Spokeswoman: FBI at home of woman who had affair with ex-CIA chief David Petraeus
FBI agents were at the North Carolina home of Paula Broadwell, shown here, on Monday night, an FBI spokeswoman said.
November 12th, 2012
09:35 PM ET

Spokeswoman: FBI at home of woman who had affair with ex-CIA chief David Petraeus

FBI agents are at the Charlotte, North Carolina, home of Paula Broadwell, the woman who had an affair with then-CIA Director David Petraeus, said FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch.

Lynch declined to say what the FBI is doing at the house. Petraeus resigned as CIA Director last Friday, citing an extramarital affair as the reason.

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FDA: Problems found at another facility of sister company of pharmacy tied to meningitis
Injectable steroids distributed by the New England Compounding Center are blamed for a widespread meningitis outbreak.
November 12th, 2012
08:26 PM ET

FDA: Problems found at another facility of sister company of pharmacy tied to meningitis

Federal inspectors found crawling insects, corroding walls and concerns about safety and quality safeguards at a  drug-making facility run by the company tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak, according to a report released today.

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Filed under: Health • Massachusetts
NASCAR's Jeff Gordon fined $100,000 for part in post-race brawl
The two cars tangled near the end of the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.
November 12th, 2012
07:25 PM ET

NASCAR's Jeff Gordon fined $100,000 for part in post-race brawl

NASCAR has docked one of its most famous drivers $100,000 for his part in a post-race, post-crash brawl between pit crews.

Four-time champion Jeff Gordon also lost 25 points and is now 11th in the Sprint Cup championship standings with one race remaining.
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Mike D'Antoni tapped to be L.A. Lakers next head coach
November 12th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Mike D'Antoni tapped to be L.A. Lakers next head coach

After ousting its coach days into the new season, the Los Angeles Lakers today announced the hiring of Mike D'Antoni to lead the talented NBA team.

Media reports had suggested that Phil Jackson would return to the Lakers, whom he'd previously led to five of his record-setting 11 league championships as a head coach. Instead, Los Angeles chose to bring in D'Antoni, who has coached the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks over 10 seasons.

"Knowing his style of play and given the current make-up of our roster, we feel Mike is a great fit, are excited to have him as our next head coach, and hope he will help our team reach its full potential," general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a press release.

After the team opened this season with one win and four losses, Lakers management fired Mike Brown, the former Cavaliers coach who had succeeded Jackson before the start of the 2011-2012 season. The squad has won its last two games under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff.

The hiring reunites D'Antoni with Steve Nash, the two-time league MVP he coached while both were with the Suns. Other stars on the Lakers roster include six-time NBA titlist Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, who came over from the Orlando Magic in the off-season.

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Voice of Elmo on leave after denying 'underage conduct' with teen
Puppeteer Kevin Clash with the iconic Elmo at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2011
November 12th, 2012
12:23 PM ET

Voice of Elmo on leave after denying 'underage conduct' with teen

[Update 1:55 p.m.] Kevin Clash has issued a statement saying,"I am a gay man. I have never been ashamed of this or tried to hide it, but felt it was a personal and private matter. I had a relationship with the accuser. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was. I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation."

[Posted 12:23 p.m.] The puppeteer who voices Elmo - one of the most adored children's characters in the world -  is taking time off from Sesame Street after denying he had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy.

Sesame Street Workshop says it found the allegation against Kevin Clash "unsubstantiated," and granted him leave as he takes "actions to protect his reputation."

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Lance Armstrong's rise and fall
November 12th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Lance Armstrong quits Livestrong entirely

Lance Armstrong has quit the board of his namesake foundation - the latest fallout from allegations of doping that brought about the cycling icon's epic downfall.

He chose to resign from the Lance Armstrong Foundation - known by the name Livestrong - "to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career," according to a statement by Jeff Garvey, the foundation's chairman.

"We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families. We are beholden to the Armstrong family for the nearly $7 million in contributions throughout the foundation’s history. Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer."

Armstrong previously gave up his position as chairman in the wake of the growing scandal, but said he would remain involved.

Although the Tour de France has revoked the seven victories that made him a legend, Armstrong tweeted a photo over the weekend showing himself lounging on a sofa beneath the seven prized yellow jerseys.

He has long insisted he did not cheat, and attacked those who accused him of using illegal substances.  But the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found "overwhelming" evidence that he was involved in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."

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Filed under: Cycling • Lance Armstrong • Sports • U.S.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada to be released on bail
November 12th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Radical cleric Abu Qatada to be released on bail

[Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET] Abu Qatada is expected to be released on Tuesday, but his bail conditions are still being set, Britain’s Judicial Communications Office said Monday.

Britain's Special Immigration Appeals Commission upheld the radical cleric's appeal against deportation to Jordan earlier Monday

[Posted at 7:47 a.m. ET] Radical cleric Abu Qatada has won a legal battle that means he will not be deported from the United Kingdom to Jordan, the latest round in a long-running battle over British efforts to deport the man accused of funding terrorist groups and said to have inspired one of the 9/11 hijackers.

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Tibetan activists detained by Indian police
November 12th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

Tibetan activists detained by Indian police

A group of Tibetan activists were detained during protests near the Chinese embassy in New Dehli, India on Monday.

The protests followed two Tibetan monks dying after setting themselves on fire on the eve of a Chinese leaders' gathering. CNN has reported on a number self-immolations in the past from Nbaga county by Tibetans protesting Chinese rule.

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Filed under: China • Tibet
November 12th, 2012
05:15 AM ET

State Department congratulates Syrian opposition factions for uniting

The United States is pleased that Syrian opposition factions have united, the State Department says.

"The United States congratulates the representatives of the Syrian people on the formation of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces," a statement from State Department spokesman Mark Toner says.  "We look forward to supporting the National Coalition as it charts a course toward the end of (President) Assad’s bloody rule and the start of the peaceful, just, democratic future that all the people of Syria deserve."

Syrian opposition factions formally agreed Sunday to unite as the National Coalition Forces of the Syrian Revolution, a spokesman for the Syrian National Council told CNN.

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Filed under: U.S. • World
November 12th, 2012
03:52 AM ET

BBC's news director, deputy 'step aside'

[Updated 5:29 a.m. ET]  The BBC expects the head of news and her deputy to "return to their positions" following reviews into the BBC journalism around the Jimmy Savile scandal.

[Posted 3:52 a.m. ET]  The BBC's news director and her deputy have "stepped aside" in the midst of an ongoing scandal, the media organization reports Monday.

The developments involving Helen Boaden and Steve Mitchell come after BBC director general George Entwistle quit on Saturday.  He resigned after a "Newsnight" report wrongly accused a former Tory politician of child abuse.

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Filed under: Politics • World
November 12th, 2012
03:25 AM ET

Pace of storm recovery in NY, NJ leave some 'frustrated, emotionally drained'

The outward signs of recovery across the Northeast nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy struck were everywhere Monday: Power restored to tens of thousands, bridges and tunnels reopened and limited train and ferry service up and running.

But there were signs, too, of struggle.

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Filed under: U.S. • Weather
November 12th, 2012
01:26 AM ET

Israel airstrikes target Palestinian militants in northern and southern Gaza

Israeli airstrikes hit Palestinian targets in Gaza overnight, scoring direct hits on a "terror tunnel" and a weapons storage facility, the military says.

A military representative says militants have launched more than 110 rockets since Saturday.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel," an Israel Defense Forces statement issued today says. "The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip."

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