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Weekend Supervising News Editors Samira Jafari and Sarah Aarthun - 404-827-1401
Head down, look straight ahead. Ear buds in, volume off. Don't make eye contact unless you need to. You're not in a known drug zone, or the sketchy part of town. This is simply how many women steel themselves when walking down a city street in broad daylight. Why? Because many women, regardless of age, weight, or appearance, say they've heard something along the lines of, "Hey baby, you want some of this?" or, "I like what I see." While some men might consider those statements to be compliments, to others, they are a threat.
Wearing a sheer leopard top, Rauda Alaita buzzed around her beauty salon in Damascus. She decided six months ago to open this little shop, paint its walls seafoam green and call it Aloe Vera. "Everybody told me you are crazy! Starting a business now?" Alaita said. Isn't it strange, running a salon in the middle of a war? "I think life goes on," she replied. "People are tired.
A verdict is expected as early as Saturday in the trial of the pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, charged with stealing sensitive documents in a case that has embarrassed the Vatican.
Singing folk songs and strumming the guitar at his campaign rallies, Hugo Chavez shows no sign that he's facing the strongest challenge to his 13-year rule in Venezuela. He has dismissed his much younger challenger, Henrique Capriles Radonski, as a "fly" not worth chasing, when challenged to a debate earlier this year. Chavez's opponents are confident that this Sunday, Capriles will unseat the long-ruling leftist leader, a refrain previously heard before eventual defeats.
He's 25, lives with his parents and works three part-time jobs. Millennials like Tyler York helped elect Barack Obama. But York is disillusioned with the president, distrustful of his challenger. He's learning that choices - personal and political - are rarely easy.
Former President Bill Clinton will campaign with President Barack Obama in Los Angeles Sunday, an Obama campaign aide told CNN .
A secularist is not just an atheist, nor is secularism only reserved for Democrats. The author of "How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom" takes on these myths and more.
SpaceX will begin its first official resupply flight to International Space Station on October 7, NASA announced Thursday.
Spain's football giant FC Barcelona has angered Muslim fans by inviting released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit as a guest of honor to a derby game with rival Real Madrid on Sunday. Shalit was abducted in Israel by Hamas militants and held hostage for five years until released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. He was released October 18 2011.
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US-Latino-Immigrant-Voters (with art)
Forty years ago, Balbino and Rosario Guevara didn't vote. It had nothing to do with Nixon's landslide or the electoral implosion of the Democratic Party; they were living in El Salvador. And they were simply afraid. "I had two businesses: a restaurant and store. But then, the politics took a turn for the worse. ... People, even teachers, were being kidnapped. It was terrible," Balbino Guevara said. "I told my wife, 'I don't like this. We need to leave.' " The Guevaras watched helplessly as the country hurtled toward a brutal civil war. They fled to the United States in the early '70s, and suddenly, the ballot box became a key part of their identity.
US-Latino-Political-Celebrity (with art)
Eva Longoria is considered one of the most politically involved celebrities in this election cycle. But it's not a new role for her. She has been politically active for 20 years now, and it all started in high school. "My government and economics teacher gave us a project where we all had to volunteer during the election. We could choose whatever party, but we had to volunteer and help register people to vote. It was part of our grade," Longoria said. "So I caught the political bug from there." That was when the "Desperate Housewives" star was a 17-year-old student at Roy Miller High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, during the first Clinton presidential campaign. Years later, she was quite vocal during President Barack Obama's 2008 bid, and this year she is co-chairwoman on his re-election campaign.
US-CNNHeroes-Connie-Siskowski-Interview (with art)
Connie Siskowski is helping young people who have to take care of an ill, disabled or aging family member. Through her nonprofit, the American Association of Caregiving Youth, Siskowski has provided assistance to more than 550 child caregivers in Palm Beach County, Florida. CNN asked Siskowski for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.
New York City is demanding that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns hand over footage of the movie he made about five men who were wrongfully imprisoned and later exonerated for the rape of a woman in Central Park. The demand is part of the city's attempt to defend itself against multi-million dollar federal lawsuits filed by some of the "The Central Park Five," as the exonerated men had come to be known.
Pakistan-Slimmer-Police (with art)
Police officer Muhammad Azad spends an hour a day running laps because he is running out of time. If he doesn't trim two inches off his 42-inch waist soon, the police department in the northern Pakistani state of Punjab could demote or even fire him.
Paula-Kahumbu-Kenya-Lions (with art)
Paula Kahumbu initially opted for a career in wildlife conservation so she wouldn't have to deal with people. But working with wild animals in her native Kenya has taught her that it is near impossible to prevent some vulnerable species coming into contact with human communities --- often with damaging consequences.
