September 29th, 2013
06:19 AM ET

House delays Obamacare; shutdown looms

In a move that makes a government shutdown more likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.

The temporary budget resolution now goes back to the Senate, where Democrats have consistently said any changes to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law is a deal-killer.

On top of that, Obama has already issued a veto threat.

If Washington can't reach a deal, a government shutdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Congress • Politics • U.S.
43 killed at Kenyan mall; more carnage feared
September 22nd, 2013
03:22 AM ET

43 killed at Kenyan mall; more carnage feared

Almost 24 hours after gunmen stormed an upscale Nairobi mall, spraying bullets and killing dozens, the terror wasn't over.

An unknown number of hostages were still holed up Sunday in parts of Westgate mall, Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre tweeted.

"That is what we suspect. We cannot share any further information," the agency said.

At least 43 people have been killed in the attack, Kenya Red Cross chief, Abbas Gullet said Sunday. He said more than 200 others were wounded.

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Filed under: Crime • Kenya • World
September 18th, 2013
06:13 AM ET

U.N. weapons inspectors to return to Syria

U.N. investigators are planning to return to Syria soon to follow up on several more allegations of chemical weapons use.

Ake Sellstrom, the head of the inspection team that visited after an August 21 attack, told CNN that the second visit could take place as early as next week.

The news will likely please Russia, who slammed a recent U.N. chemical weapons report as "one-sided" and called for inspectors to return to Syria.

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Filed under: France • Russia • Syria • U.S. • United Nations • World
September 16th, 2013
05:37 AM ET

Syria's chemical weapons: U.N. expected to release report Monday

The world is expected to learn Monday what really happened the day 1,400 people were allegedly gassed to death outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

A report by U.N. weapons inspectors will likely be made public Monday morning, two diplomats told CNN. The inspectors were sent to to Syria figure out whether a chemical weapons attack took place on August 21.

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September 8th, 2013
02:28 AM ET

Chinese journalist Shi Tao released

A Chinese journalist jailed for eight years for leaking government restrictions on reporting is now free.

Shi Tao's early release was announced by the writers' organization PEN International on Saturday - 15 months before he was scheduled to be freed.

Shi made headlines in 2004 when he sent the media restrictions to a human rights group - an act that China said amounted to "leaking state secrets," PEN said.

What's more: Internet giant Yahoo played a part in his conviction.

In a widely criticized move, Yahoo handed over Shi's e-mail account information, which the Chinese government used in the case against Shi.

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Filed under: China • Justice • Technology • Yahoo
September 2nd, 2013
04:06 AM ET

The debate on Syria: To bomb or not to bomb?

U.N. evidence that could show whether chemical weapons were used in Syria will head to a lab Monday, but the answer may just be a formality.

The American president has already said there's no doubt Syria's government killed hundreds of civilians in a chemical weapon attack. Independent tests have revealed "signatures of sarin gas" in blood and hair samples from Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

President Barack Obama wants Congress to sign off on limited strikes on Syrian targets - but some lawmakers bristle at the idea of getting ensnared in another overseas conflict.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Politics • Syria • U.S. • United Nations • World
August 18th, 2013
03:06 AM ET

Seattle police cure munchies at Hempfest

When Seattle pot smokers got the munchies this weekend, the cops had their back.

Now that marijuana is legal in Washington, there's not much police could do about weed-toting revelers at the city's Hempfest.

But they did want to explain the new rules surrounding recreational marijuana use in the state - and hit upon a novel distribution format: Doritos.

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Filed under: Marijuana • U.S. • Washington state
What will the U.S. do about Egypt?
August 15th, 2013
04:26 AM ET

What will the U.S. do about Egypt?

When Egypt's first democratically elected president was tossed out earlier this year, the White House stopped short of calling it a coup.

Doing so would force an end to the $1.3 billion that the U.S. sends in military aid every year - and change the course of its relationship with one of its strongest Arab allies in the region.

But that was before Wednesday when the military-led interim government stormed two camps full of former President Mohamed Morsy's supporters. More than 300 people were killed and close to 3,000 wounded in the bloodiest day in Egypt's recent history.

Will the carnage in Egypt change the U.S. policy toward the most populous Arab country?

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Egypt • Politics • U.S. • World
August 12th, 2013
05:23 AM ET

Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary dies

Laszlo Csatary, the Nazi war crimes suspect who was arrested last year, has died, his lawyer told Hungarian media. He was 98.

Csatary was accused of sending more than 15,000 Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp in the spring of 1944.

Csatary was arrested in June 2012 after a Jewish rights organization discovered him living in Budapest. The Simon Wiesenthal Center considered him its most-wanted Nazi war criminal.

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Filed under: Crime • Hungary • Justice • War • World
August 11th, 2013
03:10 AM ET

Calif. teen rescued; alleged abductor killed

After an agonizing week of waiting, hoping and praying, Brett Anderson is expected to reunite with his 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, on Sunday.

Hannah was rescued from the Idaho wilderness after an FBI agent shot and killed the family friend suspected of killing her mother and brother, burning his own house down, and kidnapping Hannah.

James DiMaggio's death and Hannah's rescue late Saturday afternoon ended a frantic weeklong manhunt.

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Filed under: California • Crime • Idaho • U.S.
August 6th, 2013
04:58 AM ET

3 killed in Penn. town hall shooting

A man with an ongoing dispute over property rights unleashed a hailstorm of bullets at a Pennsylvania town council meeting, killing three people, police said.

