• The US economy in GIFs from Steve Mnuchin’s movies
  • Experimental SkinGun heals burns using stem cells
  • Georgia police officer fatally shot; second officer wounded; college on lockdown
  • Trump picks Ret. Gen. John Kelly to lead DHS
  • Claus’ claws: Mom says Santa insulted her son

The US economy in GIFs from Steve Mnuchin’s movies

(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump announced Steve Mnuchin as his pick for Treasury secretary Tuesday. Mnuchin is not only a former hedge fund manager and banker — he’s also credited as the producer on more than 30 movies. So what kind of economy would Mnuchin be inheriting as the head of the Treasury? What are his plans for the US economy? We thought it’d be most appropriate to explain it in GIFs…

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Experimental SkinGun heals burns using stem cells

(CNN)An experimental technology offers new hope to patients who have suffered a severe burn. The product, from New York biotech firm RenovaCare, is rooted in cutting-edge stem cell research.The CellMist System harvests a patient’s stem cells from a small area of unwounded skin (usually one square inch) and suspends them in a water-based solution. The SkinGun sprays the solution onto the wound, where new skin begins to grow at the…

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Georgia police officer fatally shot; second officer wounded; college on lockdown

(CNN)A police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded Wednesday at an apartment complex in western Georgia, prompting a hunt for a suspect and causing nearby Georgia Southwestern State University to tell students to take shelter. The shooting took place in the small city of Americus. The slain cop served on the Americus police force, while the other works for the university.

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Trump picks Ret. Gen. John Kelly to lead DHS

(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Ret. Gen. John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, a senior transition official tells CNN. The former head of US Southern Command, Kelly was previously responsible for managing security threats posed by criminal drug networks based in south and central America — an issue that Trump highlighted in his campaign, and to which Kelly would bring unique experience.

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How to stand up against hate

(CNN)When any part of our society gives license to bigotry, we must stand up to it. Decent people all around America have displayed a beautiful outpouring of desire to step up in unprecedented ways to support total strangers who are being actively targeted with hatred, violence, discrimination, and venom. Remember that your goal is helping the target, not fighting the harasser. Cornell’s International Labor Relations school conducted research and found…

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Driver in fatal Baltimore bus crash had record of seizures, prior accidents, NTSB says

(CNN)The driver of last month’s fatal school bus crash in Baltimore had a history of seizures and vehicle accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. Six people died and at least 10 were hurt the morning of November 1 when the school bus rear-ended a car, crossed into incoming traffic and then sheared off the side of a transit bus. No children were on the school bus at the…

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Suspect charged with manslaughter in Joe McKnight shooting death

(CNN)Days after the suspect in the fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight was released, sparking allegations of racial bias by police, the Jefferson Parish sheriff announced Tuesday that Ronald Gasser was back in custody, charged with manslaughter. Sheriff Newell Normand said his investigators had identified 260 possible witnesses, interviewing more than 160 of them, since Thursday’s apparent road rage incident that left the former pro running back and Louisiana…

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Ben Carson is totally unqualified to be HUD secretary

(CNN)It’s fitting that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Dr. Ben Carson as his nominee for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. One man uniquely unqualified for the job he is about to undertake wants another one in a similar position, each with the ability to cause great harm to the most vulnerable Americans because of his over-inflated sense of self. Carson is a brilliant, pioneering neurosurgeon who backed Trump…

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Ben Carson is back — and so are his controversies

Washington (CNN)Ben Carson is back — and so are the controversies and contradictions that have dominated his time in politics. President-elect Donald Trump this week tapped Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development — the latest twist in an odd, on-again, off-again relationship between the two former Republican primary rivals. It will be the first-ever government job for Carson and put him in charge of a massive…

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France prime minister Manuel Valls announces presidential bid

