Venezuela president's health 'delicate'
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who is fighting cancer, now has an infection, an official says.
March 4th, 2013
09:49 PM ET

Venezuela president's health 'delicate'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's condition has worsened, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said late Monday.

Villegas reported Chavez is battling a new and "severe" infection and that his overall state remains "delicate."

The president, who announced his cancer diagnosis in 2011, spent more than two months in treatment in Cuba and has suffered respiratory insufficiency.

The government has never specified what kind of cancer Chavez has.

Last Friday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said that Chavez is "fighting for his life." The president began chemotherapy after his fourth cancer surgery in Cuba in December, and he is continuing the "intense" treatment at a military hospital in Caracas, according to Maduro.

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Senator's accuser recants escort claim
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, has strongly denied allegations he had sex with a prostitute.
March 4th, 2013
09:10 PM ET

Senator's accuser recants escort claim

After appearing in a video claiming Sen. Robert Menendez paid her for sex, a Dominican woman now says in a court document she was paid to make those claims and has never met or had a relationship with the New Jersey Democrat.

In the notarized document, Nexis de los Santos Santana says she was filmed without her knowledge claiming to have had sex with Menendez.

"I am the person in the video, that is me, and those are my words, but this statement is not true," Santana's statement reads. "I never agreed to be recorded."

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March 4th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

Colorado Interstate closed after 30-car crash

A 30-car accident and bad weather caused the closure of Interstate 70 in and around Vail, Colorado, around 1:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. ET), said Mindy Crane, the spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

"We were seeing blizzard conditions up in that area," Crane said, adding the closure will likely be "fairly lengthy." "We have not been able to find out if there are any injuries or fatalities."

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Plane safely makes emergency landing
This plane landed safely in St. Louis, Missouri, Monday after developing problems with its landing gear after taking off from Wooster, Ohio.
March 4th, 2013
02:52 PM ET

Plane safely makes emergency landing

[Update 2:48 p.m. ET] A light aircraft with landing gear problems landed intact Monday afternoon at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

CNN affiliate KTVI said eight people were aboard the Learjet.

Officials earlier said that they expected the plane to touch down at St. Louis Downtown Airport, which is across the Mississippi River from St. Louis in Cahokia, Illinois.

The plane landed "without incident" at 1:32 p.m. CT (2:32 p.m. ET), the Federal Aviation Administration said. It had departed Wooster, Ohio, en route to St. Louis Downtown Airport earlier in the day.

[First report 1:53 p.m. ET] A light aircraft reporting landing gear problems is preparing to make an emergency landing at St. Louis Downtown Airport - also known as Parks Airport - in Cahokia, Illinois, according to CNN affiliate KTVI.

Just before noon, the plane reported a problem with its landing gear, KTVI reported.

This is a developing story.  We'll bring you more details as we get them.


Filed under: Illinois • Missouri • Ohio • Plane emergency landing • Travel • U.S.
Photos: Queen Elizabeth II
March 4th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

Queen Elizabeth released from hospital

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was discharged Monday from a London hospital, where she was treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.

The 86-year-old monarch had been taken to King Edward VII's Hospital on Sunday morning "as a precautionary measure," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said, speaking with customary anonymity.

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Baby delivered after car crash dies
March 4th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

Baby delivered after car crash dies

A baby boy delivered by cesarean section after his parents were killed in a car crash over the weekend has died, police said Monday.

The infant, delivered after a hit-and-run crash in New York City, had been in critical condition.

His parents, Nathan and Raizy Glauber, were both killed in a crash around midnight Saturday.

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Oprah Winfrey to deliver Harvard address
March 4th, 2013
09:01 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey to deliver Harvard address

Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address at Harvard University's 362nd graduation ceremony on May 30, the university said Monday.

"Oprah's journey from her grandmother's Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world's most admired women is one of the great American success stories," Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement posted to the Harvard Gazette website Monday.

"She has used her extraordinary influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with a constant focus on the importance of educational opportunity and the virtues of serving others."

Winfrey will speak at the school's "Afternoon Exercises," which also serves as the Harvard Alumni Association's annual meeting, the school said.

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March 4th, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Monday's live events

$85 billion in automatic across-the-board cuts became law last week, as President Obama and Congress struggle to find a solution to the crisis.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

10:15 am ET - Obama reveals OMB nomination - President Obama is expected to nominate the head of the Walmart Foundation to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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March 4th, 2013
06:57 AM ET

Obama to nominate new leaders for EPA, Energy

President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Gina McCarthy to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to lead the Energy Department, a White House official tells CNN's Jim Acosta.

