Brackets busted: Florida Gulf Coast defeats No. 2 seed Georgetown
Sherwood Brown of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles celebrates a 3-point basket against Georgetown on Friday in Philadelphia.
March 22nd, 2013
10:35 PM ET

Brackets busted: Florida Gulf Coast defeats No. 2 seed Georgetown

In an epic upset that will leave many fans crumpling their NCAA Tournament brackets in disgust, No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast laid a 78-68 thumping on No. 2 seed Georgetown on Friday night in Philadelphia.

The Eagles held a slim 2-point lead at halftime but went on a 21-2 run early in the second half, and the Hoyas could never recover.

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Filed under: College basketball • Sports
March 22nd, 2013
10:26 PM ET

Heat extend winning streak

The Miami Heat came from behind again Friday to defeat the Detroit Pistons 103-89 and extend their winning streak to 25 games.

Detroit has now lost 10 straight games.

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March 22nd, 2013
09:22 PM ET

'Bama fan pleads guilty to poisoning Auburn oaks

An Alabama man pleaded guilty Friday to poisoning oak trees that drew generations of Auburn University football fans celebrating victories, officials said.

Harvey Updyke will serve at least six months of a three-year sentence for criminal damage to an agricultural facility, a felony, Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese said in a statement.

The plea brings to an end the criminal proceedings in an act in 2010 that outraged Auburn fans and others upset that the trees at Toomer's Corner were poisoned.

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MLB sues Florida clinic, accuses it of supplying banned drugs to players
Slugger Manny Ramirez is among players who supposedly received banned substances from Biogenesis.
March 22nd, 2013
05:33 PM ET

MLB sues Florida clinic, accuses it of supplying banned drugs to players

Major League Baseball filed a lawsuit Friday seeking damages against the South Florida clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch, for allegedly providing performance-enhancing drugs to players, the pro sports league said.

According to reports and the MLB suit, filed in state court in Florida's Miami-Dade County, the clinic reportedly supplied banned performance-enhancing substances to a number of current and former pro baseball players such as ex-Boston Red Sox Manny Ramirez.

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Filed under: Baseball • Courts • Florida • Sports • U.S.
March 22nd, 2013
04:21 PM ET

2 arrested in shooting death of baby

Two youths have been arrested in the shooting death of a 13-month-old boy who was in his stroller, according to police in Brunswick, Georgia.

Police offered a $10,000 reward for information and have received more than 30 leads, police said.

Though no one has reported seeing the shooting, several people called 911 after hearing it, police spokesman Todd Rhodes said earlier.

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Lebanon's government resigns
Lebanese Prime Minister Nijab Mikati resigned Friday after failing to quell disputes within his cabinet.
March 22nd, 2013
03:54 PM ET

Lebanon's government resigns

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government Friday amid what his spokesman said were disputes among his cabinet over preparations for parliamentary elections and the future of a top Lebanon security official.

Mikati, who led a coalition government for the last two years, made the announcement live on Lebanese TV.

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March 22nd, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Israel apologizes to Turkey over flotilla raid

[Updated at 2 p.m. ET] Israel has amended its statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan over the 2010 Israeli commando attack that killed nine people on a Gaza-bound flotilla. The new statement removes a previous mention of Netanyahu and Erdogan agreeing to normalize relations between the two countries and dispatch ambassadors.

[Updated at 12:46 p.m. ET] Israel and Turkey also have decided to normalize their fractured diplomatic ties, agreeing to return ambassadors to their posts, the office of Israel's prime minister said Friday in a statement confirming the flotilla raid apology.

[Posted at 11:28 a.m. ET] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan on Friday to apologize for an Israeli commando raid in 2010 on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed eight Turks, two U.S. senior administration officials told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama in the Middle East.

Netanyahu made the call during an airport meeting with Obama before the U.S. president departed Israel after his first visit to the Jewish state since taking office in 2009.

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March 22nd, 2013
10:58 AM ET

Focus on Colorado parolee in prison chief's death

Colorado investigators are in Decatur, Texas, Friday morning eager to examine evidence found in a black Cadillac whose driver might have been involved in the slaying of Colorado's prison system chief.

The driver was Evan Ebel, a former Colorado prison inmate, El Paso County, Colorado, Undersheriff Paula Presley confirmed to CNN Friday. He died Thursday evening after being shot at the end of a high-speed chase that followed the wounding of a deputy.

Ebel is the focus of the investigation into the shooting Tuesday of Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements, who was shot dead Tuesday evening as he opened the door of his rural Colorado home.

