Gun control bill passes in Maryland
Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the bill into law.
April 4th, 2013
09:10 PM ET

Gun control bill passes in Maryland

Maryland is set to adopt some of the nation's strictest gun laws after the state Senate passed a bill on Thursday that includes an assault weapons ban and gun magazine limits.

The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign it into law.

"With today's vote, Maryland has chosen to enact a comprehensive, common sense approach to prevent gun violence & make our communities safer," he posted online after the vote.

It includes a ban on assault-style weapons and sets a 10-round limit for gun magazines, two measures topping the list of many gun control advocates.

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April 4th, 2013
08:56 PM ET

Detective, murder suspect dead after shooting in Miss. police station

A veteran detective and the murder suspect he was interviewing were killed Thursday, following an outburst of gunfire inside the Jackson, Mississippi, police headquarters.

The detective was talking with the suspect when an altercation broke out and shots were fired, Othor Cain, a spokesman for the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, told CNN.

Other law enforcement officers overheard the gunshots and rushed into the room, said a shaken Chris Mims, a spokesman for Mayor Harvey Johnson.
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April 4th, 2013
06:25 PM ET

Assistant to fired Rutgers coach resigns

Rutgers men's assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli resigned Wednesday, the university told CNN. The school fired head basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday, days after ESPN broadcast a video showing him physically and verbally abusing players.

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April 4th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

At least 9 dead in India building collapse

At least nine people were killed Thursday evening and more than 40 were injured when a building collapsed in Thane, India, sources told CNN sister network CNN-IBN. The seven-story building was under construction and was illegally occupied on the first four floors, Mumbai Suburban District Deputy Collector Manoj Gohad told CNN-IBN.

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April 4th, 2013
05:03 PM ET

Soldier held in Fort Knox shooting

A soldier has been detained for questioning in Wednesday's shooting death of a civilian employee at Fort Knox, Kentucky, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

The soldier, who was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was captured in Tennessee.

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Film critic Roger Ebert dies
April 4th, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Film critic Roger Ebert dies

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who this week said he was facing a recurrence of cancer, has died at 70, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which syndicated his column.

In an essay on his blog Tuesday, Ebert explained he was planning to slow down and reduce the number of movie reviews he wrote. Ebert had already lost his voice and much of his jaw after battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer.

"My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me," Ebert wrote. "What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review."

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Filed under: Illinois • Movies • Showbiz
April 4th, 2013
03:39 PM ET

Report: China's bird flu death toll rises to 5

Two more people in China have died from the H7N9 bird flu virus, raising the country's death toll to five, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Thursday, citing Shanghai health officials.

H7N9 is a strain of avian flu not detected in humans before China's recent cases, which the country began reporting on Sunday.

Fourteen human cases of H7N9 all in eastern China have now been reported, according to Xinhua.

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April 4th, 2013
03:36 PM ET

Second missing California hiker found alive

A hiker who had been missing for more than three days in a heavily wooded area in California has been found alive, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Steve Gil told CNN.

The condition of Kyndall Jack, 18, is "unknown," he said.

Jack's companion, Nicholas Cendoya, 19, was recovering in a hospital after being rescued Wednesday night in Trabuco Canyon, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.

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April 4th, 2013
03:35 PM ET

Coast Guard suspends search for shipyard worker

The Coast Guard said Thursday it has suspended its search for a shipyard employee who has been missing since high winds blew him into the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama, on Wednesday.

The winds also caused a Carnival cruise ship to break loose from a repair dock.

An official with the city's fire department said that the missing employee and another person were in a guard shack at the BAE shipyard that was blown into the Mobile River. One of them was found in the water.

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April 4th, 2013
07:48 AM ET

Thursday'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 - Anti-gun rally - On the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, faith leaders will call on Congress to pass "common sense" gun control legislation.

