Malibu residents stay up all night to save neighborhood from fires

(CNN)Robert Spangle didn’t shower for five days. He barely slept. He was on a mission to make sure his Malibu hometown didn’t burn to the ground. “In the reconnaissance community, five or six days a week sleeping on the ground with no electricity, no comfort, no conversation with very little…

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Death toll rises to 23 in California’s Camp Fire

(CNN)The death toll in the Camp Fire in Northern California has risen to 23 with the discovery Saturday of 14 more sets of remains, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea told reporters. “Mother Nature has given us a short reprieve … but we know tomorrow Mother Nature’s gonna turn…

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A rare Mandarin duck is hanging out in NYC’s Central Park and nobody knows how it got there

(CNN)New York’s latest celebrity is an odd duck. “The zoos say it’s not theirs,” said Dan Tainow, an urban park ranger with the New York City Parks Department. “It’s most likely a pet.” Tainow said the bird could be from as far afield as New Jersey or Long Island. “It…

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USA Gymnastics’ week to forget shows the newfound power of athletes and the law

(CNN)For decades, the people atop USA Gymnastics controlled the dynamics of the sport. They chose the coaches, which young athletes made the national team, where the team practiced and more. And Wednesday, another former president, Steve Penny, was arrested on a charge of tampering with evidence during the investigation into…

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5 things for September 17: Florence. Kavanaugh. Mangkhut. The Vatican

(CNN)There’s quitting in the middle of a shift, and then there’s this NFL cornerback who straight up RETIRED in the middle of a game yesterday. Before you clock in, here’severythingelse you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You…

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Justice Department is investigating how the FBI handled claims against Larry Nassar, report says

(CNN)The Justice Department has launched an investigation into the FBI’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal said a spokesperson for the Inspector General’s office declined to comment on its reporting. CNN is working to independently verify…

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She ditched the homecoming crown for a helmet then went out and kicked her team to a win

(CNN)Kaylee Foster deserves a game ball to go with her homecoming crown. Foster scored seven of her team’s 13 points, kicking two field goals in regulation and ending the game against George County with the extra point. Her mom, Rendy Foster, said her daughter was surprised to win homecoming queen…

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Serena Williams is calling out sexism in tennis. Here’s why.

(CNN)Serena Williams‘ heated dispute with the umpire during the US Open final is the latest controversy involving the tennis superstar in recent months. Here’s a look back at some recent times sexism has been called out on the tennis court: Serena calls the umpire a ‘thief’ Williams accused umpire Carlos…

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Embattled USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry resigns after 9 months

(CNN)Just nine months after taking the helm of USA Gymnastics, president and CEO Kerry Perry has resigned — marking the latest high-profile departure from the beleaguered organization. Attorney John Manly, who represents 180 gymnasts, said Perry failed to overhaul USAG. “Despite promises to the contrary, Ms. Perry continued the same…

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5 things for August 9: Chris Collins, Canada & Saudi Arabia, primaries, Argentina

(CNN)Do you have Amazon Prime? The service is adding a new perk at Whole Foods — curbside grocery pickup. Fancy! Here’s what else 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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John Legend calls out Paul Ryan for Father’s Day tweet as immigrant families are being separated

(CNN)Singer John Legend has slammed House Speaker Paul Ryan with an F-bomb on Twitter over a Trump administration immigration policy that has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents. Ryan, the top Republican in the House, said last week that he believes Congress should resolve the issue as part…

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Kate Spade, fashion designer, found dead in apparent suicide

New York (CNN)Kate Brosnahan Spade, who created an iconic, accessible handbag line that bridged Main Street and high-end fashion, hanged herself in an apparent suicide Tuesday at her Manhattan apartment, according to New York Police Department sources. Best known for its colorful handbags, Kate Spade New York has more than…

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In a superhero cape, he feeds the city’s hungry and homeless. And he’s only 4

Birmingham (CNN)Austin Perine’s superhero cape glides and flutters as he hands chicken sandwiches to homeless men outside a shelter in Birmingham, Alabama. “It’s because of you that I want to be a better person,” a homeless man tells the boy. “You’re showing love, everywhere you go, right?” “I am,” responds…

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