(CNN)French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced Monday that he would seek the presidency in next year’s election. Valls will run against others for the Socialist Party’s candidacy, and if successful, he will likely face Francois Fillon of the Republican Party and Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front National in the first round of the presidential election next spring. The announcement Monday came during a news conference in Evry, where…

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GOP Leader: More People Will Have Health Insurance Without Obamacare

WASHINGTON House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested on Monday that more people would have health insurance once Republicans repeal Obamacare and that Congress would be able to retain popular provisions requiring companies to insure people with pre-existing conditions. Asked how Republicans could be confident premiums wouldn’t skyrocket if they repealed the 2010 Affordable Care Act, McCarthy told reporters it came down to a “philosophical difference of belief.” “We believe with…

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Senator: ‘I Cant Let Our Country Become An Idiot Country’

In the last four years, he has delivered 150 speeches — amounting to 50 hours on the Senate floor — about the threat of global warming. told Circa in a video interviewWith a Republican-majority House and Senate — and with Donald Trump, who has called climate change “” and a “,” just weeks away from assuming the presidency — Whitehouse is bracing himself for another four years of tireless speeches. “One…

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New Yorkers Seem To Be Warming Up To Donald Trump

 among New York voters since his stunning win on election night, according to a released Monday. the college conducted its last poll . the largely Democratic staterival by a margin of 37 percent to 58 percent. Seventy-two percent of New Yorkers believe that a Trump administration is likely to improve the quality of the nation’s infrastructure. A near unanimous number of Republicans hold this belief, and a large number of Democrats…

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Georgia Dad Sentenced To Life In Prison For Toddler’s Hot-Car Death

A Georgia man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for intentionally leaving his toddler son to die inside a sweltering sport utility vehicle on a summer day, a judge ruled on Monday. Justin Ross Harris, 35, was found guilty last month of felony murder, as well as counts of first- and second-degree cruelty to a child in connection with the June 2014 death of the 22-month-old boy,…

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Aleppo girl, 7, tweets: ‘Pray for us. Goodbye’

(CNN)Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl who has captured the world’s attention with heartbreaking Twitter posts about the bombing of her native Aleppo, posted a message Monday asking people to pray for her and saying goodbye. The tweet, coming as conditions inside besieged eastern Aleppo become ever more desperate, prompted deep concern for her welfare. She and her mother live in the rebel-controlled sections of the eastern part of the…

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Video Appears To Shows Man Punching Kangaroo After Finding It Strangling Dog

It may be one of the most bizarre battles fought in the animal kingdom.  A video uploaded to Facebook on Saturday appears to show a man punching a kangaroo in its face after coming across the marsupial attacking a dog.  The video, which has been viewed more than 3.6 million times as of Sunday afternoon, shows the man running up to the canine-kangaroo skirmish. “Well, we’re not sure what’s going on…

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JLaw And Her Itchy Butt Almost Killed Someone On ‘Hunger Games’ Set

When most people have an itch, they scratch it and move on with their day. When Jennifer Lawrence has an itch, scratching it could turn deadly. At least, that’s what almost happened when Lawrence was filming one of the “Hunger Games” movies in Hawaii. On Friday, the actress appeared on “The Graham Norton Show” and revealed she almost killed someone on set because she needed to scratch her itchy butt. The 26-year-old explained…

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Trump’s Team Can’t Back Up His Illegal Voter Lie, But Defend It Anyway

But his defense of Trump on ABC’s “This Week” notably skipped over any full-throated endorsement of Trump’s claim. Trump tweeted last week that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” and alleged there was “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California.” more than 2.5 million votesthere is no evidenceInstead, he performed some verbal gymnastics to assert that Trump’s claim was…

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North Carolina Abortion Providers Fight For Ground Amid Growing Hostility

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina Just four weeks since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a number of states have become increasingly more hostile to abortion rights. Texas will soon mandate the burial or cremation of aborted or miscarried fetuses, and the state’s politicians have also introduced legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, even in the case of severe fetal abnormalities. An Indiana politician announced in November that he plans…

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