Penn State supporters mark anniversary of Joe Paterno's death
Loyal fans gather Tuesday at a mural depicting late football coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State luminaries.
January 22nd, 2013
10:02 PM ET

Penn State supporters mark anniversary of Joe Paterno's death

On the anniversary of the death of Joe Paterno, a few dozen people visited a mural depicting the image of the college football coaching legend whose legacy was tarnished by the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

With the temperature in single digits, about 40 fans in State College, Pennsylvania, stopped by the mural that depicts Paterno and other prominent figures in Penn State University history, according to video shot by CNN affiliate WHP.

Paterno died January 22, 2012, at age 85 in a State College hospital, according to his family. He had been suffering from lung cancer and a broken pelvis.

He had been the all-time leader in major college football victories for a coach, with 409 wins. But a decision by the governing body of major college sports struck 111 victories from his record, beginning in 1998 - a move that posthumously bumped him from the top of the list.

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Shakira, Gerard Pique welcome baby boy
January 22nd, 2013
09:58 PM ET

Shakira, Gerard Pique welcome baby boy

You might think of Italy's fashion capital when you hear the word Milan, but pop singer Shakira and soccer star Gerard Pique say that isn't what they had in mind when they named their baby boy.

Milan Pique Mebarak was born at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain, according to an announcement posted on Shakira's website.

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'Fireflies' to scope out space rocks for mining
Meteorites sit on a display table Tuesday at the Deep Space Industrie.
January 22nd, 2013
09:51 PM ET

'Fireflies' to scope out space rocks for mining

Space, it has been said, is big. Really big.

But big enough for two companies that want to mine near-Earth asteroids?

A venture announced Tuesday in California hopes so.

Deep Space Industries says it wants to start sending miniature scout probes, dubbed "Fireflies," on one-way missions to near-Earth asteroids as soon as 2015. Larger probes, "Dragonflies," that will bring back 50- to 100-pound samples from prospective targets could be on their way by 2016, company CEO David Gump told reporters.

The goal is to extract metals, water and compounds that can be used to make spacecraft fuel from the chunks of rock that float within about 50 million kilometers (31 million miles) of Earth. Gump said the ability to produce fuel in space would be a boon for NASA, as the U.S. space agency shifts its focus toward exploring deeper into the solar system.

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Gen. John Allen cleared of wrongdoing in Petraeus scandal
January 22nd, 2013
07:32 PM ET

Gen. John Allen cleared of wrongdoing in Petraeus scandal

A top general caught up in the scandal that forced former CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has been cleared of allegations that he wrote potentially inappropriate e-mails to Jill Kelley, the woman who claimed she was being threatened by Paula Broadwell, a U.S. defense official tells CNN.

The Department of Defense Inspector General has cleared Gen. John Allen (pictured), who currently is completing his post leading U.S. troops in Afghanistan and is in the running to be the next Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the military head of NATO.

"The IG has found the allegations against General Allen to be unsubstantiated. There have been no decisions made on General Allen's nomination to NATO," the official told CNN.

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Shooting at Lone Star College
January 22nd, 2013
06:08 PM ET

3 injured in shooting, fight at Lone Star College in Houston

  • Three people, including a maintenance man who was accidentally shot and two people who were fighting each other, were injured during fight at Lone Star College campus in Houston, Texas, officials say
  • Fourth person also sent to hospital with medical condition, officials say
  • It's not immediately clear whether one or two people fired shots, or how the two "persons of interest" were injured
  • Below are updates as they came to us; full story here. Also, check out CNN affiliates KHOU, KPRC and KTRK

[Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET] "We don’t know exactly if she had a heart attack or a stroke,” Harris County sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Garza says of the female who was hospitalized with an unspecified medical condition.

[Updated at 5:44 p.m. ET] According to officials at a news conference, four people were taken to hospitals three who were injured and one who suffered an unspecified medical condition but the account of who they were differs from information we received earlier.

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January 22nd, 2013
01:40 PM ET

Sheriff: Teen accused of killing 5 wanted a massacre

A teenager accused of gunning down his parents and three siblings in their New Mexico home had hoped to go on a killing spree and die in a shootout with police, investigators said Tuesday.

