Did investors learn nothing from last year’s market meltdown?

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. New York CNN  —  Meme stock mania was supposed to be over, right? Guess what: It’s not. Sure, the entire market did well in January. But many of the Reddit/WallStreetBets darlings of two … Read more

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

Fight breaks out at grocery store dumpsters after false post about ‘free food’ following power outages

CNN  —  More the 250 people fought over discarded food in dumpsters after a power outage last week at an H-E-B grocery store in Texas, authorities said. “We had over 250 people fighting in the dumpsters because someone posted ‘Free Food!’” Travis County Constable Precinct 4 George Morales III posted on Facebook. “This is not … Read more

Terry Bradshaw: Legendary quarterback says NFL is ‘dangerous’ but ‘not too tough’

CNN  —  Hall of Fame football player and television analyst Terry Bradshaw says the NFL may be a “tough sport” but that athletes accepted the dangers when taking part. In an interview on CNN and HBOMax’s ‘Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,’ the 74-year-old recalls being knocked out a number of times in his career but … 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

A TikTokker used GoFundMe | CNN

CNN  —  Madison Russo allegedly used social media to spread awareness about her battle with cancer and to raise almost $40,000 on GoFundMe – but the entire operation was a scam, according to Iowa police, who have charged Russo with theft. Russo, a 19-year-old TikTok content creator, raised more than $37,303 from 439 donors by … Read more

China protests after US jets shoot down suspected spy balloon

Hong Kong CNN  —  China has expressed its “strong dissatisfaction and protest” against Washington’s decision to shoot down its balloon, accusing it of “overreacting” and “seriously violating international practice.” US military fighter jets on Saturday shot down the balloon over the Atlantic Ocean in a mission President Joe Biden hailed as a success. The United … Read more

Inside Biden’s decision to ‘take care of’ the Chinese spy balloon that triggered a diplomatic crisis

Washington CNN  —  When President Joe Biden learned a likely Chinese spy balloon was drifting through the stratosphere 60,000 feet above Montana, his first inclination was to take it down. By then, however, it was both too early and too late. After flying over swaths of sparsely populated land, it was now projected to keep … Read more

Opinion: Trump’s first challenger is the one GOP needs

Editor’s Note: Gavin J. Smith is a public relations professional and political strategist. He is CEO of Gavin James Public Affairs, a public relations and marketing consulting firm in Lexington, South Carolina. During the Trump administration, he was press secretary for the Department of Labor and deputy communications director for the Department of Health and … Read more

What to know about the suspected Chinese spy balloon

CNN  —  A suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in the skies over the continental United States has sparked national security and diplomatic concerns, adding to already tense Washington-Beijing relations. The incident prompted Secretary of State Antony Blinken to postpone his highly anticipated trip to China, saying Friday that the high-altitude Chinese balloon entering US airspace “created … Read more