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This aerial photo shows the damaged buildings in the town of Amatrice, central Italy, after an earthquake on August 24. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy.

Why Italian region wasn't prepared for earthquake

By Silvia Marchetti
When my bed in Rome rocked last night at 3.36 am, I knew an earthquake had hit somewhere close, in central Italy. And hard. But when I switched on the TV and heard that the epicenter was located in the tiny hilltop town of Accumoli on the Apennine hills, my first question was: where is that?
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Was access to Hillary Clinton's time for sale?

By Buck Sexton
There's the appearance of impropriety, and then there's the outright selling of government favors. Hillary Clinton's ties to the Clinton Foundation while secretary of state have always appeared dubious and unethical. Now, with the revelations by The Associated Press that suggest donors to the Clinton Foundation received special access, Clinton's defenders will have to address allegations that Madame Secretary was, in effect, selling her official time to the highest bidders.
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Rescuers search for survivors amidst the rubble following an earthquake, in Amatrice, Italy August 24.

Italy earthquake no surprise

By Roger Musson
The news of another strong and deadly earthquake in Italy on Wednesday morning sadly comes as no surprise to seismologists, writes Roger Musson.
An ukrainian flag flies in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Ukraine's acting government issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych, last reportedly seen in the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, accusing him of mass crimes against protesters who stood up for months against his rule. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Ukraine's uncertain anniversary

By Michael Bociurkiw
As the crisis in eastern Ukraine continues to smolder, the country will be marking its 25th anniversary with a sense of deep uncertainty, says Michael Bociurkiw.
This illustration obtained from NASA on January 20, 2016 shows that 2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to a new analysis by NASAs Goddard Institute for Space Studies. 
Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change.Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Changing opinions on climate change, from a CNN meteorologist

By Chad Myers, CNN meteorologist
Although climate change is thought of as simply a political football, it has been a heated topic among meteorologists for years. I, for one, have changed my conclusion over time on whether humans are responsible for the increased heat content of the Earth.
Photo of Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto, who was killed in Syria.  Courtesy Takuya Yoshikawa/Magazine House Inc.

Remembering Mika and Syria's tragedy

By Rudi Bakhtiar
We need to remember and honor Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto, one of more than a hundred journalists killed while trying to report on Syria's civil war, says Rudi Bakhtiar
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19:  Musician Prince performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

A clue in Prince's death could have big consequences

By Danny Cevallos, CNN Legal Analyst
Pills containing deadly opioid Fentanyl, which killed Prince, were mislabeled, according to a newspaper report; whoever provided them to the performer could face a long prison sentence, says Danny Cevallos
This April 13, 2014 view shows Hoover Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. Hoover Dam ,finished in 1936, impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction; nearly a million people tour the dam each year. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Are we letting our national parks go to ruin?

By Douglas Brinkley, CNN Presidential Historian
As the National Park Service turns 100 this year, Congress should spend the funds to care for this popular national treasure, says historian Douglas Brinkley.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to voters during a campaign rally at Fredericksburg Expo Center August 20, 2016 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Cold War's lesson for immigration policy

By David Bier
Last week, Donald Trump made headlines when he detailed his latest immigration proposal: an "ideological test" for immigrants. But while he was right to look to the Cold War for insights on today's ideological struggle, his focus on the exclusion of communists misses the point. Instead, he would have done better to focus on a more effective pillar of the Cold War: accepting vast numbers of refugees from areas controlled by our enemies.

A black voter on Trump: What we have to lose

By Issac Bailey
Black voters would be open to GOP politicians who understand their policy views but the party has slammed the door on reaching out to African Americans by selecting Trump, says Issac Bailey
Former Congresswoman and handgun violence survivor Gabby Giffords (C), her husband Mark Kelly (R) and Americans for Responsible Solutions Executive Director Hayley Zachary attend a news conference about background checks for gun purchases at the Canon House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.

America finds its voice on gun safety

By Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly
Nearly four years after Newtown, we're fighting -- and we're winning -- on gun safety, write Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly.
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10:  Good Morning America host Amy Robach attends Town & Country Philanthropy Summit at New York Historical Society on May 10, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Town & Country)

Is 'colored people' a slur?

By John McWhorter
Is it right to be angry that a Good Morning America anchor used the outdated term, for which she apologized? John McWhorter says it doesn't carry the negative connotation of the n-word
Meteorologist Jennifer Gray covers the flooding in Denham Springs Louisiana.

Covering a flood when it hits home

By Jennifer Gray
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a Louisiana girl through and through. I grew up there, my family is there, I've worked in local television there and it's home. No matter which state I've lived in across the country, Louisiana is home. That's why covering the flooding in Louisiana was one of my hardest assignments yet for CNN.
A U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile on the tarmac at Kandahar military airport in June 2010.

U.S. at crossroads on drone ops

By Luke Hartig
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.

The Milwaukee you don't know

By Sarah Hoye
I am one of four adopted kids -- three of us mixed race and one, Vietnamese -- raised by white parents in Milwaukee, the nation's most segregated city.
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A Brazilian police official told The Associated Press that Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

The red flags in Lochte's story

By Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer
Ryan Lochte's story of an alleged robbery fit a textbook pattern of many high-profile false accusations, say Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

Can Brazil get Ryan Lochte extradited?

By Danny Cevallos, CNN Legal Analyst
Danny Cevallos says it's possible but not likely. Rio police should not prosecute a case against the Olympic swimmers over murky 'false report' of robbery.

'SaysWho?' You don't want to know

By Sally Kohn, CNN Political Commentator
Trump advisor's childish response to question about falling poll numbers tells you all you need to know about a campaign and candidate who, worryingly, reject facts and reality.
Donald Trump on Roger Ailes' Fox News exit: 'So sad'

Axelrod: Can new team cure what Ailes Trump?

By David Axelrod, CNN Senior Political Commentator
The candidate, who has hurt himself repeatedly with off-the-wall statements, can fire the missiles of his combative new management team. The question is, where will they land?
Kellyanne Conway, president and chief executive officer of Polling Co. Inc./Woman Trend, smiles during an interview on "With All Due Respect" in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Asked how Trump reassures conservatives about his positions on issues such as abortion without losing ground with voters in the center, Republican pollster Conway, one of Trump's new senior strategists, said he would work to shift the spotlight to Clinton. Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images

With shakeup, Trump's chance of winning just got better

By Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator
The sudden reorganization of Donald Trump's campaign leadership is a long-overdue acknowledgement that the style and strategy Trump rode to victory in the Republican primary is killing the billionaire's chances of winning the general election in November.
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Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central show canceled? Big mistake

By Dean Obeidallah
Protesters are in the streets in Milwaukee, as years of racial tensions surface after a police shooting. A presidential candidate wants to push brown immigrants out of the country. An entire Black Lives Matter movement takes hold over the issue of police profiling and inequality — a reflection of how America is once again in the grips of a profound struggle over race.

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