April 5th, 2013
07:51 PM ET

Triple suicide linked to recession

An Italian couple burdened by their country's economic downturn hanged themselves, and the woman's brother - after learning of their deaths - threw himself into the Adriatic Sea and died, CNN affiliate RAI reported Friday.

Romeo Dionisi, 62, and his wife, Annamaria Sopranzi, 68, were found by neighbors in the coastal city of Civitanova Marche, and police told RAI that the family's financial difficulties led to the suicides.

Rescuers pulled Joseph Sopranzi, the woman's brother, from the water but could not revive him, according to RAI.

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Boeing: 787 test flight 'uneventful'
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been plagued by problems with lithium-ion batteries.
April 5th, 2013
05:15 PM ET

Boeing: 787 test flight 'uneventful'

A flight labeled the "final" certification test of an improved battery system for the grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner was "straightforward" and "uneventful," the airplane maker said Friday.

The test was an important one for Boeing, which has billions of dollars riding on the success of the new airliner. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and similar regulators worldwide grounded the Dreamliner in January after two battery-related fires damaged 787s in Boston and Japan. No one was hurt in the fires.

In March the FAA approved a Boeing certification plan to fix the 787's problematic lithium-ion battery system and prove the new design is safe. Friday's nearly two-hour flight was the final certification test of that plan.

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April 5th, 2013
04:42 PM ET

Officials: Cop's gun killed cop, suspect

A murder suspect in Jackson, Mississippi, overpowered a detective and shot him with the detective's gun before killing himself, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said Friday.

Veteran detective Eric Smith, 40, was talking with suspect Jeremy Powell, 23, when other officers heard the shots and rushed into the interview room at the police station, said Chris Mims, a spokesman for Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson.

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Wesley Snipes freed from prison
Wesley Snipes was convicted of failing to file federal tax returns for three years.
April 5th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

Wesley Snipes freed from prison

"Blade" actor Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison where he was serving a three-year sentence after being convicted on tax charges in February 2010.

The release to a supervised residential location in New York occurred Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons told CNN.

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Halle Berry expecting
Oscar winner Halle Berry is pregnant at 46, her rep says.
April 5th, 2013
04:26 PM ET

Halle Berry expecting

Actress Halle Berry and her fiance, French actor Olivier Martinez, are expecting a child, Berry's representative told CNN on Friday.

Berry, 46, has a daughter, Nahla, from an earlier relationship with Gabriel Aubry.

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April 5th, 2013
03:53 PM ET

Al-Assad warns of domino effect

If the Syrian government falls, other countries in the region could suffer, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a Turkish news outlet Friday.

The embattled leader told Turkey's Ulusal TV that neighboring states who should be allies instead are being influenced by foreign powers.

"A fight in Syria would affect countries in the region. And perhaps with a domino effect will impact faraway countries as well," al-Assad said. "The Arab states that have not supported the Syrian regime are those that are not independent actors but rather under the guidance of foreign countries."

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April 5th, 2013
03:47 PM ET

FAA delays closures of 149 control towers

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it will delay the closures of 149 federal-contract air traffic control towers until June 15.

Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these regional airport towers to help it meet $637 million in forced spending cuts.

The tower closures had been scheduled to begin April 7, phased in over four weeks. The towers are low- or moderate-volume facilities staffed by contractors

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April 5th, 2013
07:56 AM ET

Associate of suspected Colorado killer arrested

Colorado Springs police have arrested a man who authorities want to question in relation to the March shooting death of prison chief Tom Clements.

James Lohr, who police said is a member of a white supremacist prison gang, is an associate of Evan Ebel, the man suspected of killing Clements, Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County, Colorado, sheriff's department said.

Lohr had multiple misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest, and it was not immediately clear if he is facing new charges.

In addition to Lohr, police were on the lookout for another Ebel associate, Thomas Guolee, 31.

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April 5th, 2013
07:42 AM ET

Friday'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.  The trial is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 8.

Today's programming highlights...

9:15 am ET - Easter prayer breakfast - President Obama and Vice President Biden speak to faith leaders at an Easter prayer breakfast in Washington.

