October 10th, 2010
10:45 PM ET

8 arraigned in string of anti-gay hate crimes in New York

Eight suspects arrested in connection with a series of brutal, anti-gay hate crimes in New York City were arraigned Sunday.

Charges against them include harassment, criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful imprisonment, assault, robbery and sexual abuse as hate crimes.

Authorities identified the suspects arraigned as Bryan Almonte, 17; Steven Carabello, 17; Brian Cepeda, 17; Nelson Falu, 17; Idelfonso Mendez, 23; Dennis Piters, 17; David Rivera, 21; and Elmer Confresi, 23.


Filed under: Crime • New York
October 10th, 2010
09:21 PM ET

Police: Stranger abduction 'less likely' in missing girl case

Authorities said Sunday that "a stranger abduction is less likely than once anticipated" in the case of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl.

Zahra Clare Baker was reported to have last been seen sleeping in her bedroom about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. She was reported missing from her Hickory, North Carolina, home about 2 p.m. Saturday by her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker.

"Although nothing is being ruled out at this point, there have been details that have surfaced in the past 12 hours indicating that a stranger abduction is less likely than once anticipated," Hickory police said in a statement Sunday.


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Filed under: Crime • North Carolina
October 10th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

Earthquake strikes Pakistan

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck early Monday morning about 25 miles
(40 kilometers) northwest of Islamabad, Pakistan, the U.S. Geological Survey

Filed under: Pakistan
October 10th, 2010
05:35 PM ET

2 park rangers die in plane crash

Rescue workers in Utah have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Friday night, killing two park rangers on board.

Becki Bronson, spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff's Office, said the victims were Brent McGinn and Laurie Axelson, who both worked for the Glen Canyon Recreation Park Area.


Filed under: Uncategorized • Utah
October 10th, 2010
03:53 PM ET

Gas prices up 8 cents a gallon in U.S. in two weeks

U.S. gas prices rose by 8 cents over the past two weeks, pushed up by a spike in crude oil prices, according to a new survey of filling stations.

The latest Lundberg Survey, conducted Friday, found the average price of self-serve regular gasoline was $2.77 per gallon.

That's 8 cents higher than from the last survey, two weeks ago, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg said.


Filed under: Economy • Energy
October 10th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Final step begins to free Chilean miners

Workers reinforce the exit shaft through which the miners will be lifted out from underground.

Steel tubing has begun to be placed to reinforce the path that connects the 33 miners trapped in Chile to the surface, the final step before the extraction of the miners can begin, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said Sunday. 

If all goes according to plan, the first of the miners could be pulled from the mine by Wednesday, he said. But the health and safety of the miners remained the top priority. The miners, who have been trapped since August 5, are in "very good" health, according to Chile's Health Minister Jaime Manalich.

See CNN.com's extensive interactive for background on the accident and the people who are trapped. FULL STORY

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October 10th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Kenyan wins Chicago Marathon

Sammy Wanjiru, here running the London marathon, won the Chicago marathon Sunday.

UPDATE 10:40 ET: Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya has won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 5 seconds. This is his second consecutive domination of the 26.2 mile event.

Wanjiru's victory was all the more impressive because he'd been getting over knee problems and had a stomach virus which set back his training, commentators said.

Liliya Shobukhova won for women. The Russian runs an average of about 140 miles a week to train, a commentator said.

While Wanjiru and Shobukhova enjoy all the free bagels they can eat - and monetary prizes - there are about 41,000 runners who are still out on the road. They are facing unusually hot weather with temps reaching into the 80s. Watch them run on CNN.com Live.

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Filed under: Running • Sports
October 10th, 2010
08:30 AM ET

Ecuador extends state of emergency

Soldiers patrol the streets of Quito.

Ecuador has extended a state of emergency imposed in the capital after the president was attacked by police in a day of protests that paralyzed the country in September.

Authorities extended the decree in Quito indefinitely Saturday, a day after it was scheduled to end. It mobilizes the military to be in charge of securing the country instead of the police.

The extension comes after President Rafael Correa was attacked by police on September 30. Troops rescued Correa in a dramatic shootout with officers at a hospital, where Correa said he was held for more than 10 hours. FULL STORY

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October 10th, 2010
08:01 AM ET

NFL: We're looking at report about Favre

Controversy is brewing over alleged texts and voicemails Brett Favre sent to a woman who is not his wife.

The NFL has said its reviewing reports involving Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre after the sports Web site Deadspin posted naked pictures, text and voice messages it alleges the married quarterback sent to a model and former television host.

When asked about the allegations Friday, Favre declined to comment. Greg Aiello, an NFL spokesman, said the league is reviewing the matter, but declined further comment. CNN could not independently confirm whether the voice heard in the recordings belonged to Favre, or whether the notes were in fact sent by him. FULL STORY

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October 10th, 2010
07:37 AM ET

Much pomp as N. Korea's next leader debuts

North Korea's increasingly reclusive leader, Kim Jong Il, made a rare public appearance with his youngest son Sunday at a massive military parade billed as one of the largest in the nation.

Dignitaries from around the world, including China, Russia, Nepal, Poland, Austria and Mongolia, attended the event. Officials said 20,000 military personnel took part. They marched in lockstep as huge pieces of military hardware - including tanks and missiles - rolled along the parade route as part of celebration marking the 65th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea.

Thousands of military personnel erupt into applause and chants as the Kims appeared in the capital to start the parade. FULL STORY

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October 10th, 2010
07:19 AM ET

Teen shot at California grade school, police say

A 14-year-old was shot three times on the grounds of an elementary school in southern California, and authorities suspect the crime is gang-related.

A male approached the teen on the grounds of Topaz Elementary School in Fullerton, said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department. The Saturday night shooting happened in Orange County, just outside of Los Angeles County. The school was closed at the time of the shooting.

The wounds don't appear life threatening, said Goodrich.
Police did not have a detailed description of the shooter.

Police said they did not immediately know of a motive, but Goodrich said  a gang unit is investigating.

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Filed under: California
October 10th, 2010
01:58 AM ET

Mercedes recalls 85,000 cars over steering problem

Luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is recalling about 85,000 vehicles from certain 2010 and 2011 models due to potential steering problems.


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