Nehemiah Griego, 15, will stand trial as an adult in the weekend killings, prosecutors announced. He was arrested Saturday night, after deputies found the bodies of his mother, father, brother and two of his sisters in their home on the outskirts of Albuquerque.

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Marines first say Beyonce lip-synched, then backpedal
Beyonce Knowles was chosen to perform the national anthem at yesterday's presidential inauguration in Washington.
January 22nd, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Marines first say Beyonce lip-synched, then backpedal

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Hours after a U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman said Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem during President Obama's inauguration yesterday, the Marine Corps is backpedaling.

The Marine Corps said in a statement that no one in their organization "is in a position to assess whether [Beyonce's vocal performance] was live or pre-recorded."

The conflicting reports from the Marines have yet to be clarified by a statement from Beyonce or her representatives, who have not responded to CNN's request for comment.

[Initial post, 12:57 p.m. ET] Beyonce's rendition of the national anthem at President Obama's inaugural yesterday was certainly lovely, but apparently not live.

According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band, the pop star opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday.

"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said. "She did not actually sing," DuBois added, noting Beyonce lip-synched her own voice.

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NFL reinstates Saints' Payton after yearlong suspension
Sean Payton is back with his team after a year's suspension over the team's bounty scandal.
January 22nd, 2013
11:31 AM ET

NFL reinstates Saints' Payton after yearlong suspension

Sean Payton's season of exile from the National Football League is officially over.

The NFL on Tuesday reinstated the New Orleans Saints head coach after he served a seasonlong suspension for the Saints' bounty scandal. The reinstatement came after Payton met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and "acknowledged ... his responsibility for the actions of his coaching staff and players," an NFL news release said.

"Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension," Goodell said in the release. "More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels.”

Payton said he was "thankful today Commissioner Goodell has granted me reinstatement."

"As I stated back in March, I, along with (Saints General Manager) Mickey Loomis, take full responsibility for all aspects of our football program,” Payton said in a statement released by a Saints spokesman.

"I clearly recognize that mistakes were made, which led to league violations. Furthermore, I have assured the commissioner a more diligent protocol will be followed."

Payton's reinstatement is immediate, meaning he can attend this week's Senior Bowl, a college all-star game featuring NFL Draft prospects.

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Chavez is making decisions for Venezuela, minister says
January 22nd, 2013
10:36 AM ET

Chavez is making decisions for Venezuela, minister says

[Updated at 10:36 p.m. ET] More news on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: He's undergoing physical therapy ahead of a return home from Cuba, Bolivian President Evo Morales said during his state of the union speech Tuesday.

[Initial post, 5:35 a.m. ET] Hugo Chavez was awake, joking and, most importantly, still making decisions for the country, Venezuela's foreign minister said of a visit with the ailing president.

Elias Jaua said he met with Chavez on Monday in Cuba, where the leader has been recovering from a fourth cancer surgery.

"Compatriots, leaving the meeting with our President Commander Hugo Chavez. We shared jokes and laughs," Jaua said in a tweet.

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January 22nd, 2013
10:21 AM ET

Existing-home sales reach five-year high

Decent news today for a housing recovery in the United States: Existing home sales for 2012 have reached the highest level in five years, the National Association of Realtors says.

The housing market has continued to pick up steam throughout the recovery, as record-low mortgage rates spur demand for homes.

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Guantanamo Bay detainees watched inauguration, spokesman says
January 22nd, 2013
10:07 AM ET

Guantanamo Bay detainees watched inauguration, spokesman says

It isn't just fans of President Obama who tuned in for his second Inaugural address.

Detainees at Guantanamo Bay watched Obama's address and swearing-in ceremonies, Cpt. Durand director of public affairs for Joint Task Force Guantanamo told CNN.

Obama during the early part of his first term had ordered the facility to be shutdown, but later backed down and the facility remains open.

CNN Poll: Do Americans agree with Obama on climate change, immigration?
January 22nd, 2013
07:45 AM ET

CNN Poll: Do Americans agree with Obama on climate change, immigration?

President Barack Obama used his second inaugural address to put the divisive issues of climate change and immigration back on the front burner.

But according to a new national survey, Americans are divided over whether global warming is a man made phenomenon.

According to the poll, which was conducted last week, 49% agree with the White House that global warming is a proven fact and is due to emissions from cars, power plants and factories. That's twice as high as the number who say that global warming has not been proven, as well as the 24% who say that it is a proven fact but is not due to manmade sources. But the 49% figure is down seven points from 2007.

