Report: Palestinians agreed to give up most of East Jerusalem
Wafa, the Palestinian Authority's news agency, quoted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as saying Sunday that he did not know where Al-Jazeera got its information and that there was nothing new to report.
January 23rd, 2011
11:12 PM ET

Report: Palestinians agreed to give up most of East Jerusalem

Palestinian negotiators agreed to give up large swaths of East Jerusalem to Israel during negotiations dating back to 2008, the Al-Jazeera network said Sunday, suggesting Palestinians have been willing to offer much larger concessions in private than what was previously acknowledged in public.

The report is based on a trove of nearly 1,700 internal documents the network said it had obtained. Al-Jazeera did not disclose the source of the material, nor did it say how the documents came into its possession. It said it will be releasing what it has between Sunday and Wednesday of this week.

The papers, some of which were posted on the network's website, shed new light on the details of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from 1999 through last year. They could not be immediately verified by CNN.

The documents outline meetings between Israeli, Palestinian and U.S. officials in which Palestinian negotiators offered in 2008 to relinquish claims on nearly all of the settlements built in East Jerusalem.

The offer was flatly rejected by the Israeli side, according to the posted documents.

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2 killed, 2 cops hurt in shootout outside Walmart
The shooting happened outside a Port Orchard, Washington, Walmart after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a suspicious person, authorities said.
January 23rd, 2011
10:47 PM ET

2 killed, 2 cops hurt in shootout outside Walmart

Two people were shot dead and two sheriff's deputies were wounded late Sunday afternoon outside a Walmart store in western Washington state, a Kitsap County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Three sheriff's deputies responded to the scene around 3:45 p.m. Sunday after getting a call about a suspicious person "from a bystander who had concerns about a person inside the store," Deputy Scott Wilson said.

The deputies approached one man outside the store's south entrance, but - rather than responding verbally - he ran from the scene, turned around to face the deputies and began shooting.

"(The deputies) called to him and said, 'Hey, we need to talk to you,'" said Wilson. "He turned around and shot at them, and they returned fire."

The male shooter was shot and later pronounced dead in the Walmart parking lot. As of Sunday night, authorities had not released his name, age or other details about him.

A young female - thought to be a teenager, said Wilson - also was shot, with emergency personnel then transporting her to Tacoma General Hospital. She eventually died from her wounds.

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Jack LaLanne dead at 96
January 23rd, 2011
10:15 PM ET

Jack LaLanne dead at 96

American fitness guru Jack LaLanne died Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay, California, according to his long-time agent, Rick Hersh. He was 96.

The cause, said Hersh, was respiratory failure due to pneumonia. LaLanne had been ill for the past week.  His wife, Elaine, was at his side, along with his family and friends, Hersh said.

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Steelers, Packers book spots in Super Bowl
The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 in Sunday's NFC championship game.
January 23rd, 2011
10:02 PM ET

Steelers, Packers book spots in Super Bowl

The Pittsburgh Steelers will meet the Green Bay Packers in next month's Super Bowl after the teams won their conference titles Sunday.

The Steelers held off the New York Jets for a 24-19 win in Sunday night's AFC Championship game. The Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 to earn the NFC title earlier in the day.

Pittsburgh will be trying to get its third Super Bowl win in six years and its seventh in franchise history. Green Bay is looking for its fourth Super Bowl title, last won in 1997.

Super Bowl XLV is scheduled for February 6 in Arlington, Texas.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
January 23rd, 2011
07:19 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

With a congressional showdown looming over federal spending and debt, President Barack Obama is preparing to lay out his agenda for the year in Tuesday night's State of the Union address. The president said in a videotaped preview that he isn't finished with the speech yet, but creating jobs and economic growth will be topic No. 1. Here's a look at this and some of the other stories we plan to follow this week:

Obama to address jobs, debt in State of the Union speech

Obama will be making his second State of the Union address, and his first since Democrats lost control of the U.S. House as a result of November's elections. In his video preview posted to YouTube, the president acknowledged the challenging economic times, calling the past two years "as tough as anything we've gone through since the Great Depression." He said the speech's main topic would be spurring the economy, and he  also addressed the need to "deal with our deficits and our debt in a responsible way" and make government "leaner and smarter."

