April 23rd, 2013
10:14 PM ET

2 hurt in Dorner hunt get millions

The two women wounded when Los Angeles police shot at their pickup truck during the manhunt for renegade ex-officer Christopher Dorner will split a $4.2 million settlement, attorneys for the city and women told reporters Tuesday.

The details of the settlement need to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council, they said.

Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, will receive $2.1 million each.

Carranza and Hernandez were shot at as police searched for Dorner, a former police officer who was wanted for killing several people in early February.

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April 23rd, 2013
10:11 PM ET

Ricin case: Elvis impersonator cleared

Charges against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and other officials were dropped Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams said, citing "new information" that has been uncovered.

Authorities now are investigating whether someone may have tried to falsely implicate Paul Kevin Curtis, according to a law enforcement source, speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity.

Curtis said he wants to "get back to being normal" after being falsely accused.


Filed under: Crime
April 23rd, 2013
07:59 PM ET

Lance Armstrong sued by U.S. for post office sponsorship funds

The Justice Department late Tuesday formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars that the U.S. Postal Service spent to sponsor the cycling team.
"The USPS paid approximately $40 million to sponsor the USPS cycling team from 1998 to 2004," the court document says.
The government said it was intervening to recover triple the amount of the sponsorship funds under the False Claims Act, which could bring a total of more than $100 million in damages.

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April 23rd, 2013
03:27 PM ET

Official: Possible biotoxin detected at DC-area mail facility

Federal authorities responded Tuesday to a report of a possible hazardous substance at a mail facility at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the nation's capital, Lt. Col. Thomas F. Veale, a military spokesman, told CNN.

A potentially harmful substance was detected during a routine screening of incoming mail, Veale said.

Tests indicate it is a possible biotoxin, he said.

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April 23rd, 2013
08:37 AM ET

Israeli official: Syria using chemical weapons

The Syrian government is using chemical weapons against rebel forces, the head of the Israel Defense Forces' intelligence research departments said Tuesday.

"In all likelihood they used sarin gas," Brig. Gen. Itai Brun said Tuesday in a speech at a conference in Tel Aviv. This comes as a civil war between the government and rebels rages across Syria - which borders Israel.

Analysts believe the Syrian government may have one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world. The supply is believed to include sarin, mustard and VX gases, which are banned under international law. Syria has denied the allegation.

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Auburn University removing poisoned oaks
Oak trees at Auburn University that had been poisoned by an Alabama fan in 2010 will be chopped down on Tuesday.
April 23rd, 2013
07:44 AM ET

Auburn University removing poisoned oaks

Two years of rescue efforts could not save them. So, Tuesday, Auburn University will remove two iconic trees that a disappointed fan of its inner-state rival poisoned, after his team lost a game to Auburn.

The landmark live oaks, used for celebrations by fans, who rolled them with toilet paper after big victories, were over 130 years old. The Auburn oaks will disappear from the campus gathering place, Toomer's Corner, at 7 a.m. CT.

Local television news cameras will broadcast the removal live.

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April 23rd, 2013
05:56 AM ET

Spain holds 2 suspected of al Qaeda links

Spanish police arrested two suspected al Qaeda terrorists on Tuesday but said they had no indication of an imminent attack.

The Interior Ministry identified the suspects as Nou Mediouni, of "Algerian origin," who was arrested in the north-central city of Zaragoza, and Hassan El Jaaouani, of "Moroccan origin," and arrested in the southeastern city of Murcia.

Spanish police worked with their counterparts in France and Morocco to carry out the latest arrests, the Interior Ministry statement said.

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April 23rd, 2013
05:19 AM ET

Car bomb strikes French embassy in Tripoli

A car bomb exploded just outside the French embassy in Tripoli early Tuesday morning, injuring two French security guards and a local girl, officials said.

The blast was so powerful it blew the front wall off the embassy. Windows of nearby buildings in this upscale, largely residential neighborhood were also blown out.

Deputy Prime Minister Awad Barasi said a 13-year-old girl in a nearby house was injured in the attack and will be taken to Tunisia for treatment.

A criminal investigation is under way to try to determine who was behind the attack, and why.

