9 facts about librarians you probably didn’t know

(CNN)Libraries in the US have long been community fixtures, providing gathering spaces along with public access to books and information. According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, around 1.3 billion people visit public libraries every year, more than the 1.24 billion movie theater admissions in 2017. These readers will probably tell you the book is better than the movie, too. 2. There are more of them than you might think According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 126,800 librarians in the US. New York has the most, with 12,360 librarians. 3. They help spies Want to work for the Central Intelligence Agency? A library degree (and the ability to pass an intensive background check) might …

For 17 months, a man allegedly poisoned his co-worker’s food and water

(CNN)A female engineer at a Bay Area consulting firm says she suffered months of “immediate and significant health problems” after consuming food and drinks she had left at work — and she believes they were poisoned by a colleague, according to police. All three alleged victims’ blood samples contained elevated levels of cadmium, according to police. Xu, also an engineer, pleaded not guilty to charges during a court appearance on Thursday. “Mr. Xu is presumed innocent. That means despite the allegations, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the government,” his lawyer, Julia Jayne, told CNN. Yuan told Berkeley Police last month that she had been noticing “a strange taste or smell from her water …

5 things to know for March 5: House investigation, Alabama tornadoes, Venezuela, HIV, Luke Perry

(CNN)Parts of Alabama are reeling this morning after an outbreak of tornadoes killed dozens. Here’s how you can help the survivors. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) House Democrats have started their sweeping investigation of President Donald Trump, with the House Judiciary Committee asking for documents from 81 people and entities in Trump’s orbit. The mammoth probe — which will look into the President’s campaign, businesses, transition and administration — could be a sign the Democrats are laying the groundwork to impeach Trump. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Trump has attacked …

5 things to know for March 1: Jared Kushner, India and Pakistan, Netanyahu, gun reform, pedestrian deaths

(CNN)Say hello to Toni Harris, the female athlete who accepted a scholarship this weekto play men’s college football. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) President Donald Trump overruled objections from White House senior staff and the intelligence community to get Jared Kushner his top-secret security clearance. That’s what is alleged in a report in The New York Times, which said back in May the President ordered then-chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and adviser — the clearance the day after the White House Counsel’s Office urged …

US awards $8.3 million to Californians who survived the Las Vegas massacre

(CNN)It’s been more than a year since a gunman fired erratically into a crowd of hundreds of concert-goers in Las Vegas, killing 58 people. The services include “supplemental crime victim compensation expenses; victim assistance; such as mental health and peer support groups; outreach to identify and contact victims; including a virtual victim resiliency center; and related expenses for support staff to provide these activities,” the DOJ says. “While we cannot undo the evil that was done that day, the Department of Justice is doing its part to support fist responders and survivors,” Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. “We support them and all crime victims — and we will continue to do our part to help …

5 things to know for January 24: Shutdown, Venezuela, bank killings, plastics, Cohen

(CNN)Oh, that Boeing jet, sunken off the coast of Bahrain? Don’t worry. It’s just part of a new underwater theme park. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) The great State of the Union Skirmish of 2019 is over. But the war over the government shutdown rolls on. President Trump gave in to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late last night and agreed not to give the State of the Union address until after the shutdown is over. Earlier in the day, Trump had tried to force Pelosi’s hand by insisting he would …

5 things to know for January 28: Shutdown, Venezuela, dam collapse, campaign 2020

(CNN)Step insideSacred Heart Church of Jesus in Sandino, Cuba. It’s the first Roman Catholic church built in Cuba since the revolution. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Those 800,000 federal workers impacted by the shutdown are back at work today. But the threat of another shutdown looms. Democrats and Republicans have three weeks to hammer out some kind of deal on border security before funding from the short-term spending legislation runs out. President Trump said if there’s no money allocated for his border wall he’s willing to endure another shutdown or declare a …

5 things to know for January 18: Cohen, shutdown, migrants, Indian guru, food ads

(CNN) 1. Russia investigation President Donald Trump personally directed his longtime former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project, two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter told BuzzFeed. The law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed that Trump directed Cohen to claim negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended months earlier than they actually did. The law enforcement sources told BuzzFeed that Cohen confirmed to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that Trump issued the order to lie to Congress. CNN has not corroborated the BuzzFeed report. Mueller’s office learned Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization, internal company emails, text …

5 things to know for January 11: Jayme Closs, shutdown, Cohen, China, fertility

(CNN) 1. Jayme Closs Jayme Closs is alive. The missing Wisconsin teen was found yesterday in a town about 66 miles north of where she was last seen 87 days ago. Jayme, 13, vanished in October after her parents were found shot to death in their home. A suspect is in custody. We expect more details when authorities hold a news conference this morning. A woman out walking her dog said Jayme, with unkempt hair and oversized shoes, walked right up to her and asked for help, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The woman said she recognized Jayme immediately. They rushed to a nearby home and called police. While they waited, Jayme declined an offer of food and played with a …

‘We had no idea this patient was pregnant,’ nurse tells 911 operator after woman in vegetative state gave birth

(CNN)When a woman who has been in a vegetative state for years suddenly gave birth at an Arizona care facility last month, caregivers were taken completely by surprise, telling 911 dispatchers, “We had no idea she was pregnant.” The audio of the 911 call, obtained by CNN affiliate KNXV, paints an image of a frantic scene as workers rushed to save the baby boy, who was not breathing and “turning blue.” All the names were redacted. “We need help, please,” a nurse yelled at the dispatcher, who tried to calm the nurse and get the address of the facility. “Baby’s turning blue! The baby’s turning blue!” A man got on the line who asked for clarification. “Okay, what’s the emergency?” …

Killer nabbed by chewed gum and a water bottle apologizes for murdering a teacher as he heads to prison for life

(CNN)Christy Mirack’s brother had one critical question left this week for his sister’s killer. Then, thanks to a piece of gum and a water bottle, authorities identified suspect Raymond Rowe, a disc jockey known locally as “DJ Freez.” Rowe, 50, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder, rape and related counts in Mirack’s killing, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. Rowe’s attorney said her client has admitted he murdered Christy Mirack, the prosecutor reported. “The person standing beside me has admitted his guilt,” Patricia Spotts said. Rowe’s guilty plea includes a sentence of life without the possibility of parole with a consecutive prison term of 60 to 120 years, the district attorney said. In accepting it, Rowe turned Tuesday …

Intern killed by lion died ‘following her passion’

Burlington, North Carolina (CNN)The zoological park intern killed by an escaped lion in North Carolina “loved animals” and wanted to make a career of working with them, her family says. In a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WXIN in Indianapolis, Black’s family said she died “following her passion.”