You kept sending Amazon stories. We couldn’t stop reading them

(CNN)What will they do in place of Amazon? That’s just a taste of what a few CNN Opinion readers had to say about the Amazon’s February 14 announcement that Long Island City would no longer be one of the two sites for its HQ2 hubs on the East Coast. From now on, no one will confuse the Queens neighborhood with Jeff Bezos’ Valentine. The LIC plan offer had been controversial since it was announced four months ago, with proponents and opposition activists alike raising their voices. Likewise, after Amazon withdrew the offer; reactions were swift, furious and remarkably lacking in consensus CNN Opinion published an op-ed by CNN anchor John Avlon on Feb. 15 that took issue with Amazon’s cushy …

Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax got more media attention than my son, who was shot and killed in Chicago

Carmia Tang with her son Jeremy Tang, who was shot and killed in Chicago September 3, 2017. (Courtesy of the author) There are hundreds of mothers in Chicago in the same exact situation. I personally know some of them. Where is the national media attention and outrage for the 700 plus unsolved murders in Chicago? My son is only a statistic, not a national news story. Doesn’t he deserve more than that? Don’t all of the other victims of murder and crime in Chicago deserve more than that?

Bolton cancels South Korea trip ‘to focus on events in Venezuela’

(CNN)US national security adviser John Bolton has canceled his trip to South Korea next week, even as preparations ramp up for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And Elliott Abrams, the recently appointed US Special Representative for Venezuela, arrived in the Colombian border town of Cucuta Thursday. Their plans coincide with a heightening of tensions in Venezuela over aid deliveries: Late on Friday night, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced a “total temporary closure” of the Colombian borde — just hours ahead of the deadline for food and medical supplies to finally enter the country set by self-declared acting president Juan Guaido. Venezuelan civilian volunteers had been preparing to carry aid across …

Former FBI general counsel thought Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted until ‘pretty late’ in email investigation

The FBI’s top lawyer in 2016 thought Hillary Clinton and her team should have immediately realized they were mishandling “highly classified” information based on the obviously sensitive nature of the emails’ contents sent through her private server. And he believed she should have been prosecuted until “pretty late” in the investigation, according to a transcript of his closed-door testimony before congressional committees last October.  Former FBI general counsel James Baker said high-level officials at the bureau were “arguing about” whether to bring charges against Clinton, “I think, up until the end” — and he initially thought Clinton’s behavior was “alarming” and “appalling.”  Pursuant to the “statutes that we were considering at the time,” Baker told lawmakers, it was “the nature and …

30 Amusing Wildlife Photos By Award-Winning Austrian Photographer

Comedy Wildlife Photography Award with his image of a running hamster, titled “Rush hour”. A ground squirrel that enjoys sniffing a flower, a hamster climbing up a blackberry branch or a red squirrel trying to reach for a walnut – each of his images tells a story and evokes emotions. Wildlife photographers always fascinated me for their patience and it seems that Julian wouldn’t mind waiting thousands of hours to get the perfect shot. #1 Just… A Little… Bit… Closer Possibly a reincarnation of Scrat the saber-tooth squirrel from Ice Age in his latest pursuit of the acorn, and by acorn we actually mean this nut. Also – striking a majestic yoga pose while at it. #3 European Hamster A …

Eleven held as stabbed man dies in hotel

He said: “It was a complete shock to the staff late last night. “They realised that the person was beyond their help and they immediately called 999.” Image copyright PA Image caption Residents were evacuated from the hotel following the stabbing How a bloody night became a deadly year The city curing violence like a disease Murder victim’s family flee London ‘danger’ Scotland Yard said it was making urgent inquiries to identify the man and contact his family. Cordons have been set up in the street.

The US Has Decided Not to Take Action Against Tribe For Death of Missionary

There was plenty of media coverage when John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old American Christian missionary, died in a shower of arrows after stepping foot onto the island of a remote tribe, the Sentinelese, in November 2018. Among the many questions hanging over this unlikely situation, some people wondered whether the tribe could face murder charges for their actions.  The US State Department has now stated it is not looking to take any further action against the Sentinelese, calling it a “tragic situation”. Samuel D Brownback, the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, said in a press briefing on February 7 that the US has not pushed the Indian government to take any legal action against the tribe, nor are they pursuing any …

This Instagrammer is unapologetically shaming people into protecting California’s Joshua Trees.

