K.C. restaurant workers sue over explosion
Fire rages after a gas explosion February 19 in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
March 25th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

K.C. restaurant workers sue over explosion

Six employees of JJ's restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, have filed a lawsuit against five companies and one person in connection with the February 19 natural gas explosion that killed one woman.

The workers filed suit Monday in circuit court in Jackson County, naming Missouri Gas Energy, excavating contractor Heartland Midwest, Time Warner Cable (an independent company no longer owned by CNN parent Time Warner), two other businesses and one individual as defendants.

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Voter ID law vetoed in Arkansas
A bill in Arkansas would require voters to show state-issued identification.
March 25th, 2013
07:54 PM ET

Voter ID law vetoed in Arkansas

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, vetoed a bill Monday that proposed residents produce photo identification before voting, the governor's office said.

"Senate Bill 2 is, then, an expensive solution in search of a problem," Beebe wrote in a veto letter written to the state Senate. "[It] will cost approximately $300,000 in tax dollars to implement. ... I cannot approve such an unnecessary measure that would negatively impact one of our most precious rights as citizens."

The bill, passed by a 22-12 vote of the Senate last week, was supposed to take effect on the first day of 2014. The state House passed the legislation 51-44 on March 13.

 

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March 25th, 2013
07:16 PM ET

Slain baby's mother says police tested her for gunpowder residue

The mother of a 13-month-old Georgia baby who was shot to death Thursday told CNN that gunpowder residue tests on her and the baby's father were negative. Police had no comment when asked about Sherry West's statement.

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U.K. investigators: Russian tycoon was hanged
Boris Berezovsky's death was "consistent with hanging," investigators said Monday.
March 25th, 2013
07:09 PM ET

U.K. investigators: Russian tycoon was hanged

Expatriate Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky's death is "consistent with hanging" with no sign of a violent struggle, British police announced late Monday.

Berezovsky, a vocal opponent of Vladimir Putin who moved to England after repeated clashes with the Russian president, was found dead Saturday in his London apartment.

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Gun links Colorado prison chief's killing to Texas shootout
March 25th, 2013
04:59 PM ET

Gun links Colorado prison chief's killing to Texas shootout

The bullets that killed Colorado prison chief Tom Clements came from the gun found with a former inmate who died in a shootout with Texas police two days later, investigators confirmed Monday.

The news came as Colorado held a public memorial service for Clements, the executive director of the state Department of Corrections. The El Paso, Texas, County Sheriff's Department said it was still trying to determine whether the suspect in Clements' slaying, Evan Ebel, acted alone or what his motive may have been.
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March 25th, 2013
01:57 PM ET

U.S. announces terror suspect's plea deal - made in 2011

A man accused of having ties to two terrorist groups pleaded guilty in December 2011 and has been cooperating with the government, the Justice Department revealed Monday.

Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame pleaded guilty to nine terrorism charges and could go to prison for the rest of his life.

He was a leader of the Somali terror group Al-Shabaab and arranged a weapons deal with the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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Report: C.A.R. leader fled to Cameroon
Seleka rebel coalition members in a village 12 kilometers from Damara, on January 10.
March 25th, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Report: C.A.R. leader fled to Cameroon

Central African Republic President Francois Bozize is in Cameroon after rebels took his country's capital on Sunday, Cameroon state TV reported Monday.

Bozize is seeking refuge in Cameroon but hoping to move to another country, the report says.

Bozize fled the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, after rebels seized control of the city, a government official said Sunday. A written statement from an official with the Seleka rebels referred to Bozize as the country's former president and urged residents of the landlocked country to remain calm and prepare themselves to welcome rebel forces.

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Kerry makes unannounced Afghanistan visit
John Kerry, then a U.S. senator, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul in October 2009.
March 25th, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Kerry makes unannounced Afghanistan visit

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a previously unannounced stop in Afghanistan for a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday, the day that a U.S.-run prison that bred tension between the nations was handed over to the Afghans.

Kerry landed in Kabul on Monday afternoon and was expected to meet with Karzai at the presidential palace later in the day.

Kerry's visit comes on the day that the United States handed over control of a U.S.-run prison near Bagram Air Base to Afghan authorities. The detention facility was a sticking point between U.S. and Afghan officials.

The visit also comes amid other tensions between Karzai and the NATO-led coalition forces that escalated after a bomb blast in Kabul this month that killed nine people. Karzai said afterward that there are "ongoing daily talks between the Taliban, Americans and foreigners in Europe and in the Gulf states."

