Police: Cross could help find Colorado killer
This is the cross police are asking the public to help identify.
October 19th, 2012
07:14 PM ET

Police: Cross could help find Colorado killer

Two weeks ago, 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway disappeared.

Last week, police said she was dead.

Now, they are asking for the public's help to identify a cross that authorities say could lead to her killer.

Police from the girl's hometown of Westminster, Colorado, on Friday released several images of a wooden cross recovered during the investigation. It is about 1 1/2 inches tall and 1 inch wide, with a hole drilled through it so it can be worn as a pendant.

The cross has three vertical stripes etched onto the horizontal section and a zigzag pattern on the opposite side, according to police.

"Authorities are looking for someone who may carry or wear this type of cross, may have recently purchased one of these, or is known to have some association with one," they said in a statement.

Police believe there may be a connection between Jessica’s killing and an attempted abduction at Ketner Lake, also in Westminster. A suspect from that attempt has been described as a light-skinned male with a medium build and brown hair. He is thought to be between 18-35 years old.

Jessica was last seen by her mother as she left for school October 5. Her body was found last week at a park in Arvada, a Denver suburb five miles from Westminster.

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It's neck-and-neck in race for Florida's votes
Cookies for sale in Pennsylvania show the candidates.
October 19th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

It's neck-and-neck in race for Florida's votes

The race for the White House is basically tied in Florida, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows.

Likely voters questioned in the key battleground state came out for Mitt Romney 49% to 48% for President Obama, but that's well within the poll's margin of error.

Here's the full analysis from CNN's Political Ticker and don't forget there's the final presidential debate on Monday.

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October 19th, 2012
04:46 PM ET

Weak earnings, falling stocks

McDonald's and General Electric released earnings reports that fell short of forecasts this morning and that seemed to set a gloomy tone for the stock markets. CNN Money reports Wall Street had its worst day since June.

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October 19th, 2012
02:56 PM ET

Ex-Steelers doc arrested in alleged drug conspiracy

A former team doctor for the Pittsburgh Steelers was arrested Friday on charges of conspiracy to illegally distribute anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and painkillers to his patients, though authorities declined to comment on whether the drugs were ever prescribed to players.

Dr. Richard A. Rydze, 62, faces a 185-count indictment for allegedly dispensing the drugs from September 2007 through March 2011, though other related charges date back to 2005, prosecutors said.

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NHL cancels another week of games
The Los Angeles Kings celebrate winning Stanley Cup in June after defeating the New Jersey Devils.
October 19th, 2012
02:26 PM ET

NHL cancels another week of games

National Hockey League fans are going to have to wait at least an additional week to see their teams in action.

The NHL, involved in a labor dispute with the players' union, said Friday that it was canceling another week of regular-season games, through November 1.

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Iconic 'Big Tex' burns
A fire Friday morning reduced the iconic "Big Texas" symbol to a charred metal skeleton.
October 19th, 2012
01:56 PM ET

Iconic 'Big Tex' burns

"Big Tex," the larger-than-life symbol of the Texas State Fair for 60 years, is big no more.

Flames consumed the towering figure in size 70 boots and 75-gallon hat at the fairgrounds in Dallas on Friday. Within 10 minutes, he was gone.

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Lebanon on edge after officer's death
October 19th, 2012
12:25 PM ET

Car bomb strikes Beirut

Editor's note: A car bomb exploded in the heart of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, the country's National News Agency (NNA) reported. Below is our live blog of how we learned the news as it came in and here is the full story from Lebanon. Are you in Beirut? Share your photos and video with iReport. Follow this story in Arabic on CNNArabic.com.

[Updated at 12:25 p.m.] A Lebanese political source who did not want to be named told CNN that it had been 99% confirmed that Wissam al Hassan, the chief of the information branch of Lebanon’s internal security service, was killed in the blast. "There is an unrecognizable body found, and they have found his personal belongings at the scene," the source said.

[Updated at 10:49 a.m.] Syria - which borders Lebanon - condemned Friday's deadly car bombing in Beirut,  the state-run news agency reported. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi called it a "coward terrorist attack."

[Updated at 9:59 a.m.] CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom said the popular, predominantly Christian neighborhood struck by the blast was "the last place nowadays you would expect this kind of violence."  FULL POST

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Trayvon Martin’s family ramps up effort to keep school records private
Trayvon Martin is pictured with his father in this family photo.
October 19th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Trayvon Martin’s family ramps up effort to keep school records private

The family of Trayvon Martin on Friday bolstered their efforts to keep the slain 17-year-old’s school records private, just as attorneys for his killer, George Zimmerman, were in court to request subpoenas for the material.

‚ÄúI feel Trayvon's school records are not relevant in this case,‚ÄĚ said his father, Tracy Martin, whose attorney called for Zimmerman‚Äôs medical records to be released.

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October 19th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

Women are back on the job

The "he-covery" may be turning into a "we-covery", our colleagues at CNN Money are reporting, with more women finding their way back into the workforce.

Read their full story here.

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Peace envoy heads to Syria
Lakhdar Brahimi, left, with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr earlier this week.
October 19th, 2012
08:02 AM ET

Peace envoy heads to Syria

The man hoping to broker a cease-fire in the Syrian civil war arrived in Damascus today.

A date for Lakhdar Brahimi to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not been announced, but will happen "eventually," said Ahmad Fawzi, a spokesman for Brahimi, who's working on behalf of the United Nations and the Arab League.

Brahimi wants to get some agreement by Thursday, which is the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Warplanes are being used in attacks on rebels and there is fighting across the nation.

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October 19th, 2012
07:35 AM ET

Friday's live events

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney face off October 22 in Boca Raton, Florida, in their third and final debate of the election.  Watch CNN.com Live for all your election coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

11:35 am ET - Biden in Florida - Vice President Biden spends his day campaigning in Florida, starting with a grassroots event in Sun City Center.  He then travels to Fort Pierce for a 3:30 pm ET rally.

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Malala improving, but 'not out of the woods'
Malala, seen here in a hospital in Pakistan, is now getting treatment in Britain.
October 19th, 2012
06:37 AM ET

Malala improving, but 'not out of the woods'

Pakistani teen education activist Malala Yousufzai has been able to stand up and is "communicating freely," the director of the UK hospital where she is being treated said Friday. Malala can't talk because she has had a tracheotomy tube inserted, but she is writing coherently, hospital director Dave Rosser said.

The schoolgirl "is not out of the woods yet" but is doing very well, Rosser said.

There "is certainly physical damage to the brain" from the bullet that entered Malala's head but that she appears to be functioning well intellectually, he said.

Malala is being treated for signs of infection from her gunshot injuries, he said. The 15-year-old has been able to listen to her father on the phone although she cannot speak, he added.

Malala was shot in the head and shoulder 10 days ago after she dared to speak out against the Taliban.

 

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