April 24th, 2012
05:04 PM ET

Teen uses social media to rally support for slain sister

Hoping to keep the man accused of killing her sister behind bars, a teenager created an online video that was posted on YouTube asking people to show up at a court hearing today to keep the bond at $1 million.

“Even if you don’t know me or my family or my sister, like, we can save lives," Bree Ann Camacho, 16, said in the video. "This isn’t suppose to happen. We need to stop drunk driving and we can start here."

Camacho posted the video on her Facebook page, describing the horrific car accident that killed her younger sister, Kaely Camacho earlier this month. She was 13.

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Woman accused of trafficking 30 pounds of cocaine in cake mix boxes
Officials say the 30 pounds of cocaine was carried in cake mix boxes.
October 27th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Woman accused of trafficking 30 pounds of cocaine in cake mix boxes

An 18-year-old woman who was arrested after nearly 30 pounds of cocaine was found hidden in cake mix boxes in her suitcase will be charged as an adult, according to a Florida state attorney's office.

Ayesha Niles, who lives in London, was traveling from Jamaica to London with a stopover at Miami International Airport on Friday when she went through a routine luggage check.

"Twenty-four boxes of cake mix in your luggage," Ed Griffith, spokesperson Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, told CNN. "It just seemed extremely unusual."

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Honoring the Challenger crew
NASA administrator Charles Bolden lays a wreath during a remembrance ceremony Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.
January 28th, 2011
08:59 AM ET

Honoring the Challenger crew

A special ceremony is taking place at the Kennedy Space Center's visitor complex this morning. Members of the NASA family and the public will gather to honor those who died aboard space shuttle Challenger.

Twenty-five years ago the STS-51L crew boarded Challenger for a six-day flight. It was just after liftoff when things went wrong. Challenger was in the air for 73 seconds before the orbiter exploded.

June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Cmdr. Dick Scobee, will be one of many speakers honoring her husband and the members of his crew.

This mission was to take the first teacher, Christa McAuliffe, up into space. Her widow, Steven McAuliffe, released a statement saying that his family finds it "comforting and inspirational" that people across the country continue to remember his wife and her Challenger crew members.

The astronauts on the flight with Scobee and McAuliffe were pilot Michael Smith, mission specialists Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka and Ronald McNair; and payload specialist Gregory Jarvis.

According to investigators' findings, the cause of the explosion was an O-ring that failed in one of the solid rocket boosters. Cold weather was cited as a contributing factor.

The ceremony is taking place in front of The Space Mirror Memorial. This memorial lists the names of 24 U.S. astronauts who lost their lives while exploring space.

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Celebrating the new year with Sushi
December 31st, 2010
09:50 PM ET

Celebrating the new year with Sushi

New York may have a crystal ball, but Key West, Florida, has Gary Marion to help bring in the new year.

Gary who? That's a fair question, because most people know him only by the name Sushi.

Every December 31 for the past 14 years, Marion has put on a wig and false eyelashes and painted his lips before stepping into a supersized red high heel on the roof of the Bourbon Street Pub. The gown Sushi wears is handmade. This year it is gold and silver, and it took Marion about 45 hours to make.

Tonight, a crowd has gathered and they are anxious to see female impersonator Sushi (pictured) as Sushi is lowered to street level, marking the start of the new year. CNN reporter John Zarrella has been bringing this celebration live to CNN's viewers for the past nine years.

During an interview with Zarrella last year, Marion threatened to retire. Sushi's fans pleaded with her to continue this Key West tradition. Thanks to those fans, we are back in Key West for another New Year's Eve with Sushi at the helm, or - should I say? - in the heel.

October 11th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

NASA expected to get OK for additional shuttle launch

Shuttle Discovery sits at the launch pad for its final lift off scheduled for November 1, 2010.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 bill is expected to be signed by President Obama Monday.

The bill passed by Congress last week, and the billions of dollars in it include money for commercial space programs, the authorization for NASA to develop a heavy lift vehicle that would fly beyond lower earth orbit and the go ahead for NASA to add a shuttle launch.

This would be the very last lift-off of the space shuttle program. The federal dollars, including the cost of the additional launch, has not yet been appropriated. If the extra launch is a go it would likely take place in June 2011.

The two remaining "scheduled" shuttle missions will fly from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the following days:

STS-133
November 1st, 2010
Space Shuttle Discovery
4:33 p.m. EDT

STS-134
February 26, 2011
Space Shuttle Endeavour
4:04 p.m. EDT