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Hunter Biden. Rudy Giuliani. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Paul Manafort. Hillary Clinton. These are the players. Here's what we know
As of Friday, it is not exactly clear what led to a mysterious whistleblower complaint filed against President Donald Trump that has taken Washington by storm, but it is clear that the US President wants to use Ukraine against former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump pressured Ukraine President to investigate Biden's son
President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter, during a July phone call, suggesting roughly eight times he work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, to carry out the probe, according to a new report Friday by The Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter.
Joe Biden slams Trump's comments on his Ukraine dealings
Joe Biden pushed back on President Donald Trump's unproven claims that Biden and his son Hunter Biden had acted inappropriately in their dealings with the Ukrainian government during Biden's time as vice president.
Whistleblower timeline: Team Trump contacts and Ukraine
President Donald Trump's interactions and decisions on Ukraine are under new scrutiny following reports that an intelligence whistleblower's complaint is related to the country.
Watch Giuliani's heated interview with Chris Cuomo
President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo he had "no idea" whether Trump talked with the Ukrainian president about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Hillary Clinton: Trump asked foreign power to help election. Again
Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump on Friday after his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani admitted to asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently the Democratic front-runner to challenge Trump in next year's presidential election.
Phil Mudd: I am about ready to blow a gasket
CNN analyst Phil Mudd responds following a report from The Washington Post revealing President Donald Trump's communications with a foreign leader sparked the whistleblower complaint that has led the acting director of national intelligence to agree to testify amid a showdown with Congress.
Trump will hold a session on religious persecution instead of attending climate summit
• Teen climate activist: Some say we should become politicians. 'By then it will be too late' • Hundreds of Amazon workers walk out in climate protest • Photos: Protests around the globe
Antonio Brown released by the Patriots amid sexual misconduct allegations
• Woman accuses Antonio Brown of rape
Prince Andrew accuser says she was forced to perform sex acts at 17
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of several women who accused the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex crimes, has revealed new details of her alleged sexual abuse by Britain's Prince Andrew.
Netanyahu trails Gantz by two seats in latest Israeli election results
Benny Gantz has opened up a two-seat lead over Benjamin Netanyahu in the "almost final" results of Israel's razor-tight election, as both men prepare for a fight to command a parliamentary majority and form a government.
Father and son die after falling off cliff
A father and son died after falling off a cliff in Farmington, Connecticut, according to police. CNN affiliate WFSB reports.
At least 4 killed in tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon
At least four people were killed after a tour bus was involved in a crash Friday near Bryce Canyon National Park, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
13 Marines charged in case related to human smuggling operations
Thirteen Marines have been formally charged with involvement in human smuggling operations, the US Marine Corps announced Friday.
US to send troops and equipment to Saudi Arabia in response to attack
The US announced Friday it would send additional troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities, which the US has blamed on Tehran.
A woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself will leave jail early
A woman serving a 15-month sentence for her part in her boyfriend's death by suicide will leave jail weeks early even after her bid for parole was denied this week by Massachusetts officials, according to a sheriff's spokesman and a state record.
Dennis Rodman makes bold prediction about Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seemingly celebrates the firing of former Trump national security adviser John Bolton as new research has found hidden tunnels near the country's main nuclear complex. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
The market has spoken: Coal is dying
President Donald Trump has gutted regulations on the coal industry, falsely claimed that windmills cause cancer and installed a former coal lobbyist to lead the EPA.
Meghan McCain walks off the set of 'The View'
Friday's airing of ABC's The View appeared to get a little more heated than normal. During the episode, Meghan McCain walked off the set as cameras panned the studio heading into a commercial.
Mark Ronson says he's a sapiosexual
Chart-topper Mark Ronson has come out as sapiosexual. In case you're not familiar with the term, it means being attracted to intelligence above other traits -- or, in other words, putting brains before looks or gender.
Man behind iconic GIF asks favor of fans
Drew Scanlon, who inspired the viral blinking man GIF, is trying to use his fame to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
There's a new Jeopardy! contestant on a historic winning streak
Please update your records, because there's a new member in the pantheon of Jeopardy! greatness.
Beloved children's TV host gets 'sexy' Halloween costume treatment
Lingerie retailer Yandy has released a sexy version of a "Mr.Rogers"-themed Halloween costume, complete with hand puppets.
Sex work is legal in this country if you register with the police
Due to the stigma associated with sex work in Senegal, the women CNN interviewed asked that their identities be protected. They are identified using pseudonyms.
A Delta flight plunged 30,000 feet in minutes
Don't read this if you're traveling any time soon.
Here's what's new in the iPhone software update
Actress slurs her words after visiting the dentist
Actress Jennifer Garner shares a tongue twister on Instagram after visiting the dentist.
J.Lo just wore an updated version of that iconic dress from the 2000 Grammy's
Remember when J.Lo made Juicy Couture tracksuits cool?
Remember when Jennifer Lopez turned a kitsch tracksuit into the outfit to own in the early 2000s?
Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez slay the 'History of Music Video Dance'
Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon wanted to dance with somebody.
Jennifer Lopez's performance in 'Hustlers' stirs Oscars buzz
"Hustlers," which stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, may not have taken the top spot at the box office, but it was arguably the weekend's biggest winner.
New images show Mars as you've never seen it before
One of the latest images of Mars looks more like cookies and cream than it does the so-called Red Planet.
Venus was potentially habitable. Then something catastrophic happened
Venus likely maintained stable temperatures and hosted liquid water for billions of years before an event triggered drastic changes in the planet, according to a new study.
Found: Fossils created by asteroid that annihilated dinosaurs
The team of paleontologists that made the discovery say the fossils offer the first look into the moments after the asteroid hit.
