A Manhattan mother returned home early Thursday evening to find two of her young children stabbed to death in a bathtub, as their nanny lay bleeding nearby, police said.
Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu - a Heisman Trophy finalist last year at Louisiana State University, only to be suspended from the football team months later - was arrested Thursday on a drug charge, Baton Rouge police said.
Editor's note: Gilberto Valle, a New York police officer accused of conspiring to kidnap, rape, torture and cook a number of women and eat their body parts, has been arrested and charged in federal court.
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[Updated at 9:11 p.m ET] A federal prosecutor and defense attorney argued in court Thursday whether a New York police officer's sexually deviant online conversations amounted to "idle, harmless talk" or a real threat to scores of women.
Editor's note: Residents along the East Coast are being warned to be wary of Hurricane Sandy, whose forecast track takes it along the coast, from off Florida on Friday to off the mid-Atlantic states and possibly as far north as Massachusetts by Tuesday. Here is the full story. See photos here.
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[Updated at 9:32 p.m.] Eleven people in Cuba have died because of Hurricane Sandy, state news reported Thursday night, citing civil defense authorities.
Famed boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who was in the corner of champions such as Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya andÂ Wladimir Klitschko, died Thursday in a Chicago hospital, his executive assistant said.
Steward passed away at 1:46 p.m. CT (2:46 p.m. ET), said Victoria Kirton, who did not provide any further details. He was 68.
National Geographic has made its mark by bringing the world - in all its grandeur, beauty and horror - into people's living rooms.
Soon, some won't be limited to a glimpse from a magazine or a snippet from a TV show: They can get the full picture, literally, from the National Geographic Society as it auctions off originals of some of itsÂ most well-known, evocative works.
The auction house Christie's announced this week that it will put up for sale "fine art from the archives of the National Geographic Society." The items will be available for viewing from December 1 and 5 at Christie's gallery in New York, then go up for bid on December 6.
Sudan remained defiant and angry Thursday after a fatal late-night bombing of a weapons factory in that east African country - a sophisticated attack a Sudanese official continued to blame on Israel.
"This cowardly act makes Sudan now a confrontation state," said the government's information minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman.
Israel has declined comment on that attack, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Two people were killed when warplanes struck the weapons factory around midnight Tuesday, according to Osman.
The toll from the ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak continues to climb, with health authorities reporting 328 infections on Thursday - up 11 from the previous day.
In its latest update, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 323 cases of fungal meningitis plus five related peripheral joint infections. The agency reports 24 deaths tied to the outbreak, the same number as on Wednesday.
The illnesses, which first emerged just over a month ago, have been linked to tainted products from the New England Compounding Center. The Food and Drug Administration has since issued a warning covering medications from the compounding pharmacy that have been distributed since May 21 at more than 3,000 medical facilities nationwide.
A group of people got into a fight with a U.S. airman Thursday inside a gated housing area of an Air Force base in New Mexico. Â One of them grabbed his gun and shot him, police say.
Now authorities inÂ Albuquerque are searching for the suspects.
Editor's note: Syria's government and its main rebel force, the Free Syrian Army, both said Thursday they will halt military operations during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which lasts from Friday to Monday.
[Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET] Though Syria's government says it agrees to the holiday truce, it says it reserves the right to respond to "terrorist" attacks, including bombings, as well as "terrorists" trying to reinforce their positions; and to protect neighboring borders that "terrorists" cross.
If Paolo Gabriele ever does get the pope's pardon, it won't be before he serves some jail time.
Gabriele, a former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, will start his 18-month sentence in a Vatican cell Thursday for taking secret papers from the pope's personal apartment and leaking them to an author who included them in a best-selling book, the Vatican said.
Someone in an Afghan police uniform killed two U.S. troops todayÂ - the latest in a string of insider attacks this year.
The attack in Uruzgan Province is being investigated, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said. More than 50 people have been killed in these so-called "green-on-blue" incidents this year. The Afghan government calls the attacks terrorism.
Colin Powell is endorsing President Barack Obama in the election. Â He announced his decision Thursday on "CBS This Morning."
The former U.S. secretary of state, who served under President George W. Bush, made news four years ago when he pledged his support for Obama. Â Powell recently spoke with CNN's Fareed Zakaria about President Obama's foreign policy record.
[Updated at 12:05 p.m.] AÂ Pakistani Airways plane believed to be carrying Malala Yousufzai's father and mother has landed in Birmingham, England. Malala, 15, is getting treatment at a hospital in Birmingham after being shot in Pakistan for her outspoken support of girlsâ€™ access to education.
[Posted at 7:43 a.m.]Â Malala Yousufzaiâ€™s father and other family members are en route from Pakistan to England to visit the wounded 15-year-old, who's recovering in a British hospital, a source familiar with the familyâ€™s plans said.
They are expected to arrive in Birmingham, England, later today.
Six men have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Editor's Note: A toxic cloud that formed after 300 gallons of hydrochloric acid leaked at a plant in southeast Texas sent nine people to the hospital and forced thousands of residents to stay indoors for a few hours. Here is the story.
Â The following were the developments as they came in:
[Updated at 8:47 a.m.] The stay-indoors order has been lifted, according to the Texas City Emergency Management office. Roads that were closed in the south of the city also have been reopened, CNN affiliate KTRK reports.
[Updated at 6:35 a.m.] Officials say they expect to lift the stay-indoors order at 6 a.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).
[Updated 8:01 a.m.] Sectarian violence in volatile western Myanmar has killed at least 50 people this week, officials in the state of Rakine said today.
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Â [Posted 3:41 a.m.] Authorities have stepped up security measures in a volatile region of western Myanmar amid a fresh outbreak of sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims.
Clashes in recent days between the two communities in Rakhine State have killed seven people, wounded dozens of others and resulted in more than 1,000 houses being set on fire.
In an effort to clamp down on the unrest, authorities are sending extra security forces to the affected areas.FULL STORY
Editor's Note: Exhausted and destitute by an endless civil war, Syrians will find out Thursday whether its government will commit to halting violence - if only for a few days. A true cease-fire would be a historic break in 19 months of endless bloodshed. But if history repeats itself, the promise of a cease-fire would just be empty words. FULL POSTFULL STORY