October 2nd, 2013
02:04 PM ET

Charges dropped against 1 of 2 men in biker case

Prosecutors dropped charges Wednesday against Allen Edwards, 42, one of two men arrested in connection with an attack Sunday on an SUV driver who was swarmed by bikers on a New York City street.

The office is not currently prosecuting Edwards as it continues to investigate the incident, said Erin Duggan, communications director for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

Edwards had originally faced charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing, the New York City Police Department said.

The incident involving bikers went viral after a video of the incident surfaced online.

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September 29th, 2013
01:58 AM ET

Death toll at 60 in Mumbai building collapse

The death toll from the five-story building collapse in Mumbai rose to 60 on Sunday, authorities said.

Fearing they may have pulled out the last of the survivors, officials have now ended their rescue operation, said Sachidanand Gawde of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Thirty three people were pulled out alive from the building since it collapsed Friday.

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MLB commissioner Bud Selig retiring in January 2015
September 26th, 2013
07:08 PM ET

MLB commissioner Bud Selig retiring in January 2015

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will retire when his current term ends January 24, 2015, Major League Baseball said Thursday.

Selig said that "it remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life."

"Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term," he said in a statement.

Selig, 79, has been full-time commissioner since 1998 after six years as the interim boss. Before that, he owned the Milwaukee Brewers after moving the Seattle Pilots in 1970.

The game changed significantly during Selig's tenure as commissioner.

Interleague play was instituted, teams that exceeded a salary threshold were penalized and the money shared with other teams, and the postseason was revamped several times to include division series and the Wild Card playoff contest. Umpires can now also use instant replay to review certain plays.

MLB also grew. Two teams - the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays - joined. The Montreal Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals. Other teams switched divisions and the Brewers changed leagues.

There were low points, too, including MLB canceling the World Series in 1994 after a players' strike, and a long investigation into the use of performing-enhancing drugs in baseball that culminated in a 2007 report that led to congressional hearings.

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September 26th, 2013
12:11 PM ET

New trial ordered for woman in controversial warning-shot case

An appellate court has ordered a new trial for Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for firing a warning shot in an effort to scare off her abusive husband.

Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law to derail the prosecution, but a jury convicted her of aggravated assault after just 12 minutes of deliberation.

The case gained the attention of civil rights leaders who say the African-American woman was persecuted because of her race.

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America's Cup comeback complete as Oracle Team USA wins deciding race
September 25th, 2013
05:38 PM ET

America's Cup comeback complete as Oracle Team USA wins deciding race

Oracle Team USA successfully defended the America's Cup yachting race Wednesday, completing a seemingly improbable comeback in the series of contests against Emirates Team New Zealand by winning the deciding 19th race.

Oracle Team USA, which once trailed 8-1 in yachting's most prestigious competition, tied the series 8-8 Tuesday in San Francisco Bay to set up likely the most exciting finish in the 162-year history of the event.

On Wednesday, the U.S.-based team won by 44 seconds to claim the title.

Two victories for Oracle Team USA, bankrolled by billionaire Larry Ellison, were scratched off because it was deemed to have illegally tinkered with its boat prior to the finale.

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September 23rd, 2013
01:23 PM ET

2 presumed dead in Navy chopper accident

Two crew members who went missing when their helicopter went into the Red Sea on Sunday are believed to be dead, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

Search and rescue efforts for the two, who were in a MH-605 Knighthawk helicopter, have been suspended, the Navy said. The sea lies between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

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September 23rd, 2013
01:19 PM ET

Two held in Chicago park shooting

Two people are in custody in connection with last week's shooting in Chicago, and a 3-year-old boy injured in gunfire remains in intensive care, authorities said Monday.

The two are regarded as "persons of interest," police told CNN. The Chicago Tribune quoted police as saying no charges have been filed against the two, who are men. They say that "several people of interest" were being interviewed.

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September 22nd, 2013
07:01 PM ET

Two missing after crash of U.S. Navy helicopter in Red Sea

Three crew members aboard a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the Red Sea on Sunday were found alive and in stable condition, the Navy said. Two others remained missing.

The MH-60S Knighthawk was operating with the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence when it went down in the central Red Sea, which lies between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Search efforts are under way for the two remaining crew members.

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September 17th, 2013
03:03 PM ET

Boardwalk fire likely caused by wiring problem

An electric wiring problem likely caused the fire this month that damaged a massive swath of New Jersey's boardwalk, which had been freshly rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy wrecked it last October, authorities said Tuesday.

