August 27th, 2013
02:42 AM ET

U.N. probes alleged gas attack site

U.N. inspectors on Tuesday are expected to examine for a second day sites of reported chemical weapons attacks around Damascus.

Government and opposition forces have accused each other of unleashing poison gas last week in a number of towns in the region of Ghouta. Syria's opposition said that as many as 1,300 people were killed.

On Monday, as U.N. experts visited the town of Moadamiyet al-Sham.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • World
August 27th, 2013
12:33 AM ET

Nuc base sacks security chief

A nuclear missile base in Montana that failed a safety test this month has let its security chief go.

The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force base operates about a third of the nation's Minuteman III nuclear missiles.

It did not relieve Col. David Lynch from his command over the security forces group because of the failure, the base said in a statement released this week. But missile wing commander, Col. Robert Stanley, will feel more confident about passing the next inspection without him.

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August 26th, 2013
04:53 AM ET

Miley Cyrus twerks, stuns VMAs crowd

Lady Gaga has taken the MTV Video Music Awards stage covered in (fake) blood; wearing a dress made of meat and as her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone.

But at the 2013 MTV VMAs, Miley Cyrus stole Gaga's outrageous performance crown.

While Gaga came equipped with multiple costume- and wig-changes on her side, Cyrus took over the stage with gigantic, dancing bears and more twerking than viewers at home probably knew what to do with.

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Filed under: U.S.
August 26th, 2013
04:50 AM ET

Yosemite fire burns area the size of Chicago

A northern California wildfire grew to historic proportions early Monday, becoming the 14th largest in state history.

The sprawling Rim Fire, which has devoured nearly 144,000 acres, has scorched an area about the size of the city of Chicago while more than 3,400 firefighters try to rein it in.

Susan Loesch and Curtis Evans just started settling into their second home in California's Sierra foothills a few months ago. Now, they're worried it could go up in smoke as the massive wildfire spreads.

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Filed under: U.S. • Weather
August 26th, 2013
02:35 AM ET

Tropical Storm Fernand hits coast of Mexico

Tropical Storm Fernand slammed into the east coast of Mexico late Sunday, just hours after it formed over the western Bay of Campeche, bringing with it the threat of heavy rains.

The storm made landfall at 11:45 p.m. CT (12:45 a.m. ET) about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north-northwest of Veracruz, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.

Fernand had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was heading west at 9 mph. The storm is expected to weaken as it heads inland.

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U.N.: Chemical weapons use must be punished
August 26th, 2013
01:35 AM ET

U.N.: Chemical weapons use must be punished

The use chemical weapons is a crime against humanity and must be punished, United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon told journalists Monday in Seoul, South Korea.

Washington may be preparing to take on the role of the punisher, if reports the Syrian government used poison gas against civilians are verified.

U.N. inspectors on the ground in Syria may be close to doing that.

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Filed under: Arab Spring • CNN Inside Syria • Iraq War • Military • Pentagon • Russia • Syria • U.S. Navy • War • World • World Update
August 23rd, 2013
05:01 AM ET

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner could resign today

Bob Filner, the embattled mayor of San Diego, is expected to step down Friday, after weeks of growing calls for his resignation and a torrent of sexual harassment claims.

His resignation is dependent on the San Diego City Council accepting a proposed mediation agreement - a matter they'll take up during a closed session on Friday, an official familiar with the negotiations told CNN's Lindy Hall.

"It is still our understanding that his resignation is part of the deal that the San Diego City Council needs to sign off on during (the) closed session," the official said.

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Filed under: Politics • U.S.
August 23rd, 2013
04:58 AM ET

U.N. urges probe of chemical weapons claim

United Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Friday that allegations the Syrian regime used chemical weapons should be investigated immediately, saying such a "crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator."

Ban, speaking in South Korea, said he had called on the Syrian government to allow a U.N. inspection team currently in Syria to examine previous claims of chemical weapons use swiftly to access the site of the latest alleged attack.

He is also sending the U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, to Damascus to press the case for an urgent investigation.

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Filed under: World
August 23rd, 2013
04:14 AM ET

Female photographer gang raped in Mumbai

A 23-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, police said Friday, the latest shocking report of sexual assault to make headlines in the South Asian nation.

The attack took place Thursday evening in a deserted area of the Shakti Mills district in Mumbai, said the city's police commissioner, Satyapal Singh.

The unidentified female victim and a male colleague were on assignment in the area for a print publication when some of the men approached them and asked if they had permission to take photographs, Singh said.

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Filed under: India • World
August 23rd, 2013
02:37 AM ET

WWII vet, 88, beaten to death by teens

An 88-year-old World War II veteran was brutally beaten and left for dead by two teens outside a lounge in Spokane, Washington, where he loved to go play pool.

The motive? Police don't have one. The teens appeared to have picked him at random, authorities say.

Delbert Belton, a retired aluminum company worker, served in the Pacific. There, friends say, he took a bullet in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
August 23rd, 2013
12:49 AM ET

Bo Xilai trial resumes after first-day drama

The trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai resumed Friday, a day after the charismatic former top official mounted an unexpectedly resolute defense against the prosecution's accusations of bribery.

