A sharp rise in the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note has sent mortgage rates up. The 10-year yield has jumped about half a percentage point since the start of the year, to 2.9%. Investors have demanded higher yields on bonds as inflation worries have intensified. Wages rose in January from a year earlier by the most in eight years, spurring concerns that inflation pressures are building.

February 21, 2018 17:21 UTC

But the defendant said that he revealed it to her when she arrived at the mock photographic studio, and that she agreed. In previous hearings, investigators showed video of Ayling and Herba walking hand in hand. He was arrested after releasing her at the British Consulate, in what he at the time told investigators was a change of heart. Herba, 30, told the court that he met Ayling over Facebook in 2015. He told the court that that is when the kidnap idea was first hatched, but that she backed down after entering into a relationship.

February 21, 2018 17:20 UTC

Watch CNN's town hall "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action" live on Wednesday, February 21, at 9 p.m. Tallahassee, Florida (CNN) Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were turned away Wednesday from meetings with political representatives at the state Capitol. The students who sought a separate meeting in his office were holding signs saying, "Arms are for hugging," "Parkland Strong" and "No NRA Money." From left, Samuel Muster, 15, Zach Lesk, 16, and Zach Randoph, 15, show off the signs they took to lawmakers' offices. But they've been turned away by about six legislators, including the aide to Negron, and were becoming frustrated by the many closed doors.

February 21, 2018 17:11 UTC

Newly-elected Liberian President George Weah and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have announced the creation of a fund to support sport projects in Africa. Weah, a former international soccer star, on his first trip out of Africa as head of state, had lunch Wednesday with Macron and top sport personalities at the Elysee Palace. Macron and Weah said at a news conference that they want to revive the relationship between their countries. Liberia, one of the poorest countries of Africa, mostly relies on close ties with the U.S.Macron pledged to provide development aid to the country. Weah became a star soccer player when he was playing in France in the 1990s.

February 21, 2018 17:03 UTC

President Donald Trump’s first official economic report to Congress makes a lengthy case that the U.S. economy has been weak in recent years, not because of the severity of the most recent recession, but because of policy mistakes by Mr. Trump’s predecessor. “The stagnation of America’s middle class in the wake of the recession is much worse than believed, and government policy under President Obama should share some of the blame,” said Kevin Hassett, the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, the lead author of the report...

February 21, 2018 17:00 UTC

(CNN) A top trending video on YouTube Wednesday suggested an outspoken survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is an actor. Calls by student David Hogg for stricter gun laws in the days after last week's massacre have made him the subject of smear campaigns and demonstrably false conspiracy theories. "I'm not a crisis actor," Hogg told CNN's Anderson Cooper on "AC360" Tuesday. "I'm someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that." 1 trending video Wednesday morning until it was taken down following a CNN inquiry.

February 21, 2018 17:00 UTC

"Trust me, I understand," Calderon said in a televised news conference. "I was in a closet, locked for four hours with people who I would consider almost family, crying and weeping on me, begging for their lives. I understand what it's like to text my parents, 'Goodbye, I might never ever, ever get to see you again. I love you.' I understand what it's like to fear for your life."

February 21, 2018 16:55 UTC

Three friends and I were climbing up a narrow gorge, carved into a snow-packed peak on Norway’s Senja island, our skis strapped to our backs. The island boasts snowy-wonderland scenery and incredibly varied terrain, but nary a ski lift, let alone a ski resort. If you want to ski beautiful Senja, you better want it enough to climb its peaks first. An offhand comment by a Norwegian friend initially piqued my interest, but further research yielded little information about skiing on Senja. Three gregarious, 50-something Finnish men had driven from Helsinki in a spectacularly shiny Jaguar, with their own ski guide and chef in tow.

February 21, 2018 16:42 UTC

(CNN) Talk show host Wendy Williams told viewers on Wednesday that she was taking times off due to her battle with Graves' disease. The host of "The Wendy Williams Show" made the announcement during her syndicated show, saying she will take three weeks off starting on Thursday to focus on her health. As of today, three weeks of vacation," she told the audience. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes overstimulation of the thyroid, which can lead to puffy eyes, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and elevated blood pressure, according to endocrineweb.com. Williams has previously spoken about her battle with the disease, telling People in July that she has suffered thinning hair as a result.

February 21, 2018 16:41 UTC

Washington attorney Sean McKessy, who headed the SEC whistleblower office for five years, said "this is a case where corporate America should have been careful about what it wished for. It's a bad day for whistleblowers. However, it's also a bad day for corporate America, particularly for those who have created strong internal compliance systems because now individuals who suspect a securities violation would be well advised to report directly to the SEC lest they forfeit fundamental anti-retaliation protections."

February 21, 2018 16:41 UTC

McDonnell said that it was not clear how serious the Whittier student was about committing violence, but after the attack in Florida investigators' "main interest was to avoid letting anything like that happen." In the last week, heavy criticism has been lobbed at the FBI for failing to act on a tip about threats made by Cruz, and Chavez said Wednesday that the incident in Whittier showed the importance of heeding early warning signs.

February 21, 2018 16:39 UTC

Washington (CNN) On Wednesday morning, legendary pastor Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99 at his family home in North Carolina. Encomiums from politicians -- many of whom Graham had known personally -- began pouring in almost immediately. "We send our deepest condolences to the Graham family. Thank you Billy Graham. "I think Billy touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths, because he was such a good man.

February 21, 2018 16:18 UTC

(CNN) In a state scarred by two of the worst mass shootings in recent memory, it was no surprise that questions about guns kept coming up at Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall in Greenwood Village, Colorado. "I cannot understand how somebody who represented the district that has the Aurora theater in it can say this is a bad idea," one man told Coffman. Aurora's Century 16 Multiplex Theater, where 12 people were gunned down while watching "The Dark Knight Rises" in July 2012, is less than 10 miles from the high school where Coffman's town hall was held. The memories of those tragedies were still fresh for many town hall attendees. "There is a pervasive feeling, particularly for young people in schools, that they just aren't safe," Coffman told CNN affiliate KDVR after the town hall.

February 21, 2018 16:07 UTC

Story highlights Late night hosts are hailing Florida teen activistsTwo students appeared on Comedy Central's "The Opposition"(CNN) "Goddamn, these kids are not messing around." That was the message from "The Daily Show's" Trevor Noah Tuesday night as he and other late-night hosts weighed in on survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting turning their grief into activismNoah, Stephen Colbert and Jordan Klepper focused on the youths from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who are calling for stricter gun control. On "The Late Show," Colbert said he was "sickened and heartbroken" by the attack. He said he worried about possible inaction by lawmakers but applauded the students.

February 21, 2018 15:45 UTC

Photos: Billy Graham: 'America's pastor' Photos: Billy Graham: 'America's pastor' Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions of people through his Christian rallies and developed a relationship with every US president since Harry Truman, died Wednesday, February 21, at the age of 99. Hide Caption 1 of 44 Photos: Billy Graham: 'America's pastor' A school portrait of Graham, age 17, in 1935. Hide Caption 2 of 44 Photos: Billy Graham: 'America's pastor' Graham preaches in the early 1950s. Hide Caption 4 of 44 Photos: Billy Graham: 'America's pastor' Graham addresses a crowd in London's Trafalgar Square in 1954. Hide Caption 12 of 44 Photos: Billy Graham: 'America's pastor' Graham visits with children during a trip to Ghana in 1960.

February 21, 2018 15:34 UTC