Report: Flawed device, errors contributed to Super Bowl blackout
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome stands in semi-darkness shortly after halftime of the Super Bowl on February 3.
March 21st, 2013
09:29 PM ET

Report: Flawed device, errors contributed to Super Bowl blackout

A combination of technical and communication failures contributed to the partial power outage that disrupted this year's Super Bowl, an independent analysis has determined, utility Entergy New Orleans said Thursday.

The power was cut off to half the Mercedes-Benz Superdome early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, causing a 34-minute delay in the February game.

Dr. John Palmer of Palmer Engineering & Forensics said a recently installed relay had a "design defect" that caused it to trip in an unpredictable way.

He said the device's trip level had been left at the factory default setting, which was inappropriate for its application in the dome.

Palmer's report also cited "inadequate communication between the manufacturer and the utility" as a contributing factor.

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March 21st, 2013
05:25 PM ET

Snowy car pileup causes 100 injuries

About 100 people suffered minor to moderate injuries in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday south of Edmonton, Canada, Alberta Health Services said on its Twitter feed.

According to official road reports, a snowstorm has made the roadways extremely dangerous. The snowy conditions and smoke from multiple crashes caused by those conditions have resulted in delays of six hours or more, reports say. Snow plow trucks have been pulled off of the roadway because of poor visibility.

Alberta Health Services, Alberta's provincial health authority, lowered its initial estimate of 300 injuries in the pileup in Leduc, south of Edmonton. Most of the injuries were minor, it said, with six considered moderate and one serious.

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New York fatal crash suspect pleads not guilty
Hasidic Jews in New York march in the funeral of Nachman and Raizel Glauber on March 3.
March 21st, 2013
04:39 PM ET

New York fatal crash suspect pleads not guilty

Julio Acevedo, the man accused in a Brooklyn car crash that killed a Hasidic couple and their child earlier this month, pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. Acevedo remains in custody; no bail has been set.

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Man freed after serving 2 decades in N.Y. killing
Prosecutors, saying that David Ranta is innocent, recommended he go free after more than 20 years behind bars.
March 21st, 2013
03:27 PM ET

Man freed after serving 2 decades in N.Y. killing

A New York man has been freed after serving more than two decades in prison for the killing of a rabbi during a botched diamond heist, with a judge calling his conviction a miscarriage of justice.

Brooklyn prosecutors recommended that David Ranta's conviction be tossed out after a onetime witness said he had been coached into identifying the suspect in a police lineup. Ranta was released after a hearing Thursday afternoon.

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March 21st, 2013
03:04 PM ET

Chase ends in crash that kills 6, hurts 9

Six people were killed and nine others injured when a truck that was being chased by police crashed into a security barrier at a Navy base on the Gulf Coast of Texas, a base spokesman said Thursday.

The crash happened late Wednesday, when an extended-cab pickup slammed into a security barrier outside the naval air station in Kingsville, south of Corpus Christi, spokesman Jon Gagne told CNN. The GMC Sierra was being chased by a Kingsville police cruiser  about 11:15 p.m. when it ran a checkpoint outside the air base at high speed, Gagne said.

Earlier reports that a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol vehicle also was involved in the chase were incorrect, CBP spokesman Michael Freel told CNN.

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March 21st, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Prison chief's death: Saudi's case considered

[Posted at 12:57 p.m. ET] While the investigation into the slaying of Colorado's prison chief is "wide open," a top law enforcement official told CNN that one case involving a Saudi national is being considered.

When asked if any cases have risen to the top in the search for who killed Tom Clements, El Paso County Undersheriff Paula Presley brought up a case involving Homaidan al-Turki.

"There has been, you know, one case in specific that has been mentioned, certainly that the media has mentioned, with al-Turki, who was denied transfer back to Saudi Arabia. And certainly that has been in the media in the last 24 hours," Presley said, referring to reports in both the Denver Post and CNN affiliate the Denver Channel. Read more about this case

[Posted at 11:25 a.m. ET] Colorado beefed up security at the governor's office and other statewide locations amid the search for the person who gunned down the state's prison chief at his home less than 48 hours earlier, law enforcement said.

Tom Clements was shot dead Tuesday night after opening the door at his home in Monument, about 50 miles south of Denver.

"We are looking at all potential tips, leads, threats that Mr. Clements may have had from anybody in that prison system," El Paso County Undersheriff Paula Presley told CNN on Thursday. "The investigation is wide open at this point."

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March 21st, 2013
10:25 AM ET

U.N. will probe Syria's chemical weapons claim

The United Nations will probe Syria's claim that rebels may have used chemical weapons in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

Opposition groups, meanwhile, have insisted that the Syrian regime itself used such weapons.

Syria asked for a U.N. investigation of its claim, and Ban said he has a mandate to consider such a request from any member state. So the U.N. probe will focus on the government's allegation.

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March 21st, 2013
09:28 AM ET

Obama: Palestinians deserve own state

U.S. President Barack Obama visited the West Bank on Thursday, stressing the need for direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians for a two-state solution.

"The Palestinian people deserve an end to occupation and the daily indignities that come with it," Obama said at a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Palestinians deserve a future of hope," he said. "Palestinians deserve a state of their own."

March 21st, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Thursday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel covearge of the trial of Jodi Arias, who's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - Biden, Bloomberg talk gun violence - Critics are upset that the Senate appears to have given up on legislation to ban assault weapons.  This morning, Vice President Biden and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg discuss efforts at passing "common sense" legislation to reduce gun violence.

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March 21st, 2013
04:21 AM ET

Car bomb in Pakistan kills 12, injures 32

A car bomb exploded Thursday at a camp targeting internally displaced people from northwestern Pakistan, killing 12 people and injuring 32 others, police said.

The Jalozai camp is located about 35 kilometers (22 miles) outside of Peshawar and houses people from the country's restive tribal regions.

Authorities estimate the car contained 30-35 kilograms (66-77 lbs) of explosive material. Three other vehicles were destroyed in the blast.

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March 21st, 2013
03:29 AM ET

Marines killed in Nevada were all under 26

They came from all across America - from Connecticut to Florida to Illinois, and many points in between.

One had been in the Marines for nearly four and a half years, another for just a few months. Many served in Afghanistan, earning numerous honors before making it safely back home to the United States.

On Wednesday, the military released the names of the seven Marines killed Monday night during a training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada.

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Filed under: Marines • Military • Nevada
March 21st, 2013
02:16 AM ET

Rockets from Gaza hit Israeli city

Two rockets from Gaza slammed into southern Israel on Thursday morning, as U.S. President Barack Obama prepared to leave Jerusalem for Ramallah for meetings with top Palestinian Authority officials.

One of the rockets landed in the courtyard of a house in the city of Sderot, but no casualties were reported, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

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March 21st, 2013
02:06 AM ET

4 dead, mosques burned in Myanmar

A dispute between a Muslim gold shop owner and two Buddhist sellers erupted in clashes that left four people dead, at least 20 injured and four mosques burned to the ground in central Myanmar, police said Thursday.

The clashes began Wednesday morning in Meiktila Township after a quarrel between the shop owner and the sellers, police said. The sellers were beaten up by four other Muslim shop owners, police said.

In retaliation, Muslims and Buddhists took to the street, torching each others' houses and schools, said Police Lt. Col. Aung Min.

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