Notre Dame fundraising efforts inspire people to donate nearly $2 million to rebuild burned Louisiana churches

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(CNN)As hundreds of millions of dollars roll in to help rebuild the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, people have been inspired to donate to rebuild three churches in Louisiana that were intentionally burned down. The donations came on the heels of an announcement Tuesday that Notre Dame has three of France’s wealthiest families spearheading fundraising for […]

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Mafia don Frank Cali’s killing is a reminder the mob is alive. Just not as flashy

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(CNN)Cigar-chomping Mafia bosses in dapper suits once dominated perceptions of organized crime in the United States. While the dons are less flamboyant now and shun the spotlight, their work continues in the shadows, experts say. The last time a Mafia boss was assassinated in the city was 34 years ago, when former Gambino don Paul […]

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What the college cheating scandal says about race

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(CNN)The college admissions scandal reinforced for many what they have long believed: That the process can be gamed by those with wealth and influence. Fifty people — from Hollywood stars and top industry CEOs to college coaches and standardized test administrators — are accused of participating in a scheme to cheat on admissions tests and […]

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West Virginia teachers strike to continue Wednesday

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Charleston, West Virginia (CNN)West Virginia teachers plan to stay on strike Wednesday, with union leaders saying there is a trust issue with the Legislature, even after the state House of Delegates decided to “postpone indefinitely” any decision on proposed legislation that spurred the teachers to strike. “We have heard loudly and clearly from our members,” […]

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People ‘take better care of their pets than you took care of your kids’ judge says at sentencing for young mother

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(CNN)As he handed down his sentence, a Texas judge scolded a young mother whose two daughters died after she intentionally left them in a car overnight. “Those precious little girls would still be here today if this had not happened,” the judge said during the sentencing, Hill County Breaking News reported. In June 2017, Hawkins, […]

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5 things to know for November 26: US-Mexico border, Camp Fire, winter weather

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(CNN) 1. US-Mexico border The border crossing in San Diego is back open this morning. It had been closed for several hours yesterday after a group of about 500 migrants rushed the border from the Mexican side, leading Border Patrol agents to fire tear gas at them. US Customs and Border Protection said the migrants […]

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A mall Santa in a town near Paradise gets heartbreaking requests from kids

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(CNN)The Chico Mall has everything you’d expect to find there during the holiday season — non-stop Christmas music, trees and oversized ornaments, along with signs advertising great deals for increasingly frenzied shoppers. He said you’d never know that many of the children he’s met had lost their homes. “Most of them are smiling,” he said, […]

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5 things to know for November 28: Senate race, Russia probe, Lion Air, Ukraine-Russia

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(CNN) 1. Mississippi Senate runoff The midterms are over, in the US Senate, at least. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won Mississippi’s US Senate runoff election, defeating Democratic challenger Mike Espy. Hyde-Smith, who’d been appointed to the seat, is the first woman elected to Congress from the Magnolia State. That gives Republicans 53 seats in the Senate […]

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5 things to know for November 7: House & Senate, gubernatorial races, ballot measures

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(CNN) 1. Midterm elections So, what did we learn about ourselves as a country after these more-contentious-than-normal midterms? We’re still divided. And that’s reflected in the opposite trends in the House and Senate results. CNN’s Stephen Collinson explains that the political and cultural gulf between diverse and affluent liberals in big cities and suburbs and mostly white, […]

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5 things to know for October 4: Kavanaugh, police ambush, immigration, Saudi Arabia

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(CNN)If you want to sip (or gulp) a drink at the London watering hole just recognized as the world’s best bar, you’d better hurry. It’sclosing soon — for good. 1. Brett Kavanaugh Senators who will decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will start reading the report from the FBI’s investigation of him […]

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