NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/CNN) — A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Bliss Corner, Massachusetts, on Sunday morning, according to preliminary information from the US Geological Survey . The quake was felt more than 100 miles away, in Connecticut , New Hampshire and Sound Beach , New York, on Long Island , the USGS says. According to a USGS map, the quake struck off Mishaum Point , a peninsula in southeastern Massachusetts that extends into Buzzards Bay. (Credit: US Geological Survey) The epicenter appears to be about four miles south-southwest of Bliss Corner, which is located in the town of Dartmouth, just south of New Bedford and about 35 miles southeast of Providence, Rhode Island. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and the USGS said there is a low likelihood of casualties or economic losses. There is no threat of tsunami, the National Weather Service says. Small earthquakes strike New England and Long Island roughly twice a year, while moderate ones hit the region every few decades, the USGS says. The most recent New England quake to cause considerable damage was a 5.6 magnitude that shook central New Hampshire in 1940, the survey says. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: Cheering Celebrations Erupt In Streets Of New York After Joe Biden Projected To Win Presidency Mayor Bill De Blasio Urges Protesters To Call Out Agitators, Says Officers Using ‘Kettling’ Tactic Is Not Acceptable Commanding Officer Of NYPD Office Of Equal Employment Opportunity Accused Of Posting Racist, Anti-Semitic Comments Online You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here . (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company, contributed to this report.)
(CNN) — Ximena Barreto, a far-right political pundit who was appointed in December to a communications post at the Department of Health and Human Services, resigned on Friday, an HHS official confirmed to CNN . Barreto was placed on leave in April following reports from CNN and Media Matters that she spread conspiracies and made anti-Muslim comments. After issuing a public apology, she returned to work but was moved from her job as a deputy director of communications. Barreto’s resignation was first reported by Politico . Last month, Mediaite reported additional inflammatory tweets from Barreto including that she tweeted in June, after her public apology, that CNN’s story on her tweets was “a smear.” Liberal watchdog Media Matters has reported that Barreto called Islam “a cult” and pushed the false Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which alleged that Hillary Clinton was part of a child-sex ring based in part at a Washington, DC, pizza restaurant. A subsequent KFile review of her Twitter account “RepublicanChick” found that Barreto also repeatedly used the hashtag #BanIslam and twice shared conspiracy theories about the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Barreto also shared a conspiracy theory that French President Emmanuel Macron was controlled by the Rothschild family and that Clinton and former President Barack Obama were controlled by investor and Democratic mega-donor George Soros. Both the Rothschilds and Soros are frequent targets of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Before joining HHS Barreto did work for Donald Trump’s campaign in California during the 2016 election. A copy of Barreto’s résumé , obtained by CNN last month through a Freedom of Information Act request, also showed she listed as qualifications for the communications job her previous work for a conspiratorial website and a YouTube show she co-hosted on which she made anti-Muslim comments. — Andrew Kaczynski The-CNN-Wire ( & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)
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(CBS News) — President Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen , is willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that the president knew in advance of a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Mr. Trump’s son, top campaign officials and a Russian lawyer, CBS News’ Paula Reid has confirmed, though Cohen has no evidence to offer that corroborates his claim. Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, a gathering arranged by Trump Jr. because he believed Veselnitskaya had damaging information about Hillary Clinton. When the meeting was first reported by the New York Times in July 2017, Mr. Trump said he had only learned about it “two or three days ago,” that is, in 2017, about a year after the meeting had occurred. CNN first reported Thursday Cohen’s claim that Mr. Trump knew about the meeting in advance. According to CNN, Mr. Trump also approved the meeting Mr. Trump’s current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, rejected Cohen’s assertion during an interview with CNN Thursday. “There’s no doubt in my mind that this is not credible,” Giuliani said. “I would not accept [Cohen] as a witness,” he added. “This is the kind of witness who can really destroy your whole case.” Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis Jr., declined to comment. In a statement to CBS News, Trump Jr.’s attorney said Thursday that his client “has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations. We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump, Jr., and on his behalf.” Trump Jr. testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in May. He said he couldn’t remember whether he had discussed the Russia investigation with his father, according to transcripts released of his interview with the panel. The Associated Press reported Thursday that Veselnitskaya, the Russain lawyer at the meeting, worked more closely with senior Russian government officials than she previously let on, citing documents it had reviewed. Earlier this week, Cohen gave CNN a two-minute audio recording of a conversation that had taken place between him and Mr. Trump in 2016. The two can be heard discussing paying a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006. Cohen is currently under federal investigation for his personal business dealings and is suspected of fraud. (© 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
