October 12th, 2013
06:24 AM ET

Police: 9 teens missing from ranch

Authorities searched early Saturday for nine teens they say were abducted from a New Mexico ranch for troubled youth.

New Mexico State Police issued an Amber Alert despite the fact that an attorney for the ranch director said Friday that all the teens were safe.

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October 12th, 2013
06:21 AM ET

Cyclone menaces India's coast

Preparations are under way on India's east coast ahead of Saturday's expected landfall of a massive cyclone now gathering strength in the Bay of Bengal.

Authorities are shuttling multitudes of people out of its path, following a practice developed after a similar cyclone killed thousands over a decade ago. They are giving residents no choice in the matter.

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October 10th, 2013
09:24 PM ET

Hospital fire kills 10 in Japan

A fire broke out Friday at a hospital in Fukuoka, Japan, killing 10 people and injuring five, a fire department spokesman said.

The fire at the orthopedics hospital started early in the morning and burned for roughly 2 1/2 hours.

Four of the injured suffered serious injuries, the spokesman said.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

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October 10th, 2013
03:49 PM ET

Gym mat death: Attorneys want video

Attorneys for the family of a 17-year-old student found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at a southern Georgia high school called on authorities Thursday to release surveillance video that they say could show what happened.

Kendrick Johnson, they allege, was slain in January - counter to authorities' conclusions that the three-sport athlete suffocated in the mat while reaching for a sneaker.

"There is one eyewitness that we know is available - it is the video recordings made from surveillance cameras there in the gymnasium where the body was found," attorney Chevene B. King Jr. told reporters in Valdosta, Georgia.

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October 10th, 2013
03:48 PM ET

Ex-Detroit mayor gets 28 years

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Thursday was sentenced to 28 years in prison after he was convicted in March of two dozen federal charges.

The charges include racketeering, extortion and the filing of false tax returns. He was accused of using the mayor's office to enrich himself and associates.

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Filed under: Michigan
October 10th, 2013
01:18 AM ET

Rebels kidnap Libyan PM

Rebels kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Ali  Zeidan at dawn Thursday and took him to an undisclosed location, his spokeswoman  told CNN.

Armed rebels escorted the prime minister from the Corinthian Hotel in Tripoli into a convoy of waiting cars, said a hotel clerk who was not authorized to speak to the media.

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Chinese court agrees to Bo Xilai appeal
October 9th, 2013
04:23 AM ET

Chinese court agrees to Bo Xilai appeal

A Chinese high court has agreed to hear an appeal from convicted former Communist party senior Bo Xilai, according to a statement released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court.

Bo Xilai was sentenced to life in prison for bribe-taking, as well as 15 years for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power after he was convicted in September.

He filed his appeal before an October 8 deadline. The court reviewed it and accepted, the Shandong Province Supreme People's Court said.

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October 9th, 2013
03:50 AM ET

Residential building collapses in India

At least one person was killed after a residential building collapsed in New Delhi on Wednesday, authorities said.

The four-story building, located in the northern part of the city, was more than 50 years old, New Delhi's fire chief A.K. Sharma said.

Two people have been hospitalized with injuries so far, he added.

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October 8th, 2013
01:02 PM ET

Obama calls Boehner; stalemate goes on

There were news conferences and a high-level phone call between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, but no immediate sign of progress on reopening the government a week into a partial shutdown or reaching a deal to avoid the first-ever U.S. default next week.

Obama called Boehner on Tuesday morning, and the White House then announced the president would make a statement and take some questions from reporters at 2 p.m. ET.

Earlier, Boehner demanded that Obama and Democrats negotiate with Republicans on steps needed to end the shutdown that began on October 1 and raise the nation's debt ceiling before the deadline for default on October 17.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • John Boehner • Politics
October 8th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

More remains found on Costa Concordia

Divers have found what they believe are human remains on the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, the Italian Civil Protection agency announced Tuesday.

The bodies of two people from the 2012 wreck have never been found: Russel Rebello of India and Maria Grazia Trecarichi of Sicily have been missing but presumed dead. Their bodies have long been believed to be either trapped beneath or inside the ship.

Italian authorities also said two weeks ago that divers found what they thought were human remains on the ship's Deck 4. But they later determined that the remains were animal.

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October 8th, 2013
12:58 PM ET

'God particle' scientists win physics Nobel

The Higgs boson, or the "God particle," which was discovered last year, garnered two physicists the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday, but it didn't go to the scientists who detected it.

Nearly 50 years ago, Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of the United Kingdom had the foresight to predict that the particle existed.

Now, the octogenarian pair share the Nobel Prize in physics in recognition of a theoretical brilliance that was vindicated by the particle's discovery last year.


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October 8th, 2013
06:08 AM ET

SEAL team Somalia mission: Capturing suspect

U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six pulled out during a raid in Somalia to capture suspected Al-Shabaab leader Ikrima when it became clear that he couldn't be taken alive, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

"Their mission was to capture him. Once it became clear we were not going to (be) able to take him, the Navy commander made the decision to withdraw," said the official, who has direct knowledge of the entire Somalia operation but declined to be identified publicly.