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Filed under: Crime • France • Libya • World
April 23rd, 2013
04:56 AM ET

France: Final vote due on same-sex marriage

France is set to become the latest nation to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, despite vocal opposition from conservatives, when legislation goes before lawmakers in the lower house for a final vote.

The bill, which would also give same-sex couples the rights to adopt, was approved in the Senate earlier this month.

Since no amendments have been made during debate in the lower house, it will be the final vote on the legislation. The measure is expected to pass.

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Filed under: France • Gay and lesbian • Same-sex marriage
April 23rd, 2013
04:49 AM ET

More than 30 killed in Iraq violence

Violence erupted in Iraq on Tuesday, with more than 30 slain and dozens injured in an atmosphere beset with political and Sunni-Shiite tensions.

At least 28 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in northern Iraq on Tuesday in fighting between security forces and gunmen, police said. The incident took place in Hawija, in Kirkuk province.

Earlier, at least four people were killed and 13 others were wounded when two roadside bombs exploded, one after another, outside a Sunni mosque in southern Baghdad, police said. The incident occurred in the neighborhood of Dora while Sunni worshipers were leaving the mosque, police said.

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Oil, money, politics: Keystone XL hits a snag
April 23rd, 2013
04:22 AM ET

Oil, money, politics: Keystone XL hits a snag

The politics of oil and ecology have put President Obama between a rock and hard place, as he faces a decision on whether or not to permit construction of a new pipeline. The squeeze just got tighter with a new, negative environmental assessment.

The Keystone XL pipeline will give America energy independence, thousands of jobs, important industrial infrastructure and won't cost taxpayers a dime, say proponents. Many of them are Republican lawmakers.

It is dangerous, inherently filthy and must be stopped, say opponents, some of whom are Democrats who helped get the president elected.

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April 23rd, 2013
03:41 AM ET

Bomb explodes near French embassy in Tripoli

A bomb exploded outside the French embassy in Tripoli, Libya, early Tuesday morning, witnesses told CNN.

Two French security guards were injured in the attack, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Witnesses told CNN the front wall of the embassy was blown off, and the embassy itself has extensive damage.

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Source: Bomb suspect says brother drove plot
Boston police released this photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev using an ATM after he and his brother allegedly carjacked a man.
April 23rd, 2013
03:41 AM ET

Source: Bomb suspect says brother drove plot

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told investigators that his older brother - not any international terrorist group - masterminded the deadly attack, a U.S. government source said.

Preliminary interviews with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized jihadists, the source said Monday.

Tsarnaev has conveyed to investigators that Tamerlan's motivation was that of jihadist thought and the idea that Islam is under attack and jihadists need to fight back, the source said.

The government source cautioned that the interviews were preliminary, and that Tsarnaev's account needs to be checked out and followed up on by investigators.

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Filed under: Boston • Crime • Justice • Massachusetts • Terrorism
April 23rd, 2013
02:30 AM ET

Suspects in terror plot to appear in court

Two men accused of planning to carry out an al Qaeda-supported attack against a passenger train traveling between Canada and the United States will make their first court appearance on Tuesday, police said.

The hearing in Toronto's Old City Hall Court comes a day after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced they had arrested 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghaier of Montreal and 35-year-old Raed Jaser of Toronto.

The two men face charges of "receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran" to carry out an attack and conspiring to murder people on a VIA railway train in the greater Toronto area, Assistant Police Commissioner James Malizia said.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Canada • Terrorism
April 23rd, 2013
02:10 AM ET

Steubenville coach gets contract extension

The longtime head football coach of Steubenville High School landed a contract extension this week, despite the rape controversy that gripped the small Ohio town and the nation.

Reno Saccoccia was granted a two-year extension by the local school board, Steubenville Superintendent Michael McVey said Monday.

The decision comes about a month after two star Steubenville High School football players were convicted for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
April 23rd, 2013
01:25 AM ET

Chinese ships around disputed islands, Japan says

Japan said Tuesday that eight Chinese government ships had entered waters around a group of islands in the East China Sea that lie at the heart of a territorial dispute between the two countries.

The Japanese Coast Guard said the number of Chinese ships around the uninhabited islands - known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese - was the largest since tensions surrounding the dispute increased last year.

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