September 1st, 2013
02:50 AM ET

Nyad doing 'well' in Cuba-Florida swim

Diana Nyad was 18 hours into her trek from Havana to the Florida Keys early Sunday morning, and things are going swimmingly.

"This is the first time we've ever reached international waters without a crisis," her handler Bonnie Stoll was quoted as saying ondiananyad.com, which is blogging Nyad's attempt.

Nyad is attempting to become the first person to swim the 103 miles without the benefits of a shark cage, flippers or wet suit.

It's the fifth try for the 64-year-old - and she has said it will be her last.

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August 22nd, 2013
05:14 PM ET

Army sergeant says Afghan killing spree was 'act of cowardice'

The Army sergeant who admitted to gunning down 16 civilians in a 2012 rampage through two villages near his outpost in southern Afghanistan reportedly apologized Thursday, describing the massacre as an "act of cowardice."

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty in June to more than 30 criminal charges, including 16 premeditated murder counts.

The plea spares the 39-year-old Bales the prospect of a death sentence in the killings. He now faces life in prison, but a jury of four officers and two enlisted personnel will decide whether he will have a chance at parole.

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August 15th, 2013
04:16 PM ET

FAMU Marching 100 to return to the field after hazing suspension

Florida A&M University said Thursday that its famed Marching 100 band will return to the field for the first time since its suspension after the hazing death of a drum major nearly two years ago.

The band had been one of the top university marching bands in the United States, but Robert Champion's death and other reports of hazing damaged its reputation.

"We have made a thorough assessment of the students who have auditioned for the band and firmly believe that we are ready to return and positively represent Florida A&M University and its proud students, faculty, alumni and community," Sylvester Young, director of marching and pep bands, said in a statement.

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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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June 24th, 2013
12:25 AM ET

Another 787 Dreamliner diverted

A United Airlines 787 Dreamliner was diverted early Sunday due to a mechanical problem, Boeing said.

The plane landed without incident and with no passenger injuries, the plane maker said.

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June 21st, 2013
05:32 AM ET

Spain arrests eight suspects linked to al Qaeda

Security forces arrested eight members of a group linked to al Qaeda on Friday in a Spanish enclave in North Africa, authorities said.

"We have broken up a network responsible for sending combatants to al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups operating in Syria," the Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The suspects were captured in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave that borders Morocco.

Authorities said the network was based in Ceuta and the nearby Moroccan city of Fnideq.

It recruited, trained and paid for terrorists to fight in other countries, authorities said.

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Spurs, Heat meet in game 7
June 20th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

Spurs, Heat meet in game 7

Game 7 of the NBA Finals will be all about heart, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James said.

The four-time MVP is seeking his second NBA crown when his Heat hosts the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

Both teams are well-prepared, he said, and they know each other well. They know what will work on offense, what to do on defense. What gives a team an edge will be each player's mental makeup.

"I think it's about heart and determination at this point," he said Wednesday.

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May 6th, 2013
08:42 PM ET

California utility may be hit with $2.25B fine

The state of California is set to fine Pacific Gas and Electric Company $2.25 billion for the deadly San Bruno, California, pipeline rupture in September 2010.

The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission recommended the penalty for three cases arising from the Sept. 9, 2010, incident, which killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes.

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May 29 court-martial for Hassan
May 1st, 2013
07:56 PM ET

May 29 court-martial for Hassan

A military judge on Wednesday set a May 29 court-martial for U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is charged in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009 that left 13 people dead.

Hasan is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder charges for the alleged shootings at the post's processing center, where soldiers were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Hasan's court-martial has been repeatedly delayed since it was initially set to begin in March 2012, most notably after an appeals court delayed the case over the question of whether the Army major's beard could be forcibly shaved.

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April 26th, 2013
08:58 AM ET

Boston suspect moved to detention hospital

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been transferred from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to Federal Medical Center Devens, a facility that holds detainees who need medical care in north-central Massachusetts, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said Friday.

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April 25th, 2013
10:34 PM ET

Serbia's president apologizes

Serbia's president apologized Thursday for the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, but declined to characterize the killings as an act of genocide.

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April 24th, 2013
10:27 PM ET

Barges on Alabama's Mobile River explodes

A fire broke out on Alabama's Mobile River on Wednesday night after two barges with natural gas exploded, the city's fire department said on Twitter.

