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Firefighters battle 6,000-acre blaze in Colorado

Firefighters battle 6,000-acre blaze in Colorado

Hundreds of firefighters in Colorado are battling a 6,000-acre wildfire that threatens communities near Salida, a city located 142 miles south of Denver. Low humidity and wind gusts are causing problems for the 730 people working on the Decker Fire, according to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team‘s Facebook page. Although fire activity was fairly…

Mordicai Gerstein, children’s book author and illustrator, dies at 83

Mordicai Gerstein, children’s book author and illustrator, dies at 83

Mordicai Gerstein, a beloved children’s book author and illustrator, has died at the age of 83. Gerstein was the master behind such books like “The Night World,” “The Sleeping Gypsy,” and “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers,” which won him the Caldecott Award for distinguished American children’s picture books in 2004. He died on…

National Do Something Nice Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate

National Do Something Nice Day: 5 Ways to Celebrate

It can be easy to focus on the negative parts of your day or fixate on a rude comment somebody made to you, but National Do Something Nice Day is here to remind you it’s not all bad. The unofficial holiday celebrated on October 5 is an opportunity to bring a little kindness to the…

Coal country’s message to Trump: We want jobs of the future

Coal country’s message to Trump: We want jobs of the future

By Heather Long Tyra Johnson grew up in coal country. She was never a miner, but she feels a part of the “tribe.” Her childhood memories are filled with trains laden with coal. They passed right through her hometown of Beattyville, in eastern Kentucky. She recalls how the trains were so loud that the Sunday…

Golfing great Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Golfing great Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Arnold Palmer, known as “the King” for his transformative legacy in golf, died at the age of 87, according to the US Golf Association.

40 dead in ISIS attack on Iraqi Shiite shrine, officials say

40 dead in ISIS attack on Iraqi Shiite shrine, officials say

By Hamdi Alkhshali and Angela Dewan, CNN   At least 40 people were killed and 74 others wounded in an ISIS attack on a Shiite mausoleum in Balad, Iraq, Ministry of Health spokesman Ahmed al-Rideini said Friday. The Thursday night attack follows the truck bombing of a shopping district in the capital, Baghdad, on Sunday, in…

Woman live-streams aftermath of fatal officer-involved shooting

Woman live-streams aftermath of fatal officer-involved shooting

[van id=”us/2016/07/07/graphic-video-minnesota-police-shooting-philando-castile-ryan-young-pkg-nd.cnn”] By Eliott C. McLaughlin, Joshua Berlinger and Sheena Jones,CNN As Philando Castile’s head slumps backward while he lies dying next to her, Diamond Reynolds looks directly into the camera and explains that a Minnesota police officer just shot her boyfriend four times. The nation is, by now, accustomed to grainy cell phone videos…

Pat Summitt, legendary women’s basketball coach, dead at 64

Pat Summitt, legendary women’s basketball coach, dead at 64

By Joshua Berlinger and AJ Willingham, CNN Pat Summitt, who built the University of Tennessee’s Lady Volunteers into a perennial power on the way to becoming the winningest coach in the history of major college basketball, has died. Summitt passed away Tuesday after battling early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s type,” according to a statement from the Pat…

$6M donated for 100K children in US to see “Hamilton”

(NEW YORK) The Rockefeller Foundation says it is giving $6 million to help 100,000 school children across the U.S. see the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton.” The foundation said Thursday the funding would allow students as some schools in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and the District of Columbia to see the show for $10. Plans are…