February 12th, 2013
11:45 PM ET

Police: Body found in cabin in hunt for Dorner

  • Person believed to be renegade ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner killed deputy, wounded another in shootout at California cabin Tuesday, authorities say
  • Hours later, SWAT team stormed cabin, which caught fire; sheriff's department says suspect believed dead
  • Police: Encounter came after suspect, in stolen vehicle, exchanged gunfire with warden, and then fled to cabin in San Bernardino National Forest
  • Dorner was subject of seven-day manhunt, suspected in three other deaths
  • We'll have updates below as we get them; full story here; also see KCAL/KCBS, KABC, KTLA.

[Updated at 3:43 a.m. ET Wednesday] The San Bernardino Sheriff's Office said early Wednesday morning that investigators have located charred human remains in the debris of the burned-out cabin where law-enforcement officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect believed to be Dorner.

The sheriff's office said the body has not been identified, and that identification will be attempted through forensic means.

[Updated at 12:33 a.m. ET Wednesday] New details about the suspect's encounter and shootout with game wardens before the shootout with sheriff's deputies at the cabin: Game wardens saw the suspect in two vehicles Tuesday.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lt. Patrick Foy says two game wardens first chased the suspect as he was driving a purple Nissan in the San Bernardino National Forest. The wardens, in a patrol truck, had been told to look out for the Nissan, and they saw it driving in the opposite direction behind two buses.

Foy says the wardens did a U-turn and tried to follow the Nissan, but they lost him. Authorities now believe the suspect passed the buses and turned onto a different road, called Glass Road.

Later, three different wardens in two vehicles were driving on Glass Road and saw a white pickup truck traveling erratically toward them. One of the wardens believed he saw Dorner driving the truck.

The truck's driver fired a gun at one of the wardens' vehicles, Foy said. A warden got out and returned fire as the suspect drove away.

Foy said no warden was injured. He said he didn't know whether the suspect was shot.

Authorities say they believe the suspect ditched the second vehicle and entered a cabin, where he eventually exchanged gunfire Tuesday afternoon with San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, killing one and wounding another.

Hours later, according to police, a SWAT team stormed the cabin, which caught fire after police detonated smoke devices inside the structure, a law enforcement source told CNN.

The San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department says it believes a body is in the cabin, but investigators have yet to examine the cabin because it was still smoldering.

[Updated at 11:45 p.m. ET] The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department is echoing the LAPD's refutation of reports that Dorner's body was found in the burned cabin, but it acknowledges investigators believe a body is there.

"We believe (the suspect) is still inside the cabin that caught fire," SBSD spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.

Later, she said, "(Investigators) believe a body is in there," but that investigators still haven't been inside the cabin to look for one.

"It is too hot. (It's) still smoldering" and not safe to enter, Bachman said, adding that officials believe there still is live ammunition in the smoldering cabin.

"We believe that the person that barricaded himself inside the cabin and engaged in gunfire with our deputies ... is still inside there even though the building burned," she said.

[Updated at 11:13 p.m. ET] Los Angeles police are now contradicting media reports that a body was found in the cabin.

No such thing was found in the cabin, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman told reporters moments ago, because cabin is still burning and is too hot to search.

The spokesman said the LAPD will continue to protect the LAPD officers that Dorner accused of targeting police officers because he the LAPD fired him in 2008 allegedly identified as potential threats in a letter made public last week.

[Updated at 10:40 p.m. ET] We're awaiting a news conference from authorities regarding today's events. Could happen quite soon.

[Updated at 10:02 p.m. ET] A body believed to be that of Christopher Dorner has been pulled from the burning cabin, multiple law enforcement sources tell CNN contributor Tom Fuentes. The sources say they were told this by LAPD.

Law enforcement personnel will conduct a forensic exam to identify the body, the sources say.

[Updated at 9:53 p.m. ET] Some details on the surviving deputy who was wounded in today's shootout at the cabin: That deputy still is in surgery and is expected to live, San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says.

That deputy was one of two deputies who were wounded in a shootout at the cabin in Califorina's San Bernardino National Forest on Tuesday afternoon. The other deputy was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital, authorities said.

The names of the deputies have not been released.

[Updated at 9:40 p.m. ET] The Los Angeles Police Department has scheduled a media briefing at midnight ET.

We're still waiting for details about the fire at the cabin, which began more than two hours ago.

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Long, slow recovery from Superstorm Sandy
February 12th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

Sandy expected to be second-costliest cyclone ever

Hurricane Sandy is expected to rank as the second-costliest tropical cyclone on record, after Hurricane Katrina of 2005, and will probably be the sixth-costliest cyclone when adjusting for inflation, population and wealth normalization factors, the National Hurricane Center said in a report released on Tuesday afternoon.

The number of deaths caused by Sandy is estimated to be 147. In the United States, 72 deaths occurred, making Sandy the deadliest U.S. cyclone outside of the southern states since Hurricane Agnes of 1972, the report said.

Meteorologists classify hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions as tropical cyclones.

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Sailors from Civil War ironclad to get Arlington burial
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February 12th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

Sailors from Civil War ironclad to get Arlington burial

The remains of two U.S. Navy sailors, recovered in 2002 from the wreck of the service's first ironclad warship, the USS Monitor, will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, the Navy said Tuesday.

"These may very well be the last Navy personnel from the Civil War to be buried at Arlington," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement. "It's important we honor these brave men and all they represent as we reflect upon the significant role Monitor and her crew had in setting the course for our modern Navy."

