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The communications included a 'promise,' the Washington Post reports
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has agreed to testify in an open session before the House Intelligence Committee after refusing to comply with Tuesday's deadline to hand over a whistleblower complaint that had been deemed by the intelligence community inspector general to be "credible and urgent."

Analysis: Trump and House Democrats snared in new intelligence storm
A smoldering Washington intelligence mystery exploded late Wednesday into a full-on confrontation between House Democrats and the White House over communications between President Donald Trump and an unidentified foreign leader.

Phil Mudd: Congress shouldn't ask US Intel community to snitch on Trump
CNN analyst Phil Mudd responds following a report from The Washington Post revealing President Donald Trump's communications with a foreign leader sparked the whistleblower complaint that has led the acting director of national intelligence to agree to testify amid a showdown with Congress.

Bolton criticizes Trump at closed-door event
Former national security adviser John Bolton didn't offer any praise of President Donald Trump in remarks at a private event Wednesday, but instead took aim at his former boss' policies on the world stage, according to an attendee.

Trump shifts blame to Bolton: He made many mistakes
President Donald Trump addresses the departure of national security advisor John Bolton, claiming Bolton wasn't getting along with others in the Trump administration.

Trump stays cautious as Pompeo calls attack on Saudi oil an 'act of war'
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the attack on Saudi oil facilities "an act of war" Wednesday, as President Donald Trump announced that he's ordered new sanctions on Iran, the latest escalation in tensions between the two countries as US officials work to pin the blame on Iran.

Justin Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface at a school party
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface during a school event in 2001, a spokeswoman for his political party confirmed Wednesday night.

Cooper reports on Trudeau photo
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded about a photo that recently surfaced of him appearing to wear brownface at a party in 2001.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom: Trump administration 'threatening' private business
California Gov. Gavin Newsom slammed the Trump administration and Republicans for their "complete silence on state's rights, but also free enterprise" in light of President Donald Trump's decision to curtail state-set emissions standards.

White House to withdraw Trump's nominee to head FEMA
The White House plans to withdraw the nomination of Jeff Byard, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seven months after he was nominated to the position, a senior administration official and congressional source tell CNN.

Chelsea Handler: Trump is a perfect example of white privilege
CNN's Chris Cuomo talks with comedian Chelsea Handler who confronts white privilege head-on in her new documentary.

Governor announces free college tuition for residents
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to provide state residents with free tuition to public colleges, a plan that, if passed by the state legislature, would add New Mexico to the growing list of Democratic-led states to offer free higher education.

'Don't be a sucker': Cuomo debunks Trump's new policy
CNN's Chris Cuomo breaks down Trump's high-octane hit on California's emission rules.

Opinion: Jimmy Carter wants an age limit for the presidency -- and he may have a point
Former President Jimmy Carter took a shot at presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders when he said on Tuesday that he couldn't have handled the presidency at the age of 80. Speaking at the Carter Center, the former President said he hopes "there's an age limit" to the job.

Student was fatally stabbed while onlookers took a video of his suffering
Soon after school let out on Monday, a deadly fight broke out at a strip mall near Oceanside High School in Nassau County, New York. A group of teenagers looked on as Khaseen Morris, a 16-year-old student, was assaulted and stabbed in the chest. Some took out their phones and documented the fight on social media, but no one stepped in to help him.

The US Navy just confirmed these UFO videos are real
The US Navy has finally acknowledged footage purported to show UFOs hurtling through the air. And while officials said they don't know what the objects are, they're not indulging any hints either.

Watch pilot's encounter with UFO
The US Navy has confirmed that certain UFO videos made public over the past several years do indeed show "unidentified aerial phenomena."

Boy found sleeping on a porch. His parents are missing
Buffalo police are looking for the parents of a 3-year-old boy who was found sleeping on a porch Monday morning, a post from the department said.

Teen's mom alerted authorities after she found plans a school attack in journal
Washington police have arrested a high school student in a plot against his school after his mother found journal entries detailing his plans and alerted authorities.

