Jackie Evancho tweets Trump on transgender policy

February 23, 2017

(CNN)She sang the national anthem at his inauguration, but on Wednesday, Jackie Evancho spoke against President Donald Trump’s politics. “.@realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts ” she tweeted, minutes after the Department of Justice withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools. The “America’s Got Talent” star’s older …

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Brat faces raucous crowd at town hall

February 22, 2017

Blackstone, Virginia (CNN)Rep. Dave Brat faced a raucous crowd Tuesday night at a town hall here in the outer edge of his district, where a majority of the room interrupted him with angry shouts and jeers. The Virginia Republican took at least 34 questions for over an hour and at times appeared to enjoy the back-and-forth. “I don’t mind boisterousness. I’m having fun,” Brat said toward the end, swinging his arm in the air as people continued to shout at him. “I …

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‘This Is Us’ delivers most emotional episode yet

February 22, 2017

(CNN)Warning: This story contains spoilers about the recent episode of “This Is Us.” Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s “This Is Us” reminded viewers why the show is the unrivaled champion of tear-soaked television. The hour, titled “Memphis,” took viewers on a road trip with Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and his cancer-striken biological father William (Ron Cephas Jones). Their destination? Tennessee, where William was looking to reconnect with his …

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Sutton goalkeeper’s midgame pie sparks gambling probe

February 22, 2017

(CNN)It started as a hilarious highlight to an otherwise lackluster soccer match: Sutton United’s “roly-poly goalie” Wayne Shaw caught snacking on a pie during the second half of the club’s FA Cup match against Arsenal. But what began as a lark has ended with gambling investigations and the reported resignation of the much-loved reserve goalkeeper. You see, Sun Bets — which controversially replaced Sutton’s normal sponsor just for the Arsenal game …

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CNN 10 – February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017

… CNN 10 transcript. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ANNOUNCER: Five, four, three, two, one — ignition. And lift off — (END VIDEO CLIP) CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: The Falcon 9 rocket getting off the ground on Sunday. And they say what goes up must come down, so we’ll show you that in detail too this Tuesday on CNN 10. Hi, everyone. I’m Carl Azuz. It’s good to have you aboard. We’re starting the show in the African country of South Sudan. It’s considered or …

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Crowds flock to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con

February 20, 2017

(CNN)Dressed all in black with her face exposed, Fatima Mohammed Hussein has come to Saudi Arabia’s first Comic Con event dressed as Bat Girl. “The minute I stepped in, I couldn’t believe this is happening here,” she told CNN. “It’s a big move for Saudi to have something like that.” Hussein was one of the many Saudis who dressed up and flocked to the coastal city of Jeddah to celebrate pop culture, comic books, video games, and film between …

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Eerie sculptures question the boundaries of human form

February 20, 2017

(CNN)In Choi Xooang’s hyperrealistic sculptures, eyeless heads face off against each other, dismembered hands convene to form fleshy angel wings, and men with dog heads pose in underpants. It’s little surprise then that the Seoul-born South Korean declares: “If one feels uncomfortable physically or mentally when viewing my work, I would say it worked.” The fine detail and often grotesque style of Choi’s work has helped him stand out among South Korea’s …

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Donald Glover, James Earl Jones cast in Disney’s live-action “Lion King”

February 18, 2017

(CNN)Donald Glover is going to be the mane event in Disney’s live-action version of “The Lion King.” And he’ll be joined by an actor whose voice is as legendary as they come. Glover has been cast as Simba in the studio’s new take on the 1994 animated classic. James Earl Jones has also come aboard the project. He will play Mufasa, reprising the role he previously voiced. …

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K-pop’s growing pains: Why Asia’s biggest bands are splitting up

February 17, 2017

(CNN)Is K-pop past its prime? Or just having growing pains? Seven South Korean pop groups have split up in the last 12 months — two since the beginning of 2017 — raising questions about the future of the manufactured and wildly popular music genre, which has taken Asia by storm. Mega group Wonder Girls released their final single last Friday. The decade-old group was the first K-pop act to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 with their hit “Nobody” in 2009. Industry …

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Navy commander charged in long-running scandal

February 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department announced Thursday that it was charging a Navy commander in a bribery scandal that has engulfed 17 Navy personnel, including a one-star Navy admiral. Cmdr. Mario Herrera, 48, is accused of accepting bribes from Leonard Francis, the former CEO of Singapore-based defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). The complaint alleges that in exchange for “luxury travel and entertainment expenses and the services of prostitutes,” Herrera …

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Darren Criss to play Versace’s killer on ‘American Crime Story’

February 16, 2017

(CNN)Darren Criss is reuniting with “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy. Criss has been tapped to star in the third installment of Murphy’s FX anthology, “Versace: American Crime Story,” the network confirmed to CNN. Criss will play Andrew Cunanan, the man who killed famed fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of Versace’s Miami home in 1997. …

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The erotic fantasies of controversial photographer Ren Hang

February 14, 2017

(CNN)When you look at the photographs, the first thing you notice are the naked, pale, Chinese youths — wearing nothing but blas expressions. Suddenly, you’re not sure what you’re seeing. Men wedged midair between trees. A disembodied face framed by the waists of two women. A hundred flowery fingers blossoming between a pair of bowed legs. Read: The dreamy, intimate portraits of Shen Wei It’s a major turning point in the young artist’s career. …

