• Clinton bus tour looks for inroads with Republicans, disaffected Democrats
  • Hooded boy in Australian detention center was ‘broken,’ sister says
  • The ‘media circus’ at the DNC
  • Joe Biden ups ante by calling Vladimir Putin a ‘dictator’
  • Russian officials blame thawed reindeer carcass in anthrax outbreak

Clinton bus tour looks for inroads with Republicans, disaffected Democrats

Hatfield, Pennsylvania (CNN)Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are on a three-day, 600-mile bus tour through right-leaning Rust Belt counties, with at least a partial goal of winning over some Republicans who are put off by Donald Trump. The trip through Pennsylvania and Ohio, which started Friday, looks to take advantage of a problem within the Republican Party: That around 20% of Republicans have an unfavorable view of their newly-minted nominee.


The ‘media circus’ at the DNC

(CNN)The message may differ from convention to convention, but whether it’s Democratic or Republican, there’s always one constant. British photographer Martin Parr focused his lens this week on what he calls “the media circus” and its many layers. Social media Follow @CNNPhotos on Twitter to join the conversation about photography. “One of the things I like to do is to see how photographers are working and sort of speculate the…


Joe Biden ups ante by calling Vladimir Putin a ‘dictator’

Washington (CNN)Vice President Joe Biden ratcheted up US rhetoric on Moscow Wednesday night, for the first time calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a ‘dictator.’ The undiplomatic description comes as American authorities finger his government for a hacking incident allegedly seeking to influence the US presidential elections in yet another intensification of tensions between the historic adversaries.


Russian officials blame thawed reindeer carcass in anthrax outbreak

(CNN)Thirteen people have been hospitalized amid an outbreak of anthrax in western Siberia, the governor’s office of the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region reported Thursday. Experts with the Russian Ministry of Agriculture believe the cause of infection is the thawing of the frozen carcass of a reindeer that died 75 years ago. Anthrax is a potentially deadly bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, according to the World Health Organization. See the latest…


Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates gets prison for faking cancer

(CNN)When a former Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International told her friends and family she had leukemia in March 2013, they did everything they could to help. They hosted fundraisers in her honor, drove her to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for treatment, and even had her carried across the finish line of a race. But friends and family of Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, 24, started to get suspicious when she insisted on…


NBA decision about far more than a game

(CNN)As a husband, father and artist living and working in the state of North Carolina, I am caught in a storm between my city and my state. The controversial HB2 bill, which requires the citizens of our state to use the bathroom that aligns with the sexual identity they received at birth, last week prompted the NBA to announce it was canceling its plans to host the 2017 All-Star game…


Florida officials investigating 4 possible non-travel-related Zika cases

(CNN)Health officials in Florida are now investigating four possible non-travel-related cases of Zika virus, the state Department of Health said Wednesday. Two of the four cases are in Miami-Dade County while the other two are in Broward County. None of the four individuals has traveled to Zika-affected areas. Sexual transmission has not been ruled out. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter….


‘Sharknado’ rides marketing wave back to Syfy in latest sequel

Los Angeles (CNN)Syfy caught lightning in a bottle with the first “Sharknado” in 2013. Now the latest installment “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” proves that the network still has ample incentives to milk as much as it can out of the franchise, even as the returns on it diminish — and also shows just how hard it will be to kill this social-media-powered monster. “The 4th Awakens” is, like its predecessors…


Deskbound? One hour of physical activity can improve your health

(CNN)It’s well-known that sitting down all day, be it at your desk, on the couch or in a car, is bad for your health. People know they should be getting up regularly, stretching their legs and simply moving their bodies more, but how many actually do it? Not enough. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. He added that “there’s no other…


Geriatric ERs reduce stress, risks for older patients

New YorkThe Mt. Sinai Hospital emergency room looks and sounds like hundreds of others across the country: Doctors rush through packed hallways; machines beep incessantly; paramedics wheel stretchers in as patients moan in pain. “It’s like a war zone,” said physician assistant Emmy Cassagnol. “When it gets packed, it’s overwhelming. Our sickest patients are often our geriatric patients, and they get lost in the shuffle.” See the latest news and…


Dolly the sheep’s cloned sisters enjoy good health despite their old age

(CNN)Though growing old, Dolly’s sheep siblings are no worse for wear. Debbie, Denise, Dianna and Daisy, clones all derived from the same cell line as the first cloned mammal, show no signs of long-term health issues, according to research published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. The clones are, in fact, in vigorous good condition despite the fact that they range in age from 7 to 9, or about 60…


Fireman Sam episode pulled amid Koran row – BBC News

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, tweeted: “I have no idea what went through the producers’s minds when they thought this was a good idea #baffled”. He also said he had identified the page from the Koran as “Surah Mulk (67), verses 13-26”. ‘Never again’ A Mattel spokeswoman told the BBC: “It’s just an unfortunate incident where someone from the production company thought they were…


Owen Smith to make equality pitch to Corbyn supporters – BBC News

Guide to the Labour leadership election The Owen Smith story The Labour leader was overwhelmingly elected last year on a platform of taking the party to the left and breaking with the “economic orthodoxies” of the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Mr Smith has insisted he is “just as radical” as his rival, but more capable of uniting the party and preparing it to form a future government….


Turkey detainees tortured, raped after failed coup, rights group says

Istanbul (CNN)Captured military officers raped by police, hundreds of soldiers beaten, some detainees denied food and water and access to lawyers for days. These are the grim conditions that many of the thousands who were arrested in Turkey face in the aftermath of a recent failed coup, witnesses tell Amnesty International. Detainees awaiting trial have been beaten and tortured in official and unofficial holding centers in Istanbul and Ankara since…


Why France attack is latest assault in ISIS war on Christianity

(CNN)The attack by two knife-wielding assailants on a church outside Rouen, Normandy, Tuesday in which the attackers killed an elderly priest by slitting his throat and gravely wounded a hostage appears to have been quite deliberately targeted at the Catholic church. Although attendance numbers are down, Catholicism is still deeply entwined in the national fabric of France, and the attack has already led to outrage across the country. How ISIS…


Why I’m Choosing To Have Children In A World Full Of Hate

I grew up during 9/11. I remember exactly where I was the moment it happened. I remember parents pulling their kids from school and every television network playing those unforgettable images on loop for weeks. The country was in a state of panic. But I was 11, and the concept of loss, mass hysteria and terrorism were confusing.My generation grew up in a world that was trying to fight off…


A 40-Year-Old Woman Has A No. 1 Hit For The First Time In 16 Years

Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100  but there’s another reason to hit the dance floor besides that. With her Caribbean banger, which was originally written for Rihanna, the Australian-born singer-songwriter has become the first woman past age 40 to crack the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s list in almost 16 years. Born Dec. 15, 1975, as Sia Furler, the pop star is just over 40 years…


5 Ways Prince Was Even More Talented Than You Realize

Prince died last week. I’ve been writing for Cracked since 2007, and a lot of famous musicians have died in that time. Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister, Phife Dawg, Fred Durst — the list goes on and on (and I might be joking about one of those). All of those artists (again, except for one) meant a lot to me as a person who appreciates music, but none of…


A Scottish boy couldn’t stand a preacher’s homophobic rant, so he whipped out his bagpipes.

The bagpipes are the perfect weapon to combat loud homophobic ranting. Photo via Pixabay. They’re just as strident and obnoxious, but a lot less hateful. They also whine at roughly the same frequency. Which is why this Scottish lad deserves massive respect for busting out his ‘pipes to drown out this street preacher as he launched into a loud homophobic screed: Photo via lachieblair/YouTube. While it’s a little hard to…