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A powerful tornado tore through northern Dallas Sunday night, leaving more than 100,000 without power, officials said 🌪 Three people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Lebanon’s government on Monday passed a series of major economic reforms, including the slashing of officials' salaries and the scrapping of austerity measures, in an effort to quell mass protests that erupted late last week. The demonstrations, sparked by a proposed tax on WhatsApp calls and other taxes, engulfed parts of Lebanon over the weekend, fueled by anger over the country’s faltering economy.
A school in India has apologized after photos emerged of students wearing cardboard boxes on their heads during an exam to discourage cheating. The Bhagat Pre-University College in India's southwestern Karnataka state implemented a trial run of the new measure last Wednesday. The front of the boxes had been cut out to allow students to see their desks and exam sheets, but the boxes restricted their peripheral vision. After a member of staff posted the photos on Facebook, the measure received widespread criticism on social media. S. Suresh Kumar, the state's education minister described the school's practice as "unacceptable." "Nobody has any right to treat anybody more so students like animals," he said. "This (perversion ) will be dealt with aptly." (📸: Bhagat Pre-University College )
Twin-ception 👶👶👩👩 When identical twin girls Addison and Emma were born last month, they were greeted in the delivery room by a pair of identical twin nurses. Tori Howard and Tara Drinkard have worked at Piedmont Athens Regional for years, but the pair had never worked the delivery room together until that day. "(Tara and Tori ) have become our friends," the newborns’ father said. "I look forward to letting the girls know about this one day, and hopefully they'll get to meet them and keep carrying this thing on." (📸: Piedmont Athens Regional )
The Tasmanian tiger, a large striped carnivore, is believed to have gone extinct over 80 years ago — but newly released Australian government documents show sightings have been reported as recently as two months ago 👀 The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, pictured above in a museum in 2002, was native to Tasmania and the Australian mainland. The last known thylacine died in captivity in 1936, and there is no hard evidence to support the its survival. However, regular claims of unsubstantiated sightings have given the marsupial a Loch Ness Monster-type status in Tasmania. (📸: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/AFP/Getty Images )
As lawmakers debate Boris Johnson's Brexit deal in the UK Houses of Parliament, thousands of protesters outside are calling for a second referendum at the #PeoplesVoteMarch. "The whole Brexit thing has completely divided our country, in a way that in my lifetime has never happened before," said one marcher. UK lawmakers are holding the first Saturday parliamentary sitting in 37 years to debate and vote on the new Brexit deal.
Follow ➡️ @cnnclimate ➡️ The western South Atlantic humpback whale nearly went extinct in the 1950s after centuries of whaling. But thanks to conservation efforts, their population has soared to an estimated 25,000, according to a new study. Alex Zerbini, one of the study’s authors, said the findings showed it was possible to bring severely depleted populations back from the brink. About 1 million of the planet’s 8 million species are threatened with extinction by humans, according to a landmark UN report published in May. (📸: L. Candisani/Courtesy Instituto Aqualie )
Six-time NBA champion and Hornets owner Michael Jordan this week unveiled the first of two medical clinics he has funded in Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility, which opened Thursday, offers care to Charlotte residents, including underinsured and uninsured patients. “As you can see, it’s a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that’s supported me over the years,” he said with tears on his face. (📸: Novant Health )
➡️Follow @greatbigstory ➡️ This town produces almost no trash 🌏The Japanese village of #Kamikatsu has taken their commitment to #sustainability to a whole new level with residents sorting recyclables into 45 (‼️ ) different categories. In 2003, the town instated the Zero Waste Declaration with the goal of being completely waste-free by 2020.
These astronauts are making history with the first ever all-female spacewalk. "I think it's important because of the historical nature of what we're doing and that in the past, women haven't always been at the table," said @NASA astronaut Christina Koch. "What we're doing now shows all the work that went in for the decades prior, all of the women that worked to get us where we are today," astronaut Jessica Meir added. Koch and Meir will be replacing a faulty battery charge/discharge unit that failed to activate after a spacewalk October 11, according to the agency. Although floating in space looks easy, astronauts say that spacewalks are one of the most physically challenging things they can do, according to NASA.
The seat belonging to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings has been draped in black. Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, died at the age of 68 from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said. (📸: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images )
Rep. Elijah Cummings, a powerful Democrat and key figure leading investigations into President Donald Trump, has died at age 68. As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings oversaw multiple investigations into the Trump administration and often clashed publicly with the President. The longtime congressman was known as a tireless defender of his Maryland district, which included his hometown of Baltimore, and became a leading voice among African American lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Tap the link in our bio for more on Cummings' legacy.
