February 18th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

Russia decries death of adopted boy in Texas

Officials in West Texas said Monday they are investigating the "suspicious" death of a 3-year-old boy, adopted from Russia, the same day a Russian official blamed the death on "inhuman abuse."

The boy was born on January 9, 2010, and died on January 21, 2013, according to Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights.

"I would like to draw your attention to another case of inhuman abuse of a Russian child by U.S. adoptive parents," he said in a statement.

Dolgov claimed the child suffered injuries to his head and legs, as well as to his abdomen and internal organs. The wounds, he said, "could only be caused by strong blows."

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February 18th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

Conn. police: News anchor arrested after domestic incident with news anchor wife

WCBS news anchor Rob Morrison is facing charges of allegedly choking his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, according to Connecticut authorities.

Rob Morrison was taken into custody early Sunday at the couple's Darien home when police responded to a "domestic violence incident" called in by Ashley Morrison's mother, according to a statement from the Darien Police Department.

He was arrested for allegedly choking his wife with both hands after becoming "increasingly belligerent...during the course of the evening," the statement said.

Officers observed red marks on Ashley Morrison's neck, but she did not request medical treatment, according to the police department release.

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February 18th, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Food giant Nestle recalls products after horse meat discovery

Nestle is suspending deliveries of all its products that include beef from a German supplier because "traces of horse DNA" were found in the meat, the Swiss-based food giant said on its website Monday.

Nestle also is recalling two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, from store shelves in Italy and Spain, the news release said. A lasagna product sold to French catering businesses will also be recalled.

"Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products made from beef supplied by H.J. Schypke," the statement said. "The levels found are above the one percent threshold the UK's Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence."

The company said there are no food safety issues and it had notified the authorities.

H.J. Schypke is a subcontractor of JBS Toledo N.V., a Belgian supplier.

Unauthorized horse meat has been discovered in a variety of products labeled as beef that were sold in supermarkets in countries including Britain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Ireland.

The meat industry was first thrust into the spotlight last month when Irish investigators found horse and pig DNA in hamburger products. The discovery of pig DNA in beef products is of particular concern to Jews and Muslims, whose dietary laws forbid the consumption of pork products. Jewish dietary laws also ban the consumption of horse meat.

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February 18th, 2013
07:46 PM ET

Crew of fishing boat missing in turbulent waters off Nova Scotia

Five crew members and a fishing vessel are missing off the coast of Nova Scotia, a Canadian official said Monday.

The Miss Ally sent out an emergency beacon about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Captain Doug Keirstead of Joint Task Force Atlantic said.

Coast Guard units from Canada and the United States are searching for the missing boat, which disappeared late Sunday in an area hit by 30-foot seas and wind that exceeded 74 mph (119 kph).

An empty life raft was found Monday morning, Keirstead said.

The Miss Ally was registered in Shelburne, Novia Scotia.

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February 18th, 2013
07:20 PM ET

3 Michigan children reportedly left home alone die in fire

Three Michigan children reportedly left alone in their family's apartment died in a fire Monday afternoon, a public safety official said.

The fire broke out around 2 p.m. in Kalamazoo, said Brian Uridge, assistant chief of public safety. Two of the children were 3 years old, and the third was 1, Uridge said.

"You could see smoke from blocks away," Uridge said. The main floor of the apartment building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and "they found three kids who had already perished as a result of the fire," he said. The cause of the fire is unknown, he said.

The children's parents were at the scene, Uridge said.

"Initially, we have information that the kids were left alone in the apartment, but we can't talk about charges because it's too early in the investigation," Uridge said.

The victims' identities have not been released.

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February 18th, 2013
04:38 PM ET

Texas parents agree not to pressure teen to have abortion

UPDATE: The parents of a 16-year-old, pregnant Texas girl agreed Monday in a state court not to coerce her to have an abortion, an anti-abortion group representing the girl said.

An anti-abortion legal organization in Texas has won a restraining order against the parents of a 16-year-old girl, saying that the couple is trying to coerce the teen into having an abortion.

The Texas Center for Defense of Life argued that Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 Supreme Court decision that guaranteed women the right to have an abortion, works both ways.

"Roe was about the right to choose," center founder and attorney Stephen Casey told CNN on Monday. "This young woman has the right to choose to have her child. I've spoken to her on numerous occasions and she's very assertive."

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February 18th, 2013
03:31 PM ET

Coast Guard: Cruise ship fire started with leaking fuel-oil line

The fire that crippled the Carnival cruise ship Triumph started with a leak in a fuel-oil return line connected to the ship's No. 6 generator, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

Leaking oil hit a hot surface, starting the fire, said Teresa Hatfield, the lead investigator for the Coast Guard. Hatfield said there was no indication the leak was intentional.

