July 13th, 2012
08:29 PM ET

Sylvester Stallone's son dies, lawyer says

Sage Stallone, the grown son of actor Sylvester Stallone, has died, his lawyer said during a phone interview with Los Angeles TV station KNBC.

A body was found at Sage Stallone's Los Angeles home, Los Angeles police told CNN, without identifying who had died.

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July 13th, 2012
07:38 PM ET

Mississippi clinic can continue performing abortions, judge rules

Doctors at Mississippi's sole abortion clinic are allowed to continue performing the procedure, even if they do not have admitting and staff privileges at an area hospital, as required by a new state law, a federal judge ruled Friday.

But state officials can begin an administrative process that could ultimately lead to the closing of the clinic, said U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III.

The law took effect July 1 and requires all abortion providers in Mississippi to be certified obstetrician/gynecologists with privileges at local hospitals. Doctors at Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion provider in the state, come in from other states, and only one of its doctors is authorized to practice at a nearby hospital.

Supporters of the new law say it is intended to protect women from unscrupulous practitioners, but others say it's part of a move to outlaw abortions in the state.

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Top five Friday the 13th incidents
July 13th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Top five Friday the 13th incidents

Whether you're just a little more cautious today because of various Friday the 13th superstitions, historically, the day hasn't always turned out to be, well, normal.

Here's our wrapup of the top five worst Friday the 13ths.

In 1939, the Black Friday brush fires began in Australia. The fires ended January 20. They left 71 people dead, 1,000 people injured and 3,000 homeless.

In October 1972, the Andes flight disaster left 16 survivors after two months.

In January 1989, the Friday the 13th virus struck hundreds of IBM computers in Britain.

In 1996, Tupac Shakur died September 13 of gunshot wounds sustained a week earlier.

And in January, the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground on the island of Giglio, Italy, killing at least 30.

Today, as part of our coverage, CNN Radio's new Soundwaves blog is also featuring a podcast about tempting fate on this date, as well as a little history of how the superstition came to be. It also questions the kind of experiences people have had on this rare day.

The Belief Blog also has a breakdown, written by Connecticut College professor Stuart Vyse, exploring why exactly we fear Friday the 13th and how superstitions manifest themselves.

It's also National French Fry Day, so do with that what you will.

Let us know how your Friday the 13th goes, and what superstitions you have in the comments below.

July 13th, 2012
02:33 PM ET

2 indicted for allegedly trying to supply Iran with nuclear-related items

A federal grand jury has indicted two people for their alleged attempts to supply Iran with U.S. materials for gas centrifuges to enrich uranium, the Justice Department said Friday.

The indictment charges Parviz Khaki, an Iranian citizen, and Zongcheng Yi, a resident of China, each with one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by conspiring to export the goods without the required license.

Both also face one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of smuggling, two counts of illegally exporting U.S. goods to Iran in violation of IEEPA and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the Justice Deaprtment said.

Khaki, 43, was arrested in the Philippines in May. Yi remains art large.

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July 13th, 2012
02:28 PM ET

Brokerage's founder arrested after fraud allegations

The founder of futures brokerage Peregrine Financial Group, which filed for bankruptcy protection after regulators said more than $200 million went missing from the firm, has been arrested and charged with making and using false statements, authorities said Friday.

Russell Wasendorf Sr. was arrested Friday by FBI agents and is due to make an initial appearance in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday afternoon, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Peregrine filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday after Wasendorf Sr. attempted suicide amid allegations of fraud, CNNMoney reported Wednesday.

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission filed a complaint against Peregrine on Tuesday, accusing the firm and Wasendorf Sr. of committing fraud by misappropriating funds and falsifying bank records.

Friday's charges allege that, from 2010 through July 2012, Wasendorf made false statements to the commission regarding the value of customer segregated funds held by Peregrine, the Justice Department said.

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July 13th, 2012
11:35 AM ET

3 Americans die in private-jet crash in France

Three Americans died when a private jet crashed at a small airport in the south of France, a local official said Friday.

Two men, aged 24 and 51, and a 30-year-old woman were on board the plane when it crashed at Castellet airport, said Didier Couve, spokesman for the Prefecture of the Var department.

The three were the only people on the plane, Couve said.

A spokeswoman for the airport said emergency services are on site.

City cancels piranha bounty as other fish slaughtered
Red-bellied piranha swim at the London Zoo in March 2010.
July 13th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

City cancels piranha bounty as other fish slaughtered

A Chinese city has canceled a $157 bounty on piranha after people killed too many other fish in a four-day hunt, Chinese state media reported Friday.

