Strippers at teen's party lead to mom's arrest
Judy Viger, 33, of Gansevoort, New York, is accused of hiring strippers to entertain at her 16-year-old son's birthday party.
February 20th, 2013
10:03 PM ET

Strippers at teen's party lead to mom's arrest

An upstate New York mother is accused of hiring strippers for her son's 16th birthday party late last year, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney.

Judy Viger, 33, of Gansevoort is charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child,  District Attorney James Murphy said in a statement. The parents of five teens who attended the party reported the presence of strippers to police.

The complaining parents found out that the strippers had been at the November 3 bowling party through photos posted on Facebook. The parents took the pictures to the South Glens Falls police, who then started taking witness statements, the district attorney's statement says.

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February 20th, 2013
09:53 PM ET

Plane carrying 7 crashes in Georgia

A jet carrying seven people crashed Wednesday in east Georgia, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier I jet landed at about 8:30 p.m. at Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport in Thomson, and ran off the end of the runway, said FAA's Kathleen Bergen.

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February 20th, 2013
06:50 PM ET

Paula Broadwell's Army promotion revoked

The Army has revoked the promotion of Paula Broadwell, the one-time mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus, CNN has learned.

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February 20th, 2013
06:10 PM ET

Subcontractor blamed in K.C. explosion

A construction subcontractor breached a gas line with an underground boring machine Tuesday evening, leading to a deadly explosion in Kansas City a little more than an hour later, Missouri Gas Energy Chief Operating Officer Robert Hack told a news conference on Wednesday.

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Moments from aboard the ship
February 20th, 2013
03:34 PM ET

Class-action suit filed against Carnival

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Corp. surrounding the events that crippled the cruise ship Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.

Filing on behalf of other tourists, passengers Matt Crusan and Melissa Crusan alleged in their lawsuit that "Carnival knew or should have known that the vessel Triumph was likely to experience mechanical and/or engine issues because of prior similar issues," the court filing said.

The suit, filed Monday, follows a lawsuit that an individual passenger filed against the company last week.

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Armstrong won't cooperate with USADA probe
February 20th, 2013
03:02 PM ET

Armstrong won't cooperate with USADA probe

Former cyclist Lance Armstrong will not cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's investigation of performance enhancing drug use in the sport, an Armstrong attorney said Wednesday.

USADA had given Armstrong who publicly admitted such drug use last month until Wednesday to decide whether he would cooperate under oath with investigators as part of a possible path to altering his USADA-imposed lifetime competition ban.

"Lance will not participate in USADA's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction," Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said in a written statement Wednesday.

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February 20th, 2013
02:35 PM ET

Body found after K.C. restaurant blast

One body was pulled from the debris today at the site of yesterday's explosion at a Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant.

Officials say they cannot be certain that there are no other victims of the JJ's restaurant explosion, which happened Tuesday evening after a strong odor of gas was reported in the area.

One female employee was reported missing after the blast, but Fire Chief Paul Berardi said it was too early to confirm the identity of the victim, whose body was found near the restaurant's bar area. At least 15 people were injured in the blast.

February 20th, 2013
02:18 PM ET

TV anchor resigns after choking accusation

A news anchor for WCBS in New York City has resigned following allegations that he choked his wife in their Connecticut home, a WCBS spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The anchor, Rob Morrison, said in a statement released Wednesday that his "family is my first and only priority right now."

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Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing funds
February 20th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing funds

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is owning up to allegations that he used campaign funds for personal expenses and now he might get prison time.

Jackson, dabbing at this eyes with a handkerchief, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements.

Sentencing is set for June 28. That charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but though the judge noted that prosecutors and defense attorneys appeared to recommend a lighter sentence.

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Filed under: Courts • Crime • Illinois • Justice • Politics
February 20th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

Georgia appeals inmate's stay of execution

The state of Georgia Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let the execution of condemned murderer Warren Lee Hill go forward after a last-minute stay that spared him from lethal injection.

