Will Thousand Oaks be the mass shooting that spurs change? Maybe not

(CNN)Pittsburgh. Orlando. Las Vegas. Newtown. Aurora. Columbine. The slaughter continues. With each one, more Americans appear anesthetized to the bloodletting. It’s just more bullets, more panic, more fear. Numbness sets in. Massacres seem commonplace. Will Thousand Oaks be the mass shooting that finally spurs change? The maybes Remembering the Thousand…

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5 things to know for November 12: California wildfires, elections, Armistice Day

(CNN)Today is the federal observance of Veterans Day. Here are 10 ways to honor veterans beyond just saying “thanks for your service.”Here’s what 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…

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She blocked a black neighbor from entering their St. Louis building. Then she got fired

(CNN)A white woman has been fired after video emerged of her confronting and blocking the entry of a black neighbor at a St. Louis apartment complex. “The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds,” the statement said. “We are proud of…

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Mollie Tibbetts told man who followed her she would call police

(CNN)More than a month ago, Mollie Tibbetts went for a jog and never returned. “He actually tells us that he ran alongside of her or behind her,” said Rick Rahn, special agent in charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation during a news conference on Tuesday. “And then, at…

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Children found in New Mexico compound were training for school shootings, prosecutors say

Taos, New Mexico (CNN)Court documents released this week are revealing new allegations in the discovery of emaciated children at a New Mexico compound — including that at least one of the kids was being trained to commit school shootings, and that an adult buried a long-missing child there. • One…

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California wildfire threatens the oldest and tallest juniper tree in the US

(CNN)The Donnell Fire had already scorched more than 29,000 acres and was only 26% contained as it tore toward the oldest juniper tree in the United States. Named after naturalist Clarence Bennett, who began his study of this particular tree in the 1890s, the Bennett Juniper is not just the…

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Former USA Gymnastics doctor wants to be resentenced, disqualify judge who gave him 40-175 years in prison

New York (CNN)Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor now spending the rest of his life behind bars, is asking to be resentenced on sexual assault charges in Michigan and for the judge who sentenced him to be disqualified from the case. Judge to Nassar: I just signed your…

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