Syria-Television-Rants (with art)
As former friends turn against Syria for its brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, the country's state television -- the government mouthpiece -- has taken to insulting and belittling those regional leaders in scathing editorials read to camera.
Syria's shelling of a border town in Turkey has sparked fears that President Bashar al-Assad's attempt to snuff out a rebellion at home could turn into a damaging regional war between the two neighbors.
Nigeria-University-Shooting-Mubi In Nigeria, nobody speaks of terrible things. Where some unimaginable atrocity has been committed the news is often met with pursed lips, a double snap of the fingers and a swift motion over ones head to invoke a purge against evil. To speak of terror is to welcome it into one's life.
It conjures images of cauldrons and pointed hats if you live in the western world or exotic masks and sacred objects if you're on the African continent. Around the world a sense of mystery and fear engulfs witchcraft and nowhere is this more evident than in the East African nation of Tanzania. Here, faith in this specific form of African tradition can turn deadly.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have made trade with China an issue in the November election. Romney says the president has not been tough enough over what he contends are Beijing's unfair trade practices, while Obama has pointed to Romney's record in business with Chinese companies and their labor practices. Here's a look at the U.S. relationship with China -- by the numbers.
POL-Debate-Undecided-Voters (with art)
A tale of two undecided voters: For Amy Alonso, Wednesday's presidential debate brought her a little closer to casting her ballot, but for Michael Fazio, the debate did nothing but cast doubt. Both are key voters in key swing states -- Florida and Nevada. And both were looking for the candidate they leaned toward to bring home the bacon. Today, only one of them is eating a BLT, albeit slowly.
POL-Debate-Next (with art)
Mitt Romney's solid debate performance Wednesday night gives him the type of energy and momentum that President Barack Obama now will have to work overtime to undo.
Mitt Romney seems to be undergoing an extreme makeover -- presidential candidate edition. A few months ago he told donors at a Florida fundraiser that he'd never convince the 47% of Americans who he described as government-dependent shoo-ins for President Barack Obama to "take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
MONEY-China-Luxury (with art)
At first blush, it looks like luxury has a China problem. After a blockbuster 2011, major upscale brands Burberry and Louis Vuitton recently shook up this rarefied world by reporting a slowdown in their China sales. But the China luxury story is murkier than it appears. That's because sales remained strong at key fashion rivals Prada and Hermes, both of which expect the momentum to continue for the rest of the year.
MONEY-Green-Stimulus (with art)
Over 770,000 homes weatherized. A doubling of energy from wind and solar. Cleaning 688 square miles of land formerly used for Cold War-era nuclear testing. These are just some of the 'green' benefits from money spent under 2009's $787 billion stimulus package. Whether it was worth it is an open question, and one sure to come up in greater frequency as the presidential campaign enters its final weeks.
MONEY-Iran-Currency (with art)
Iran's currency is in a free fall, and the sanctions over its nuclear program are mostly to blame. Officially, the Iranian government offers to sell one U.S. dollar for about 12,500 Iranian rials. But it only offers that rate on a limited basis.
MONEY-Apple-IPhone-Lightning-Charger (with art)
Apple's pricey iPhone chargers have traditionally been the target of a thriving black market, with knockoff versions of the easy-to-copy cables available online for mere pennies. That could stop with the iPhone 5, which includes a new connector that's much, much harder to fake.
MED-Health-Care-Study (with art)
President Obama's Affordable Care Act, when fully implemented, will most likely reduce the number of uninsured in every state, age group and income level - a stark contrast to a GOP presidential nominee and Mitt Romney's plan, according to a new report by The Commonwealth Fund, which compares the ACA to Romney's pledge to repeal the law and replace it with more targeted policies.
Chuck Pagano is only the second head coach in recent NFL history to be diagnosed with cancer during the season, according to Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay. Pagano was hospitalized Wednesday night and immediately began treatment after being diagnosed with "acute promyelocytic leukemia," a subtype of acute myeloid leukemia, "which is a cancer of the bone marrow tissue," according to his physician Dr. Larry Cripe, a leukemia expert from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Here are a few things to know about leukemia and specifically acute promyelocytic leukemia or APL.
MED-Doctors-Notes-Sharing (with art)
After you leave your doctor's office, there's a crucial part of the appointment that happens behind your back: Your doctor writes a note describing how the visit went. A new study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine recommends giving patients access to those notes.
MED-Newborns-Genetic-Test (with art)
Genome sequencing is rapidly changing modern medicine, and a new study shows its potential impact on seriously ill newborn babies. New research published in the journal Science Translational Medicine this week makes the case for a two-day whole-genome sequencing for newborns in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
If you're thinking that the benefits of a hefty bank account could help turn up the heat in the bedroom, you're at least partly right. Money might not buy love, but it can allow for a sizzling sex life.
