April 11th, 2013
11:13 AM ET

No bond yet for parents who took kids to Cuba

The couple accused of abducting their sons and sailing to Cuba will remain jailed without bond through the weekend, a Florida judge ruled Thursday.

The judge also appointed a public defender to represent Josh and Sharyn Hakken after they said they wouldn't be able to pay for a lawyer on their own.

They will return to court Monday for a pretrial detention hearing, the judge ruled.

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April 10th, 2013
05:46 PM ET

Hostage-taker near Atlanta killed

[Update 7:46 p.m.] The man who took several firefighter-paramedics hostage in Suwanee, Georgia, is dead after an exchange of gunfire with police, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Ed Ritter says. The four remaining firefighters and one police officer suffered superficial wounds, he said.

[Update] The gunman has released one firefighter; four remain inside the house. The gunman let the one hostage out to move the firetruck away from the house, officials said.

[First post, 5:46 p.m.] One firefighter A "barricaded gunman" is holding five Gwinnett County, Georgia, firefighters hostage in suburban Atlanta, a police spokesman said.

The hostage situation began after firefighters responded to "some type of medical call" at a residence in Suwanee, Gwinnett County police spokesman Ed Ritter said.

Police asked local TV stations not to send helicopters over the area, in the interest of assuring the safety of those involved in the situation.

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April 9th, 2013
09:24 PM ET

Police: 6-year-old shot, killed by 4-year-old

A 6-year-old New Jersey boy has died after being shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate, Toms River police Chief Michael Mastronardy said.

Brandon Holt was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, according to Mastronardy. He was shot in the head on Monday evening.

It was the second incident in the United States in recent days involving young children accidentally shooting others.

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Ship reaches space station in just 6 hours
The International Space Station is seen from the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft as it approached Thursday.
March 28th, 2013
10:55 PM ET

Ship reaches space station in just 6 hours

A Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying three crew members docked at 10:28 p.m. ET Friday with the International Space Station after an expedited flight of just six hours from Earth.

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MLB sues Florida clinic, accuses it of supplying banned drugs to players
Slugger Manny Ramirez is among players who supposedly received banned substances from Biogenesis.
March 22nd, 2013
05:33 PM ET

MLB sues Florida clinic, accuses it of supplying banned drugs to players

Major League Baseball filed a lawsuit Friday seeking damages against the South Florida clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch, for allegedly providing performance-enhancing drugs to players, the pro sports league said.

According to reports and the MLB suit, filed in state court in Florida's Miami-Dade County, the clinic reportedly supplied banned performance-enhancing substances to a number of current and former pro baseball players such as ex-Boston Red Sox Manny Ramirez.

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March 20th, 2013
04:24 PM ET

California mayor, council members convicted of corruption charges

Former Bell, California, Mayor Oscar Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday on five felony charges for the misappropriation of funds, with more such verdicts possible as the jury continues to weigh several counts in the case.

Hernandez and several former city council members in Bell, a city of 36,000 people about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, had been on trial since January after prosecutors accused them of widespread corruption.

In addition to convicting him on five charges, the jury on Wednesday found Hernandez not guilty of five other charges.

There were similarly split verdicts for former Bell city council members Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole Jr. and Victor Bello. The only ex-council member found not guilty on all counts announced Wednesday was Luis Antonio Artiga.

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North Korea: Nuclear program not negotiable
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government have ratcheted up their rhetoric in recent weeks against the United States and others.
March 16th, 2013
08:04 PM ET

North Korea: Nuclear program not negotiable

A day after the United States promised new missile defense interceptors to guard against a North Korean attack, Pyongyang responded Saturday by blasting the Americans' "hostile policy" and saying it won't negotiate with them over its nuclear program.

"(North Korea's) nuclear weapons serve as an all-powerful treasured sword for protecting the sovereignty and security of the country," a foreign ministry spokesman said, according to the state-run KCNA news agency. "Therefore, they cannot be disputed ... as long as the U.S. nuclear threat and hostile policy persist."

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Ex-leader Musharraf sets return to Pakistan
Musharraf led Pakistan's army before becoming president in 1999 in a bloodless military coup.
March 16th, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Ex-leader Musharraf sets return to Pakistan

Five years after he resigned as Pakistan's president and left the South Asian nation, Gen. Pervez Musharraf will return to the country intent on leading his party in upcoming elections, he announced Saturday.

Musharraf plans to fly on a commercial airline into Karachi on March 24, then attend a rally attended by 50,000 people including more than 200 Pakistani expatriates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, he said in a statement.

But whether the rest of Pakistan welcomes him back, including the authorities now heading the country, remains to be seen.

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March 16th, 2013
03:03 PM ET

2 injured in Miami air balloon crash

Two people - among them, pro football player Donte Stallworth - were hospitalized Saturday after the hot air balloon they were riding in crashed into power lines in Miami, police said. A third person in the balloon was not injured.

Stallworth suffered severe burns and is in stable condition at Miami's Kendall Regional Medical Center, said his attorney, Christopher Lyons. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed Stallworth was injured but said he "will be fine."

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2 killed in Pennsylvania bus crash
The bus veered off a highway and crashed into a tree in southern Pennsylvania, authorities said.
March 16th, 2013
02:56 PM ET

2 killed in Pennsylvania bus crash

A bus carrying 23 people, who were members of or associated with the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team, crashed Saturday morning in southern Pennsylvania, killing at least two people, authorities said.

One person died at the scene and the other at a hospital, said Megan Silverstrim, spokeswoman for Cumberland County public safety.

