February 25th, 2013
10:43 PM ET

Center-left wins Italy's Parliament elections

The center-left coalition headed by Pier Luigi Bersani appears to have won a narrow victory in elections for Italy's lower house of parliament, according to final figures released by the Interior Ministry.

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No K.C. work permit before restaurant blast
The early evening explosion occurred after a worker hit a gas line while laying fiber optic cable.
February 25th, 2013
05:13 PM ET

No K.C. work permit before restaurant blast

The company that was laying cable prior to an explosion last week at a popular Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant - a blast that killed one person - did not have a permit for the excavation, a city official said Monday.

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February 25th, 2013
05:05 PM ET

Ex-Surgeon General C. Everett Koop dies

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has died, Dartmouth College said Monday. He was 96.

Koop served as surgeon general from 1982 to 1989, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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February 25th, 2013
03:58 PM ET

Kansas traveler killed in accident on icy roads

One person died in a car accident in Sherman County, Kansas, due to icy roads from a massive winter storm hitting the Great Plains, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday afternoon.

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Filed under: Kansas • Weather • Winter weather
Jackson kids' death lawsuit set for trial
Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson and Paris Jackson speak on stage during the "Michael Forever Tribute Concert" in 2011.
February 25th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

Jackson kids' death lawsuit set for trial

The lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's three children and mother that accuses a concert promoter of contributing to the pop icon's death can go to trial, a Los Angeles judge tentatively ruled Monday.

The trial for the wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, filed by Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson and his children, Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson, is set for April.  A final order on Monday's decision has not been issued yet.

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Filed under: Celebrity • Courts • Lawsuit • Michael Jackson • Showbiz
Syrian opposition group to attend summit
Syrian rebels, like those above, have been fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad -- whom they accuse of ordering attacks that have left tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, dead.
February 25th, 2013
03:24 PM ET

Syrian opposition group to attend summit

The Syrian National Coalition the principal opposition group battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad has changed its position and will attend an international meeting this week in Rome focused on the Syrian crisis, the coalition's leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib announced Monday on Facebook.

The group earlier said it would not attend the meeting.

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Pope accepts cardinal's resignation
February 25th, 2013
06:37 AM ET

Pope accepts cardinal's resignation

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Scotland's Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, according to a statement released Monday by the Vatican. O'Brien has been dogged by allegations he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980s.

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Filed under: Scotland • World
February 25th, 2013
04:03 AM ET

Israel claims successful anti-missile test

Israel completed a successful test flight of its Arrow 3 interceptor system on Monday, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The system is designed to defend against medium-range missiles that could be fired from countries such as Iran.

"The successful test is a major milestone in the development of the Arrow 3 Weapon System and provides further confidence in future Israeli defense capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat," the statement said.

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February 25th, 2013
03:14 AM ET

Earthquakes shake central Japan

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake rattled central Japan on Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. A second quake - magnitude 4.6 quake - struck about 11 minutes later.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami alert has been issued.

The quake, which took place at 4:24 p.m. local time, was centered about 143 kilometers (89 miles) north-northwest of Tokyo at a depth of 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the USGS.

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Filed under: Weather • World
February 25th, 2013
03:13 AM ET

'Crippling' winter storm in Great Plains

Call it winter weather, part two.

Just days after a storm walloped the Great Plains, a second one - bringing with it heavy snow and strong winds - was slamming the region early Monday, forcing airline cancellations and school closures from Colorado to Texas.

National Weather Service forecasters warned the storm was bringing potentially "life threatening" and "crippling" blizzard conditions with freezing temperatures to portions of southeast Kansas, northwest Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle overnight.

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Filed under: U.S. • Weather
February 25th, 2013
12:26 AM ET

5 things you may have missed about the George Zimmerman saga

February 26, 2012.

That was the day two strangers - Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager walking back with Skittles and an iced tea he'd picked up at 7-Eleven, and George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida - met for the first and only time.

It's been nearly a year since Zimmerman shot Martin to death. The incident generated huge outrage across the country for months and led to a wide-ranging conversation about the state of U.S. race relations.

Zimmerman acknowledged shooting Martin but said it was in self-defense. Attorneys for Martin's family have accused Zimmerman of racially profiling Martin and shooting him "in cold blood."

Attention to the case has died down substantially in recent months, and you may have been focused on other things. Here are a few things you might not know about the case, which is scheduled for a June 10 trial.

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Filed under: Crime • Justice • U.S.
February 25th, 2013
12:24 AM ET

Curt Schilling's bloody sock sells for $92,613

How much would you pay for a bloody sock?

A man named Pete Siegal paid $92,613.

Admittedly, it wasn't just any old sock.

It was the sock worn by Curt Schilling during Game 2 of the 2004 World Series. He pitched for the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals on an injured ankle.

"It's a one-of-a-kind item," said Chris Ivy, director of Sports Auctions for Heritage Auctions.

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Filed under: Sports • U.S.