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US Alzheimer's death rate rises 55%

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:59
The rate of people dying from Alzheimer's disease in the United States rose by 55% over a 15-year period, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
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7th-grader gets 'Most Likely to Become a Terrorist' award

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:59
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is a real certificate that was typed up and presented to a 7th grader at Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Houston.
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Brad Pitt's 'War Machine' fizzles on Netflix

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:11
Throwing around money to demonstrate its commitment to the movie business, Netflix has rented Brad Pitt. That's the main headline to take from "War Machine," a muddled satire about the war in Afghanistan awkwardly forced to camouflage its lead character behind a pseudonym.
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Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

KSN - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, his attorney said.

The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued Thursday amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials.

“Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the House oversight committee asked the FBI to turn over more documents about former Director James Comey’s interactions with the White House and Justice Department, including materials dating back nearly four years to the Obama administration.

The FBI and the oversight committee — as well as several other congressional panels — are looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump fired Comey May 9 amid questions about the FBI’s investigation, which is now being overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director.

NBC News and The Washington Post first reported that the FBI’s ongoing investigation includes a look at Kushner, which would place the probe inside the White House.

Kushner, a key White House adviser, had meetings late last year with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov.

The Post story cited anonymous “people familiar with the investigation,” who said the FBI investigation does not mean that Kushner is suspected of a crime.

Earlier Thursday, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz told acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that he wants records of Comey’s contacts with the White House and Justice Department dating to September 2013, when Comey was sworn in as FBI director under President Barack Obama.

In a letter to McCabe, Chaffetz said he is seeking to review Comey’s memos and other written materials so he can “better understand” Comey’s communications with the White House and attorney general’s office.

Chaffetz, R-Utah, previously requested Comey’s recent memos about his private contacts with Trump. But the bureau told him Thursday it could not yet turn them over because of Mueller’s probe.

Chaffetz, who said last week he has his “subpoena pen” ready to force Comey or the FBI to turn over the documents, told McCabe that “Congress and the American public have a right and a duty to examine this issue independently of the special counsel’s investigation.”

He added, in a thinly veiled threat, “I trust and hope you understand this and make the right decision — to produce these documents to the committee immediately and on a voluntary basis.”

Chaffetz’s letter comes a month before he is scheduled to leave office after abruptly announcing his resignation earlier this year. He canceled a hearing scheduled Wednesday after Comey declined to testify.

Assistant FBI Director Gregory Brower told Chaffetz on Thursday the agency is evaluating his request and will update him as soon as possible.

Some Republican members of Congress have pressured Chaffetz to step down from the Comey probe, saying it should be led by someone who will remain in Congress.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is considered the front-runner to replace Chaffetz as oversight chair. Gowdy led a special House panel that spent more than two years investigating the deadly 2012 attacks at a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

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Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.

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Niall Horan is down for One Direction reunion

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:32
It appears it's not if, but when One Direction gets back together.
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This photo of political spouses and partners is making waves

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:18
What's the first thing you noticed about this picture of political spouses and partners, other than Melania Trump's continued mastery of the color black?
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Clinton returns to alma mater, 48 years after famous graduation speech

CNN Politics - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:16
Hillary Clinton will deliver the commencement address at her alma mater of Wellesley College on Friday, almost five decades after a young Hillary Rodham's speech at her own graduation thrust her into the national spotlight.
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26 dead as gunmen fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 08:56
Unidentified gunmen in Egypt opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians, killing 23 people, according to state-run media.
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Trump says Germany is 'very bad' on trade

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 08:44
President Trump has gone on the attack again over Germany's trade policies.
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What Gianforte's win taught Washington

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 08:44
Looking up at the large projection of vote totals in the ballroom of the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday night, Montana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Essmann looked relaxed and promised, "It ain't gonna be close."
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What Greg Gianforte's win in Montana taught Washington

CNN Politics - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 08:44
Looking up at the large projection of vote totals in the ballroom of the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday night, Montana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Essmann looked relaxed and promised, "It ain't gonna be close."
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UK 'trying to contain' Abedi network

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 08:26
British authorities are trying to contain the network they believe is behind Salman Abedi's Manchester suicide bombing, Security Minister Ben Wallace told CNN on Friday, as it emerged that Abedi reportedly spoke to his brother in Libya only 15 minutes before the deadly attack.
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How US deportation flights work

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 07:40
It's the first flight for many people who file onto these planes. But it's not a happy occasion.
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By mistake, Trump reveals world's failure on terror

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 07:13
Earlier this week the world-famous Ringling Bros. Circus closed up its big-top tent for good. After 117 years of lion taming and other animal acts, it succumbed to changing values.
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Mystery SOS sign confuses police

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:11
A mystery SOS sign in a remote part of Australia has confused police after a search found no evidence of "recent human activity" in the area.
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What to make of viral racist rants?

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:09
The cell phone videos show the underbelly of American society. Racist vitriol, mostly directly at Latinos, shared on social media.
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Health care bill: Premiums may decline, but many will pay more for care

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 05:53
House Republicans boast that their health care bill would reduce average premiums, but that's because the insurance policies will generally cover less.
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Congressmen want to ban US tourists from North Korea

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 05:39
U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a ban on American tourists visiting North Korea.
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