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March 4th, 2013
05:19 AM ET

Police: Bomb plot foiled in Northern Ireland

Three suspected Irish Republican Army dissidents have been arrested in what police call a foiled bomb plot targeting a police station in Northern Ireland, authorities said Monday.

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March 4th, 2013
05:10 AM ET

IAEA: Iran not cooperating

Iran is not cooperating, making it difficult for the UN's nuclear watchdog agency to provide "credible assurance" that the country doesn't possess undeclared nuclear material, the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said Monday.

Amano said Iran should grant access "without further delay" to the Parchin military complex, where it is believed to have tested rockets.

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March 4th, 2013
04:13 AM ET

Kellie Pickler's drummer seriously injured

A drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler was seriously injured in a massive crash on Interstate 65 in Kentucky, officials said.

Gregg Lohman, 36, was airlifted from the crash site Saturday with head and neck injuries, Master Trooper Norman Chaffins of Kentucky State Police told CNN affiliate WAVE. Lohman was in critical but stable condition Sunday at a Louisville hospital.

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March 4th, 2013
03:55 AM ET

Fresh clashes in Egypt's volatile Port Said

Two army conscripts were killed and at least 400 people were injured in fresh clashes in the volatile city of Port Said, Egypt's state-run MENA news agency said Monday.

The violence is part of tensions caused by a court verdict sentencing 21 Port Said residents to death for their alleged role in a deadly soccer riot last year.

Soccer fans in the restive Egyptian city also clashed with security forces and torched a police station Saturday.

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March 4th, 2013
03:40 AM ET

Doctor accused of severing babies' spines

he Hippocratic Oath, when properly translated, doesn't actually say, "First, do no harm." But since the time of the ancient Greeks, that's become the mantra for every medical professional.

Not so with Dr. Kermit Gosnell, prosecutors contend.

The 72-year-old Philadephia physician is accused of running a "house of horrors" where he performed illegal abortions past the 24-week limit prescribed by law. He used scissors, authorities say, to sever the spinal cords of newborns who emerged from their mothers still alive.

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March 4th, 2013
02:38 AM ET

Bangladesh enters 2nd day of strike

Bangladesh on Monday entered the second day of a strike amid clashes between protesters and security forces that have killed dozens of people after an Islamist party leader was sentenced to death last week for war crimes.

The violence, which has shaken the South Asian country in recent days, left 21 people dead Sunday, authorities said, after supporters of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami attacked police stations and government offices.

The unrest flared after a war crimes tribunal on Thursday handed down a death sentence to Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a top Jamaat leader, for war crimes committed during the country's nine-month war of independence in 1971.

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March 4th, 2013
01:53 AM ET

Workers destroy Florida home with sinkhole

As a giant crane plunged into the Florida home where a massive sinkhole swallowed a man whole, pieces of the family's lives were pushed into public view.

Walls with picture frames on them came crashing down. Baby toys and clothes on hangers were raked across the ground.

A woman wept as an official handed her a framed portrait. Others lovingly salvaged military awards, a Bible, a pink teddy bear, and an American flag that hung near the house's front door.

Workers started demolishing the blue, one-story home as carefully as they could Sunday to try to salvage belongings for the family of the victim, Jeff Bush.

That delicate process will continue Monday.

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No claim yet for Pakistan bomb that killed 42
Pakistani rescuers gather in front of the flames.
March 4th, 2013
01:47 AM ET

No claim yet for Pakistan bomb that killed 42

No group has stepped forward so far to claim responsibility for a massive car bombing in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi that killed at least 42 people over the weekend in what appeared to be the latest attack on the Shiite minority in the country.

The blast Sunday tore into nearby buildings, wounding about 145 people, and authorities warned that the death toll could rise as rescue workers continued to search for bodies amid the rubble.

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March 4th, 2013
12:49 AM ET

Cardinals could set date to elect new pope

Cardinals of the Catholic Church meet at 3:30 a.m. ET and then again at 11 a.m. ET Monday, at which time they may set a date for the conclave to elect the next pope.
Pope Benedict XVI vacated the papacy just four days ago, citing ailing health. He is 85.
He was the first pope to resign in 600 years.

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March 4th, 2013
12:01 AM ET

Kenya elections off to a deadly start

Throngs of Kenyans lined up nationwide Monday to choose a president in a tight, anxiously awaited general election, just hours after several people were killed in an attack on a police station in the country's second-largest city.

The victims of the attack at the police station in the port city of Mombasa included both civilians and police officers, said Prime Minister Raila Odinga. He did not have an exact death toll.

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