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UConn student suspected of killing 2 people is arrested after a 6-day manhunt

UConn student suspected of killing 2 people is arrested after a 6-day manhunt

A suspect in two killings and a kidnapping in Connecticut has been arrested in Maryland after a six-day manhunt, authorities said. Peter Manfredonia, 23,was taken into custody Wednesday evening in Hagerstown, Maryland, Connecticut State Police tweeted. “No injuries to any law enforcement personnel or Manfredonia,” the tweet said. Police said more information would be provided…

This is the coronavirus’ staggering toll in the US

This is the coronavirus’ staggering toll in the US

How do you calculate the cost of an American tragedy? It’s difficult to comprehend just how drastically the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted life in the US when its effects are so wide-reaching. Unemployment has soared to levels not seen in decades. The virus is ravaging African American and Latino communities. And daily life as we…

Larry Kramer, trailblazing AIDS activist, dies at 84

Larry Kramer, trailblazing AIDS activist, dies at 84

In the early 1980s, a little understood disease called AIDS was stigmatized as society turned its head away from the hundreds of gay men it was killing. But then Larry Kramer published his essay “1,112 and Counting.” “If this article doesn’t rouse you to anger, fury, rage and action, gay men have no future on…

The realities of being a black birdwatcher

Dudley Edmondson has long had to deal with people calling the police on him while out in nature. As a black birdwatcher and professional nature photographer, his presence with a camera can arouse suspicion among white people. He has had people accuse him of being drunk, or on drugs, or taking photos of people’s homes…

Graves of veterans vandalized with torn American flags, police say

Graves of veterans vandalized with torn American flags, police say

The graves of veterans at Union Cemetary in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, were desecrated over Memorial Day weekend, police said. Over three days, police fielded criminal mischief calls on May 25 and 26 that led to more than 100 flags being found torn from their posts and placed on the graves of veterans at the cemetery. “If…

George Floyd is remembered as a ‘gentle giant’ by his family and friends

George Floyd is remembered as a ‘gentle giant’ by his family and friends

George Floyd moved to Minnesota “to be his best self,” as one friend put it. He worked security at a restaurant, where he developed a reputation as someone who had your back and was there for you when you were down. “Knowing my brother is to love my brother,” Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, told CNN’s…

Bad to the bone: Cannibal dinosaurs turned to eating each other in tough times

Could theropod dinosaurs have eaten dinosaurs of their own kind? It looks like they did when food was scarce in ancient Colorado around 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic period. Theropods were a carnivorous group of dinosaurs whose members walked on two legs and ranged from small to very large in size. Their…

Eric Garner’s mother says George Floyd’s death feels like déjà vu

Eric Garner’s mother says George Floyd’s death feels like déjà vu

Almost six years ago, Eric Garner took his last breath after being put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer. His last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry in the Black Lives Matter protest movement. This week the same words were used by George Floyd, a black man who died…

Meet the 13-year-old who graduated from college with four associate’s degrees

Meet the 13-year-old who graduated from college with four associate’s degrees

With his love for video games and petty arguments with his older sister, Jack Rico might seem like any other 13-year-old. But Rico is anything but average: the teenager just graduated with four associate’s degrees — and he did it in just two years. Rico graduated from Fullerton College in California last weekend, making him…

New York crematories overwhelmed by the number of dead get help from volunteers

New York crematories overwhelmed by the number of dead get help from volunteers

Crematoriums in hard hit areas of New York have a backlog of nearly a month and now volunteers are coming to their aid. Mike Lanotte, the executive director for the New York State Funeral Directors Association tells CNN that volunteers are helping to ease the burden that downstate crematories in places like Manhattan, Brooklyn and…

A guide to the NFL Draft: How to watch and what to know

A guide to the NFL Draft: How to watch and what to know

It’s been nearly six weeks since live sports were stopped in the US and fans are getting antsy. Luckily, the NFL is still planning to hold the 2020 NFL Draft, giving action-starved fans something to watch while isolating in their homes. But since the world is still grappling with the coronavirus, some things will be…

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…