Airline mechanic accused of sabotage
The American Airlines mechanic accused of trying to sabotage a commercial airliner before takeoff was denied bond and will be held in custody until trial, a judge ruled. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Babies born by C-section have less of their mom's gut bacteria. Here's why that matters

Warren stopped cold by Colbert's question
Stephen Colbert asks Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) if she "agrees with President Donald Trump on anything?"

They were watching TV with the door open. Then a mountain lion walked in
A California couple watching TV at home Sunday evening got an unwelcome visitor: a mountain lion that wandered in through their open door.

Ralph Lauren releases fashion tribute to Rachel Green from 'Friends'
For years, you envied her hair. Now, 25 years after the launch of "Friends," you can dress like Rachel Green.

Same-sex couple makes Bachelor franchise history with their engagement proposal
The "Bachelor" franchise ended its sixth season of "Bachelor in Paradise" with a first -- a proposal between a same-sex couple.

Flight attendant's note goes viral
Ashley Ober, who was born deaf, flew alone for the first time in her life. See how a flight attendant's kindness went a long way. CNN affiliate WJLA reports.

The hypocrisy of gun ownership in America
When Americans talk about guns, what's arguably most interesting isn't what we say about the devices themselves. It's what we betray about whose voices -- and lives -- matter when it comes to our country's virulent gun culture.

Two Amish men escape police after being pulled over for drinking and driving their horse and buggy
Picture this: Two Amish men drinking alcoholic beverages while operating a horse and buggy carrying a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra and outfitted with a giant stereo system.

Mosquito-borne virus victim went from healthy to brain dead in 9 days
A Michigan man went from healthy to brain dead in just nine days after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis, his brother said.

Blind, autistic singer amazes Simon Cowell
Singer Kodi Lee strengthened his case to be the season 14 champion on "America's Got Talent" with a rousing performance of Freya Ridings' "Lost Without You."

MIT president vows to repair culture after involvement with Jeffrey Epstein
MIT President L. Rafael Reif has vowed to "repair a system and a culture that failed the people" of the university, after reports revealed the school's involvement with Jeffrey Epstein.

Lay's potato chip bag is getting a new look
Lay's potato chips are about to get a packaging revamp. The redesigned potato chip bag and new logo give Lay's its first new look in 12 years.

Pitt opens up about confronting Weinstein
Actor Brad Pitt explains why he confronted Harvey Weinstein on behalf of his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow.

Tesla takes on Porsche with superfast Plaid Mode
When Porsche said it set a speed record with its new Taycan electric car, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, wasn't about to just sit there and take it. He quickly tweeted that Tesla has something in the works that would enable its cars to outdo even Porsche. It's called Plaid Mode.

Porsche's first electric car has almost no switches, knobs or gauges. Here's what it does have
Porsche unveiled its first electric car, called the Taycan, on Wednesday. The car was introduced in two high-performance versions, the 670 horsepower Taycan Turbo and the 751 horsepower Taycan Turbo S.

Watch Bugatti break the world speed record
The Bugatti Chiron has set a new world record for a production car: reaching a speed of 304.77mph. Watch the test drive.

A game changer is coming for electric car owners
Electric cars are getting cheaper and they can go farther on a single charge. Still, most car shoppers have one big concern: How will I keep an electric car charged while I'm on a long road trip?

950 miles in two days. Taking an electric road trip in a Tesla
In 2013, I drove a Tesla Model S from Washington, DC, to Boston. Back then, the trip was a sensation as we tweeted about our progress and bloggers followed along. Tesla's Supercharger network of charging stations barely qualified as a network. The car I was driving had 270 miles of range, which seemed like a whole lot at the time. But there were no Superchargers at all in the entire state of New Jersey, which made it an arid electricity desert. We made it through, but only after stopping for a conference call with Tesla engineers to decide whether we should go around or through New York City. (We decided it was best to go around.)

Scooters are a huge problem for cities. No one knows how to solve it yet
Stewart Goodwin tried to put a stop to the constant flow of scooters into the plaza he oversees. He spoke to the government and scooter companies, but to no avail.

Pirates star described sexual encounter with a 13-year-old as 'sex but not really,' police say
Pittsburgh Pirates' All-Star closer Felipe Vázquez admitted to a 2017 sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl that he described as "sex but not really," according to a Pennsylvania criminal complaint released Thursday.