The president also used his speech to highlight the controversial issue of illegal immigration, and a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday also indicates that a bare majority of the public says the main focus of the federal government should be on developing a plan that would allow undocumented immigrants to become legal residents, rather than deporting them.

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January 22nd, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Senate back in session - Senators return from their recess to discuss and debate aid for Superstorm Sandy victims, the debt ceiling and other issues.

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Indonesia sentences British woman to death for drug smuggling
Lindsay June Sandiford leaves a holding cell to the prison after her trial at a court in Denpasar, Bali on January 22, 2013.
January 22nd, 2013
05:28 AM ET

Indonesia sentences British woman to death for drug smuggling

A 56-year-old British woman accused of smuggling in blocks of cocaine in her suitcase has been sentenced to death in Indonesia.

Prosecutors in Bali had asked for a 15-year sentence for Lindsay June Sandiford.

It was not immediately known why the judge decided to hand down the death penalty.

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This may be the coldest week of the winter for northern United States
Minnesotan Funda Ray sprayed a cookie pan with Pam and broke an egg on it in the cold. Within a half hour, the egg was frozen.
January 22nd, 2013
05:21 AM ET

This may be the coldest week of the winter for northern United States

How cold is minus 20 degrees really? Cold enough to freeze an egg sunny-side up. Funda Ray was making breakfast in Hibbing, Minnesota, when she got an idea to demonstrate just how dramatically the temperature had dropped outside.

"I sprayed the cookie pan with Pam and broke an egg on it, and in half an hour, I had a frozen egg," she said. Her husband shot photos, which she posted to CNN's iReport.

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January 22nd, 2013
04:09 AM ET

American killed in Algeria hostage standoff 'really, truly felt safe there'

Victor Lovelady was excited about the job posting.

The money was good, and he got 28 days off for every 28 days he put in. Yes, it was in a remote natural gas facility in Algeria, but the Nederland, Texas, man assured his family it was safe.

"He said, 'Nothing's happened there in so long and my friends have been doing it for so long,'" his daughter recounted in an interview with CNN affiliate KFDM on Monday. "He really, truly felt safe there. He did."

But just 10 days after he returned to the sprawling complex in In Amenas from a visit home, Lovelady was taken hostage.

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Police: Las Vegas officer kills wife, son and then himself in burning home
January 22nd, 2013
03:14 AM ET

Police: Las Vegas officer kills wife, son and then himself in burning home

Even for stone-faced, seen-it-all-before officers, the act that took place at a police lieutenant's Las Vegas-area home yesterday was deeply distressing.

The 52-year-old lawman, police said, killed his wife and child, called 911 to say he was burning his house down and warned he would take the life of anyone who tried to stop him. Then he waited.

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January 22nd, 2013
03:04 AM ET

Another apparent gang rape in India

A woman who went to visit her brother at a hospital in eastern India was allegedly gang-raped by six men Sunday night, police said.

If medical records bear out the woman's account, it will be the latest in a string of such brutal attacks in the country.

On her way home from the hospital, the 25-year-old woman was taken by two hospital custodians to a river bank where she was sexually assaulted by the pair and four other friends, said B.K. Aich, a police superintendent in Mayurbhanj District in Odisha state.

All six were arrested.

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January 22nd, 2013
01:37 AM ET

Accused wants gang rape case moved out of Indian capital

The lawyer for one of the men accused in the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman wants the trial moved out of New Delhi, where emotions have run high over the case.

The defense lawyer will argue before the Indian Supreme Court today that transferring legal proceedings outside the Indian capital would ensure a free and fair hearing.

The case has gripped India, prompting protests in the capital and other cites over the treatment of women and criticism of the way sexual assault cases are dealt with.

 

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January 22nd, 2013
12:59 AM ET

For Israeli voters, missile fire, money main issues in election

The pundits in Israel, the United States and the West Bank have pretty much forecast the winner of today's Israeli national elections.

Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing political coalition with former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman– Likud Beitenu - will prevail. He'll trot to the finish line in an easy horse race, analysts say, citing poll after poll.

But this is just the first stage in forging a new government. After the election for Knesset seats, the arduous government coalition-building begins.

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