Government officials in the southern city of Liuzhou had offered a 1,000-yuan ($157) reward for every piranha caught after at least three of the sharp-toothed fish attacked two swimmers in the Liujiang River over the weekend, biting off parts of one person's finger, state-run agency Xinhua reported.

But no one caught any piranha in the four-day river hunt, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper.

And too many local fish breeds were being killed, including in nets, prompting concern about the river's ecological balance, the head of the local fishery bureau told China Daily.


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July 13th, 2012
07:39 AM ET

Friday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Starbucks' new Georgia plant - Coffee giant Starbucks breaks ground on a new U.S. manufacturing plant in Augusta, Georgia.


Filed under: Elections • On CNN.com today • Politics
July 13th, 2012
05:02 AM ET

Penn State board to meet after scathing report

The beleaguered Penn State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday afternoon, a day after it was named in a scathing report as part of the failures that allowed a longtime sexual predator to prey on boys at the prestigious school.

It was unclear if the internal report will be discussed at the board's regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting Friday.

The investigation, headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh, found that several university leaders had "empowered" Jerry Sandusky to continue his abuse, while Joe Paterno, the school's legendary head football coach, could have stopped the attacks had he done more.

The report, released Thursday, also held that the board of trustees failed to perform their oversight duties.

Trustee Kenneth Frazier, head of the committee addressing the Sandusky scandal, said on Thursday that the school's board of trustees is "deeply ashamed" of its lack of oversight identified in the report.


Filed under: Crime • U.S.
July 13th, 2012
04:36 AM ET

Lawmaker: USOC 'should be ashamed' Team USA uniforms made in China

The U.S. Olympic Committee is defending sponsor Ralph Lauren's uniforms for the opening ceremonies at the London Games after it was revealed American athletes will be wearing clothing manufactured in China.

The controversy erupted this week after reports emerged that the clothing unveiled by the American design company sport "Made in China" labels, generating heated criticism from lawmakers and human rights activists.

"Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement released Thursday.

"We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America's finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London."


Filed under: Politics • Sports • U.S. • World
July 13th, 2012
04:17 AM ET

Syrian protesters demand Annan's removal amid reports of 'massacre'

Syrian protesters Friday demanded the removal of international envoy Kofi Annan after hundreds of deaths a day earlier blamed on shelling by government forces, opposition activists said.

Annan - a former U.N. chief - is serving as a special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League.

He implemented a peace plan in Syria in April, but opposition fighters and regime forces have largely shunned its mandates, including a call to lay down their weapons.

"It is clear that the Annan mission is no more than providing more time to Assad to remain in power and commit atrocities, killings and massacres," said Ahmed, an activist from Homs who did not want all his names used for safety reasons. "He is but a legitimate cover for the crimes of the Assad regime."

Protesters took to the streets at dawn in solidarity with victims of government shelling late Thursday that left at least 220 dead in the village of Tremseh in Hama province, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.


Filed under: World
July 13th, 2012
03:11 AM ET

Torrential rains kill at least 19 people in southern Japan

Exceptionally heavy rains have killed at least 19 people and flooded hundreds of houses on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, the local authorities said Friday.

The intense rainfall in certain areas of the prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita has attained levels "never experienced before," the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

In one part of Kumamoto, the equivalent of one month's rain fell in the space of just eight hours early Thursday, according to the meteorological agency.

Besides the 19 people who died - some of them in landslides and houses that collapsed - eight people are missing, according to information posted on the websites of the local prefecture offices and fire services.


Filed under: Weather • World
July 13th, 2012
03:02 AM ET

4 people missing after Canadian landslide

Authorities will meet early Friday to decide how to proceed with the search of a landslide in a mountainous remote area of British Columbia, looking for anyone who might be trapped in the debris, emergency officials said.

Four people are unaccounted for after three homes were destroyed and several others were damaged, said Bill Macpherson of the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Center.

The landslide happened in Johnsons Landing in the Kootenays, just before midday Thursday. Two search and rescue teams and multiple Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were on the scene, along with geotechnical workers and a landslide expert, Macpherson said.

A state of local emergency has been declared, according to Macpherson. "It's a very small community, quite isolated," he said.


Filed under: World
July 13th, 2012
01:04 AM ET

New York flight to Spain grounded for suspicious wires

A Delta flight going to Madrid from New York returned back to John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday after suspicious wires were found in the bathroom of the plane, officials said.

Delta Flight 126 took off at about 8 p.m. E.T. and returned to the airport at about 90 minutes later, according to a source familiar with aviation security at the airport.

The plane was taken to a remote area of the airport, passengers were evacuated and the wiring was deemed not a threat, said David Castelveter, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration.

There were 206 passengers on the plane, a Delta official said.

Authorities were planning to continue the flight later.


Filed under: U.S.