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March 22nd, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Author Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, acclaimed in part for his groundbreaking 1958 novel "Things Fall Apart," has died, his British publisher, Penguin Books, said Friday. He was 82.

An author of more than 20 books, his honors included the 2007 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction.

Achebe is a major part of African literature, and is popular all over the continent for his novels, especially "Anthills of the Savannah," which was itself shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987, and "Things Fall Apart."

March 22nd, 2013
08:16 AM ET

3 dead after shooting at Marine base

[Updated at 8:16 a.m. ET] A Marine shot and killed two of his fellow service members at a Virginia base on Thursday night and then apparently killed himself, base officials said.

The incident took place at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The shooter gunned down a man and a woman, the spokesmen said. All are Marines permanent personnel assigned to the officer candidate school.

Authorities did not disclose a motive and were investigating the incident. The identities of the victims were not immediately disclosed as authorities work to notify next of kin.

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Filed under: Crime • Gun violence • Marines • Military • Virginia
March 22nd, 2013
05:05 AM ET

Marketplace blast kills 6 in Pakistan

A powerful explosion racked Pakistan's troubled Balochistan province on Friday, killing six people and injuring 30 others, police said.

Militants planted a bomb in a rickshaw parked in crowded marketplace in Dera Allah Yar, assistant police superintendent Zahoor Fareedi said. Around a dozen shops were damaged in the blast.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

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March 22nd, 2013
05:01 AM ET

S. Korea says hacking not from China address

The suspected cyberattack that struck South Korean banks and media companies this week didn't originate from a Chinese IP address, South Korean officials said Friday, contradicting their previous claim.

The Korea Communications Commission, a South Korean regulator, said that after "detailed analysis," the IP address that was thought to be from China was determined to be an internal IP address from one of the banks that was infected by the malicious code.

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March 22nd, 2013
04:58 AM ET

U.N. human rights inquiry angers North Korea

North Korea reacted with indignation to a United Nations decision to investigate allegations of human rights abuses inside the isolated state, claiming it has one of the best systems worldwide for protecting citizens' rights.

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva said delegates agreed Thursday to set up a commission of inquiry to examine what it called "grave, widespread and systematic" violations of human rights in North Korea.

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March 22nd, 2013
04:51 AM ET

Toll rises in sectarian clashes in Myanmar

The death toll from clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in central Myanmar has risen to around 20, a local lawmaker said Friday.

Set off by a dispute between a Muslim gold shop owner and two Buddhist sellers, the violence in Meiktila Township has prompted thousands of residents to flee their homes as rioters set fire to houses, schools and mosques, according to Win Htein, a member of parliament for the area.

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March 22nd, 2013
04:30 AM ET

Obama wraps visit to Israel, next stop Jordan

After putting himself in the middle of the historic tensions between Israelis and Palestinians this week, U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday wraps up his first trip to Israel since becoming president.

He then moves on to another of America's closest allies in the region - Jordan, a military and intelligence partner, which has been facing trying times.

Obama is devoting his last hours in Israel and the Palestinian territories to cultural endeavors.

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March 22nd, 2013
02:33 AM ET

Georgia mom says 2 kids shot her, killed her baby boy

Police responding to a 911 call in southeastern Georgia found a baby boy shot dead and a mother with a leg wound Thursday morning.

The incident in Brunswick prompted a search began for two young male suspects, one between 13 and 15 years old, and the other possibly as young as 10.

While the mother said she was the victim of an attempted robbery, police said they had not identified a motive so far. They did not provide any other details of the alleged crime, other than to say that after the "senseless act," both suspects fled on foot.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
March 22nd, 2013
12:28 AM ET

Italy to send 2 marines accused of killing fishermen back to India

Italy has moved to defuse a diplomatic dispute with India by agreeing to send back two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen last year.

The two Italian marines are due to face trial in India over the allegations, but after the Indian Supreme Court allowed them to return to Italy last month to vote in national elections, Rome refused to send them back.

That decision angered Indian government officials and Supreme Court justices, who noted that the Italian ambassador had given assurances to the court that the marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, would come back to India after the elections.

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March 22nd, 2013
12:17 AM ET

Married same sex couple awaits epic high court appeal

The wedding photo shows the happy couple poised to kiss, ready to begin an adventure that has now taken them to the U.S. Supreme Court.

For Karane and Jamelle Thomas-Williams, this is a fight for recognition by the federal government of their legal same-sex union, part of a landmark constitutional appeal over same-sex marriage and "equal protection." Their love has united them, but the larger social issue has split the country for more than four decades.

The Washington, D.C., couple legally married last October, but not in the eyes of some of their employers or elected leaders.

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Filed under: Justice • U.S.