March 31st, 2013
06:54 AM ET

Clashes kill 2 after Kenyan election verdict

Two people died in clashes in western Kenya after the top court in the nation upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the presidential election.

The deaths occurred Saturday in Kisumu, the stronghold of his chief rival, Raila Odinga. At least 22 others were hospitalized, the Kenya Red Cross said.

Most of the casualties suffered gunshot wounds, said Abbas Gullet, chief of the local Red Cross

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March 31st, 2013
05:26 AM ET

Bahrain clears medics of charges in protests

An appeals court in Bahrain has overturned the conviction of 21 medics for their role in anti-government protests two years ago.

Prosecutors had convicted about two dozen medics on misdemeanor charges, saying they had turned the Salmaniya Medical Center in the capital Manama into "a place of illegal gatherings and strikes, in violation of laws" during the protests.

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March 31st, 2013
04:55 AM ET

Francis celebrates first Easter Mass as pope

Pope Francis is celebrating his first Easter Mass as pontiff before a packed crowd at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

The pope is expected to deliver his Urbi et Orbi ("to the city and the world") blessing at noon (6 a.m. ET) Sunday.

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March 31st, 2013
04:48 AM ET

South African copter crash kills 5

Five South African military members died in a helicopter crash while on an anti-rhino poaching mission, the nation's state broadcaster said Sunday.
The crash happened Saturday evening  at Kruger National Park, according to South African Broadcasting Corp.

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March 31st, 2013
03:18 AM ET

Suspect may have been freed 4 years early

There are indications that the man believed to have killed the head of the Colorado prison system this month may have been released from prison early because of a clerical error.

Evan Ebel entered the Department of Corrections in February, 2005, sentenced to three years in prison on robbery and menacing charges. In June 2005, facing more charges, Ebel was sentenced to eight years for assault and three more years for menacing, both concurrent to the original sentence, meaning he could get out in eight years total, in 2013.

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DA killed 2 months after deputy gunned down
Kaufman County, Texas, District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found dead Saturday.
March 30th, 2013
11:41 PM ET

DA killed 2 months after deputy gunned down

A Texas county district attorney and his wife were found dead in their home Saturday night two months after a prosecutor there was gunned down.

The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office is in the preliminary stages of investigating the slaying of DA Mike McLelland and his wife, according to Justin Lewis of the sheriff's office.

Lewis said he did not know if the deaths Saturday were connected to the killing of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was shot and killed on his way to work in January.

According to the DA's office web site, McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, had two daughters and three sons. One son is a Dallas Police Officer.

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March 30th, 2013
04:05 AM ET

Kenyans await court ruling on election

The Kenyan Supreme Court plans to issue its verdict Saturday on a legal challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta's win in the presidential election.

Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding leader, won the presidential poll this month with 50.07% of the vote.

His main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, got 43.31% of the vote, and challenged the outcome in court, saying it was flawed and marred by technical problems.

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March 29th, 2013
09:34 PM ET

Rapist caught after 35 years on run

Convicted serial rapist Gary Irving was offered a weekend of freedom by a judge in Massachusetts before reporting to jail. He took nearly 35 years.

One of Massachusetts' most wanted fugitives was living a quiet life in Gorham, Maine, until he was arrested Wednesday night at his home. Irving, 52, was found living under the name Gregg Irving, Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said Friday in a statement.

Irving was convicted in 1978 of raping three young women in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. According to Massachusetts State Police, Judge Robert Prince released the 18-year-old defendant on bail to his parents in order to make final arrangements before sentencing. Irving, facing the possibility of life in prison, never returned.

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March 29th, 2013
09:27 PM ET

Report: China coal mine blast kills 28

A gas explosion at a northeastern Chinese coal mine killed 28 people, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

Thirteen people were rescued following the incident, which happened Friday, according to Xinhua.

The blast occurred in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin.

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March 29th, 2013
08:33 PM ET

North Korea says it's at war with South

North Korea has entered a "state of war" with neighboring South Korea, according to a report from the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

North and South Korea technically remain at war since their conflict between 1950 and 1953 ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. On March 11, the North Korean army declared the armistice agreement invalid.

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NYC appeals ruling on big-soda ban
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to limit sugary drinks to 16 ounces.
March 29th, 2013
07:02 PM ET

NYC appeals ruling on big-soda ban

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed would happen, the New York City Law Department has filed an appeal after a New York judge scrapped the city's controversial ban on big containers of soda.

