November 8th, 2012
10:23 PM ET

2 dead, 1 rescued after explosion at building in Quebec

An explosion today in an industrial area in Quebec province killed two people, with another rescued alive after an extensive search, a city spokeswoman said.

Seventeen people were hospitalized after Thursday's explosion in Sherbrooke, a  community about 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Montreal, according to city spokeswoman Sylvie Proulx. Four of those were in critical condition Thursday night.

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November 8th, 2012
08:53 PM ET

Former Wings guitarist in hospital following heart attack

Henry McCullough, a guitarist who played with Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles band Wings, was in critical condition Thursday at a hospital in Northern Ireland after suffering a heart attack, a publicist who has worked with him told CNN.

The publicist, Anne Leighton, cited McCullough’s longtime girlfriend, and said the family has asked for privacy. Leighton said she believed the heart attack happened earlier in the week.

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Comment: 'Fiscal cliff' provides obstacle for political coyotes, roadrunners
Wile E. Coyote is seen chasing nemesis The Road Runner at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January. (Getty Images)
November 8th, 2012
07:22 PM ET

Comment: 'Fiscal cliff' provides obstacle for political coyotes, roadrunners

Editor's note: We regularly highlight thought-provoking comments from CNN's readership and audience. Some posts are edited for length and clarity.

You may recall the old Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons in which Wile E. Coyote was pursuing the Road Runner. Those ACME products never seemed to do the trick for the poor coyote, who would end up bounding off exaggerated red-rock cliffs and hanging in mid-air. Cartoon physics would eventually bring him down, but he would always survive. FULL POST

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Snow, high winds hitting areas devastated by Sandy
November 8th, 2012
07:18 PM ET

Snow, high winds hitting areas devastated by Sandy

Editor's note: A nor'easter has been hitting parts of the U.S. Northeast with heavy snow and strong winds since yesterday, cruelly complicating recovery efforts from last week's Superstorm Sandy and interrupting power for some weary residents who had just gotten it restored.

[Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET] A resident of Tom's River, a New Jersey community hard-hit by Sandy last week, tells CNN that the nor'easter's 5 to 7 inches of snow this week made things more difficult for people in the area.

Keith Paul said he's fortunate that his house still is standing, because homes a block away were toppled. His home hasn't had power since last week, and while a neighbor let him use a generator, this week's nor'easter complicated things.

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Hazing victim’s parents not interested in FAMU’s $300K offer, lawyer says
Florida A&M University student and band member Robert Champion Jr., 26, died in November 2011.
November 8th, 2012
05:35 PM ET

Hazing victim’s parents not interested in FAMU’s $300K offer, lawyer says

Florida A&M University has offered $300,000 the maximum it says it can offer without state legislative action as a settlement to the family of Robert Champion Jr., the drum major who died after a hazing ritual last year, a university attorney said Thursday.

But the family’s attorney, Chris Chestnut, said that the offer is an insult, and that the family will not consider it.

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Loughner sentenced to life in prison without parole
Jared Loughner, who pleaded guilty to a 2011 mass shooting, will be sentenced Thursday.
November 8th, 2012
04:31 PM ET

Loughner sentenced to life in prison without parole

Editor's note: Jared Loughner, the Arizona man who pleaded guilty to the January 2011 attempted assassination of then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole. The shooting at a meet-and-greet in Tucson killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords. Below are details from inside and outside the courthouse as we received them.

[Updated at 4:31 p.m.] Today's sentencing means Jared Loughner "will never again be free to hurt or menace the American public," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news release.

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November 8th, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Temporary gasoline rationing ordered for New York City, Long Island

New York City and Long Island officials have ordered a temporary gasoline-rationing system starting Friday morning in which people there can buy fuel only on certain days, depending on their license-plate numbers.

The moves, designed to reduce wait times and lines at gas stations in the area, come more than a week after Superstorm Sandy damaged petroleum infrastructure in the region and made it difficult for people to get fuel for their vehicles, especially because many gas stations were without power for days.

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Bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel convicted of involuntary manslaughter
Four died and 49 were injured early on May 31, 2011, when a bus driven by Kim Yiu Cheung -- who had fallen asleep at the wheel -- crashed on Interstate 95 in Virginia.
November 8th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

Bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel convicted of involuntary manslaughter

A bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel on a Virginia interstate, causing a deadly early morning crash, was found guilty today of four counts of involuntary manslaughter, a county court clerk said.

In addition to four killed, 49 other passengers were injured around 5 a.m. on May 31, 2011, when a Sky Express Inc. motorcoach drifted off Interstate 95 near Richmond, Virginia, struck a cable barrier, spun around and then overturned.

The driver, Kim Yiu Cheung, was slightly injured in that crash and refused medical treatment, officials said.

Ray Campbell, a clerk for Caroline (County) Circuit Court in Virginia, said Cheung is scheduled to be sentenced January 23, 2013.

This summer, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded the deadly accident could be traced to the driver's "acute sleep loss."  It also blamed the bus company for not monitoring drivers' rest and sleep activities and a federal agency that oversees motor carrier companies for allowing the company to continue running despite known safety issues.

November 8th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Iran fighter jets fired on U.S. drone, officials tell CNN

Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week, CNN has learned.

The incident raises fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.

You can read more about the incident on our Security Clearance blog.