An investigation ruled out human involvement in the fire, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.

A team of investigators agreed that a failure of electrical equipment and wiring under the boardwalk contributed to the blaze. The wiring was installed in 1970 and "compromised by Sandy floodwaters," investigators said.

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September 14th, 2013
04:13 PM ET

Priest in Zanzibar attacked with acid in third such incident in two months

A Catholic priest was attacked with acid on the east African island of Zanzibar in the third such unprovoked assault in two months, and remained hospitalized Saturday, the cleric told CNN.

The Rev. Joseph Anselmo Mwagambwa said he was attacked Friday afternoon while coming out of an internet cafe in Mlandenge, a community in the city of Zanzibar.

He was being treated in a hospital in the Tanzanian mainland city of Dar es Salaam.

Police are still investigating, and no arrests have been made.

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September 12th, 2013
09:51 AM ET

Colorado flash floods kill 2

More than half a foot of rain deluged Boulder County, Colorado, overnight, setting off flooding and rock slides that collapsed homes, put dams at risk and killed at least two people.

One person died after being trapped in a collapsed building, in Jamestown, Boulder County spokeswoman Gabbie Boerkircher said.

The circumstances surrounding the other death weren't clear early Thursday, but the Colorado Springs Fire Department said on Twitter that the body had been recovered by a "heavy rescue team."

Numerous other buildings had collapsed, but it was unclear how many or if there were any other injuries, Boerkircher said. A rockslide was hampering access to the site.

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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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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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September 10th, 2013
04:28 PM ET

Police say iPad may prove key in Zimmerman marital altercation case

An iPad used to shoot video of a confrontation that allegedly erupted Monday between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie, and her father might prove key in determining whether charges will be filed, police said Tuesday in Lake Mary, Florida.

"Unfortunately, the iPad is in several pieces," police spokesman Zach Hudson told reporters about the device, which he said George Zimmerman had damaged.

The incident comes two months after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death in nearby Sanford of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed youth.

Police have sent the pieces of the iPad for analysis, Hudson said. "We want to get all the information, the footage, off it."

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September 10th, 2013
10:29 AM ET

Roadside bomb in Afghanistan kills 7, wounds 17

A roadside bomb hit a bus in Afghanistan's Ghazni province Tuesday, killing seven people and wounding 17 others, a provincial official said.

Safiullah Ibrahimi, a spokesman for the governor of eastern Ghazni province, said insurgents planted the bomb.

All of the casualties were men, he said. No women or children were hurt.

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September 8th, 2013
04:24 PM ET

13 children injured after ride loses power at Connecticut festival

An accident on a children's swing ride at a festival in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Sunday injured 13 children, some seriously, according to police.

The ride "apparently lost power causing the children on the ride to forcefully fall to the ground," Norwalk police said on the department's Facebook page.

Most of the injuries were minor, police said, but "several" were seriously injured, "including two which appeared to be the most serious."

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September 4th, 2013
01:19 AM ET

Ariel Castro found hanged in prison cell

Ariel Castro who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping, raping and holding captive three women was found hanging in his prison cell Tuesday night.

Officials found Castro, 52, hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, about 9:20 p.m., the state's Department of Corrections said.

Prison medical staff tried to revive him but failed.

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September 2nd, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Prison break in Tunisia; at least 3 dozen at large

At least 49 inmates broke out of a prison in Tunisia on Sunday night, the country's state-run Tunis Afrique Presse reported.

Security forces have detained 13 of the escapees, according to the report, which cited a security source.

The incident occurred in Gabes, in the southeastern part of the North African country. It is the latest mass prison break in the turbulent Muslim world.

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September 1st, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Egypt to try former President Mohamed Morsy for inciting murder

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy will stand trial on charges of incitement to conduct murder and "thuggery" relating to clashes near the presidential palace late last year, state-run MENA reported Sunday.

The country's general prosecutor ordered Morsy to stand trial along with 14 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the news agency said.

No date was given for the trial.

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September 1st, 2013
04:54 AM ET

Nelson Mandela released from hospital

Nelson Mandela has been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he had been receiving treatment since June, the South African president's office said Sunday.

He will continue his recovery at home.

"Madiba's condition remains critical and is at times unstable," the president's office said. "Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria."

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