March 30th, 2010
08:51 PM ET

At least 9 people shot in D.C.

Nine people were wounded along a city block in southern Washington, D.C., Tuesday night after shooters opened fire on a crowd, police said.

Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooting prompted a lengthy police chase that ended in the arrest of three people. Four officers were treated for minor injuries from an accident during the chase.

The victims who were shot near the 5000 block of South Capitol Street included six males and three females, and some were in very serious condition, Lanier said.

A tenth person was shot on nearby Galveston Street, but it wasn't clear whether the two shootings were related.

Lanier decline to give more details, saying it was too early in the investigation.

However, she told reporters that, "We've made a lot of progress to stop gang retaliation and violence and, in the end, if this ends up being some kind of gang retaliation then shame on all of us."

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March 30th, 2010
08:28 PM ET

'Stand and Deliver' teacher Jaime Escalante is dead

[Updated 9:39 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

Jaime Escalante, the math teacher portrayed in "Stand and Deliver," died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to Sony Films.

Edward James Olmos, who played Escalante in the 1988 movie, disclosed earlier this month that Escalante was "seriously ill" with cancer.

Olmos held a fundraiser in Los Angeles last week to help Escalante's family pay for his medical care.

– By Alan Duke, CNN

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March 30th, 2010
05:49 PM ET

Feds: Two aircraft nearly collided over San Francisco

A United Airlines B-777 jetliner came dangerously close to striking a small aircraft over San Francisco on Saturday, with the two planes coming an estimated 200 to 300 feet from each other, according to federal officials who launched an investigation into the incident Tuesday.

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March 30th, 2010
05:21 PM ET

Sarkozy pledges support for tougher Iran sanctions

[Updated 10:57 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday his nation offered its full support for tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran.

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March 30th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Passengers rescued from ride in Florida

[Updated at 3:55 p.m.] CNN affiliate WSVN shot this video of firefighters rescuing passengers trapped on the ride.

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March 30th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

Death for serial killer, former 'Dating Game' contestant

A onetime contestant on "The Dating Game" was sentenced to die Tuesday for murdering four women and a child, Orange County, California, officials said.

Rodney Alcala, 66, was convicted in February in the deaths of Robin Samsoe, Jill Barcomb, Georgia Wixted, Charlotte Lamb and Jill Parentau. The crimes took place between November 1977 and June 1979, and covered a wide swath of suburban Los Angeles from Burbank to El Segundo, authorities said.

A jury earlier this month recommended that Alcala receive the death penalty.

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March 30th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Small plane crashes in Virginia

A small plane crashed near Roanoke Regional Airport in Virginia.

[Updated at 1:35 p.m.] The small private plane crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday just north of the Roanoke Regional Airport in Virginia, spokeswoman Sherry Wallace told CNN.

It's believed that the plane was arriving at the airport when it reported to the control tower that it was having some trouble, Wallace said. The reasons for the plane's problems were not immediately known, she said.

Two people were believed to be on board the aircraft. A fire at the site of the crash has been put out, Wallace said, and crews continued to work the scene.

[Posted at 1:23 p.m.] A small private plane crashed outside of the Roanoke Regional Airport in Virginia, near a UPS facility, an airport spokeswoman said.

This story is currently developing. We'll bring you the latest details as we get them.

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March 30th, 2010
01:34 PM ET

Quake strikes in Indian Ocean; no tsunami threat

[Updated at 1:49 p.m.] The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami, according to historical earthquake and tsunami data, though a "very small" possibility exists "of a local tsunami that could affect coasts" no more than 62 miles (100 km) from the epicenter, the warning center said.

[Updated at 1:34 p.m.] The preliminary 6.4  earthquake hit at 10:23 p.m. local time, about 135 miles (217 km) from Port Blair, a city in the Andaman Islands, which is part of India, the agency  said. The epicenter was about 252 miles (406 km) from Pathein, Myanmar, it said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

[Posted at 1:24 p.m.] An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck near the Andaman Islands, in the Indian Ocean, on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

This story is currently developing. We'll bring you the latest details as we get them.

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March 30th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

Reports: 21 bodies discarded by Chinese hospital near river

Staffers at an eastern Chinese hospital have been disciplined after the bodies of 21 fetuses and infants were found improperly discarded near a river, according to officials and media reports.