NEW YORK (CNN) — Facebook just suffered the biggest wipeout in stock market history. Shares plunged 19% on Thursday after executives warned that revenue growth would slow as the company focuses on user privacy. The sell-off vaporized about $119 billion in market value — the biggest single-day loss for any public company in history, according to Thomson Reuters. For founder Mark Zuckerberg, the loss came to almost $16 billion, according to Forbes , which tracks billionaire wealth in real time. That dropped him from fourth to sixth on the list of richest people in the world. Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Wehner said on a conference call with investors that Facebook is “putting privacy first” after the Cambridge Analytica scandal triggered a wave of horrible press, customer angst and regulatory scrutiny around the world. As an example of its new strategy, Wehner said Facebook will put more development muscle behind the company’s Stories feature. That will put a drag on sales because Facebook makes more money on its core News Feed than its other products. Facebook says it will spend a lot of money to accomplish its goals. Wehner said the company will invest billions of dollars per year improving safety and security after a bruising period of headlines about Facebook’s role in enabling fake news and election meddling. “We think that’s the right thing to do for the business,” he said. The company’s previous worst single-day performance was July 27, 2012, when the stock fell 11.7%. The stock tanked that day after the company failed to convince investors that it could sell mobile advertising. Mobile now makes up 91% of the company’s advertising revenue. (The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)
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(CNN) — A lake of liquid water has been detected by radar beneath the southern polar ice cap of Mars, according to a new study by Italian researchers from the Italian Space Agency, published Wednesday in the journal Science. Evidence was gathered by the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument, also known as MARSIS, on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft. Between May 2012 and December 2015, MARSIS was used to survey the Planum Australe region, which is in the southern ice cap of Mars. It sent radar pulses through the surface and polar ice caps and measured how the radio waves reflected back to Mars Express. Those pulses reflected 29 sets of radar samples that created a map of drastic change in signal almost a mile below the surface. It stretched about 12.5 miles across and looked very similar to lakes that are found beneath Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets on Earth. The radar reflected the feature’s brightness, signaling that it’s water. “We interpret this feature as a stable body of liquid water on Mars,” the authors wrote in the study. The study authors ruled out any other causes for this brightness, apart from water-rich sediments. “This is just one small study area; it is an exciting prospect to think there could be more of these underground pockets of water elsewhere, yet to be discovered,” said Roberto Orosei in a statement. Orosei is the lead study author and principal investigator of the MARSIS experiment. Previously, there has been some suggestions about water on Mars, like droplets of water condensing on the Phoenix lander or as the possible cause of recurring slope lineae, which are seasonal dark streaks on Martian slopes. But there hasn’t been evidence of stable bodies of water until now, the researchers said. However, the presence of liquid water at the base of Martian polar caps was first hypothesized in a study 31 years ago. Given its location beneath the polar ice cap, the water is expected to be below the freezing point of water. But salts like magnesium, calcium and sodium already found on Mars could help the water to form a brine, which would lower the melting point to allow the lake to remain liquid. On Earth, lakes exist below the Antarctic ice sheet even though the mean annual temperature is around negative 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Brine lakes on Earth can remain liquid at 8.6 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the study. In comparison, salty ocean water freezes at 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Much like our own ice sheets, the polar ice caps change depending on the climate and act as archives for what has happened in the past. Learning more about these caps can reveal Mars’ climate history. “The long duration of Mars Express, and the exhausting effort made by the radar team to overcome many analytical challenges, enabled this much-awaited result, demonstrating that the mission and its payload still have a great science potential,” said Dmitri Titov in a statement, Mars Express project scientist. “This thrilling discovery is a highlight for planetary science and will contribute to our understanding of the evolution of Mars, the history of water on our neighbor planet and its habitability.” But how reliable are these detections? Outside experts have not been able to confirm these findings with other radar detections, like SHARAD, the Shallow Radar sounder onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. “We don’t see the same reflector with SHARAD, not even when we recently summed together [thousands] of observations to create CATSCAN-like 3-D views of both polar caps,” Nathaniel Putzig, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter SHARAD deputy team leader and senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, said in an email. “We’re hoping to carry out that same imaging process with the MARSIS data next. I’m excited to see how the 3-D imaging will clarify the view of this detection and whether we will find similar ones elsewhere beneath the polar caps.” The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
