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Emanuel out? — White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will step down Friday to run for mayor of Chicago, two sources told CNN on Thursday. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that President Obama will make "a personnel announcement" Friday morning but refused to confirm it would relate to Emanuel's expected departure.
Gibbs said he would "bet on having two announcements" Friday morning — a possible reference to Emanuel's successor. The move was expected after Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's recent decision not to run for re-election.
Flooding troubles — A massive storm system made its way up the Eastern Seaboard on Friday, leaving flooded neighborhoods and rescues in its wake.
Forecasters predicted flood-producing rain in the Northeast as a weakening tropical depression worked its way up from the Southeast. Flood warnings and advisories were in place from North Carolina through Maine. High-wind warnings were in effect from Massachusetts to Maine, with southerly wind gusts up to 60 mph. For the latest on the weather, rescues and problems in the area, check here.
Elena Kagan — A formal investiture ceremony will take place Friday for Elena Kagan during a special sitting of the Supreme Court.
Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice of the court in August. Friday's 2 p.m. event is a formal affair where the authority of the office is conferred. The Senate confirmed Kagan 63-37 on August 5 on a mostly party-line vote.
Connecticut home invasion murder trial — Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Friday in the trial of Steven Hayes, who is accused of killing three members of a Connecticut family in a 2007 home invasion. Jurors could begin deliberations as soon as Monday.
Hayes, 47, who has pleaded not guilty, is on trial in New Haven, Connecticut, for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters. The killings took place in the New Haven suburb of Cheshire early July 23, 2007. The home of Dr. William Petit, his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and two daughters was invaded in the middle of the night by Hayes and co-defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky, prosecutors say. Komisarjevsky will be tried separately.
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