'Gay' dog gets euthanasia reprieve
The Facebook page of TN Euthanasia said this dog was given up because its owner considered it gay.
January 31st, 2013
10:48 PM ET

'Gay' dog gets euthanasia reprieve

A dog whose rejection by his owner caused an Internet uproar has been adopted into a new, and presumably more tolerant, home.

The male pit bull mix, whose name no one seems to know, was left at the Madison County, Tennessee, Rabies Control animal shelter, CNN affiliate WBBJ reported.

According to the irreverent website Gawker, Facebook users had a hissy fit Wednesday when they found out the dog's owner got rid of the animal after he (the dog, not the owner) humped another male dog.

"His owner threw him away (because) he refuses to have a 'gay' dog!" a Facebook user named TN Euthanasia wrote.

The post went semi-viral, with 861 likes, 1,869 comments and 5,048 shares. After Gawker told the rest of the digital world about it, noting that the dog was in imminent danger of being put down, the shelter was swamped with calls offering to adopt the uncloseted canine.

By Thursday morning, shelter workers confirmed to WBBJ that the amorous animal had been adopted by a person associated with a rescue/shelter group.

What would you name this dog if you adopted him? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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January 31st, 2013
06:06 PM ET

At least 14 dead, 80 injured after blast rocks oil company office

[Update 8:14 p.m.] At least 14 people were killed and 80 were injured in an explosion at the offices of Mexico's state-run oil company Thursday, the country's interior minister said.

[Update 6:50 p.m. ET] Citing the Mexico City district governor, Mexican CNN affiliate FOROtv is reporting five dead, 75 injured, 30 trapped after an explosion at the Pemex oil company offices in Mexico City.

[Original post] Injuries were reported after an explosion at the administrative offices of Mexico's state-run Pemex oil company in Mexico City on  Thursday, the company said in a Twitter post.

The blast injured workers and prompted an evacuation of personnel, a company spokesman told Mexico's state-run Notimex news agency.

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Student shot at Atlanta school; fellow student in custody
A police tactical team takes up a position at Price Middle School in Atlanta, where a student was shot Thursday.
January 31st, 2013
04:54 PM ET

Student shot at Atlanta school; fellow student in custody

[Update 4:54 p.m. ET] Families are having joyful reunions as students pour out of four buses that have delivered them from Price Middle School in Atlanta, where a student was shot and wounded Thursday afternoon.

[Update 4:45 p.m. ET] Students are being loaded onto buses for transport home or to a nearby church where parents have assembled to wait for their children.

Police detectives are interviewing the victim in the hospital, his mother told CNN affiliate WSB-TV. He knows the assailant, who the mother said was "talking smack" to her son before pulling out a gun and firing, the station said.

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Beyoncé: I lip-synced during inauguration performance
After Beyoncé's much-heralded performance of the national anthem, an inaugural official said she had not actually sung it.
January 31st, 2013
03:57 PM ET

Beyoncé: I lip-synced during inauguration performance

Responding to the controversy about whether she sang live or lip-synced during her performance at the presidential inauguration earlier this month, Beyoncé Knowles said Thursday that she "decided to sing along with the prerecorded track."

"I did not feel comfortable taking a risk," she said.

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Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies, family says
Caleb Moore competes in the Snowmobile Freestyle Final during X Games Aspen 2013
January 31st, 2013
01:09 PM ET

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies, family says

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore has died, his family said in a statement Thursday.

Moore, 25, was competing in the snowmobile freestyle final of the Winter X Games last Thursday in Aspen, Colorado, when he came up short while trying to do a back flip.

The front skis of the machine clipped the landing hill and Moore shot forward over the handlebars. The 450-pound snowmobile struck him as he slid down the hill and the machine tumbled over him.

"He will be truly missed and never forgotten," his family said in a statement.

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January 31st, 2013
12:08 PM ET

Detroit traffic pileup kills 3, injures 15-20

A chain-reaction accident Thursday on Interstate 75 killed at least three people and injured 15-20 others in Detroit, state police said.

The accident started shortly before 9 a.m. over the Rouge River Bridge, said Robert Morosi of the Michigan Department of Transportation. At least 30 cars were involved in the pileup, he said.

Snow was falling at the time of the crash, Morosi said, describing conditions as a "typical Michigan winter morning."

The jaws of life were used to pull people out of three vehicles, State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said.

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Beckham says 'bonjour' to Paris Saint-Germain
January 31st, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Beckham says 'bonjour' to Paris Saint-Germain

[Updated at 11:52 a.m. ET] David Beckham has signed with Paris Saint-Germain, saying his wife and children will stay in London for schooling. When asked to speak French by reporters, he said "Bonjour."

David Beckham will sign for French soccer giants Paris Saint-Germain today, officials for the club have confirmed to CNN.

The deal involving the 37-year-old former Manchester United and L.A. Galaxy star is expected to be formally announced at a news conference later this morning.

Read more: Beckham moves to 'City of Light'

Check out all the latest transfer deadline day action.

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U.N. report says Israeli settlements violate rights of Palestinians
A Palestinian man points toward a home demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Arab East Jerusalem on January 15.
January 31st, 2013
11:28 AM ET

U.N. report says Israeli settlements violate rights of Palestinians

Israeli settlements have taken a "heavy toll" on the rights and sovereignty of Palestinians, a U.N. report said Thursday.

The U.N. Human Rights Council report ticked off a range of rights it says have been consistently violated in the West Bank and East Jerusalem during what it calls "creeping annexation" by Israel.

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January 31st, 2013
11:22 AM ET

Justice Department calls time on Anheuser-Busch beer company bid

The Department of Justice has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev over its proposed acquisition of Modelo, makers of Corona.

