January 28th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

Paper's stunning reveal in JonBenet case: Grand jury really wanted to indict parents

Eight women and four men convened regularly over 13 months. They heard from dozens of witnesses, considered 30,000 pieces of evidence. All of it was with one question in mind: Who was responsible for 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey's death?

On October 13, 1999 - nearly three years after the diminutive Colorado pageant queen's body was found in her home - the 12 grand jurors went back to their own homes, sworn to silence and with nothing apparently to show for their effort.

"We do not have sufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charges," then-Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter said.

The presumption was that the grand jury hadn't voted to indict anyone. That included failing to take action against JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, whom Boulder police had said were under "an umbrella of suspicion" in the girl's death.

Yet the Boulder Daily Camera, the daily newspaper in that Colorado city, now says more than a decade later that there was more to the story. Citing several unidentified jurors as well as an assistant district attorney in Hunter's office, the paper reports that the grand jury did, in fact, vote to indict the Ramsey parents on charges of child abuse resulting in death.

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January 28th, 2013
08:54 PM ET

Ship bearing illegal arms seized off Yemen

Yemeni authorities working with the U.S. Navy intercepted a ship carrying a "substantial" cache of "illegal arms" such as surface-to-air missiles, potent explosives and rocket-propelled grenades, a U.S. official and Yemen's government said Monday.

The incident took place in Yemeni territorial waters in the Arabian Sea last Wednesday, according to a statement issued five days later from Yemen's embassy in Washington.

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Watch out for rough weather
Joplin, Missouri, which was devastated by a tornado in May 2011, is in the risk area again Tuesday.
January 28th, 2013
04:39 PM ET

Watch out for rough weather

People in the Mississippi River Valley could be in for some dangerous weather Tuesday, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center warns.

Very cold air surging southeastward will clash with warm, moist air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico; a line of severe thunderstorms is expected to erupt along the cold front that separates the two air masses, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.

"This could be a particularly dangerous and deadly event due to the rapid movement of the storms and the tornado threat increasing during the overnight hours, causing people in the storms' paths to be caught unaware," Morris said.

A few of these storms could produce tornadoes across parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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January 28th, 2013
04:07 PM ET

Boy Scouts reconsiders policy against gay membership

The Boy Scouts of America is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, according to a release from the organization.

The organization, which has 2.7 million members, is "potentially discussing" doing away with its policy after months of nationwide protest, including hundreds of angry Eagle scouts renouncing their hard-earned awards and mailing back their red-white-and-blue medals.

Many parents of Scouts across America found the national policy excluding gays confusing - and at odds with basic scouting ideals.

In the Scouts' release Monday, the group indicated that decisions on gay membership would be made at the local level. Each troop's charter organization would be able to decide "consistent with each organization's mission, principles, or religious beliefs."

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Shooting at Lone Star College
January 28th, 2013
01:25 PM ET

Charges dropped against campus shooting suspect

The Harris County district attorney has dropped all charges filed against Lone Star Community College shooting suspect, Carlton Berry, a spokeswoman for Harris County says.

Berry was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the campus shooting last week. The charges have been dismissed pending "further investigation."

The other suspect, Trey Foster, is being held in jail awaiting arraignment, which is scheduled for February 28, on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Harris County sheriff  is set to hold a news conference Monday at 3 p.m. ET to discuss the dropping of the charges against Berry.

 

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January 28th, 2013
01:19 PM ET

Netherlands queen to step aside; son will take throne

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has just announced in a recorded statement that she is to abdicate her throne on April 30 – 33 years to the day since she took over from her mother, Juliana, who also abdicated.

The queen will be 75 on Thursday.

Her son, Crown Prince Willem- Alexander will ascend the throne.

The queen's, or king's, position in the Netherlands is largely ceremonial with little real political power.

We'll provide more details as they come in to CNN.

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January 28th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

French-led forces now 'control' Timbuktu, France says

[Updated 11:55 a.m. ET] French Defense Ministry spokesman Thierry Burkhardt says French and Malian forces are now in control of Timbuktu and Gao.

[Posted at 4:30 a.m. ET] French-led troops in Mali have seized control of the airport in Timbuktu from Islamist militants and are fighting their way into the city center, a spokesman for the Malian military said Monday.

Malian and French forces have together been battling the Islamists to loosen their grip on the country's north, which the militants have controlled for months.

The United States has also stepped up its involvement in the conflict by conducting aerial refueling missions on top of the intelligence and airlift support it was providing.

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January 28th, 2013
08:37 AM ET

Three arrested in deadly Brazil nightclub fire

[Posted at 8:37 a.m. ET] Three people have now been arrested in connection with the deadly nightclub fire in Brazil, according to CNN affiliate Band News in Brazil.

The owner of the nightclub Elissandro Sphor, known as "Kiko", was arrested at a hospital in Cruz Alta, Brazil, according to Band News.

