September 26th, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Threat of levee failure prompts evacuations along Wisconsin River

Authorities in Portage, Wisconsin, worked Sunday to evacuate residents as a levee along the Wisconsin River approached imminent failure after heavy rainfall soaked the Midwest last week.

"It could collapse at any time," said Greg Matthews, a spokesman for Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources.

An alert sent out by Columbia County Emergency Management on Sunday urged residents near Blackhawk Park to evacuate immediately ahead of the flooding, which is expected to wash out a main road leading to about 150 residences.

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Filed under: Minnesota • Weather • Wisconsin
September 26th, 2010
07:33 PM ET

Israel's moratorium on settlement building in West Bank ends

Israeli settlers cheered Sunday's expiration of a moratorium on building new settlements in the West Bank as Israel's prime minister urged Palestinians not to walk away from newly resumed peace talks over the lapsed restrictions.

Israel "is ready to hold continuous contacts in the coming days in order to find a way to continue the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement from his office shortly after the moratorium expired at midnight Sunday (6 p.m. ET). He asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to "stay in the talks and, with me, continue on the road towards peace."

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Filed under: Israel • Palestinians
September 26th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Hyundai recalling 140,000 Sonata sedans

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Sunday that Hyundai is recalling nearly 140,000 Sonata  sedans.

The recall announcement is due to a possible steering column defect on vehicles manufactured between December 11, 2009, and  September 10, 2010.


Filed under: U.S.
September 26th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

Bus crash near Berlin kills 12

[Updated at 11:08 a.m.] Twelve people were killed and 19 severely injured Sunday in a bus crash near Berlin, Germany, police told CNN.

The collision occurred on the A10 in Brandenburg when the bus tried to avoid a vehicle coming onto the motorway, police spokesman Jens Quitske said. The bus lost control and collided with the column of a bridge.

Among those severely injured was the driver of the other vehicle. In addition, 20 more suffered minor injuries.

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Filed under: Germany • Uncategorized • World
September 26th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Israel's moratorium on settlement building in West Bank set to expire

A contentious issue between Israelis and Palestinians that some say could derail Mideast peace talks is set to reach a milestone on Sunday.

Israel's moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank is scheduled to end Sunday. Israelis and Palestinians are in the initial rounds of face-to-face peace talks, and Palestinians have said a restart by the Israelis could be reason enough to end talks.

A massive rally of settlers is expected on Sunday to show support for continued building.

Settlers and members of parliament are expected to "break ground" in the area. Bulldozers are also expected at the scene - a gesture to show that settlers are ready to begin building again.

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Filed under: Middle East
September 26th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Georgia pastor vows to fight sex allegations

Georgia pastor Eddie Long took to the pulpit to tell his side of the story on Sunday, days after four lawsuits were filed claiming he coerced young males into sexual relationships.

Speaking to the massive congregation packed into the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church for an 8 a.m. service, Long said that "this is probably the most difficult time" of his entire life, but he intends to fight the allegations against him.

He said his first responsibility was his family, and the members of his Atlanta-area church. However, he added that he would be "remiss" not to address "the world."

"I've been accused, I'm under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, that I am not a perfect man," he said. "But this thing, I'm going to fight."

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Filed under: Church Abuse • Georgia