The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department, on its official Twitter feed, reported that it had "units on the scene on east side of Mobile River where a fuel barge has exploded and is on fire."

Minutes later, the fire department issued an update stating that two barges had exploded.

Three people injured in the incident were transported to a local hospital.

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April 23rd, 2013
10:14 PM ET

2 hurt in Dorner hunt get millions

The two women wounded when Los Angeles police shot at their pickup truck during the manhunt for renegade ex-officer Christopher Dorner will split a $4.2 million settlement, attorneys for the city and women told reporters Tuesday.

The details of the settlement need to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council, they said.

Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, will receive $2.1 million each.

Carranza and Hernandez were shot at as police searched for Dorner, a former police officer who was wanted for killing several people in early February.

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April 23rd, 2013
08:37 AM ET

Israeli official: Syria using chemical weapons

The Syrian government is using chemical weapons against rebel forces, the head of the Israel Defense Forces' intelligence research departments said Tuesday.

"In all likelihood they used sarin gas," Brig. Gen. Itai Brun said Tuesday in a speech at a conference in Tel Aviv. This comes as a civil war between the government and rebels rages across Syria - which borders Israel.

Analysts believe the Syrian government may have one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world. The supply is believed to include sarin, mustard and VX gases, which are banned under international law. Syria has denied the allegation.

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FBI releases video showing bombing suspects
April 18th, 2013
11:02 PM ET

FBI releases video showing bombing suspects

A short video released by the FBI on Thursday shows two suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon attack walking single file on a sidewalk along the race route.

The video was released Thursday as investigators asked for the public's help in identifying the two men.

One of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings left a bag believed to contain one of the explosives outside the Forum restaurant on Boylston Street in the city, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said. The bag was dropped there "within minutes" of the explosions, he added.

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April 18th, 2013
04:58 PM ET

Flight delays hit Chicago airports

More than 600 flights were canceled Thursday at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports due to heavy rain in the region, the Chicago Department of Aviation said.

Both airports reported delays of between 30 to 90 minutes after the metropolitan area experienced a deluge of nearly 7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.

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Massive explosion at Texas fertilizer plant
The explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant and caused major damage nearby, witnesses said.
April 17th, 2013
11:45 PM ET

Massive explosion at Texas fertilizer plant

An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in West, Texas, a witness told CNN.

A hospital in Waco, Texas, has been told to anticipate 100 injured people coming in from a fertilizer plant where there was a massive explosion, an official at the medical facility says. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, said a field triage station was set up at the plant some 18 miles north of Waco after the Wednesday night explosion.

Tommy Alford, who works in a convenience store about three miles from the plant, told CNN that several volunteer firefighters were at the store when they spotted smoke. Alford said the firefighters headed toward the scene and then between five and 10 minutes later, he heard a massive explosion.

CNN affiliate KWTX showed a photo of the explosion - which reportedly happened around 7:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. ET) - showed a huge plume of smoke rising high into the air.

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April 17th, 2013
05:22 PM ET

Bad weather prompts flight cancellations

Hundreds of flights have been canceled Wednesday nationwide - including in Chicago and Denver - due to bad weather, airport officials said.

Airlines have reported 400 cancellations - out of 1,700 flights daily - at Denver International Airport due to a storm that is forecast to dump seven inches of snow in the area, the airport said at 2:50 p.m. (4:50 p.m. ET). The announcement came before the heavy snow had arrived.

Delays at the Denver airport are averaging just over two hours and 15 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

At O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, meanwhile, more than 300 flights have been canceled due to bad weather.

The Chicago Department of Aviation reported the cancellations at 3:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET), as well as the fact that delays for flights that were still on - both in and out of the busy airport - averaged one hour or more.

Airlines reported delays of 30 minutes or more at Midway, another Chicago airport, the city department said.

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April 10th, 2013
07:59 PM ET

Marriage equality bill OK'd in Uruguay

Uruguayan lawmakers have approved a same-sex marriage measure, leaving just one step the president's expected signature before such couples can wed in the South American country.

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April 9th, 2013
07:24 AM ET

Two killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Two coalition service members died following a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

ISAF didn't release the service members' nationalities or the precise location of the crash.

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