October 29th, 2013
03:04 AM ET

Why Sebelius will keep her job for now

Challenges continue to mount for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Public criticism persists as she prepares to testify Wednesday before a Congressional committee demanding answers about ongoing problems with the Obama administration's health care enrollment website.

Public ridicule reached prime-time - or late-night - when "Saturday Night Live" parodied Sebelius and the HealthCare.gov debacle that has rocked the online rollout of President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement.

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Filed under: Politics • U.S.
October 28th, 2013
03:59 AM ET

Conrad Murray's jail time ends

Dr. Conrad Murray was freed from jail early Monday after serving two years for causing Michael Jackson's death.

Murray's four-year sentence for the involuntary manslaughter conviction translated into just two years in jail because of California prison rules that give an additional day credit for each day served.

A jury concluded after a two-month trial in 2011 that Murray's negligence led to Jackson's death from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
October 21st, 2013
02:01 AM ET

Same-sex marriages start in New Jersey

Marsha Shapiro and Louise Walpin married each other for the third time early Monday. But this time, it was especially memorable: They were among the first to tie the knot after same-sex marriage became legal in New Jersey.

A rabbi first "married" the couple in 1992 in a Jewish ceremony. They married a second time in New York in August 2012 after same-sex marriage became legal there.

The third time was just after midnight Thursday in the Garden State. The couple helped pave the way there through a 2011 lawsuit that brought about the change. New Jersey now becomes the 14th state to recognize gay marriages.

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Filed under: Politics • U.S.
October 13th, 2013
01:46 AM ET

5 injured in shooting at Hmong celebration in Tulsa

A man walked in and opened fire at a Hmong New Year's celebration in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night, injuring five people, police said.

Authorities don't know what caused the man to begin shooting inside the Green Country Event Center. He has been arrested.

Two attendees were hit in the upper body, while the other three were struck in the arm and leg, said Tulsa Police Capt. Mike Williams.

They were between the ages of 30 and 60.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
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 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 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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Filed under: Politics • U.S. • World
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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Filed under: Politics • U.S.
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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Filed under: Politics • U.S.
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.
October 3rd, 2013
02:18 AM ET

Navy – Air Force football game on

Are you ready for some football? Not so fast!

The Navy-Air Force game is on. But there's no word yet on whether 24 other weekend athletic events at service academies will take place, thanks to the government shutdown.

Even the Navy-Air Force game practically became a matter of national security. Though the game was sold out, the two sides had to wait for the Defense Department's greenlight.

A senior department official said the game was allowed to go forward because it involved all non-budgeted funds, and thus was not affected by the shutdown.

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October 2nd, 2013
03:32 PM ET

Fatalities, injuries reported in Tennessee highway wreck

A wreck Wednesday involving a tractor-trailer, tour bus and passenger vehicle resulted in multiple fatalities and injuries, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

The wreck occurred about 40 miles east of Knoxville on Interstate 40 westbound near the 423 mile marker, said Tennessee Department of Safety spokeswoman Dalya Qualls.

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October 2nd, 2013
02:04 PM ET

Charges dropped against 1 of 2 men in biker case

Prosecutors dropped charges Wednesday against Allen Edwards, 42, one of two men arrested in connection with an attack Sunday on an SUV driver who was swarmed by bikers on a New York City street.

The office is not currently prosecuting Edwards as it continues to investigate the incident, said Erin Duggan, communications director for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

Edwards had originally faced charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing, the New York City Police Department said.

The incident involving bikers went viral after a video of the incident surfaced online.

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Filed under: Justice • New York
October 2nd, 2013
04:38 AM ET

The shutdown: What we know and don't know

We're only two days into this government shutdown, but it already seems like we've been here before.

And in a way, we have.

The Republicans and Democrats got in each other's faces over the U.S. debt ceiling in 2011. The GOP demanded significant budget cuts before agreeing to give Uncle Sam more borrowing power. That amounted to $2 trillion in cuts over 10 years.

But Congress never could agree on where to make the cuts, so they were implemented across-the-board.

The package averted a shutdown then, but didn't sooth the hard feelings created by the standoff.

With that history in mind, here's what we know and what we don't know about the shutdown.

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October 1st, 2013
12:14 PM ET

Santa Monica plane crash killed 4, coroner says

Four people were on board a business jet that crashed into a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Tuesday.

No one survived Sunday's crash and subsequent fire.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation ran off the right side of the runway after landing at 6:20 p.m. PT, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

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Filed under: Air travel • California • FAA
October 1st, 2013
05:14 AM ET

Pandas, goats and asteroids: The shutdown's other effects

Furloughed workers. Shuttered offices. Lost pay. By now, we know well the awful mess we're in due to the government grinding to a halt. But the shutdown has also had some lesser-known effects.

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October 1st, 2013
05:05 AM ET

Sheriff: Shooter thought wife had sex with Louisiana pastor

A sheriff says he's closer to finding the motive behind the fatal shooting of a Louisiana pastor who witnesses say was gunned down by a former deacon as the horrified congregation looked on.

Friday's shooting may have resulted from allegations of a complicated sexual relationship between the pastor and the deacon's wife, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

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September 30th, 2013
12:23 AM ET

No survivors after plane hits hangar

A business jet crashed into a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport on Sunday. No one survived the crash and subsequent fire, but authorities did not immediately determine how many were on board.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation ran off the right side of the runway after landing at 6:20 p.m. Pacific Time, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The hangar collapsed, and firefighters were unable to enter more than two hours after the crash, said Captain John Nevandro of the Santa Monica Fire Department.

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