'Gabby would trade her own life to bring back any one of those you savagely murdered'
Gabrielle Giffords during the final day of the Democratic National Convention
November 8th, 2012
01:35 PM ET

'Gabby would trade her own life to bring back any one of those you savagely murdered'

Editor's note: Jared Loughner, the Arizona man who pleaded guilty to the January 2011 attempted assassination of then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be sentenced Thursday. The shooting at a meet-and-greet in Tucson killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords. Her husband, Mark Kelly, will speak on her behalf at the sentencing. Below is his statement in full.

Mr. Loughner, for the first and last time, you are going to hear directly from Gabby and me about what you took away on January 8th, 2011 and, just as important, what you did not. So pay attention.

That bright and chilly Saturday morning, you killed six innocent people. Daughters and sons. Mothers and fathers. Grandparents and friends. They were devoted to their families, their communities, their places of worship.

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Bradley Manning offers to plead guilty to some charges, lawyer says
November 8th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Bradley Manning offers to plead guilty to some charges, lawyer says

[Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET] The Army private accused of leaking millions of government files has offered to plead guilty to some of the charges against him, his attorney announced Thursday.

Pfc. Bradley Manning has been jailed for more than two years on allegations that he downloaded hundreds of thousands of pages of documents while serving as a military intelligence analyst in Iraq and handed that trove to website WikiLeaks. The offer was made in a hearing held on Wednesday, his attorney, David Coombs, wrote on his firm's website.

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Unemployment benefits fall
November 8th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Unemployment benefits fall

Unemployment benefit claims fell last week, but the real impact on the economy is uncertain after Hurricane Sandy left the Northeast with power outages and closed offices.

CNNMoney.com has the full details.

November 8th, 2012
07:48 AM ET

3 deadly bombings reported Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province killed 10 people and wounded six others on Thursday, officials said.

Officials earlier had reported two bomb blasts targeting Afghan security forces in different parts of the country that killed at least eight.

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November 8th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

Thursday's live events

President Obama won a second term in office this week, and will be inaugurated in January.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on all things politics.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Nor'easter briefings and updates

8:30 am ET - ECB interest rate briefing - Europe continues to struggle with economic problems, and the European Central Bank must make a decision on interest rates today.  The ECB president will discuss the bank's decision at a news conference.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


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Tour de France winner hurt in bike crash
Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins, pictured at a news conference at the London Olympics
November 8th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Tour de France winner hurt in bike crash

This year's Tour de France winner spent the night in a hospital with broken ribs after he was knocked off his bike while cycling near his home in northern England, his professional team said.

"We can confirm that Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire on Wednesday evening," Team Sky said in a statement

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Coffee cup beating death case comes to a hearing
Alan Goodman was beaten and stabbed to death with a coffee cup in April.
November 8th, 2012
06:42 AM ET

Coffee cup beating death case comes to a hearing

U.S. Open tennis umpire Lois Goodman is accused of fatally bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband in their home with a coffee mug.  A hearing today in Los Angeles will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

The 70-year-old line judge was arrested in August in New York while preparing for the U.S. Open tournament and charged with the killing, which occurred in California in April.

Alan Goodman was beaten with a coffee mug then stabbed to death with its broken shards.

His wife's lawyer and supporters dispute the charges on a Facebook page dedicated to her defense.

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Syrian civil war in photos
November 8th, 2012
06:31 AM ET

Syrian president vows to 'live and die' in Syria, threatens against foreign invasion

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made an ominous threat against foreign intervention, saying it would have a "domino impact" on the world.

"I think that the cost of foreign invasion of Syria, if it happened, would be greater than one that the whole world can afford," he told Russia Today television. "Because if there were problems in Syria, particularly as we are the last bastion of secularism, stability and coexistence in the region, it will have a domino impact that will affect the world from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

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November 8th, 2012
04:47 AM ET

Police: Bombings kill 5 in Iraq, wound dozens more

A string of bombings across Iraq killed five people and wounded more than 30 others, police said today.

A car bomb exploded on a busy road in Mahmoudiya about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Baghdad, killing two and injuring five more, according to police.

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November 8th, 2012
02:25 AM ET

Officials: Bomb blasts kill at least 8 in Afghanistan

Two bomb blasts targeting Afghan security forces in different parts of the country killed at least eight personnel this morning, officials said.

The first explosion occurred in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a police station in Kandahar City, killing three policemen, said Ahmad Javed Faisal, spokesman for the Kandahar Media and Information Center.

In the second incident, five Afghan National Army soldiers were killed when a bomb targeting a convoy was remotely detonated in eastern Laghman province's Bad Pakh district, Sarhadi Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.

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November 8th, 2012
02:20 AM ET

Tibetan monks set themselves on fire on eve of Chinese leaders' gathering

[Updated 2:38 a.m.] Two Tibetans died after setting themselves on fire yesterday, said the speaker for the Tibetan parliament in exile. One of them was a 15-year-old monk in Ngaba county, where three monks burned themselves. The other is a 23-year-old woman from a separate incident in the Qinghai Province, said Penpa Tsering from Dharamsala, India, citing sources in Tibet.

[Posted 2:20 a.m.] A teenage Tibetan monk died yesterday and 2 were injured after they set themselves on fire in an act of protest on the eve of  a key meeting of top Chinese officials, a Tibetan rights group said.

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