Spurs, Heat meet in game 7
June 20th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

Spurs, Heat meet in game 7

Game 7 of the NBA Finals will be all about heart, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James said.

The four-time MVP is seeking his second NBA crown when his Heat hosts the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

Both teams are well-prepared, he said, and they know each other well. They know what will work on offense, what to do on defense. What gives a team an edge will be each player's mental makeup.

"I think it's about heart and determination at this point," he said Wednesday.

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June 20th, 2013
03:43 AM ET

Parents of kids killed in fire demand answers

A year after a mall fire killed 19 people - mostly toddlers at an unlicensed child care center - Martin Weekes is no closer to understanding why his triplets perished.

"The phrase we tend to use is that we are deafened by silence - the silence in our house because we had a really busy house with three 2-year-olds," Weekes said. "Similarly, we have been deafened by the silence by the authorities in Qatar who just failed to communicate or show any interest."

Qatari officials have not responded to CNN's requests for comment on the fire at the Villaggio shopping mall in Doha, which killed 13 toddlers, four nursery staff and two firefighters. The owners of the child care center are Qatar's ambassador to Belgium and his wife.

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June 20th, 2013
02:37 AM ET

'Landlords from hell' agree to plea deal

Think you have the landlord from hell? Think again.

Did they steal your stuff? Lock you out? Threaten you with a gun? Unless they did, they're not even in contention for the title.

Husband and wife, Kip and Nicole Macy, pleaded guilty to felony charges of residential burglary, stalking and attempted grand theft this week, after terrorizing tenants for years, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

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Filed under: U.S.
June 20th, 2013
02:18 AM ET

Floods hit northern India, killing 150

Rescue workers in northern India are scrambling to save tens of thousands of people left stranded by devastating floods that have killed as many as 150 people in the region.

Triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains, the floods have swept away buildings, roads and vehicles in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand, which borders Nepal and China.

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June 19th, 2013
02:32 PM ET

Obama calls for reducing U.S., Russian nukes

President Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of past U.S. leaders with a speech on Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, where he said he would ask Russia to join the United States in slashing its supply of strategic nuclear warheads.

"We may no longer live in fear of global annihilation, but so long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe," Obama said in the city that symbolized the East-West divide in the decades after World War II.

"After a comprehensive review, I've determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies - and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent - while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third," he said. "And I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures."

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June 19th, 2013
02:30 PM ET

Film: TWA 800 crash was no accident

A documentary on the 1996 explosion that brought down TWA Flight 800 offers "solid proof that there was an external detonation," its co-producer said Wednesday.

"Of course, everyone knows about the eyewitness statements, but we also have corroborating information from the radar data, and the radar data shows a(n) asymmetric explosion coming out of that plane - something that didn't happen in the official theory," Tom Stalcup told CNN's "New Day."

A number of people have come forward, "all saying the same thing: that there was an external force - not from the center wing tank, there's no evidence of that - but there is evidence of an external explosion that brought down that plane," Stalcup said.

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June 19th, 2013
02:27 PM ET

Feds come up empty in Hoffa hunt

A search in a field near Detroit for ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa ended Wednesday, and as with so many past attempts to find him, authorities walked away empty-handed, the FBI said.

Authorities resumed digging in the field Wednesday morning, and a law enforcement source said the search was expanded to a site where a house once stood.

John Anthony, a former FBI special agent involved in the original 1975 hunt for Hoffa, said the tip from alleged mobster Tony Zerilli which prompted this week's renewed search was the most credible he's heard since Hoffa's disappearance - though he still has his reservations, he said.

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Police: Day-care operator drugged kids
June 19th, 2013
05:42 AM ET

Police: Day-care operator drugged kids

Getting children to take a nap can be hard. Getting them to eat pancakes is not nearly as difficult.

Police in Westerville, Ohio, say a 37-year-old mother operating a day care out of her home hit upon a plan - she allegedly crushed medications that cause drowsiness and put them in the pancakes.

Tammy Eppley has been charged with six counts of child endangerment. Her first court date is July 12.

Eppley, who runs the Caterpillar Clubhouse, cared for six children - including one of her own - between the ages of 2 and 5, police said.

"This is mortifying. I'm a very private person and I'm very protective of my children and the children in my care," she said.

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Brazilian protesters 'time out,' back later
June 19th, 2013
04:45 AM ET

Brazilian protesters 'time out,' back later

Protesters in Brazil called for a "time out" Wednesday, a glaring contrast to the loud, voluminous demonstrations that reverberated across several cities the day before.

Crowds originally protesting bus fare hikes have grown into multitudes decrying social injustice as broad avenues filled to capacity for blocks.

There were over 200,000 confirmed participants Tuesday, according to the main organizer, the Free Fare Movement. Though the group said it has nothing planned for Wednesday, there may be scattered protests regardless.

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June 19th, 2013
04:29 AM ET

Naked man accused of subway attacks pleads not guilty

The 24-year-old man accused of attacking commuters while naked at a San Francisco subway station proclaimed he is not guilty Tuesday.

According to the San Francisco District Attorney's office, Yeiner Garizabalo waived his arraignment and entered not guilty pleas.

