New Orleans violence ‘beyond the pale of reason and sanity’

New Orleans( CNN) It begins with a simple fender bender. Two SUVs speed off. Three blocks away, the drivers exit and argue. Within seconds, shots are fired, and ex-NFLer Will Smith lies dead in the street.

Welcome to New Orleans.

To the world, the Big Easy is a place to cut loose, rich in culture, music and cuisine. A city that lives its motto, “Laissez les bon temps rouler, ” and draws up to 9.8 million tourists a year.

But peel back that glittery exterior and you find a place that’s infringe and violent in many ways — a place where demises such as that of a favorite New Orleans Saint don’t terribly astonished anyone.

“For all its love of life, the committee is also seems to lack a respect for life, ” told Father Bill Terry of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. Outside his church hangs a white plastic committee that lists the names and ages of all those murdered — an eerie monument to the city’s fallen residents.

Hurricane season hasn’t peaked yet. Here’s what to expect

( CNN) In what feels like a never-ending onslaught of cyclones, this year’s hurricane season only passed the halfway mark — and three hurricanes, including Category 5 Irma, are churning in the Atlantic.

Storm activity usually ramps up in September — and hits its statistical peak on September 10. That’s because key environmental factors tend to align at that time to gasoline especially powerful blizzards, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which considers the eight-week period around September 10 a hurricane “season within the season.”

“There’s nothing magical about the September 10 date, ” CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. “The peak of hurricane season really operates from the middle of August to the middle of October. But we really ensure the best of the conditions in early September, when the combination of ocean temperatures that have been baked by the long summertime sunlight and the lack of wind shear that we commonly find in the late springtime and early autumn leads to the greatest number of storms.”

5 things for December 18: Atlanta airport outage, tax overhaul, Russia investigation

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Power was restored overnight at the world’s busiest airport, but the mess the total blackout left may take all day to straighten out. The power flickered offearly Sunday afternoon at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airportafter a fire at an underground electrical facility. That fire took out the backup power, too. It’s not clear what caused the flame. Thousands of passengers were left scurrying around in darkened terminals or sitting for hours on planes on tarmacs. No airplanes could fly in or out of the airport, leading to more than 1,000 flight cancellations and air travel interruptions across the US.

Mayor: Fire behind power outage; cause unknown

McCain to miss tax referendum after hospitalization

Trump says he’s not considering firing Mueller

More protests over Trump’s Jerusalem decision

HHS responds to CDC banned terms report

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Cast – Movie Pass

Hundreds ill during Royal Caribbean cruise

Prince Harry interviews Obama for radio show

5 things for September 20: Quake, Maria, Trump at UN, Manafort, human trafficking

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At least 216 people have died in a 7.1 -magnitude earthquake near Mexico City. Yes, this is the second major deadly quake to rock the country in a matter of days. This latest quake is “a new national emergency, ” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said. He told 22 bodies were found in the debris of an elementary school in Mexico City, and at least 30 infants were still missing Tuesday night. Though residents are being urged to stay indoors, ordinary people are joining forces with rescue workers to search for survivors.

Earthquake witness: Rumble kept increasing

Puerto Rico bracings for direct hit from Maria

Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ comment takes off

Paul Manafort’s Russia connections

How trafficking survivor became restaurateur

Apple’s new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus in: 90

How Trump’s victory turns into another ‘Lost Cause’

( CNN) After President-elect Donald Trump’s recent victory, some of his supporters celebrated by flying Confederate battle flags from pickup trucks and waving them at rallies.

But Trump’s victory may mark the resurgence of the Old South in another more sinister route: The return of “racial amnesia.”

That’s what some historians are saying as they watch a familiar storyline emerge. Trump’s triumph is now being roundly described as a insurrection by white working-class voters; racism, sexism and religious intolerance had little, if anything, to do with it.

Hart family left soon after child services visited, neighbour told agency

( CNN) The Hart family packed up and left their home in Washington state shortly after a worker from infant protective services visited, a neighbor told the department, according to a lawsuit report released Friday.

The report and other occurrence notes from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services dedicates additional details into the family’s life in Woodland.

After one of the children come here asking for food on March 23, the neighbor contacted authorities, who sent an investigator by the home late that afternoon. That first report indicated that the agency acted because it believed the “living situation is immediately dangerous or unhealthy.”

5 things for Wednesday, July 19: Trump and Putin, health care, Minneapolis shooting

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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had a second, previously undisclosed talk at the G20 summit earlier this month in Germany. The White House said it was a “brief” meeting, coming after dinner with other world leaders, but a senior White House official told CNN the talk lasted “nearly an hour.” The President spoke with Putin through Russia’s translator. No other staff members were present.

Senator: Trump employed Putin’s translator

Trump after Senate bill collapse: Let Obamacare fail

Mayor: Can’t obliges policeman to build statement

Sailor punished for abandoning watch

The teenager behind the new hijab emoji

The solar eclipse is here

( CNN) It’s not fake news; it’s good news. It’s a narrative that could eclipse all other narratives.

There is no way you can stop today’s total solar eclipse from happening. It is celestial, and we have no control over it. The only style to stop it would be to extinguish the sunshine or knock the moon or Earth out of orbit.

Over the past few millennia, people who knew nothing about eclipses couldn’t explain the natural phenomena. Many cultures thought it was a sign from their sun god; it is even known to have ended full-flung battles.