In an image released by the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands with her finger pointed at President Trump during a meeting in which the President “had a meltdown,” according to Democratic leaders who were present. "He was insulting, particularly to the speaker. She kept her cool completely, but he called her a third-rate politician," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters after the meeting. Tap the link on our bio for more on the tense exchange. (📸: White House Photo )
Rep. Elijah Cummings died Thursday morning at age 68. The Democratic congressman has represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District since 1996 and served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is one of the committees involved in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. He died of "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said. The son of former sharecroppers, Cummings was born in Baltimore in 1951 and graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1969. In 1996, he was first elected to the US Congress. Cummings was reelected last year with 76% of the vote. (📸: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images )
Angry commuters clashed with climate protesters at peak rush hour in London Thursday morning. Video shows crowds shouting at Extinction Rebellion activists who'd climbed on top of trains, throwing objects and dragging the protesters down to the platform. In a statement after the fights broke out, Extinction Rebellion said activists had understood that violence "was a possibility," but that they were willing to go to prison for their cause. The group added that it had targeted the central London subway lines because it would "have a severe impact upon business within the capital." Four people have been arrested so far due to the "obstruction incidents," according to British Transport Police.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Friday that will make it illegal to sell, donate or manufacture new fur products in the state. The bill, authored by state assemblymaker Laura Friedman, will go into effect on January 1, 2020, and applies to all new clothing, handbags, shoes and other items made with fur. (📸: Richard Vogel/AP )
Photographer @garyhershorn snapped this image of the moon rising over New York on Tuesday evening 🌕🏙 Hershorn wrote on Instagram that he took the picture of the Manhattan skyline from Green Brook Township, New Jersey, using a telephoto lens.
Prince Harry teared up at a children's charity event as he recalled the time when only he and his wife, Meghan, knew they were expecting their first child. "Both of us were thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time." The couple's child, Archie, was born in May.
A dozen candidates took the stage in Ohio for the fourth #DemDebate. Here are some of the top moments. Follow ➡️ @ontheroad2020 ➡️ for more coverage.
"We've got one shot to make Donald Trump a one-term president. And how we talk about each other in this debate actually really matters ... tearing each other down because we have a different plan, to me, is unacceptable," Sen. @corybooker said at Tuesday's #DemDebate in Ohio. Follow ➡️ @ontheroad2020 ➡️ for more coverage of the 2020 presidential election 🗳
"People need to keep their hands off of women's bodies and let women make the decisions about their own lives." Sen. @kamalaharris tackled women's access to reproductive health care during the #DemDebate in Ohio. Follow ➡️ @ontheroad2020 ➡️ for more coverage of the 2020 presidential election 🗳
Chloe Newman lost her right leg when she was a baby, so when Mattel released a Barbie with a prosthetic leg, she wanted to give them to kids just like her. The 18-year-old and her family donated about 430 Barbies on Monday to Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts. "I think that they would feel better about themselves maybe, or at least that's what I'm hoping that they would say. 'Oh that's really cool, they're making a Barbie like me, so why should I be ashamed of myself if there's now toys like me,'" Newman told CNN affiliate WWLP. (📸: Shriners Hospital for Children Springfield and @mattel )
A new study suggests the climate crisis is increasing the risk of Ebola spreading beyond current outbreak areas in West Africa, and potentially hitting China, Russia, India, Europe and the United States by 2070. The study cited several factors contributing to the risk, including changes to animal habitats that increase the rate of animal-to-human communication of the deadly disease. (📸: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images )
A new law in California guarantees all students will receive lunch at school even if their parents or guardians have not paid their meal fees. It also ensures "that the pupil is not shamed or treated differently from other pupils." Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was inspired by a 9-year-old who used his allowance — all $74.80 of it — to pay off his third grade class's lunch debt. "He showed how at many schools across the country, students whose parents are not able to pay for their lunch are given a cheaper, 'alternative' lunch that causes them to stick out from their peers," the governor said. "I want to thank Ryan for his empathy and his courage in bringing awareness to this important issue." A survey by the School Nutrition Association found that three-fourths of school districts reported having unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Nearly two-thirds of North American birds may go extinct if global warming hits 3 degrees Celsius (5.4˚F ), according to a new report from the National Audubon Society. But if humanity can act fast and hit the carbon-cutting targets of the Paris Accord, scientists say 76% of the most vulnerable species would likely survive. @BillWeirCNN traveled to Tampa Bay to look at how climate change is altering bird habitats.
