Anderson Cooper was pretty delighted to find out a slave killed his ancestor with a farm hoe

Jenée Desmond-Harris
Anderson Cooper was pretty delighted to find out a slave killed his ancestor with a farm hoe

Will Anderson Cooper's Black History Month celebration involve reflecting on that time a slave killed one of his ancestors with a farm hoe? If the extent to which he seems to have enjoyed that news is any indication, it's possible.

  • 2020 Vision Monday: Polls show a 17-point swing toward impeaching Trump, which could drag down his reelection bid
    Yahoo News

    2020 Vision Monday: Polls show a 17-point swing toward impeaching Trump, which could drag down his reelection bid

    As of three weeks ago, a majority of Americans — 51.1 percent, on average — opposed impeaching President Trump. As of today, opposition to impeachment has plummeted 7 percentage points (to 44 percent) and support has climbed nearly 10 points (to 49.8 percent), according to FiveThirtyEight's preliminary polling tracker. It still seems unlikely, although perhaps slightly less so, that Senate Republicans will ever abandon Trump and vote to remove him from office, even if most voters eventually want them to.

  • Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters
    Associated Press

    Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters

    Experts say they also instill a false sense of security in a country inured to danger by the constant threat of calamitous earthquakes, tsunami and volcanos. "Weather conditions in Japan up to now have been relatively moderate," said Toshitaka Katada, a disaster expert and professor at the University of Tokyo. Those days are over, and Japan's readiness for disasters, still based on data collected decades ago, hasn't kept up with the times, he said.

  • Hong Kong Protesters Rage Against Corporate China's Growing Control
    Bloomberg

    Hong Kong Protesters Rage Against Corporate China's Growing Control

    The black-clad protesters pushing back against China's influence in Hong Kong aren't just focusing on Carrie Lam and the police. They're also targeting mainland-based brands such as Bank of China Ltd., China Mobile Ltd. and Huawei Technologies Co. with fire bombs, metal bars and spray paint. A walk down the primary route used by Hong Kong's anti-government marchers shows how big a chunk of the city China owns.

  • In Jamal Khashoggi's death, Saudi money is talking louder than murder
    USA TODAY Opinion

    In Jamal Khashoggi's death, Saudi money is talking louder than murder

    Anyone interested in what it looks like to get away with murder should peruse the attendee list for Saudi Arabia's flashy "Davos in the Desert" this month. Vaporizing into the desert heat is all the righteous alarm that compelled leading financial firms to boycott the event last year out of concern that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, weeks before, had ordered the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Attending this year's extravaganza are executives of JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, all of them institutions selected to underwrite the kingdom's highly anticipated, partial public offering of its oil company, Aramco, valued $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion.

  • Climate change researchers recommend banning all frequent flyer reward programs to cut carbon emissions by targeting jet-setters
    Business Insider

    Climate change researchers recommend banning all frequent flyer reward programs to cut carbon emissions by targeting jet-setters

    A new report commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change, the UK government's official climate-change advisers, has called for a ban on all frequent flyer reward programs to discourage people from traveling by air so much. Researchers from Imperial College London, who wrote the report, said that just 15% of the entire British population take 70% of all flights from the country. The report also called for an "air miles levy" to punish people who fly long distances, which would target those who rack up the most air miles, rather than people who travel shorter distances.

  • When police misconduct occurs, records often stay secret. One mom's fight to change that.
    USA TODAY

    When police misconduct occurs, records often stay secret. One mom's fight to change that.

    Furious about the way she was treated, she worked with other families whose relatives were killed by police to help push for the recent passage of California's new Senate Bill 1421, which as of January 1 overrides decades of precedent and requires police departments to open internal investigation records related to deadly force and police wrongdoing. The law could inspire reform at police departments across the nation at a time when the relationship between police and the public is fraught with tension following numerous fatal shootings, particularly involving victims of color.

  • Soldier wounded during search for Bowe Bergdahl dies of his injuries
    The Telegraph

    Soldier wounded during search for Bowe Bergdahl dies of his injuries

    A US soldier shot in the head during the 2009 search for army deserter Bowe Bergdahl has died from his injuries. Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday at the age of 46, 10 years after being injured in the hunt for his missing comrade. He spent 21 years in the army and national guard, and retired in 2013 on receiving the Purple Heart.