Hill was within half an hour of execution Tuesday night when federal and state appeals courts stepped in to halt the procedure, his lawyer said. His lawyers say he's mentally retarded, with an IQ of 70, but state prosecutors say Hill has repeatedly failed to prove that claim in court.

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February 20th, 2013
09:45 AM ET

80K civilian defense workers face furloughs

Nearly 800,000 civilian workers would be forced to take one day of leave per week without pay if automatic spending cuts go into effect as scheduled, the Defense Department told Congress on Wednesday morning.

The furloughs would start in the last week of April and last for 22 weeks, according to the Pentagon plan. It's unclear what would happen after the 22 weeks.

The Pentagon's plan is in response to the looming mandatory, across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration that are due to start March 1. The cuts, mandated by a 2011 agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling, will take effect unless lawmakers come up with another deficit reduction plan.

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February 20th, 2013
07:51 AM ET

Prosecutors lay out case against Pistorius

Olympian Oscar Pistorius returned to court on Wednesday to find out if he can be freed on bail after he was charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. This is the second day of the bail hearing. Read full story.

[Updated at 7:51 a.m. ET] Final arguments will start Thursday at 11 a.m. local time.

[Updated at 7:49 a.m. ET] The hearing has adjourned until Thursday with no decision on bail for Oscar Pistorius.

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February 20th, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Billions of dollars in automatic across-the-board spending cuts could take place on March 1 unless President Obama and Congress do something about it.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - Kerry speaks at university - Secretary of State John Kerry makes his first major public address since taking over the post.  The remarks will be made on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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February 20th, 2013
06:03 AM ET

Cameron marks 1919 massacre

UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited the site of the infamous 1919 Amritsar massacre by British troops in India on Wednesday - but those hoping he might apologize for the atrocity were disappointed.

Cameron, the first serving British prime minister to visit Amritsar, a Sikh holy city in the northwestern state of Punjab, laid a wreath at a memorial to the hundreds killed in the massacre.

Writing in a book of condolences at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial, he described the massacre as "a deeply shameful event in British history." He added, "We must never forget what happened here."

However, he did not give a formal apology for the atrocity, which occurred while India was part of the British Empire.

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February 20th, 2013
05:08 AM ET

Snow in the Plains, storms in the South

Weather conditions across America may give a good many of us an excuse to stay indoors until Friday.

A blanket of white could fall on most of the United States and some of Canada this week, while violent thunderstorms roll in off of the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to flood parts of the Deep South.

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February 20th, 2013
05:01 AM ET

Anti-whaling group says Japan attacked ships

The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd said ships from the Japanese whaling fleet attacked its vessels, ramming them and hurling concussion grenades.

"There's been the most outrageous attack on the Sea Shepherd Australia ships today," said Bob Brown, a member of the board of directors of Sea Shepherd Australia, describing it as the "worst incident" the group had experienced since one of its vessels sank two years ago.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Brown said that a large Japanese factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, had repeatedly rammed Sea Shepherd ships in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica where it was trying to refuel and that a Japanese government escort vessel had directed water cannon and lobbed concussion grenades at the activists.

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February 20th, 2013
04:07 AM ET

Women told to urinate to deter a rapist

A Colorado school has caused a stir with an advisory that suggested women could urinate or vomit to deter a rape.
The list of 10 tips by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was billed as "last resort" options to deter a sexual assault.
"Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating," read one tip.
"Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone," read another.
By Tuesday night, the list was taken down and replaced by an explanation and an apology. But it was too late.

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February 20th, 2013
03:52 AM ET

Report: Bulgaria's government to resign

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told parliament he would tender his government's resignation Wednesday, according to state media reports, following eight days of nationwide protests over high energy bills.

The protests against soaring electricity bills have morphed into wider discontent over austerity and the way the country is being run, the official Bulgarian News Agency reported.

Borissov told lawmakers his party would not be part of a caretaker government. The government will resign from office at noon local time.

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