U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State.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