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After someone broke into an Augusta, Georgia, restaurant over the weekend, the owner of the business responded in an unusual way: He offered the suspect a job. "No police, no questions. Let's sit down and talk about how we could help you and fix the road you're on," Carl Wallace wrote on Facebook. With the break-in happening Easter weekend, Wallace said responding with forgiveness seemed like the right thing to do. He told CNN his initial reaction was anger and frustration, but then he felt sorry for the person and saw it as a mentoring opportunity. ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Carl Wallace)
Kim Kardashian West is joining the ranks of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and other moguls: She is officially a billionaire, according to Forbes. Forbes released its annual "World's Billionaire List" Tuesday, which placed West on the elite list for the first time. The magazine said West's booming businesses, KKW Beauty and Skims, helped put her over the top to achieve the billionaire benchmark when added to her television show and endorsement deals. Tap the link in our bio to learn more.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Evans Vestal Ward/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
As many as one in three people infected with Covid-19 have longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, researchers reported Tuesday. They found 34% of Covid-19 survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or psychological condition within six months of their infection, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. And while the neurological effects are more severe in hospitalized patients, they are still common in those who were only treated in an outpatient setting, the researchers note. Tap the link in our bio to learn more.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Norwegian Cruise Line wants to start US cruises again on July 4, and it's willing to require all passengers and staff to be vaccinated before it sets sail. It's the first major American cruise line to layout plans for a resumption of US sailings. No industry has been decimated during the pandemic quite like the US cruise ship industry, which hasn't been able to sail to or from a US port in more than a year. Tap the link in our bio for the latest on cruising.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
So far, at least 14 colleges in the US said they will require all students to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before returning to campus, according to a CNN tally — and that number is expected to grow. Rutgers University, Cornell, Brown, the University of Notre Dame, Northeastern, Syracuse University, Ithaca in New York and Fort Lewis College in Colorado have implemented vaccination policies, though all will make exceptions for medical or religious reasons. Two universities, St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and Nova Southeastern University in Broward, Florida, are going a step further, requiring students and all campus employees to be vaccinated.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
An engraved slab of stone dating to the Bronze Age (between 1900 and 1640 BCE), has been revealed to be Europe's oldest map, researchers say. Upon studying the rediscovered slab, they noticed that its surface was deliberately 3D-shaped to represent a valley, with lines in the stone thought to depict a river network. It appears to be portraying western Brittany in France, which is where the stone was originally discovered. ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Bournemouth University)
We all know face masks can be troublesome to wear. They can irritate your skin, hurt your ears and fog up your glasses. That's why the Department of Health and Human Services launched the $500,000 "Mask Innovation Challenge" to find new and effective masks people will find more comfortable to wear. Participants have until April 21 to submit their ideas.⁠ ⁠ (📸: John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock)
Grammy award-winning artist The Weeknd said he will donate $1 million to Ethiopian relief efforts through the UN World Food Programme. Thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed, raped and abused during the course of Ethiopia's five-month-old conflict.⁠ ⁠ "My heart breaks for my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians ranging from small children to the elderly are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced out of fear and destruction," said @theweeknd , whose parents are from Ethiopia.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
San Francisco recently launched its Street Crisis Response Team to replace police officers for certain nonviolent 911 calls. The squad consists of a behavioral health clinician, paramedic and peer counselor. "We really want to reduce or eliminate law enforcement from going to non-violent calls or behavioral or social crises in which no crime has taken place," said San Francisco Fire Department section Chief Simon Pang, who is leading this effort. We followed along as the unit patrolled the streets and helped individuals experiencing mental health crises
While eight months pregnant, Aminat Idrees clinched the gold medal in the Mixed Poomsae category of Taekwondo at the ongoing National Sports Festival. Organizers described her achievements as "inspiring." "Before I got pregnant, I have always enjoyed training, so it didn't seem different with pregnancy," Idrees said. Some criticized her for participating while pregnant, but Idrees said many of her critics are unaware of the various forms of Taekwondo. There are two branches of Taekwondo: the combat sport and non-combat Poomsae — which is displaying the hand and leg techniques. ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Nurullah Matepo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law paving the way for him to run for two more presidential terms, potentially extending his rule until 2036. Putin, who turns 69 this year, is currently serving his fourth presidential term, which is set to end in 2024. The new legislation, announced on Monday, could allow him to serve two more six-year terms, should he choose to stand for and win reelection both times. The new law formalizes the results of last year's referendum on amendments to Russia's constitution. Previously, Putin's efforts to stay in power have attracted mass protests and criticism from overseas. Tap the link in our bio to learn more.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Mihail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP/Getty)
The highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant has fueled an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in parts of Europe. And experts worry the US could be next if Americans don't double down on safety measures until more people are vaccinated. What's worse, experts say, is that the variant is changing the pandemic's playbook and could spell trouble for younger groups that haven't yet been vaccinated. "We have to think about the B.1.1.7 variant as almost a brand new virus," said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. "It's acting differently from anything we've seen before, in terms of transmissibility, in terms of affecting young people, so we have to take this very seriously." Tap the link in our bio to learn more.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg/Getty Images)
More than 150 women claim to have fallen pregnant while taking Anulette CD, an oral contraceptive pill that was distributed by the Chilean government and is manufactured by Silesia, a subsidiary of the German pharmaceutical company, Grünenthal. Without the option to legally terminate their pregnancies, if they wanted to, or any real accountability from the government or the drug companies, the women, represented by the Chilean sexual and reproductive rights group Corporación Miles, are preparing to file a class-action lawsuit in the civil courts.⁠ ⁠ “We expect that there are many more women with this problem, especially because the State has not claimed any responsibility,” said Laura Dragnic, legal coordinator at Corporación Miles. While no one is denying production problems with the pills, pharmaceutical company Grünenthal, its Chilean subsidiaries, and government representatives all seem intent on shifting blame onto each other, or even to the women involved.⁠ ⁠ Tap the link in our bio to hear from the women. ⁠ ⁠ (📸:CNN/ Photo Illustration/Tabita Rojas/Ana Schlimovich/Gabrielle Smith)
The more contagious B.1.1.7 strain of coronavirus is hitting young people particularly hard. Doctors say it's time to ditch the belief that only older adults or people with pre-existing conditions are at risk of severe Covid-19. As an emergency room doctor, Dr. Megan Ranney, said she regularly sees young, previously healthy patients struggling with coronavirus. “We're certainly seeing it more in 20s and 30s as well,” she said. “And people in their 20s and 30s are less likely to be vaccinated and more likely to be out and about.”
