December 12th, 2012
09:15 PM ET

Springsteen, Bon Jovi, other stars raise $$$ for Sandy relief

New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen kicked off Wednesday night's star-studded Madison Square Garden concert that raised money for those enduring misery after Superstorm Sandy.

Springsteen's set included "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run."

Proceeds from "12-12-12" benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is assisting storm victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Alicia Keys, launching into a customized version of "No One," told a cheering crowd, "This is our city. This is everybody's city. The resilience of this city is incredible."

Early performers include the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder, joined by comedians Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Billy Crystal. The Who's set included "Who Are You" and "Pinball Wizard." Images of storm damage were shown on a large screen.

"This recovery is not going to be quick," Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd during his set. "We need your support."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently said the latest estimates of Sandy-related storm costs in his state were $36.8 billion, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters the total cost in his state was $41 billion.

Concert organizers said the event was accessible to 2 billion people worldwide, through television and Web sites. "We are having high donation volume on the web," they said on the concert's Twitter page late Wednesday.

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Etan Patz suspect pleads not guilty
Etan Patz was 6 years old when he disappeared in 1979.
December 12th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Etan Patz suspect pleads not guilty

The man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping in the 1979 case.

Pedro Hernandez was indicted last month by a grand jury after he confessed in May to killing the child, though his attorney said his client had falsely confessed.

Hernandez's next court appearance is scheduled for January 30.

Hernandez - who was a stock clerk in Lower Manhattan in May of 1979 - admitted that he choked the boy after luring him into the basement of the grocery store, police said.

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December 12th, 2012
03:17 PM ET

Faces of Portland shooting: Victims, suspect named

We're learning more about the people involved in the shooting at a mall near Portland, Oregon.

Police say Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, opened fire Tuesday, killing Cindy Ann Yuille and Steven Forsyth before shooting himself.

Here's what we know so far from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office about the victims and the suspect:

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Chavez will face 'complex and difficult' recovery from surgery, VP says
December 12th, 2012
02:18 PM ET

Chavez will face 'complex and difficult' recovery from surgery, VP says

We've just gotten new details about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's surgery from the country's vice president.

Chavez will face a "complex and difficult" recovery after the  surgery he had for cancer, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said.

Maduro asked Venezuelans to remain united and pray for Chavez.

You can read more about the surgery and the president's condition here.

Woman's brilliant response to neighbor's elaborate Christmas display: 'Ditto'
Why try to out-do your neighbor when you can be this creative?
December 12th, 2012
11:43 AM ET

Woman's brilliant response to neighbor's elaborate Christmas display: 'Ditto'

The holiday season can be a stressful time of year. All the gift shopping, fighting over whether you really need to go to Aunt Clara's house this year and of course the songs you hear repeatedly in any store while you attempt to shop.

We're not Grinches, though, we swear. We love a good holiday display, even if some of us happen to find it time-consuming. And we may have found our favorite decoration of the year.

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December 12th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

U.S. to push for tough reaction after North Korea rocket launch

The United States will push for a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea for launching a rocket Wednesday, senior administration officials told CNN.

"We will go to New York with a full head of steam and work hard with our partners on the council to get a tough, swift reaction," one official said.

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Jenna Bush says baby on the way
Jenna Bush Hager says she is expecting her first child sometime early in 2013.
December 12th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Jenna Bush says baby on the way

Is there something in the water here and across the pond? Just days after the announcement that Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting, former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager revealed that she, too is awaiting a new arrival.

Hager said Wednesday on NBC's "Today Show" that she was "nervous and so excited" to be expecting her first child, due sometime in the spring of 2013. The baby will be a first grandchild for former President George W. Bush.

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December 12th, 2012
07:49 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The talk in Washington is all about the "fiscal cliff" and what the president and Congress need to do to avoid it.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the fiscal cliff debate.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - SAG Award nominations announced - The Screen Actors Guild Awards honor the best in film and television, and are voted on by the actors themselves.  Nominations for the 19th annual awards are announced today.

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Pope posts first tweet
Pope Benedict XVI posted his first tweet Wednesday morning.
December 12th, 2012
06:32 AM ET

Pope posts first tweet

Pope Benedict XVI posted his first message to the social media service Twitter on Wednesday under his handle @Pontifex:

The pontiff followed up his much-anticipated debut tweet with two more within minutes.

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