U.S. Olympic Medalist Kelly Catlin Dies At 23

“The U.S. cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin,” USA Cycling President and Chief Executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement. “Kelly was more than an athlete to us, and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family.” VeloNews reported that Catlin’s father, Mark, said in a letter to the publication that she died on Friday night at her home in California. Her father told the publication that she died by suicide. She …

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says power recovery will come ‘little by little’

Caracas (CNN)In a televised address Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the recovery from power outages will be “little by little,” adding the outage was an “electronic coup” carried out by “criminal minds.” “We are on the right side of history,” he said. “We are on the way to a great victory from the greatest blow ever delivered to Venezuela.” Meanwhile, Venezuela’s National Assembly approved a request Monday from opposition leader Juan Guaido to respond to the widespread outages with …

Huge power outage leaves most of Venezuela in darkness

Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)Most of Venezuela still had no power Friday evening, more than 20 hours after a massive outage left over 70% of the country without electricity. There are also issues at other hospitals, Zambrano said, like the pediatric unit at El Algodonal Hospital in Caracas being closed for 15 days, the electrical failures at the Periferico Hospital in Catia or how the Coche Peripherial Hospital has been closed for four months due to electrical failures. “Generators are not able …

Rabid raccoons are back in Manhattan. Vaccinate your pets, health officials say

(CNN)Years after an outbreak was stamped out, rabies has returned to the raccoons of New York City’s most densely populated borough. “I urge my constituents with pets to make sure their animals are up to date on their vaccines. Stay alert when enjoying our beautiful parks, and if you see a wild animal acting strangely, leave the area and call” 311, the city’s hotline for non-emergency services, he said. Any animal that seems sick, disoriented or unusually quiet or aggressive …

US women’s soccer team members sue US Soccer for gender discrimination

(CNN)Members of the top-ranked US women’s national soccer team on Friday — about three months before the upcoming World Cup — filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation citing gender discrimination, according to court documents. US Soccer did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. The US Women’s National Team Players Association said it is not a party to the lawsuit, but supports the goal of eliminating gender-based discrimination at Chicago-based US Soccer, which governs …

George Michael’s art collection unveiled

By his mid-20s, Michael was in a position to buy art extensively and at the highest levels. Cristian Albu of auctioneers Christie’s says Michael became a truly serious collector from 2004 onwards. “And it stretched all the way to 2009 – that was the most intense period,” he tells BBC News. “I think his finesse as an artist in music made it very easy for George Michael to make the journey into visual art. And it all started with Tracey …

National Security Agency halts surveillance program

(CNN)The National Security Agency has stopped using a surveillance program in recent months that relied on bulk data collected from US domestic phone records, according to a Republican congressional official. The NSA last year disclosed that it had found technical problems with the program that led to collection of records on US persons that it didn’t have authority to collect. The program relied on phone metadata, information such as who is called or text-messaged, and the duration and time of …

The charge against Robert Kraft highlights law enforcement’s growing focus on sex trafficking

(CNN)When Martin County Sheriff William Snyder laid out details last month of a sex trafficking ring his officers helped shut down in central Florida, he made an important distinction to a reporter who referred to the women providing services at the day spas as prostitutes. CNN legal analyst on what charge means for Robert Kraft Hence, Snyder’s insistence that the women were not prostitutes. “It was clear to us that this was a trafficking case because of the circumstances I …

Everything Else You Want To Know After Seeing ‘Leaving Neverland’

Leaving Neverland,” which HBO aired in two parts on Sunday and Monday, offers the Me Too era’s most detailed portrait of sexual abuse to date. In profiling two men who say However thorough the film may be, it leaves many unanswered questions. Reed had a lot of ground to cover in order to piece together a resonant compendium of Wade Robson’s and James Safechuck’s experiences, so even with a four-hour running time, “Neverland” skirts certain particulars. via my interview with …

USA ends sevens title drought with win on Las Vegas soil

(CNN)What is it they say about home advantage? “There’s something about singing your national anthem at home,” Pinkelman told the Las Vegas Review Journal after lifting the trophy in front of an American crowd. “It’s so passionate. So emotional. It just gets everybody on the same page.” Captain Madison Hughes, Matai Leuta and Martin Iosefo also touched down for the Americans in what was a repeat of the 2010 Adelaide Sevens final — the occasion, nine years ago, of team …

John Oliver Unloads: ‘Ivanka, There Are Some Things That You Really Should Know’

John Oliver has a few things he wants to say to Jared Kushner, the daughter and son-in-law of ― and advisers to ― President The “Last Week Tonight” host tore into both at great length on Sunday in light of last week’s report in The New York Times that security clearance.  “How the fuck does he look so well-rested? This is a guy who’s not just brokering peace in the Middle East, he’s tackling the opioid crisis, and national infrastructure …

World Rugby official could quit if Pacific Islands excluded from new league

(CNN)Radical plans to reshape rugby’s international calendar have caused shockwaves through the sport, but World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot has quelled fears that certain teams — specifically Fiji and Samoa — will be excluded from the new league. But Pichot, a former Argentina captain who retired from rugby a decade ago, has said he is advocating promotion and relegation between two international leagues. Fiji’s spectacular sand dune workout Confusion Last week, the Pacific Rugby Welfare group, which possesses a 600-strong …

Start your Monday smart: Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, first Manafort sentencing, South by Southwest

(CNN)Ready to feel protected? You’re in luck. Today starts National Consumer Protection Week, which wants to help youunderstand your consumer rights and make better decisions about your money. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. You give us five minutes, and we give you five things you must know for your weekday, plus a Sunday edition to get your week started smart. Sign up here.) Neil Bush on his father’s legacy …

France 2019: What you need to know about the Women’s World Cup

(CNN)Twenty-four teams will compete at next year’s tournament in France, which will be held from 7 June to 7 July. Across nine host cities, 52 matches will be played to determine the winner. As defending champions and world No.1 in FIFA’s rankings, USA is favorite to retain the crown it won in Canada four years ago. Victory would secure a fourth title in eight tournaments and cement the country’s status as the most successful in the competition’s history. The road …

Amanda Seyfried on how becoming a mom has changed which acting roles she chooses

“I realized my power with actually delivering a child,” she told us. “That’s one thing that kind of changed the whole thing for me. I’m a very anxious person and I’m terrified of so many things, and I realized that I was wasting a lot of time worrying about things that didn’t matter and things that didn’t impact me. I’m more present.” When it comes to her career specifically, the 33-year-old actress now “picks and chooses” which gigs she takes on. “I …