Approving a bill introduced by its only transgender lawmaker, Virginia became the first state in the South to ban "gay and trans panic" as a defense for murder or manslaughter. Virginia is now the 12th state to ban the defense, which can allow people charged with the killing of LGBTQ people to receive a lesser sentence by "placing the blame for homicide on a victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity," according to the Williams Institute, UCLA Law's LGBTQ think tank. Under Virginia's new law, "the discovery of, perception of, or belief about" someone's sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is not a defense or "provocation" for murder or manslaughter. Tap the link in our bio to learn more.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
Police in Belgium say they have seized almost 28 tons of cocaine with a street value of $1.65 billion after gaining access to an encrypted phone network used by criminals. "During a judicial investigation into a potential service criminal organization suspected of knowingly providing encrypted telephones to the criminal environment, police specialists managed to crack the encrypted messages from Sky ECC," Belgian Federal Police said Monday. ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Belgian Federal Police)⁠
Hundreds protested Sunday night after a police officer shot a Black man who died following a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center — about 10 miles from where former officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the killing of George Floyd. The state deployed the Minnesota National Guard. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz identified the man killed in Sunday's incident as 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Tap the link in our bio for more.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
Follow ➡️ @cnnclimate ➡️ Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, which experience a "peak bloom" that only lasts a few days, have been revered in Japan for more than a thousand years 🌸 But this year, "sakura" season has come and gone in the blink of an eye, in one of the earliest blooms on record — and scientists warn it's a symptom of the larger climate crisis threatening ecosystems everywhere. This year's change in flowering dates isn't limited to just Japan; the cherry blossoms that adorn the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, have also bloomed early. According to the National Park Service, the peak bloom date of the Washington cherry blossoms has advanced forward by nearly a week from April 5 to March 31.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Arkansas' Republican governor on Monday vetoed an anti-transgender health care bill that would have prohibited physicians in the state from providing gender-affirming "procedures" for trans people under age 18. Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters that he killed the bill because it "would be and is a vast government overreach" and because it would've created "new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people." The governor predicted during his remarks that the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly "will likely override" his veto, noting it takes only a simple majority to do so. "I am hopeful, though, that my action will cause conservative Republican legislators to think through the issue again and hopefully come up with a more restrained approach that allows a thoughtful study of the science and ethics surrounding the issue before acting," he said. ⁠ ⁠ (📸: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)⁠ ⁠
Russia's Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world, holding about 20% of the world's fresh water and currently facing increasing environmental threats from climate change and mass tourism. As Russia continues to encourage visitors to the lake, even in the midst of the pandemic, some locals question whether the pristine environment is being sacrificed in favor of revenue. CNN's @fpleitgencnn reports from a town in Russia, where some say their home simply can't take on any more people.
Archaeologists have found the largest ancient city ever discovered in Egypt, dating back 3,000 years. The city, named "The Rise of Aten," was “the largest administrative and industrial settlement in the era of the Egyptian empire," lead archaeologist Zahi Hawass said. Archaeologists found the "city's streets flanked by houses," with intact walls up to 10 feet high and "rooms filled with tools of daily life ... left by the ancient residents as if it were yesterday," according to a statement released by the archaeologists. "The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun," Betsy Bryan, professor of Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University, said. ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Dr. Zahi Hawass/Facebook)
Black female writers created Uplifted & Empowered, a collection of cards written by and for Black people in need of support, hoping to offer words that express the solidarity and resilience their communities need. "We are unequivocally speaking to the fact that we know the Black community is deeply hurting right now and that we are connected with our traditions of resilience and overcoming," said Melvina Young, one of the card creators. This is Hallmark’s first collection about race.⁠ ⁠ (📸: Hallmark Cards, Inc.)
About 74% of Americans say they’re willing to get the coronavirus vaccine or that they’ve already received one, according to a Gallup poll on March 30. But some 26% of Americans say they would not get a vaccine right now. Getting the country over the threshold of herd immunity means finding ways to persuade at least a portion of the people still hesitant to get their shot. Swipe through to see how to talk to someone hesitant to get the vaccine. (📸: Getty Images )
Pablo Picasso's 1932 painting could rake in $55 million when it goes up at auction next month. The portrait, called "Woman Sitting Near a Window,” shows his teenage lover and "golden muse" from a critical point in his career. Picasso was 50 when he had an affair with 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter, who became the inspiration for some of his most sought-after sculptures, drawings and canvases. When the piece last came to auction in February 2013, it sold for $44.8 million, including fees.⁠ ⁠ For more on culture around the world, follow @CNNStyle . ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Anthony Devlin/PA/AP)