New Orleans Saints quarterback is having surgery

Fan's viral sign leads to big donation
A college football fan who held up a sign on national TV asking for beer money says he's giving the thousands of dollars he raked in to a children's hospital.

Yo, ho, ho! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us!

Analysis: What Trump revealed in his Cokie Roberts comments
Usually when someone dies, you follow the rule your mom taught you: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Customer in cardiac arrest, Chick-fil-A manager jumps in
A man who went into cardiac arrest last week at a Chula Vista, California, Chick-fil-A location was saved in part by Tauya Nenguke, a quick-thinking manager at the restaurant.

'Silicon Valley' star says swinging saved his marriage
Thomas Middleditch is being open about his open marriage.

How Hasbro managed a stunning comeback in a post-Toys-'R'-Us world
Christmas is still more than three months away. But it feels like the holidays are already here for Hasbro shareholders. The stock is up more than 45% this year and CEO Brian Goldner is feeling pretty bullish.

A rare look inside Samsung's secretive ideas lab

What's driving Asian markets right now
Asian markets mostly rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve cut rates, while Japan's central bank kept monetary policy unchanged.

Want to save on a home? Buy it with some strangers
While looking for a home in Los Angeles, Dan Nufer saw a house in the Glassell Park neighborhood that was better than anything else he'd seen -- newly renovated and larger than the properties he'd already been outbid on.

Homelessness is reaching an emergency level in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is enduring a crisis of homelessness. We are in the eye of an economic storm -- fighting the forces of high rents, stagnant wages, and a deficit of a half million units of affordable housing -- that is pushing thousands from housed to homeless. And its cost, the moral expense to us as a community and region, deserves a statewide declaration of a State of Emergency.

Timing couldn't be worse for Trudeau's brownface photo
For someone who was already fighting for his political future, the timing couldn't have been worse.

Elwes gets it exactly right on 'Princess Bride' uproar
So it would appear that we're all not as polarized on everything as we've been led to believe.

Cokie Roberts is gone and I'm angry as hell
It is the late '70s. There is a waiting room, a hall with a wooden bench, actually. Cokie Roberts and I sit on the bench in the waiting room that isn't.

Spicer's Spice Girls spectacle on 'DWTS' is not okay
Even though the lines between politics and entertainment have been blurred from the beginning in the Trump administration, Sean Spicer twirling the frills on the sleeves of his neon, lime-green shirt on "Dancing With The Stars" ("DWTS") have brought us to a collective new low.

We, the youth, are striking for the climate this Friday
Climate change is the five-alarm fire that America's political leaders pretend not to see. They control the hoses and they can turn on the water, but so far, the most powerful people in our country are doing little to address an increasingly grim future.

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8 cards charging 0% interest until 2021

5 stocks that could set you up for life

UK Supreme Court considers whether PM misled the Queen

Tourists told not to take these items to UAE
Your body lotion or e-cigarette could get you into serious trouble in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

China's new mega-airport ready to open

How climate crisis is accelerating the global spread of deadly dengue fever

Drone catches shark stalking a surfer
Amateur drone operator Christopher Joye noticed a shark heading for a surfer in Australia. Here's how he intervened.

Rescuers used a human chain to save a group of stranded dolphins
A group of four dolphins that was stranded for days in a canal in St. Petersburg, Florida was rescued Tuesday after volunteers formed a human chain to help free them.

Veteran found covered in ants at VA facility in his final days
The head of the Veterans Health Administration announced a series of major changes at an assisted-living facility days after a dying Air Force veteran was twice found covered in ants in his bed.

A brand is selling sweatshirts with words 'Sandy Hook' and bullet holes on them
American fashion brand Bstroy has received fierce criticism on social media after displaying school shooting-themed hoodies at a show during New York Fashion Week.

Chick-fil-A employee springs into action to save a customer's life
Chick-fil-A saves lives. Literally.

'World's first' 360-degree infinity pool
For thrill-seeking swimmers, the chance to take a death-defying dip might not be far away. Plans to build a rooftop infinity pool -- with 360-degree views of the London skyline -- are in motion.



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