• California lawmakers pass bill inspired by Brock Turner case
  • Tom Barrack: Trump shouldn’t talk about Weiner
  • Australian aid worker freed 4 months after kidnapping in Afghanistan
  • Trump challenges Clinton to release detailed medical records
  • Official: US expects to reach target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees

Tom Barrack: Trump shouldn’t talk about Weiner

Washington (CNN)Tom Barrack, a close friend and business associate of Donald Trump, said Monday the Republican presidential nominee should not continue to comment on the latest scandal surrounding former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. “Personally, I don’t (believe he should talk about it),” the private equity real estate investor told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “Because I think it detracts from the substance … I don’t personally agree…


Official: US expects to reach target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees

(CNN)The Obama administration expects to reach its target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees within this fiscal year — October 1 — as early as Monday, according to a senior US official. As of Sunday 9,902 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the US in the period running from September 30 of last year through now. On whether the 10,000 mark will be met Monday, the US official said, it depends…


Duterte’s crackdown: 6 stories from the front lines

Manila, the Philippines (CNN)Lifeless bodies lying on the streets of the Philippines are a visceral sign of new President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. So far more than 1,900 people have died. Of those more than 700 have been killed in police operations since Duterte took office in late June, according to police statistics. Many of the unsolved deaths are attributed to vigilantes. Duterte’s tough talk on the country’s drug…


Republicans outraged over reported delay of Clinton meeting schedules

Washington (CNN)Republicans expressed outrage Friday night after a report said the State Department will not be able to produce all of Hillary Clinton’s daily schedules during her time leading the State Department until well after Election Day. The Associated Press reported that the department told the news organization’s attorneys that the schedule release — which shows with whom she met while serving as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat — will…


‘Making a Murderer:’ Steven Avery’s lawyer files motion for new DNA tests

(CNN)A lawyer for Steven Avery, the subject of the controversial 10-part docuseries “Making a Murderer, ” filed a motion Friday in a Wisconsin court, asking to get key evidence in the case so it can be tested with new methods. The motion says Avery expects new, advanced tests will prove he didn’t kill Teresa Halbach in 2005. The case became the basis for the documentary, which prompted calls for authorities…


10-year-old girl killed in gruesome murder, mother under arrest

(CNN)Candles, flowers and stuffed animals mark the memorial for a 10-year-old girl, who New Mexico police said was brutally murdered. Three people arrested in the case include her own mother. Victoria Martens had just started fourth grade at an Albuquerque elementary school and celebrated her 10th birthday Tuesday. On Wednesday, she was killed in what police described as a “horrific” crime. According to a criminal complaint obtained by CNN, officers…


Top GOP Congressman Tells Trump To Release His Taxes

Donald Trump should release his tax returns and full medical records, Republican Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz (Utah) said Wednesday. “You’re just going to have to do that, it’s too important,” Chaffetz said on CNN. “If you’re going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you’re going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical…


Progressive Activists Take A Seat For The People At Federal Reserve Retreat

Two years ago this week, the nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy and allied groups launched the Fed Up campaign, aimed at making the Federal Reserve more accountable to workers and communities of color. They converged then on the Jackson Lake Lodge in Wyoming, where Fed officials decamp every year to discuss policy and hobnob with the economic elite. Fed Up has had a banner year so far. Democratic presidential nominee embraced…


Brock Turner judge to no longer hear criminal cases

(CNN)At his own request, the California judge facing a recall effort for his handling of a sexual assault case involving a Stanford student will no longer hear criminal cases. Judge Aaron Persky, a Stanford alum, has come under harsh criticism since sentencing Brock Turner to six months in county jail for assaulting an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party. Prosecutors had asked for a six-year prison sentence for the January…


White House condemns Syria’s chemical weapons use

Washington (CNN)The White House is condemning the Syrian government Thursday after having announced that a year-long UN-backed investigation found that both the Assad regime and ISIS had used chemical weapons. “It is now impossible to deny that the Syrian regime has repeatedly used industrial chlorine as a weapon against its own people,” US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement Wednesday.


Clinton on foundation attacks: ‘I know there’s a lot of smoke, and there’s no fire’

(CNN)Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump and issued a strong defense of the Clinton Foundation Wednesday amid the Republican nominee’s claims that she used public office for personal gain. Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper in her first national news interview in nearly a month, Clinton pushed back against Trump’s accusations and issued perhaps her most succinct answers on her use of a private email server during her time leading the State…


Clinton to headline African-American, Latino events as Trump attempts to make inroads

(CNN)Hillary Clinton will reach out to African-American and Latino voters in two separate speeches next month as she looks to put distance between herself and Donald Trump with the key voting blocs. Trump is trying to make gains with African-American and Latino voters by routinely arguing that he would be better than Clinton for the longtime Democratic-leaning groups.


Cher defiant after harsh takedown of Trump

Washington (CNN)Singer and Hillary Clinton supporter Cher defended herself Wednesday after she was sharply criticized for using charged language — including references to Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler — to slam Donald Trump at a recent Clinton event. The Goddess of Pop — who has repeatedly insulted Trump on social media — likened the real estate mogul Sunday to the two tyrants before comparing him to Patty McCormack in the…


Virus hunters search for the next deadly disease outbreak

(CNN)It is a slow and cumbersome descent hindered by head-to-toe protective suits. A wooden ladder dips down the side, as two researchers in white suits and respirators make their way into Grootboom cave in South Africa. The suits make the journey more cumbersome, but they are the only things standing between safety and exposure. That monitoring starts with teams on the ground in caves like Grootboom. The team now crawls…


Trump ally: I’m not peddling ‘conspiracy theories’ about Clinton’s health

Washington (CNN)Rep. Sean Duffy denied Tuesday that he was peddling “conspiracy theories” about Hillary Clinton’s health. The Wisconsin Republican and Donald Trump supporter got into a tense exchange with CNN’s Brianna Keilar about whether prominent Trump surrogates and supporters were perpetuating rumors that Clinton was not physically fit to be president.


September 11th Victim Aid and Compensation Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Facts:From 2001 to 2003, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) processed claims relating to injuries and deaths caused by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2011, the fund was re-opened to compensate first responders and individuals who later experienced health problems related to 9/11.