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‘SNL’ Trump cabinet fantasy league

February 11, 2017

(CNN)Building a White House cabinet is serious business. Unless you are fantasy leaguing who should play its members in an “SNL” parody of the Trump administration. Already viewers have been blessed with Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy killing it as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. …

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Conan O’Brien surprises Patriots Super Bowl hero with new truck

February 10, 2017

(CNN)Running back James White may have scored the winning touchdown for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, but he didn’t win the game’s Most Valuable Player award. On Thursday, Conan O’Brien did what he could to soften that blow a bit. The TBS late night host had White on during his opening monologue Thursday night to discuss the Patriots victory Sunday — which was the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. After White scored the winning touchdown …

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Matt Damon: George and Amal Clooney ‘Will be awesome parents’

February 10, 2017

(CNN)George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins. The actor’s longtime friend and fellow “Ocean’s” series co-star, Matt Damon, confirmed the news on Thursday and recalled the moment Clooney told him. “I was working with him last fall and he pulled me aside on set and I mean, I almost started crying. I was so happy for him,” Damon told Entertainment Tonight Canada at a junket for his upcoming film “The Great Wall.” “And I was like, …

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No joke: 6 times comedy changed the way we live

February 9, 2017

(CNN)There’s only one rule in comedy, most comedians will tell you. It must be funny. But those on the listening end don’t always agree. Take what happened to comedic screen siren Mae West in 1926 after she dared to write and star in a Broadway play titled “Sex”: She was sentenced to 10 days in a woman’s workhouse and fined $500 on obscenity charges. Of course, times change. Some 70 years later, there was so much “Sex” happening in the city that …

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CNN 10 – February 8, 2017

February 8, 2017

February 8, 2017 The East China Sea and the South China Sea are two of the stops on today’s show. Understand why islands in these areas are disputed. After some constitutional trivia, we’re reporting on a historic, tiebreaking vote in the U.S. Senate. And we’re examining whether virtual reality technology will live up to its hype. TRANSCRIPT CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: You found our Wednesday broadcast of CNN 10, and we’re glad you’re watching. I’m Carl …

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‘This is Us’ cast pays viewer a visit

February 8, 2017

(CNN)What’s better than watching your favorite TV show curled up on your couch? Clearly, a knock on the door from one of the stars of that show. That’s exactly what happened recently to a lucky “This Is Us” fan. Milo Ventimiglia, who stars in the hit series, was filming scenes last week when he happened to notice a man watching the show next door. …

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Britney Spears asks for prayers for her niece

February 7, 2017

(CNN)Britney Spears is asking for prayers for her niece who was injured in an ATV accident on Sunday. The pop star posted a photo of 8-year-old Maddie on Instagram Monday and wrote, “Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece.” Maddie is the daughter of Spears’ younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears. …

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Of microbes and machines: How art and science fuse in bio-art

February 7, 2017

(CNN)There is science in art — the alchemy of paint, the binary codes computing away in a camera, the expressive anatomy in portraiture and sculpture. There is art in science — the artistic precision of the scalpel, the cool aesthetics of the laboratory, and the intimate observations undertaken by scientists to discover new materials and microbes living unseen in the world. Bio-art, an artistic genre that took hold in the 1980s, solidifies, extends and enriches this organic …

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Lady Gaga brings message of inclusion to Super Bowl halftime — oh, and drones

February 6, 2017

(CNN)Lady Gaga’s powerful Super Bowl LI halftime performance didn’t have any of the overt political statements that some people were expecting, but it did have a message about inclusion. The Grammy winner kicked off her fiery halftime show at the top of Houston’s NRG Stadium singing “God Bless America” before transitioning into “This Land Is Your Land.” Then, before Gaga jumped from the roof, she concluded her emotional intro by quoting from the …

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Hamilton stars add ‘sisterhood’ to ‘America the Beautiful’

February 6, 2017

(CNN)The original cast members from “Hamilton” kicked off Super Bowl LI on Sunday with a powerful feminist message. Phillipa Soo, Rene Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones, the hit Broadway musical’s original Schuyler sisters, reunited on the field for “America the Beautiful.” The singers were already slaying it with impeccable harmonies and high notes when they reached the song’s last line, “And crown thy good with brotherhood / From sea to …

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100 years of the world’s most glamorous women

February 6, 2017

Beijing, China (CNN)An exhibition showcasing 100 years of fashion photography from the Cond Nast magazine stable — ranging from 1920s shots of Broadway actresses to some of the most recognizable photos of the supermodel era — has opened in Beijing. …

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‘Dog’s Purpose’ video mischaracterized events on set, investigation finds

February 5, 2017

(CNN)A video appearing to show a dog in distress during filming of the movie “A Dog’s Purpose” was “deliberately edited for the purpose of misleading the public and stoking public outrage,” according to an independent, third-party investigation. American Humane, an organization tasked with ensuring safety of animal actors on set, said the investigation’s findings “confirm that no animals were harmed in those scenes and numerous preventative safety …

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Donald Trump’s speech was published as a humor column

February 3, 2017

… seemed to indicate that famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass is still alive. “I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mallwhere people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things,” Trump said. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.” At least he noticed. Then, as is Black History Month tradition, he threw a jab at CNN, saying he doesn’t like to watch it …

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