Ex-governor wins S. Carolina runoff
Mark Sanford, then South Carolina's governor, explains his six-day absence from the capital in June 2009.
April 2nd, 2013
09:38 PM ET

Ex-governor wins S. Carolina runoff

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose career was sidetracked by an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina, has won a Republican runoff for his old congressional seat.

Former Charleston City Councilman Curtis Bostic conceded Tuesday evening in the South Carolina 1st Congressional District GOP runoff.

The victory sets up a May 7 showdown between Sanford and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a Charleston businesswoman who is the sister of TV comic Stephen Colbert.

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April 2nd, 2013
09:26 PM ET

Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza

Israel conducted two airstrikes inside Gaza on Tuesday night, security sources in Gaza told CNN. Israel Defense Forces confirmed the strikes, saying they were launched in retaliation for rocket attacks.

The Gaza sources told CNN this was the first Israeli airstrike there since a truce that ended eight days of fighting between the Israelis and Hamas last November.

Medical sources said there were no initial reports of casualties.

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April 2nd, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Atlanta schools' ex-chief surrenders

Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, was among the educators who surrendered to authorities Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury in a cheating scandal that rocked the district and drew national attention.

Hall resigned from her position in 2011 after a state investigation into large, unexplained test score gains in some Atlanta schools.

She has denied any role in the cheating scandal.

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Muppets' Jane Henson dies
Muppets co-creator Jane Henson takes part in a ceremony at the National Museum of American History in 2010.
April 2nd, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Muppets' Jane Henson dies

Jane Nebel Henson - who was married to the late Muppets creator Jim Henson and was instrumental in the development of the world-famous puppets - died Tuesday morning, a representative for the Jim Henson Company said. She was 79.

Henson died at her home in Connecticut after a "long battle with cancer," a written statement from the company said.

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April 2nd, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Two arrested in Virginia fires

Two people were arrested overnight and charged with one count of arson in connection with a string of suspicious fires in Accomack County, Virginia state police said Tuesday.

Tonya Bundick, 40, and Charles Smith III, 38, are being held without bail, authorities said.

There have been 77 suspicious fires in the county in the past five months, according to the sheriff's department.

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'Finding Nemo' sequel on the way
The blue fish Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneris, will be featured in the "Finding Nemo" sequel by Disney/Pixar.
April 2nd, 2013
04:51 PM ET

'Finding Nemo' sequel on the way

Talk of a "Finding Nemo" sequel has been flitting about the Web for a while, but Disney/Pixar made it official on Tuesday.

On its Facebook page, the company announced that the follow-up to their 2003 story will arrive in November 2015, with Andrew Stanton returning to direct.

Called "Finding Dory," the focus will evidently be on one fish in particular: the humorously forgetful Regal Blue Tang named Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres.

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Carbon monoxide killed 'Buckwild' star
Shain Gandee, a cast member of MTV's reality show 'Buckwild,' was found dead Monday in West Virginia.
April 2nd, 2013
04:34 PM ET

Carbon monoxide killed 'Buckwild' star

Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show "Buckwild," and two other people died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the sheriff's office in Kanawha County, West Virginia, said Tuesday.

The deaths, discovered Monday, were labeled as accidental, according to preliminary findings from an autopsy report.

Gandee, 21, was found dead in a vehicle along with his uncle, David Dwight Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27, authorities said. The vehicle was stuck in mud that covered its tailpipe, investigators said.

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Lindsay Lohan pregnant? Psych!
Actress Lindsay Lohan fooled a lot of Twitter followers with her April Fools joke.
April 2nd, 2013
04:27 PM ET

Lindsay Lohan pregnant? Psych!

Lindsay Lohan is not pregnant, the actress announced Tuesday, refuting herself.

"April Fools. Where's everyone's sense of humor?" the troubled actress wrote Tuesday morning on her verified Twitter account. This after unleashing a retweet storm with three simple words posted April Fool's night: "Its official: pregnant."

Some, but certainly not all, of those following @lindsaylohan went for it hook, line and sinker. Within an hour, it had been retweeted more than 9,000 times.

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U.N.'s Ban: Korean tensions 'gone too far'
This video grab taken from North Korean TV on March 20 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un overseeing a live fire military drill.
April 2nd, 2013
08:22 AM ET

U.N.'s Ban: Korean tensions 'gone too far'

[Updated at 8:22 a.m. ET] North Korea's announcement that it would restart all the facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex was followed by a plea for calm from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is himself South Korean.

Ban said he was "deeply troubled."

"The current crisis has already gone too far," he said in a statement from Andorra. "Nuclear threats are not a game. Aggressive rhetoric and military posturing only result in counter-actions, and fuel fear and instability.

[Posted at 2 a.m. ET] North Korea said Tuesday that it plans to restart all the facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, including a uranium enrichment plant and a reactor that was shut down in 2007.

