At least 8 killed in California tour bus crash
February 3rd, 2013
11:06 PM ET

At least 8 killed in California tour bus crash

A deadly tour bus crash in the Southern California mountains left at least eight people dead and dozens injured, officials said.

The difficult terrain hampered rescue efforts in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, as authorities tried to extricate some of the victims.

A parade of ambulances snaked down a narrow, sloping highway Sunday night, waiting to transport the dozens injured.

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2013 Super Bowl: The best photos
February 3rd, 2013
09:28 PM ET

Superdome power outage halts Super Bowl XLVII

Super Bowl XLVII ground to a halt early in the third quarter Sunday night, when about half of the lights in the Superdome went out.

Lights in the New Orleans stadium's upper tier went dark with the Baltimore Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6, minutes after the Ravens' Jacoby Jones ran back the kickoff that opened the second half a record 109 yards for a touchdown.

About 10 minutes later, an announcement inside the Superdome indicated that the lights would be restored "momentarily." A short time later, lights began coming back on incrementally.

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February 3rd, 2013
03:23 PM ET

Recovering Malala has skull, ear surgery

Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai was in stable condition at a British hospital on Sunday after undergoing surgeries to repair her skull and help her hearing, officials said.

"Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital. Her medical team are 'very pleased' with the progress she has made so far," the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said in a statement. "She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family."

Saturday's five-hour operations were the latest step on a long road to recovery for Malala, who was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen in October for speaking out in favor of education for Pakistani girls.

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Filed under: Pakistan • Taliban • United Kingdom
February 3rd, 2013
03:16 PM ET

Iran says it will consider nuclear talks with U.S.

Iran will give "positive consideration" to a renewed prospect of one-on-one talks with the United States on its nuclear program, its foreign minister said Sunday.

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said a new round of talks between Iran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members, plus Germany, would be held February 25 in Kazakhstan. Salehi spoke on the last day of the 49th Munich Security Conference, a day after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said the Obama administration remains willing to hold direct talks with the Islamic Republic.

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February 3rd, 2013
05:32 AM ET

Reports: Ex-Navy sniper killed at Texas gun range

A former Navy SEAL who said his 150-plus sniper kills prompted Iraqi insurgents to place a bounty on his head was fatally shot at a Texas gun range by a former Marine, authorities told local media.

Chris Kyle was one of two men killed Saturday afternoon at a gun range in Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the Erath County sheriff told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

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February 3rd, 2013
04:54 AM ET

Alabama sheriff: 5-year-old hostage gets chips, toys as standoff enters 6th day

A gunman barricaded in an underground bunker with a 5-year-old hostage is making the boy "as comfortable as possible," authorities said, as the standoff in southeastern Alabama entered its sixth day Sunday.

Police have said little about what, if any, demands have been made by the man who they say killed a school bus driver and grabbed the kindergartener Tuesday afternoon before holing up in the bunker in Midland City.

"We continue to maintain an open line of communication 24 hours a day, whenever he wants to talk," according to a statement released by Alabama State Troopers. The statement, obtained by CNN affiliate WSFA, was released after authorities canceled a news conference because there was "no new information" to report.

Those negotiations are being carried out between the suspect and authorities through a 60-foot plastic ventilation pipe that leads from the bunker, authorities said.

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February 3rd, 2013
03:02 AM ET

Suicide bomber, gunmen launch deadly attack on police HQ in Iraq

At least 20 people were killed and more than 35 others wounded when a suicide car bomber followed by gunmen attacked the police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, city police said.

The interior ministry in Baghdad placed the casualty count higher: 30 dead and 70 wounded.

In the immediate chaotic aftermath of the attack, exact figures were difficult to come by.

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February 3rd, 2013
01:08 AM ET

Etch A Sketch creator Andre Cassagnes dies

While tinkering in his garage, French electrician Andre Cassagnes dreamed up a drawing toy that kids could shake up and start over.

Little did he know that more than 50 years later, the toy that became the Etch A Sketch would continue to delight children.

Cassagnes died January 16 in a Paris suburb at age 86, according to a statement released Saturday by The Ohio Art Company. His cause of his death was not disclosed.

Cassagnes created what would become the Etch A Sketch in his garage in 1950. The drawing toy was made up of a joystick, glass and aluminum powder.

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Frank Ocean says he'll 'choose sanity,' won't press charges in Chris Brown fight
February 3rd, 2013
12:01 AM ET

Frank Ocean says he'll 'choose sanity,' won't press charges in Chris Brown fight

Frank Ocean says he'll "choose sanity" and let his fight with Chris Brown go.

"No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit," Ocean said on his Tumblr pageSaturday night.

"As a child, I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man," the post said.

"But as a man i am not a killer. I'm an artist and a modern person. I'll choose sanity."

Authorities are investigating the January 27 brawl, in which Brown is accused of punching an unnamed victim on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement the following day.

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