Photo by Diego Delso / Wikimedia Commons Joshua Tree National Park, an 800-acre nature preserve located about 130 miles east of Los Angeles, made news earlier this year as a victim of the 35-day government shutdown. During the shutdown, many of the park rangers and staff were furloughed, leaving a large portion of the sprawling park unattended. This opened the pristine landscape to vandalism, camp fires, and illegal off-roading. A few of the park’s iconic Joshua trees were destroyed during the shutdown as well. Joshua Tree National Park could take 200 to 300 years to recover from shutdown damage https://t.co/wTpIDMdlPr via @SmithsonianMag pic.twitter.com/MORZAJLIAz — mad floridian (@madfloridian) February 15, 2019 Even though the shutdown is over and the park is …

Marine Bacteria Turn Viruses Into Climate-Shaping Biological Weapons

Bacteria and other microbes have adapted to the viruses that infect them. Some have not only learned to survive a viral load, but turned it to their advantage, releasing viruses at their enemies in escalating biological warfare. New discoveries reveal some even turn themselves into the microscopic equivalent of suicide bombers, destroying enemies as they die. Microbial communities are complex mixes of harmonious coexistence and struggles for resources. To clear the way for themselves, some microbes have taken to killing competitors. One method, producing antibiotics to which they themselves are immune, has attracted attention for the rich store of potential medications it provides against similar organisms that infect humans. More recently we have learned some bacteria do something similar with …

Sanders’ evolution on race may not have come soon enough

Washington (CNN)Bernie Sanders’ biggest selling point in 2016 was that he was the only person in the Democratic primary running not named Hillary Clinton. So, where does that leave Sanders, particularly with African-American voters, the key group that he struggled with against Clinton? In South Carolina, he lost by nearly 50 points (50!) — and Clinton won 87% of the black vote. CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson explores the politics of identity in American life — race, religion, region, gender, class and party. Sanders is a Democratic socialist who has been hesitant to talk about race and showed a disdain for identity politics on one hand while never acknowledging it on the other hand. But, there are clear signs that he has …

Hattie the Fatty finds a new home

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe hefty hound had survived on a diet of hamburgers before she was rescued by the RSPCA A slimmed-down obese dog who once resembled a “pot-bellied pig” after surviving on a diet of hamburgers has been adopted by one of her rescuers. Hattie was dubbed “Britain’s fattest dog” when she arrived at Gables Farm in Devon weighing almost 40kg (6st). Nicknamed Hattie the Fatty, the portly pooch won hearts worldwide as she slimmed to 23kg (3st 8lb). Hundreds of rehoming applications rolled in but foster carer Ruth Rickard realised she had fallen for Hattie. “I couldn’t imagine her living with anyone else,” she said. “I did get very attached to her and …

Alesha trial told of DNA Google search

It was contained in an 89-page report which was compiled after a forensic examination of an iPhone 6, said to belong to the accused. Alesha accused had ‘fantasy’ killing chat Alesha, six, had ‘catastrophic’ injuries Woman denies killing six-year-old Alesha Alesha’s father ‘sold cannabis to accused’ Boy accused of Alesha murder blames woman Alesha’s body was found in a wooded area on the Isle of Bute on 2 July last year. The High Court in Glasgow previously heard Alesha suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck. She was only days into a summer break in Rothesay when she was killed. The teenager has lodged a special defence claiming the crime was committed …

How do you deradicalise someone?

What makes them different to other strategies is the aim to change a person’s ideas and attitudes. In the UK, the government runs Prevent – a system which aims to identify vulnerable people and intervene in their lives before they become terrorists. Last year, 7,318 people were referred to the programme. Prevent has different strands. The Channel scheme is for individuals who cause such concern that they need concerted help to deradicalise. Another part is the Desistance and Disengagement programme, aimed at rehabilitating people already convicted of terror offences or returning from conflict zones. Last June, the government announced it was planning to double investment in that strand. Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? The man who is being …

Some Sea Snakes Can Sense Light With Their Tails

Some animals have markings resembling a second eye on their hindquarters to trick predators into attacking the wrong end. Australian sea snakes have instead developed a light detector on their tail that can perform the eye’s most basic function, helping them move to safety. A small subgroup of sea snakes have been found to be the only reptiles with the trait. Decades ago, scuba divers on night dives noticed that when they shone their torches on olive sea snakes’ (Aipysurus laevis) paddle-like tails the snakes would move their tails away. A 1990 study confirmed the effect was real, with the sea snakes being able to detect light with their tails. However, Dr Kate Sanders of the University of Adelaide told …