The media outlet also reported a vocalist from the band and a person in charge of stage safety for the band were arrested in Mata, Brazil.

[Posted at 8:25 a.m. ET] One of the club owners and a member of the band have been arrested in connection to the Brazil nightclub fire, CNN affiliate Band News in Brazil is reporting.

[Posted at 8:02 a.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.

Owners say permits were OK | Did security guards block exits?  Did security guards block exits?

Party the 'last hurrah' before school  Party the 'last hurrah' before school | Photos | Staying safe

How it unfolded  How it unfolded | Opinion: We haven't learned from past

Rhode Island 'can't help but watch' |Timeline: Nightclub fires

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January 28th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Senators to hold press conference on immigration reform

It looks like immigration might be the next hot issue in Washington, D.C.

A bipartisan group of senators will hold a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. ET  "to provide a key update on their discussions on a
comprehensive immigration reform bill," according to a release from Sen. Marco Rubio office.

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End of the USS Guardian
January 28th, 2013
08:03 AM ET

Seawater pumped into U.S. warship

The tanks of a U.S. Navy warship stuck on a Philippine reef have been pumped full of seawater to keep the vessel stable while salvage ships make their way to the site of the grounding, officials said Monday.

Navy-led salvage teams have also removed most of the materials from the minesweeper USS Guardian that could pose environmental problems for Tubbataha Reef, a Philippine national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those materials include paint, solvents and lubricants, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

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January 28th, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Monday'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...

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - Gun control, immigration reform and spending will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's agenda with the White House press corps.

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January 28th, 2013
07:43 AM ET

One dead as violence continues to spill into Egypt's Tahrir Square

[Posted at 7:41 a.m. ET] A pedestrian was shot and killed this morning near Tahrir Square, two officials from Egypt's health ministry and interior health ministry told CNN. It is not clear who shot him.

[Posted at 6:53 a.m. ET] Egypt's latest wave of violence spilled into a fourth day Monday, as sporadic clashes erupted over new measures to clamp down on fighting.

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January 28th, 2013
04:00 AM ET

Doctors: Comatose Israeli ex-PM Ariel Sharon showing 'significant brain activity'

Doctors in Israel said Monday that they had detected "significant brain activity" during tests on former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since he suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2006.

The tests on Sharon were carried out late last week by brain scientists, the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev said in a statement.

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January 28th, 2013
02:50 AM ET

Iran arrests journalists for working with regime opponents, foreign news outlets

Iranian authorities have arrested several journalists, including the editor-in-chief of a leading reformist newspaper, on accusations of collaborating with the regime's opponents and working for foreign news organizations.

Acting on a court-issued warrant, security officers detained several journalists at their work places Sunday, the semi-official Mehr News Agency reported. The publications raided by officials included the newspapers Etemaad, Bahar, Arman and Shargh, it said.

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Australian radio show at heart of royal prank taken off air permanently
Australian 2Day FM radio DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig express remorse for a prank phone call that went wrong.
January 28th, 2013
02:04 AM ET

Australian radio show at heart of royal prank taken off air permanently

An Australian radio show whose prank targeting Prince William's pregnant wife went horribly wrong has been taken off the air for good.

"The Hot30 Countdown" was suspended temporarily after the December prank, when the network expressed deep regret for the nurse who apparently committed suicide after routing through a call from the show's DJs to the royal ward.

Over the weekend, the show was permanently taken off the air.

The show's Facebook page directed listeners to the show's replacement called "The Bump."

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Hundreds dead in Brazil nightclub fire
January 28th, 2013
01:36 AM ET

Brazil nightclub says it had right permits, offers condolence to victims of fire

The owners of Kiss nightclub in southern Brazil pledged to cooperate with the investigation into a fire that left more than 230 people dead early Sunday, according to a statement released by the law firm of Kummel & Kummel.

"We are open to all authorities and inspections," said the statement, obtained by GLOBO TV.

About 2,000 people were inside the club when the fire broke out - double the maximum capacity of 1,000, said Guido de Melo, a state fire official.

The full statement is here.

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A month of outrage later, Senate to vote on Sandy relief
Debris from Superstorm Sandy is seen on a beach Thursday in Long Branch, New Jersey.
January 28th, 2013
12:22 AM ET

A month of outrage later, Senate to vote on Sandy relief

The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on more than $50 billion in aid to Northeastern states battered by October's Superstorm Sandy, four weeks after a delay that sparked bipartisan fury.

Sandy killed at least 113 people in the United States, flooded much of Lower Manhattan and Long Island and smashed New Jersey's seaside towns when it struck October 29. Officials in New York and New Jersey, the hardest-hit states, say tens of thousands of families are still displaced or lack adequate heat in weather like the Arctic blast that swept through the region last week.

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