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February 18th, 2013
12:09 PM ET

LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss dies

Long-time Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died, the team said in a statement Monday.

Buss, 80, had been suffering from an undisclosed form of cancer. He died at Cedars-Sinai hospital after being hospitalized for much of the past 18 months, the team said.

The team will remain under the ownership of the Buss family, the statement said.

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February 18th, 2013
10:02 AM ET

Uncle Sam says it's not Presidents Day

If you're off school or work Monday in observance of Presidents Day, you've got it all wrong, at least according to the federal government.

Federal offices are closed Monday because it's Washington's Birthday, a holiday to honor the first U.S. president, George Washington.

Confused? Here's what the National Archives says on its website:

"This holiday is designated as 'Washington's Birthday.' Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is Federal policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law."

Washington's actual birthday was February 22, and that's when the holiday was originally celebrated. However, in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act , which designated the third Monday in February as Washington's Birthday, beginning in 1971.

The Presidents Day moniker evolved later, at least partly to honor Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday was February 12, but some hoped it could be a day to honor all presidents.

Of course, states, local governments and businesses are not bound to honor the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, so they can call Monday whatever holiday they like or not have one at all.

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February 18th, 2013
05:07 AM ET

Israel to probe arrest, death of 'Prisoner X'

After a week of international controversy, Israel says it will investigate the case of an Australian-Israeli citizen known as 'Prisoner X' - a man whose detainment and death in an Israeli cell remain cloaked in mystery.

A parliamentary committee announced the inquiry Sunday, saying it will look into all aspects of the case involving the prisoner, who died in December 2010.

The announcement came the same day Israel's prime minister said an "overexposure of security and intelligence activity" could harm state security.

The case of Prisoner X has sparked widespread debate in Israel over government censorship and the country's prison system.

The prisoner's name has never been revealed by Israel.

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February 18th, 2013
04:11 AM ET

Venezuela's Chavez returns home

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned home from Cuba and will continue his cancer treatment there, according to his official Twitter account.

"We have returned to Venezuela. Thanks my God. Thanks beloved people. We will continue treatment here," he tweeted.

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February 18th, 2013
04:02 AM ET

New details emerge in the Oscar Pistorius shooting case

A South African official familiar with the case offered new details Monday about the shooting death of model Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria home of her boyfriend, Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius.

Pistorius has been charged with murder in the killing.

The details are:
– Steenkamp was shot four times through the bathroom door
– Pistorius carried her downstairs while she was alive
– There are several indications that Steenkamp was at the house to spend the night. She had an overnight bag and her iPad

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Country star Mindy McCready dead of apparent suicide
February 18th, 2013
03:43 AM ET

Country star Mindy McCready dead of apparent suicide

They seemed so triumphant at the time - the lyrics to country music star Mindy McCready's hope-filled title track to her most-recent album "I'm Still here."

Now, those words sound more like a cry for help.

"On a cold dark cloud, with nowhere to fall but down, like a single, naked, unrelenting tear ... I'm still here."

On Sunday, McCready, whose turbulent personal life overshadowed her success as a chart-topping hit maker, was found dead on the front porch of her Arkansas home - the victim, authorities said, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was 37.

McCready leaves behind two boys - a 6-year-old and a 10-month-old.

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February 18th, 2013
02:26 AM ET

JFK's bomber jacket fetches $629,000 at auction

Half a century after the heyday of Camelot, a treasure trove of John F. Kennedy personal items now belongs to a bevy of JFK fanatics.

At the center of the cache: Kennedy's Air Force One bomber jacket, which sold at auction Sunday for $629,000.

The stash also includes a May 29, 1963, birthday card for Kennedy signed by his toddler son, John Jr., as well as a marked-up itinerary for his final presidential trip, a visit to Dallas in November 1963.

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Man accused of slapping crying boy on flight loses his job
February 18th, 2013
01:19 AM ET

Man accused of slapping crying boy on flight loses his job

An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 2-year-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor for the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley had been let go.

"Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing," said a statementfrom AGC Aerospace & Defense. "We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon.

"As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company."

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Ecuador's Rafael Correa cruises to victory
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa hosted Qatar's Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, waving, in Quito Saturday
February 18th, 2013
12:50 AM ET

Ecuador's Rafael Correa cruises to victory

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa swept to an easy re-election Sunday in a vote that showcased stability and the popularity of his left-leaning social and economic programs.

With almost 40% of ballots counted, Correa claimed 57% of the vote.

His closest competitor, Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, garnered 24% of the vote. He conceded.

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