Despite backlash, stock buybacks keep booming

New York (CNN Business)Washington’s attacks on stock buybacks haven’t scared away Corporate America. Corporations, not retail investors or large institutions, appear to be the driving force behind the sharp rebound on Wall Street this year. Coca-Cola (KO) announced plans on Thursday to repurchase another 150 million shares — worth about $7 billion at the current stock price. Companies are supporting the market rally Excluding corporate buybacks, Bank of America said its clients have sold individual stocks for the last two weeks. Last week, just two of the 11 major sectors of the stock market experienced inflows if buybacks are excluded, the bank said. It’s a fresh reminder of how much the decade-long bull market has relied on companies themselves to …

GOP congressional candidate calls for new election after irregularities investigation

(CNN)The Republican candidate in a US House race in North Carolina says a new election should be called after an investigation into election irregularities. On Wednesday, Harris’ son John testified that he had warned his father about a political operative who’s at the center of the investigation into election irregularities. The testimony was the first evidence that Mark Harris was told that operative Leslie McRae Dowless may have taken part in questionable ballot activity in the past. It marked a dramatic turn in the North Carolina Board of Elections’ evidentiary hearing, as John Harris contradicted his father’s previous assertion that he never heard any red flags raised about Dowless. Dowless is a convicted felon who was hired by a consulting …

Dove is offering $5,000 grants for dads without access to paid paternity leave

(CNN)The idea of paid paternity leave has hit the national stage as focus shifts from new moms to the whole family unit when a child is born. As companies decide to offer the added benefit to new parents, one company is offering a grant to dads who do not have access to paid paternity leave. View this post on Instagram CNN has reported other big companies such as Starbucks, Lowe’s, CVS, Dollar General and Walmart, have expanded or created new family leave policies, many specifically geared towards working dads, in the last year. The political landscape for paternity leave is also changing. In the past four years, the number of lawmakers supportive of paid family leave has more than doubled. …

Boy, 16, guilty of Alesha rape and murder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlesha MacPhail murder: Teenager found guilty A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. Her naked body was found on the Isle of Bute after she was reported missing on the morning of 2 July last year. Alesha had suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck. The teenager – who cannot be named because he is under 18 – was found guilty after a nine-day trial at the High Court in Glasgow. Judge Lord Matthews told the killer he had stolen Alesha’s life by “committing some of the most wicked and evil crimes this court …

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 …

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.

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 …

Alcohol court to deal with domestic abuse

So far, offenders convicted of domestic abuse have not been admitted to the alcohol court, but a new programme offering an alternative to custody will allow the court to consider these types of offence. Under the Caledonian System, now being rolled out in Glasgow, a convicted domestic abuser is enrolled on a programme which aims to address their violent behaviour and improve the lives of the women and children affected. It is not an alternative to prosecution and if at any point the programme is breached by the perpetrator the case is returned to court for consideration of whether a separate sentence should be imposed. Problem solving approach The creation of the “problem-solving” alcohol court followed the success of the …