February 15th, 2011
07:16 PM ET

ICE agent killed, another injured in Mexico shooting

[Updated at 8:14 p.m.] One of two American immigration and customs officers who were shot in Mexico on Tuesday has died, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said.

The two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents were shot while driving between Monterrey and Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon by unidentified gunmen, U.S. officials said.

"One agent was critically wounded in this attack and died from his injuries. The second agent was shot in the arm and leg and remains in stable condition," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a written statement.

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Dollars & Sense: Buffett's selling spree; boost your credit
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway company raised plenty of cash last year.
February 15th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Dollars & Sense: Buffett's selling spree; boost your credit

A roundup of today's CNNMoney news:

Buffett’s $1.2 billion selling spree: Berkshire Hathaway raised cash last year as it prepared for a rare change of the investing guard. The Omaha-based company has now sold its stake in Bank of America and seven other big companies as a top lieutenant to Warren Buffett retired. Meanwhile, investors are pulling money out of emerging markets, with $13 billion flowing out over the past three weeks.

For mergers, it’s a small world after all: More than $118 billion worth of deals in which the acquirer and acquiree don't reside in the same country have taken place so far this year – including the NYSE-Deutsche deal. That accounts for 30% of all mergers and is up 56% from the same time a year ago.

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50 people in 50 days: Missing woman's vehicle found wrecked
February 15th, 2011
04:06 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Missing woman's vehicle found wrecked

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 22nd case, and it will be shown at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday on HLN.

Lori Ann Boffman was last seen on the evening of August 5, 2006, when she is believed to have gone out for a drive in Liberty Township, Ohio.

Her vehicle was found the next day in a nearby town, abandoned and wrecked. She didn't have a cell phone, and her purse and identification were left at home. Police say they don’t know whether Boffman - then 45 years old - or someone else was driving the vehicle.

Sun has biggest solar flare of the year
The bright spot near the center of the photo is a solar flare that NASA observed on Sunday.
February 15th, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Sun has biggest solar flare of the year

If you live at a high northern or southern latitude, watch for some spectacular lights in the sky Tuesday night.

The sun unleashed its strongest solar flare of the year Sunday, and the cloud of radiation it spewed will hit Earth's magnetic field Tuesday, NASA said.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a brief but intense flash signaling the ejection of a cloud of ultraviolet radiation.

The source of the flare, sunspot 1158, is growing rapidly, the observatory reported.

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Unknown donor gives $6,000 ring to Salvation Army
This ring, appraised at $6,000, was donated anonymously to the Salvation Army in Dalton, Georgia.
February 15th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Unknown donor gives $6,000 ring to Salvation Army

The Salvation Army operation in Dalton, Georgia, expects to ring up a substantial sum, thanks to an unusual gift from an anonymous couple.

The charity says a woman handed one of its holiday season bell-ringers a diamond wedding ring wrapped in a plastic bag, along with a note reading, "My husband and I are still deeply in love. We think you could make better use of this ring than us. (Signed) All for Jesus."

The ring, appraised at $6,000, is being offered to private bidders at Maryville Jewelers in Dalton, CNN affiliate WXIA reports.

"It tells me that people have a heart even in these trying times," Salvation Army Maj. Henry Hunter told the station. "They're not focused on self."

The sale of the ring will help reduce the charity's $50,000 deficit, Hunter said.

Maryville Jewelers will accept bids for the next three weeks.

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From candy to cashmere, prices rising
A worker arranges spools of thread at a textile factory in Karachi, Pakistan. Cotton prices have doubled in the past year.
February 15th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

From candy to cashmere, prices rising

Manufacturers of everything from cereal to refrigerators say they have absorbed price increases as long as possible and will now start passing along those costs to consumers.

Who's to blame? It depends. A cold snap in Mexico means potential shortages and higher prices for cucumbers and tomatoes. The Chinese economy is growing strongly, and it is gobbling up everything from oil to grains to metals.

Bad weather for cotton growing in Pakistan, China and Australia is fueling a historic rally in cotton. Cotton prices have doubled over the past year and will certainly translate into higher prices for T-shirts and underwear.

Hanes, Nike, and Polo Ralph Lauren are just some of the brands whose prices will rise, because of price increases for cotton, wool and cashmere.

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Teens survive 4 days lost on frozen tundra
Rescuers found 15-year-old Isajah "Willie" Nastapoka huddled in a snow den he'd dug.
February 15th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Teens survive 4 days lost on frozen tundra

Two boys have been rescued after being lost in the subarctic wilderness for four days, Canadian media report.

Isajah "Willie" Nastapoka, 15, and Kasudluak Kasudluak, 17, became separated while on a day trip to hunt polar bear, the CBC reported.

