Airlines let travelers change tickets, fee-free, due to Hurricane Sandy
October 26th, 2012
09:45 PM ET

Airlines let travelers change tickets, fee-free, due to Hurricane Sandy

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.

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October 26th, 2012
08:24 PM ET

Eastern United States braces for Hurricane Sandy

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.

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South Carolina taxpayer server hacked, 3.6 million Social Security numbers compromised
October 26th, 2012
07:56 PM ET

South Carolina taxpayer server hacked, 3.6 million Social Security numbers compromised

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.

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Harry Reid released from hospital after vehicle crash
Sen. Harry Reid was evaluated at a hospital after a vehicle collision on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas , his office says.
October 26th, 2012
07:05 PM ET

Harry Reid released from hospital after vehicle crash

[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, 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.

Despite holiday truce, violence and finger-pointing continue in Syria
Syrian rebels run through the streets of Aleppo on Friday..
October 26th, 2012
07:01 PM ET

Despite holiday truce, violence and finger-pointing continue in Syria

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.

Click here to read more about the violence Friday in Syria.

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October 26th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Police: Nanny accused in kids' deaths stabbed self when mom arrived

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.

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Judge: New Jersey brothers accused of killing girl will remain detained
Autumn Pasquale, 12, was found dead Monday in a recycling container in southern New Jersey.
October 26th, 2012
06:04 PM ET

Judge: New Jersey brothers accused of killing girl will remain detained

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 juveniles” 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.

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McGovern remembered as politician, humanitarian, man of conscience
"George McGovern was a great man. But more importantly, he was a very, very good one," says U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern.
October 26th, 2012
05:04 PM ET

McGovern remembered as politician, humanitarian, man of conscience

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.

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October 26th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

How Sandy was dubbed ‘Frankenstorm’

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 1991’s “Perfect Storm," which had Hurricane Grace as one of its ingredients, and the 2010 “Snowmageddon.”

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October 26th, 2012
02:08 PM ET

NHL cancels more games amid lockout

The National Hockey League on Friday announced the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through 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 – or 26.5% of the season – had been scheduled for October 11 through November 30.

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Body of missing Pennsylvania baby found; suspect arrested
A copy of the reward poster put out after Saanvi Venna went missing earlier this week.
October 26th, 2012
02:08 PM ET

Body of missing Pennsylvania baby found; suspect arrested

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.

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Former Chinese leader Bo Xilai faces criminal investigation
Bo Xilai in March 2012
October 26th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Former Chinese leader Bo Xilai faces criminal investigation

Chinese prosecutors have put disgraced former leader Bo Xilai under investigation for alleged criminal offenses, China's state news agency Xinhua said Friday.

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Suspect in Family Research Council shooting pleads not guilty to new charges
Floyd Lee Corkins II is accused of shooting a building manager at the Family Research Council on August 15.
October 26th, 2012
12:44 PM ET

Suspect in Family Research Council shooting pleads not guilty to new charges

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.

Floyd Lee Corkins II was arraigned for the second time after seven new charges were filed against him Wednesday. FULL POST


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October 26th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

More Armstrong fallout: No winners for Tour de France from '99 to '05

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

There will officially be no winner of the Tour de France for the years 1999-2005 after cyclist Lance Armstrong was disqualified for doping, cycling’s governing body, the International Cycling Union, announced Friday.

“The Management Committee decided not to award victories to any other rider or upgrade other placings in any of the affected events,” the group said.

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Ex-Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to 4 years in prison
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is expected to appeal a sentence that a court in Milan handed down.
October 26th, 2012
10:20 AM ET

Ex-Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to 4 years in prison

[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.

 

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Truce in Syria?
Civilians carry belongings Thursday in Aleppo along a street filled with debris after fighting between Syrian troops and rebels.
October 26th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

Truce in Syria?

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 Syria’s 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.

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October 26th, 2012
10:02 AM ET

'All clear' given at Canadian Embassy in Washington

[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

Economy grows at 2% rate
October 26th, 2012
08:37 AM ET

Economy grows at 2% rate

The U.S. economy grew at a 2% annual rate in the third quarter, faster than the 1.3% rate in the prior quarter, the government reported Friday.

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Russian protest leader charged with plotting mass disorder
Russian activist Sergei Udaltsov talks to reporters Friday after being questioned in Moscow.
October 26th, 2012
08:30 AM ET

Russian protest leader charged with plotting mass disorder

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.

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Doctor: No significant brain damage in Malala
Malala Yousufzai enjoys a visit Friday with her father, Ziauddin, and brothers Atal Khan and Khushal Khan in a British hospital.
October 26th, 2012
08:08 AM ET

Doctor: No significant brain damage in Malala

Editor's note: Fifteen-year-old 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 Yousufzai’s lead doctor, Dave Rosser, does not believe she has significant brain damage.

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