December 4th, 2010
10:46 PM ET

Accused teen hit man in Mexico admits to killings

Authorities detained a 14-year-old boy on Thursday evening on suspicion of working as a drug-cartel hit man, a spokeswoman for the Mexican attorney general's office said.

While being taken into custody along with his sister, he answered questions from journalists. Here is a transcript of the news conference. Repeated questions have been omitted: (Read the full CNN.com story)

Question: How many people have you executed, friend?

Boy: Four

Question: How old are you?

Boy: 14

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Filed under: Drug violence • Drugs • Mexico
December 4th, 2010
10:28 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the last 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Nickel-and-dime crime one of nine to get presidential pardon: For 42 years, Ronald Foster didn't know he had a felony conviction for cutting up pennies. It seemed like a nickel-and-dime crime at the time. President Obama apparently agreed, and on Friday he pardoned Foster and eight other people for unrelated crimes.

Barbie doll could be used for child porn, FBI says: The FBI is warning law agencies that the new Barbie "Video Girl" doll could be used as a tool by pedophiles to make child pornography.

Procedural vote on extending tax cuts fails: Two Senate procedural votes on Democratic measures to extend George W. Bush-era tax cuts for people who are not super wealthy failed on Saturday, preventing the measures from moving forward.

2 killed as Russian plane skids off runway: At least two people were killed and 48 others injured Saturday when a Russian passenger plane skidded off a runway after an emergency landing in Moscow.

Air Force robot space plane returns: The U.S. Air Force's first unmanned space plane returned to Earth Friday, but its mission remains shrouded in secrecy.

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Land that belonged to 'Unabomber' for sale
December 4th, 2010
09:59 PM ET

Land that belonged to 'Unabomber' for sale

For 17 years, Ted Kaczynski meticulously prepared his instruments of death from a cabin on a remote piece of property in western Montana.

The former math professor eschewed modern comforts, like electricity or water, in the small wooden building where he made the mail bombs that would make him infamous.

The "Unabomber" killed three people and wounded 23 others in a string of attacks from 1978 to 1995.

The cabin is long gone, housed in the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Kaczynski, 68, is long gone, too. He is serving a life sentence at a federal supermax prison in Colorado.

All that's left in Lincoln, Montana, are the notoriety for about 1,500 townspeople and the 1.4 acres Kaczynski owned a few miles south of town.

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Filed under: Crime • Montana
School scraps Helen Thomas award after remarks on 'Zionists' control
December 4th, 2010
08:35 PM ET

School scraps Helen Thomas award after remarks on 'Zionists' control

The alma mater of journalist Helen Thomas will not bestow an award that had been given in her name after the 90-year-old scribe made more controversial comments about Jewish people.

Wayne State University, the Detroit, Michigan, institution that Thomas graduated from in 1942, said in a statement Friday that the school will no longer give out the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media Award.

Thomas abrupty retired earlier this year from her position as a White House columnist for the Hearst media chain after a YouTube video circulated in which she told a rabbi that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine."

Then, at a diversity conference Thursday in Dearborn, Michigan, Thomas voiced her opinion on Jewish people in the United States.

According to the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, she said, "Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question."

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Filed under: Education • Michigan • Politics • Religion
New York City dining legend Elaine Kaufman dies at age 81
December 4th, 2010
07:01 PM ET

New York City dining legend Elaine Kaufman dies at age 81

New York City dining doyenne Elaine Kaufman died Friday at the age of of 81 of complications from emphysema.

As proprietress of the eponymous Elaine's restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side since 1963, she held court nightly over a star-studded scene that in its heyday, boasted writing royalty like George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese and Hunter Thompson as well as silver screen stars including Kirk Douglas, Michael Caine and Billy Dee Williams.

While the food was widely regarded to be rather unremarkable, the restaurant found a permanent place in pop culture with its inclusion in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" and the recent film "Morning Glory," as well as a notable mention in Billy Joel's "Big Shot." ("They were all impressed with your Halston dress/And the people that you knew at Elaine's."

For non big shots, however, Elaine's - and Elaine herself - could be somewhat inhospitable, relegating non-celebrities (if they could gain admittance at all) to an area nicknamed "Siberia" - far away from the glittery "line," along which was seated more her illustrious clientele.

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Filed under: Food • New York • Showbiz
December 4th, 2010
02:53 PM ET

Man barely saved from train

An off-duty police officer named Angel leaped off a subway platform Friday in Madrid, Spain, and dragged a fallen man off the tracks just as a train arrived.

The officer said on the Spanish National Police YouTube channel that he had been standing on the platform with his girlfriend when people started shouting.

"I observed a stir at the station, and then I saw the man who had fallen on the tracks," he said while calmly narrating a video of the dramatic rescue.

"I ran out, I took off my jacket, and I threw myself onto the tracks. At the same time I had to maintain my awareness of the train that was approaching because it was just about to arrive."

The train barely missed both men as other patrons frantically waved at the train operator. The officer then scooped the man up in his arms and placed him on the platform.

"This has been a very particular experience, but they prepare us for this sort of thing," he said.

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Honda eliminating boxy Element
December 4th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

Honda eliminating boxy Element

The Honda Element, popular with dog owners and some types of businesses, will be discontinued after the 2011 model year, American Honda Motor Co. announced Friday.

Introduced in December 2002, the Element started a trend of box-on-wheels design reflected in Toyota's Scion xB and Mitsubishi's Outlander, among others.

"The Element proved that ultimate functionality can often come from thinking inside the box," John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, said in a press release. "It made boxy vehicle designs cool."

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Filed under: Auto Industry • Honda