4,92425116 minutes ago
Nebraska teen Julia Yllescas had photographer Susanne Beckmann edit an angelic visage of her father into her senior photos so that he could be with her during this monumental moment. Army Ranger Capt. Robert Yllescas never came home after he deployed to Afghanistan when Julia was just 7 years old. “I can’t even put into words how it makes me feel, knowing he’s still with me,” Julia said. Her father was injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2008. He figures prominently in CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” released in 2012. Milo Gibson, the son of Mel Gibson, will play Yllescas in an upcoming film based on the book to be released later this year. (📸: Susanne Beckmann)
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An umbrella. A bauhinia flower. A bleeding eye. They've become symbols of the Hong Kong protests -- and some demonstrators are getting them permanently inked onto their bodies. The pro-democracy movement, which is heading towards its 12th consecutive weekend, has inspired a wave of protest art that’s shown up on banners, posters, online memes; and now, human skin. One local tattoo artist gave around 100 people free Hong Kong-themed tattoos throughout July. Among the designs were two cleverly arranged Chinese characters that mean either "Hong Kong" or "add oil" -- a local rallying cry -- depending on which direction they're facing. Other popular inkings include the bauhinia flower on the Hong Kong flag, the yellow umbrellas associated with the regular marches in the city, and images of a female protester’s injured eye. The tattoos act as public statements of dedication and belief -- particularly striking in a time when most demonstrators are trying to conceal their identities from authorities. 📸 @zada_hk & @iconoglyphs
16,7843345 hours ago
Maddy Freking's team may have been eliminated from the Little League Baseball World Series, but her star turn as pitcher will go down in history ⚾ On Sunday, 12-year-old Maddy ditched her usual position playing second base to take the pitcher's mound as her team, Minnesota's Coon Rapids-Andover, faced off against Virginia's Loudoun South—the first time a girl pitched in the series since 2014. Maddy is only the 19th girl to play in the series in its 72-year history, and the sixth girl to pitch. “It’s an honor,” Maddy told ESPN. “I also think it’s really cool to be, out of however many boys, the 19th girl to be here.” (📸: Gene J. Pkuskar/AP)
47,14579015 hours ago
Follow ➡️ @cnnclimate ➡️ Thirsty travelers will no longer be able to buy plastic water bottles at San Francisco International Airport starting Tuesday. The airport is ditching disposable plastic bottles in an effort to become the world’s first zero-waste airport by 2021 ♻️ Travelers instead can fill their own reusable bottles at drinking fountains, or buy glass or aluminum water bottles inside the airport. (📸: Getty Images)
92,6232,13817 hours ago
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)
94,2852,60720 August, 2019
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.
26,52557120 August, 2019
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)
23,16561419 August, 2019
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.
18,57376119 August, 2019
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.
24,1351,27119 August, 2019
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)
48,6921,46419 August, 2019
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)