August 7th, 2010
05:23 PM ET

Mother of Arizona escapee arrested

The mother of one of the inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison last week has been arrested, a law enforcement official told CNN Saturday.

Claudia Washburn, 68, has been charged with conspiracy to facilitate escape and hindering prosecution, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas Henman.

Henman said Washburn is the mother of escapee John McCluskey.

McCluskey,  Tracy Province and Daniel Renwick fled an Arizona prison July 30 after being aided in the escape by a female accomplice who threw cutting tools over the jail fence, authorities said.

Renwick was captured Sunday in Colorado after getting in a shootout with authorities.

Washburn allegedly provided "financial and other aid" to the two remaining escapees and the woman helping them. Washburn was arrested in  Jake's Corner, Arizona.

Henman said he believes the escapees are no longer in Arizona but are still somewhere in the United States.

A nationwide manhunt continued late Saturday.

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August 7th, 2010
02:14 PM ET

Kagan takes oath of office

Elena Kagan was sworn in Saturday afternoon as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath at the Supreme Court building in Washington. Kagan beamed as a small invited audience cheered loudly.

The Supreme Court will meet in a special session on October 1 to hold an investiture ceremony for Kagan, Roberts said.

Kagan, the former solicitor general of the United States and former dean of the Harvard School of Law, is the fourth woman ever to serve on the nation's highest court.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Kagan on Thursday with a 63-37 vote.

She replaces retired Justice John Paul Stevens, leaving the court's liberal-conservative balance unchanged.

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August 7th, 2010
01:57 PM ET

Tiger Woods has worst 54-hole score ever

Tiger Woods blasts out of a sand trap Saturday at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Tiger Woods is stinking up the course at the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational this weekend.

Woods shot a 75 on Saturday, failing to break par for the third straight day and leaving him 11 over par, his worst 54-hole score since he turned pro, according to

As of early Saturday afternoon, he was 78th out of 80 players remaining in the tournament. South Africa's Retief Goosen was leading at 7 under par.

"I drove it terrible, hit my irons terrible, didn't putt well and it added up to a lot," Woods said later, according to the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper.

To make the agony worse, this debacle is taking place at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, where Woods has won seven of the last 11 Bridgestone/NEC Invitationals, according to

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August 7th, 2010
11:16 AM ET

Fidel Castro addresses assembly

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro addressed a special session of the National Assembly for the first time in four years Saturday.

Castro had kept out of sight while he recuperated from a life-threatening intestinal illness that required several surgeries.

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August 7th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Plane crashes into house in Pennsylvania

[Update 11:10 a.m. ET] A twin-engine airplane crashed into a house in western Pennsylvania Saturday, state police said.

Emergency dispatchers reported that the plane burst into flames when it hit the house, said CNN affiliate WTAE. The dispatchers said a family had been in the house but all of them escaped without injury.

Poilce said no bodies have been recovered from the crashed plane.

News footage showed firefighters at the scene in Westmoreland County's Bell Township and smoke rising from the obliterated house.


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August 7th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

On the Radar: Kagan, Afghanistan, space, storms

Elena Kagan will take two oaths of office Saturday.

Elena Kagan becomes the fourth woman ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court when she takes the oath of office at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. With Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor already on the bench, it will mark the first time three women have served on the court simultaneously. The ceremony will be carried live on CNN television and

Six American medical missionaries are reported to be among 10 people stopped on a road and killed by Taliban militants in northeastern Afghanistan. Two Afghans, a Briton and a German also were reported among the victims. The CNN Wire continues to develop the story.

Two astronauts are scheduled to step outside the International Space Station on Saturday to fix an ammonia pump that set off alarms a few days ago. It will be the first stroll into space for NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson.

Weather watchers will be keeping an eye on two tropical storms. Tropical Storm Estelle intensified in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico on Friday evening with maximum sustained winds of up to 50 mph, but it is moving away from land, forecasters said. In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Colin was a little disorganized with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph. It is expected to pass near or over Bermuda on Saturday night.

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August 7th, 2010
08:53 AM ET

South Korean maneuvers draw threat from North

A South Korean navy ship participates in drills in the Yellow Sea this week.

Just two weeks after joint drills with the U.S. Navy, South Korea's military is carrying out five days of military exercises in the Yellow Sea.

The South Korean navy, army, air force and marines are practicing techniques for detecting and evading North Korean submarines and guided missiles, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Saturday. The exercise involves 20 ships and 4,500 troops, according to Yonhap.

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August 7th, 2010
03:16 AM ET

6 Americans killed in Afghanistan

[Update 10 a.m.] Gunmen in the remote northeastern region of Afghanistan shot and killed 10 members of a medical team, police said Saturday.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that occurred Thursday.

Among the dead were six Americans, two Afghans, a Briton, and a German, said Dirk Frans, director of International Assistance Mission. He said two other Afghans on the team are alive.

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