Giants' Sandoval ties World Series record with three home runs in game
Pablo Sandoval is congratulated by his Giants teammates after his first home run of the night.
October 24th, 2012
10:33 PM ET

Giants' Sandoval ties World Series record with three home runs in game

Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants tied a World Series record when he hit three home runs in Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers.

Sandoval, who had 12 home runs during the regular season, hit a solo home run in the first and a two-run shot in the third off Tigers ace Justin Verlander. In the fifth, he added another home run off Al Alburquerque. He has six home runs in the postseason.

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October 24th, 2012
09:07 PM ET

Hurricane Sandy kills one in Jamaica and Haiti

[Update 11:40 p.m.] A woman died in western Haiti on Wednesday when she tried to cross a flooded ravine, the Haitian news agency AHP reported. Heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy are pelting the region.

[Updated 9:07 p.m. ET] One person in Jamaica was killed when he was struck by a boulder, CNN affiliate TV J reported. The station said more than 70% of the island was without power. In Massachusetts, the state’s emergency management agency said it was monitoring the storm, which could turn into a nor’easter early next week.

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3 relatives killed in shootings at L.A.-area business, home
Police stand outside a business where three relatives were shot, two fatally, in Downey, California, on Wednesday.
October 24th, 2012
07:42 PM ET

3 relatives killed in shootings at L.A.-area business, home

A shooter gunned down five members of a family, killing three, at the family's Los Angeles-area fire extinguisher business and a nearby home late Wednesday morning, police said.

The gunman is on the loose and is considered to be armed and dangerous, said Downey Police Lt. Dean Mulligan.

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Student, 17, arrested in Jessica Ridgeway killing
Austin Reed Sigg, 17, was arrested this morning.
October 24th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

Student, 17, arrested in Jessica Ridgeway killing

Editor's note: A 17-year-old student was arrested Tuesday evening in this month's killing of 10-year-old Denver-area girl Jessica Ridgeway, according to police in Westminster, Colorado.

Austin R. Sigg, who lived not far from Ridgeway, will be charged as an adult in her death and in a separate, attempted abduction in May, authorities say.

[Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET] One of Ridgeway's great-grandmothers, Donna Moss of Independence, Missouri, told CNN affiliate KSHB that she wouldn't be able to look in the suspect's face "and not be judgmental."

"It's all I've got within me to not want to just burn him. And I mean burn him," Moss told KSHB on Wednesday.

"For me, my steps have to be one step at a time to forgiveness," Moss said. "Because yes, I am really angry."

[Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET] The student arrested in Ridgeway's death, 17-year-old Austin R. Sigg, will be tried as an adult, Jefferson County District Attorney Pam Russell said Wednesday.

Charges probably will be filed on Monday, Russell said. Authorities said earlier that Sigg, who was arrested Tuesday night, will face murder and kidnapping charges in death of Ridgeway, who is from Westminster in the Denver area. Sigg also will be charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted murder charges regarding allegations that he tried to abduct someone else on May 28 at Ketner Lake in Westminster.

Sigg and Ridgeway lived about one mile apart, on opposite sides of Ketner Lake, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.

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Volunteer killed at Creflo Dollar's Georgia megachurch, police say
Police are looking for a gunman after the shooting at the Georgia megachurch of televangelist Creflo Dollar.
October 24th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

Volunteer killed at Creflo Dollar's Georgia megachurch, police say

Editor's note: A former employee of televangelist Creflo Dollar's Atlanta-area megachurch is suspected of fatally shooting one of the church's volunteer staff members as the volunteer was leading a prayer service there Wednesday morning, police say. The suspect, Floyd Palmer, 52, was arrested hours later at an Atlanta mall, the U.S. Marshals Service told CNN. Below are developments as they come in; for more on the shooting and Dollar's church, check out this story, and CNN affiliates WXIA, WSB and WGCL.

[Updated at 4:27 p.m. ET] The suspect in the shooting, Floyd Palmer, 52, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta's Lenox Square mall, the U.S. Marshals Service says.

Earlier, police said Palmer was an former employee of World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia, where the shooting happened Wednesday morning during a prayer service.

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October 24th, 2012
03:06 PM ET

Meningitis linked to tainted steroids claims another life

The meningitis outbreak linked to a tainted steroid is to blame for another death - bringing the toll to 24, the CDC said today.

A total of 312 cases of fungal meningitis has now been confirmed.  There are also five cases of peripheral joint infections.  All are linked to steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center.

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Terrorism charge filed against suspect in Family Research Council shooting
Floyd Lee Corkins II is accused of shooting a building manager at the Family Research Council on August 15.
October 24th, 2012
02:48 PM ET

Terrorism charge filed against suspect in Family Research Council shooting

Correction: In an earlier version of this story we incorrectly reported that the victim, Leo Johnson, was killed. He was shot in the arm, but not fatally wounded.

[Posted Oct. 24, 2012, 2:48 p.m. ET] A man accused of fatally shooting a worker at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., this summer has been charged with committing an act of terrorism, a U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.

Floyd Lee Corkins II has been in custody since his arrest in the August 15 shooting that killed building manager Leo Johnson.

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October 24th, 2012
12:25 PM ET

U.S. suing Bank of America for $1 billion

The U.S. government is suing Bank of America for more than a billion dollars.

The lawsuit claims the bank waged a "multi-year mortgage fraud against government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

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Kennedy nephew Skakel denied parole
Michael Skakel is shown here in 2002, the year he was sentenced.
October 24th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Kennedy nephew Skakel denied parole

Michael Skakel, nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was denied his first opportunity for parole Wednesday, a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Correction said.

