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We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.

We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.


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We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.




9 AM ET: Millions under storm threat, marriage rights bill, Uvalde lawsuit & more

40 million people in the US are waking up under a rare November storm threat today - we'll bring you the details. The Senate is set to vote on a bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage today. The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Biden administration's control over removing non-citizens from the US. The family of a 10 year old who was killed in the Uvalde school massacre has filed a lawsuit over the shooting. Plus, the US men's soccer team takes on Iran today and,...


6 AM ET: China's crackdown, rail strike efforts, Orion makes history & more

Police in China are clamping down on people protesting the country's strict Covid-19 policies. President Joe Biden is rushing to get a deal through Congress and avoid a rail workers strike. The US is facing its worst flu season for more than a decade. One county in Arizona still hasn't certified the midterm election results - now their officials are being sued. Plus, the Orion spacecraft has broken a far reaching record. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


10 PM ET: China Covid-19 protests, looming freight rail strike, flavonols study & more

The US Embassy in China is warning Americans to prepare for expanded Covid-19 restrictions in the country amid protests challenging restrictive regulations. The Biden administration has approved a potential weapons sale to Finland. President Joe Biden is urging Congress to pass legislation to avoid a freight rail strike. The US Supreme Court’s legal counsel is defending Justice Samuel Alito over a report of an alleged leak in 2014. Lastly, a new study found that eating more flavonols may...


5 PM ET: Deadly catfishing case, plane rescue, Bob Dylan’s apology & more

Russian-backed authorities say Moscow is not planning to withdraw from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine despite Ukraine’s claims to the contrary. Police say a former Virginia police officer killed in a shootout with law enforcement is believed to have murdered a teen’s family in California after “catfishing” her online. A 19-year-old White man pleaded guilty to killing ten Black people and injuring three others in a racist shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,...


12 PM ET: World Cup clash, Hawaii volcano, Balenciaga backlash & more

Iran wants the US out of the FIFA World Cup after it posted in support of protesters in the country. We're likely not far from the January 6 committee's final report - we'll tell you what it might, or might not, include. Widespread Covid-19 protests in China spook global investors. The largest active volcano in the world is erupting. And luxury brand Balenciaga is facing heat over their controversial ad campaigns including from their superstar brand ambassador. To learn more about how CNN...


9 AM ET: Idaho students return, rape in conflicts, Houston schools shut & more

Rare protests in China have led to people being arrested, including a BBC journalist. Some students are returning to the University of Idaho as police continue to look for answers after four people were stabbed to death. The White House is announcing new steps to hold countries to account if they use rape as a weapon in conflicts. Houston public schools are closed today because of a boil water notice in the city. Plus, a “significant severe-weather event” is predicted for parts of the...


6 AM ET: China protests, RSV emergency warning, toddler and baby killed & more

Thousands of people are protesting across China over the country's strict Covid-19 policies. Dr. Anthony Fauci says RSV and flu could create a public health emergency. A toddler and a baby have been stabbed to death in New York City - we'll bring you the details. A terrorist group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a hotel in Somalia. Plus, travel stress is made worse by bad weather. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Understanding “The Assignment” with Audie Cornish

Over the past few years, once-sleepy local school board meetings have become passionate and occasionally rowdy venues for debate over issues like the pandemic, race, gender and more. We’ve also seen school board elections become more partisan than ever. We hear from two parents about why they decided to run for office and what changes they hope to make while in power. Listen to “The Assignment” here. Guest: Audie Cornish, CNN Anchor & Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects...


3PM ET: Idaho mystery, Huawei ban, Ukraine power problems & more

Police have still not identified a suspect nearly two weeks after four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death. A vigil is planned after a mass shooting inside a Wal-Mart in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Biden administration bans Chinese tech amid spying fears. Ukraine works to keep the lights on amid Russian strikes. And a group of Australians strip down to raise awareness for skin screenings. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


10 AM ET: GA early voting, Trump meets with white supremacist, Ford recall & more

Multiple weather systems threaten to complicate a busy post-Thanksgiving travel weekend. Early voting begins in the Georgia Senate runoff election. Former president Donald Trump meets with Kanye West and a holocaust denier at Mar-a-Lago. SpaceX will try to launch supplies up to the International Space Station. And thousands of Ford SUV’s are being recalled. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


9 AM ET: Russia's LGBTQ law, Twitter 'amnesty', missing cannabis mystery & more

NATO's chief has reiterated support for Ukraine ahead of a foreign ministers meeting today. Russian lawmakers have approved a bill that could ban people from promoting or praising LGBTQ relationships. We'll tell you why a 90-year-old cardinal has been fined in Hong Kong. Elon Musk says Twitter will start reinstating some accounts next week. Plus, we'll tell you who Indian police are blaming for the disappearance of hundreds of pounds of cannabis. To learn more about how CNN protects...


