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01:06 PM ET

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Filed under: U.S.
January 20th, 2014
02:22 AM ET

New Jersey Lt. Governor to deny claims

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is expected to "categorically deny" allegations Monday that she gave Hoboken's Mayor an ultimatum to support a redevelopment plan backed by Gov. Chris Christie in order to receive Hurricane Sandy recovery aid, a source said.

Guadagno's remarks will be the first time a senior Christie official has addressed the charges Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer first made Saturday on MSNBC.

Zimmer went even further Sunday, implicating Christie directly in an interview on CNN.


Filed under: Politics • U.S.
January 16th, 2014
02:01 AM ET

Students to return New Mexico school

New Mexico's Berrendo Middle School reopens today, even though, many who return have no idea why a preteen brought a shotgun to the school and randomly shot at them.

And teachers have the daunting task Thursday of helping youngsters make sense of a shooting they themselves may not understand.

"Our teachers tomorrow have a very, very difficult and stressful day coming," Roswell Superintendent Tom Burris said at a news conference Wednesday. "Tomorrow they will all be counselors. Every staff member is in there working to prepare the kids for tomorrow."


Filed under: Crime • U.S.
January 15th, 2014
05:11 AM ET

Plane crash victim spotted before run over

Teenager Ye Meng Yuan didn't die from a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport last July. She actually survived the impact - only to die shortly later after a fire truck ran over her.

Now, newly released video obtained by CBS suggests emergency workers saw Ye's injured body on the ground before she was fatally struck - challenging earlier claims that she was accidentally run over because she may have been covered in firefighting foam.

In the footage, one firefighter tried to stop an emergency vehicle racing toward the scene.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa! Stop, stop, stop! There's a body ... there's a body right there. Right in front of you," the firefighter told the driver.


Filed under: Air travel • Travel • U.S.
January 15th, 2014
01:56 AM ET

Body of missing Navy pilot found

The body of a Navy pilot missing since his helicopter crashed off Virginia's southern coast has been found.
Divers searching the wreckage of the MH-53E Sea Dragon recovered the body of Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, in the chopper's cockpit Tuesday, the Navy said.

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Filed under: U.S.
January 13th, 2014
04:29 AM ET

Rodman 'sorry' about North Korea situation

Dennis Rodman is apologizing. Again.

Last week, he said he was sorry about his bizarre, drunken outburst on CNN about an American citizen held prisoner in North Korea.

Now, Rodman says he's sorry about what's going on inside North Korea, a nation renowned for its human rights abuses.

But the eccentric former NBA star known as "The Worm" isn't contrite about his latest puzzling visit to the secretive state.


Filed under: Basketball • Kim Jong Un • North Korea • Sports • U.S. • World
January 13th, 2014
04:27 AM ET

West Virginia water ban: 'We see light'

It's so close they can almost taste it.

Four days after water restrictions were imposed in southwest West Virginia following a chemical spill, officials on Monday will begin to issue "zones" where residents can again use tap water.

The zones will be announced after an 8 a.m. ET meeting of an interagency water quality team, according to Linda Jordan with the West Virginia American Water Co. When the restrictions will be lifted wasn't immediately clear.

"I believe that we're at a point where we can say that we see light at the end of the tunnel," West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told reporters Sunday. "Our team has been diligent in testing samples from throughout the affected area."


Filed under: U.S.
January 10th, 2014
05:45 AM ET

Legal woes lurk for Gov. Chris Christie

This may turn into much more than just a political scandal.

It may have seemed like a teenage prank at the time, but the blockage of bridge traffic as a possible act of partisan political revenge has put New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the middle of a serious legal stew.

And the fire underneath it is just beginning to heat up for the Republican presidential hopeful, as the state assembly plans to post online 907 pages of documents related to the case Friday.


Filed under: Politics • U.S.
January 10th, 2014
02:21 AM ET

WV chemical spill contaminates water supply

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency Thursday evening for nine counties after a utility said that its water supply was contaminated.

White House followed with an emergency declaration of its own, allowing the state to receive federal help with the water emergency.

"West Virginians in the affected service areas are urged NOT to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing," Tomblin said. "Right now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes and schools."

Efforts are under way to provide alternative sources.


Filed under: U.S.
January 9th, 2014
12:59 AM ET

Rodman apologizes for North Korea outburst

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for his outburst against detained American Kenneth Bae during his controversial visit to North Korea.

The eccentric basketball player is visiting Pyongyang to celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a man he calls a friend and a "very good guy."

In an exclusive interview Tuesday with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," Rodman suggested that Bae deserved his 15-year sentence.


Filed under: Sports • U.S. • World
January 9th, 2014
12:55 AM ET

Christie could take bigger hit over scandal

This isn't the first time critics have called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a bully. But now the man many consider a Republican presidential frontrunner is on the defensive, scrambling to distance himself from an erupting political scandal that threatens to tarnish his image well before the 2016 elections.

E-mails that surfaced Wednesday suggest top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge as part of a political vendetta to punish a local mayor who wouldn't support him at the polls. Lane closures around approaches to the country's busiest bridge snarled traffic for days in September in Fort Lee, New Jersey - a problem the governor and his administration had originally blamed on a mishandled traffic study.

