Fear, panic and outrage in Hawaii over missile attack false alarm

The message above turned out to be a false alarm.
An emergency alert sent out Saturday to citizens of Hawaii warning that there was an incoming missile turned out to be a false alarm. An employee who had hit a wrong button was later blamed by state and emergency officials.

Stories of panic, confusion, fear and anger were everywhere this weekend. Alia Wong of the Atlantic summed it up well: "People across the state were terrified. Many assumed they would die, but sought shelter anyway. They took cover in mall bathrooms, bathtubs, drug stores—even a storm drain. Hawaii has very few shelters, and houses with basements are rare. There were reports of people speeding down highways and running red lights to reunite with family members. Others called one another to say 'I love you' one last time. "

The Trump administration has pointed the finger at state officials and the employee who was responsible has resigned. But, as many observers have pointed out, a false alarm like this could trigger something much, much worse.

Suspect arrested in murder of UPenn student

Police in California arrested 20-year-old Samuel Woodward of Newport Beach in connection with the murder of University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein. Authorities say DNA evidence linked Woodward, who was the last person to see Bernstein alive, to the killing.

According to investigators, Woodward was interviewed in connection with the case and appeared nervous during the discussion, had scratched hands and dirt under his fingernails, and avoided touching doors with his hands while leaving the sheriff’s building.

Get more details on the story in CMN's report.

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President Trump: "I am not a racist."

Speaking to reporters before a dinner with House majority leader Kevin McCarthy at his Trump International Golf Club last night, President Trump denied accusations of racism that have swelled in the wake of his "sh**hole countries" remark.

"No, I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed," he said, adding he was "ready, willing and able" to finalize a deal to protect immigrants that came to the U.S. as children.

In a separate development, South Africa is preparing to formally protest the remarks the president made last Thursday.

Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations

A women writing under the pseudonym Grace published a piece on the website that claiming the date she went on with Ansari in 2017 ended up being “by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had."

The actor, know for his work in "Parks and Recreation" and "Master of None," issued a statement saying that he felt the sex between them was “by all indications completely consensual” but that he “took her words to heart."

Read more in CMN's report.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The New York Times picks 52 inspiring travel destinations. And hires one writer to visit them all

Each year, The New York Times publishes a list of 52 places chosen to inspire travelers. This year, the iconic news company decided to hire a writer and send that person to each of the destinations on this year's list.

Turns out there were a few people interested in getting the gig: The Times got nearly 13,000 submissions for the job.

Meet the very lucky writer and see the top 10 destinations here.
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