January 27th, 2013
08:47 PM ET

94 to be tried for alleged overthrow plot in UAE

The United Arab Emirates will try 94 people on charges of seeking to seize power, WAM, the UAE's state news agency, reported Sunday.

Citing a statement from Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish, the agency reported that the suspects were referred to the Federal Supreme Court.

"They launched, established and ran an organisation seeking to oppose the basic principles of the UAE system of governance and to seize power," the statement read.

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January 27th, 2013
05:28 PM ET

Oil spill feared after barges crash on Mississippi

Two tank barges loaded with light crude oil struck a bridge in the Mississippi River early Sunday morning.

The Coast Guard said it was trying to determine how many gallons may have been spilled into the river near Vicksburg, Mississippi.

The tank that was leaking contained 80,000 gallons of oil.

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Iran sentences U.S. pastor to 8 years in prison, group says
Saeed Abedini, a resident of Idaho, was charged wtih trying to undermine the Iranian government.
January 27th, 2013
05:20 PM ET

Iran sentences U.S. pastor to 8 years in prison, group says

An Iranian judge has sentenced an American Christian pastor to eight years in prison after he was tried for his religious beliefs, a U.S.-based religious group said Sunday.

Saeed Abedini was swiftly sentenced by a member of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Court, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, an organization founded by television evangelist Pat Robertson.

CNN was not immediately able to confirm what went on in the court proceedings.

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Man charged in alleged threat to blow up Liberty Bell
January 27th, 2013
03:20 PM ET

Man charged in alleged threat to blow up Liberty Bell

An Arizona man accused of threatening to blow up Philadelphia's Liberty Bell was charged Sunday, police said.

Carlos Balsas, 41, of Tempe, Arizona, is charged with terroristic threats, bomb threats and several other offenses, police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien said. Prosecutors approved the charges and will take up the case Monday, she said.

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January 27th, 2013
03:08 PM ET

Egypt's Morsy imposes curfew

With violence continuing in pockets of Egypt, President Mohamed Morsy on Sunday night invoked emergency powers by declaring curfews from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez.

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January 27th, 2013
07:15 AM ET

Brazil nightclub fire death toll 233 and rising

[Update 2:49 p.m. ET] The death toll in Sunday's nightclub fire in Brazil has risen to at least 233, officials say.

Panicked crowds pushed toward the exits as fire swept through the packed Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria. Many died of smoke inhalation, state-run Agencial Brasil reported. Others were trampled, a security guard told CNN affiliate Band News.

[Original post 7:15 a.m. ET]  A fire swept through a popular nightclub in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, killing at least 90 people early Sunday, officials said.

The death toll was expected to climb as firefighters continued to pull bodies from the Kiss nightclub, Col. Adilomar Silva, the regional coordinator of civil defense said.

Most of those killed appeared to have died of smoke inhalation, he said. Hundreds are believed to have been injured, though an exact count was not immediately available.

The fire started at about 2 a.m. after the acoustic insulation in the Kiss nightclub caught fire, he said.

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January 27th, 2013
06:33 AM ET

At least 90 killed in Brazil nightclub fire

A fire swept through a nightclub in southern Brazil, killing at least 90 people early Sunday, officials said.

The fire started around 2 a.m. at the Kiss nightclub in the city of Santa Maria. At 9 a.m., firefighters were still pulling out bodies.

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Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy as she vows to 'keep fighting' legal issues
Anthony reacts to being found not guilty of murder, with attorney Jose Baez by her side.
January 27th, 2013
05:48 AM ET

Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy as she vows to 'keep fighting' legal issues

Casey Anthony's fate keeps changing.

Two years ago, her murder trial for the death of her toddler riveted the country, ending with Anthony's dramatic acquittal. But she was convicted on four counts of lying to authorities.

On Friday, an appeals court threw out two of those convictions.

Now, the 26-year-old has filed for bankruptcy, citing almost $800,000 in liabilities.

And her legal struggles are far from over.

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More clashes in Cairo as death toll in Egyptian soccer riot rises to 31
A protester throws a rock at riot police Saturday in Cairo
January 27th, 2013
04:11 AM ET

More clashes in Cairo as death toll in Egyptian soccer riot rises to 31

Egypt struggled Sunday to retake control of a vital northeastern port city after a riot broke out following news that 21 people had been sentenced to death for their roles in last year's deadly clashes at a soccer match at the Port Said stadium.

The riot in Port Said follows other violence, which was tied more to unrest over Egypt's current leadership. They are nonetheless symptomatic of instability and insecurity two years after longtime President Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

By early Sunday morning, the death toll in Port Said climbed to 31, according to Dr. Ahmed Omar, a Health Ministry spokesman, who spoke to state-run EGYNews.
At least 322 were injured, including 61 who remained hospitalized, he said.

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January 27th, 2013
03:00 AM ET

Secret Service dog falls to its death from roof of New Orleans parking deck

A Secret Service dog fell to its death Saturday night while doing a sweep of a multi-story parking deck near a hotel where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking.

The Belgian Malanois fell from the roof of the six-story deck adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans where Biden was speaking at a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, reported CNN affiliate WWLTV.

Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told CNN the death was a "tragic accident."

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Mayor Bloomberg's giving to alma mater tops $1 billion
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1964.
January 27th, 2013
01:00 AM ET

Mayor Bloomberg's giving to alma mater tops $1 billion

A kid raised in a middle-class Boston suburb, Michael Bloomberg took out loans to pay for his tuition at Johns Hopkins University and worked as a parking lot attendant.

He learned early to pay it forward.

Bloomberg's first gift to his alma mater was a whopping $5 in 1965, a year after he graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Fast forward to Saturday, when the Baltimore university announced Bloomberg has now given a total of $1.1 billion. The latest commitment came in the form of a cool $350 million toward a "transformational" initiative aimed at cross-discipline solutions to societal problems.

In a statement, Johns Hopkins said Bloomberg, a former trustee, is believed to be the first person to ever reach the $1 billion level of giving to a single U.S. institution of higher education.

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