Iran pardons or commutes sentence of ‘large’ number of prisoners, state media reports

CNN  —  Iran will pardon or commute the sentences of a large number of prisoners as part of an annual amnesty, state media reported Sunday, although it is unclear how this will apply to people arrested in the recent wave of protests. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved a proposal to “pardon or commute” … Read more

US opioid crisis: The absurd true story of how Florida flooded the country with pain pills

Watch “American Pain” on CNN at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, February 5. CNN  —  Today’s headlines are about heroin and fentanyl, but there’s a remarkable new CNN documentary to remind us all that the opioid crisis has roots in the US pharmaceutical industry. “American Pain” documents a very specific time period when a group … Read more

Opinion: After 15 years of reporting on opioids, I know this to be true

Editor’s Note: Darren Foster is an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and journalist. His latest documentary, “American Pain,” about twin brothers Chris and Jeff George who ran one of the nation’s largest pill mills, premieres at 9 p.m. ET February 5 on CNN. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion … Read more

Heidi Broussard case: Magen Fieramusca pleads guilty and is sentenced to 55 years in prison

CNN  —  The Texas woman accused of killing Heidi Broussard and kidnapping the victim’s infant has been sentenced to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 2019 murder, according the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. Magen Fieramusca, 37, was arrested more than a week after Broussard’s body was discovered in a vehicle at … Read more

A look at China’s history of spying in the US

CNN  —  The suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that violated American airspace this week has fueled a diplomatic crisis with the postponement of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s planned trip to Beijing. But the two countries have a long history of spying on each other. The US has sought to collect its own intelligence about the … Read more

A vulnerable power grid is in the crosshairs of domestic extremist groups

CNN  —  Gunshots fired at two power substations in Moore County, North Carolina, late last year left 45,000 homes and businesses without power and more attacks just like that could already be planned by domestic extremist groups, according to experts. “All of a sudden, about 8:45 p.m., about 20 shots fired off right across the … Read more

Nicola Bulley: A mom took her dog for a walk in northern England last week. Her partner says she ‘vanished into thin air’

London CNN  —  On a cold January morning, a mother-of-two dropped her young daughters off at school before taking her springer spaniel for their usual walk by the river. Mortgage broker Nicola Bulley greeted fellow dog walkers as she took a route along the River Wyre in Lancashire, northern England, police believe. During the walk, … Read more

Traumatized and afraid, Jenin residents are still reeling from Israeli raid

Jenin, West Bank CNN  —  Mohammed Abu al-Hayja was sleeping alongside his wife and two young daughters last month when loud gunfire woke them up. Minutes later, Israeli soldiers rammed down his door and burst through his apartment. “They spread through the house in seconds,” 29-year-old al-Hayja told CNN. “Two soldiers came up to me, … Read more

She used hidden cameras to help students cheat exams. Now she’s wanted by Interpol

CNN  —  Think “international manhunt” and the image that likely springs to mind is that of a hardened criminal like a murderer, bank robber or billion-dollar fraudster – not the middle-aged boss of a high school tuition center. But that’s who’s at the center of a Red Notice issued this week by the International Criminal … Read more

Eurasian eagle-owl escapes Central Park Zoo enclosure after exhibit vandalized

CNN  —  Authorities at New York’s Central Park Zoo are scrambling to recapture an Eurasian eagle-owl that escaped after its enclosure was vandalized. Officials discovered Flaco’s exhibit was vandalized and the stainless steel mesh was cut on Thursday night, the zoo said in a statement. The New York City Mayor’s Office initially said the bird … Read more