Chelsea Manning released from Virginia jail after 62 days

(CNN)Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from federal custody after spending about two months in jail for refusing to testify about her disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010, according to a statement from her legal team. The second subpoena would have her appear before a different grand jury next week, “but for (the) same questions,” according to a tweet posted on Manning’s Twitter account Thursday night. “It is therefore conceivable that she will once again be held in contempt of court, and be returned to the custody of the Alexandria Detention Center, possibly as soon as next Thursday, May 16,” Manning’s team said in the statement. “Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer …

French hostage says ordeal in Burkina Faso was ‘hell’

Paris (CNN)A French hostage, freed in Burkina Faso on Thursday during on overnight rescue in which two soldiers were killed, has described the experience as “hell.” “Our thoughts are for the families of the soldiers and the soldiers who lost their life to free us from this hell,” he added, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV. Lassimouillas and his compatriot, Patrick Picque, will travel to Paris on Saturday to receive a full health examination, before meeting President Emmanuel Macron. The pair were kidnapped on May 1 while in the neighboring West African country of Benin, according to the Elysee. Their safari guide was found dead in Pendjari National Park and their vehicle was burned, Reuters reported. Four terrorists were killed in …

‘Dad said we were going to a dentist, but never came back’

Image copyright Hayley Kemp Image caption Hayley Kemp pictured with her siblings before she was sent to a residential care home My mum got lung cancer when I was five. One of my memories is of her with a beehive haircut and smoking a Woodbine cigarette. Image copyright Hayley Kemp He said we were going to the dentist on the bus, and I had no idea where we were because I was only seven. I was skipping down the road thinking ‘these are really nice houses and there’s a park nearby’. It was Parklands Children’s Home but I didn’t know that then. I just thought ‘this is a nice dentist’. These two women came out and he went in with …

Q&A: Syria’s Assad sets sights on Idlib, the final showdown?

“There are no good options when it comes to Idlib,” an analysis by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group concluded in March, explaining why the province has oscillated between stagnation and bursts of bloodshed for years. The area is among the last in the war-shattered country outside President Bashar Assad’s control — and the last area still held by rebels. Confident in the support from Russia, Assad has pledged to recover the province and every other inch of Syrian territory lost during the war. Here’s a look at the rebellious region, and the fighting taking place: WHY IS IDLIB IMPORTANT? For Assad, Idlib stands in the way of final victory against the armed opposition. After eight years of war, he has …

Fatal Attraction killer Carolyn Warmus granted parole, may be released from prison in June

Carolyn Warmus, a former New York schoolteacher who was convicted of killing Betty Jeanne Solomon in 1992, has been granted parole and could be released from prison as early as June 10. This photo is from Jan. 22, 1991. (AP) A key witness in the trial was New York City private investigator Vincent Parco, who testified that he had sold Warmus a .25-caliber handgun with a silencer days before the killing. Paul Solomon was initially a prime suspect in the death of his wife due to his “multiple affairs, questionable life insurance policy and a lucrative movie contract,” CBS 2 New York reported. Paul Solomon declined to comment to the Journal News regarding Warmus’ parole. CLICK HERE TO GET THE …

It’s time to help Gold Star spouses facing tax hike

(CNN)The last thing you should have to think about when you have lost a spouse to war is taxation. And yet for Gold Star spouses now facing a tax hike they didn’t expect, it’s probably hard to think of anything else. The tax increase came about inadvertently because of what is called the “Kiddie Tax,” a provision that was part of the 2017 tax cuts. As the military publication Task & Purpose, which first reported the story, explained, “(p)reviously, survivors benefits that were allocated to the children of a fallen service member were taxed at the (surviving) parent’s rate. Under the new tax code, those benefits are instead treated the same as a trust or estate, which means they can …

From Hollywood to Manchester to the comedy circuit

He also has a long way to go before he achieves his dream of restoring his ancestors’ stately home. It’s a wreck. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hopwood DePree at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival “The way people in Hollywood do business versus the way English people do business is totally different, and I’m learning a lot from being here,” he says. “Hollywood is very temporary. When people talk about an old building, it’s from the 1920s. It’s fun, it’s exciting, but when you come to Middleton, this hall’s been here for 600 years. “So everything is rooted in a sense of longevity and history and tradition. Life here feels much more grounded and rooted in reality. That’s probably …

Is Melania Trump’s Be Best platform making headway one year in?

