August 12th, 2013
02:34 AM ET

5 cases we're watching this week

We're keeping an eye on five high-profile cases this week. We may see a verdict in one (the Whitey Bulger trial), a sentence in another (the Bradley Manning case) and more fireworks in a third (the Nidal Hasan court-martial).

Also this week, the lawyer for a teen whose Facebook post landed him in jail will argue that the case be thrown out. And we wait to see if a grand jury indicts former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
August 6th, 2013
02:20 AM ET

$1 million reward for stolen Cannes jewels

Insurers Lloyd's of London is offering a reward of up to €1 million ($1.3 million) for information that will lead to the recovery of the jewels stolen from an exhibition in the French resort city of Cannes last month.

"A reward of up to €1 000 000 pro rata is offered to the first person who provides information which leads to recovery of the goods. Offer subject to certain conditions," the insurer said in a statement Tuesday.

The robbery took place July 28 at a jewelry exhibition in the luxury Carlton Hotel - the third gem theft around the city since May.

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Filed under: Crime • World
August 4th, 2013
12:06 AM ET

Threat prompts U.S. to close embassies

Fears that al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in the coming days prompted the United States to close 22 embassies and consulates for a day Sunday - an unprecedented move.

The closures Sunday stretch across a swath of North Africa and the Middle East, from Mauritania to Oman.

Bangladesh and Afghanistan, both majority Muslim nations, also are affected.

Normally, Sunday is the start of the work week in those countries.

The shutdowns could extend beyond Sunday, a senior State Department official said.

A U.S. global travel alert is also in place.

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Filed under: Politics • U.S. • World
August 1st, 2013
01:56 AM ET

Police chief who posted gun video suspended

An eastern Pennsylvania police chief who went on a profanity-laced video rant against those who disagreed with him on gun laws has been suspended for 30 days without pay.

The punishment wasn't for his diatribe though.

The borough council in the coal town of Gilberton said that police Chief Mark Kessler used "burough property for non-burough purposes without permission" when he made the video where he's seen shooting semiautomatic and automatic weapons.

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Filed under: Crime • Justice • U.S.
April 8th, 2013
04:16 AM ET

Chile set to exhume body of Nobel laureate

Chilean authorities will exhume the body of poet Pablo Neruda on Monday to determine whether he died of prostate cancer or was killed.

Neruda died on September 23, 1973, just 12 days after a right-wing military coup ousted socialist President Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power. Neruda, a Communist Party member, criticized the coup and Pinochet. Twelve days later, he was dead.

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April 5th, 2013
03:47 PM ET

FAA delays closures of 149 control towers

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it will delay the closures of 149 federal-contract air traffic control towers until June 15.

Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these regional airport towers to help it meet $637 million in forced spending cuts.

The tower closures had been scheduled to begin April 7, phased in over four weeks. The towers are low- or moderate-volume facilities staffed by contractors

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January 30th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

Suspect sought in Phoenix office shooting

Phoenix police said Wednesday they were searching for a suspect in the shooting of three people in an office building.
One person was severely wounded, but none of the injuries was life-threatening, Phoenix Police Public Information Officer James Holmes said.
The building houses several medical-related business.
The suspect, a white man in his mid-60s, may have fled the scene in a white vehicle, according to Holmes, who cited witnesses.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gun violence
January 29th, 2013
10:44 PM ET

Sheriff: Man shot on Alabama school bus

One man was shot on a school bus in Alabama on Tuesday, the Dale County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Wally Olson said in a written statement the suspect had not been taken into custody.

Michael Senn, a pastor, told CNN affiliate WSFA that he spoke to several students who had been on the bus.

He said a girl described the shooter getting aboard.

"He told most of them to get off the bus," Senn related. "And then he grabbed a little boy and shot the bus driver four times."

CNN affiliate WTVY reported the child is being held by the shooter.

Olson said a command post had been established at Private Road 1539 and U.S. Highway 231 near Midland City, Alabama, in the southeastern corner of the state.

WTVY reported that authorities said a hostage situation was ongoing.

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Australian radio show at heart of royal prank taken off air permanently
Australian 2Day FM radio DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig express remorse for a prank phone call that went wrong.
January 28th, 2013
02:04 AM ET

Australian radio show at heart of royal prank taken off air permanently

An Australian radio show whose prank targeting Prince William's pregnant wife went horribly wrong has been taken off the air for good.

"The Hot30 Countdown" was suspended temporarily after the December prank, when the network expressed deep regret for the nurse who apparently committed suicide after routing through a call from the show's DJs to the royal ward.

Over the weekend, the show was permanently taken off the air.

The show's Facebook page directed listeners to the show's replacement called "The Bump."

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Filed under: Kate Middleton • Royal family • World
Mayor Bloomberg's giving to alma mater tops $1 billion
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1964.
January 27th, 2013
01:00 AM ET

Mayor Bloomberg's giving to alma mater tops $1 billion

A kid raised in a middle-class Boston suburb, Michael Bloomberg took out loans to pay for his tuition at Johns Hopkins University and worked as a parking lot attendant.

He learned early to pay it forward.

Bloomberg's first gift to his alma mater was a whopping $5 in 1965, a year after he graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Fast forward to Saturday, when the Baltimore university announced Bloomberg has now given a total of $1.1 billion. The latest commitment came in the form of a cool $350 million toward a "transformational" initiative aimed at cross-discipline solutions to societal problems.

In a statement, Johns Hopkins said Bloomberg, a former trustee, is believed to be the first person to ever reach the $1 billion level of giving to a single U.S. institution of higher education.

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