Scientists Detect Lake Below Surface Of Mars
(CNN) — Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model’s story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier, according to the audio recording of the conversation aired exclusively on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.” The recording offers the public a glimpse at the confidential discussions between Trump and Cohen, and it confirms the man who now occupies the Oval Office had contemporaneous knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, a woman who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump about a decade ago. Cohen told Trump about his plans to set up a company and finance the purchase of the rights from American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer. “I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David,” Cohen said in the recording, likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker. Trump interrupts Cohen asking, “What financing?” according to the recording. When Cohen tells Trump, “We’ll have to pay.” Trump is heard saying “pay with cash” but the audio is muddled and it’s unclear whether he suggests paying with cash or not paying. Cohen says, “no, no” but it is not clear what is said next. No payment was ever made from Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President’s attorney, has said. Giuliani has previously acknowledged that the recorded discussion related to the buying the story rights. The recording, which was provided to CNN by Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis, was made in September 2016. “What is this about? This is about honesty versus false disparagement of Michael Cohen. Why is Giuliani out falsely disparaging Michael Cohen — because they fear him,” Davis said on “Cuomo Prime Time.” “What do they fear, Chris? Why am I representing him? They fear that he has the truth about Donald Trump. He will someday speak the truth about Donald Trump. The truth is that when Donald Trump said ‘cash,’ which Rudy Giuliani knows that only drug dealers and mobsters talk about cash, it was, you heard Michael Cohen … say what? ‘No, no, no, no.’” Davis later added: “Ladies and gentlemen, if you voted for Donald Trump, listen to the tape and ask yourself: Is Donald Trump lying when he said he didn’t use the word ‘cash’ and accuses Michael Cohen of using the word ‘cash’? Cohen has been disparaged. Cohen has been insulted and called all sorts of things by people around Donald Trump.” Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Organization, refuted that Trump was offering a cash payment. “Whoever is telling Davis that cash in that conversation refers to green currency is lying to him,” Futerfas told CNN. “There’s no transaction done in green currency. It doesn’t happen. The whole deal never happened. If it was going to happen, it would be a payment to a large company that would obviously be accompanied by an agreement of sale. Those documents would be prepared by lawyers on both sides.” Cash, in the conversation, was in reference to how a deal would be financed, Futerfas added. “The word cash came up in the context of the distinction between financing, which is referenced, and no financing, which means a full payment, a total one-time payment. That’s the context in which the word cash is used,” he said. “Anyone who knows anything about the company or how the President does business knows there is no green cash. Everything is documented. Every penny is documented.” Court filings said federal prosecutors have obtained 12 audio recordings from the FBI raids on Cohen earlier this year . CNN previously reported that Trump’s lawyers waived attorney-client privilege on the President’s behalf regarding the recording involving him personally. The discussion relates to whether Trump should buy the rights of the story from American Media, which paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story about an alleged 10 month affair with Trump. The story was never published by AMI. In addition to discussing the McDougal payment, Trump and Cohen are overheard running through a list of potential legal issues, including contesting a New York Times request to unseal divorce records from Trump’s first wife Ivana as well as more mundane matters such as polling numbers and Trump surrogate Pastor Mark Burns. This story is breaking and will be updated. — Chris Cuomo, Kara Scannell and Eli Watkins The-CNN-Wire ( & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS Local) – A leading member in the Democratic party is calling for a nationwide legalization of marijuana. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who challenged and nearly defeated Nancy Pelosi for the role of Minority Leader in 2016, says it’s time to make the drug legal for recreational use in all 50 states. The democrat’s argument was heavily based on the belief that arrests for marijuana possession have become a punishment that doesn’t fit the crime. “I believe no person should be sentenced to a lifetime of hardship because of a marijuana arrest,” Ryan wrote on Facebook . The congressman argues that more Americans were arrested in 2017 for marijuana possession than for all violent crimes combined. In an op-ed for CNN , Ryan claims studies have shown that legalizing marijuana would save law enforcement agencies $7.7 billion in operating costs while regenerating $6 billion in new tax revenue. “Incarcerating young men and women, instead of educating and empowering them, is how our country gets left behind on the world stage,” the article adds. Medical marijuana has already become a growing industry with the United States with some states adding more ailments to the list of approved conditions Americans can treat with cannabis.