Skakel has served 10 years of a 20-years-to-life sentence for the 1975 beating death of his teenage neighbor, Martha Moxley, in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is the nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy.

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October 24th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

Sudan blames Israel for weapons factory blast

Sudan says Israel bombed a weapons factory overnight, killing two people.

Sudanese officials originally said the explosion took place inside the facility near a residential area in southern Khartoum.  But by afternoon, officials announced that the blast came after four airplanes flew overhead.  A resident told CNN he saw two planes and a flash of light coming from them, followed by the sounds of rockets being fired.

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Arrests made in shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai was able to stand up and communicate on Friday, October 19.
October 24th, 2012
10:40 AM ET

Arrests made in shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala

[Updated at 5:55 a.m. ET] Six people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, the teenage activist who spoke out against the Taliban, though the main suspect still is on the loose, Pakistani police told CNN exclusively.

Police on Wednesday identified Atta Ullah Khan, a 23-year-old from the Swat district where Malala was attacked, as the main suspect. Authorities are searching for Khan, who was studying for a master's degree in chemistry, police say. The Taliban-heavy Swat Valley is in the northwestern part of Pakistan.

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New home sales jump
October 24th, 2012
10:04 AM ET

New home sales jump

It looks like there's been some relief for the real estate market.

New home sales have increased 5.7% to a 2-year high annual rate in September, the U.S. government reported.

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October 24th, 2012
09:02 AM ET

Israel vows punishment for rocket attacks

[Updated at 12:40 p.m.] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel "neither chose nor initiated this escalation, but if it continues we are prepared for much more extensive and deeper action. In any case, we will continue with preventative operations. Whoever intends to attack Israeli citizens needs to know that he will bear the consequences."

Defense Minister Ehud Barak toured areas hit by rockets in southern Israel and said the military "is working efficiently against all the terror elements.  Since the beginning of the month, 15 active terrorists have been killed in the act, and more have been injured."  He wished a speedy recovery to those injured by rockets fired from Gaza.  "Hamas will receive its punishment for what has happened here," he vowed, promising that Israel will "work with patience and level-headedness."

"There is no way to eliminate the hatred or hostility entrenched in Hamas. But the IDF will act on the border, from the air, and in any other necessary way in order to strike down those who attempt to cause us harm," he said.

[Updated at 9:02 a.m. ET] As dozens of Palestinian rockets rained down on southern Israel, the country's air force carried out new raids on positions in Gaza on Wednesday. Two days of air strikes have so far killed four Palestinians.

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October 24th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

3 killed, kids hurt as fury grows over U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan

[Updated 9:56 a.m.] An official with the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, not authorized to speak on the record, condemned today's attack.  Previously, the ministry has said it lodged a complaint with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad about drone strikes in Pakistani territory on October 10 and 11.  The ministry called those "a clear violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty."

[Posted 8:03 a.m.] Missiles blew up part of a compound Wednesday in northwest Pakistan, killing three people - including one woman - a government official said.

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Syrian civil war in photos
October 24th, 2012
07:58 AM ET

UN envoy: Syria's government agrees to cease-fire during Eid holiday

Editor's Note: After 19 months of incessant violence, the Syrian government has agreed to a cease-fire during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins Friday, special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said. He added that some rebels also "agreed to the principle" of a cease-fire.  But whether the words lead to any kind of peace remains uncertain. Here are the latest developments:

[Updated 1:52 p.m.] At least 124 people have been killed today in Syria, including 70 in Damascus and its suburbs, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

The opposition and the Syrian government are blaming each other for a massacre in the Damascus suburb Douma.  "At least one massacre is perpetrated almost every day across the country where many men, women and children are being slaughtered; all innocent civilians killed in their own homes and in cold blood," the LCC said.

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October 24th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Wednesday'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...

11:00 am ET - Obama starts nationwide tour - President Obama launches a two-day nationwide campaign blitz in Davenport, Iowa.  He'll then travel to Denver for a campaign appearance at 4:55 pm ET.

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October 24th, 2012
05:29 AM ET

Patient 'upset at illness' confesses to starting deadly fire

A 67-year-old cancer patient was arrested Wednesday in connection with a fire that ripped through a hospital in Taiwan killing at least 12 people and injuring 60 others.

Lin Chi-hsiung, who was found hiding in a storage facility at the hospital, confessed to starting the fire a day earlier because he was upset over his illness, according to Tseng Chao-kai, head prosecutor for the Tainan District Prosecutor's Office.

Lin is a colon cancer patient who has been hospitalized in the facility since late 2010, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

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Lebanon on edge after officer's death
October 24th, 2012
05:11 AM ET

U.S. supports new Lebanese government coalition, spokeswoman says

Four days after Lebanon's intelligence chief was killed in a car bombing, the United States said it will back the Lebanese opposition's call for a new cabinet free of Syrian influence.

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State Department e-mail on Benghazi
October 24th, 2012
04:49 AM ET

E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack

Two hours after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the White House, the State Department and the FBI were told that an Islamist group had claimed credit, government e-mails obtained by CNN show.

One of the e-mails - sent from a State Department address to various government agencies - specifically identifies Ansar al-Sharia as claiming responsibility for the attack on its Facebook page and on Twitter.

The e-mails raise further questions about the seeming confusion on the part of the Obama administration to determine the nature of the September attack and those who planned it.

The attack left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.

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October 24th, 2012
04:44 AM ET

Jordan pleads for help with 200,000 Syrian refugees

The hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled across borders can sleep without fear of another attack. But they're also causing serious strains on their host countries, such as Jordan.

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