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March 25th, 2013
06:37 AM ET

Spring snow 'a little bit of a buzz kill'

Wait a minute, didn't spring start last week? Apparently not.

Folks in parts of a dozen states from Missouri to New Jersey and down to North Carolina and Tennessee are getting an ugly start to their work week. All are under winter storm warnings Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Accumulations of up to 7 inches will be common in places like St. Louis, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Some areas will receive a foot of snow.

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March 25th, 2013
06:05 AM ET

Exhaustion and joy for freed Australian

After nearly 15 months being held captive by suspected Islamic militants in the southern Philippines, Warren Rodwell is emaciated, exhausted but delighted to be free at last.

Philippine authorities found Rodwell, a 54-year-old Australian, early Saturday in the port city of Pagadian on the island of Mindanao.

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Sectarian tensions persist in Myanmar
Displaced people rest at a relief camp in Meiktila, central Myanmar on Sunday.
March 25th, 2013
05:19 AM ET

Sectarian tensions persist in Myanmar

Residents of the city in central Myanmar where clashes between Buddhists and the Muslim minority killed dozens of people last week struggled to resume their daily lives on Monday with a state of emergency still in place.

Even as an uneasy calm prevailed in Meiktila, the city at the heart of the unrest, police reported fresh arson attacks on Muslim properties in other areas, showing the challenges Myanmar authorities face in reining in communal tensions in this nascent democracy.

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Body of Putin foe removed from UK home
Boris Berezovsky addresses the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London after losing a lawsuit on August 31, 2012.
March 25th, 2013
05:12 AM ET

Body of Putin foe removed from UK home

After days of speculation, the world may learn Monday what killed former Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky.

The body of the former tycoon was removed from his London-area house overnight, two days after it was found, Thames Valley police said Monday.

An autopsy will take place at 9 a.m. ET to determine how he died.

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March 25th, 2013
05:01 AM ET

U.S. hands over prison to Afghans

The United States on Monday handed over control of a U.S.-run prison near Bagram Air Base to Afghan authorities.

The handover of control of the detention center in Parwan fulfills an agreement between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Court to rule whether Knox should be retried
March 25th, 2013
04:37 AM ET

Court to rule whether Knox should be retried

Her story made headlines all over the world.

An American college student studying abroad in Italy - charged with killing another student.

Amanda Knox spent four years in jail before her murder conviction was overturned.

Her family hopes Monday will be the last chapter in her long saga.

Prosecutors want to retry her, and Italy's Supreme Court will rule whether they can.

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What's behind Central African Republic unrest
March 25th, 2013
03:39 AM ET

What's behind Central African Republic unrest

In just over a day, rebels seized the Central African Republic's capital, forced the president out of the country and declared the nation had "opened a new page in its history."

But no one knows what the next page will say.

Rebels say their takeover opens a bath for peace and democracy.

Yet questions abound over the future of impoverished, landlocked country - and what this uprising means for its 5.1 million residents.

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Syrian rebel army chief injured in blast
Dissident Syrian army chief Riad al-Asaad is in stable condition after a blast targeted his car.
March 25th, 2013
03:27 AM ET

Syrian rebel army chief injured in blast

Rebel Free Syrian Army Chief Riad al-Asaad is in stable condition after blast targeted his car, the group's spokesman said.

Al-Asaad, who is not related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was injured during a visit to Deir Ezzor, Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Almokdad said.

However, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria - and opposition group - disputed reports that al-Asaad was injured, saying a man with a similar name was actually wounded.

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Girl hikes through rough terrain to help dad
March 25th, 2013
02:19 AM ET

Girl hikes through rough terrain to help dad

When their SUV plunged off the side of a desolate California highway and landed 200 feet into a ravine, the little girl knew she had to do something to help her father who lay unconscious in the driver's seat of the overturned vehicle.

The girl, all of 9 years old, freed herself and crawled out of the window of wrecked Ford Escape.

She smelled gasoline and turned off the engine.

And then she started walking - in pitch black darkness, through steep and forbidding terrain.

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March 25th, 2013
02:08 AM ET

Spring, where art thou?

Wait a minute, didn't spring start last week?

Apparently not.

Folks in parts of a dozen states from Missouri to New Jersey and down to North Carolina and Tennessee are getting an ugly start to their work week.

All are under winter storm warnings Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Accumulations of up to 7 inches will be common in places like St. Louis, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Some areas will receive a foot of snow.

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