Once a rising star in the upper echelons of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, Bo is now on trial on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

His dramatic downfall - laced with tales of murder, corruption and betrayal - set off the party's biggest political crisis in decades.

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August 22nd, 2013
05:14 PM ET

Army sergeant says Afghan killing spree was 'act of cowardice'

The Army sergeant who admitted to gunning down 16 civilians in a 2012 rampage through two villages near his outpost in southern Afghanistan reportedly apologized Thursday, describing the massacre as an "act of cowardice."

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty in June to more than 30 criminal charges, including 16 premeditated murder counts.

The plea spares the 39-year-old Bales the prospect of a death sentence in the killings. He now faces life in prison, but a jury of four officers and two enlisted personnel will decide whether he will have a chance at parole.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • U.S. Army
August 22nd, 2013
02:16 AM ET

Hannah Anderson: 'My mom raised me to be strong'

In her first television interview since she was freed following an alleged kidnapping this month, Hannah Anderson described herself as a survivor, and thanked those who have supported her.
"In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead," she told NBC News. "My mom raised me to be strong."

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August 22nd, 2013
12:25 AM ET

Bo Xilai appears in court in corruption trial

Bo Xilai, the former high-flying Chinese politician whose dramatic fall from grace shook the ruling Communist Party, appeared at his closely watched trial in eastern China on Thursday.

Once considered a contender for the top rungs of China's political hierarchy, Bo is now on trial on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power.

Chinese authorities had talked of an open trial for the former party boss of the sprawling southern metropolis of Chongqing. But journalists from the international news media weren't allowed into the courtroom in the eastern city of Jinan.

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Filed under: Crime • World
August 22nd, 2013
12:21 AM ET

Hasan rejects lesser charges at Fort Hood

An Army psychiatrist defending himself against charges that he targeted soldiers in a massacre at Fort Hood argued against allowing a jury to consider lesser charges, telling the court the attack was not carried out in the heat of sudden passion.

There was "adequate provocation" for the attack because the soldiers were going to participate in "an illegal war" in Afghanistan, Maj. Nidal Hasan told a military judge considering Wednesday whether to include a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter or unpremeditated murder in instructions to be given to the jury.

The instructions are scheduled to be delivered to the jury Thursday morning before closing arguments begin. The case will then be handed to the jury of 13 officers, who will determine whether Hasan is guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder in connection with the November 5, 2009, attack.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
August 21st, 2013
05:16 PM ET

Girls injured when bus overturns in Kansas, police say

Children were injured when a school bus overturned in eastern Kansas on Wednesday afternoon, Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Howard Dickinson said.

The number of children injured and information about the severity of the injuries weren't immediately available after the crash near Bonner Springs.

The bus - carrying 36 girls and a driver - slipped down a hill as it came around a curb and came to rest on its side, Dickinson said.

The crash happened just before 1 p.m. on southbound Kansas Highway 7, CNN affiliate KCTV reported.

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August 21st, 2013
03:13 PM ET

Bradley Manning gets 35 years

Bradley Manning, the Army private whose disclosure of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military and diplomatic documents gave American officials a global case of heartburn, was sentenced to more than three decades in prison Wednesday.

A military judge sentenced Manning to 35 years - less than the 60 years prosecutors sought, as well as the 90 years he could have received - minus credit for the about three and a half years he's already been behind bars.

He showed little to no reaction when the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, sentenced him at Fort Meade, outside Washington. But in a statement read by his attorney afterward, he said he acted "out of a love for my country and a sense of duty," to expose what he said were abuses committed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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August 21st, 2013
04:15 AM ET

Syria opposition: Chemical agents kill 100s

Syrian opposition sources and witnesses reported several explosions and serious casualties in rebel strongholds in the Damascus countryside on Wednesday - and accused the government of using chemical agents.

The sources put the casualty count at "hundreds."

Videos posted online show lifeless bodies, most with no visible signs of injury. Many of the injured appeared to be convulsing.

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Filed under: World
August 21st, 2013
03:32 AM ET

Philippine floods cause chaos in Manila

Heavy rain continued to lash the northern Philippines on Wednesday, a day after flooding put more than half of the Manila region under water.

The relentless monsoon rains, intensified by a tropical storm at sea, have so far led to eight deaths. More than 280,000 people have fled from their homes, authorities said.

The muddy flood waters have swamped roads and buildings, bringing life in many areas to a standstill.

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August 21st, 2013
02:24 AM ET

DiMaggio family requests Hannah Anderson DNA

James DiMaggio's family is requesting DNA samples from the family of Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old girl he's accused of kidnapping and whose mother and brother were found dead in his burned home.

The reason? They want to know if he was the biological father of the children, Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan, the family spokesman said.

"We are going to be requesting from the Anderson family that we try to get DNA samples from Hannah. And if they have anything left from Ethan - that we get a DNA sample," family spokesman Andrew Spanswick told CNN affiliate KGTV. "There has been a lot of rumors that Jim might be the father of either or both children."

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
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