When their SUV plunged off the side of a desolate California highway and landed 200 feet into a ravine, the little girl knew she had to do something to help her father who lay unconscious in the driver's seat of the overturned vehicle.
The girl, all of 9 years old, freed herself and crawled out of the window of wrecked Ford Escape.
She smelled gasoline and turned off the engine.
And then she started walking - in pitch black darkness, through steep and forbidding terrain.FULL STORY
In an incident that left neighbors in a Glendale, California, neighborhood surprised but relieved that no one was hurt, a man lost control of his black Cadillac as he drove down his steep driveway Saturday evening.
The car blew through a neighbor's yard, clipped a house and went airborne - landing on the roof of a house.FULL STORY
A former Navy SEAL who said his 150-plus sniper kills prompted Iraqi insurgents to place a bounty on his head was fatally shot at a Texas gun range by a former Marine, authorities told local media.
Chris Kyle was one of two men killed Saturday afternoon at a gun range in Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the Erath County sheriff told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.FULL STORY
[Update at 11:27 a.m.] Kim Kardashian formally announced the news herself in a post on her website Monday: "It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family. Happy New Year!!! Xo"
The Twitterverse exploded early this morning after everyone’s favorite bad boy rapper Kanye West announced that his girlfriend – the famous-for-being-famous Kim Kardashian - was pregnant.
A spokesman for Kardashian then confirmed the news to CNN, but provided no other detail other than to say that West announced it at a show Sunday in Atlantic City in New Jersey.
The two have been dating for about eight months and have denied pregnancy rumors in the past.
Kardashian, for her part, is still legally married to Kris Humphries - although she filed for divorce from the NBA player 72 days after tying the knot in October 2011.
Soon after this morning's announcement, Kardashian family members took to Twitter to share the news with the world.
Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!! LOVE is everything!!!!
— KhloéKardashianOdom (@KhloeKardashian) December 31, 2012
Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can! Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!
— Kourtney Kardashian (@KourtneyKardash) December 31, 2012
Oh BABY BABY BABY!!
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) December 31, 2012
Khloe and Kourtney are Kardashian's sisters, and Kris Jenner is the new grandma-to-be.
Within minutes, the hashtag #Kimye took off on Twitter - as did the inevitable ribbing.
Some poked fun at West's healthy ego, saying Kanye will name his baby "Kanye" - or perhaps "Babye."
Others alluded to West's infamous interruption of singer Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards speech in 2009 when he grabbed her microphone and let loose an outburst on behalf of singer Beyonce Knowles who had lost out in the Best Female Video category to Swift.
"Taylor, I'm really happy for you, and I'm gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time," West said that night.
Judging from the tweets this morning, that incident is still fresh on many minds.
I don’t mean to interrupt Kanye’s special announcement, but Beyonce’s was much better.
— Steve (@FSUSteve) December 31, 2012
At least two people were killed when two houses exploded in Indianapolis overnight Saturday, according to a fire official. The cause of the blast is not yet known.
Witnesses described the scene as looking like a war zone, spokeswoman Bonnie Hensley from the Indianapolis Fire Department said.
The explosion damaged 80 homes in the neighborhood, including 26 that may or may not be inhabitable and five that are either leveled or will have to be demolished, said Adam Collins, deputy code enforcement director for Indianapolis.
Editor's Note: An Atlanta police department helicopter crashed late Saturday night on a city street just a few miles from downtown, killing both officers on board. See full story.
Here are the latest developments:
[Update 1:45 a.m.] The missing 9-year-old has been found and is in the hands of the police, authorities said today.
[Update 1: 30 a.m.] Atlanta Police Chief George Turner briefed reporters and offered the following details:
- Two Atlanta police officers who were in the chopper were killed.
- The helicopter unit was called in to assist with the search for a missing 9-year-old child.
- The chopper was flying low so that the officers were better able to see.
- There were no injuries on the ground.
- The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating.
[Update 1:01 a.m.] The crash has knocked out power to 1,300 Georgia Power customers, a spokesman for the electricity company said. "We believe the outage is because of the helicopter crash," said spokesman John Kraft. "I don't know specifics of what happened in that crash. We believe it is a result of the helicopter coming in contact with the lines at some point."
[Update 1 a.m.] The FAA says two people were on board the chopper when it crashed but the agency deferred questions about their conditions to the Atlanta police department.
[Update 12:26 a.m.]
[Updated 11:57 p.m.] Police spokesman Carlos Campos just sent out this e-mail, asking that media not report "unconfirmed" information about casualties:
One of our helicopters has crashed near MLK Jr and Hamilton E. Holmes around 10:30 p.m. Public Affairs personnel are on scene and gathering information. We ask you to respectfully refrain from releasing unconfirmed information. We understand you are needing information. You will get it. Just give us time to gather facts. We will announce a briefing location soon.
[Posted at 11:52 p.m.] A helicopter for the Atlanta Police Department crashed tonight in northwest Atlanta. Authorities are at the scene. More details soon.
The family of a Brazilian teenager who was injured in a multivehicle wreck in Florida last month - a wreck that killed at least 11 people, including four of her relatives, amid dense fog and smoke from a brush fire - has released the first post-crash picture of her exclusively to CNN.
Lidiane Carmo, 15, is progressing at Shands at the University of Florida hospital, where she has been since the January 29 wreck on I-75 outside Gainesville, one of her uncles said.
The case of Lidiane, who has lived in the United States for most of her life, drew widespread attention after church members said she was an illegal immigrant, and they were afraid she could face deportation. But federal officials said last week that she would be allowed to stay in the United States.
Her father, Jose Carmo, was a pastor at International Church of the Restoration in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Lidiane came to the United States from Brazil when she was only 2, another pastor at the church told CNN; the family stayed in the United States after their visas expired, CNN affiliate WSB reported.