Hillary Clinton back at work - with a football helmet
January 7th, 2013
01:04 PM ET

Hillary Clinton back at work - with a football helmet

Hillary Clinton went back to work as secretary of state this morning and was greeted by colleagues showing off their sense of humor.

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January 7th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

Dates announced for Supreme Court to hear arguments on same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court has set dates in late March to hear oral arguments in two appeals related to same-sex marriage, CNN's Supreme Court producer Bill Mears reports.

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January 7th, 2013
10:07 AM ET

Alaska drilling rig refloated, being towed

A Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling barge that ran aground last week off southern Alaska is being towed with no sign that it's leaking fuel, an incident response team reported Monday.

Early Monday the rig had been towed about 19 miles from land on its way toward Kiliuda Bay, where authorities plan to more thoroughly assess its condition.

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January 7th, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Monday's live events

President Obama will be sworn in for a second term in office on Monday, January 21.  Watch CNN.com Live for all your inauguration coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - Carnival 2013 briefing - Carnival season is under way in New Orleans, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu and others will discuss this year's festivities at a news conference.

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Palestinian president orders name changed to 'State of Palestine'
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after he spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in November.
January 7th, 2013
07:21 AM ET

Palestinian president orders name changed to 'State of Palestine'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has signed a decree changing the name of the Palestinian Authority to the "State of Palestine," according to the organization's official news agency.

According to the decree, official stamps, signs and official letterhead will be changed and hold the new name of "the State of Palestine."

Palestinians have long been pushing for official statehood. It was granted "nonmember observer state" status after a vote at the United Nations vote in November.

If you're confused about whether something similar to this has already happened, you can read our explainer, that gives details about what the recent Palestinian moves mean.

Official: Obama to tap Brennan as CIA director
John Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington in August.
January 7th, 2013
07:14 AM ET

Official: Obama to tap Brennan as CIA director

It looks like we're inching closer to filling out President Barack Obama's new cabinet.

Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan will be nominated by Obama to be the next director of the CIA, according to a senior administration official.

The announcement is expected Monday afternoon at the same time the president nominates former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense.

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January 7th, 2013
02:03 AM ET

Lindsay Lohan heads to court again - this time over alleged NY nightclub fight

Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to appear Monday at New York criminal court to learn whether a prosecutor plans to pursue a case against for her alleged role in a fight at a Manhattan nightclub.

Lohan was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching a woman in the early morning hours of November 29, 2012.

She is accused of hitting Tiffany Mitchell, 28, of Palm Beach, Florida, at the trendy Avenue Lounge in Manhattan's Chelsea district.

It is the latest legal trouble for the 26-year-old actress, whose struggle with drugs and alcohol has seen her bounce in and out of court 19 times and to five rehabilitation facilities since 2007.

Lohan's New York lawyer, Mark Heller, told CNN in November: "Once again, Lindsay Lohan is a victim of someone trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame."

"From my initial investigation, I am completely confident that this case will be concluded favorably and that Lindsay will be totally exonerated," Heller said of the New York incident.

The New York case comes a little more than a week before the actress is scheduled to appear at a probation violation hearing on January 15 in California.

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January 7th, 2013
01:20 AM ET

Prosecutors set to unveil evidence in Colorado theater shooting

Twelve people walked into a Colorado movie theater late one July night, expecting to enjoy a special midnight screening of the Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

They didn't walk out.

Their deaths - and injuries to dozens of others - came after a man dressed head to toe in protective tactical gear sprayed the Century 16 theater in Aurora with bullets from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol, weapons police discovered at the scene.

On Monday, many grisly details of what happened could be presented in a Colorado court at a preliminary hearing for the shooting suspect, James Holmes.

Now 25, Holmes faces 166 charges, including murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses, tied to the July 20 rampage.

Bits and pieces emerged from police and witnesses shortly after the massacre. One was that Holmes had colored his hair red and told police he was "the Joker," one of Batman's archenemies, according to a federal law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation.

But much information has been kept under wraps, especially after Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester issued a gag order to prevent defense lawyers, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies from disclosing certain information to the media.

That could change after this week's hearing, which is expected to last several days.

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January 7th, 2013
12:24 AM ET

Suspects in New Delhi gang rape case set to appear in court

Five men accused in the shocking rape and killing of an Indian woman last month are expected to appear in a New Delhi court Monday to hear the charges against them.

The horrific attack on the 23-year-old woman in New Delhi prompted protests over the country's treatment of women and handling of sexual attacks. It also stirred worldwide outrage.

The suspects will appear in the Metropolitan Magistrates' Court court in the southern New Delhi district of Saket, the court said, according to CNN affiliate IBN.

That court is expected to transfer the case to a so-called "fast-track" court, several of which have been set up to expedite cases in a justice system bogged down by red tape.

Charges of murder, rape and kidnapping were filed against five of the accused men on Thursday. If convicted, they could receive the death penalty.

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