October 2nd, 2011
11:00 PM ET

Jet Blue flight hits strong turbulence; 7 injured

Severe turbulence contributed to seven injuries - six related to the head, back or neck and one from a severe coffee burn - on Sunday night aboard a Jet Blue flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Boston's Logan Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said.

Flight 852 landed in Boston, its intended destination around 10 p.m., about 20 minutes ahead of schedule, according to the airline's website.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
October 2nd, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

With appeals over the constitutionality of health care reform representing just one potentially explosive topic that could be tackled this year, the U.S. Supreme Court's new term, which begins Monday, may be "the most interesting one in a century," a prominent appellate attorney tells CNN. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Big cases await Supreme Court as new term kicks off

The Supreme Court's new term begins Monday with plenty of intriguing cases scheduled for the next several months, including those involving TV indecency (whether current policies violate the free speech and due process rights of broadcasters, over profanity and sexual content) and electronic surveillance (whether the government violated a drug suspect's Fourth Amendment rights by installing a GPS tracking device on his motor vehicle).

And the potential addition in the coming months of cases that the court hasn't yet scheduled - such as issues related to religious symbols on public land, travel to Cuba, gay marriage and health care reform - could make this an especially big year for the high court.

Few doubt that the high court will take at least one appeal relating to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the signature accomplishment thus far of Barack Obama's presidency, CNN's Bill Mears reports. An eventual Supreme Court ruling can be expected by June, right in the thick of a presidential race.

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October 2nd, 2011
02:34 PM ET

Libyan Jew returns from exile to restore synagogue

Libyan Jew David Gerbi on Sunday hammered down the brick wall blocking the entrance to the rundown Dar Bishi Synagogue in Tripoli on what he called a “historic day.”

Flanked by journalists and curious residents from the neighborhood, Gerbi, dressed in an “I love Libya” T-shirt, collapsed as he yelled, “This is for all those who suffered under Gadhafi."

With a U.S. security contractor accompanying him, Gerbi continued to strike the wall until it was destroyed.

“I could not have done it without the permission of three local sheikhs living in the neighborhood and the protection of the rebels,” Gerbi told CNN as he pointed to the faded Hebrew letters meaning  “Hear, O Israel" engraved on the wall above the Torah scroll.

The dusty floor of the scarred building was littered with dead pigeons, clothes, flea-ridden mattresses and syringes that may have been left behind by drug users and prostitutes who used to take refuge in the abandoned building, according to the testimonies of the local residents.

“I will paint the walls and restore the building, but will keep it simple and functional because it’s a place for God and prayers,” Gerbi said as he mopped the floor.

“I feel proud. My smile is back and my dream is fulfilled, and I want tourists to come see this place in a month’s time,” Gerbi told a room full of journalists.

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