TORONTO (CNN) — The shooter is dead after at least one person was killed and as many as 13 others wounded in Toronto around 10 p.m. Sunday, according to a tweet from Toronto Police Services. At this time, the conditions of the victims are unknown. A young girl is among those who were shot, police said on Twitter. Witnesses are being transported by buses to multiple offices to speak with investigators, Toronto Police Sgt. Glenn Russell told CNN. There are several shooting scenes detectives are processing. Authorities said the shooting began outside of a Toronto restaurant around 10 p.m. Sunday. The victims have been sent to trauma centers throughout the city, Russell says. Eight people have been transported to various hospitals — six to trauma hospitals, one to a pediatric trauma center and one to a local hospital, Toronto Paramedic Services told CNN partner CTV. Two more people were to be transported from the scene to a local hospital — making it a total of 10 patients so far, the Canadian station reported. Three more people were reported hurt in the attack. A witness who was standing near the scene told CTV that he heard about 20 shots and the sound of the weapon being reloaded repeatedly. “And then, I saw the carnage as I ran down the street here to kind of follow the gunfire,” the man told the station, who described the scene as “pretty crazy.” “I saw at least four people shot,” he said. Toronto Fire Services is assisting with efforts, Toronto Fire Capt. Adrian Ratushniak tells CNN. Officials are expecting to issue a press release in the coming hours, according to police. The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
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BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank in a Missouri lake were remembered Sunday during a service attended by around 200 people in the tourism community of Branson. A church bell at Williams Chapel at College of the Ozarks chimed 17 times for those who died Thursday at Table Rock Lake, the Joplin Globe reported. “Today we honor the 17 lives that were lost,” said Branson Mayor Karen Best. “We honor the 14 survivors. And we honor the many heroes who did everything in their power to save lives.” The service was held at the college near the site of the accident, which happened as winds approached hurricane strength. The city and college hosted the remembrance for the victims. Nine of the people who died were part of one Indiana family. Online fundraisers had raised more than $400,000 for their funeral expenses by Sunday afternoon. Tia Coleman opened up yesterday about losing her husband, three children and five other family members in the tragedy. Two GoFundMe campaigns are underway for the Coleman family, who lost three generations in the duck boat accident. (credit: CNN) GoFundMe spokeswoman Katherine Cichy says it’s verified one campaign that’s raising money. Ingrid Coleman Douglas tells The Indianapolis Star a second campaign is also legitimate. Others killed were from Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. (@Copyright 2018. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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BRANSON, Missouri (CNN) — Tia Coleman’s thoughts as she struggled to swim to the surface of the lake were focused on her family. She and 10 of her relatives were on a family vacation from Indiana, taking a tour Thursday of Table Rock Lake near the Missouri tourist ho tspot of Branson. A treacherous squall sank the boat, sending Coleman down into cold, deep water. She knew she had to go up to get to safety and to help her children. “I said, ‘Lord, please, I’ve got to get to my babies. I’ve got to get to my babies,” she said Saturday at a news conference at at Cox Medical Center Branson, where she has been hospitalized since the incident that took 17 lives, including her husband, three children and five other members of her family. Her children have always loved to swim, Coleman said. They had taken vacations to other lakes and to beaches. “In our family, my oldest son is autistic so a lot of things normal families do, we don’t always do,” she said. They went on the duck boat because her eldest could be himself on the boat, she said. Passengers were told there was a storm coming before they went out on the water, Coleman said. The captain mentioned life jackets before they went onto the lake, she added, but he said, “you won’t need them so we didn’t grab them.” Coleman said she thinks if she had been able to get a life jacket to her children — she had a son sitting next to her — she could have saved them. “I felt like, if I was able to get a life jacket I could have saved my babies because they could have at least floated up to the top and somebody could have grabbed them. And I wasn’t able to do that,” she said. Coleman told reporters that she hit her head as she tried to exit the boat, possibly butting up against the canopy. “The harder I was kicking to the top, I was pulled down,” she said. As she lost hope of surviving, Coleman just let go and started floating. She felt warmer water closer to the surface and reached out her hand. When her head emerged from the lake, she looked around and saw a big riverboat docked nearby, but she didn’t see anyone from her family. All of them but a nephew had perished. Coleman felt hands reaching down for her and then she realized she was being pulled out of the water. When asked whether she is happy she made it out alive, Coleman said she doesn’t know yet and only time will tell. But she thinks there is a reason she survived. “God must have something for me because there’s no way I should be here,” she said. The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
