Miami Heat's 27-game win streak over
LeBron James and the Miami Heat saw their winning streak end at 27 games with at 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
March 27th, 2013
11:17 PM ET

Miami Heat's 27-game win streak over

The Miami Heat's 27-game win streak ended Wednesday night with a 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers' run of 33 straight consecutive victories remains the NBA record.

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Theater shooting suspect offers plea deal
Prosecutors rejected James Holmes' offer to plead guilty.
March 27th, 2013
05:58 PM ET

Theater shooting suspect offers plea deal

Aurora, Colorado, shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life behind bars in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Prosecutors have not accepted the offer because they may choose to pursue the death penalty. Prosecutors have said they will make a decision on whether or not to seek the death penalty against the 25-year-old Holmes at a hearing April 1.

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March 27th, 2013
05:35 PM ET

Obama to visit Mexico

U.S. President Barack Obama will head to Mexico in May, officials said.

Obama accepted Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's invitation to visit Wednesday morning, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Obama will travel to Mexico during the first week in May to discuss a variety of issues with Pena Nieto, the statement said.

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Judge OKs big airline merger
US Airways and United Airlines are working on a merger.
March 27th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Judge OKs big airline merger

A federal bankruptcy judge gave approval on Wednesday for US Airways and American Airlines to proceed with their planned merger, according to a source familiar with the situation.

US Airways and American Airlines announced plans last month to join forces in an $11 billion deal to create the world's largest airline.

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New Secret Service chief sworn in
Julia Pierson had served as the Secret Service director's chief of staff since 2008.
March 27th, 2013
04:03 PM ET

New Secret Service chief sworn in

Julia Pierson was sworn in Wednesday as director of the Secret Service. She is the first woman to lead the agency responsible for protecting the president and controlling counterfeiting of currency, among other duties.

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Autopsy: Dead adoptee had 30-plus bruises
Max Shatto, 3, was pronounced dead on January 21 in Texas.
March 27th, 2013
03:33 PM ET

Autopsy: Dead adoptee had 30-plus bruises

Max Shatto, a 3-year-old child adopted from Russia by a Texas couple, had more than 30 bruises on his body in various stages of healing when he was pronounced dead on January 21, according to an Ector County medical examiner's autopsy report obtained by CNN.

Last week, the grand jury in Ector County declined to indict Laura and Alan Shatto, Max's adoptive parents.

District Attorney Bobby Bland said the grand jury found no evidence to charge the Shattos.

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March 27th, 2013
03:00 PM ET

Grand jury indicts teens in baby's death

A Glynn County, Georgia, grand jury indicted two teenage defendants for murder in the shooting death last week of a 13-month-old boy, the district attorney announced Wednesday.

Because the defendants were younger than 18 when the killing took place, they cannot face the death penalty if convicted.

De'Marquise Elkins, 17, and a 15-year-old were charged with murder last week and made their first court appearance Monday. The younger suspect is not being identified because of his age.

Neither teen entered a plea during Monday's court hearing.

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Syrian opposition opens embassy in Qatar
Ghassan Hitto (2R), Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib (L) and George Sabra (R) and a Qatari official (2L) at the embassy inauguration.
March 27th, 2013
02:23 PM ET

Syrian opposition opens embassy in Qatar

Syria's opposition opened an embassy Wednesday in Doha, Qatar, a day after Arab League representatives meeting there allowed the rebels to take Syria's seat at the summit.

The embassy is the first for the Syrian National Coalition, which has been recognized by more than 100 nations as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

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DOMA plaintiff: Case 'went beautifully'
March 27th, 2013
01:20 PM ET

DOMA plaintiff: Case 'went beautifully'

  • Today's arguments focused on federal Defense of Marriage Act.
  • It denies Social Security, other spousal benefits to same-sex couples.
  • The court heard 80 minutes of arguments yesterday focused on California same-sex marriage ban.
  • Live updates below. Also, read the full story; and share your thoughts.

[Updated at 1:36 p.m.] We're wrapping up Day 2 of the same-sex marriage court debate here - check out our main story for more detail and analysis as it comes today. As always, we want to hear from you.

[Updated at 1:20 p.m.] "I'm very optimistic that DOMA will be struck down, it has no rational basis for being," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said just now. Pelosi was at the Supreme Court to hear arguments over DOMA and California's Proposition 8 over the past two days.

Pelosi's district has been at the epicenter of gay rights for decades. She called the oral arguments at the Supreme Court "thrilling."

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Bow cut from U.S. ship stranded on reef
A crane vessel lifts the bow of the USS Guardian on Wednesday. The ship has been trapped on a Philippine reef since January 17.
March 27th, 2013
08:41 AM ET

Bow cut from U.S. ship stranded on reef

The bow of a U.S. Navy warship that grounded on a Philippine reef in January was cut from the rest of the hull on Tuesday, lifted by a massive crane, and dropped on a waiting barge.

"The bow section of the USS Guardian was lifted out of the water around 2:45 p.m.," said Enrico Efren Evangelista, head of the Philippine coast guard Palawan District, according to the official Philippine News Agency.