SUV drives into mall, crashing through storefronts
One person is in custody after driving an SUV through Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. No one was injured in the incident, according to officials.
Ancient mosaic found near Sea of Galilee depicts Jesus' loaves and fishes miracle
A colorful mosaic recently found in an ancient church in Israel appears to depict a miracle Jesus is said to have performed nearby -- the feeding of the 5,000 -- archaeologists say.
Suzanne Whang, 'House Hunters' host, dies at 56
Suzanne Whang, who viewers came to love as the voice and face of "House Hunters" for nearly a decade, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, according to her agent.
The week in 28 photos
Take a look at 28 photos of the week from September 13 to September 19.
'Ad Astra' could be the hit that 20th Century Fox desperately needs
After a dismal run since the Disney acquisition closed in March, 20th Century Fox is looking to the stars to help right the ship.
A rare look inside Samsung's secretive ideas lab
Rogue trader's oil bets cost his employer $320M
A rogue trader in Singapore cost Japan's Mitsubishi at least $320 million when unauthorized bets on the oil market went wrong.
Colt will stop making AR-15 rifles for consumers
Colt, the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle, has announced it's exiting the consumer rifle market as demand for high-powered, semi-automatic guns wanes.
A flaw in iOS 13 can expose your contact details
A flaw in iOS 13, the new iPhone operating system Apple released Thursday, exposes contact details stored in iPhones without requiring a passcode or biometric identification. And Apple has known about the flaw since July, a person who reported the bug to Apple told CNN Business.
Whistleblower complaint shows Trump's contempt for the rules
The nation is lost in a new swirl of Trumpian confusion over a potential scandal. This time the particulars involve a whistleblower's complaint about a possible security breach at the highest level and the suggestion of a cover-up. Perhaps the only thing clear in this case is that once again President Donald Trump is calling the discordant tune.
Trump's massive hypocrisy on clean air
On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump took a quick break from his Los Angeles fundraising junket to announce that his administration would seek to revoke California's ability to control its own auto mileage standards.
Cary Elwes gets it exactly right on 'Princess Bride'
So it would appear that we're all not as polarized on everything as we've been led to believe.
Trump's generals replaced by flunkies
What a difference two years make. Back then, John Kelly, a former four-star Marine general, was Trump's chief of staff; James Mattis, another retired four-star Marine general, was US secretary of defense; H.R. McMaster, a three-star general and war hero with a PhD, was national security adviser; Rex Tillerson, who had run ExxonMobil, one of the world's largest corporations, was secretary of state, and Gary Cohn, the former COO and president of Goldman Sachs, was Trump's chief economic adviser.
What real-life strippers think of 'Hustlers'
"Hustlers," the true story of a group of strippers who beat the 2008 financial crisis by drugging and fleecing wealthy (and horny) New York men, opened to rave audience reviews over the weekend. Earning $33 million and surpassing earning expectations, it was the best opening weekend yet for lead actress Jennifer Lopez, who stars alongside Constance Wu as the masterminds of the illicit business scheme.
Comedian: Rob Schneider is dead wrong
Like most stand-up comedians, I abhor much about what the PC culture we are living in today does to comedy. Comedy's been around since the first ape slipped on a banana peel; political correctness, maybe 50 years.
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Saudi Arabia has a great deal more to lose from a war than Iran does
Saudi Arabia is not pressing for war, but its options to avoid one are narrowing. And that suits its nemesis Iran just fine.
Second country in a week ditches Taiwan for Beijing
Kiribati has become the second nation in a week to drop Taiwan as a diplomatic ally and move towards Beijing, Taipei's foreign ministry announced Friday.
The most expensive horse ever sold
How much is the world's most expensive horse worth? It's a question with no easy answer, but there are decades' worth of jaw-dropping sums involved.
Imelda will continue dumping rain on Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas as remnants head north
The remnants of Imelda will continue weakening Friday as the storm makes its way into northern Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, but it will continue dumping heavy rain.
Opioid-maker Purdue Pharma is allowed bonus payout in bankruptcy case
The judge overseeing the bankruptcy case for opioid-maker Purdue Pharma issued an interim order late Wednesday allowing the company and its subsidiaries to continue paying its employees, former employees and retirees.
A crew member who survived California dive boat fire claims the staff were not properly trained
A crew member who survived the deadly Conception diving boat fire off the coast of California is suing the vessel's owners, saying the staff had not been properly trained.
The famous Three Mile Island nuclear plant is closing
The famous Three Mile Island nuclear plant is officially shutting down Friday, plant spokesperson David Marcheskie confirmed to CNN.
These popular logos are all hiding a secret
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Model's skin tone made her a social media star
Where twins are worshiped -- and murdered
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'Between Two Ferns' plants lots of laughs
"Between Two Ferns: The Movie" is perhaps inevitably best consumed in bite-sized bits, bringing back Zach Galifianakis from his popular web series as the worst (or depending on one's point of view, best) celebrity interviewer ever. The movie's conceit is hit-miss, but when it works -- yielding deadpan insults and pained expressions -- there are enough laughs to make digging up "Ferns" look like a fine idea.
Who will take home an Emmy?
The Emmy Awards will likely feature plenty of big names and nostalgia. But the safest bet in handicapping the night might be that no matter who wins in key categories, there will be fewer viewers watching, perhaps than ever before.
'Downton Abbey' reopens its doors in royal fashion
"Downton Abbey" reopens its grand doors, in a movie where half the battle -- and much of the thrill -- hinges on merely reassembling the enormous cast. The result is a warm if somewhat flat trip back in time that approximates the feel of the show's Christmas specials, only over-sized, and as cozy as a seat by the manor's fire.
Celine Dion's plea to Drake
Just because you loved her, Drake, it doesn't mean that Celine Dion wants her face on your body.
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