The official said the SEALs faced heavy opposition and an intense firefight broke out, leading to the withdrawal.

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October 8th, 2013
06:06 AM ET

Shutdown forecast: Week Two, and clouds ahead

Tuesday marks the eighth day of the partial shutdown of the federal government, and there's no end in sight.

President Barack Obama continues to refuse to negotiate with Republicans. They continue to insist that any government funding bill must somehow delay, defund or otherwise disrupt his signature health reform law.

What's more, the issue of funding the government has now fused with the issue of raising the nation's debt ceiling.

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October 8th, 2013
06:03 AM ET

Syria: Weapons team faces many dangers - Ban

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council that the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons is unprecedented and that the team faces many grave dangers.

The joint mission, made up of personnel from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations, is tasked with overseeing the elimination of all Syria's chemical weapons by the middle of next year.

Syrians began destroying their country's chemical weapons program Sunday under the oversight of an advance team of OPCW inspectors and U.N. security personnel, Ban said.

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October 7th, 2013
05:30 AM ET

6 suspects involved in Kenya mall attack

At least six people have been singled out for their involvement in last month's Westgate mall attack –and that number is expected to double once the investigation is complete, a senior Kenyan government official said.

Previously, a spokesman for the Kenya Defense Forces identified four terrorists who took part in the mall attack, which left at least 67 people dead. Those four are Khattab al-Kene, an American Somali; Abu Baara al-Sudani, from Sudan; Omar Nabhan, from Kenya; and a man identified only as Umayr.

The senior government official said there was also a woman identified as Somali whose body was found with a mounted gun. The official said the woman was responsible for single-handedly killing more than 30 people.

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Filed under: Crime • Kenya • World
October 4th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

Letterman, CBS sign 'Late Show' through 2015

David Letterman will remain on late-night TV at least through 2015, CBS announced Friday.

Letterman characteristically cracked wise about his new deal with CBS President and CEO Les Moonves.

"Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground," Letterman said in a CBS news release.

Letterman debuted his late-night show on NBC on February 1, 1982, making comical top 10 lists and "stupid pet tricks" part of pop culture.

He moved to CBS and "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Aug 30, 1993.

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October 4th, 2013
04:09 AM ET

Shutdown: Obama cancels Asia trip

U.S. foreign policy takes the latest hit as the government shutdown enters its fourth day.

With his focus on the brewing domestic crisis, the White House canceled President Barack Obama's trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, Indonesia.

"The president made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government," a statement from the White House said.

Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the U.S. delegation in Asia.

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October 4th, 2013
12:31 AM ET

Tropical Storm Karen churns in the Gulf

A soggy weekend is in store for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Karen churns in the central Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for the area from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to west of Destin, Florida. The center of the storm is forecast to be near the coast within that area Saturday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River.

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Filed under: U.S. • Weather
October 4th, 2013
12:25 AM ET

Source: Suspect in biker attack video ID'd

Authorities say they've identified and are closer to finding one of the main bikers that played a role in the beating of a New York SUV driver, an act that was captured on tape and sparked national outrage.

The biker being sought is suspected of bashing in the SUV driver's window, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN late Thursday.

The suspect was not in custody but may soon be, the official said.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
October 3rd, 2013
09:53 PM ET

New California law gives undocumented immigrants driver's licenses

By Jaqueline Hurtado and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

Los Angeles - It was a moment Jose Diaz knew he didn't want to miss.
The day laborer and undocumented immigrant waited for more than 10 years to see it.
"I missed work today," he said, "but I felt like I had to be here."
Diaz was in the crowd cheering after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Thursday that will allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses in his state.
"This is only the first step," Brown said from the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, adding that he hopes other states will follow California's example.
"When a million people without their documents drive legally and with respect in the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice," he said. "No longer are undocumented people in the shadows. They are alive and well and respected in the state of California."
The new measure, known as Assembly Bill 60, requires the California Department of Motor Vehicle issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants who can prove their identities, have established California residency and pass driving exams. The law goes into effect no later than January 1, 2015.
Details about how the new licenses will look and the exact process for obtaining them are still in the works. But even so, supporters of the measure cheered the signing of the law.
"To have a license is not a luxury. It is a necessity, because in cars we go to work, to school and shopping and without a license really we are limited in many things," said Frida Hinojosa, an undocumented immigrant.
For more than a year, driver's licenses and other state benefits have been at the heart of a battle in the nationwide immigration debate.
Supporters of licenses for undocumented immigrants argue that it's safer to have more drivers trained and insured, and opponents argue that such systems are rife with fraud.
The rules vary from state to state.
In January, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said she would push to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. That same month, the governor of Illinois signed a new law that would allow undocumented immigrants to get temporary licenses.
In at least 45 states, officials have said recipients of deferred action - the Obama administration's program for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children -  are eligible for driver's licenses, according to the National Immigration Law Center. But in some states, like Arizona and Nebraska, officials have stepped up efforts to stop licenses from being issued, the law center said.


Filed under: Immigration • Politics • U.S.
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