He is due back in court on July 18 for a pre-hearing conference. The native of Colombia remains in jail on a $100,000 bond and a request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

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June 19th, 2013
04:18 AM ET

Afghanistan suspends security talks with U.S.

Afghanistan has suspended security talks with the United States, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office said Wednesday.

"In view of the contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the Peace Process, the Afghan government suspended the negotiations," his office said.

Washington has been negotiating a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan which would dictate the terms of an extension for U.S. troops past 2014 and could provide the basis for any future NATO role.

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FBI 'most wanted' alleged sex abuser arrested
June 19th, 2013
03:13 AM ET

FBI 'most wanted' alleged sex abuser arrested

Mexican authorities have arrested a former college professor who was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list over allegations of child sex abuse.

Walter Lee Williams was detained late Tuesday, Mexican state news agency Notimex reported.

The FBI placed the former university professor wanted for alleged sexual exploitation of children on the list Monday, according to Notimex.

Williams researched in the field of gender development at a university in California, which gave him easy access to his victims, mainly teenage boys in developing countries, the FBI said.

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June 19th, 2013
02:53 AM ET

Blaze blamed on campfire roars near Yosemite

A campfire left untended sparked a blaze near Yosemite National Park that is threatening hundreds of homeowners - but firefighters are starting to get a handle on it.

About 500 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders, including one that belongs to Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann.

"My cats are with some friends and the dogs are with some other friends," Cann told CNN affiliate KPGE.

More than 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze in the steep, rugged terrain west of Yosemite.

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Filed under: U.S.
June 18th, 2013
11:21 PM ET

Authorities evacuate Pemex headquarters

Authorities evacuated the office of Mexico's state oil company due to an unspecified threat Tuesday night, the company said on its Twitter feed.

In February, a deadly blast at Pemex headquarters in Mexico City killed at least 37 people.

Officials said that blast was caused by a buildup of gas in the basement.

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Poll: Generational divide in immigration battle
June 18th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Poll: Generational divide in immigration battle

While a small majority of Americans are in favor of the immigration bill currently before the U.S. Senate, according to a new national poll the old and young don't see eye to eye on the issue.

And a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that more than six in ten say border security rather than a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants should be the bigger priority.

The poll's Tuesday morning release comes as a bill backed by the bipartisan 'Gang of Eight' senators faces more legislative hurdles. The measure would offer a 13-year path to eventual citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country. If the legislation passes through the Democratic Senate, it would face an uncertain future in the Republican dominated House of Representatives.

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June 18th, 2013
11:35 AM ET

Officials: Surveillance stopped NYSE bomb plot

Bomb plots targeting the New York Stock Exchange and the city's subway were among more than 50 worldwide thwarted by top-secret surveillance programs since the 2011 al Qaeda attacks on the United States, authorities said on Tuesday.

Gen. Keith Alexander, National Security Agency director, FBI and other officials revealed startling details at a House Intelligence Committee hearing aimed at finding out more about the telephone and e-mail surveillance initiatives that came to light this month through leaks of classified information to newspapers.

It was the most comprehensive and specific defense of those methods that have come under ferocious criticism from civil liberties groups, some members of Congress and others concerned about the reach of government into the private lives of citizens in the interest of national security.

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June 18th, 2013
04:21 AM ET

New Syrian official touts political plan

Ali Haidar has a job title that may sound more like a pipe dream than an official post.

But Syria's new minister for national reconciliation said he believes the country can still unite for a political solution - even after two years of incessant bloodshed and more than 92,000 deaths.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Frederik Pleitgen, Haidar said all parts of the Syrian government should be up for negotiation.

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9 cent hike causes clashes on Brazil streets
June 18th, 2013
04:08 AM ET

9 cent hike causes clashes on Brazil streets

Nine cents have been enough to make tens of thousands of Brazilians cry foul for a week.

For the demonstrators who have transformed streets in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte into protest battlegrounds, it isn't so much that the price of a bus ticket went up from 3.00 to 3.20 reais ($1.38 to $1.47).

The small bump in fare was the straw that broke the camel's back in a much larger issue, and protesters plan to march again Tuesday to vent their anger.

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June 18th, 2013
03:35 AM ET

Afghan forces take over security

[Updated at 10:06 a.m. ET] Could the end of the war in Afghanistan be in sight? A flash of hope flickered at the end of the tunnel Tuesday.

Afghan forces formally took over security responsibilities for their violence-plagued country from NATO-led troops on Tuesday, marking a key transition in the long and costly war.

President Hamid Karzai also announced that a government group dedicated to Afghan peace and reconciliation will go to the Gulf state of Qatar and participate in talks with the Taliban militant group - long the adversary of the Afghan and coalition soldiers trying to keep order in the nation.

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June 18th, 2013
01:54 AM ET

Dictionary acknowledges humans can tweet, too

The Oxford English Dictionary has finally gotten around to acknowledging that tweeting isn't just for the birds.

In its latest update, the dictionary that describes itself as "the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium" has revamped the entry for "tweet" to include its social networking usage.

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