The dead include the team's head coach Kristina Quigley, the county agency said. She was pregnant at the time, and her unborn child did not survive.

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Ariz. AG to appeal overturned murder conviction
A federal judge on Thursday overturned Debra Milke's murder conviction and death sentence
March 15th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

Ariz. AG to appeal overturned murder conviction

Arizona will appeal a judge's decision to overturn the murder conviction and death sentence of Debra Milke, the state's attorney general announced Friday.

A jury convicted Milke of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, child abuse and kidnapping on October 12, 1990, less than a year after her 4-year-old son was found dead. She was sentenced to death a few months later.

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Source: Gov. to recommend Detroit manager
Gov. Rick Snyder earlier said Detroit lacked an adequate plan to resolve its $14 billion debt and that he would invoke a state law to appoint a manager to assume control of the city's government.
March 13th, 2013
09:57 PM ET

Source: Gov. to recommend Detroit manager

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will recommend that a Washington attorney become Detroit's emergency manager, a source close to the governor said Wednesday.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, the governor is expected to publicly recommend attorney Kevyn Orr step in to help Detroit manage its challenging financial situation, the source said. Members of Michigan's Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board would make the official appointment.

The governor said earlier this month that Detroit lacked an adequate plan to resolve its $14 billion debt and that he would invoke a state law to appoint a manager to assume control of the city's government.

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Pilot lights not snuffed before K.C. blast
One person died after the gas explosion last month in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
March 13th, 2013
09:51 PM ET

Pilot lights not snuffed before K.C. blast

A fatal explosion last month in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, was caused by the accidental ignition of natural gas vapors that had accumulated inside a popular restaurant, according to a report from a joint city-federal task force.

After a gas line nearby was ruptured, firefighters asked employees at JJ's restaurant "to put the flames out on the candles, stove and hot water heater" inside, said the report.

When queried after the blast by investigators, the restaurant's manager acknowledged the initial request and said workers "only put the candles out and turned the stove off, but did not turn out the pilot lights for the stove or hot water heater," according to the report issued Wednesday.

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Central Florida wildfire scorches 1,900 acres
The brush fire burned more than 24 structures -- 10 of them homes -- in central Florida's Marion County, authorities said.
March 3rd, 2013
10:00 PM ET

Central Florida wildfire scorches 1,900 acres

A wildfire jumped a road in central Florida, scorching homes and wiping out trees as it charred more than 1,900 acres, a fire official said Sunday.

Some 24 structures in Marion County had been burned by what's being called the Hopkins Prairie Fire, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Susan Blake. Ten of those buildings were homes, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service.

The blaze around Ocala National Forest was 80% contained as of early Sunday evening, Blake added. About 100 local, state and federal firefighters were on site.

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Walmart’s Burwell tapped as budget director
Burwell served under President Bill Clinton, including for a time as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
March 3rd, 2013
09:55 PM ET

Walmart’s Burwell tapped as budget director

Sylvia Mathews Burwell will be nominated Monday by President Barack Obama to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a senior Obama administration official said.

The 47-year-old Burwell - who served under President Bill Clinton, including as deputy director of the OMB - is currently the head of the Walmart Foundation, the retail chain's charitable organization.

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Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dies
Bobby Rogers, far left, poses with other members of the Miracles -- including frontman Smokey Robinson -- in the mid-1960s.
March 3rd, 2013
09:49 PM ET

Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dies

Bobby Rogers, an original member of Motown staple The Miracles, has died, the group's longtime front man Smokey Robinson announced Sunday. He was 73.

Robinson, Rogers and the rest of the Miracles were a cornerstone act for writer-producer Berry Gordy's infant Motown Records, putting songs such as "Shop Around," "Tracks of My Tears" and "The Tears of a Clown" on the R&B and pop charts throughout the 1960s. After Robinson left the group, the Miracles had a No. 1 hit with "Love Machine" in 1976.

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Judge orders new Samsung, Apple court faceoff
Apple accused Samsung of copying the design and software of its iPhone, shown on the right.
March 1st, 2013
06:15 PM ET

Judge orders new Samsung, Apple court faceoff

Samsung and Apple were ordered Friday to stand off in court once again after a federal judge struck down more than $450 million that a jury last August ordered Samsung to pay Apple.

"Some of the awards rested on impermissible legal theories," U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wrote in explaining her ruling.

The jury had awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages total after finding Samsung had copied both the design and software features of the iPhone.

Just under $600 million of that award to Apple still stands, according to Koh.

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No K.C. work permit before restaurant blast
The early evening explosion occurred after a worker hit a gas line while laying fiber optic cable.
February 25th, 2013
05:13 PM ET

No K.C. work permit before restaurant blast

The company that was laying cable prior to an explosion last week at a popular Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant - a blast that killed one person - did not have a permit for the excavation, a city official said Monday.

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Syrian opposition group to attend summit
Syrian rebels, like those above, have been fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad -- whom they accuse of ordering attacks that have left tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, dead.
February 25th, 2013
03:24 PM ET

Syrian opposition group to attend summit

The Syrian National Coalition the principal opposition group battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad has changed its position and will attend an international meeting this week in Rome focused on the Syrian crisis, the coalition's leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib announced Monday on Facebook.

The group earlier said it would not attend the meeting.

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February 22nd, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Microsoft: Computers hacked as at Apple and Facebook

Microsoft was hacked much like Facebook and Apple, the technology company announced today on its security blog.

Microsoft said that its investigators "found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit ... were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations."

Apple said Tuesday that some of its employees' computers were compromised, and Facebook revealed a similar breach weeks earlier.

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