Hillary Clinton discharged from hospital
January 2nd, 2013
06:31 PM ET

Hillary Clinton discharged from hospital

[Update, 6:31 p.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged Wednesday evening from New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she'd been admitted Sunday because of a blood clot, the State Department said.

"Her medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery," the department said. "She's eager to get back to the office, and we will keep you updated on her schedule as it becomes clearer in the coming days. Both she and her family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care she received from the doctors, nurses and staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center.

[Update, 5:50 p.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's office hasn't issued a statement saying that she had been released from New York Presbyterian Hospital.

CNN staff outside the hospital had seen Clinton, her husband and daughter get into a van outside the hospital on Wednesday.

[Initial post, 4:13 p.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has left New York Presbyterian Hospital, according to CNN staff at the scene.

Clinton had been admitted Sunday due to a blood clot that was discovered during a follow-up exam related to a concussion she suffered last month.

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January 2nd, 2013
03:36 PM ET

House will vote on Sandy aid by Jan. 15, lawmakers say

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has assured lawmakers that the House will vote on $60 billion in aid related to Superstorm Sandy by January 15, a group of lawmakers from New York and New Jersey told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement came hours after those same lawmakers began expressing dismay that Boehner, as the 112th Congress was winding up Tuesday night, declined to put to a vote a similar aid bill that the Senate had passed.

The lawmakers met with Boehner Wednesday afternoon and then made the announcement.

"As far as I'm concerned ... it was an extremely positive" meeting, said U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, who earlier Wednesday called Boehner's Tuesday move a "knife in the back."

The new, 113th Congress will be sworn in on Thursday.

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January 2nd, 2013
02:22 PM ET

'Shame on Congress,' Christie says after House drops Sandy vote

[Update 3:57 p.m.] U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has assured lawmakers that the House will vote on $60 billion in aid related to Superstorm Sandy by January 15, a group of lawmakers from New York and New Jersey told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

[Initial post, 2:22 p.m.] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he doesn't know why House Speaker John Boehner didn't allow a vote on a $60 billion aid package to help Superstorm Sandy victims Tuesday or Wednesday, but he's steamed about it.

"There's only one group to blame for the continued suffering" of Sandy victims, and that's Boehner and the House Republican leadership, Christie told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

“Shame on you. Shame on Congress,” Christie, a Republican, said.

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Clinton talking with staff on phone from hospital, State Department says
January 2nd, 2013
01:49 PM ET

Clinton talking with staff on phone from hospital, State Department says

It may only be a small update, but it seems we have a bit of good news about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's current health.

Clinton has been speaking with her staff and is active on the phone from the New York hospital where she's being treated for a blood clot between her skull and brain, according to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

Nuland told reporters at an off-camera briefing Wednesday that there is nothing new to report about Clinton's condition and treatment beyond the Monday statement from her doctors.

January 2nd, 2013
12:38 PM ET

American journalist abducted in Syria

Gunmen have kidnapped an American journalist in Syria, the journalist's family announced Wednesday.

Freelancer James Foley was taken in northwest Syria on November 22, Thanksgiving Day in America, his family said, adding it decided to make his capture public now in the hope that media attention will increase the odds he'll be released unharmed.

"We want Jim to come safely home, or at least we need to speak with him to know he's OK," said the journalist's father, John Foley. "Jim is an objective journalist and we appeal for the release of Jim unharmed. To the people who have Jim, please contact us so we can work together toward his release."

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Pennsylvania suing to stop NCAA's Penn State sanctions
January 2nd, 2013
11:32 AM ET

Pennsylvania suing to stop NCAA's Penn State sanctions

[Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET] The state of Pennsylvania will file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, seeking to have a judge throw out all sanctions the association levied against Penn State University in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday.

Corbett (pictured) said the penalties a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on bowl games, football scholarship reductions, and the stripping of 14 seasons of football victories under late head coach Joe Paterno were unfair to the university, its students, and Pennsylvania citizens because the Sandusky criminal matter already is being handled in courts.

The NCAA "piled on ... (punishing) the citizens of Pennsylvania, who had nothing to do with these crimes," Corbett said.

"These sanctions are an attack on the past, present and future students of Penn State, the citizens of our commonwealth and our economy. As governor of this commonwealth, I cannot and will not stand by and let it happen without a fight," Corbett said.

He said the NCAA's actions were unlawful and overreaching, and that it essentially forced Penn State to accept the sanctions under the threat that if the school didn't accept them, the NCAA would impose on the football program a "death penalty" a suspension from play of a year or more.

The NCAA levied the penalties last July.

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January 2nd, 2013
10:16 AM ET

Son of Los Angeles Clippers owner found dead, team spokesman says

The son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been found dead in Malibu, California, according to a spokesman for the team.

Scott Sterling, 32, was reported dead at 12:42 a.m. PT on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

Sheriff's officers and the coroner's office believe he died of an "apparent drug overdose," according to a press release.

He was discovered by officers who were sent to the home and later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Donald and Shelly Sterling issued a statement later Wednesday in which they thanked supporters for their sympathy and asked for privacy as they mourn their son.

"Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes. His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved him," the statement said.

Clippers President Andy Roeser offered condolences to the family in a news release.

"Today the thoughts and prayers of our organization go out to Donald T. and Shelly Sterling and their children Chris and Joanna, in the wake of this tragic loss. Scott was a friend to many in the Clippers' family and he will be greatly missed."

NBA Commissioner David Stern also expressed sympathy.

"On behalf of the NBA family, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Donald and Shelly Sterling on the loss of their son Scott," he said in a statement.

Syrian civil war in photos
January 2nd, 2013
09:53 AM ET

U.N. Commissioner: 60,000 killed in Syria since March 2011

At least 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Wednesday, based on an analysis conducted by the U.N. Human Rights Office.

Here are some of the stories behind those numbers.

January 2nd, 2013
08:37 AM ET

Dozens dead, wounded after air raid on Syrian fuel station, group says

Dozens of people were killed and wounded after a Syrian government  air raid at a fuel station in a Damascus suburb, the Local Coordination Committee of Syria reported.

There is no firm death toll at the moment, according to the Syria-based opposition activist network, but we'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

Avis to buy Zipcar
January 2nd, 2013
07:34 AM ET

Avis to buy Zipcar

You may have a few new options if you need to borrow a car for a weekend: Avis is acquiring Zipcar.

The price tag for the purchase is $500 million. But the traditional car rental company hopes it will be money well spent.

Because Zipcar currently doesn't have enough cars to satisfy customer demand on the weekend, Avis is hoping to step in and beef up the number of options for customers.

You can read more about the deal at CNNMoney.com.