August 5th, 2013
11:46 PM ET

Yemen official: U.S. drone targets al Qaeda

A drone strike Tuesday in Yemen targeted al Qaeda members, a Yemeni official told CNN.

It is unclear whether the strike was related to the heightened security alert in the country after U.S. officials intercepted a message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to operatives in Yemen telling them to "do something."

The official said it was the fourth drone strike in the past 10 days.

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Filed under: World
August 5th, 2013
11:22 PM ET

South California Amber Alert seeks 2 children

Authorities in Southern California have issued an Amber Alert for a 16-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother after their mother was found dead inside a burned-out house Monday.

A child's body also was found in the building, along with a dog that had been killed.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has named James Lee DiMaggio, a friend of the mother's, as the suspect.

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Filed under: Crime • Justice • U.S.
August 5th, 2013
11:21 PM ET

Yemen mosque bombing kills 1, injures 12

A bomb exploded inside a mosque in a northern Yemen on Monday evening, killing one person and injuring 12 others, police told SABA, the state news agency.

Someone threw the bomb into the mosque in Mahaweet province during evening prayers, according to Brigadier Ali Abdullah Tahir, the provincial security chief.

The mosque is located in al-Tawila directorate, about 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of the capital, Sanaa.

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August 5th, 2013
06:57 PM ET

Exotic snake suspected in boys' deaths in Canada

Police in Canada are looking into the deaths of two young boys who appear to have been strangled by an exotic snake.

The boys, ages 5 and 7, were found dead Monday morning at an apartment in Campbellton, New Brunswick. They had been sleeping over at a friend's apartment above a reptile store, according to a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Early indications suggest that a snake from the store escaped its enclosure, got into the ventilation system, then the apartment, and strangled the two boys, the statement said.

The snake was captured, and police have it in their possession.

Autopsies on the boys' bodies will be performed Tuesday.

A neighbor, Diane Fournier, has lived on the same street as the pet store for 12 years. She described the deaths as "shocking."

"I knew the kids. They were brothers. They played in my yard with my dogs all of the time," she said.

Fournier sent CNN a photograph her husband took of the store. It showed police cars, cones and yellow tape blocking off the area.

The store, Reptile Ocean Inc., offered condolences on its Facebook page before shutting it down.

"deepest symphathies goes out to the family of the children. a terrible accident without a meaning. this page will be shut down temporarily to avoid any further demeaning comments. you should be ashamed of yourselves," the post read.

"we all have a heavy heart today. as anyone would. and attacks on the animals owner are unneccesary."

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August 5th, 2013
06:37 AM ET

Skydiver dies, another critically injured

Two by two, the tandem skydivers leapt into the clouds over southern Mississippi, a routine plunge from thousands of feet in the air.

James "Jimmie" Horak Jr. and his student were the last out of the plane Saturday morning. A videographer captured the moment when the veteran instructor opened his parachute, shifting a rapid freefall into a slow descent.

But something tragic happened in the final seconds of the drop. Horak, 66, and his student never landed at the airport where they were supposed to.

Instead, Horak's body was found in heavy mud in a swampy wooded area about a mile from the airport in Lumberton, Lamar County's sheriff said.

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August 5th, 2013
06:24 AM ET

UK committed to Gibraltar in row with Spain

The United Kingdom won't compromise over the sovereignty of Gibraltar in the latest row with Spain over the rocky outcropping on its southern tip.

"Our differences with Spain on Gibraltar will be resolved by political means through our relationship as EU partners, not through disproportionate measures such as the border delays we have seen over the past week," the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.

Spain recently ramped up border checks, leaving drivers languishing in line for hours on end. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia-Margallo also has suggested imposing a 50-euro fee on every vehicle entering and leaving Gibraltar.

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Filed under: World
August 5th, 2013
05:55 AM ET

Verdict due in Turkey's Ergenekon case

A verdict is expected Monday in one of Turkey's most lengthy and polarizing court cases.

Prosecutors accuse hundreds of suspects of being part of a covert ultranationalist organization that wants to overthrow the government and sow unrest.

They allege that the group created dozens of websites disseminating propaganda aimed at bringing down the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Filed under: Turkey • World
August 5th, 2013
04:33 AM ET

Horrific Florida school bus beating

The windmilling fists and stomping feet rain down blows on the 13-year-old boy.

Trapped on the floor between the bus seats, he cries out as he receives fierce punch after vicious kick from the three bigger, older youths.

As the relentless assault unfolds, the driver of the Florida school bus alerts the dispatcher, pleading for aid.

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August 5th, 2013
04:30 AM ET

China says no to New Zealand milk powder

China has halted imports of some New Zealand milk powders after a company disclosed that three batches of an ingredient used in sports drinks and baby formula tested positive for a strain of bacteria that causes botulism.

The New Zealand-based Fonterra Group said Saturday that three batches of its whey protein tested positive for the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Those batches weren't for use in Fonterra-branded products, but they said companies that used the whey protein in their products might issue recalls.

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, said it had warned companies that bought the whey protein about the problem. "As a result, these customers are urgently investigating whether any of the affected product, which contains a strain of Clostridium, is in their supply chains," the company said.

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Filed under: China • Food • New Zealand
August 5th, 2013
03:55 AM ET

San Diego Mayor Filner to enter counseling

This is the day San Diego Mayor Bob Filner enters a behavior counseling clinic for two weeks of what he describes as intensive therapy.

The 70-year-old is battling a tide of sexual harrassment allegations, and is hoping that voluntarily subjecting himself to the counseling will quell the mounting calls for his resignation.

He has repeatedly said he'll not leave the office he was elected to barely eight months ago.

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Filed under: Politics • U.S.
August 5th, 2013
02:32 AM ET

Social media howls: boy, 12, loses on Jeopardy

I'll take saddest Jeopardy misspelling ever for $3,000, Alex.

Social media is still howling after last week's perceived slight of eighth grader Thomas Hurley III and his misspelling of "Emancipation" during Kids Week on "Jeopardy!"

Thomas knew the answer to the Final Jeopardy question: Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, "a fit and necessary war measure."

But the 12-year-old Connecticut boy added an extra "t" to his answer: emanciptation proclamation.

Host Alex Trebek said Thomas "misspelled it badly."

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Filed under: U.S.