5 things for August 23: White House, trade, Verizon, Mollie Tibbetts, Hurricane Lane

(CNN)Meet the award-winning chef who favors Philly’s cuisine scene over the Big Apple’s. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) As Trump…

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A flat tire started the deadly Carr Fire and days of devastation in California

(CNN)It happens countless times on roads across America: a vehicle gets a flat tire, usually just a temporary inconvenience. Carr Fire widower describes emotional phone call The winds caused a tornado of fire The day Bledsoe’s family died, the winds were so strong in Redding, they uprooted trees, ripped off…

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5 things for August 16: John Brennan, the Pope, Turkey & Qatar, migrants, overdoses

(CNN)A new study claims that about half the matter found herein the Milky Way came from outside the galaxy. So, does that mean we’re all made of stardust? Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things…

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Every single person in charge of law and order in this Georgia town is a black woman

(CNN)When LaDawn “LBJ” Jones walked into a meeting at work a couple of months ago, she was hit with a serious case of “black girl magic.” One person asked Jones, “Where is this place in South Fulton? I want to move there,” she laughed. That made Jones, a native of…

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Suspect in custody after shooting at Indiana middle school

(CNN)A student was taken into custody Friday after a shooting at a Noblesville, Indiana, middle school left three people injured, officials said. Authorities did not release the name of the suspect or the wounded student. The teacher was identified as Jason Seaman, 29, according to his aunt, Brenda Hubly-Sushka. A…

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Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot

(CNN)An initiative that would divide California into three separate states qualified Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November’s general election. The reasons for wanting to split California up? Draper has said that partitioning California into three states would allow regional communities to make better and more sensible decisions for…

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Restaurant manager beat black employee for years and forced him to work without pay

(CNN)For years, John Christopher Smith suffered in silence as his manager at a South Carolina restaurant physically abused him and forced him to work over 100 hours a week without pay, federal officials say. “Human trafficking through forced labor can happen on farms, in homes, and as today’s case shows…

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This televangelist is asking his followers to buy him a $54 million private jet

(CNN)A prosperity gospel televangelist from Louisiana says Jesus has asked him to buy a new private jet. And wouldn’t you know it, Jesus has real nice taste in planes. By “bleed,” Duplantis — er, Jesus — apparently meant “ask for donations.” Duplantis goes on to tell his followers that jets,…

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He slept in homeless shelters as a kid. Now he’s going to Harvard on a full ride

(CNN)When he was a kid, Richard Jenkins raised his hand in class so often bullies started calling him “Harvard.” He and his two younger brothers were homeless for two years after their mother lost their home to foreclosure, forcing them to move to Tennessee and then to Florida before heading…

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‘Black lives don’t matter,’ lawyer says after jury awards $4 in police killing

(CNN)A Florida family is “heartbroken” after a jury awarded $4 in damages for funeral expenses and pain and suffering in a case in which a St. Lucie County deputy fatally shot a father of three through his garage door, the family’s attorney said Thursday. Bryant also accused a SWAT team…

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A judge sides with parents and rules their 30-year-old son must move out

(CNN)A 30-year-old man didn’t get the message that it was time to move out of his parents’ home, even after they left him five notices and an offer of cash to help find new digs. “I’m getting together the means to do that,” he said. “With my parents, they want…

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