August 6th, 2013
09:58 PM ET

Man pleads not guilty to driving into crowd at Venice Beach, killing 1

By Stan Wilson, CNN

LOS ANGELES - A motorist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of murder and multiple other charges, three days after he allegedly drove his car into pedestrians at the famed Venice Beach Boardwalk in California, killing an Italian honeymooner.

Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, is charged with murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run, said Deputy District Attorney Gary Hearnsberger.

The charges include the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon, a car. Campbell, who was being held on $1.48 million bail, could face a life sentence if convicted.

Campbell, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit at his arraignment, was handcuffed at the waist and wrists.


Filed under: California • Crime • Uncategorized
August 6th, 2013
03:32 PM ET

George W. Bush gets heart stent

Former President George W. Bush, 67, underwent a procedure Tuesday morning to have a stent placed in his heart one day after a blockage was discovered in an artery, according to a statement from his office.

In the statement released by Bush's spokesman, the procedure was "performed successfully," without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

"President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday. He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him," the statement read.


Filed under: George W. Bush • Politics
August 6th, 2013
03:31 PM ET

Drone strikes kill militants in Yemen

A pair of suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four al Qaeda militants in Yemen as the United States maintained a heightened security alert in the country and urged all Americans to leave immediately.

Security sources told CNN about the strikes but didn't offer additional details. A Yemeni official said four drone strikes have been carried out in the past 10 days.

None of those killed on Tuesday were among the 25 names on the country's most-wanted list, security officials said.

It is unclear whether the strikes were related to the added 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 message was sent to Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group's Yemeni affiliate. U.S. intelligence believes al-Wuhayshi has recently been appointed the overall terror organization's No. 2 leader.


Filed under: Yemen
August 6th, 2013
03:29 PM ET

Hasan: 'I switched sides'

The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 comrades and wounding more than 30 delivered his own opening statement in his court-martial Tuesday, declaring, "I am the shooter."

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in the 2009 massacre at Ford Hood, the largest U.S. Army installation. Testimony in his long-delayed court-martial began Tuesday morning at the post, with Hasan representing himself.

"The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter," Hasan told the panel that will decide his fate. "The evidence presented with this trial will show one side. The evidence will also show that I was on the wrong side. I then switched sides."


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August 6th, 2013
04:58 AM ET

3 killed in Penn. town hall shooting

A man with an ongoing dispute over property rights unleashed a hailstorm of bullets at a Pennsylvania town council meeting, killing three people, police said.

The terror began even before the gunman entered the building.

Police said the suspect marched toward a municipal building in Saylorsburg with a long gun and fired through the windows. Then he walked into the building to unload more bullets, police said.

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Filed under: Crime • Pennsylvania • U.S.
August 6th, 2013
04:46 AM ET

5 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

Five Indian soldiers were killed when their military post in the disputed territory of Kashmir was attacked late Monday night.

Even though the Indian defense ministry stopped short of saying the Pakistani army was behind the attack, the chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir didn't mince words.

"These incidents don't help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pak & call in to question the Pak Govt's recent overtures," Omar Abdullah tweeted Tuesday morning.

For its part, Pakistan denied playing a part in the attack.

"No such incident has taken place," the military said.

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Filed under: India • Pakistan • World
August 6th, 2013
04:05 AM ET

U.S. senators out to break Egyptian stalemate

For 35 days and counting, it's been the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt's military-backed interim government.

Now, two U.S. senators - Republicans John McCain and Lindsay Graham - are playing the role of referee, meeting with both camps to press for a quick return to civilian life.

McCain and Graham are expected to meet with government officials Tuesday. They'll also met separately with the Muslim Brotherhood another time.


Filed under: Politics • World
August 6th, 2013
02:23 AM ET

Body found at site of U.S. chopper crash

Authorities have suspended their search for a missing crew member of a U.S. military helicopter that crashed in Okinawa after human remains were found at the site.
The helicopter crashed Monday at Camp Hansen, a Marine base on the Japanese island.

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Filed under: Japan • Military • U.S. • World
August 6th, 2013
02:21 AM ET

'Whitey' Bulger's fate in jury's hands

After almost a month of colorful witnesses and rancorous testimony, the jury begins deliberations Tuesday in the trial of alleged crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

As he addressed the jury in his closing arguments Monday, prosecuting attorney Fred Wyshak called Bulger one of the most "vicious, violent and calculating criminals to ever walk the streets of Boston."

Bulger is accused of 19 killings and 13 counts of extortion and money laundering during a 20-year "reign of terror" that defined South Boston from the early '70s through 1995, when Bulger fled Boston.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
August 6th, 2013
02:20 AM ET

$1 million reward for stolen Cannes jewels

Insurers Lloyd's of London is offering a reward of up to €1 million ($1.3 million) for information that will lead to the recovery of the jewels stolen from an exhibition in the French resort city of Cannes last month.

"A reward of up to €1 000 000 pro rata is offered to the first person who provides information which leads to recovery of the goods. Offer subject to certain conditions," the insurer said in a statement Tuesday.

The robbery took place July 28 at a jewelry exhibition in the luxury Carlton Hotel - the third gem theft around the city since May.

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Filed under: Crime • World
August 6th, 2013
02:19 AM ET

Sabre reservation outage delays flights

An outage at the airline reservation system Sabre caused headaches for airlines around the world early Tuesday morning.

"Sabre is experiencing a system issue," the company said in a tweet. "Our technology team is working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation."'

Virgin Australia manually checked in customers. And Johannesburg's international airport said British Airways flights experienced delays earlier.

The Sabre system is used by more than 300 airlines and more than 100 airports worldwide.

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Filed under: Air travel • Travel • U.S. • World
August 6th, 2013
01:23 AM ET

Musharraf misses court over security threat

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf failed to appear Tuesday at a court where he was due to be indicted in connection with the death of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf didn't travel to the hearing at an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi because intelligence services warned of credible threats against his life, said his lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri.

The Pakistani capital, Islamabad, which adjoins Rawalpindi, was put on high alert Sunday after intelligence reports suggested the possibility of a high-profile attack.


Filed under: Pakistan • World