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March 30th, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Tokyo Sky Tree becomes tallest structure in Japan

The Tokyo Sky Treewill stand at 2,080 feet when completed.

Just over halfway to its planned height, the Tokyo Sky Tree became the tallest structure in Japan on Monday when construction reached 338 meters (1,108 feet). When completed, it will stand 634 meters (2,080 feet).

The Sky Tree on Monday surpassed the city’s 333-meter (1,092-foot) Tokyo Tower, a landmark and top tourist attraction since it opened in 1958.

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March 30th, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Sports Update: NIT semifinals, women's Elite Eight games

For those who can’t wait until Saturday for the Final Four, we give you tonight’s NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Remarkably, one of the games includes last year’s NCAA champion North Carolina who will face Rhode Island in the late game. Tonight’s basketballpalooza (all times Eastern) also include a pair of women’s Elite Eight games.

-NIT semifinals: Dayton vs. Mississippi (7:00 pm, ESPN)
The Flyers have turned around a disappointing season (they were preseason favorites to win the Atlantic 10) with a nice run in the NIT, which they last won in 1968. Ole Miss squeaked by Texas Tech in two overtimes and are led by junior guard Chris Warren.

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March 30th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Obama signs health care bill changes into law

President Barack Obama claimed a final victory on his top domestic priority Tuesday by signing into law a package of changes to the newly enacted health care reform bill.

Among other things, the so-called "fixes" bill significantly expands health insurance subsidies for lower- and middle-income families while watering down a tax on expensive health policies. It also overhauls the national college student loan system by shifting government funding for loans away from commercial banks to new education initiatives.

The bill increases the overall cost of the health care reform legislation to $940 billion over the next 10 years, $65 billion more than the original health care bill Obama signed into law last week.

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March 30th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Experts: Undersea volcano may collapse, cause tsunami

These images of the Marsili volcano show magnetic and gravity anomalies, which researchers say increase chances of a collapse.

The walls of the largest underwater volcano in Europe could collapse, releasing thousands of tons of magma, which would trigger a tsunami that would likely inundate southern Italy, experts at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology told CNN.

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March 30th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Palestinian sources: 11 hurt in Gaza demonstrations

Eleven people were hurt in two demonstrations in Gaza on Tuesday, Palestinian medical sources said.

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March 30th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Chechen leader: Terrorists should be 'poisoned like rats'

Terrorists who target innocent civilians must be "poisoned like rats," the Russian-backed leader of Chechnya wrote in a newspaper article Tuesday.

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March 30th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

On the Radar: Michigan militia, 'Dating Game' killer, flood watch

A militia group is accused of plotting to kill a police officer and then attack people at his funeral.

Michigan militia – The son of a militia leader, arrested late Monday, is due in court today. He is one of several members of a self-described Christian warriors group who face federal charges alleging that they were planning to kill a Michigan police officer and plant bombs at the funeral to kill more cops. Our reporters continue to learn more about the group, the plot and its members.

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March 30th, 2010
08:54 AM ET

RNC staffer fired after nightclub controversy

A Republican National Committee staffer who went to a risque Hollywood nightclub with party donors and then expensed the tab has been fired, RNC Chief-of-Staff Ken McKay said in an internal memo sent to committee members late Monday and obtained by CNN.

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March 30th, 2010
08:34 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Lillian Lowery: Delaware and Tennessee were the only two states Monday to receive grants in the first round of the $4.35 billion education funding competition "Race to the Top," federal officials announced. Delaware will receive approximately $100 million from the program, while Tennessee will receive $500 million.

To receive the funds, the states had to prove that they were progressing in specific areas including turning around low-performing schools, adopting college- and career-ready standards and using data systems to support student achievement.

From a field of 40 states and the District of Columbia, later narrowed to 16 finalists, Delaware’s application scored the highest, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Lowery, Delaware’s Secretary of Education, taught middle and high school English for 17 years in Virginia and North Carolina.

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March 30th, 2010
08:17 AM ET

Weather Update: Floods, wildfire and winter warnings

Severe weather threatens much of the country Tuesday with storm systems bringing rains, flooding, high wind, extreme hot weather and winter warnings to varying parts of the country.

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March 30th, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

11:00 am ET - Iraqi elections briefing – The State Department holds a special briefing on the Iraqi elections.

11:00 am ET - Funeral for Kentucky crash victims – Funeral services are held for nine people killed in a head-on collision last week in Kentucky.

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