"Consistent with our desire to get a quick appellate review, the city filed its brief with the appeals court this week," said Fay Ng, senior counsel for the department's appeals division, in a written statement. "The sugary drinks proposal is an important part of the mayor's health initiative."

The Board of Health regulation would limit the size of drinking cups for sugary beverages to a maximum of 16 ounces at food service establishments in the city.

The regulation was adopted in September to help lower obesity rates, but a state Supreme Court judge overturned it as "arbitrary and capricious."

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March 29th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

SEAL Team Six member killed in accident

A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed and another was injured in a training accident in Arizona, a U.S. Department of Defense official said Friday.

The SEAL who was killed belonged to SEAL Team Six, the elite squad from which a team was selected to go after Osama bin Laden in Pakistan two years ago, a source said.

The accident occurred Thursday at a U.S. Special Operations Command parachute testing and training facility at Pinal Airpark, Arizona.

The SEALs were transported to the University of Arizona Medical Center, where one remains hospitalized, the official said.

The accident is under investigation, the official said.

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March 29th, 2013
06:17 PM ET

35 indicted in Atlanta cheating scandal

Thirty-five Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators were indicted Friday on a myriad of charges in connection with alleged cheating in standardized testing, one of the largest cheating scandals to hit the nation's public education system.

Among those indicted by a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury was Beverly Hall, the former schools superintendent who gained national recognition in 2009 for turning around Atlanta's school system.

There were 65 counts in the indictment, which included charges of racketeering, influencing a witness, theft by taking and making false statements or writings.

 

 

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March 29th, 2013
05:17 PM ET

Khmer Rouge leader cleared for trial

The most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, has been declared fit for trial by a United Nations-backed court in Cambodia, the U.N. said Friday.

Nuon, the right-hand man to late leader Pol Pot and a former Cambodian prime minister, is reportedly 86 years old and is accused of murder and torture.

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Ex-Syracuse coach to sue ESPN
Prosecutors never filed charges against former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.
March 29th, 2013
05:14 PM ET

Ex-Syracuse coach to sue ESPN

Axed Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine intends to file a defamation suit against ESPN over its previous reporting that he sexually abused young boys.

Four people accused Fine of molesting them, including stepbrothers and former Syracuse ball boys Mike Lang and Bobby Davis, who in 2011 accused the coach of molesting them over several years.

Fine, who served as assistant basketball coach at Syracuse for 35 years, maintained his innocence throughout the investigations, and no charges were ever brought against him.

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Hundreds rescued from ice floes
Rescuers leave the Riga Port Authority on Friday after more than 200 people were plucked off ice floes that broke away from the mainlaind.
March 29th, 2013
04:08 PM ET

Hundreds rescued from ice floes

More than 220 people have been rescued after two ice floes broke off from the Latvian coast and were blown into the Gulf of Riga, Latvian emergency services said Friday.

All 181 people on the larger floe near the capital city of Riga were removed by boat, and 42 people were rescued by helicopter from the smaller floe off the coast of Jurmala, a nearby seaside resort town.

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UPS to forfeit $40 million
UPS has agreed to forfeit $40 million in payments from illegal online pharmacies.
March 29th, 2013
02:48 PM ET

UPS to forfeit $40 million

United Parcel Service will forfeit $40 million in payments it received from illegal online pharmacies and take steps to make sure such groups no longer use the shipper's services, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced Friday.

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March 29th, 2013
02:38 PM ET

Tibet landslide buries 83 workers

A landslide buried 83 workers in a mining area in the Tibet Autonomous Region on Friday morning, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing local authorities.

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March 29th, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Friday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial of Jodi Arias, who's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008.  The trial resumes on Tuesday, April 2.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET - Good Friday at the Vatican - Pope Francis leads his first Good Friday Mass as pontiff at the Vatican.  He'll then participate in a "Stations of the Cross" ceremony in Rome at 4:15 pm ET.

3:00 pm ET - Obama talks economy in Miami - President Obama is expected to call for more government spending on infrastructure projects when he speaks in Miami, Florida.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


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Ship reaches space station in just 6 hours
The International Space Station is seen from the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft as it approached Thursday.
March 28th, 2013
10:55 PM ET

Ship reaches space station in just 6 hours

A Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying three crew members docked at 10:28 p.m. ET Friday with the International Space Station after an expedited flight of just six hours from Earth.

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