The Monitor sank during a storm on New Year's Eve 1862 off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with a loss of 16 sailors.

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Stricken cruise ship dragged back to port
February 12th, 2013
01:31 PM ET

Stricken cruise ship dragged back to port

The stricken cruise ship Carnival Triumph will arrive at Mobile, Alabama, as early as Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Gregory Magee tells CNN.

The Triumph, disabled by an engine room fire on Sunday, currently is being towed through the Gulf of Mexico.

Tugboats have been slowly dragging the ship toward Alabama - and freedom for its 3,143 passengers.

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February 12th, 2013
12:52 PM ET

Police set up road blocks in and around Jerusalem

Israeli police have set up road blocks on a number of roads in and around Jerusalem, a spokesman for Jerusalem police said.

Authorities said they had heightened security in Jerusalem as part of a general terrorist threat alert. They have not said what specifically prompted the alert.

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February 12th, 2013
12:46 PM ET

3 bodies found in Salt Lake City area home

Three people have been found dead in a suburban Salt Lake City home and a fourth victim has been taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound, Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Salt Lake Unified Police said Tuesday.

Police say David Fresques, 25, is a person of interest in the case. They are also looking for a second person they did not name.

There is speculation the deaths may be drug related.

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U.N. Security Council strongly condemns North Korea's nuclear test
February 12th, 2013
11:09 AM ET

U.N. Security Council strongly condemns North Korea's nuclear test

[Updated at 11:09 a.m. ET] The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's nuclear test and will start work on "appropriate measures" in a council resolution, South Korea's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

[Updated at 7:07 a.m. ET] China has summoned the North Korean ambassador to China over its "dissatisfaction" with the country's third nuclear test, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

[Updated at 6:49 a.m. ET] North Korea's Foreign Ministry releases more on today's nuclear test: "This nuclear test is our first measure which displayed our maximum restraint. If the U.S. continues with their hostility and complicates the situation, it would be inevitable to continuously conduct a stronger second or third measure," the ministry says in a statement via state-run media.

[Updated at 6:39 a.m. ET] North Korea's latest nuclear test was a defensive measure against the United States for their "hostile activity against North Korea", the North Korean foreign ministry says in a statement.

[Posted at 6:35 a.m. ET] North Korea says it has conducted a new, more powerful underground nuclear test using more sophisticated technology, jolting the already fragile security situation in Northeast Asia and drawing condemnation from around the globe.

It is the first nuclear test carried out under the North's young leader, Kim Jong Un, who appears to be sticking closely to his father's policy of building up the isolated state's military deterrent to keep its foes at bay, shrugging off the resulting international condemnation and sanctions.

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President Obama to sign cybersecurity order
February 12th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

President Obama to sign cybersecurity order

President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Tuesday outlining standards that companies operating critical infrastructure should follow to protect from cyberattacks, a source informed of the planning told CNN.

The president is expected to discuss the order during tonight's State of the Union address, a source informed on the planning tells CNN.

Obama will release the order in detail on Wednesday, the source said.

The order will have an information sharing provision that will enable exchange of data between the private sector and government. The order does not include an enforcement mechanism. The administration still wants DHS to regulate critical infrastructure and Congress to pass more expansive legislation.

Sources: Half of U.S. troops in Afghanistan coming home in next year
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February 12th, 2013
08:49 AM ET

Sources: Half of U.S. troops in Afghanistan coming home in next year

President Barack Obama will announce in tonight's State of the Union address that, by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home, sources tell CNN's Jake Tapper.

The return of those troops will reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan by one half.

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February 12th, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

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

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage: North Korea's nuclear test

9:30 am ET - Military sequestration hearing - What would threatened across-the-board budget cuts mean for the U.S. military and national defense?  Top Pentagon and military officials discuss the matter before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Pope Benedict XVI
February 12th, 2013
07:08 AM ET

No specific illness forced Pope Benedict to step down, spokesman says

The pope is not suffering from any specific disease that forced him to resign, his spokesman said Tuesday. He is resigning because he does not feel he has the strength to continue, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.

Lombardi emphasized that Benedict remains pope until Feb. 28, when his resignation takes effect.

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Wrestling may be cut from Olympic Games
February 12th, 2013
07:01 AM ET

Wrestling may be cut from Olympic Games

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has recommended dropping wrestling as a sport from the Summer Games, it announced Tuesday.

"Wrestling will now join the seven shortlisted sports - baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu - vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic program as an additional sport," the IOC said in a statement.

At a meeting in Russia in May, representatives from those eight sports will make presentations for inclusion in the 2020 Games. The Executive Board will recommend one for inclusion.

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February 12th, 2013
06:23 AM ET

French lawmakers to vote on same-sex marriage bill

Same-sex marriage in France could take a step closer to reality Tuesday, as lawmakers vote on a controversial bill that would extend the right to marry and adopt to same-sex couples.

If the draft measure is approved as expected in France's National Assembly, it must still go before the Senate before it can become law.

If passed, it would mark the biggest step forward for French gay rights advocates in more than a decade.

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February 12th, 2013
03:31 AM ET

Fugitive ex-cop in murder probe eludes massive manhunt

The massive search for a renegade ex-cop bent on carrying out "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" stretched through the night, but to no avail, authorities said.

Christopher Jordan Dorner is accused of killing one police officer and wounding two others, as well as killing the daughter of his police union representative and her fiance.

The violent spree, authorities say, is part of Dorner's campaign of vigilante justice for what he believes was his unfair termination.

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