The removal of the bow of the U.S. Navy minesweeper followed that of the ship's auxiliary engine room, a 200-ton piece that was removed a little more than an hour earlier.

With the removal of the two sections, about 900 tons of the formerly 1,300-ton warship remain on Tubbataha Reef, the news agency reported.

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March 27th, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Wednesday'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.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET (est.) - Supreme Court federal marriage law hearing reaction - This morning, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  That hearing will not be televised, but we will hear from lawyers and plaintiffs in the case at its conclusion.

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Invisibility cloak a step closer
March 27th, 2013
05:50 AM ET

Invisibility cloak a step closer

Some scientists seem to take their cues from science fiction or fantasy novels.

Physicists in Texas have developed a method to make objects "invisible" within a limited range of light waves. It's not Harry Potter's invisibility cloak just yet, but scientists say it has a lot of potential.

The desire to become invisible dates back to the ancient Greeks, if not further. In mythological literature, gods and goddesses donned a headdress to disappear from sight. Like Potter's cloak, the "cap of invisibility" was imbued with magical powers.

A fixture in magic, the invisibility cloak has now advanced to science.

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Filed under: Science • Technology
March 27th, 2013
05:02 AM ET

North Korea to cut military hotline

North Korea said Wednesday it was cutting off an important military hotline with South Korea amid high tensions between the two sides.

"Under the situation where a war may break out any moment, there is no need to keep north-south military communications," the head of a North Korean delegation told the South by telephone on Wednesday, according to the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Earlier this month, Pyongyang disconnected a humanitarian hotline that ran through the border village of Panmunjom, according to the South Korean Unification Ministry.

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Looters hit Central African Republic
Central African Republic soldiers patrol a street of Bangui last year.
March 27th, 2013
03:48 AM ET

Looters hit Central African Republic

Days after a coup plunged the Central African Republic into chaos, looters roamed the streets of the capital, robbing hospitals and preventing fearful residents from seeking treatment.

A coalition of rebels ousted President Francois Bozize this week, the latest in a series of coups since the nation gained independence from France in 1960.

After the deposed president fled the nation, a rebel leader declared himself in charge and urged residents to welcome the new leadership.

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March 27th, 2013
02:43 AM ET

FBI probing 'suspicious' death aboard cruise

The FBI is investigating the mysterious death of a 64-year-old woman aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

The woman, whose name was not released, was from Midlothian, Virginia. She was found dead by her husband in their cabin Sunday, the cruise line said.

"We look at any kind of suspicious death on the high seas," Special Agent Richard Wolf of the FBI's Baltimore field office said.

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Indiana school vouchers upheld
Indiana's controversial school voucher program was upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court.
March 27th, 2013
01:40 AM ET

Indiana school vouchers upheld

In a ruling that could reverberate nationwide, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the state's voucher program, which gives poor and middle class families public funds to help pay for private school tuition, including religious schools.

Indiana has the broadest school voucher program available to a range of incomes, critics say, and could set a precedent as other states seek ways to expand such programs.

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March 27th, 2013
01:27 AM ET

More curfews in Myanmar amid sectarian unrest

As sectarian tensions continue to boil in central Myanmar, authorities have imposed curfews in more towns in an attempt to stop groups of Buddhists from setting fire to mosques and Muslims' homes.

The fresh restrictions come after a state of emergency was declared last week in the city where clashes between the two communities first broke out, leaving at least 40 people dead.

Officials on Tuesday put dusk-to-dawn curfews in place in the townships of Gyobingauk, Okpo and Minhla, the New Light of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper, reported in its Wednesday edition.

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March 27th, 2013
01:04 AM ET

Day 2 of same-sex marriage at Supreme Court

Day Two of the culture wars at the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage, and another opportunity for the justices to give political and legal clarity to a contentious issue.

The momentous week kicked off on Tuesday with arguments over California's same-sex marriage ban, and there was little indication when they concluded how the court might rule.

The stakes are high as the justices could, in one scenario, fundamentally alter how American law treats marriage with polls showing the public becoming more aware of the issue, and in some cases, more in favor of allowing gays and lesbians to legally wed.

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Filed under: Courts • Gay and lesbian • Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court
U.S., Mexico tie in key World Cup qualifier
Mexico's Javier Aquino and U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley go to head-to-head for the ball in Mexico City on Tuesday.
March 27th, 2013
01:00 AM ET

U.S., Mexico tie in key World Cup qualifier

In a World Cup qualifier featuring heated regional rivals, the United States and Mexico tied 0-0 at Mexico City on Tuesday night.

The result was a huge disappointment for the Mexican team, which through the years has dominated the United States at the Azteca Stadium.

The hosts controlled the match, taking 10 shots to the 1 for the United States. Mexico also had 15 corner kicks as most of the game was played in the U.S. end.

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March 27th, 2013
12:36 AM ET

Michigan wants a meningitis probe

Michigan's attorney general has requested a criminal investigation into the conduct of an embattled Massachusetts company linked to a recent deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

Michigan had at least 259 infections and 14 deaths, leading the nation in people affected by the outbreak last year, said Bill Schuette, the state's attorney general.

The outbreak, linked to tainted steroid injections from New England Compounding Center, killed 51 people and infected 730 people in 20 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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