The announcement follows a new strategic line set out at a recent meeting of a key committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea on Sunday, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday.

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Obama to announce $100M for brain research
April 2nd, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Obama to announce $100M for brain research

President Obama on Tuesday will unveil a $100 million initiative to research the human brain, in hopes of unlocking further understanding of brain disorders.

The initiative, dubbed Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, "aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury," the White House said.

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April 2nd, 2013
08:16 AM ET

Brazil police make 3rd arrest in tourist's rape

Police in Brazil have arrested a third person in connection with the rape of an American woman on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro.

Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos was arrested Monday night, police said.

The woman boarded the minibus with another tourist in the Copacabana beach district in Rio de Janeiro early Saturday. Three men subsequently boarded the minibus and forced off all the other passengers, police said.

The woman was raped, and the other tourist, a man, was held captive and robbed, authorities said.

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April 2nd, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Tuesday'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...

11:00 am ET - NRA discusses school safety initiative - The National Rifle Association will unveil the conclusions of its school safety initiative in Washington.

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Hamas again picks Meshaal as leader
April 2nd, 2013
07:03 AM ET

Hamas again picks Meshaal as leader

Hamas, the Palestinian movement that runs Gaza, has re-elected Khaled Meshaal as its political leader, several sources inside Hamas confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

Meshaal (pictured) was re-elected as chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau in Cairo on Monday. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya will continue to lead the movement internally inside Gaza.

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April 2nd, 2013
05:37 AM ET

USC snaps up Enfield from Florida Gulf Coast

The University of Southern California hired Andy Enfield to become the Trojans head basketball coach on Monday, completing a Cinderella season for the rising star.

The former Florida Gulf Coast coach led the No. 15 seeded Eagles to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen - the first time that feat has been accomplished.

Enfield was 41-28 in his two seasons at the school.

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Few clues in Texas prosecutor killings
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found slain last week, two months after his chief felony prosecutor was killed.
April 2nd, 2013
04:19 AM ET

Few clues in Texas prosecutor killings

The manhunt for whoever gunned down two local prosecutors faces a steep battle, even with a deluge of local, state and federal authorities scouring for clues.

Law enforcement sources say investigators are starting from scratch, with no leads in deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, CNN affiliate WFAA reported.

Nor do officials have any further ideas on who killed McLelland's chief felony prosecutor, Mark Hasse, who was shot to death outside the county courthouse in January.

But justice officials across the state are on high alert, unsure if or when a similar strike might occur.

"This, I think, is a clear concern to individuals who are in public life, particularly those who deal with some very mean and vicious individuals whether they're white supremacy groups or drug cartels that we have," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said.

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April 2nd, 2013
03:54 AM ET

40 years after fire, man to go free

What is it like to be thrown behind bars when you're 16 and told you'll languish there for the rest of your life? All for a crime you adamantly claim you didn't commit.

Louis Taylor knows.

He was convicted of arson in a fire that killed 29 people.

On Tuesday, at a retrial in Tucson, Arizona, he will plead 'no contest' and walk free. After almost 43 years.

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April 2nd, 2013
03:30 AM ET

Indian court lifts travel ban on Italy envoy

The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted its foreign travel ban on the Italian ambassador following Rome's recent decision to send two marines back to New Delhi where they face trial over the killing of two fishermen last year, a lawyer said.

The court barred Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India last month because of Rome's refusal at the time to return the two marines, who had been allowed to go home temporarily to vote in national elections.

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Pregnant? Lindsay Lohan? Internet scoffs
April 2nd, 2013
03:26 AM ET

Pregnant? Lindsay Lohan? Internet scoffs

It didn't take long for the tweet to ping around the world.

"Its official. Pregnant..." said the three simple words.

But coming from the verified Twitter account of a troubled actress whose every move elicits intense scrutiny, they were enough to send the Internet into a tizzy.

Shortly after the tweet appeared on @lindsaylohan, it became a worldwide trending topic. Within an hour, it had been retweeted more than 9,000 times.

Was it an April Fool's joke?

Very likely.

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April 2nd, 2013
01:57 AM ET

Syria opposition: March deadliest month

The brutal civil war in Syria claimed more than 6,000 lives in March alone - making it the deadliest month since the conflict began a little more than two years ago, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday.

The group said 6,005 people were killed in Syria last month. That's more than all the deaths that occurred in the first nine months of the war.

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April 2nd, 2013
01:10 AM ET

Leno, Fallon make light of rivalry

NBC talk show hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon made light of their perceived rivalry in a duet the pair sang together at the start of Fallon's "Late Night" to cap April Fool's Day.

The duo belted out a song to the tune of "Tonight" from the Broadway musical "West Side Story."

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