• CNN Student News – August 26, 2016
  • Bark beetles: How tiny tree killers have worsened California’s wildfires
  • Paul Volcker Fast Facts
  • Biden aims to reassure Turks of US support after failed coup
  • Heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer hits the streets
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CNN Student News – August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016 CNN Student News is kicking off its 2016 U.S. presidential election coverage today. We’re having a look at who the candidates are, how they’re polling at this point, and what their convention highlights looked like over the summer. Also featured this Friday: the possible identification of an Earth-like planet and the environmental concerns around America’s largest subtropical wilderness. On this page you will find today’s show Transcript…

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Bark beetles: How tiny tree killers have worsened California’s wildfires

(CNN)A decade ago, Ben Ray had hoped to ease into retirement at his two-story wooden house nestled in the heart of the Sequoia National Forest. But the 79-year-old central California general contractor, who built homes for his future neighbors in Sierra Nevada Mountain communities such as Ponderosa and Pierpont, and his wife, Michelle, haven’t had the luxury of relaxation. That’s because hundreds of once verdant pine and cedar trees, stretching…

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Biden aims to reassure Turks of US support after failed coup

Washington (CNN)Vice President Joe Biden sought Wednesday to reassure Turkey that the United States has its back, less than two months after a failed military coup that Ankara has blamed on a 75-year-old Muslim cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. “I can understand how some of your countrymen feel the world didn’t respond to their existential crisis rapidly enough or with the appropriate amount of solidarity and empathy,” Biden…

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Heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer hits the streets

(CNN)The American heroin epidemic has become more dangerous, as reports of heroin laced with carfentanil are being reported throughout the country. Carfentanil is the most potent opioid used commercially, 10,000 times stronger than morphine. It is a version or analogue of fentanyl, the painkiller that most recently made headlines with its role in the death of pop star Prince. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health…

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Bernie Sanders to discuss next moves for ‘Revolution’

Washington (CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to fill in his supporters on his next moves Wednesday night during a livestream address to his supporters. The address, in which Sanders will discuss “Our Revolution,” a group that intends to further his progressive political movement, marks his first remarks to supporters since his speech at the Democratic National Convention last month, which served as the official end to his presidential campaign.

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A longer commute could hurt your health, add to your waistline

(CNN)If someone told you their journey to work took them one hour, how would you react? Would you envy the brevity of their commute, nod in agreement with mutual respect, or retract in horror at the thought of losing so much of the day? See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. “First and foremost, we need to get people adopting a more…

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CNN Student News – August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016 The potential battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, the process of naming tropical storms, and the status of a large wildfire all headline today’s show. We’re also featuring a Character Study, centered on the work of a woman who has taken action to help older dogs stay out of shelters. On this page you will find today’s show Transcript and a place for you to request…

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Syrian military, Kurdish fighters reach ceasefire in Hasaka

(CNN)Syrian military forces and Kurdish fighters have agreed to a ceasefire in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka, according to Syrian state media and a London-based monitoring organization. The Kurdish soldiers took control of the city after intense fighting and bombardment, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported in confirming the ceasefire. Syria province free of ISIS, but still vulnerable The two sides agreed to exchange “bodies of the…

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Donald Trump’s immigration policy: Then and now

Austin, Texas (CNN)Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by promising to build a “great, great wall” on the US southern border — and make Mexico pay for it — while painting undocumented Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. More than a year later, Trump, now the Republican nominee, is preparing to wade back into the heated immigration debate. This time, though, he appears poised to lay out a more nuanced…

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Turkey shells ISIS, Kurds in northern Syria

(CNN)Turkish forces on Monday shelled Islamic State and Kurdish forces in northern Syria, state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Soldiers struck ISIS position in Jerablus and struck the Democratic Union Party (PYD) positions in Manbij. Both cities are in Aleppo province and near the Turkish border. Anadolu cited military sources who spoke on condition on anonymity because of restrictions on speaking to the media.

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Trump postpones immigration speech

(CNN)Donald Trump is postponing a major immigration speech he was set to deliver Thursday in Colorado as his campaign continues to fine-tune his immigration policy. The decision came after Trump, whose hardline immigration policies appealed to many GOP primary voters, met Saturday with his Hispanic advisory council and said in an interview Monday morning that he wants to “come up with a really fair, but firm” immigration policy.