  • The Independent

    Son of sheriff who called immigrants ‘drunks’ at White House event arrested for public intoxication

    The son of a Texas sheriff who used a White House press conference to describe immigrant offenders as “drunks” likely to repeatedly break the law has been arrested for public intoxication. Sergei Waybourn, 24, faces a count of indecent exposure as well as public drunkenness just days after his father, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, was criticised for the comments. Responding to a California court ruling that banned immigration officers from arresting people on the basis of records that have been proven unreliable, Sheriff Waybourn said 7% of his 4,200 inmates were “illegal aliens”.

  • Russia denies US news report it bombed 4 Syria hospitals in 12 hours
    AFP

    Russia denies US news report it bombed 4 Syria hospitals in 12 hours

    Russia on Monday denied a US newspaper report that its warplanes bombed four hospitals in rebel-held territory in Syria over a period of 12 hours this year. The Russian defence ministry rubbished the claim in a report by The New York Times, saying "the alleged 'evidence' provided by the NYT is not worth even the paper it was printed on". The May strikes -- which the newspaper tied to Moscow through Russian radio recordings, plane spotter logs and accounts by witnesses -- are part of a larger pattern of medical facilities targeted by forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's devastating civil war.

  • The Pro-Impeachment Movement’s New Play: Frame McConnell as a Trump Patsy
    The Daily Beast

    The Pro-Impeachment Movement’s New Play: Frame McConnell as a Trump Patsy

    The leading pro-impeachment group in the country unveiled a new ad on Tuesday morning targeting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as a patsy for Donald Trump. The Need to Impeach ad is part of a $3.1-million ad buy that the group has purchased to blanket the airwaves and social-media networks as a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry ramps up. But whereas the previous spots went after vulnerable Republican senators, this one goes after the man at the nexus of impeachment politics—and it does so through Republican-friendly channels.

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces backlash over haircut
    Yahoo News Video

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces backlash over haircut

    This week, the Washington Times published a story saying that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. had spent $80 on a haircut and $180 on color at a Washington, D.C., salon, a choice the newspaper presented as hypocritical, given she “regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway.

  • View Photos of Our Sports Sedan Battle Between the Dodge Charger and Kia Stinger GT
    Car and Driver

    View Photos of Our Sports Sedan Battle Between the Dodge Charger and Kia Stinger GT

    America's leading (and only) V-8 muscle sedan takes on Korea's upstart rear-drive hatchback in a battle of power versus poise. From Car and Driver

  • Family ends search for missing CEO after a body is found
    Associated Press

    Family ends search for missing CEO after a body is found

    The family of a missing Utah tech executive has called off a search for her after police reported that a body was found inside a parked car in the San Francisco Bay Area. Police in San Jose said the body was discovered Saturday in an area where Erin Valenti's family had been searching. "While we were praying for a different outcome, we are so appreciative for the help and support you have given," according to a Facebook post by the group Help Find Erin Valenti.

  • UPDATE 3-Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters plead for U.S. help
    Reuters

    UPDATE 3-Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters plead for U.S. help

    Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong on Monday in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States. They chanted "Fight for Freedom, Fight for Hong Kong" as they gathered peacefully near central government offices in the Admiralty district of the Chinese-ruled city only hours after police said violent protests had escalated to a "life-threatening level".

  • Disney Skyliner reopens with modified hours after stranding passengers last week
    USA TODAY

    Disney Skyliner reopens with modified hours after stranding passengers last week

    Disney's Skyliner is up and running again with modified service after the new aerial cable car system stranded passengers for hours the night of Oct. 5. "Beginning today, guests may travel aboard Disney Skyliner from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.," reads an update on Walt Disney World Resort's Skyliner landing page. "Following a complete review with the manufacturer, we've made adjustments to our processes and training, and we are improving how we communicate with guests during their flight with Disney Skyliner," Thomas Smith, editorial content director at Disney Parks, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

  • Anthony Scaramucci is desperately trying to recruit Mitt Romney for a 2020 run
    The Week

    Anthony Scaramucci is desperately trying to recruit Mitt Romney for a 2020 run

    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is running for president again — at least in Anthony Scaramucci's dreams. The famously short-lived White House communications director has since turned on the president who appointed him, and has publicly said he's trying to knock President Trump off the 2020 ticket. Now, it seems Scaramucci has decided on his dream candidate, and has launched a website and line of T-shirts to persuade him to run.

