Court grants emergency stay of execution for Florida man who killed 8
October 23rd, 2012
09:40 PM ET

Court grants emergency stay of execution for Florida man who killed 8

Editor's note: A diagnosed schizophrenic convicted of killing eight people in Florida in the late 1970s is awaiting word as to whether his execution will go forward. John Ferguson had been scheduled to be executed Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET at the Florida State Prison, but a district court has granted him a stay. Read below for updates.

[Updated at 11:30 p.m. ET]   There will be no execution of John Ferguson Tuesday night. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-second attempt by state authorities to allow the lethal injection of the Florida death row inmate to proceed as scheduled.

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Israeli airstrike kills 2 in Gaza
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, left, greets the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Tuesday in Gaza.
October 23rd, 2012
07:11 PM ET

Israeli airstrike kills 2 in Gaza

An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed two militants from Al-Qassam group, the military wing of Hamas, and wounded two other militants, medical and security sources in Gaza told CNN late Tuesday.

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Teen brothers arrested in death of 12-year-old New Jersey girl
October 23rd, 2012
06:57 PM ET

Teen brothers arrested in death of 12-year-old New Jersey girl

[Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET] Two teenage brothers who were arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl are accused of killing her at the boys' home, possibly for her BMX bike, prosecutors say.

Autumn Pasquale was found dead Monday in a recycling container in Clayton, New Jersey. Two boys ages 15 and 17 were arrested Tuesday in connection with her death.

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Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk charged with DUI
Carlton Fisk hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history 37 years ago this week.
October 23rd, 2012
06:21 PM ET

Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk charged with DUI

Carlton Fisk, one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history, was charged with driving under the influence after driving into a cornfield in New Lenox, Illinois, police said Tuesday.

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Sandusky transferred to state prison
Jerry Sandusky was convicted of molesting boys over a 15-year period.
October 23rd, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Sandusky transferred to state prison

Convicted sex offender and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was transferred Tuesday to a prison in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Corrections said.

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Facebook earns $1.2 billion in third quarter
Mark Zuckerberg rings the Nasdaq opening bell on May 18, 2012.
October 23rd, 2012
04:38 PM ET

Facebook earns $1.2 billion in third quarter

There was a whole lot of talk about a Facebook face plant when the company's stock first went public.

And then there were massive concerns about how the company was raising money and moving into the future. We just got a little bit of information that may show whether critics were right or not. The company's third quarter sales were reported to be $1.2 billion, a number that is in line with analyst expectations, according to CNNMoney.com.

Their stock began rising, showing perhaps, that better things are on the horizon for the social media giant.

Ozzie Guillen sacked by Marlins
October 23rd, 2012
03:54 PM ET

Ozzie Guillen sacked by Marlins

Controversial manager Ozzie Guillen has been fired by the Miami Marlins, the team announced on Twitter.

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Dow drops 240 to seven-week low
Shares of chemicals maker DuPont fell nearly 9% Tuesday after reporting weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings.
October 23rd, 2012
02:52 PM ET

Dow drops 240 to seven-week low

[Updated at 5:46 p.m. ET] The day started off poorly for stocks and never really got better. The Dow Jones industrial average ended up sliding 240 points for the day, putting the Dow at a seven-week low.

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Hurricane coming, island residents warned; U.S. could be next
Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to be a hurricane by Wednesday morning.
October 23rd, 2012
01:55 PM ET

Hurricane coming, island residents warned; U.S. could be next

Millions of people in the Caribbean are being warned to get ready for a hurricane that's expected to strike tomorrow, bringing destructive waves and life-threatening mudslides.

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Apple unveils iPad Mini
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller shows off Apple's newest gadget, the iPad Mini.
October 23rd, 2012
12:59 PM ET

Apple unveils iPad Mini

Editor's note: Apple on Tuesday unveiled the "iPad Mini" a smaller version of its iPad at a press conference in San Jose, California. Follow our live tweets from the @CNNtech team, and read the full story here. Here's information from the press conference as it came in:

[Updated at 1:53 p.m. ET] From our CNN tech reporters Doug Gross and Heather Kelly: The device is 7.2mm thick, or the thickness of a pencil. Its screen dimensions are the same as the larger iPad, so all apps will work the same on the new, smaller tablet.

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Ex-CIA officer pleads guilty to one charge in leak case
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou leaves court in January.
October 23rd, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Ex-CIA officer pleads guilty to one charge in leak case

[Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET] A former CIA officer accused of revealing classified information to reporters has pleaded guilty to one of the allegations that he illegally revealed the identity of a covert intelligence officer.

