June 20th, 2012
04:15 AM ET

Uncertainty grows over Mubarak's health as power struggle looms

Conflicting reports swirled in Egypt on Wednesday about  the health of former President Hosni Mubarak as a power struggle looms over his successor more than a year after he was ousted in a popular uprising.

MENA, a state news agency, reported he was clinically dead late Tuesday. The nation's military rulers quickly denied it.

"He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition," said Gen. Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Another state-run media, Nile TV, issued a similar report Wednesday.

Mubarak was moved to a military hospital in Cairo after suffering a stroke in prison and is on life support, Nile TV said.  The hospital is guarded and is not letting anyone in, it reported.

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June 20th, 2012
01:29 AM ET

Holder may face contempt vote if documents not surrendered

The House Oversight Committee could proceed Wednesday in considering a contempt measure against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder unless he provides at least some of the documents the committee has sought in relation to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal firearms sting operation that allowed weapons to reach Mexican drug gangs.

A showdown meeting Tuesday between Eric Holder and committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, failed to resolve their dispute.

"We are disappointed," Issa told reporters after the meeting. "We never expected to get all the documents. Our hope was and still is that later this evening we'll get the documents."

Holder said he offered to provide the documents to Issa on the condition that Issa provided his assurance that doing so would satisfy two committee subpoenas and resolve the dispute.

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June 20th, 2012
12:12 AM ET

Last chance for Sandusky to testify as abuse trial nears conclusion

The child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky will resume Wednesday with attention focused on whether the former Penn State defensive coordinator will take the stand.

Wednesday is likely to offer the last opportunity for the defendant to testify, since Judge John Cleland informed the jury Tuesday afternoon that he expects the defense to rest its case by lunchtime.

Sandusky is fully prepped and ready to testify, according to a person with knowledge of the case. Whether he will actually take the stand won't be decided until the final defense witnesses testify Wednesday, the person added.

Sandusky's attorney told reporters Tuesday to "stay tuned" to see if his client will testify in a case that has upended Penn State University and its football program.

"You have to wait," attorney Joe Amendola said just before entering the Pennsylvania courthouse and calling witnesses for a second day.

Sandusky, 68, is on trial on 51 counts related to accusations of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year span. He has denied the charges.

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