May 29th, 2012
02:01 AM ET

Standoff drags on as man holed up in construction crane won't come down

A robbery suspect continued to occupy a construction crane on the campus of Southern Methodist University late Monday night, almost 12 hours after he climbed to the top of it, university officials told CNN.

"SMU and Dallas Police continue to monitor the situation," the university said in a statement. "If the situation continues through the night, SMU will provide instructions to employees in the buildings near the construction site early Tuesday morning."

The unidentified man, believed to be a suspect in a recent robbery, was spotted in the cab of the crane around 11:30 a.m., apparently trying to avoid arrest, local affiliates reported.

The crane was being used to build a future housing area near the football stadium, according to affiliate KTVT. The crane is also next to the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which is in the midst of construction.

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May 29th, 2012
12:29 AM ET

Thousands in South Africa to protest portrait of Zuma with genitals exposed

Thousands of people are expected to march Tuesday in South Africa to protest a portrait of President Jacob Zuma that shows his genitals.

Zuma's supporters in the ruling African National Congress say the portrait is insulting and call it an attack on both the president and his party.

About 15,000 people are expected to participate in the march to Johannesburg's Goodman Gallery, where the work was on display, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

The painting by artist Brett Murray, called "The Spear," is reminiscent of Soviet-era propaganda posters. Red on one half and black on the other, the painting shows Zuma in a proud stance with his genitals prominently exposed.

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May 29th, 2012
12:23 AM ET

Deliberations resume in John Edwards trial after long weekend

After the long Memorial Day weekend, jurors return Tuesday for a seventh day of deliberation in the corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards.

The jury began its deliberations a week ago.

It requested several exhibits relating to various counts against Edwards early last week.

On Thursday, the eight-man, four-woman jury asked to review another 20 exhibits in the case. That prompted Judge Catherine C. Eagles to say, "If you would like, we could send back all of the exhibits."

When the foreman responded, "Sounds like a great idea," the judge ordered the court record to reflect that at least six jurors nodded, signaling that they would like all of the exhibits.

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May 29th, 2012
12:23 AM ET

Demonstrators angry at Egypt runoff candidates plan more protests

Demonstrators angry that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak's former premier will face off against a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's presidential runoff have called for more protests Tuesday.

On Monday, several thousand protesters in Tahrir Square called on Egyptian courts to disqualify former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, chanting, "Where is the revolution?"

Others ransacked Shafik's campaign headquarters and set it ablaze after learning that he was one of the two candidates who made it through the first round of voting.

The June 16-17 runoff will pit Shafik against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi. Morsi received 5.7 million votes, followed by Shafik's 5.5 million, according to Egypt's election commission.

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May 29th, 2012
12:21 AM ET

Guitar legend Doc Watson remains in critical condition

Bluegrass music legend Doc Watson remains in critical condition at a hospital in a North Carolina following surgery last week, a hospital representative said late Monday.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was unable to provide additional information, but the Winston-Salem Journal reported that Watson's family was called to his bedside Sunday after he took a turn for the worse.

"Doc had a difficult day, but seems to have pulled through OK," according to a post Sunday on the website of Folklore Productions, which is run by the singer's representative, Mitch Greenhill. "His condition is now pretty much where it was when the day began."

Watson, a Grammy winning musician known for his flatpicking and fingerstyle technique on the guitar, had colon surgery Thursday and then a follow-up procedure two days later.

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