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Cop accused of leading drug robbery crew
Alleged crooked NYPD officer Jose Tejada's service revolver which was allegedly used in a hold-up.
April 4th, 2013
04:50 AM ET

Cop accused of leading drug robbery crew

A veteran New York police officer is accused of equipping a robbery crew with state-of-the art New York police equipment and helping them loot drug dealers out of a million dollars.

The officer, Jose Tejada, 45, is also accused of allowing the robbery crew to use his Manhattan apartment for their enterprise.

In court documents filed Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the crew posed as police officers and used fake warrants to arrest drug traffickers.

The crew then robbed those it arrested of their money and their stashes of marijuana, heroin, ecstasy and cocaine, authorities said.

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French Senate to debate same-sex marriage
Tens of thousands of people protest against France's same-sex marriage bill on March 24 in Paris.
April 4th, 2013
03:40 AM ET

French Senate to debate same-sex marriage

The French Senate will debate a controversial bill Thursday that would extend the right to marry and adopt to same-sex couples.

The lower house has already approved the legislation, in the face of large demonstrations from those opposed to the measure.

If it passes the Senate, it would mark the biggest step forward for French gay rights advocates in more than a decade.

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April 4th, 2013
03:36 AM ET

Ware thinking of team, not leg

Kevin Ware's leg may be broken but not his spirit.

Not in the least bit.

Millions of television viewers cringed, when a bone punched through Ware's skin, protruding out of his leg after the University of Louisville guard landed hard from a jump to block a shot Sunday night.

It brought the Elite Eight game against the Duke Blue Devils to a screeching halt in the first quarter.

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April 4th, 2013
03:34 AM ET

Suspect in sheriff slaying in hospital

A man suspected of killing a West Virginia sheriff remained hospitalized early Thursday, with officials describing his condition as "touch and go."

Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, is accused of shooting Mingo County Sheriff Walter E. "Eugene" Crum as the lawman was eating lunch just blocks away from a courthouse Wednesday. Maynard was then shot in chest by a sheriff's deputy after a brief chase, authorities said.

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April 4th, 2013
02:59 AM ET

Texas county halts to honors slain DA, wife

It's been five days since Kaufman County's top prosecutor and his wife were found shot to death in their own home.

Five days of fear as the killer or killers remain at large.

Five days of wondering whether another criminal justice official might be the next target.

If authorities are any closer to solving the homicides of District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, or his chief felony prosecutor, Mark Hasse, they haven't said so publicly.

But county government offices will shut down Thursday to give the community a chance to honor the McLellands at a public memorial in Mesquite, Texas.

A funeral will follow on Friday, marking another solemn chapter in this harrowing saga.

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April 4th, 2013
02:36 AM ET

North Korea keeps tensions simmering

North Korea kept tensions around its borders simmering Thursday, reviving the alarming but improbable threat of a nuclear attack against the United States and continuing to put pressure on a joint industrial complex where hundreds of South Koreans work.

Pyongyang's latest salvo of ominous rhetoric, warning that "the moment of explosion is approaching fast," came soon after the United States had announced it was sending ballistic missile defenses to Guam, a Western Pacific territory that's home to U.S. naval and air bases. North Korea has cited those bases among possible targets for missile attacks.

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April 4th, 2013
02:32 AM ET

CT lawmakers pass sweeping gun measure

Gun legislation that advocacy groups call the strongest and most comprehensive to be taken up across the nation moved closer to passage early Thursday as the Connecticut House approved the tough gun measure.

The vote, 105-44, followed passage by the Senate a day earlier.

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April 4th, 2013
01:13 AM ET

Men sought in connection with Colorado killing

Colorado authorities are looking for two members of the white supremacist prison gang known as the 211 Crew in connection with the killing of state prisons chief Tom Clements.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office identified the two men as James Lohr, 47, and Thomas Guolee, 31. One or both could be headed toward Nevada, the office said.

"They are both known associates of the 211 Crew," said Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer. "They are believed to be armed and dangerous."

Clements was widely recognized for cracking down on prison gangs, including the 211 Crew. He was shot at his home by former gang member Evan Ebel, who was out of prison on parole.

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