September 11th, 2013
04:51 PM ET

Boston airport apologizes for fire training exercise on 9/11

Officials from the Massachusetts Port Authority issued an apology Wednesday after conducting a fire training exercise at Boston Logan International Airport on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

"The fire department will be training this morning. Smoke on the airfield is part of the training," the airport's Twitter account announced.

In response to negative reactions on social media sites, the port authority, which operates the airport, said in a statement, "Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11."

"It's just dumb," Gov. Deval Patrick said. "The timing could not be worse."

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September 11th, 2013
04:49 PM ET

Missouri man gets 20 years for keeping young woman as sex slave

A Missouri man was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for his role in the years-long sexual torture of a "mentally deficient" young woman that included electrical shock and mutilation, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri told CNN.

A federal judge accepted a plea agreement from Edward Bagley Sr., 46, in a Kansas City courtroom on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. In January, he pleaded guilty to one of the 11 counts he faced for having a sexual relationship with a minor, who was identified only by the initials "FV" (or Female Victim) in official documents. Bagley faced life imprisonment.

Bagley held the victim as a sex slave from December 2002 to February 27, 2009, in his Lebanon, Missouri, trailer home. The woman - who was a runaway minor at the time when the abuse began - was sometimes "hung upside down," "water boarded" and had animals she cared for shot in front of her by Bagley to coerce her to engage in commercial sex acts, the indictment read.

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September 11th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Suicide bomber kills 4 at Baghdad mosque, police say

At least four people were killed and 12 were wounded Wednesday in Baghdad when a suicide bomber blew himself up near worshipers at a Shiite mosque, police said.

The bomber wore an explosive vest, which he detonated Wednesday evening outside the mosque in the northwestern al-Kassra neighborhood, police officials told CNN.

Iraq has seen a sharp increase in friction between its Shiite and Sunni populations since April, when Iraqi security forces raided a site used by Sunni protesters to demonstrate against the Shiite-led government.

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Filed under: Iraq • Iraq War
September 11th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

U.N. report: Abuses on both sides of Syrian civil war

A new United Nations report affirms that both sides in the Syrian civil war have committed grave crimes in violation of international law.

Government forces continue to attack civilian populations in what amounts to crimes against humanity, says the report by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was released Wednesday.

But anti-government groups, in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, have themselves committed war crimes, including murder, torture and hostage-taking, the report states.

As the fighting rages, "it is civilians who continue to pay the price for the failure to negotiate an end to this conflict," the agency said in a prepared statement.

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Filed under: Syria • United Nations
September 11th, 2013
03:54 AM ET

Point/Counterpoint: Obama's speech on Syria

In his speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama hammered Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons, made the case for a military intervention, and then said he'll let diplomacy play out - for now.

The assertions Obama made weren't new ones. Both he and the White House have said them before. The difference? A majority of Americans who watched the prime time address said they favor the approach he spelled out.

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Filed under: Politics • U.S. • World
September 11th, 2013
02:49 AM ET

Diana Nyad responds to questions over swim

After dodging sharks and jellyfish during her swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad is now dealing with a different challenge: tough questions from her fellow marathon swimmers about the legitimacy of her achievement.

In the days since Nyad walked out of the water last week at Key West after swimming 110 miles, a stream of questions has come at her.

Could her speed have nearly doubled at one point? Did any of her team members touch her or support her? How could she have gone for hours without food or water?

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Filed under: Cuba • Florida • Swimming • U.S.