(CNN)Exactly one year after announcing her long-awaited Be Best platform, Melania Trump is scheduled to return to the Rose Garden on Tuesday to push the campaign forward. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of any announcements she will make at the [anniversary] celebration, but we have expanded two of the three pillars based on information and lessons learned over the past year,” Grisham tells CNN. “Her expansion of the opioids pillar will now include speaking to children of all ages, and her expansion of the social media pillar will now focus on online safety as a whole.” Trump has put her focus in the opioid sector primarily on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a little-discussed but medically challenging side effect …

Why Uber and Lyft drivers are striking

New York (CNN Business)Drivers in more than a dozen cities plan to strike on Wednesday ahead of Uber’s highly anticipated Wall Street debut. In addition to powering off their apps, drivers will hold rallies held in strategic places, such as outside local Uber offices. The collective action comes on the heels of a March strike in several California cities over recent pay cuts, which took place before Lyft (LYFT) went public. That was organized by Rideshare Drivers United, a group that advocates for Los Angeles-based workers. The same group planted the seed for Wednesday’s protest, and many more local worker groups have announced similar strikes in solidarity.It is expected to be the biggest internationally coordinated effortagainst the ride-hailing companies to …

States Are Repealing Laws That Cap Financial Aid To Low-Income Families

Teresa Wiltz But in recent years, so-called family cap laws have fallen out of favor. Last month, Massachusetts became the latest state to Massachusetts joins New Jersey, which effectively repealed its cap last year as part of its budget — after two previous attempts were vetoed by former Republican Gov. Chris Christie. California repealed its maximum family grant rule in 2016. Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia still have family caps in place, according to the Urban Institute. According to the The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law came to a similar conclusion in a 2016 In Massachusetts, the repeal means that a family will receive …

Scientology cruise ship passengers tested for measles

(CNN)Curacao health officials have tested passengers aboard the Church of Scientology cruise ship Freewinds for measles after a staff member came down with a suspected case of the disease last week. Gerstenbluth told Telecuracao the medical team had been impressed with the quarantine conditions on the ship. The one suspected patient has passed her “incubation period” and Gerstenbluth said he was not alarmed by her condition, Telecuracao reported. The Curacao team interviewed around 318 people aboard the ship and took blood samples from some. The samples have been sent to the Netherlands for testing. It is unclear when the results will be returned, Gerstenbluth said. Meantime passengers and crew are staying on board the ship and there is no indication …

Ocasio-Cortez posts about garbage disposal in posh new apartment

IN NETFLIX DOC, AOC REFLECTS ON 2018 RUN: ‘NOBODY ELSE WOULD, SO LITERALLY ANYBODY COULD’ “OK everyone I need your help because I just moved into this apartment a few months ago and I just flipped a switch and it made that noise and it scared the daylights out of me,” Ocasio-Cortez can be heard saying in footage. “I am told this is a garbage disposal. I’ve never seen a garbage disposal. I never had one in any place I’ve ever lived,” she later said. The “Green New Deal”-touting Bronx Democrat wondered whether the device was “environmentally sound.” “This DC apartment is bougie and has things I’ve never seen before…” Ocasio-Cortez captioned the video, later noting: “Is this what social …

Almost 12 million pounds of Tyson chicken strips have been recalled because they might have metal

(CNN)Tyson Foods has significantly expanded a recall of its chicken strips over concerns that some might be contaminated with pieces of metal, federal food safety officials said Friday. Each of the recalled products have establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the package. Products under the recall include: • Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce and 40-ounce bags; • Tyson fully cooked Buffalo-style chicken strips in 25-ounce and 40-ounce bags; • Tyson fully cooked honey BBQ flavored chicken strips in 25-ounce bags; • Best Choice Buffalo-style chicken strips in 20-ounce bags; • Great Value fully cooked chicken strips in 25-ounce bags; • Food Lion crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce bags. In the previous recall, the products had only …

‘I had two seconds to prepare for birth’

I was thinking of dates but I was thinking wait, that would be impossible, I would be nine months pregnant then! The locksmith came and I really was desperate. He says: “I’m going to have to break your door down.” So I get in and I get into bed in my pyjamas. The only place I feel comfortable is on the toilet. Image copyright Klara Dollan Image caption Klara at eight months pregnant I push and push twice and I see a head come out. My body is telling me to push the pain away. So I push and out came my daughter, Amelia. She was full-term… screaming. She was crying and so was I. I completely broke down. People …

Pete Buttigieg Backpedals On Vaccine Exemptions

Pete Buttigieg flubbed a response to questions about vaccines, backpedaling from initially expressing support for some personal and religious exemptions. BuzzFeed News asked all of the Democratic presidential candidates about their views on vaccines, amid the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week declaring the United States’ largest measles outbreak since the disease was eliminated in 2000,  “Pete does support some exceptions, except during a public health emergency to prevent an outbreak,” a spokesperson for the South Bend, Indiana, mayor But early Wednesday, the spokesperson issued another statement to say that Buttigieg only supported medical exemptions. Most of the other Democratic candidates who responded to BuzzFeed’s questions said that they unequivocally supported vaccines, with rare medical exemptions. Some specifically noted …

Opioid crisis helps explain rise in cocaine deaths: report

TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS BLAME DRUG COMPANIES FOR OPIOID CRISIS, NEW POLL FINDS But deaths involving cocaine alone also increased, said the CDC’s Lawrence Scholl, one of the study’s authors. The researchers did not look at why cocaine deaths have been increasing. The new report goes through 2017, the last year for which complete statistics are available. After several years of decline, overdose deaths involving cocaine began rising around 2012. They jumped by more than a third between 2016 and 2017. Ohio was the state with highest cocaine death rate, but the largest relative increases were seen in Wisconsin and Maryland. The increase in cocaine deaths at least partly reflects trends in deaths from heroin, fentanyl and other opioids. Many overdose …