April 8th, 2013
09:42 PM ET

Winter weather just won't quit

A "major winter storm" was developing over the western Plains on Monday evening, promising "a plethora of interesting weather conditions," The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center said.

"Blizzard conditions are likely over parts of Wyoming, Colorado, western Nebraska and western Kansas" beginning late Monday and lasting through much of Tuesday, the weather service said.

The Denver metro area could see as much as a foot of snow, and the foothills and mountains can expect even more than that.

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Caribou Coffee closing 80 stores
Caribou Coffee is disappearing or greatly diminishing in several U.S. markets.
April 8th, 2013
09:33 PM ET

Caribou Coffee closing 80 stores

Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee is closing 80 locations next week and plans to convert 88 others to Peet's Coffee & Tea shops within the next 18 months, the company announced Monday.

"Over the past few months, we at Caribou have revisited our business strategy, including closely evaluating our performance by market to make decisions that best position us for long-term growth," the announcement said.

As a result, 80 "underperforming" stores will close for good on Sunday.

After that, 88 other Caribou locations will become Peet's as Caribou becomes extinct or critically endangered in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, eastern Wisconsin and Washington.

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April 8th, 2013
05:44 PM ET

Hagel seeks changes to military legal process

(CNN) - In response to an Air Force colonel's overturned sexual assault conviction, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is asking Congress to limit military commanders' authority to toss out court-martial verdicts.

"These changes would increase the confidence of service members and the public that the military justice system will do justice in every case," Hagel said in a statement Monday announcing the initiative.

Hagel also wants to require commanders who change court-martial sentences to explain their decisions in writing.

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April 8th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Senate talks yield expanded background checks

Washington (CNN) – The leading bipartisan negotiations in the Senate for new gun control legislation would favor expanding background checks but would fall short of the universal approach backed by President Barack Obama and many Democrats, CNN has learned.

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United plans to resume 787 service in May
A 787 Dreamliner passenger jet is tested above the Boeing factory at Paine Field in Everett, Washington state on March 20, 2011.
April 8th, 2013
05:13 PM ET

United plans to resume 787 service in May

Washington (CNN) - United Airlines plans to resume flying the 787 Dreamliner in May, the carrier told CNN in anticipation of regulatory approval of Boeing's remedy for battery problems that forced the jetliner's worldwide grounding.

United, the only U.S. airline that flies the 787, said it was in the process of formulating its plans to resume Dreamliner service. It will fly the plane on both domestic and international routes.

Boeing modified the 787's lithium-ion battery system after fires in Boston and in Japan prompted aviation authorities globally to ground it in January. The Federal Aviation Administration must sign off on the redesign.

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April 8th, 2013
05:07 PM ET

Ex-Rutgers athletics chief gets $1.1M payout

Rutgers University will pay former Athletic Director Tim Pernetti more than $1.1 million after his resignation in the wake of a scandal involving the videotaped abuse of basketball players by the team's former coach.

CNN obtained the terms of Pernetti's separation package through a New Jersey Open Public Records Act request after Rutgers and Pernetti had agreed to keep the terms confidential.

The state university will pay Pernetti his annual $453,000 salary through June 30, 2014. In addition, he will get a lump sum equal to 18 months of salary  - $679,500 - payable by next month, according to the agreement.

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Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dies
Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron inside Number 10 Downing Street on June 8, 2010.
April 8th, 2013
08:36 AM ET

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dies

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in post-war British and world politics, and the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87, her spokeswoman said Monday.

Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness.

Thatcher retired from public life after a stroke in 2002 and suffered several strokes after that.

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April 8th, 2013
07:35 AM ET

Monday'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 - The funeral of Roger Ebert - Friends, family and fans gather in Chicago to bid farewell to award-winning movie critic Roger Ebert, who died last week.

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April 8th, 2013
04:16 AM ET

Chile set to exhume body of Nobel laureate

Chilean authorities will exhume the body of poet Pablo Neruda on Monday to determine whether he died of prostate cancer or was killed.