TECH-Steve-Jobs-Apple-Fanatics (with art)
Apple Store employees, dressed in matching blue T-shirts, clapped and sang and made intermittent "woo!" cheers as they walked past John H., who was waiting in line to buy the iPhone 5 in Atlanta last month. The 29-year-old, who had never before waited in one of Apple's I-need-the-product-immediately-so-I'm-willing-to-stand-here-for-hours lines, didn't look amused. One year after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, that kind of indifference seems almost sacrilege when set against the history of Apple fanboy-dom that surrounds the company's product launches.
TECH-Next-Steve-Jobs (with art)
It's a loaded question, one with no clear answer. But in the year since Apple's co-founder and visionary CEO died, it's been asked in tech circles over and over: Who is the next Steve Jobs?
TECH-Apple-Tim-Cook (with art)
In the year since Steve Jobs' death, Apple has undergone a gradual and subtle brand makeover, shaking off some of the more unpleasant characteristics associated with Jobs and taking on bits of the personality of its new leader, Tim Cook.
TECH-Smartphone-Addicts (with art)
If you're like Derek Smith, you spend a lot of time on your smartphone. Then again, maybe nobody is quite like Derek Smith. In one recent week, the medical student sent 40 e-mails and 399 text messages, snapped 25 photos, bought two movie tickets, downloaded four songs, watched a full-length film, checked the weather forecast 15 times, shopped at Target, surfed the Web for 129 minutes and spent 5½ hours socializing with friends on Facebook -- all from his iPhone 4S.
TECH-Netiquette-Time-Stamps (with art)
Timestamps are all over the ever-loving place on the Web: on your tweets, Facebook posts, text messages, ill-thought-out, angry e-mails to exes, etc. And let me tell you, true friends and trolls, those little numbers matter more than you think.
Hunting and fishing are on the rise for the first time in decades. The number of recreational hunters and anglers in the United States has increased significantly over the past five years, according to a recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey. The number of hunters has increased by 9%, while the number of anglers has jumped by 11%.
TRAVEL-Monastery-Stays-Travel (with art)
Movies about nuns and monks tend to focus on the Spartan nature of their living quarters: thin beds with lumpy mattresses, gloomy candlelit tables, a chair or two, all blessed by a cross nailed to a whitewashed plaster wall. No longer. In recent years, many monasteries and convents have been reborn as hotels so luxuriously appointed that you might confess to feeling a little guilty about how their previous occupants had to live.
TRAVEL-Superyacht-Science-Laboratory-Submarine (with art)
A recently built superyacht suggests that at least some wealthy holiday makers are demanding more from their sailing trips than just exotic islands and sun-drenched sea decks. The 74-meter RV Pegaso comes with the usual roster of flat-screen TVs, designer furniture and en-suite bathrooms, but a closer inspection reveals that it also doubles as a fully fledged floating laboratory.
TRAVEL-007-James-Bond-Destinations (with art)
We love James Bond films for so many reasons: the handsome men and beautiful women, the cool gadgets and outrageous villains, the amazing chases and death-defying stunts. And, of course, the travel tips. Film after film, no one has given us more inspiration to travel the world than James Bond.
TRAVEL-Felicity-Aston-Antarctic-Explorer (with art)
When Felicity Aston started smelling fish and chips, she knew something was wrong. The unmistakable aroma of the classic British pub food, deep-fried fish and french fries, could only mean one thing: She must be hallucinating. After all, there are no pubs in the middle of Antarctica. The British explorer was skiing solo across the great frozen continent and had not seen another human being for weeks.
FEA-Andre-Leon-Talley-Lbd (with art)
"It's a woman's world," Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley said as he prepared an installation of little black dresses for a new exhibit at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
FEA-Nanny-Diaries-Authors (with art)
Ten years after "The Nanny Diaries" became a bestseller, authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have released back-to-back new books. A lot has changed in the publishing industry, not to mention in the authors' personal lives, between the bookends of their careers thus far. "Over You" is a young adult novel about a teenager who helps friends cope with breakups, while struggling to move on from her own heartbreak. And "Between You and Me" depicts a famous singer's public self-destruction, in a story reminiscent of recent real-life celebrity dramas.
I am part of a dying breed. I am among a quickly shrinking slice of Americans who have yet to step foot in smartphone land. As of July, Nielsen reported that 55.5% of mobile subscribers in America owned smartphones, a significant jump from 41% a year earlier. This pre-dated the release of the iPhone 5, which has surely swayed that percentage further.
In an age of computers, smartphones, and instant gratification, studies lead us to believe that our attention spans are the shortest they've ever been. If that were completely true though, a 5,000 plus page webcomic shouldn't be able to attract millions of fans, much less inspire them to raise a million dollars in under a week.
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