"The Department is taking this action to stop a merger between major beer brewers because it would result in less competition and higher beer prices for American consumers," Bill Baer, assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, said in a news release.

"This lawsuit seeks to prevent ABI from eliminating Modelo as an important competitive force in the beer industry," the release said.

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Report: Syria claims right to 'surprise retaliation' against Israel
January 31st, 2013
10:40 AM ET

Report: Syria claims right to 'surprise retaliation' against Israel

Syria's has the right to a "surprise retaliation" after Israel's airstrike, its ambassador to Lebanon is quoted as saying, and Syria's foreign ministry has summoned the head of the United Nations mission in the Golan Heights over the attack, Syria's state news agency reports.

Ambassador Ali Abdul Karim Ali said Israel's airstrike Wednesday was on a research center, according to the Hezbollah official website Moqawama.

A senior U.S. official on Wednesday, however, said Israeli jet fighters hit a Syrian convoy suspected of moving weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

It was not certain whether the U.S. and Syrian accounts referred to the same incidents.

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January 31st, 2013
09:52 AM ET

Heavy sentences in China for 2 Tibetans over self-immolations

A court in southwestern China has given heavy sentences to two ethnic Tibetans convicted of murder for "inciting" people to set themselves on fire, state media reported Thursday.

Self-immolation has become a dramatic and harrowing form of protest in recent years for ethnic Tibetans unhappy with Chinese rule.

Opinion: Tibetans reject Chinese rule with one voice

How many more Tibetans will sacrifice themselves?

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British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in Libya
British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Libya.
January 31st, 2013
08:56 AM ET

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in Libya

British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Tripoli, Libya, Downing Street confirmed this morning.

“The PM has arrived in Tripoli to discuss how the UK can continue to help build a strong, prosperous, democratic Libya,” the prime minister's office tweeted.

Cameron's visit comes a week after the UK advised British citizens to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi because of an "imminent" terror threat.  Earlier this week, British diplomats said the UK was was aware of reports of a possible threat to its embassy in Tripoli.

There have been mounting concerns about retaliatory attacks against Western interests in Libya following the French military intervention in Mali and the hostage-taking at a natural gas facility in Algeria earlier this month.

Cameron visited Algeria yesterday for talks with the government there, his office said.

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January 31st, 2013
07:32 AM ET

Thursday'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...

9:30 am ET - Hagel on the hot seat - Former senator Chuck Hagel could be in for a bumpy ride when he faces the Senate Armed Services Committee over his nomination to become the next secretary of defense.

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Photos: Mali military battles Islamist insurgents
January 31st, 2013
06:41 AM ET

French military says troops control airport in key Malian city

In the latest blow to militants, the French military says it has seized the airport in Kidal, the last major town under rebel control in northern Mali.

If the forces secure the town, it will be the last major city in their sweep north to flush out Islamist militants in Mali, France's former colony.

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January 31st, 2013
04:53 AM ET

Standoff drags into 3rd day as man holds 6-year-old in underground bunker

Somewhere underneath this red Alabama dirt is a 6-year-old boy.

The kindergartener was snatched from the safety of his school bus Tuesday by a gunman and stashed in an underground bunker.

Authorities have not released the name of the suspected gunman. But neighbors and news outlets around Midland City identified him as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a Vietnam veteran and a retired truck driver.

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January 31st, 2013
04:43 AM ET

New York woman goes missing in Istanbul on photography trip

Sarai Sierra followed her passion to Istanbul - a budding photographer lured by the possibilities the picturesque, ancient city has to offer.

But the day before she was supposed to fly back home, the 33-year-old mother of two went missing.

Sierra had taken up photography last year, posting her work to the photo sharing app Instagram and quickly amassing 3,000 followers.

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January 31st, 2013
04:04 AM ET

European police arrest 103 in suspected human trafficking ring

Officials are calling it one of the largest operations against human traffickers in Europe.

Police in Europe arrested 103 people in 10 countries this week, all accused of smuggling in people on boats, freight trains and small hidden compartments in the floors of buses and trucks.

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New York Times says Chinese hackers broke into its computers
January 31st, 2013
03:12 AM ET

New York Times says Chinese hackers broke into its computers

The New York Times says that Chinese hackers have carried out sustained attacks on its computer systems, breaking in and stealing the passwords of high-profile reporters and other staff members.

According to The Times, one of the biggest and most respected U.S. newspapers, the attacks took place over the past four months, beginning during an investigation by the newspaper into the wealth reportedly accumulated by relatives of the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao.

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January 31st, 2013
02:33 AM ET

L.A. Times subscribers burglarized after requesting vacation holds

They were about to leave their homes for vacation, and the burglars knew it.

What started as a simple request to stop newspaper delivery turned into an invitation for a troupe of burglars, who ransacked at least 25 Los Angeles-area homes to the tune of $1 million over a period of three years, authorities said.

Armed with stolen lists of vacationing subscribers, the team stole computers, jewelry, musical instruments and even collectible swords, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

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Navy to cut up ship stranded on reef
The Guardian is shown on the Tubbataha Reef on January 19 in this aerial handout photo from the Philippine military.
January 31st, 2013
12:15 AM ET

Navy to cut up ship stranded on reef

A 224-foot-long U.S. warship will have to be cut into smaller pieces to get it off a Philippine reef where it grounded two weeks ago, Navy officials said Wednesday.

They said that's the only way to prevent further damage to the Tubbataha Reef, a Philippine national park and UNESCO World Heritage site, where the USS Guardian, an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, ran aground on January 17.

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