August 15th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Police: Accused Craigslist killer dead of apparent suicide

A onetime medical student who was facing charges including first-degree murder in a killing tied to the Craigslist website died Sunday of an apparent suicide, police said.

Philip Markoff was found unresponsive in his Boston, Massachusetts, jail cell at 10:17 a.m. Sunday and pronounced dead by medics, according to officials.

The cause of death is under investigation, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.

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August 15th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Zsa Zsa Gabor asks for 'last rites' from priest

Zsa Zsa Gabor asked her husband to call a priest to her hospital bedside "to read her the last rites" Sunday, according to her publicist.

Gabor, 93, is "in very serious condition" at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt.

"It's a sad time for them right now," spokesman John Blanchette said Sunday.

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August 15th, 2010
04:46 PM ET

Obamas take boat tour on Florida Panhandle trip

President Barack Obama toured the waters off Panama City Beach by boat on Sunday as he capped a weekend visit aimed at sparking a recovery in the region hard-hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The president, first lady Michelle Obama and their younger daughter Sasha stood at the bow of the excursion boat watching porpoises jump around them before heading back to shore. The family returned to Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking before a Saturday afternoon dip with his daughter, Obama said his administration remains committed to ensuring a full cleanup and recovery for a region hard-hit by the disaster - and expressed hope that his holiday on the beach would change public perception and soften the economic blow of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

"As a result of the cleanup effort, beaches all along the Gulf Coast are clean, safe, and open for business," he said. "That's one of the reasons Michelle, Sasha, and I are here."

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August 15th, 2010
05:36 AM ET

Wrong man arrested in Buffalo shootings, police say

[Updated at 4:40 p.m.] Authorities have dropped charges against a 25-year-old man arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of four people outside a restaurant in downtown Buffalo, New York, police said.

Keith Johnson remains in jail on unrelated parole violations, Buffalo police spokesman Mike DeGeorge said.

The shooting Saturday also injured four others outside the City Grill in downtown Buffalo.

Earlier, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita told CNN affiliate WGRZ-TV that photographic evidence collected by Buffalo police late Saturday night had led them to believe the wrong person might have been in custody.

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August 15th, 2010
02:26 AM ET

At least 8 dead after vehicle plows into crowd at race

[Updated at 4:33 p.m.] The death toll from an off-road race car plowing into a crowd in southern California on Saturday night has risen to eight, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

[Posted at 2:26 a.m.] Six people were killed when an off-road race car plowed into a crowd in southern California on Saturday night, authorities said.

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