Evelyn Hernández, a rape survivor who'd been accused of inducing an abortion and previously sentenced to 30 years in prison, was acquitted of all charges by an El Salvador judge at the conclusion of a retrial. Hernández, 21, was found not guilty after the judge said there was not enough evidence to convict her, according to Hernández's defense team. "Thank God, justice was served," Hernández told reporters after the ruling. The case has drawn an international spotlight onto El Salvador's abortion laws, some of the strictest in the world. Terminations are illegal in El Salvador under any circumstance, including when the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother or in cases of rape.
(📸: Oscar Rivera/AFP/Getty Images)
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This is how you demolish a nuclear power plant without blowing it up. A team of engineers in Germany brought down this 80-meter (262-foot) concrete cooling tower last week without using a single explosive, according to project manager Olaf Day. They used robots instead. "It was the first time in the world this demolition method has been used [on a nuclear plant]," Day said. And while the tower was not deemed radioactive, there is still interest in minimizing dust with this method, experts say. Germany decided to phase out all its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
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President Barack Obama's high school basketball jersey sold for $120,000 to an anonymous buyer at an auction in Dallas 🏀Obama wore the jersey during his senior year at Punahou School in Honolulu as a member of the 1979 Hawaii State Champion boys' varsity basketball team. The jersey's price bested the winning bid for a dual signed photograph of baseball legends Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, the only one of its kind known to exist. That lot sold for $111,000. (📸: Heritage Auction)
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Follow ➡️ @cnnclimate ➡️ Click the link in our bio to learn more. NASA took CNN on a flight over Helheim — one of Greenland’s largest glaciers — uncovering a stark warning of the climate crisis. NASA oceanographer Josh Willis and his team are investigating how the ice is being attacked not only by rising air temperatures but also by the warming ocean, which is eating it away from underneath. “There is enough ice in Greenland to raise the sea levels by 7.5 meters, that’s about 25 feet, an enormous volume of ice, and that would be devastating to coastlines all around the planet,” said Willis. “We should be retreating already from the coastline if we are looking at many meters [lost] in the next century or two.” Glaciers like Helheim are powerful enough to make the global sea level rise by half a millimeter in just a month — something NASA researchers say cannot be ignored.
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The New York police officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner in 2014 will no longer be on the police force, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill announced Monday. "It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York police officer," he said. Officer Daniel Pantaleo was found guilty in a disciplinary trial earlier this month of using a chokehold on Garner, the New York man whose final words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. Despite the disciplinary trial, Pantaleo has avoided criminal charges in the death. A grand jury in New York declined to indict the officer in 2014, and the city of New York settled with Garner's estate for $5.9 million in 2015. The Justice Department declined to bring federal civil rights charges last month.
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Follow ➡️ @cnnclimate ➡️ This is the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change. On Sunday, scientists memorialized Okjökull, known as Ok for short, with a plaque that contained a dire warning. "Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and know what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it," the plaque reads in English and Icelandic.
If glaciers continue to melt at the current rapid rate, it will pose a number of hazards for the planet, geologists say. Here are some of the potential hazards:
▪️People could be displaced
▪️Some remote island nations would be at risk of disappearing
▪️Water supply could diminish
▪️Food could become scarcer
▪️Coastal communities would be more susceptible to flooding,
▪️Trade could be impacted
(📸: @nasa, Jeremie Richard/AFP/Getty Images and Dominic Boyer/Cymene Howe)
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For the first time, a series of sketches have been revealed hidden underneath one of Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous paintings. Scientific analysis of "The Virgin of the Rocks" uncovered the original composition Leonardo started and then abandoned, before he painted the final product that has been admired for centuries. "In the abandoned composition both figures are positioned higher up, while the angel, facing out, is looking down on the Infant Christ with what appears to be a much tighter embrace," London's National Gallery explained in a press release. "These new images were found because the drawings were made in a material that contained some zinc, so it could be seen in the macro x-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) maps showing where this chemical element was present, and also through new infrared and hyperspectral imaging," the gallery said. ➡️ Swipe to see the hidden sketch (📸: The National Gallery)
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Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have braved torrential rain to come out for an 11th consecutive weekend of mass demonstrations. Police only gave permission for people to gather in Victoria Park, but protesters ended up blocking several of the city’s main thoroughfares. Hong Kong’s summer of unrest began in June over a now-shelved extradition bill, but demonstrations soon expanded to include calls for greater democracy and government accountability, and condemnation of alleged police brutality. Protest organizers estimate that 1.7 million people turned out for today's demonstration; police have told CNN they do not yet have their own estimate for crowd size and CNN cannot independently confirm the organizers’ figures.
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High-level executives with children have a few advantages over other working parents: They make more money, which makes childcare easier to afford. They may have more say in where and when they work. And they can influence what "family friendly" means at their companies. But like any other working parent, top executives don't get more than 24 hours in a day. And they can never control the constant demands that come with having kids. @cnnbusiness asked executives to share their experiences of how they balance family and work.
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US Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz is the first female Marine to pilot an F-35B aircraft, according to the Marine Corp. She trained all over the country for the past four years and finished the course on June 27. "At each of my training schools I did my best," said Satz. "I truly believe that showing up prepared and working diligently are two major keys to success." She now has over 300 flight hours and is assigned to her first operational unit, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, in Iwakuni, Japan. (📸: Sgt. Ashley Phillips, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort)
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Jackson Hepner was playing around an Ohio creek bed last month when he stumbled across an odd, ridged object jutting out of the mud. To his surprise, it turned out to be a very large and very old tooth from a long-dead woolly mammoth. Mastadons and woolly mammoths went extinct about 10,000 years ago, and, according to Ohio History Central, their fossils have been found around the state before. Jackson, 12, drew a map to explain to several experts where he found the tooth, but he had one request: “I would like to have my tooth back in my hands as soon as possible,” he wrote. “I want to show my friends.” (📸: Courtesy the Inn at Honey Run)
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Liu Yifei, the Chinese-born actress starring in Disney's upcoming live-action "Mulan" remake, waded into the Hong Kong protest controversy on Thursday by expressing support for the police, who anti-government demonstrators accuse of using excessive force to quell unrest. "I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong," she posted on Weibo. Immediately, people began posting #boycottmulan on Twitter, which is banned in China. The actress also received plenty of praise on Weibo, the dominant platform in China. Demonstrations in Hong Kong started in June over a now-suspended extradition bill. But since then, protester demands have expanded to include calls for greater democracy and an independent investigation into police brutality. Earlier this week, chaos that erupted at the Hong Kong airport when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with riot police. (📸: Stephen Tilley/Walt Disney Studios)