Simone Biles. Brigid Kosgei. Coco Gauff. This trio of female athletes just had quite a weekend: 🤸🏿♀️ Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast of all time after earning her 24th medal at the world championships. She went on to win a 25th in the floor exercise. 🏃🏾♀️Brigid Kosgei shattered a world marathon record, running 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds. 🎾 Coco Gauff became the youngest pro tennis champion in 15 years after her win in Linz, Austria. Tap the link in our bio to read more about their historic accomplishments. (📸: Matthias Schrader/AP/Kamil Krzaczynski/Barbara Gindl/AFP/Getty Images )
Marine veteran Travis Snyder left his job, sold his car, got rid of his apartment and hiked 810 miles around Lake Michigan — all to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention. Snyder says he began the 42-day journey because of his personal tie to the issue. In April, a friend from Snyder’s unit in Afghanistan died by suicide, stunning Snyder and his friends. “I guess you could say it was a wake-up call to check in on each other a little more often,” he told CNN. Within weeks of starting, Snyder’s mission was met with an outpouring of love, with some people even joining him for stretches of the hike. In Snyder’s final post from the trek, he wrote, “Together, we will make a tremendous difference.” (📸:Travis Snyder )
Order in the dream house! Mattel just unveiled its 2019 Barbie Career of the Year Doll: Barbie Judge Doll. The company chose a judge after learning that only 33% of sitting US state judges are women, a Barbie spokesperson told USA TODAY. The Judge Barbie announcement came soon after Mattel released a line of racially diverse and gender-inclusive dolls. (📸: Mattel )
New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis says he won’t have to pay a $7,017 fine for wearing a “Man of God” headband, so he’s donating the money, and more, to his hometown hospital. The NFL prohibits players from “wearing, displaying or otherwise conveying personal messages” during game day events unless they are approved by the league. Davis announced Tuesday that he won his appeal and that he’d be giving the fine money, as well as more than $30,000 he raised selling the headbands online, to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. (📸: Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images )
Eugene Bullard, who was the first African American pilot to fly in combat, has been memorialized with a statue at an aviation museum in Georgia. Bullard, whose father was born into slavery, flew for France during World War I. His distant cousin, Harriett Bullard White, told CNN she wept with joy as she placed a wreath at the statue during a ceremony on Wednesday. "All my life I'd known how great he was. Of course, no one else knew who he is," White said. "He's an American hero and someone all Americans should know about." (📸: Bob Andres/AP )
Danny McDaniel was kayaking off the coast of California last weekend when a shark bit into his boat, then quickly released it and swam away. After inspecting his kayak, McDaniel found that the shark left behind two teeth and a massive jaw imprint. Scientists who reviewed the size of the shark’s teeth estimated that the animal was probably between 17 and 20 feet long. "It is pretty amazing and encouraging that such large animals are still able to exist out there with fishing activities and human encroachment and environmental change," said one scientist. (📸:Danny McDaniel )
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge is the first person ever to run a marathon in under two hours. 🏆 In Vienna, the 34-year-old ran the 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds — an achievement considered one of the ultimate milestones in athletic performance. "I am the happiest man," Kipchoge said, adding that he hopes to have inspired many that "no human is limited." Despite the achievement, the milestone won't count as a world record. During the race, Kipchoge followed behind a car — a condition not allowed under IAAF sanctions — and was assisted by an army of 30 pacemakers. In 2018, Kipchoge set the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds. "Berlin is running and breaking a world record," said Kipchoge. "Vienna is running and making history — like the first man to go to the moon." (📸: Herbert Neubauer / APA/AFP/Getty Images )
Follow ➡️ @cnnclimate ➡️ The company International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia, announced on Thursday that it will remove or offset all carbon emissions from its fleet of over 570 aircraft by 2050. IAG said it would replace older aircraft, invest in sustainable jet fuel and develop technology that removes CO2 from the atmosphere as part of the pledge. Its flagship carrier, British Airways, will also offset all carbon emissions produced by its domestic flights starting next year by investing in solar energy products and planting trees in South America, Africa and Asia. (📸: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty Images )
Jane Fonda was taken into police custody Friday while participating in a climate crisis demonstration on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington. The actress and activist recently launched her "Fire Drill Fridays" campaign, a civil disobedience effort to demand action on climate change. In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, Fonda said she was inspired to act by 16-year-old environmental activist @gretathunberg
Aerial footage shows the scope of the Saddleridge Fire, which has prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people in the northern Los Angeles area. The fire, one of several burning in Southern California, started Thursday and exploded to 4,700 acres overnight.
A snakehead fish, which is an invasive fish species that can breathe air and survive on land, was found in Georgia for the first time this month. Officials are warning anyone who comes into contact with the species to kill it immediately. The long, thin fish are considered dangerous, and have a dark brown blotchy appearance and can grow up to three feet in length. (📸: Steve Ruark/AP )