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

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

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

Opinion: What’s really behind Florida’s attack on African American Studies

Editor’s Note: Leslie Kay Jones is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers New Brunswick, specializing in social movements. The views expressed here are her own. Read more opinion on CNN. CNN  —  As a student growing up in Florida, I vividly recall my International Baccalaureate English teacher inviting students to read … Read more

Opinion: Biden’s very tough decision

Editor’s Note: John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst and anchor. He is the author of “Lincoln and the Fight for Peace.” The views expressed in this commentary are his own. Read more opinion at CNN. CNN  —  Halfway through his first term and on the eve of his second State of the Union, … Read more

Indiana man dies filming TikTok video

CNN  —  An Indiana man died after falling from a cliff in Puerto Rico while trying to make a video for TikTok, according to his family. Edgar Garay, 27, of Indiana, was on a recreational day trip to the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico on January 29 when he fell off a 70-foot coastal cliff near … 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

Gautam Adani lost half his wealth in a flash. Here’s what happened

London CNN  —  Less than two weeks ago, Gautam Adani was the fourth-richest person in the world. With a personal fortune estimated at $120 billion, the self-made Indian industrialist was wealthier than either Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. Then Hindenburg Research, an American short seller with bets against Adani’s companies, accused him of pulling off … Read more