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  • ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ wraps up the ‘Star Wars’ journey of a lifetime

    (CNN) — Not long after “Star Wars” rocked the pop-culture world, it was reported that writer-director George Lucas had nine movies in mind, to be told over three separate trilogies. Roughly half a full lifetime — or 42 years later –here we are, just a couple weeks away from the end of that cinematic trek. For some of us, Lucas’ galaxy has been woven into our histories. Personally, that began in 1977, seeing “Star Wars” (subsequently subtitled “Episode I: A […]

  • Uber releases safety report revealing 5,981 incidents of sexual assault

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (CNN) — Uber released its highly-anticipated safety report on Thursday revealing, among other details, that it received 5,981 reports of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018. Among those, there were 464 reports of rape. The report, which comes more than a year after a CNN investigation into sexual assault and abuse on the ride-hailing service, also noted there were 19 deaths caused by physical assault during 2017 and 2018. In its report, Uber repeatedly attempted to contextualize […]

  • Hijacked UPS truck led Florida police on a massive chase that ended in a shootout

    MIAMI, Fla. (CNN) — An armed robbery at a Florida jewelry store Thursday led to the hijacking of a UPS truck and a massive police chase that ended in a fatal shootout in Broward County. At least one woman was hurt in the robbery at Regent Jewelers along Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, in neighboring Miami-Dade County, Coral Gables police said. Police in Miramar, where the chase ended, said there were “multiple fatalities” at the scene. Police said there were […]

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces drafting of articles of impeachment against Trump

    (CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the House was proceeding with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “Today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said on Capitol Hill. “The President leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt once again the election for his own benefit.” Pelosi’s statement came one day after the first impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, which heard from legal experts […]

  • Starbucks is adding a new holiday-themed iced drink to its menu

    (CNN) – Starbucks is adding a new iced drink to its holiday menu as sales continue to grow for chilly concoctions — even in winter. The new drink is Irish Cream Cold Brew, which is the chain’s cold brew coffee mixed with Irish Cream syrup and topped with vanilla sweet cream cold foam and cocoa powder. It goes on sale Tuesday across Starbucks’ US stores and will be available for a limited time. The price for a grande will range […]

  • Two Connecticut teens killed by mother’s boyfriend after argument over cigarette smoke, police say

    (CNN) – An argument between a Connecticut teenager and her mother’s boyfriend over his smoking in the house turned deadly after the man shot the 15-year-old and her 16-year-old brother on Tuesday night and then killed himself, according to the Watertown Police Department. Della Jette and Sterling Jette, Jr. were transported to Waterbury Hospital where they both were pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to a news release from the Watertown Police Department. Their mother, identified by CNN affiliate WTNH […]

  • Swastikas sprayed on more than 100 graves in Jewish cemetery in France

    (CNN) – French police have launched an investigation after Nazi swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were spray-painted on 107 graves in a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who visited the cemetery in Westhoffen, eastern France, on Wednesday morning, described the incident as a “heinous act of anti-Semitism.” “I want to say to those who think they can come here in the middle of the night and tarnish the memory of those who are buried here. Tarnish the […]

  • George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin’s parents and others for $100 million

    (CNN) – George Zimmerman was acquitted in the fatal 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, but according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Florida, he believes there was a conspiracy to frame him and wants $100 million in damages. Attorney Larry Klayman announced the lawsuit in tandem with a Coral Gables screening of a documentary titled “The Trayvon Martin Hoax,” which has since been canceled. Zimmerman was scheduled to appear alongside Klayman at a Thursday news conference, but hours later, Klayman […]

  • Woman says she found loaded rifle in baby bouncer from Florida Goodwill

    VALPARAISO, Fla. (CNN) — A woman in Florida wanted to get her friends a baby shower gift to welcome a new addition to their family. She found a great deal at Goodwill on what she thought was a baby bouncer — but she said the sealed box ended up containing a loaded rifle instead. Veronica Alvarez-Rodriguez went to a Goodwill in Valparaiso, Florida, on Sunday and found two gifts: a baby bathtub toy and a Baby Einstein bouncer that she […]

  • US sailor kills 2 at a Pearl Harbor shipyard days before anniversary of historic attack

    (CNN) — A lockdown has been lifted at Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard after a US sailor fatally shot two people and injured another before killing himself Wednesday, an incident for which officials do not yet have a motive. The shooter’s name has not been released, but he has tentatively been identified as an active-duty US sailor assigned to the USS Columbia, a submarine that is in dry dock at the base for standard maintenance work, said Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, […]

  • Texas father dies in ‘freak accident’ while hanging up Christmas lights

    RHOME, Texas (CNN) – A Texas father died after falling from a rooftop while stringing Christmas lights. Felipe Gallegos, 39, operated a window cleaning business with his wife, Alisha Flick. During the holidays, he hangs Christmas lights for his clients, which is what he was doing on Saturday when he fell, according to CNN affiliate KTVT. Flick told KTVT that her husband had years of experience and called the fall a “freak accident.” She didn’t see what happened when he fell. […]

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