandoned on the bridge, six of them. Nearby are two black taxicabs, also empty. No passengers, no drivers, no pedestrians. This area is rarely still, and never on a spring Wednesday afternoon. It should be packed with visitors, locals and the occasional parliamentarian. Of course, it’s not still even now. Slowly, then overwhelmingly, the noise takes over the senses — a cacophony of sirens and chaos. Lockdown descends upon this …

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India becomes second country to give rivers human status

March 23, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)A decades-long fight against river pollution in India has been given a much needed boost. On Monday, a court in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand declared the Yamuna and Ganges rivers “living entities.” The court justified its ruling on the grounds that the rivers were “losing their very existence” and the situation required “extraordinary measures to be taken to preserve and conserve the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna,” using an alternative name …

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Stabbing suspect targeted black men in New York

March 23, 2017

(CNN)A 66-year-old man was stabbed to death in Manhattan late Monday, police said, for one reason: being black. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, James Harris Jackson walked into an NYPD substation in Times Square and announced that he was responsible for Timothy Caughman’s death. “I’m the person you’re looking for,” he said, adding that he had knives in his pocket. …

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill’s fate

March 23, 2017

(CNN)House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side. The dramatic shift — which would strike at blow at the heart of Obamacare — comes after conservative Freedom Caucus members lobbied President Donald Trump Wednesday to eliminate the provision, which is not in the current GOP health care plan. …

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$27,000 melons? Unwrapping the high price of Japan’s luxury fruit habit

March 23, 2017

(CNN)It looks like a jewelry shop with its high-end exterior. But a peek inside the sparkling glass display cases at any of Sembikiya‘s Tokyo outlets reveals expensive treasures of a surprising kind. From heart-shaped watermelons to “Ruby Roman” grapes, which are the size of a ping pong ball, this retailer specializes in selling mouth-watering produce at eye-watering prices. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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In coach’s rant, a lesson for parents and athletes

March 23, 2017

(CNN)If you’ve been on Facebook this week, chances are you’ve seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. UConn hasn’t lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title. Even after more than 30 years as head coach at UConn, Auriemma said that recruiting “enthusiastic kids is harder than it’s ever been.” In the video, he said that …

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Officer killed in London attack was father, 15-year veteran

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Keith Palmer left for work on Wednesday expecting to return home. The assailant was shot dead near London’s Houses of Parliament after the chaotic rampage. The man drove a car through crowds of people, injuring dozens before crashing into a fence outside the Parliament building. Witnesses said he got out of his car brandishing a knife that he used to fatally stab Palmer. …

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Grieving father: ‘I don’t play Trump songs anymore’

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Last year, Kraig Moss sold the equipment for his construction business in upstate New York and stopped making mortgage payments so he could follow Donald Trump on the campaign trail. The amateur country crooner sang pro-Trump ditties while strumming a guitar emblazoned with Trump campaign stickers, earning him the moniker “Trump Troubadour.” International media dubbed him “the voice of unheard America.” See the latest news and share your comments with …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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Dakota Access Pipeline vandalized before it comes online

March 22, 2017

(CNN)With the Dakota Access Pipeline nearly ready to start operation, the company that runs it says the 1,172-mile long oil pipe has been vandalized in several places. In a court-ordered status report filed Monday, attorneys for Dakota Access write there have been “recent coordinated physical attacks … that pose threats to life, physical safety, and the environment.” Much of the report is filed under seal and documents released to CNN were heavily redacted. His …

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Bill observing Obama’s birthday fails to pass Illinois legislature

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Illinois lawmakers failed to pass a measure in the legislature that would have made former President Barack Obama’s birthday a statewide holiday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bill would have observed August 4 as a legal holiday in his home state, but the Chicago Tribune said the proposal was six votes short of passing, where it would have next moved to the Illinois Senate. “The fourth day of August of each year shall be a legal holiday to be known as …

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Chinese park installs facial recognition software to stop toilet paper thieves

March 22, 2017

Beijing (CNN)It seems like the pettiest of powder room problems, but apparently toilet paper theft has gotten so bad at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, authorities have installed facial recognition software in the stalls. In order to get a few sheets, visitors now need to make eye contact with a computer before the dispenser spits out a serving of TP. The facial recognition program keeps the dispenser from offering another round to the same person; if you need more, you reportedly need …

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Ended: Supreme Court confirmation hearing day 2

March 22, 2017

(CNN)The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. CNN has full coverage of Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing and other big politics stories of the day on Apple News, CNN.com and television. Explore the latest Trump administration news at CNN Politics. …

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Takeaways from day one of the Gorsuch hearings

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Fireworks are expected on day two of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. On Tuesday, each senator on the Judiciary Committee will get 30 minutes to grill President Donald Trump’s pick. The session is expected to last 10 hours, following a lengthy and telling round of opening statements from senators and Gorsuch. Here’s what we learned Monday and what’s tap for Tuesday: …

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Trump credits his Twitter wrath for Kaepernick’s unemployment

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump veered off message Monday night at a campaign-style rally aimed largely at pushing for the Republican health care overhaul to take credit for a completely different issue: keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job. While talking to the crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, about the nation’s urban communities, Trump swerved in midstream and cited a report that NFL owners were avoiding hiring Kaepernick because they did not …

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Rep. Turner calls Comey hearing ‘highly speculative’

March 21, 2017

(CNN)On a day that saw FBI Director James Comey testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Erin Burnett made the issue the focus of her evening news program by welcoming a man who was in the room as the testimony was given. “I think it certainly is highly speculative and people shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions,” said Turner, referencing in particular Comey’s revelation the FBI is investigating potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. …

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Comey’s hearing passes but the political storm rages on

March 21, 2017

(CNN)James Comey is at it again. The FBI director, in his deadpan way, characteristically unleashed a new chain of political consequences Monday, in hours of steely testimony before a House hearing examining Russian meddling in the presidential election. Just five months ago, Democrats were left fulminating at Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server. …

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Plug the leaks and stop blaming Russians for Clinton’s loss

March 21, 2017

(CNN)There was something for everyone in Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing — for Democrats, some fuel for their unproven theory the presidency was stolen from them in last year’s election, and for Republicans, confirmation that there’s a serious problem with the leaking of secrets by officials in Washington. Russian espionage is nothing new, yet its possible role in the Trump campaign and administration is something the committee is just beginning to …

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9 things we learned from the Comey hearing

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)The FBI is investigating any possible coordination between members of the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, and there is no evidence of wiretaps on Trump Tower. Those were some of the takeaways from a lengthy hearing Monday where the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency testified before the House Intelligence Committee covering Russian interference in the 2016 election. FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers spent hours …

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