In response to the e-mail firestorm, Christie said Wednesday that he was misled by staff. He called the conduct outrageous and said he knew nothing about it.


Filed under: Politics • U.S.
January 7th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

Bill to extend jobless benefits advances

A $6.4 billion plan to extend unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday as 60 senators - including six Republicans - voted to move ahead with debate on the measure.

"Today brought us a glimmer of hope," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, after the vote. "It shows that the big plates - the tectonic plates in our politics - are moving."

But House Speaker John Boehner said he told President Barack Obama a month ago that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits "should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work. To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I'll be happy to discuss it, but right now the House is going to remain focused on growing the economy and giving America's unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job."

Still, the 60 yea votes were the minimum needed to allow debate to go forward and avoid a filibuster in the Senate. Democrats got help from Republicans Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Dan Coats of Indiana; Susan Collins of Maine; Dean Heller of Nevada, Lisa Murkowski of Arkansas; and Rob Portman of Ohio.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Politics • U.S.
January 7th, 2014
12:23 AM ET

Florida State beats Auburn for BCS title

No. 1 Florida State dominated the second half and rallied to defeat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 in the BCS National Championship college football game on Monday in Pasadena, California.

The Seminoles (13-0) outscored the Tigers (12-2) 24-10 after halftime to win their third national title.

Heisman Trophy winner and FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was 20-for-35 for 237 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining.


Filed under: Sports • U.S.
January 6th, 2014
04:08 AM ET

Jahi McMath released from California hospital

Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl on a ventilator who was declared brain dead by doctors in California after tonsil surgery, was released from a hospital to her mother Sunday night.

"The body of Jahi McMath was released by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the coroner," said David Durand, the hospital's chief of pediatrics. "The coroner has released her body to the custody of her mother, Latasha Winkfield, as per court order, for a destination unknown."

She left the hospital accompanied by a critical care team, attached to a ventilator, but with no feeding tube in place.


Filed under: U.S.
January 6th, 2014
03:57 AM ET

Deep South braces for deep freeze

Get ready for some of the coldest weather in decades.

About 140 million Americans are bracing for a polar blast that's barreling across the country this week, shattering records in some places..

Much of the United States will see the coldest temperatures in almost 20 years, the National Weather Service said. Some cities will experience temperatures 30 to 50 degrees below average.


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
January 2nd, 2014
03:25 PM ET

California priest's death ruled a homicide

The death of a beloved Roman Catholic priest in California has been ruled a homicide, the county coroner said Thursday.

The Rev. Eric Freed, 56, was found dead Wednesday in his church's rectory, spurring a murder investigation and leaving those who knew him in disbelief.

Police on Thursday named a suspect, Gary Lee Bullock, and announced that an arrest warrant for him has been issued. Authorities are looking for Bullock and for Freed's vehicle, a 2010 Nissan Altima.

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Filed under: California • Crime
13 injured in blast, fire in Minneapolis
January 1st, 2014
01:49 PM ET

13 injured in blast, fire in Minneapolis

An explosion and fire at an apartment building in Minneapolis left 13 people hospitalized Wednesday. Six are in critical condition, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel told CNN.

There may still be people inside the building. Fruetel said not everyone has been accounted for.




Filed under: Minnesota
Gay youth may join the Boy Scouts
January 1st, 2014
05:38 AM ET

Gay youth may join the Boy Scouts

Starting Wednesday, openly gay youths will be allowed to join scouting.
Boy Scouts of America made the decision in May to accept them into their ranks. The resolution took effect when the new year rang in.
More than 60% of the group's 1,400-member national council voted back then at an annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, for the change.

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Filed under: Boy Scouts • Gay and lesbian • Texas • U.S. • Uncategorized • World Update
December 30th, 2013
01:46 PM ET

Sheriff: Colorado school gunman got in through unlocked door

The gunman who opened fire at a Colorado high school this month came into the school through a door that should have been locked, a sheriff said Monday.

"We know the doorway on the north side that the murderer entered is supposed to be locked. Unfortunately, it rarely is, because it is more convenient for people to come and go from that area. The door that he entered was not secured on December 13," Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told reporters. "He entered without any obstruction."

The gunman legally bought a shotgun from a local retailer after passing a background check on December 6 - a week before the shooting at Arapahoe High School - and spent a week stocking up on ammunition, Robinson said.

The shooter was still trying to buy more shells less than an hour before he entered through the unlocked side door carrying the shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails and 125 rounds.

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Filed under: Colorado • Crime • U.S.
December 26th, 2013
04:18 AM ET

Warren Weinstein feels abandoned, forgotten

Saying he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten," kidnapped U.S. government contractor Warren Weinstein called on President Barack Obama to negotiate for his freedom in a video released by al Qaeda on Christmas.

The 72-year-old Weinstein was abducted from his home in the Pakistani city of Lahore in August 2011.

In the 13-minute video provided to the Washington Post, Weinstein appeals to the President, Secretary of State John Kerry, the American media, the American public and finally his family.


Filed under: U.S. • World
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