Overheard on CNN.com: As information shifts from print to digital, will it stand test of time?
After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets.
March 14th, 2012
09:08 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: As information shifts from print to digital, will it stand test of time?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be producing its printed multi-volume sets, opting instead for a more digital approach. Readers debated whether this development is great, realistic or sad. Or something else.

Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books

We asked on Twitter and the CNN iReport Facebook page what our readers' favorite entries and volumes are. Some, like @badru75, told us they were feeling a bit sad.

Another Twitter user, @Maxine28, still keeps hard-bound books and said one can't always find needed information on the internet.

We heard lots of stories from our readers on Facebook as well. One of them told us about favorite topics to seek. FULL POST

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Jury finds for two Virginia Tech victims' families in lawsuit
Mourners in Blacksburg, Virginia, hold a candlelight vigil on Virginia Tech's campus in 2009, a year after 32 people were killed.
March 14th, 2012
07:48 PM ET

Jury finds for two Virginia Tech victims' families in lawsuit

A jury in Christiansburg, Virginia, decided Wednesday in favor of two families of victims in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting who had accused the school of negligence.

The seven-member jury awarded $4 million to each of the families, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office said. In suing the state, the families' lawyers had argued that the school should have notified the student body sooner after learning that two other students had been found dead in a West Ambler Johnston dormitory room on the morning of April 16, 2007.

Seung-Hui Cho then went on to kill 30 other people, including the two victims whose families had sued - Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde - before killing himself. Peterson died while in her French class; Pryde was pursuing a master's degree in biological systems engineering.

"Vindication has finally come," said Suzanne Grimes, whose son Kevin Sterne was among the wounded at Virginia Tech. "This is about them being accountable," she told CNN in a telephone interview from Florida. "This will ensure the safety of students in the future."

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1 killed, dozens injured in Pennsylvania school bus crash
One person died and more than two dozen were hurt when a school bus collided with a truck in Pennsylvania.
March 14th, 2012
05:46 PM ET

1 killed, dozens injured in Pennsylvania school bus crash

More than two dozen students were injured and at least one person was killed when a packed school bus collided with a semi-trailer truck in southern Pennsylvania on Wednesday, officials said.

At least one person was killed in the crash, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Scott Kovach said.

Medical helicopters were transporting six students to hospitals, said Geraldine Budzina, a dispatcher with Somerset County 911.

Two other school buses were taking 22 students with less serious injuries to a hospital, she said.

As many as 70 students may have been on the school bus, she said.

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March 14th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Suspect in Afghan killings taken from Afghanistan, NATO says

A U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a weekend rampage has been transferred out of Afghanistan, the NATO command in Kabul said Wednesday.

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Police: Suspect shot after stabbing four in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio, police confer at the scene of a multiple stabbing Wednesday. Police shot and wounded the suspect.
March 14th, 2012
02:26 PM ET

Police: Suspect shot after stabbing four in Columbus, Ohio

[Updated at 7:32 p.m. ET] Three people were in critical condition and one in stable condition after a stabbing incident Wednesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, that ended with the suspect being shot by police, Columbus authorities said.

The attack began inside a downtown building that houses Miami-Jacobs Career College, said Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner.

The stabbing victims in critical condition underwent surgery at Grant Medical Center, while the one with less serious injuries was taken to Mount Carmel West hospital, officials said. The suspect was in critical condition at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, Weiner said.

"I was here within probably a minute, minute and a half of it being dispatched, and I can tell you it was a chaotic scene," said Columbus Police Chief Stephen Gammill.

[Initial post, 2:26 p.m. ET] A man stabbed four people in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday before he was shot by police, Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said.

Three of the stabbing victims are in critical condition, as is the suspect.

Police said suspect's motive is unclear.

A female officer who arrived on the scene confronted the suspect who had a knife in each hand, Columbus Police Department Sgt. Jim Gilbert told CNN affiliate WCMH.

Gilbert told WCMH that the officer confronted the suspect, who approached her in a violent manner. She then drew her weapon and fired several shots, Gilbert told WCMH.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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One killed in Texas courthouse shooting, judge says
Emergency workers put a patient into an ambulance following a shooting in Jefferson County, Texas, on Wednesday.
March 14th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

One killed in Texas courthouse shooting, judge says

[Updated at 1:48 p.m. ET] At least one person was killed and at least two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday at a Texas courthouse, a judge said.