6 AM ET: Biden's gun pledge, Trump battery suit, soccer v. football & more

President Joe Biden says he'll work with Congress to try and get rid of assault weapons after a week of deadly shootings. Half of Ukraine's capital is without power, as Russian strikes continue to target critical infrastructure. E. Jean Carroll is suing former President Donald Trump for battery and defamation - we'll bring you the details. New Covid-19 variants are expected to be passed around this holiday weekend. Plus, whether you call it soccer or football, the US is taking on England in...


9 AM ET: Iran's human rights 'crisis', Palin defeated, world's most expensive drug & more

The US has reached a grim milestone when it comes to mass shootings - we'll bring you the details of some of this week's attacks. The UN's human rights chief is calling for an investigation into human rights violations in Iran. Sarah Palin's political comeback attempt has failed once again. A court in Brazil has rejected the outgoing president's election results challenge. Plus, the FDA approves the most expensive drug in the world. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy,...


6 AM ET: Walmart shooting details, Russia 'weaponizing winter', 67lbs goldfish & more

Police have named the six victims of the shooting at a Walmart in Virginia who were killed in the break room of the store. Russia has been accused of using the cold weather in Ukraine to "freeze them into submission". Idaho police are still asking the public for help as they search for answers to the killing of 4 students. China has recorded its highest number of Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Plus, a fisherman strikes gold. To learn more about how CNN protects listener...


10 PM ET: Pence Jan. 6 testimony, Walmart employee speaks, TSA cat discovery & more

Justice Department prosecutors want to question former Vice President Mike in their January 6 probe. Six Walmart employees killed in a shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia have been identified. We’ll tell you where an investigation into the fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students now stands. The US imposed sanctions on three Iranian officials for its violent crackdown on protests over a woman who died in police custody. And a sneaky feline caught TSA agents at JFK airport off...


5 PM ET: Walmart shooting suspect, Russian strikes, Thanksgiving travel & more

A Walmart manager accused of fatally shooting at least six people and injuring several others has been identified. The suspect in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub appeared in court. Georgia’s Supreme Court made two big moves on the state’s abortion ban and early voting. At least seven people are dead following a round of Russian strikes across Ukraine. Lastly, we’ll break down the holiday travel and weather forecast in the US. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy,...


12 PM ET: Walmart employee shooting, Alex Jones, World Cup protest & more

A shooting at a Virginia Walmart marks the latest mass shooting in the US in recent weeks - we have the latest. More people are signing up for unemployment benefits than economists had predicted. Russian missile strikes have caused power outages across Ukraine, elevating fears about winter weather. Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones faces another legal loss. And, protests plus another upset at the World Cup. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


9 AM ET: Virginia shooting update, Ukrainian newborn killed, Kevin McCarthy's ultimatum & more

We start with the latest from the shooting at a Walmart in Virginia that killed at least 6 people. There are new details emerging about the Russian strike on a maternity ward that left a newborn baby dead. Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro is challenging his election loss. Kevin McCarthy is calling for the Secretary of Homeland Security to resign. Plus, why good cholesterol might not be as good as we think. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


6 AM ET: Walmart shooting, Israel explosions, 'Love Actually' reunion & more

At least 6 people have been killed in a shooting at a Walmart store in Virginia. Two separate explosions have hit Jerusalem - our reporter has the latest from the ground there. A Russian strike has hit a maternity hospital in Ukraine, and the country's energy problems aren't getting any better. A study shows new Covid 19 boosters give limited protection from the virus. Plus, the stars of 'Love Actually' get together ahead of the film's 20 year anniversary. To learn more about how CNN...


10 PM ET: Student loan payments, Russian gas cuts, Oxford ‘word of the year’ & more

The Biden administration has extended a freeze on federal student loan payments. Senator Lindsey Graham testified in front of a Georgia grand jury that’s investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state. Starting Monday, Russia’s state-owned gas company says it’s reducing its natural gas supply to Europe and Ukraine. Three Georgia sheriff’s office employees have been arrested after videos show them beating a Black inmate in a county jail. And for the first time ever,...