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HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Paramount Television President Amy Powell has been reportedly fired for making inappropriate racial comments. The movie and TV studio’s chief executive, Jim Gianopulos, said in a memo that several people had expressed concern about Powell’s unspecified comments last week, prompting an internal investigation. It’s not immediately clear what Powell said, but a person familiar with the matter told the Los Angeles Times that she made racially charged remarks in a meeting attended by multiple people. Powell strongly denied making any inappropriate comments and is apparently considering legal action, according to Variety. “There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting or in any setting,” Powell said in a statement. “The facts will come out and I will be vindicated.” The comments, apparently referencing black women being angry for various reasons, were apparently made during a conference call about the “First Wives” series and were prompted by a tweet by the showrunner Tracy Oliver, who is African American, criticizing the casting process on the show. Oliver was not on the conference call. Powell began her career at CNN and joined Paramount in 2004 after working in interactive marketing at Sony Pictures. She was named president of Viacom Inc.-owned Paramount Television in 2013. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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(CNN) — For the second month in a row, Time magazine has put a provocative photo illustration of President Donald Trump on its cover — this time, morphing him into Russian President Vladimir Putin. In it, Trump’s distinctive blonde hair, wispy eyebrows and pursed lips merge with Putin’s nose and blue eyes. The stunning photo illustration, by visual artist Nancy Burson, “is meant to represent this particular moment in US foreign policy, following the pair’s recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland,” Time said in a statement. Trump has weathered heavy criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for his performance at the meeting, where he publicly sided with Putin over US intelligence agencies’ assessment that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Since coming back home from Finland, the President has changed his messaging and now says he holds Putin personally responsible for the election meddling and believes the assessment of government intelligence agencies. In addition to the still image for the July 30 issue, Burson created a video image as well, which morphs back and forth between the seemingly-ever changing appearances of the two men. TIME’s new cover: Trump wanted a summit with Putin. He got way more than he bargained for https://t.co/sUu9gGKmmP pic.twitter.com/qq6iOjlis1 — TIME (@TIME) July 19, 2018 Just last month, Time used the President in another striking image on its cover, when the Trump administration’s policy that separated families crossing the US border was dominating the headlines. In that stark photo illustration, the towering figure of Trump looms over a sobbing child, who is the subject of a now-iconic photograph taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore. “Welcome to America,” the illustration reads. Use of the photo of the child generated controversy as well, after it was revealed that the 2-year-old Honduran girl had not been separated from her mother at the border. The latest image was created by a photography pioneer Burson, the designer of the latest cover, is a trailblazer in this type of art, starting with her work 30 years ago with scientists at MIT which led to the development of computer-generated compositing technology. She’s best known for developing a photographic face-aging technique that the FBI uses to find missing children, according to the Time statement. Her most famous aged image is the one of kidnapped 6-year-old Etan Patz that was on the front page of the New York Post in 1985. It showed what Patz might have looked like six years after his kidnapping. Burson told Time her goal with the Trump-Putin image was to make people “stop and think” about the similarities between the two leaders. “What my work has always been about is allowing people to see differently,” she said. “The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn’t see before.” The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