Neruda died on September 23, 1973, just 12 days after a right-wing military coup ousted socialist President Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power. Neruda, a Communist Party member, criticized the coup and Pinochet. Twelve days later, he was dead.

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April 8th, 2013
04:16 AM ET

Inquest opens in Ireland abortion row death

An inquest into the death of an Indian dentist in Ireland after she was reportedly denied an abortion for her miscarrying fetus is due to open Monday in Galway.

The death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway on October 28, 2012, prompted anger in Ireland and elsewhere, and sparked demands for Ireland to introduce new abortion laws.

The Halappanavar family says Savita died of blood poisoning after doctors declined to abort her miscarrying fetus because of Ireland's strict laws. Her husband says she was advised her unborn baby would likely die.

Praveen Halappanavar says his wife, who was in extreme pain, asked for the abortion, but was told that Ireland is a Catholic country and an abortion could not be done while the fetus was alive.

More details may emerge at Monday's hearing into the events leading to the 31-year-old's death.

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April 8th, 2013
04:12 AM ET

Blast kills 9 on bus in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb exploded under a bus in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing nine people and wounding 22 others, the Afghan interior ministry said.

 

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Lambert, Bryan win big at country awards
April 8th, 2013
02:04 AM ET

Lambert, Bryan win big at country awards

Miranda Lambert was the big winner at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards, but it was Luke Bryan who pulled off the upset of the night.

Bryan snagged the entertainer of the year award, beating out two-time winner Taylor Swift, among others, for the fan-voted award.

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Rescuers try to save two young children buried
April 8th, 2013
01:16 AM ET

Rescuers try to save two young children buried

Rescue workers feverishly tried to free two young children who were trapped underground in a North Carolina home construction site Sunday night, sometimes digging in the dirt with bare hands.

But they were unsuccessful, and early Monday morning, their efforts had moved from search-and-resue to recovery.

The children, a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl, were buried underground at the construction site in Lincoln County about 6 p.m., authorities said.

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April 8th, 2013
12:18 AM ET

Hepatitis A scare at NYC restaurant

More than 200 people received hepatitis A vaccinations over the weekend after learning that a Manhattan restaurant employee handling sweets was infected with the virus, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Patrons of the Alta tapas restaurant in Manhattan's West Village from March 23 to April 2 could have been exposed. Of the 239 people who received vaccinations over the weekend, 31 were restaurant employees.

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NASA plans to catch an asteroid
April 8th, 2013
12:13 AM ET

NASA plans to catch an asteroid

NASA is planning to catch an asteroid and place it in orbit around the moon.

Seriously.

What sounds like something from science fiction is actually a part of President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year, according to a Florida senator.

The budget is expected to be unveiled this week.

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April 8th, 2013
12:09 AM ET

Airline quality report sorts out the duds

If you travel on a plane and arriving on time makes a difference, try to book on Hawaiian Airlines. In 2012, passengers got where they needed to go without delay on the discount carrier more than nine times out of 10, according to a study released on Monday.

In fact, Hawaiian got even better from 2011 when it had a 92.8% on-time performance. Last year, it improved to 93.4%.

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Ex-porn star Jenna Jameson charged with battery
April 8th, 2013
12:07 AM ET

Ex-porn star Jenna Jameson charged with battery

Former porn star Jenna Jameson was charged with battery over the weekend after police said she assaulted someone.

The incident took place in Orange County on Saturday evening, police said.

Authorities released bare-bones information about the incident Sunday night, saying little more than the person who was assaulted made a citizen's arrest and called officers.

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April 8th, 2013
12:04 AM ET

Seoul: North shows signs of nuclear test prep

North Korea is showing signs it could be preparing to carry out a new nuclear test, South Korea's Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said Monday, according to the semi-official South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Ryoo made the comment in response to a South Korean lawmaker who cited unspecified reports suggesting there had been an increase in activity near the site of the North's three previous underground nuclear tests, Yonhap reported.

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