• Official: Probe ‘solely about lessons learned’ on foreign hacking
  • ‘Days of Our Lives’ star Joseph Mascolo dies at 87
  • Why Russia plays by its own rules
  • Broncos player receives hate mail after taking a knee
  • Democrats concede: No shutdown over coal miner health benefits

Official: Probe ‘solely about lessons learned’ on foreign hacking

(CNN)The review by the Intelligence Community into election tampering is not an effort to leave evidence for the next administration about Russia, a senior administration official tells CNN, but rather to learn about the experiences of past elections to allow future administrations to better combat malign influence. “This is not going on to stop the Trump transition from preemptively rebutting the case we are going to make. This (is) about…

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‘Days of Our Lives’ star Joseph Mascolo dies at 87

(CNN)Joseph Mascolo, the actor who portrayed archvillain Stefano DiMera on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” died this week at 87 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the network said. Mascolo passed away Wednesday, but NBCUniversal announced his death Friday. He joined the daytime drama in 1982 and was featured intermittently until his last appearance this year. “Joseph was a big ‘ol bear with a puppy dog heart….

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Why Russia plays by its own rules

(CNN)Rules don’t apply to Russia. But Russia applies rules to other people. That, put crudely, is the Kremlin’s outlook on life, exemplified by the latest bombshell from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In a sense, it’s no surprise. Russia has, since 1991, been at the center of an investigation into fraud involving IMF money, defaulted on its debt, flouted international human rights law in its wars in Chechnya, launched a…

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Democrats concede: No shutdown over coal miner health benefits

(CNN)A threat of a government shutdown ended Friday evening, according to top Democratic senators, who conceded they lacked the support to block a funding bill that must pass by midnight to avert a potential crisis. The development came after a day of back-channel negotiations aimed at alleviating concerns from coal-state Democrats who wanted a longer extension of expiring health benefits for retired coal miners. Democrats failed to secure enough votes…

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Which CNN Hero of the Year will become a superhero?

(CNN)Over the past decade, CNN Heroes has recognized hundreds of remarkable individuals who have worked tirelessly to make the world a better place. “CNN SuperHero: Above and Beyond” airs on CNN Friday at 10 p.m. ET. “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Now, to celebrate 10 years of the campaign, CNN is catching up with five past CNN Heroes of the Year to see where…

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A kiss for eternity: Photo makes way to Oakland fire victim’s girlfriend

(CNN)Nothing will erase her memory of the boyfriend she lost in the devastating Oakland warehouse fire. Saya Tomioka now has a keepsake of their time together, thanks to the collective power of strangers. The post made it to Arken Avan, a professional photographer from Queens who has taken hundreds of pictures of loving couples in the heart of the city. “Two people shared with me that post: Saya’s friend Liz…

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Trump: No Cabinet post for Rudy Giuliani

(CNN)Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will not serve in Donald Trump’s incoming administration, the President-elect announced Friday. The transition team released a statement Friday saying Giuliani removed himself from consideration for a position last month, a description contradicted by CNN reporting that the New Yorker was told he would not get the secretary of state position this week.

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When they go low, we go local

(CNN)As Democrats struggle to make sense of Donald Trump’s victory, we need look no further than our party’s failure at the state level. We have allowed Republicans to dominate in state elections and build astonishing power. The GOP now controls 69 of 99 legislative chambers across America. They hold nearly two-thirds of the governors’ mansions. And, in 25 states, they have complete control of the government, including both executive and…

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Obama, politicians mourn death of John Glenn

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama said that with the death of John Glenn, a former US senator and the first American to orbit the Earth, America “lost an icon” and he and First Lady Michelle Obama “lost a friend.” “John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record, to becoming, at…

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CNN Student News – December 9, 2016

December 9, 2016 This Friday, we’re covering the passing of John Glenn, the importance of the Syrian city of Aleppo, and the naming of TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” We’re also looking into swarm technology to see how multitudes of tiny robots could one day be used to accomplish larger tasks. On this page you will find today’s show Transcript and a place for you to request to be…

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‘Once in a lifetime find’: Dinosaur tail discovered trapped in amber

(CNN)The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists. Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border. Seen under a microscope, the feathers suggest the creature was chestnut brown and white. “It really underlines the importance of amber as an anchor for…

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How Mike Pence is poised to be a uniquely powerful VP

(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump is finding comfort and delight in the revival of his boisterous campaign rallies. A month to the day after he clinched the presidency, Trump’s victory tour will take him back to battleground Iowa for a Thursday night event in Des Moines. But if Trump is the forever candidate, Vice President-elect Mike Pence is emerging from the election as an emboldened winner confidently turning the levers of government.

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Is Trump the Godfather of trade?

(CNN)In the movie “The Godfather,” Vito Corleone was not making deals, he was making offers people could not refuse. He was not giving orders either, he was giving suggestions that sounded like orders, because they were backed by unspeakable threats. Unfortunately, this behavior is not just a creation of Mario Puzo’s imagination, nor is it limited to criminal organizations. In most countries without the rule of law, this is the…

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Why clean energy is the next big business opportunity

(CNN)American politics shifted drastically on November 8, but the scientific facts of climate change remain the same. This year will break all global temperature records by the biggest margins ever. We’re on a real hot streak — and not a good one. Worse yet, global sea-ice recently hit record lows, as temperatures in the Arctic Ocean rose more than 20 degrees. Mother Nature doesn’t negotiate — regardless of who sits…

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Schumer: If Republicans repeal Obamacare, ‘they will own it’

Washington (CNN)Incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that Democrats will not work with Republicans to negotiate and pass a replacement for Obamacare once Republicans vote to repeal it. “If they repeal without a replacement, they will own it. Democrats will not then step up to the plate and come up with a half-baked solution that we will partially own. It’s all theirs,” Schumer told The Washington Post.

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