In a break with tradition, some lawmakers are planning to sit next to colleagues from the opposing party as a symbolic gesture of bipartisanship. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who will sit next to Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, said one benefit he hoped for was fewer automatic standing ovations by Democrats for the Democratic president, and fewer ovations by Republicans  for any right-leaning proposal Obama might endorse.

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4 shot in Detroit police precinct; suspect dead
January 23rd, 2011
06:17 PM ET

4 shot in Detroit police precinct; suspect dead

Four police officers were shot at a Detroit police precinct on Sunday afternoon and taken to a local hospital, the city's police chief said.

A person that police identified as the shooter was shot dead, according to state police Sgt. Keyonn Whitfield.

There was no immediate information about the condition of the wounded officers, who were transported to Detroit's Sinai-Grace Hospital.

The shooting occurred at the Detroit Police Department's sixth precinct station, according to Michigan State Police Sgt. Gerald Badgett. The station is on the city's west side.

Sinai-Grace Hospital would not release information on the officers' conditions, spokeswoman Tina Taylor said. She said the Detroit Police department would release that information.

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Police: Suspect in 1987 kidnapping seen at pawnshop
January 23rd, 2011
11:49 AM ET

Police: Suspect in 1987 kidnapping seen at pawnshop

A woman suspected of snatching an infant from a New York hospital in 1987 was seen at a pawnshop in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Saturday, police said Sunday.

A warrant was issued Friday in North Carolina for the arrest of Ann Pettway, suspected in the abduction of Carlina Renae White. After 23 years, White tracked down her real mother earlier this month, saying she had had a
nagging feeling all her life that she was brought up by a family she didn't belong to.

Pettway was seen at Joe David Pawnbroker about 3 p.m. Saturday, Bridgeport police Detective Keith Bryant told CNN.

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JFK's possible ambulance goes for $132,000
January 23rd, 2011
11:47 AM ET

JFK's possible ambulance goes for $132,000

A 1963 Pontiac ambulance that supposedly carried the body of President John F. Kennedy after his assassination was sold at a Scottsdale, Arizona, auction Saturday night for $132,000.

The price would have probably been much higher except that the ambulance's authenticity been cast into question before the sale, said McKeel Hagerty, president of collector car insurer Hagerty Insurance.

Some experts and bloggers had cast doubts on the authenticity of the vehicle and whether it had actually ever carried Kennedy's body.

The ambulance that might have carried John F. Kennedy.
Source: Ex-PM Brown feared voice-mail hacking amid scandal
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
January 23rd, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Source: Ex-PM Brown feared voice-mail hacking amid scandal

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote to the police last summer to ask if his voice mail had been hacked into, a source close to the situation told CNN Sunday.

The revelation comes amid an ever-widening scandal that has affected celebrities from model Elle MacPherson to members of the royal household, and forced the resignation of current Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman on Friday.

Andy Coulson, who stepped down, was the editor of the News of the World newspaper in 2007 when its royal correspondent was convicted of hacking into voice mails.

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Giffords still in ICU, surprising doctors at Texas hospital
January 23rd, 2011
11:33 AM ET

Giffords still in ICU, surprising doctors at Texas hospital

Doctors at the Houston, Texas, hospital where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was transferred said that while she remains in intensive care, she has surprised them with the progress she has already made.

Giffords, 40, who was shot in the head at a public event in Arizona on January 8, was transferred Friday to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. It was thought the congresswoman would begin rehabilitation at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Memorial Hermann, but officials said that she was taken instead to the hospital's trauma center for evaluation and treatment.

"She's not quite ready for rehabilitation yet," Dr. Dong Kim of Memorial Hermann told reporters Friday. Kim would not elaborate, but another doctor, John Holcomb, said later in the day that Giffords has fluid on her brain.

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January 23rd, 2011
03:40 AM ET

At least 4 killed in drone attack in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four in Pakistan's tribal region on Sunday, two intelligence officials said.

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