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  • A  screenshot of a Banksy artwork in Gaza, taken from the artist's website.

    Mysterious artist unveils new work in Gaza

    By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN The short film begins like a glossy travel commercial. “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination,” urges the text on screen, against the backdrop of an airplane wing and fluffy clouds. “Welcome to Gaza,” it continues. “Well away from the tourist track.” But it soon becomes clear that this is a rather different kind of trip. The camera appears to plunge down a poorly lit tunnel, emerging into a scene where children wander among […]

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    Washington, D.C. joins three states in legalizing pot

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser defied congressional Republicans and implemented D.C.’s new local law allowing its residents to smoke marijuana. In implementing the new pot laws that went into effect Thursday, Bowser rebuffed two influential House Republicans who’d warned her that she’d be breaking federal law — and risking retribution. “We would encourage the Congress to not be so concerned with overturning what 7-in-10 voters said should be the law in the District of Columbia,” Bowser said at […]

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    ISIS takes to Internet to target teens

    (CNN) — The case of three teenage British girls, who are believed to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS, has refocused attention on the Islamic extremist group’s appeal to young people. Children and young people feature in the terrorist group’s propaganda, including a recent video showing boys in camouflage and ISIS bandanas learning hand-to-hand combat. The militants call them their “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Experts say ISIS has especially ramped up its efforts to lure young women — seen […]

  • Wesleyan University Molly Incident

    Popular variant of Ecstasy sends 11 to hospital

    (CNN) — Ten students at Wesleyan University and two visitors were hospitalized Sunday from “complications” arising from the use of the drug Molly or alcohol. The Middletown Police Department reported that 11 were hospitalized because of Molly and one because of alcohol. The president of the of the university, located in Middletown, Connecticut, said that eight students remained hospitalized. Four were expected to be released from the hospital Monday, he wrote in a letter to the community. President Michael S. […]

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    Jeb Bush: I’m not my dad (or brother)

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Jeb Bush revealed his strategy for dealing with the polarizing foreign policy legacy of his brother: Make a quick declaration of independence then pivot to a searing attack on the failings abroad of President Barack Obama. “I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make,” Bush said Wednesday in Chicago during the first major foreign policy speech of his prospective Republican presidential campaign. “But […]

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    ‘Duck Dynasty’ star to get free speech award

     (CNN) — “Duck Dynasty” Star Phil Robertson will receive Citizens United’s first amendment award at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, next weekend in Maryland. The controversial television star who was suspended for controversial remarks in 2013 has become a hero to conservatives supporting freedom of speech. “In a time where conservative Christians are under attack by the media and pop culture, Phil Robertson continues to courageously stand by Truth and his convictions,” said David N. Bossie, President […]

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    Louisiana Rep. Richmond to skip Netanyahu speech

    NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)—Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond won’t be on hand to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Richmond, who represents the state’s second district, said Friday he will join nearly two dozen other Democrats in skipping Netanyahu’s controversial speech. “Throughout my time as an elected official, I have been a staunch supporter of Israel through action and words,” Richmond said in a statement. But, he added, “Congress is not a political pawn, nor […]

  • Yusor Mohammad, Deah Shaddy Barakat and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha

    FBI opens investigation into UNC shootings

     (CNN) — The cries from family members and shocked Muslims are clear: Call it what it is, a hate crime. They say Craig Stephen Hicks hated religion and that he was riled at the sight of his Muslim neighbors: two of them young women who wore hijabs. The deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, had the hallmark of a summary execution: shots fired to the victims’ heads. But police in Chapel Hill, […]

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin G20 Presser

    Ukraine talks: Cease-fire set to begin Sunday

    (CNN) — Marathon peace talks aimed at ending the bloody crisis in eastern Ukraine concluded Thursday in a breakthrough: A ceasefire that’s due to start Sunday and an agreement for both sides to pull back heavy weapons. If the ceasefire holds — which is far from certain — it could bring to an end a 10-month conflict that has claimed more than 5,000 lives, many of them civilians, and plunged East-West relations to their lowest point since the end of […]

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    Bobby Jindal: The right’s unlikely Common Core hero

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — When Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal recently finished a speech blasting the Common Core education standards, a room full of activists from the conservative American Principles Project jumped from their seats in applause. Less than a year ago, they might have rushed for the door. The scene of Jindal railing against Common Core — the education standards embraced by more than 40 states — stands in stark contrast to his enthusiastic approval of the program when it […]

  • President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images  for Disney)

    Sony, Marvel agree to share Spider-Man on big screen

     NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The spidey sense of Spider-Man fans everywhere was tingling on Monday night. Sony Pictures Entertainment and Disney’s Marvel Studios have announced a deal that will allow them to share the beloved superhero Spider-Man. The deal means that Spider-Man will appear in a film from Marvel’s highly successful Cinematic Universe franchise, which has produced blockbusters including “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Sony will follow that production with the next installment of its Spider-Man franchise in […]

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    Most Ala. counties defy federal gay marriage order

    (CNN) — Tori Sisson and Shanté Wolfe of Tuskegee, Alabama, camped outside the Montgomery County Courthouse overnight, hoping that when the sun rose Monday, they’d be the first same-sex couple to be legally married in the county. They arrived at 2 p.m. Sunday and set up their tent. Expecting a crowd — of mostly media and friends, or their “chosen family,” as many of their kin don’t approve of their relationship — they awoke at 5 a.m. Monday to get […]