Search for missing oil workers suspended
Commercial vessels extinguish a platform fire, roughly 20 miles of the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
November 17th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Search for missing oil workers suspended

[Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET] The Coast Guard has suspended the search for two oil workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico, Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega told CNN.

[Posted 5:30 p.m.] One day after an explosion ripped through an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard scoured the region Saturday for any sign of two missing crew members.

The explosion triggered a fire and injured at least 11 people.

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November 17th, 2012
04:24 PM ET

Obama, Egypt's president discuss Gaza

President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on Saturday to discuss the ongoing violence in Gaza.

Egypt's intelligence chief is spearheading talks with Hamas and Israel to forge a stop to the three days of warring that has engulfed Gaza and the Jewish state and head off an Israeli ground offensive into the besieged Palestinian territory.

Obama praised Egypt's efforts to de-escalate the situation, and said he hoped they worked. He also expressed regret for the loss of civilian lives.

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November 17th, 2012
09:12 AM ET

ESPN: Mike Ditka OK after stroke

Legendary professional football coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka is recovering from a stroke he suffered Friday, the sports network said.

Ditka, 73, will not be on ESPN's football shows this weekend, the network said. But Ditka "wanted everyone to know he's OK," ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman said via Twitter.

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November 17th, 2012
06:05 AM ET

9/11 fund handler decides compensation to Aurora shooting victims

Victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting rampage will receive assistance from a $5 million charitable fund.

The attorney who decided who will receive what payments handled similar payouts to victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the BP oil spill, the Sandusky sex abuse scandal and the Virginia Tech massacre.

He received no payment for his work on Aurora – not even for his expenses.

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November 17th, 2012
06:02 AM ET

More than 40 children die in Egypt bus crash

A tragic accident took the lives of at least 47 school children in Egypt today, when bus collided with a train.  Government officials resigned over it.

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Israel steps up airstrikes, mobilizes troops along Gaza border
November 17th, 2012
03:08 AM ET

Israel steps up airstrikes, mobilizes troops along Gaza border

Irael's Operation Pillar of Defense looks like it may become a ground invasion. Today convoys carrying tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers rolled toward the Gaza border.  Palestinian militants fired rockets at the holy city of Jerusalem, which shows an expanded capability of their range vs. previous years.

Yesterday the Israeli government authorized the call up of 75,000 reservists, a move that points to the addition of boots on the ground to the current air campaign.

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