The terror began even before the gunman entered the building.

Police said the suspect marched toward a municipal building in Saylorsburg with a long gun and fired through the windows. Then he walked into the building to unload more bullets, police said.

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Filed under: Crime • Pennsylvania • U.S.
August 5th, 2013
06:37 AM ET

Skydiver dies, another critically injured

Two by two, the tandem skydivers leapt into the clouds over southern Mississippi, a routine plunge from thousands of feet in the air.

James "Jimmie" Horak Jr. and his student were the last out of the plane Saturday morning. A videographer captured the moment when the veteran instructor opened his parachute, shifting a rapid freefall into a slow descent.

But something tragic happened in the final seconds of the drop. Horak, 66, and his student never landed at the airport where they were supposed to.

Instead, Horak's body was found in heavy mud in a swampy wooded area about a mile from the airport in Lumberton, Lamar County's sheriff said.

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August 4th, 2013
12:14 AM ET

Car slams Venice Beach Boardwalk; 12 injured

A car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians at Venice Beach on Saturday, injuring 12 people before the driver ran away, fire and police officials said.

Two people were in critical condition and two were in serious condition Saturday night, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The victims were on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, a famed tourist attraction on the west side of Los Angeles lined with hundreds of street vendors and performers.

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Filed under: California • Crime • Los Angeles • U.S.
July 17th, 2013
09:02 AM ET

Discord, details flow after Zimmerman trial

The George Zimmerman murder trial is over, but details from the case continue to emerge at a dizzying pace.

Several jurors have spoken out after the verdict. The prosecution's key witness has been offered a full ride to college. And Attorney General Eric Holder blasted "stand your ground" laws but gave no hint about whether Zimmerman will face civil rights charges.

Here's the latest on the Zimmerman trial aftermath:

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Filed under: Courts • Florida • Justice • Trayvon Martin
Mandela's wife overwhelmed by global support
June 17th, 2013
04:36 AM ET

Mandela's wife overwhelmed by global support

The family of former South African leader Nelson Mandela is overwhelmed with support as the 94-year-old remains hospitalized in serious condition.

"So much love and generosity from South Africans, Africans across the continent, and thousands more from across the world, have come our way to lighten the burden of anxiety; bringing us love, comfort and hope," former first lady Graca Machel said in a statement Monday.

Mandela has been in serious condition since he was rushed to a Pretoria hospital June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

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June 17th, 2013
03:15 AM ET

Russia, U.S. to square off over Syria

Not long after the United States said it will start arming Syrian rebels, Syria's longtime ally Russia fired back by saying the move supports those "who kill their enemies and eat their organs."

The latest dispute sets a riveting backdrop to the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland on Monday, where the Syrian civil war will likely top the agenda among eight of the world's most powerful countries.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama will meet one-on-one to discuss the war that has now killed more than 92,000 people - including thousands of children.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Politics • Russia • Syria • U.S. • Vladimir Putin • World
June 3rd, 2013
02:11 PM ET

Floodwaters, deaths surge after storms

Oklahoma had barely started clearing the rubble from a monstrous tornado two weeks ago when another rash of twisters plowed through this ill-fated swath of Tornado Alley.

At least 14 people died and six are missing after tornadoes raked the state late Friday, the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Monday.

Among the dead were seven Guatemalan citizens, according to the country's Consulate General in Houston. Four Guatemalan citizens were missing, the consulate said. It was not immediately clear if the dead and missing were part of earlier tallies provided by Oklahoma officials.

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Filed under: Flooding • Missouri • Oklahoma • Tornadoes • Weather
April 23rd, 2013
05:19 AM ET

Car bomb strikes French embassy in Tripoli

A car bomb exploded just outside the French embassy in Tripoli early Tuesday morning, injuring two French security guards and a local girl, officials said.

The blast was so powerful it blew the front wall off the embassy. Windows of nearby buildings in this upscale, largely residential neighborhood were also blown out.

Deputy Prime Minister Awad Barasi said a 13-year-old girl in a nearby house was injured in the attack and will be taken to Tunisia for treatment.

A criminal investigation is under way to try to determine who was behind the attack, and why.

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Boston bombing suspect unable to talk
April 21st, 2013
04:11 AM ET

Boston bombing suspect unable to talk

Perhaps the only man in the world who can explain why the Boston Marathon bombings took place is sedated with a tube down his throat, unable to speak.

Suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev was in serious but stable condition at a Boston hospital and cannot talk, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters.

"I, and I think all of the law enforcement professionals, are hoping for a host of reasons that the suspect survives, because we have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered," the governor said Saturday.

As Tsarnaev remains under heavy guard at the hospital, a flurry of new details have emerged in the case.

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Filed under: Boston • Crime • Justice • Massachusetts • Terrorism • U.S.
April 17th, 2013
02:16 AM ET

FBI releases new details on Boston bombs

One of the two bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks used a pressure cooker, the FBI said in a Joint Intelligence Bulletin.

The second device, the agency said, was housed in a metal container, "but currently there is insufficient evidence to determine if it was also a pressure cooker," the bulletin said.

The alert also said the fuzing system and method of initiation for the two devices are unknown.

The two devices, which exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, left three people dead and more than 180 injured. No suspects have been identified.

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