November 3rd, 2012
11:52 PM ET

Atlanta police helicopter crashes on city street

Editor's Note: An Atlanta police department helicopter crashed late Saturday night on a city street just a few miles from downtown, killing both officers on board.  See full story.

Here are the latest developments:

[Update 1:45 a.m.]  The missing 9-year-old has been found and is in the hands of the police, authorities said today.

[Update 1: 30 a.m.] Atlanta Police Chief George Turner briefed reporters and offered the following details:
- Two Atlanta police officers who were in the chopper were killed.

- The helicopter unit was called in to assist with the search for a missing 9-year-old child.

- The chopper was flying low so that the officers were better able to see.

- There were no injuries on the ground.

- The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating.

[Update 1:01 a.m.] The crash has knocked out power to 1,300 Georgia Power customers, a spokesman for the electricity company said. "We believe the outage is because of the helicopter crash," said spokesman John Kraft. "I don't know specifics of what happened in that crash. We believe it is a result of the helicopter coming in contact with the lines at some point."

 [Update 1 a.m.] The FAA says two people were on board the chopper when it crashed but the agency deferred questions about their conditions to the Atlanta police department.

[Update 12:26 a.m.]

Television footage from affiliates show a convoy of police cars at the site of the crash

[Updated 11:57 p.m.] Police spokesman Carlos Campos just sent out this e-mail, asking that media not report "unconfirmed" information about casualties:

One of our helicopters has crashed near MLK Jr and Hamilton E. Holmes around 10:30 p.m. Public Affairs personnel are on scene and gathering information. We ask you to respectfully refrain from releasing unconfirmed information. We understand you are needing information. You will get it. Just give us time to gather facts. We will announce a briefing location soon.

[Posted at 11:52 p.m.] A helicopter for the  Atlanta Police Department crashed tonight in northwest Atlanta.  Authorities are at  the scene.  More details soon.

New York nanny charged with murder in stabbing deaths of two children
Police and media converged on the West 75th Street apartment building after the two children were found dead.
November 3rd, 2012
09:40 PM ET

New York nanny charged with murder in stabbing deaths of two children

A New York nanny was charged with murder on Saturday, nine days after a brother and sister were found fatally stabbed in a bathtub in their family's Manhattan apartment, police said.

Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder in each of the October 25 stabbing deaths, New York police spokesman Paul Browne said.


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November 3rd, 2012
11:58 AM ET

Rebels battle aerial bombardment in Syria

Rebel fighters in Syria sought to move against the government's increasing use of deadly air power Saturday, with an attack on the Taftanaz military airport in the northerly Idlib province.

An opposition activist in the north told CNN the air base was surrounded and that about 200 regime troops were thought to be inside. The rebel Free Syrian Army intends to hold the perimeter of the base, he said.

Government media claimed forces have heroically repelled the attack, killing "large numbers of terrorists," as it terms the rebels. The state-run news agency, SANA, said the rebel fighters' weapons and vehicles also had been destroyed.

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November 3rd, 2012
10:46 AM ET

Cuomo: New York addressing power outages, gas shortage

Restoring electricity to all New Yorkers remains the top priority for the state, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

He is pushing utilities to do everything they can to respond to the power outage, and threatened action against those electric companies that weren't prepared for the emergency. "If they weren't prepared, the state will hold them accountable," Cuomo said.

As of Saturday, power had been restored to 60% of those who had lost it, he said.

In contrast, the governor had praise for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which he said has restored 80% of subway services in New York City. "Not only did they try hard, but they got it done," he said.

The gas shortage that created long lines at stations is also being addressed. Eight million gallons of fuel have been delivered to gas stations, and 28 million additional gallons will be delivered over the next two days, he said.

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November 3rd, 2012
08:58 AM ET

Medal of Courage for girls with Malala

Two Pakistani girls who were injured alongside teenage activist Malala Yousufzai will be awarded medals of courage, the country's  prime minister said Saturday.

Malala was shot at point-blank range while on her way home from school October 9. The 15-year-old initially gained international attention in 2009, writing a blog about her life as the Taliban gained a foothold in her home region, in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Rehman Malik said he plans to award the two girls the Sitara e Jurrat, known as the star of courage, the third-highest military award in Pakistan. Kainat Riaz Ahmed and Shazia Ramzan will receive the award, an honor not normally bestowed to civilians.

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