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Iraq Hangs 36 People Convicted Of Mass Killing

BAGHDAD, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Iraq said on Sunday it had hanged 36 militants sentenced to death over the mass killing of hundreds of mainly Shi’ite soldiers at a camp north of Baghdad two years ago. It is the highest number of militants executed in one day by the Iraqi government since Islamic State fighters took control of parts of northern and western Iraq in 2014. The executions were carried…

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Notre Dame Football Players Arrested On Gun, Marijuana, Battery Charges

(Reuters) – Six University of Notre Dame football players were arrested in Indiana overnight, five on suspicion of marijuana possession and the sixth after an altercation at a local bar, officials and local media reported on Saturday. Devin Butler, identified as a cornerback on the nationally ranked team, was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of battery and resisting law enforcement, both felonies, after a fight at a bar in…

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US at crossroads on drone ops

(CNN)While much of the debate over America’s security policy during this presidential campaign has centered on the response to specific attacks — Brussels, Orlando, Nice — a remarkable thing happened earlier this month. Quietly, without much attention, the Obama administration released an important policy document into the public domain, one that has previously been classified at the highest levels, but which was released with surprisingly few redactions. It’s probably not…

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CNN Student News – August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016 Welcome to a new week of CNN Student News, and thank you for making us part of your day. Today’s international events coverage includes recent turmoil in Turkey, historic flooding in Louisiana, and the spread of the Zika virus in the continental U.S. We’re also explaining what happens to Olympic venues after the events wrap up, and we’re examining how pets can impact your well-being. On this…

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Irish women live-tweet journey to Great Britain for abortion

(CNN)An Irish woman live-tweeted her journey to the United Kingdom to have an abortion this weekend. The woman, and a friend who accompanied her, began posting early Saturday morning from the Twitter account Two Women Travel. Abortion is illegal in the Republic of Ireland, except in certain circumstances, and more than 165,000 women traveled from Ireland to Great Britain for the procedure between 1980 and 2015, according to the United…

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Al Roker Goes In On Ryan Lochte, Becomes Internet Hero

If Ryan Lochte is looking for a sympathetic ear, Al Roker is not his guy. The NBC weather anchor did not leave viewers wondering how he really felt about the Olympic gold medalist’s debunked story about being robbed with his teammates in Rio. “He lied to you, he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom,” Roker told Billy Bush on the Today show on Friday. “He left his teammates hanging…

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Nobody Watched Matthew McConaughey’s YouTube Channel Until Now

Intermittent nude bongo player, future college professor and professional Olympics cheerleader Matthew McConaughey has yet another hobby to add to his eclectic array of extracurricular activities: YouTube. Until this week, the actor’s account had a shockingly low follower count of only 240 YouTubers, according to Advertising Age. Celebrities like McConaughey with verified accounts typically amass thousands of followers with video views reaching into the hundreds of thousands. So what went wrong?  On…

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An Evangelical Leader Just Seriously Compared Trump To Churchill

shakeupSort-of apologyOffensive to a white audience? Check. Now, we can add a prominent surrogate’s comparison of Trump to legendary British prime minister Winston Churchill to the growing list of Hail Mary passes by the campaign and its allies. op-ed in The Washington PostFalwell, president of Liberty University, a conservative Christian institution in Virginia, was an early endorser of Trump. In the aftermath of the terror attack in San Bernardino, California, in…

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Turkish wedding explosion kills 22

(CNN)An explosion at a wedding hall in southeastern Turkey killed 22 people and injured 94 others Saturday night, according to a senior Turkish official who was not named due to government protocol. The explosion occurred in the city of Gaziantep, located about 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. Orhan Akin, Gaziantep bureau chief for the Ihlas News Agency, told CNN Turk that he saw…

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For Trump, turning this around won’t be easy

(CNN)Donald Trump is trying to orchestrate a pivot in his troubled campaign. He began by shaking up his campaign staff by bringing in Stephen Bannon, an executive from Breitbart News, to take on the top post, effectively demoting Paul Manafort, who then chose to resign. In one of the more shocking moments of his campaign, Trump admitted to saying the “wrong thing” at some points in his presidential quest and…

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