Their snowmobile ran out of gas about 19 miles outside Inukjuak, their Inuit village, which is just 7 degrees south of the Arctic Circle in far northern Quebec, authorities said. They had little water or food, and the temperature plunged to 30 below zero Fahrenheit, with a wind chill factor of 50 below, according to a Nunatsiaq News story in the Montreal Gazette.

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Gotta Watch: Boy aiding birth; cat burglar; weepy politicians; VD dinner
8-year-old Demarray Love helped his mother give birth to his baby brother.
February 15th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Boy aiding birth; cat burglar; weepy politicians; VD dinner

Boy births bro - "I brought you into this world and I can take you out" is usually a threat reserved for parents, but one Oklahoma boy can now hold that over his little brother's head for the rest of his life. KOCO has the story of a baby that was delivered faster than a pizza, and an 8-year-old boy who looks like he's seen too much.

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Only panda born in U.S. in 2010 named 'Po'
Actor Jack Black and Dr. Hayley Murphy of Zoo Atlanta watch over 'Po'
February 15th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Only panda born in U.S. in 2010 named 'Po'

The newborn panda at Zoo Atlanta was named "Po" at a special ceremony Tuesday morning.

It's Chinese tradition to name a panda when he or she is 100 days old.

Born to Lun Lun on November 3, the cub was the only giant panda born in the U.S. in 2010.

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Scientists, telescope hunt massive hidden object in space
Some scientists think a brown dwarf or gas giant bigger than Jupiter could be at the outer reaches of the solar system. In this image showing relative size, the white object at the upper left edge represents the sun.
February 15th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

Scientists, telescope hunt massive hidden object in space

You know how you sometimes can sense that something is present even though you can't see it? Well, astronomers are getting that feeling about a giant, hidden object in space.

And when we say giant, we mean GIANT.

Evidence is mounting that either a brown dwarf star or a gas giant planet is lurking at the outermost reaches of our solar system, far beyond Pluto. The theoretical object, dubbed Tyche, is estimated to be four times the size of Jupiter and 15,000 times farther from the sun than Earth, according to a story in the British paper The Independent.

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February 15th, 2011
07:46 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

The situation in the Middle East and North Africa continues to evolve, and CNN.com Live has you covered with the latest developments from the region.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - House hearing on 2012 federal budget - President Obama's proposed budget for next fiscal year caused quite a buzz in Washington Monday.  Expect more of the same this morning when OMB Director Jacob Lew testifies before the House Budget committee.  Lew will also testify before the Senate Budget Committee at 2:00 pm ET.

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100-foot-long narco sub found in Colombia
The homemade drug submarine was found in a rural area of Timbiqui.
February 15th, 2011
06:31 AM ET

100-foot-long narco sub found in Colombia

The Colombian military has seized a 100-foot-long submarine capable of transporting eight tons of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico, news reports say.

The vessel was found in a jungle area in Timbiqui in southwestern Colombia on Sunday, according to a report from RTT News.

Colombian navy officials said the homemade sub had two diesel engines and sophisticated navigational equipment that would enable it to travel to Mexico while remaining up to 30 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

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Berlusconi to be tried on sex, abuse of power charges
Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denies the charges.
February 15th, 2011
05:43 AM ET

Berlusconi to be tried on sex, abuse of power charges

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be tried on charges of sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power, an Italian judge ruled Tuesday.

The trial is due to begin April 6, Judge Cristina di Censo decided, her
office confirmed.

Three judges will preside over the criminal trial in Milan.

Prosecutors in Milan filed the request for trial last week.

Berlusconi denies the charges.

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Dalai Lama's nephew dies in traffic accident
A spokesman for the Dalai Lama confirmed his nephew died after being struck by a car in Florida.
February 15th, 2011
05:25 AM ET

Dalai Lama's nephew dies in traffic accident

A nephew of the Dalai Lama died in northeast Florida Monday evening after he was hit by a car while walking along a highway.

"Yes, it is true unfortunately," said Tempa Tshering, a representative of the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India.

Jigme Norbu, 45, was walking southbound along A1A in Flagler County when he was hit by a car allegedly driven by Keith O'Dell, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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February 15th, 2011
02:37 AM ET

Army private accused of rape escapes custody

Authorities were searching late Monday for an Army private who escaped military custody and is also accused of raping a 15-year-old.

Daniel Brazelton, 20, was being held in a jail in Georgia and was scheduled to be extradited to Los Angeles to face charges of rape of a minor, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

On Friday, Brazelton was taken from the jail in Hinesville, Georgia, to nearby Fort Stewart for medical reasons. When he was being taken back to the jail, he escaped from an Army vehicle.

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