Lil Nas X is ready for the Area 51 raid. And his new ‘Old Town Road’ music video proves it

(CNN)Looks like Lil Nas X is ready to answer the call to storm Area 51 with an Old Town Raid. According to the Facebook event, the raid is scheduled for September. More than a million people have signed up to attend and the plan has inspired thousands of memes on social media even though the creators have posted a disclaimer saying they do not “actually intend to go ahead with this plan.” But if the raid wereto happen, we’re sure it would look a lot like what Lil Nas X showed us. There were aliens In the video, there was a sleepy guard, a “BRUH MOMENT” button, lots of grilled cheese sandwiches and uniformed men pointing guns at the intruders. …

Manhattan DA’s office asked judge to lower Jeffrey Epstein’s sex offender status in 2011

(CNN)As part of multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s so-called “deal of a lifetime,” he was required to register as a sex offender in states where he lived, including in New York. The prosecutor’s argument in that hearing has taken on new relevance in the wake of Epstein’s federal indictment on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy that were unsealed on Monday. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The DA’s office says that argument was a mistake based on a legal misunderstanding, and that the office later agreed with the judge’s determination. Still, the issue fits a broader critique of how authorities have handled cases involving rich and well-connected figures like Epstein. The hedge fund manager had previously evaded …

Police arrest a man in connection with the 1986 murder of 11-year-old girl

(CNN)It’s been more than 30 years since 11-year-old Kathleen Flynn was found sexually assaulted and strangled to death in the Connecticut woods. On Wednesday, police arrested a man in connection with the 1986 cold case. CNN affiliate WTIC reported in 2016 that police were using DNA technology to solve the murder. Police told the station that numerous tips about suspects had been called in over the years but none had panned out. On September 23, 1986, Flynn said goodbye to her friends and started off on the path she normally took to get home from school, according to WTIC. When she didn’t return home on time, her mother started to worry and eventually reported her missing. Flynn’s body was found …

Body of a 6-year-old girl from India is found in the Arizona desert

(CNN)The body of a 6-year-old girl believed to be from India was found in a remote desert area in Arizona this week, officials said. Border Patrol agents got the information on her movements from two women from India who told officials they’d been separated from a woman and two children traveling in their group hours earlier. “Agents took the two women into custody and began searching the area north of the international border in remote terrain seven miles west of Quitobaquito Springs,” the agency said in a statement. “Within hours, they discovered the little girl’s remains.” Agents used helicopters to search for the people she’d been traveling with, and found footprints indicating they returned to Mexico. “Our sympathies are with …

Riley Howell, the student who died while tackling a gunman, just received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star

(CNN)He died saving the lives of others, and now he’s receiving posthumous medals for his heroic actions. The Howell family received a plaque that described the student’s actions: “It is with great Honor and Respect to present the American Hero Award posthumously to Riley C. Howell. Cadet Howell with complete disregard for his personal safety, made a decision to stop an Active Shooter on his college campus.” Howell charged the shooter after he opened fire with a pistol in a classroom, tackling “the suspect to the ground covering his body, in the attempt to stop the attack,” the plaque reads. Matteo, president of the Purple Heart Society, is the recipient of six Purple Heart medals for action with the Marines …

Video shows New Jersey man being choked and punched in the face by police

(CNN)A New Jersey town’s police department is under fire after video was released that appears to show officers choking a 19-year-old and punching him the face multiple times during a violent arrest. The video shows two officers on top of Luke; one appears to be choking the teenager with one hand and punching him repeatedly in the head with the other. “You gonna roll over on your stomach?” one officer yells. Luke was charged with two counts of violating a restraining order, one count of criminal mischief and one count of contempt and one count of simple assault. Luke is being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility. CNN has reached out to Luke and the Dover Police Department, but …

El Chapo’s attorney asks a judge to intervene over ‘cruel and unusual’ prison conditions

(CNN)An attorney for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman asked a federal judge to intervene over what she described as “cruel and unusual” prison conditions for the drug kingpin who is in custody in a federal prison in New York. He’s been in US detention for 27 months, and is in solitary confinement in a 10-by-8-foot windowless cell in Manhattan, according to his defense attorney, Mariel Colon.

Police hope this mystery letter can solve the murder of a teen 45 years ago in Texas

(CNN)Police are hoping an anonymous letter can help solve the 45-year-old cold case murder of a teenage girl in Texas. That same year, Fort Worth police said, someone sent a letter to a detective indicating they might know who was responsible for her murder. The Fort Worth Police Department posted that letter on social media Friday and urged anyone with information to come forward. “(Redacted) Kill Carla Walker in Benbrook … P.S. It is hard to say but it is true,” the letter said. “Sign 10100” was written both before and after the postscript. The detective working on the case received the letter, but died before sharing it, according to the paper. It wasn’t released until Friday, more than four …

Charlotte releases police shooting video, urges protesters to remain peaceful

(CNN)Charlotte, North Carolina, police released video Monday showing police opening fire on an armed man after telling him repeatedly to put his gun on the ground in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. “Sir, put the gun gown!” Kerl tells Franklin. Officer Larry Deal adds, “Put it down! Put it down now!” Franklin appears dazed, barely acknowledging the officers, almost as if he doesn’t hear them. He focuses his attention on someone inside the car and looks down and at the car door. At one point, a bystander walks within a few feet of Franklin and the officers order her to get out of the way. After being told to drop the weapon or put it on the …

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are ‘not ready’ to make a plea in college admissions scandal

(CNN)Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are “not ready” to enter a plea for their alleged role in the college admissions scandal, a source close to the actress said. Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to a fake charity to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though the daughters did not participate in the sport. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and an additional charge of money laundering. Earlier this week, they were also accused of conspiring to launder bribes and other payments through a charity run by Rick Singer, the mastermind of the scam, as well as transferring money into the …