(CNN/ CBS Local) — For the second month in a row, Time magazine has put a provocative photo illustration of President Trump on its cover — this time, morphing him into Russian President Vladimir Putin. In it, Trump’s distinctive blonde hair, wispy eyebrows and pursed lips merge with Putin’s nose and blue eyes. Time magazine cover of President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin morphed into the same person. (TIME) The stunning photo illustration, by visual artist Nancy Burson, “is meant to represent this particular moment in U.S. foreign policy, following the pair’s recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland,” Time said in a statement. Trump has weathered heavy criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for his performance at the meeting, where he publicly sided with Putin over US intelligence agencies’ assessment that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Since coming back home from Finland, the President has changed his messaging and now says he holds Putin personally responsible for the election meddling and believes the assessment of government intelligence agencies. In addition to the still image for the July 30 issue, Burson created a video image as well, which morphs back and forth between the seemingly-ever changing appearances of the two men. Just last month, Time used the President in another striking image on its cover, when the Trump administration’s policy that separated families crossing the US border was dominating the headlines. In that stark photo illustration, the towering figure of Trump looms over a sobbing child, who is the subject of a now-iconic photograph taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore. “Welcome to America,” the illustration reads. Use of the photo of the child generated controversy as well, after it was revealed that the 2-year-old Honduran girl had not been separated from her mother at the border. The latest image was created by a photography pioneer Burson, the designer of the latest cover, is a trailblazer in this type of art, starting with her work 30 years ago with scientists at MIT which led to the development of computer-generated compositing technology. She’s best known for developing a photographic face-aging technique that the FBI uses to find missing children, according to the Time statement. Her most famous aged image is the one of kidnapped 6-year-old Etan Patz that was on the front page of the New York Post in 1985. It showed what Patz might have looked like six years after his kidnapping. Burson told Time her goal with the Trump-Putin image was to make people “stop and think” about the similarities between the two leaders. “What my work has always been about is allowing people to see differently,” she said. “The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn’t see before.” (The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company contributed to this report. All rights reserved.)
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Memphis, TN (CNN/ CBS Local) — A Memphis woman said she feels betrayed after her date stole her car and then used it to go on a date with her God sister. As far as nights out go, Faith Pugh said the one she had Saturday with Kelton Griffin was disappointing from the beginning. She said when he showed up, he didn’t even bring his own car. “I don’t know who dropped him off. He just got dropped off,” Pugh said. Pugh said she knew Griffin from their years in high school, but hadn’t spoken to him much lately until he reached out and suggested dinner. “He just out of the blue texted me and asked me to go out,” Pugh said. They took Pugh’s black Volvo, but then Pugh said Griffin couldn’t decide where he wanted to take her. They ended up stopping at an Airport Area gas station. “He asked me could I go in the gas station for him to get a cigar,” she said. It turns out that was a big mistake. “He drove off. I came outside and my car was gone,” Pugh said. Pugh said her mother picked her up, but then she got a surprising text from her God sister, saying Griffin had asked her out. “I said, ‘Okay, well send me the address to where you at, and I’m on my way. Tell him to come on,’” she said. Pugh said they used the GPS on her God sister’s phone to tail Griffin before losing him, but then found him again at a drive-in movie theater on Summer Avenue. Pugh said he was in her car with her God sister. “He let her drive, so she drove him to the drive-in. He didn’t even have any money. She actually paid their way to get in the drive-in just so I could get my car back,” Pugh said. Police arrested Griffin that night. It’s not his first arrest. In 2016, police said he and two other men ate out before robbing a restaurant. If he’s looking for company for his next meal out, Pugh said he needn’t look to her. “I hope he’s in jail for a long time. I never want to speak to him ever again,” she said. (The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)
