Alaska hit by more than 230 small earthquakes since Friday

(CNN)More than 230 small earthquakes have hit parts of Alaska since Friday, when a 7.0-magnitude quake knocked out power, ripped open roads and splintered buildings near Anchorage, the US Geological Survey said. “This is the second largest earthquake we’ve had since 1964, which was a very significant earthquake,” Anchorage Mayor…

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Holiday travelers thankful for their lives after Amtrak cars split from train

(CNN)Hundreds of passengers on an Amtrak train that became disconnected had quite a story to tell around the Thanksgiving table. Billy Osher-Dugan was traveling to spend Thanksgiving with his girlfriend when he saw the cars separate. “It was packed,” he said. “There were hardly any seats available.” He heard a…

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These are the astonishing numbers behind the California wildfires

(CNN)As if the gut-wrenching images weren’t powerful enough, the staggering numbers behind the California wildfires show this recent rash of infernos is unlike any other: The ongoing Woolsey Fire in Southern California has killed two people in Malibu. 72,500 homes and other buildings At least 72,500 structures are still threatened…

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5 things to know for November 12: California wildfires, elections, Armistice Day

(CNN)Today is the federal observance of Veterans Day. Here are 10 ways to honor veterans beyond just saying “thanks for your service.”Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your…

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2 Kentucky high school students suspended after dressing as the Columbine shooters for Halloween

(CNN)Two high school students in Kentucky took Halloween to a whole new level. Pamela Stephens, Adair County superintendent, said in a statement to CNN the county takes the situation very seriously. “Our personnel are continuing to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this matter,” the statement read. “The suspension for…

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This is how sex abuse victims are changing state laws

(CNN)They suffered in silence for years, only to learn their anguish would never lead to criminal justice. Statutes of limitation are meant, in part, to prevent unreliable testimony from witnesses whose memories have faded. But in many sex abuse cases, assaults are seared into victims’ memories — and it’s their…

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Two Miami Dolphins players kneel during National Anthem

(CNN)Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt near the team bench during the National Anthem ahead of the team’s season opener on Sunday. Kaepernick sparked controversy when he sat, then knelt, during the National Anthem before several 2016 NFL preseason and regular-season games. Former 49ers safety Eric…

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Hurricane Lane brings 19 inches of rain to parts of Hawaii

(CNN)Hurricane Lane weakened as it chugged toward Hawaii on Thursday, but officials warned residents that the storm was still a significant rainmaker. For live updates on the storm, click here Officials fretted over the potential water impacts from the storm, which was moving at 6 mph. “Lane, while it has…

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Urban Meyer on leave as Ohio State investigates what he knew about allegations against ex-assistant

(CNN)Ohio State University placed its head football coach, Urban Meyer, on paid administrative leave on Wednesday as it investigates whether he was aware of domestic violence allegations against fired assistant coach Zach Smith. “We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible,”…

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Restaurant manager beat black employee for years and forced him to work without pay

(CNN)For years, John Christopher Smith suffered in silence as his manager at a South Carolina restaurant physically abused him and forced him to work over 100 hours a week without pay, federal officials say. “Human trafficking through forced labor can happen on farms, in homes, and as today’s case shows…

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He slept in homeless shelters as a kid. Now he’s going to Harvard on a full ride

(CNN)When he was a kid, Richard Jenkins raised his hand in class so often bullies started calling him “Harvard.” He and his two younger brothers were homeless for two years after their mother lost their home to foreclosure, forcing them to move to Tennessee and then to Florida before heading…

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Alleged shooter at Texas high school spared people he liked, court document says

(CNN)The teenager who allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people and wound 10 others at a Texas high school Friday admitted he didn’t shoot people he liked and meant to kill the ones he did target, a probable cause affidavit says. The probable cause affidavit says…

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