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CBS News 15 Sep 2020

Future of primary voting for 17-year-olds in Colorado


For the first time in state history, eligible 17-year-old Coloradans were able to vote in a primary election this year. But an amendment on the ballot in November will ask voters if only U.S. citizens age 18 or older should be able vote in federal, state, and local elections. Nicole Hensel, executive director of New Era Colorado, joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss the importance of young voters.

Authorities announced a major break in a cold case investigation dating back nearly 25 years. In 1996, the body of 17 year old Gladys Arellano was found at the bottom of a ravine in the rugged southern California area known as Topanga Canyon. Police collected DNA evidence at the time, but with no suspects, the case went cold. Fast forward to November of 2019, when a man was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Cops got a DNA sample from him, and it turned out to be a match.
Sudan's main rebel alliance has agreed on a peace deal with the government aimed at ending 17 years of conflict, official news agency SUNA said on Sunday.
The deal, mediated by neighbouring South Sudan, is set to mark a new start for the country.

Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan reports from Khartoum.
Rev. Al Sharpton rallies behind NCAA student athletes. Athletes are expected to perform at the collegiate level in the midst of a pandemic - for free.
An influential Chinese property tycoon who once referred to President Xi Jinping as a "clown" over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, has been jailed for 18 years on charges of corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren Zhiqiang, once among the ruling Communist Party's inner circle and the former chairman of Huayuan, a state-owned real estate group, was also fined 4.2 million yuan ($619,003), according to a statement from the Beijing No 2 Intermediate Court on Tuesday. The court found Ren guilty of embezzling and misappropriating a total of 111 million yuan ($16.3m) and taking and receiving 1.25 million yuan ($184,000) in bribes, according to a notice on the judgement. It also said Ren had abused his position, resulting in state-owned companies suffering a loss of 117 million yuan ($17.2m) while he made a profit of 19.41 million yuan ($2.9m). The 69-year-old "voluntarily confessed to all charges", the notice said, and would not appeal the court's decision. Nicknamed the "Big Cannon" for his outspokenness, Ren disappeared from the public eye in March, shortly after he penned an essay referring to Xi as a clown over a February 23 speech the Chinese leader made about government efforts to battle the coronavirus.

Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu reports from Beijing, China.

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