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(CNN) — Months after a Texas school district broke ground on a new technical center, archaeologists there made a surprising discovery : the long-buried remains of 95 people. The first remains were discovered in February in Sugar Land, a suburb southwest of Houston. And now officials have learned who these people probably were — freed black people forced to work in convict labor camps. For over a century, these graves were underground and untouched. But the finding that they likely held the remains of slaves, which researchers announced Monday, highlights an era that’s largely forgotten in history — a time when slavery was illegal, but many blacks were essentially still enslaved. The Sugar Land property is owned by the Fort Bend Independent School District, which is building its new technical school on the land. “It’s a remarkable opportunity for our community and our school district to learn much more about the history of our local region,” Superintendent Charles Dupre said in a statement. The site’s archaeological project manager agrees. “It’s a rare opportunity,” Reign Clark of Goshawk Environmental Consulting told CNN. “We’ll be telling the story of what it was like to live here, work here, and, in some cases, die here.” How they were found It started with a hunch. Reginald Moore took an interest in historical cemeteries after working as a Texas state prison guard in the 1980s. He no longer works at the prison, but he’s still a community activist. One of his main focuses: getting people to recognize the abuses of the Sugar Land convict-leasing system, in which prison inmates were forced into labor. “I felt like I had the duty to be an advocate for them and to speak from the grave for these people,” Moore told CNN. Moore is the caretaker of another cemetery in Fort Bend County: the Imperial Farm Cemetery , which is nestled behind a shopping center off the highway. Near the cemetery is the home of the school district’s new James Reese Career and Technical Center. So when construction on the Sugar Land school’s center started last fall, Moore told officials that other cemeteries might be nearby. “He has documented and provided a lot of information about the history of that cemetery. He has a lot of ideas where the burials could’ve been,” said Chris Florance of the Texas Historical Commission, which has played an advisory role in the project. What they found The bodies were each buried in individual wooden caskets. Of those analyzed so far, all but one are men. Researchers say they could have been as young as 14 and as old as 70. They were probably buried between 1878 and 1910, Clark said. Despite the passage of time, researchers can tell that the workers were malnourished or sick and faced huge physical stress when they were alive. Clark said there’s lots of evidence that they were doing very heavy labor that, for some, began at a young age. “We can tell from the state of the bone and muscle attachment features that these were heavily built individuals. Some bones were misshapen by the sheer musculature and labor,” Clark told CNN. It’s no surprise in Texas Moore wasn’t the only one who wasn’t shocked at the discovery. Florance said his commission took a role in the project knowing a find like this could happen. “It’s not uncommon in Texas,” he told CNN. What was shocking, though, was how hard the graves were to find. The commission had done assessments before construction began, Florance said, but the land was so altered over the years that it was hard to know anything would be there. “One of the biggest problems with old cemeteries is that the markers might have gone away. There’s no surface evidence,” he said. The are 177 cemeteries in Fort Bend County, but there could be as many as 50,000 cemeteries across the state. Only 1,706 have a historic Texas cemetery designation . The ‘Hellhole on the Brazos’ President Lincoln’s 1860 Emancipation Proclamation said all slaves were free. That doesn’t mean forced labor didn’t continue. After the Civil War ended in 1865 and slaves were outlawed, the Texas economy dropped into a deep depression . Businesses needed a new form of cheap labor. So they resorted to prisons. The convict-leasing system was essentially slavery all over again. Prisoners were taken from state prisons and leased to private businesspeople who worked the laborers as hard as they could for the cheapest price. And the less food, water and shelter these workers got, the less they cost. “One 14-year-old was 6 feet tall,” Clark told CNN. “This population was hand-selected.” Sugar Land’s economy had thrived on sugar cane plantations , which largely relied on slave labor. So two Confederate veterans, Edward Cunningham and Littleberry Ellis, signed a contract with the state in 1878 to lease the state’s prison population. Conditions were so bad that the city got itself a nickname: “Hellhole on the Brazos.” “It had the worst reputation of all the prison farms in Texas,” sociologist Richard Vogel told CNN affiliate KTRK. What happens next Digging up and analyzing all 95 graves takes serious time — likely more than nine months’ worth of work. Each unburial takes up to two days, plus up to eight hours of cleaning and up to 15 hours for analysis, the school district said. So far, they’ve dug up 50 graves and analyzed more than 22, Clark said. Once they’re dug up, a team of forensic archaeologists will look for more information on the corpses, such as their medical conditions and how they died. After that, the school district will work with the state’s historical commission to figure out where to rebury them. Moore wants to get a memorial for the group as a form of restitution. “I’m speaking for those who didn’t have a voice, then and now,” he told CNN. “I felt like I was called to set them free.” — Jessica Campisi and Brandon Griggs The-CNN-Wire ( & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)