John Kiriakou, 48, also admitted to other allegations, including that he illegally told reporters the name of a different CIA employee involved in a 2002 operation to capture alleged al Qaeda terrorist Abu Zubaydah, and that he lied to a review board about a book he was writing, the Justice Department said.

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Emir of Qatar becomes first head of state to visit Gaza since blockade
October 23rd, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Emir of Qatar becomes first head of state to visit Gaza since blockade

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, visited Gaza Tuesday and became the first official head of state to visit since Egypt and Israel instituted a blockade in 2007.

Qatari aid to the Palestinians in Gaza will increase from $250 to $400 million per year, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya announced at a news conference in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

October 23rd, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Killed seeking bread: Nightmare reality for Syria's hungry

The latest horrifying video from Syria shows yet another attack on a bakery where innocent people were just trying to buy bread.

Screaming men are seen hauling the body of a child into a taxi as other victims zip past.  Mangled bodies lie alongside piles of blood-soaked bread in the grainy images posted on social media.

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October 23rd, 2012
10:30 AM ET

Dow drops 200 points

It's been a rough morning for stocks, with the Dow Jones dropping 200 points in the opening hours of the U.S. market.

With no data on the U.S. economy Tuesday, investors were focused on the latest quarterly reports from corporate America - and those reports were bad.

For more information on what's behind it all, head over to CNNMoney.com.

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October 23rd, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Vatican puts off Syria trip because of 'gravity of the situation'

The Vatican announced a big change of plans Tuesday: It's not sending a delegation to Syria for now.

The trip's being postponed because of the "gravity of the situation" there, Secretary of State for the Vatican Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said.

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October 23rd, 2012
07:39 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The debates are over, and the candidates are now criss-crossing the country, looking for votes.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views on the presidential election.

Today's programming highlights...

10:15 am ET - Obama in Florida - President Obama will make a campaign stop before leaving Florida today.  He'll speak to supporters in Delray Beach.

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Viral ad campaign hits #FirstWorldProblems
October 23rd, 2012
04:01 AM ET

Viral ad campaign hits #FirstWorldProblems

Do you hate it when your mint gum makes your ice water taste too cold? Or your phone charger won't reach your bed?

A group fighting for access to clean water in developing nations has created a fundraising video that takes such first world gripes and casts them in the stark light of poverty.

In the 60-second video, the group WATERisLife has impoverished residents in Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, recite tweets from the popular hashtag #FirstWorldProblems.

The hashtag, a perpetual presence on Twitter, pokes fun at people who have more than the basics of life covered, and yet grumble when, say, their neighbor blocks off his wi-fi access.

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Syrian civil war in photos
October 23rd, 2012
03:36 AM ET

U.N. report: Syrian refugees spill across the Middle East

More than 274,000 Syrian refugees are now living in three neighboring nations, the UNHCR, the United Nations relief agency, said Tuesday.

Nearly 102,000 of them are in Turkey, another 71,592 are in Lebanon and 58,622 more are in Jordan.

Earlier, the United Nations reported some 150,000 refugees from Syria's civil war had settled in Lebanon and an additional 6,815 in North Africa.

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Fresh sectarian violence leaves mosque, monastery burned to the ground in Myanmar
Myanmar refugees from the Rohingya community, a predominantly Muslim sect, take refuge on a street, in this photo taken in May.
October 23rd, 2012
02:51 AM ET

Fresh sectarian violence leaves mosque, monastery burned to the ground in Myanmar

Fresh sectarian clashes in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine killed three people and left more than 400 houses, a monastery and a mosque burned to the ground, authorities said Tuesday.

The clashes began Sunday night and spread to four townships, said state Attorney General Hla Thein.

Authorities have declared at state of emergency in two of the townships, with the state's prime minister instructing that medical teams be accompanied by security personnel when they visit them.

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Lebanon on edge after officer's death
October 23rd, 2012
02:00 AM ET

The latest key developments in the unrest in Lebanon

Editor's Note: Since the assassination last week of Lebanon's intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan,  sporadic fighting has erupted across Lebanon, threatening to plunge the country into chaos and raising fears that it could be drawn into the bloody 19-month-old civil war in neighboring Syria. It's a complicated situation with several key players. Here are the latest developments for Tuesday: 

[Update 6:20 a.m. ET] Lebanon’s Interior Minister Marwan Charbel says the discovery that the car bomb was placed in a stolen Toyota RAV 4 could result in leads that would help the investigation.

[Update 6:15 a.m. ET] Prime Minister Najib Mikati signs a declaration referring al-Hassan's assassination the nation's Judicial Council.  He says the process needs to move faster.

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