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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.




5 PM ET: Rail legislation vote, economic outlook, “catfishing” murders update & more

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill on a tentative agreement that would prevent a national freight rail strike. The Federal Reserve chairman says smaller interest rate hikes could come in December. House Democrats picked Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to replace Nancy Pelosi as the top democrat in the chamber. New details are emerging about a former police officer believed to have catfished a teen and murdered her family. Lastly, we’re following the deadly aftermath of severe...


12 PM ET: Rail strike vote, Macron's state visit, NYC mental health intervention & more

Congress is set to vote today to prevent a nationwide freight rail strike, but some Democrats want to get workers paid sick leave. China is lifting some lockdown restrictions in cities where people have been protesting against them. French President Emmanuel Macron is in DC today for an official state visit. First responders in New York City are being given strict orders around when to commit someone against their will for mental health reasons. Plus, why a volcanic eruption has led to a...


9 AM ET: US economy grows, House to block strike, French food heritage & more

We start with some news just in, as GDP figures show the US economy grew faster than expected for the third quarter. The threat of tornados, hail, and strong winds continues this morning in parts of the southern US. The House will vote today to impose a tentative deal with rail workers and try to stop a looming strike. As blackouts continue across Ukraine, one city is trying to keep the holiday spirit alive. China is making its online censorship rules even stricter. Plus, we'll tell you...


6 AM ET: Marriage rights protection, China's nuclear warheads, World Cup deaths & more

The Senate has voted to protect same-sex and interracial marriages - with support from both sides of the aisle. Five Oath Keepers have been found guilty over the January 6th insurrection. China is developing nuclear warheads a lot faster than the US previously thought. A new Alzheimer's drug shows some "potential" but has some safety issues. Plus, Qatar's World Cup chief says there’s been hundreds of migrant deaths in the country. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


10 PM ET: Oath Keepers verdicts, same-sex marriage bill, Team USA defeats Iran & more

A jury has convicted two members of the right-wing militia group, the Oath Keepers, of seditious conspiracy – we’ll break down the verdicts against them and three other defendants. The Senate has passed a bill that would protect same-sex and interracial marriage. A woman who survived a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia last week is suing the company. Two new lava flows streamed down Hawaii’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa. And the US Men’s National Team defeated Iran in a...


5 PM ET: Rail strike legislation, US gun epidemic, Balenciaga lawsuit & more

President Joe Biden met with top Senate and House leaders about taking action to avoid a freight rail strike. NATO foreign ministers pledged that allies will assist Ukraine as the country repairs its energy infrastructure amid Russian missile strikes. Former President Donald Trump faces growing fallout from his dinner with White nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West, now known as Ye. A new study shows gun deaths in the US surged to a record level during the Covid-19 pandemic....


12 PM ET: US on China protests, Georgia Senate runoff race, Will Smith’s slap & more

Top US officials are staying tight-lipped about Chinese protesters’ calls for President Xi Jinping’s resignation. Georgia’s Senate runoff race next week has candidates vying for support from the same voting bloc. The January 6th committee is set to interview a key witness mentioned in an explosive hearing testimony. Elon Musk is clashing with Apple and made another change to Twitter. And, Will Smith opens up about that viral slap at the Oscars. To learn more about how CNN protects listener...


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,...