Hurricane Sandy is still a threat, not a reality, to many would-be travelers - but not for long.
That's why airlines are offering passengers the opportunity to tweak their travel plans in advance of the storm, which isn't expected to hit the U.S. East Coast in full until late Sunday or early Monday.
Editor's note: U.S. forecasters are warning New England and mid-Atlantic states to be ready for Hurricane Sandy next week, saying a combination of weather conditions threaten to help the storm be a disaster for them. The storm lashed the northwestern Bahamas on Friday morning after leaving at least 21 dead this week in Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba.
[Updated at 8:15 a.m. ET] Sandy restrengthened to hurricane status Saturday morning after having weakened overnight. It is a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph. Meanwhile, North Carolina declared a state of emergency in 40 counties.
[Updated at 8:23 p.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy slogged northward Friday night at a 7 mph rate, heading further from the Caribbean and getting closer to menacing the U.S. East Coast.
With sustained winds of 75 mph - as was the case for Friday - the storm was centered 75 miles north of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas and 400 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, around 8 p.m., the National Hurricane Center reported.
Tropical storm warnings extend from Jupiter inlet in Florida north to North Carolina's Outer Banks.
For the latest, check out this report.
The Social Security numbers of millions of South Carolinians, as well as credit and debit card information for hundreds of thousands, have been hacked in what the state's governor described Friday as an international cyberattack.
"This is not a good day for South Carolina," Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters.
[Updated at 7:05 p.m. ET] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, was discharged late Friday afternoon from a Las Vegas hospital hours after suffering rib and hip bruises in a vehicle collision on a Nevada highway, his office and a hospital spokeswoman said.
The vehicle that Reid was in,Â one of four vehicles in a caravan going north on Interstate 15, was involved in the multi-vehicle crash around 1 p.m. PT, Nevada Highway Patrol spokesmen Loy Hixson said.
Reid was discharged from University Medical Center shortly before around 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET), hospital spokeswoman Karen Gordon said. For more, check out this story from CNN.com's Political Ticker.
Instead of celebrating the Muslim holiday in peace - as was hoped for, after the Syrian government and rebels agreed to a truce - Friday in Syria was marred by yet more violence.
Some 103 people were found dead– among them 39 in and around Damascus, including 10 killed in one explosion - on the first day of what was supposed to be a four-day cease-fire for Eid al-Adha, the opposition Local Coordination Committees reported.
A New York nanny accused of fatally stabbing two children under her care Thursday began stabbing herself when the children's mother entered the room she was in – not before – New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday.
Kelly's revised statement relates to Thursday's slayings of Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, both children of Marina Krim and CNBC Digital Senior Vice President Kevin Krim, in the family's luxury Upper West Side apartment. Police say they believe nanny Yoselyn Ortega, 50, killed the children before injuring herself.
Earlier, Kelly told reporters that investigators believed Ortega was on a bathroom floor with self-inflicted wounds when the children's mother entered the room and found the kids' bodies in a bathtub. Please read this story for more.
Two teenage brothers accused of killing a 12-year-old New Jersey girl were ordered Friday to remain in a juvenile detention center at least for the next two weeks, a prosecutor's office spokesman said.
Superior Court Judge Colleen Maier remanded the brothers, ages 15 and 17, to stay in the detention center because she felt it would be "contrary to the well-being of the juvenilesâ to free them, said Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
Autumn Pasquale, 12, was found dead Monday in Clayton, a southern New Jersey community of about 8,000 people roughly 25 miles south of Philadelphia. Her alleged killers turned themselves in Tuesday, accompanied by their attorneys.
George McGovern accomplished more than most could ever dream in his lifetime: as a war hero, a congressman and presidential nominee.
But he was so much more than all that, his family and friends said at the late senator's memorial service Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Thousands turned out for the service at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, reflecting solemnly and at other times laughing at tales from McGovern's remarkable life while lauding his inherent decency, compassion and conviction. The staunch liberal died Sunday at age 90.
Naming tropical storms has been common practice for decades, in no small part because it helps meteorologists raise awareness and helps the media and the public keep track. Popular culture might give other names to extraordinarily powerful or inconvenient storms – tropical or not – such as 1991âs âPerfect Storm," which had Hurricane Grace as one of its ingredients, and the 2010 âSnowmageddon.â
The National Hockey League on Friday announcedÂ the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule throughÂ November 30.
The league and the NHL Players' Association have not been able to reach a collective bargaining agreement.
Three-hundred twenty-six regular-season games â or 26.5% of the season –Â had been scheduled for October 11 through November 30.
Missing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna was found dead Friday morning, and a friend of her family's has been arrested and charged in her and her grandmother's killings, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Friday.
Chinese prosecutors have put disgraced former leader Bo Xilai under investigation for alleged criminal offenses, China's state news agency Xinhua said Friday.FULL STORY
The suspect in the August 15 shooting of a security guard at the conservative Family Research Council in Washington pleaded not guilty Friday in a federal court to charges in the case.
Editor's note: This weekend CNN airs "The world according to Lance Armstrong," a documentary that delves into the doping accusations against the former champion cyclist. Watch it on CNN TV at 9 p.m. and midnight ET on Saturday and 3 a.m. ET on Sunday. For more, here are PDF files of USADA's decision and Armstrong's response.Â
There will officially be no winner of the Tour de France for the years 1999-2005 after cyclist Lance Armstrong was disqualified for doping, cyclingâs governing body, the International Cycling Union, announced Friday.
âThe Management Committee decided not to award victories to any other rider or upgrade other placings in any of the affected events,â the group said.
[Updated at 10:35 a.m. ET] Italy's flamboyant former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for tax fraud.
Berlusconi is likely to appeal the sentence handed down by a court in Milan, Italy. The case involved his Mediaset group and the purchase of TV rights. Berlusconi, 76, resigned as prime minister in November over his country's debt crisis, bringing to an apparent end an 18-year era in which he dominated Italian politics. For more details about the case, check out this story.
Editor's note: Hours after the beginning of a truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, reports of new violence began to emerge in Syriaâs civil war. Read the full story.
Here are the latest developments.
[Updated at 1:20 p.m.] More than 70 people have been killed across Syria on Friday, the first day of the Eid truce, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. Opposition activists said a car bombing rocked a Damascus neighborhood, with death toll estimates ranging from 10 to more than 20.
[Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET] People are being allowed back into the Canadian Embassy in Washington after police have given the "all clear" after a report of a suspicious package inside. FULL POST
A high-profile Russian protester has been charged with plotting mass disorder, a Russian state media outlet reported Friday.
He is Sergei Udaltsov, who has helped organize mass protests against President Vladimir Putin's rule, RIA Novosti said.
Editor's note: Fifteen-year-oldÂ Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan was shot in the head by the Taliban on October 9 for demanding education for girls. She is receiving treatment at a hospital in England. Following are the latest developments in Malala's recovery.
[Updated 8:08 a.m. ET] Malala Yousufzaiâs lead doctor, Dave Rosser, does not believe she has significant brain damage.