Susan Rice takes her name out of running for Secretary of State
December 13th, 2012
03:52 PM ET

Susan Rice takes her name out of running for Secretary of State

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State.

This is part of what she wrote to President Obama:

I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. I am fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country.

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December 13th, 2012
03:39 PM ET

North Korea releases photos of rocket launch

North Korea's state news agency has put out some photos of the rocket launch earlier this week that is believed to have put a satellite into orbit.

This image from KCNA shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un celebrating with troops.

And here's a shot of the launch.

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December 13th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Venezuela's Chavez making progress after surgery, minister says

It appears as thought Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is making progress in his recovery, but it will take a while for him to get back to full strength after surgery.

Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas said Thursday Chavez is making a progressive recovery but he'll need time to recuperate due to the complexity of the operation he underwent and complications due to a hemorrhage that was treated.

Chavez responded positively to the treatment and will need further treatments to fully recover, Villegas said in a statement broadcast on Venezuelan state television.

December 13th, 2012
01:05 PM ET

Clackamas mall to reopen on Friday

It appears as though the Clackamas Town Center is looking to return to normalcy after a deadly shooting at the mall.

The Clackamas Town Center just announced on their Facebook page that they will reopen tomorrow at 9 a.m. PST. The mall had been closed after gunman Jacob Tyler Roberts shot three people on the second floor of an Oregon mall.

You can read more about Roberts' history and about the two victims killed at the mall here:

Oregon mall shooting victims described as 'caring,' having 'zest for life'

Oregon mall gunman: 'I have lived one crazy life so far'

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December 13th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Jenni Rivera's remains found, turned over to family

We are just learning that the remains of music star Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash Sunday, have been identified and turned over to her family, according to a spokesman for Mexico's Nuevo Leon state.

The remains of Rivera's publicist and the plane's co-pilot were also identified. It is unclear how officials were able to identify all of the remains at this point.

We are continuing to learn more about what happened during the flight Rivera was on, including that her plane plunged from 28,000 feet, according to Mexican officials.

For more on the accident and Rivera's legacy you can read the following stories:

Jenni Rivera is mourned, but still inspires

Plane's owners tied to troubled businessman

 

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December 13th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

FBI: Shooting at federal courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama

A worker at the federal courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, shot himself in the head Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

The man walked into the chief clerk's office at the Hugo Black U.S. Federal Courthouse "mumbling about a will. He then put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger," CNN affiliate WBMA reported, citing a source inside the courthouse. The FBI confirmed the source's report, WBMA said.

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Israel's foreign minister to be charged with breach of trust, fraud
December 13th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Israel's foreign minister to be charged with breach of trust, fraud

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman will be charged with breach of trust and fraud, Israel's Justice Ministry announced Thursday.

Liberman will not face more serious corruption charges including money laundering and witness tampering, charges that have been leveled against him.

Liberman is suspected of illicitly obtaining about $3 million through a number of shell companies. The alleged crimes date back to before Liberman became foreign minister in 2009.

December 13th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Four killed in car bomb in Damascus suburb

A least four people were killed following a car bomb explosion on Thursday in the town of Jedaidat Al-fadil, according to the London-based opposition group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Jedaidat Al-fadil is a suburb of Damascus, Syria.

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Syrian civil war in photos
December 13th, 2012
09:20 AM ET

Syrian government 'approaching collapse,' NATO secretary-general says

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Syria's government is "approaching collapse" and urges President Bashar al-Assad to stop fighting and accommodate a political transfer of power.

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Car bomb injures 3 coalition troops at Afghan airfield hours after Panetta's visit
The suicide attack took place hours after U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta left Kandahar airfield.
December 13th, 2012
09:18 AM ET

Car bomb injures 3 coalition troops at Afghan airfield hours after Panetta's visit

Three coalition troops and 10 Afghan civilians were injured after a suicide car bomb attack targeted a foreign forces convoy near the Kandahar airfield on Thursday, a spokesman for Kandahar's governor said.

The attack took place a few hours after U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta left the airfield, according to a U.S. official who spoke to the U.S. press pool traveling with Panetta.

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2 deaths reported as Cyclone Evan rips through Samoan islands
Infrared image of Cyclone Evan over the Samoan islands Thursday.
December 13th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

2 deaths reported as Cyclone Evan rips through Samoan islands

Tropical Cyclone Evan is battering Samoa and American Samoa in the South Pacific with wind gusts up to 130 mph, heavy rain and pounding surf.

The National Weather Service in Pago Pago issued hurricane and high surf warnings for the islands as well as a flash flood watch.

There were reports of two deaths from the storm in Samoa, an independent country with a population of 183,000. American Samoa is a U.S. territory with a population of about 55,000.

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Mystery follows McAfee to Miami
American technology pioneer John McAfee will return to the United States Wednesday.
December 13th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Mystery follows McAfee to Miami

After weeks on the run and days in immigration detention, American technology pioneer John McAfee arrived in Miami on Wednesday.

He said he had no choice in the matter, that Guatemalan authorities expelled him to the United States and put him on a plane to a destination they determined.

"I was whisked out of prison," McAfee told CNN affiliate broadcaster WSVN in front of his South Beach hotel. "I was forcibly separated from Samantha, and now here I am."

Samantha Venegas is McAfee's girlfriend.and

When the plane landed, U.S. officials boarded the aircraft to greet him and escort him off.

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December 13th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Thursday's live events

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

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Golden Globe nominations - Actors Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms announce the nominations for 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California.  The Golden Globes honor the best in TV and film.

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Court: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers
An undated family photograph of Jacintha Saldanha who died after being hoaxed by an Australian radio on December 8, 2012.
December 13th, 2012
05:01 AM ET

Court: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers

A nurse who took a prank call from an Australian radio station apparently hanged herself using a scarf, but her reasons for pursuing that tragic course remain unclear.

Jacintha Saldanha was found last Friday by work colleagues hanging from a wardrobe door at her hospital living quarters, a coroner's court in London heard Thursday.

The nurse, who was married with two teenaged children, left three notes, two at the scene and a third with her belongings, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

The content of the notes was not disclosed.

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December 13th, 2012
02:24 AM ET

Japan scrambles fighter jets after Chinese plane seen near disputed islands

Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen Thursday near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries.

This is the first time the dispute over the islands, which Japan calls Senkaku and China refers to as Diaoyu, has involved aircraft.

Chinese government ships have repeatedly entered the waters around the remote, rocky islands since the Japanese government announced in September it was buying several of the islands from private owners.

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