  • Kamala Harris’s Offices Fought Payments to Wrongly Convicted
    Bloomberg

    Kamala Harris’s Offices Fought Payments to Wrongly Convicted

    It took 19 years for his conviction to be reversed -- and two more years for the State of California to grant him compensation for the time he was wrongfully imprisoned. Diaz's battle with Harris' office began in 2012 when a judge reversed his conviction. As state attorney general, her staff vigorously resisted his claim for compensation and tried to make him re-register as a sex offender, despite a formal ruling in April 2013 that he was innocent.

  • The National Interest

    With Hypersonic Missiles, Israel's F-35s Are Upping The Ante In Syria

    Key point: The Middle East's skies belong to Israel. Israel will soon have a new precision-guided supersonic stand-off missile for its F-35s and other fighter jets. The new missile was announced on June 11, 2018 in a press release by two leading Israeli defense firms, Israeli Military Industries Systems (IMI Systems) and Israel Aerospace Industries, which jointly developed the missile.

  • White House: Trump 'strongly condemns' parody video of him shooting critics and media outlets in church
    Yahoo News

    White House: Trump 'strongly condemns' parody video of him shooting critics and media outlets in church

    The White House on Monday tried to distance itself from a violent parody video that shows President Trump shooting and stabbing critics and members of the media in a church. “But based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video,” Grisham tweeted. According to the New York Times, the crude video was shown at a pro-Trump conference at the president's Doral Miami resort over the weekend, where Donald Trump Jr. and former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders were among the guest speakers.

  • Harry Dunn's parents give tearful account of finding dying son to US TV
    The Guardian

    Harry Dunn's parents give tearful account of finding dying son to US TV

    The parents of Harry Dunn have given their first US TV interview, recounting the death of their son in a road accident as part of a campaign to pressure a US diplomat's wife involved in the collision to return to the UK and face police questioning. Anne Sacoolas, 42, left the UK shortly after the collision between Dunn's motorbike and a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August. Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, flew to the US on Sunday to “continue our fight for justice”.

  • China inflation surges as pork prices soar
    AFP

    China inflation surges as pork prices soar

    China's consumer inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in almost six years in September as African swine fever sent pork prices soaring nearly 70 percent, official data showed Tuesday. Authorities have gone as far as tapping the nation's pork reserve to control prices of the staple meat, as the swine fever crisis could become a political and economic liability for the state. The consumer price index (CPI) -- a key gauge of retail inflation -- hit 3.0 percent last month, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, up from 2.8 percent in August and the highest since since November 2013.

  • The Fastest Sedans in Lightning Lap History
    Car and Driver

    The Fastest Sedans in Lightning Lap History

    A complete list of the fastest four-doors we've lapped after 13 years of Lightning Lap at VIR From Car and Driver

  • 'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from Fiona Hill testimony
    Yahoo News Video

    'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from Fiona Hill testimony

    When Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz tried to attend an impeachment inquiry deposition Monday morning at the U.S. Capitol, he ran smack into the often arcane and confusing rules of Congress.

  • Caravan of 2,000 migrants detained in southern Mexico
    Associated Press

    Caravan of 2,000 migrants detained in southern Mexico

    TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials broke up a caravan of around 2,000 migrants that had set out from southern Mexico Saturday in the hopes of reaching the United States, amid increasing difficulty obtaining permission to pass through Mexico. Many of the migrants who departed from Tapachula, Chiapas early in the morning had been held up in this city just north of Guatemala for weeks or months, awaiting residency or transit papers from Mexican authorities. "I want to pass through Mexico, I don't want to live here," said Amado Ramirez, a migrant from Honduras who said he had been living on the streets of Tapachula with his young children and wife, hoping for a transit visa from Mexican officials.

  • We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.
    USA TODAY

    We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.

    At least 85,000 law enforcement officers across the USA have been investigated or disciplined for misconduct over the past decade, an investigation by USA TODAY Network found. Despite their role as public servants, the men and women who swear an oath to keep communities safe can generally avoid public scrutiny for their misdeeds. The records of their misconduct are filed away, rarely seen by anyone outside their departments.