12:45 pm ET - White House briefing - The North Korea crisis and government spending will likely dominate discussion at the White House briefing in Washington.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


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April 5th, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Report: 20K birds killed in China flu probe

[Updated at 7:40 a.m. ET] Chinese authorities have killed more than 20,000 birds from a live-poultry trading zone in Shanghai after an unusual strain of bird flu that has so far killed six people in the country was found in pigeons on sale in the city, state-run media Xinhua reported Friday.

Details of the slaughter of chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons come as the city prepares to temporarily close all its live poultry markets. It wasn't clear how long the market closures announced Friday on the Shanghai Municipal Government's microblog account would last.

[Posted at 1:27 a.m. ET] A sixth person in eastern China has died from an unusual strain of bird flu, Chinese health authorities said Friday.

A 64-year-old man died Thursday night in Huzhou, Zhejiang province, the provincial health bureau said Friday. He died hours after doctors had confirmed he had been infected with the H7N9 virus, it said.

The H7N9 strain of bird flu had not been detected in humans before the recent Chinese cases, which authorities began reporting on Sunday.

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April 5th, 2013
04:08 AM ET

Cop on vacation halts Hawaiian airport tussle

There's no such thing as an off-duty cop. At least if it's Justin Roberts, there's not.

The police corporal from Pinole, California, was just capping off a family vacation in Hawaii. He was going through security at the Honolulu airport last Saturday, when he felt compelled to spring into action to stop a rowdy security breach.

He had just taken his shoes off to go through the body scanner, when he heard a "loud crash" off to his side, he told CNN affiliate KTVU.

"When I turned around, I saw a woman with her arms flailing, screaming at this TSA agent." He turned back around, thinking security officers would handle the ruckus.

They didn't at first.

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April 5th, 2013
02:12 AM ET

No meal for kids in debt at middle school

Sorry, kid. No money, no lunch.

Students at an Attleboro, Massachusetts, middle school went hungry this week, if they had a negative balance on their pre-paid lunch cards.

Five cents of debt was enough for cafeteria employees at the Coehlo Middle School in instruct kids at least one day this week to dump out the food they would have normally eaten, CNN affiliate WJAR, Rhode Island, reported.

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April 5th, 2013
02:00 AM ET

Obama to reach out to Republicans in budget

President Barack Obama's upcoming budget will include proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare plus some new tax increases, changes that are an effort for the president to reach a deficit deal with Republicans, according to senior administration officials.

The budget will include an offer Obama made to House Speaker John Boehner in December, officials said. That proposal included $400 billion in savings to Medicare over 10 years.

"The President's budget to be presented on Wednesday will show how we can invest in the things we need to grow our economy, create jobs and strengthen the middle class while further reducing the deficit in a balanced way," a senior administration official said.

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April 5th, 2013
01:28 AM ET

Holmes' doctor warned that he was dangerous

A psychiatrist, who treated suspected mass killer James Holmes, warned police a month before the Colorado theater shooting that Holmes had made homicidal statements and was a danger to the public, according to documents released this week.

It is unclear what was done with that information or if that warning could have helped stop the July 20 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens injured.

Holmes, a former doctoral student in neuroscience, faces 166 charges, including murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses, tied to the rampage during a screening of "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises."

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April 5th, 2013
01:04 AM ET

Mingo County meet your new sheriff

Many people in Mingo County, West Virginia, likely know Rosie Crum the way that Frances Crawford does.

The two women, both active in local politics, are friendly. They stop to talk when they see each other.

But folks in Mingo County are about to get a whole lot closer to Crum, who was appointed sheriff Thursday by the county's commissioners.

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April 5th, 2013
01:01 AM ET

27 people killed in India building collapse

At least 27 people have died and dozens have been injured after a building still under construction collapsed in western India, police said Friday.

The building, in Thane, about 10 kilometers northeast of central Mumbai, caved in on Thursday evening, injuring 59 people, said Digambar Jangale, a local police official.

Rescuers are still searching through the wreckage, he said, and five children are among those pulled alive from the rubble so far Friday.

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