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This aerial photo shows the damaged buildings in the town of Amatrice, central Italy, after an earthquake on August 24. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy.

Why Italian region wasn't prepared for earthquake

By Silvia Marchetti
When my bed in Rome rocked last night at 3.36 am, I knew an earthquake had hit somewhere close, in central Italy. And hard. But when I switched on the TV and heard that the epicenter was located in the tiny hilltop town of Accumoli on the Apennine hills, my first question was: where is that?
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EpiPen price hike is a warning

By Robert Klitzman
In the wake of the controversy over the cost of Epipen, Robert Klitzman says greater transparency over drug pricing is desperately needed.

Was access to Hillary Clinton's time for sale?

By Buck Sexton
There's the appearance of impropriety, and then there's the outright selling of government favors. Hillary Clinton's ties to the Clinton Foundation while secretary of state have always appeared dubious and unethical. Now, with the revelations by The Associated Press that suggest donors to the Clinton Foundation received special access, Clinton's defenders will have to address allegations that Madame Secretary was, in effect, selling her official time to the highest bidders.
Rescuers search for survivors amidst the rubble following an earthquake, in Amatrice, Italy August 24.

Italy earthquake no surprise

By Roger Musson
The news of another strong and deadly earthquake in Italy on Wednesday morning sadly comes as no surprise to seismologists, writes Roger Musson.
An ukrainian flag flies in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Ukraine's acting government issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych, last reportedly seen in the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, accusing him of mass crimes against protesters who stood up for months against his rule. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Ukraine's uncertain anniversary

By Michael Bociurkiw
As the crisis in eastern Ukraine continues to smolder, the country will be marking its 25th anniversary with a sense of deep uncertainty, says Michael Bociurkiw.
This illustration obtained from NASA on January 20, 2016 shows that 2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to a new analysis by NASAs Goddard Institute for Space Studies. 
Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change.Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Changing opinions on climate change, from a CNN meteorologist

By Chad Myers, CNN meteorologist
Although climate change is thought of as simply a political football, it has been a heated topic among meteorologists for years. I, for one, have changed my conclusion over time on whether humans are responsible for the increased heat content of the Earth.
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Photo of Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto, who was killed in Syria.  Courtesy Takuya Yoshikawa/Magazine House Inc.

Remembering Mika and Syria's tragedy

By Rudi Bakhtiar
We need to remember and honor Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto, one of more than a hundred journalists killed while trying to report on Syria's civil war, says Rudi Bakhtiar
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19:  Musician Prince performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

A clue in Prince's death could have big consequences

By Danny Cevallos, CNN Legal Analyst
Pills containing deadly opioid Fentanyl, which killed Prince, were mislabeled, according to a newspaper report; whoever provided them to the performer could face a long prison sentence, says Danny Cevallos
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to voters during a campaign rally at Fredericksburg Expo Center August 20, 2016 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Cold War's lesson for immigration policy

By David Bier
Last week, Donald Trump made headlines when he detailed his latest immigration proposal: an "ideological test" for immigrants. But while he was right to look to the Cold War for insights on today's ideological struggle, his focus on the exclusion of communists misses the point. Instead, he would have done better to focus on a more effective pillar of the Cold War: accepting vast numbers of refugees from areas controlled by our enemies.
Baron Leblanc and George Snyder move a refrigerator out of George's flooded home in in St Amant, Louisiana on August 18. More than 30,000 people have been rescued in southern Louisiana after heavy rains caused flooding over the weekend. "This is a major disaster," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

Flooding 'showing up' debate misses point

By Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst
It's time to focus on the thousands of people who have been displaced in Louisiana, and not on who will or won't be showing up, writes Juliette Kayyem.

A black voter on Trump: What we have to lose

By Issac Bailey
Black voters would be open to GOP politicians who understand their policy views but the party has slammed the door on reaching out to African Americans by selecting Trump, says Issac Bailey

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