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  • Richard Petty says he’d fire NASCAR drivers who protest national anthem

    LOUDON, N.H. — NASCAR legend and team owner Richard Petty says he’ll fire any drivers who protest the national anthem. “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem ought to be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States,” Petty told the Associated Press. Petty was asked if a Richard Petty Motorsports team member would be fired for protesting during the anthem, and he replied, “You’re right.” Owner and former driver Richard Childress also said, […]

  • Trump administration announces new travel restrictions

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a central portion of its controversial travel ban signed earlier this year. The new restrictions on travel vary by country and include a phased-in approach. “Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” President Donald Trump tweeted just after […]

  • Department of Justice, FBI open federal civil rights investigation into deadly Antioch church shooting

    (CNN) — A gunman opened fire at a church in Tennessee on Sunday, killing one person and injuring seven others, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said. The Department of Justice and the FBI have opened a federal civil rights investigation of the shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a neighborhood in Davidson County governed by Nashville. The first call reporting multiple gunshots came in around 11:15 a.m. CT, police spokesman Don Aaron said. The gunman shot Melanie […]

  • Jury returns guilty verdict in Holly Bobo murder trial

    SAVANNAH, TN (WSMV) — A jury has found a man guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering a Tennessee nursing student who disappeared from her home more than six years ago. Holly Bobo was 20 when she walked into the woods behind her family’s house with an unidentified man wearing camouflage and disappeared on April 13, 2011. Bobo’s disappearance led to a massive search. Her remains were found in September 2014 in woods not far from her home in Decatur County, located […]

  • North Korea could test hydrogen bomb over Pacific Ocean, says foreign minister

    (CNN) — North Korea’s foreign minister warned Thursday that Pyongyang could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to US President Donald Trump’s threats of military action. The country’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who was due to address the United Nations General Assembly on Friday but has since dropped out, told reporters in New York that the ultimate decision, however, was up to his boss, Kim Jong Un. “This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen […]

  • Puerto Rico ‘100 percent without power’ after Hurricane Maria

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The island of Puerto Rico is completely without electricity, a spokesman from the governor’s office said Wednesday. “We are 100 percent without power,” the spokesman said. The storm, a Category 3 as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, kept thrashing Puerto Rico, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds. “This is total devastation,” said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor. “Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will […]

  • Central Mexico earthquake kills dozens, topples buildings

    (CNN) — Dozens were killed in a powerful earthquake Tuesday that rocked Mexico City and surrounding states. The earthquake toppled buildings, sent rescue workers digging through rubble and knocked out power to millions. At least 139 people died in the magnitude-7.1 earthquake, officials said. Forty-two people were killed in Morelos state, according to a preliminary report issued by the governor. President Enrique Peña Nieto said 13 were dead in Puebla state. Two others died in Mexico state. The government said […]

  • Tensions in St. Louis: How did we get here?

    (CNN) — Since white ex-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted Friday in the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man, demonstrators have taken to the streets every night. Largely peaceful in the daytime and sometimes turning violent after dark, the protests have reignited the national conversation over race, police conduct and the use of the deadly force. Protests also broke out in the aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, […]

  • GBI investigates fatal shooting of Georgia Tech student

    ATLANTA (CNN) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the fatal shooting of a Georgia Tech student by campus police late Saturday after the student was confronted about carrying a knife. According to the GBI, Georgia Tech Police officers responded to a 911 call about a person with a knife and a gun on the downtown Atlanta campus at 11:17 p.m. The GBI said that when officers arrived, they found Scott Schultz, 21, outside a dormitory with a knife. […]

  • Your kids want a tattoo or piercing? Here’s what pediatricians recommend

    (CNN) — Watching the small needle pierce her 18-year-old daughter’s navel was a striking moment for Dr. Cora Breuner. That afternoon in late spring, her daughter finally got the jeweled belly button ring she had been asking for, and Breuner got a reminder that her little girl was growing up. Breuner felt a swell of emotion, she said. “I did my usual Dr. Mom thing and found out the person doing it had been a surgical tech before he decided […]

  • US heroin deaths jump 533% since 2002, report says

    (CNN) — The number of heroin users in the United States jumped from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016, a 135% increase, according to the most recent government numbers. But even more striking: The number of people who had fatal overdoses related to heroin has skyrocketed from 2,089 in 2002 to an estimated 13,219 in 2016 — a 533% jump. These numbers are a striking marker of the lethality of the opioid epidemic that has taken root across the country. More […]

  • Miss the Emmy Awards? Here’s a list of Sunday night’s big winners

    (CNN) — Sunday was all about the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards and we have a rundown here on all the action. Stephen Colbert hosted with a mix of politics and humor. Here’s what you may have missed: 11:00 p.m. Hulu’s dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” wins the Emmy for outstanding drama series. Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 thriller, Hulu’s victory with the “Handmaid’s Tale” is a huge win for the streaming service. Showrunner Bruce Miller closed the show with a […]