Authorities discover the longest drug-smuggling tunnel in San Diego

(CNN)Federal agents have discovered a drug smuggling tunnel that stretches about three-quarters of a mile — the longest ever discovered along the Southwest border. “Although the cartels will continue to use their resources to try and breach our border, the DEA and our partners on the Tunnel Task Force will continue to use our resources […]

Western Carolina building evacuated after ‘hazardous materials incident,’ university says

(CNN)Western Carolina University’s health and human services building was evacuated and placed on lockdown Thursday after a “hazardous materials incident,” an official at the campus in North Carolina said. The campus of about 12,000 students is located in rural Cullowhee, about an hour’s drive west of Asheville. Read more: Diggy

Mordicai Gerstein, children’s book author and illustrator, dies at 83

(CNN)Mordicai Gerstein, a beloved children’s book author and illustrator, has died at the age of 83. Levy, a young author at the time, had written a mystery book for children and asked Gerstein to illustrate it. He did, launching a long career that spanned decades. “From the first, I loved the picture book medium. It […]

Chef Jos Andrs hopes to serve at least 10,000 meals to people in the Bahamas

(CNN)Celebrity chef Jos Andrs who is famous for his humanitarian feeding efforts in areas stricken by disaster made his first trip to the Abaco Islands Tuesday with food for those devastated by Dorian. The chef told CNN he estimates he’ll be serving 10,000 meals to the people of Abaco. He added that if they “have […]

NASA launched a Deep Space Atomic Clock that’s like a GPS for space

(CNN)The most precise clock ever flown in space may not inspire thrills, but it could be the key to safely sending people to Mars. An ordinary atomic clock just won’t do GPS satellites that orbit Earth use atomic clocks for precise time-keeping, NASA said, but those aren’t made to withstand forces in space that can […]

Protesters call for justice for Eric Garner on anniversary of his death

(CNN)Protesters rallied in New York Wednesday on the anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, an African-American father who died after officers tried to apprehend him five years ago. Addressing Mayor de Blasio, Carr said: “We have to get those officers fired. The ones who were on the scene that day who murdered my son.” […]

Killing of a teen who was listening to rap music should be treated as a hate crime, activists say

(CNN)The stabbing death of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a Phoenix-area convenience store has prompted calls for a hate crime investigation. Activists and civil rights groups have used the hashtag #JusticeForElijah to demand hate crime charges against Adams. Sen. Cory Booker, who’s also running for the Democratic presidential nomination, called on the US Department of Justice […]

Private leaked texts, massive protests and a governor’s downfall: A timeline of Puerto Rico’s political unrest

(CNN)Hundreds of thousands of people took the streets of Puerto Rico to bring down Gov. Ricardo Rossell. Two former Puerto Rico officials, the island’s education secretary and the head of the health insurance administration, were arrested on corruption charges. They were accused ofdirecting millions of dollars in government contracts to politically connected contractors. July 11 […]

Her home burned down. He was living in a converted bus. How the kids of Paradise High have coped since the fire

Paradise, California (CNN)In the three months since a fire virtually wiped out their town, everything in the lives of Paradise High School students has been temporary — their housing, their day-to-day routines, the faceless office park they attend classes in. The owners have continued to let them live in the unfinished home since November, when […]