The shooting occurred outside a courthouse in Jefferson County, Texas, Judge Larry Gist said.

"There was a defendant on trial. It was break time, lunchtime, and he apparently shot three people, maybe four," Gist told CNN.

A witness in the case against the suspect was one of those shot, said Gist, who had left the courthouse for lunch and heard shots fired from a block away.

Police shot the suspect, and the courthouse was evacuated after the shooting, Gist said.

KBMT: 1 reported dead in Jefferson County courthouse shooting

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Military experts examine child's fingers found in trash bin
A child's fingers were pulled from a trash bin at a Honolulu apartment complex.
March 14th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Military experts examine child's fingers found in trash bin

Six fingers from a child found in a Hawaii trash bin have been examined by experts at the military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Pearl Harbor, but there are no new leads in the case, CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now reports.

Robert Mann, director of the forensics academy at the military unit, said the fingers give investigators only scant information on where to take an investigation.

"It's not a complete hand. It's not a complete body. And so the less you have of an individual to try to identify or to work with, the harder our job is," Mann told Hawaii News Now.

A woman searching for recyclables found the fingers sealed in a zippered plastic storage bag inside a trash bin at a Honolulu housing complex more than a month ago, according to Honolulu police.

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March 14th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G: Girl, 6, becomes youngest eligible for Scripps Spelling Bee

Can you say extraordinary?

I suspect that 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison can spell it - and it's one of the best words to describe her.

The young girl from Prince William County, Virginia, has just become the youngest speller eligible to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, according to the event's record books, which date to 1993. Mike Hickerson, the bee's communications manager, said there have been four spellers since 1993 who were 8 years old.

Lori Anne, who is home-schooled, beat out 21 other kids in the county to win the bee, which enters her into the national bee.

The word that thrust her into the spotlight? "Vaquero," the Spanish translation of "cowboy," which is often used in Spanish-speaking parts of the South such as Texas, according to InsideNova.

The paper reported that after one of the last spellers missed her word, Lori Anne stepped up to the microphone, was given her word and without hesitation rattled off the spelling correctly.

Her parents said it was a word that had tripped her up before.

“We practiced that word several times because she kept getting it wrong,” mom Sorina Vlaicu Madison told InsideNova. “We really insisted on that word, so I knew for sure she would nail it.”

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Study: 5 million face increased flooding risk
Floodwaters covered parts of Louisiana this week.
March 14th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Study: 5 million face increased flooding risk

Rising sea levels combined with storm surges will put more than 5 million people on U.S. coastlines at risk of flooding during the next 30 years, according to new research.

The combination could raise sea levels during storms to 4 feet above the high-tide line, threatening property that contains 2.6 million homes on 3 million acres of land, according to the report released Wednesday by Climate Central, a nonprofit research and journalism organization based in New Jersey.

“Escalating floods from sea level rise will affect millions of people, and threaten countless billions of dollars of damage to buildings and infrastructure,” Climate Central's Ben Strauss, the lead author of the report, said in a statement.

The report, titled "Surging Seas," is based on two new peer-reviewed studies, both published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Climate Central calls it "the first major national analysis of sea level rise in 20 years."

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March 14th, 2012
07:42 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nominations remains up in the air.  Watch CNN.com Live for up-to-the-minute news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - British PM arrives at White House - After spending Tuesday night checking out "March Madness" hoops action, British Prime Minister David Cameron is welcomed to the White House by President Obama, Vice President Biden and their wives.  Obama and Cameron will later hold a news conference at 12:05 pm ET.

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Myanmar TV to broadcast Suu Kyi speech for 1st time
Aung San Suu Kyi and her campaign rallied on their way to parliament in February.
March 14th, 2012
02:32 AM ET

Myanmar TV to broadcast Suu Kyi speech for 1st time

Myanmar state television is expected Wednesday to broadcast for the first time an election campaign speech by the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but without a section that criticizes the country's civil liberties record.

In the speech, to be broadcast Wednesday evening on MRTV, Suu Kyi urges changes to the country's Constitution and respect for the rule of law, said Nyan Win, a spokesman for Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The Myanmar election commission removed a passage from Suu Kyi's speech that criticized the previous situation in Myanmar concerning freedom of speech and access to information, Nyan Win said.

