Athena Strand: Texas school districts encourage students to wear pink in honor of 7-year-old after FedEx driver charged with kidnapping and murder

Athena Strand: Texas school districts encourage students to wear pink in honor of 7-year-old after FedEx driver charged with kidnapping and murder

CNN — Several school districts in Texas are encouraging students to wear pink Monday in honor of Athena Strand, the 7-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped outside her home and killed last week. More than 20 school districts, including the Paradise Independent School District in the county where Strand disappeared, are taking part in the … Read more

Another OPEC? Indonesia wants to create a cartel of metals for batteries

Another OPEC?  Indonesia wants to create a cartel of metals for batteries

London CNN Business — Indonesia produces more nickel than any other country. As demand for batteries to power the energy transition soars, this presents a huge opportunity, and the archipelago nation of 276 million is intent on taking advantage of it. With the electric vehicle revolution driving up demand for key battery metals such as … Read more

Moore County: FBI joins investigation into North Carolina power outage caused by ‘intentional’ attacks on substations as officials work to determine motive and suspect

Moore County: FBI joins investigation into North Carolina power outage caused by ‘intentional’ attacks on substations as officials work to determine motive and suspect

CNN — With no suspects or announced motives, the FBI joins the investigation into power outages in a North Carolina county that were allegedly caused by “intentional” and “targeted” attacks on substations that left about 40 000 customers in the dark on Saturday evening, causing a curfew and declaration of emergency. The massive outage in … Read more

A collective of “hackers” sets up free payphones in Philadelphia

A collective of “hackers” sets up free payphones in Philadelphia

CNN — A “hobby phone collective” in Philadelphia is working to bring payphones back to the city – just without the actual payment. PhilTel, a volunteer organization launched in June, plans to open its first free payphone on December 17 at Iffy Books, a hacker-focused bookstore and workshop in the downtown district. Mike Dank, one … Read more

North Carolina power outage being investigated as a ‘criminal event’, authorities say

North Carolina power outage being investigated as a ‘criminal event’, authorities say

CNN — A major power outage affecting approximately 40,000 customers in North Carolina’s Moore County is being investigated as a “criminal occurrence” after crews found signs of potential vandalism at multiple locations, authorities announced. Several communities across the county began experiencing power outages just after 7 p.m. Saturday, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said in … Read more

Is the worst over for bitcoin and the rest of crypto?

Is the worst over for bitcoin and the rest of crypto?

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber ? You can register here. New York CNN Business — The collapse of FTX has sent the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies plummeting by more than 60% this year…and the carnage has spread to publicly traded companies … Read more

Who are the avid beaver party buyers without being bothered by inflation? Generation Z

Who are the avid beaver party buyers without being bothered by inflation?  Generation Z

New York CNN Business — There’s at least one group of shoppers who are enthusiastically hitting the malls this holiday season — and they don’t seem too bothered by the pesky inflation eating away at their discretionary dollars. They’re Gen Z. And how they buy matters. This cohort of consumers born between 1997 and 2012 … Read more

Athena Strand kidnapping: A Texas man arrested for kidnapping, killing a 7-year-old girl who disappeared from the driveway of her house this week

Athena Strand kidnapping: A Texas man arrested for kidnapping, killing a 7-year-old girl who disappeared from the driveway of her house this week

CNN — A driver working for FedEx was arrested and charged Friday in the kidnapping and murder of a 7-year-old girl who disappeared from the driveway of her Texas home earlier this week, police said. Athena Strand’s body was found Friday night, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said at a news conference. “It breaks our … Read more

Conscious Spending: Smart and Fun Personal Finance

Conscious Spending: Smart and Fun Personal Finance

Editor’s note: Sign up for CNN’s Stress, But Less newsletter. Our six-part mindfulness guide will inform and inspire you to reduce stress while learning to harness it. CNN — When you think about money, do you feel like living in the moment and being responsible are mutually exclusive? Does guilt gnaw at you when you … Read more

Europe agrees to cap Russian oil price at $60 a barrel

Europe agrees to cap Russian oil price at  a barrel

London CNN Business — The European Union reached a consensus on the price at which to cap Russian oil just days before its ban on most imports took effect. News of the deal, which had required the approval of recalcitrant Poland, was confirmed on Twitter by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, marking a … Read more