Benghazi report blames 'management deficiencies' at State Department
A man waves a rifle in front of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11.
December 18th, 2012
10:02 PM ET

Benghazi report blames 'management deficiencies' at State Department

A report issued Tuesday about the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, cited "management deficiencies" at high levels of the State Department.

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Filed under: Libya • Politics • World
Instagram backtracks after user privacy revolt
Language in Instagram's new terms of service raised privacy concerns until the company backtracked Tuesday.
December 18th, 2012
05:44 PM ET

Instagram backtracks after user privacy revolt

Faced with a loud and angry backlash from some of its most active users, photo-sharing app Instagram backtracked Tuesday on new language that appeared to give the company ownership of their images.

"The language we proposed ... raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement," Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post. "We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we're going to remove the language that raised the question."

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December 18th, 2012
04:31 PM ET

NRA 'prepared ... to help make sure this never happens again'

The National Rifle Association America has released the following statement its first since Friday's shootings that left 20 children and six women dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut:

"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.

"Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.

"The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.

"The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, D.C., area on Friday, December 21."

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Filed under: Connecticut • Crime
3 arrested in massive maple syrup heist
December 18th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

3 arrested in massive maple syrup heist

Much of a huge cache of maple syrup snatched from a Quebec storage facility has been recovered, police say.

Three people have been arrested and five others are being sought in connection with the theft from a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, Quebec Provincial Police said in a statement Tuesday. The theft occurred between August 2011 and July 2012, police said.

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December 18th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Authorities still trying to get data from Newtown gunman's smashed computer

Investigators have so far been unable to retrieve data from a computer taken from Connecticut school gunman Adam Lanza's home, a law enforcement official said. It appears that Lanza had smashed the computer, extensively damaging the hard drive, and the FBI is assisting Connecticut State Police in trying to retrieve data from the computer, the official said.

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December 18th, 2012
10:52 AM ET

International Criminal Court acquits man in 2003 Congo massacre

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued its first-ever acquittal, in a case involving war crime allegations in the Congo.

The court dismissed the case against Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui that claimed he was a militia leader responsible in the 2003 massacre of hundreds of villagers in Bogoro, Democratic Republic of Congo.

December 18th, 2012
09:54 AM ET

4 dead in Colorado shooting

Four people have been found dead today in a Colorado house in an apparent murder-suicide, a Weld County sheriff's spokesman has told CNN's Christine Sever.

The dead are two men and two females and all are believed to be related, the spokesman, Tim Schwartz, said.

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December 18th, 2012
08:48 AM ET

Toyota to pay record fine over safety problems

Toyota Motor has agreed to pay a record $17.4 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for safety problems that led to a 2012 recall of some of its Lexus RX350 models, CNNMoney reports.  That's the largest fine allowed by law for a single investigation.

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December 18th, 2012
07:33 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the investigation and fallout from the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Online trading hearing - A Senate banking subcommittee holds a hearing on the state of online trading and what rules should govern the practice.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Crime • On CNN.com today • U.S.
NBC News crew escape from abductors in Syria
Richard Engel
December 18th, 2012
07:08 AM ET

NBC News crew escape from abductors in Syria

Five days after they were seized, bound and blindfolded by abductors in Syria, NBC reporter Richard Engel and his crew have escaped unharmed after being freed in a gunfight at a checkpoint, NBC said Tuesday.

They were finally freed Monday in a firefight at a checkpoint manned by rebel fighters, which they ran into as they were being moved.

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Iraq's president rushed to hospital
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is shown on January 23, 2010, in Baghdad. A lawmaker says he is in intensive care.
December 18th, 2012
06:53 AM ET

Iraq's president rushed to hospital

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has suffered a stroke and was rushed to a hospital in Baghdad on Monday night, Iraqi officials said.

Talabani was in intensive care after the stroke, said Kurdish Lawmaker Mahmoud Othman, who said he was headed to the hospital to visit the ailing leader.

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