Suu Kyi and the NLD will participate in by-elections on April 1 after boycotting previous elections. She has been criss-crossing the country to attend election rallies.

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Blagojevich to say goodbye before prison
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves his home to go to his sentencing hearing in December.
March 14th, 2012
02:17 AM ET

Blagojevich to say goodbye before prison

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will get one last chance to speak his mind Wednesday before he heads to Colorado to start a 14-year prison sentence on a corruption conviction.

Blagojevich has scheduled a news conference outside his house, and will use the occasion to say goodbye, his spokesman said. His prison stint begins Thursday.

"Gov. Blagojevich has always stood up and stood tall. He hasn't hid. And he has truly enjoyed being out in public. He never considered 'sneaking' out of Chicago and miss an opportunity to say goodbye," spokesman Glenn Selig said.

"It's difficult to put into words the challenges he and his family now face. But he draws strength from the incredible support he continues to receive from the people of Illinois and beyond."

Blagojevich's past statements have been noteworthy for their bluster, such as a defiant news conference in April 2010 when he called his accusers "liars" and "cowards" and directly challenged a prosecutor.

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March 14th, 2012
02:16 AM ET

Fatal shooting of Florida teen turned over to state attorney

A case involving the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teen, which has sparked outrage and calls for justice, is in the hands of the state attorney's office.

Police say Trayvon Martin, 17, was returning from the convenience store to his father's home in Sanford, Florida.

A neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, 28, saw the teen and called 911 to report a suspicious man, authorities said.

The 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman not to confront Martin, but by the time police arrived, the teenager lay dead with a gunshot wound in the chest, said Bill Lee, the Sanford police chief. He was carrying a small amount of cash, some candy and an iced tea.

Zimmerman told police he shot Martin in self defense, authorities said.

"When you add it up, it just doesn't even make sense," said Ben Crump, the Martin family's attorney. "Trayvon Martin, a kid, has a bag of Skittles. (Zimmerman) had a 9 mm gun. Trayvon Martin didn't approach George Zimmerman, George Zimmerman approached Trayvon Martin. So how can he now assert self defense?"

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March 14th, 2012
02:16 AM ET

Report: 28 killed in Swiss bus crash

A bus crashed into a tunnel in Switzerland, killing 28 people, including 22 children, Tuesday night, the country's national news agency said.

Another 24 children were injured in the wreck, the SDA-ATS news agency said.

The bus, registered in Belgium, was headed toward Sion, the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais, when it slammed into a highway tunnel in Sierre in the same canton.

Switzerland has 26 cantons, or districts.

No additional information was immediately available about the crash.

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'We did it again': Santorum wins Alabama, Mississippi
March 14th, 2012
01:31 AM ET

'We did it again': Santorum wins Alabama, Mississippi

Rick Santorum won Tuesday's Alabama and Mississippi GOP presidential primaries, with Southern conservatives again rejecting Mitt Romney, who earlier in the day said Santorum's campaign was reaching a "desperate end."

Newt Gingrich, who had staked his campaign on a Southern strategy after winning South Carolina and Georgia, was fighting with Romney for second place in both contests and pitched that as part of his reason to continue campaigning through the GOP convention.

In Alabama, Santorum won 35% of the vote. Gingrich and Romney both had 29% although Gingrich was about 2,000 votes ahead with 99% of the vote counted and Ron Paul had 5%.

With 99% of the vote counted in Mississippi, Santorum had 33%. Gingrich was at 31%, Romney at 30% and Paul at 4%. Results of caucuses in Hawaii and American Samoa had yet to be reported.

"We did it again," Santorum told supporters Tuesday night in Lafayette, Louisiana, which will hold a GOP primary on March 24.

Santorum, whose Alabama and Mississippi victories give him 10 wins to Romney's 16, poked at the frontrunner as he reiterated his stance that he is the viable conservative alternative to the former Massachusetts governor.

"People (said), 'You're being outspent (by Romney),' and everybody's talking about all the (delegate) math, and that his race is inevitable. Well, for someone who thinks this race is inevitable, (Romney) has spent a whole lot of money against me for being inevitable," Santorum told supporters.

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