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CNN on search & rescue mission with US Navy
01:31 - Source: CNN
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1. Climate change

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey are (slowly) pushing out of Texas and Louisiana, but the damage that the storm leaves behind will be with us for years. Right now, at least 37 people are dead (and many people are still missing), tens of thousands are sitting in shelters, and untold numbers are still trapped in flooded homes. About a third of metro Houston sits under water.

And the misery is spreading. Communities to the east of Houston are hurting. Beaumont may be without drinking water because the city’s water pump station has failed. In Port Arthur, evacuees had to be evacuated again after flooding drove them from a shelter. There’s fear that a flooded chemical plant northeast of Houston could explode. And one of the largest pipelines between Houston and the East Coast had to be shut down.

But there’s help of all kinds for survivors: two US Navy warships are on their way with disaster relief supplies; a monster truck is helping to rescue people; gospel singers are lifting spirits at shelters; a doctor braved the flood waters in a canoe to perform emergency surgery on a teen.

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Gospel singers lift spirits at storm shelter
01:08 - Source: CNN

2. Tax overhaul

Wall Street is in pretty good shape right now, so President Trump pitched his vision of tax reform as a chance to help out Main Street. Speaking in Springfield, Missouri, Trump laid out his goals in broad terms: simplify the tax code and make it more competitive, deliver tax relief for the middle class, and repatriate offshore profits. The President and GOP leaders in Congress plan to get together soon to work on the details, including the business tax rate. Trump wants it dropped to 15%, but congressional leaders think that’s too low. Democrats, who don’t exactly have much power in Washington right now, said Trump’s plan would just turn into a big ol’ tax cut for the rich.

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (L) during a press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, April 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump on tax reform
01:30 - Source: CNN

3. Migrant crisis

Parts of a Texas law banning sanctuary cities – set to go into effect Friday – has been blocked temporarily by a federal judge. The law, which prompted an ACLU travel warning in Texas, would have penalized local governments and law enforcement officials who didn’t comply with immigration laws and detention requests, as well as fine them $25,500 a day. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promises an immediate appeal.

SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 27:  The San Francisco skyline is seen behind the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge January 27, 2005 in San Francisco. A controversial film made by moviemaker Eric Steel documenting people committing suicide off of the Golden Gate Bridge has opened a debate about why there isn't a suicide barrier on the famous landmark. Over 1,300 people have jumped to their death from the span since the bridge opened in 1937. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Sanctuary cities: What you need to know
01:39 - Source: CNN

5. Home invasion

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate Paul Manafort and his financial transactions. Since the US President is unable to pardon state crimes, the collaboration could also be seen as an effort to pressure Manafort to cooperate in the broader Russia investigation under Mueller, several people familiar with the matter told Politico. The move is another indication that Mueller is ramping up pressure on Manafort, who served for a time as chairman of President Trump’s campaign. Manafort has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but he is seen as a central figure in Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election meddling.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27:  Paul Manafort, advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign, checks the teleprompters before Trump's speech at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. A real estate billionaire and reality television star, Trump beat his GOP challengers by double digits in Tuesday's presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Deleware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. "I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely," Trump told supporters at the Trump Tower following yesterday's wins.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Mueller subpoenas Manafort's former attorney and spokesman
01:20 - Source: CNN

5. Tropical Storm Franklin

World War II ended more than seven decades ago, but the war is still affecting everyday life. More than 60,000 people will have evacuate the center of Frankfurt, Germany, this weekend after a massive bomb from the war was found at a construction site. Police say while there’s no danger to the public, they don’t want to take any risks as the 1.4-ton British bomb is defused. This kind of thing isn’t unheard of: Parts of other German cities have been evacuated after World War II-era bombs were found.


Show of force

US and South Korean fighter jets did a flyover of the Korean Peninsula this morning in response to North Korea’s latest missile test.



The number of people killed after a three-story building collapsed today in Mumbai

Rescue workers and residents look for survivors at the site of a building collapse in Mumbai on August 31, 2017.
At least three people died and dozens were feared trapped when a building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai on August 31, after days of heavy rain swamped the city. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE        (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
Deadly building collapse in Mumbai
01:37 - Source: CNN


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‘Hi ho! Kermit T. Frog here’

The new voice of Kermit the Frog debuted this week, and, of course, social media couldn’t decide if it liked it or hated it.

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Fired Kermit the Frog puppeteer speaks to CNN
03:17 - Source: CNN

Reality run?

Jerry Springer for governor? Don’t laugh. Remember, he was once mayor of Cincinnati.

But do you still have to tip?

Ford and Domino’s are testing out pizza delivery with a self-driving car.

Dear ‘old’ dad

The average age for American dads has increased to about 31 years old, which means they’ll be even more out of touch when the kids turn into teens.


“I can just no longer be in that cheerleader’s spot”

ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham, who quit over his concerns about head injuries in the sport

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Study: Football causes brain damage
03:44 - Source: CNN


Flipping out

Think you’re good at the flip-cup game? Well, you’re not as good as this parrot. (Click to view)