February 23rd, 2013
12:34 PM ET

French minister: Tainted horse meat has likely been eaten

Three horse carcasses tainted with a veterinary drug harmful to humans have "probably" entered the food chain, France's agriculture minister confirmed Saturday.

The three carcasses are among six flagged up by UK authorities earlier this month as having tested positive for the drug phenylbutazone, also known as bute, after they were shipped to France.

The faint traces of bute found in these carcasses "do not pose a risk to health," Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said.

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February 23rd, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Pistorius' brother's Twitter account hacked

The Twitter account of Oscar Pistorius' older brother, Carl, has been hacked, the Pistorius family said Saturday.

"We are busy cancelling all the social media sites for both Oscar's brother and his sister," said family spokeswoman Janine Hills.

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee track star, has been charged in the killing of his girlfriend and has been freed on bail.

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February 23rd, 2013
11:33 AM ET

Vatican denies rumors as pope prepares to step down

The Vatican sought Saturday to tamp down rumors involving sex, money and gay priests that have been swirling in the Italian media and have been linked by some to Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign.

The strongly-worded denial came on the eve of the pope's last Angelus blessing, expected to draw huge crowds of the faithful, before he stands down on Thursday.

Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone said it was "deplorable" that as the time for the Roman Catholic cardinals to elect a new pope approaches, a rash of "often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories" has appeared.

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February 23rd, 2013
10:41 AM ET

Mexican blogger vows to fight despite threats

The name of the Facebook page matches the personality of its administrator: Courage for Tamaulipas.

Tamaulipas is the northeastern Mexican state that borders Texas, a diverse place whose reputation is overshadowed by violence carried out by rival drug cartels. Under threats from the drug gangs, many media outlets make the choice to self-censor and not cover the violence.

But reporting violence is precisely what Courage for Tamaulipas does. The Facebook page, which has reported on the region's violence for more than a year, will remain active despite a bounty put on the administrator, presumably by a cartel.

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February 23rd, 2013
10:22 AM ET

Armed man reported at MIT

[10:22 a.m.] Authorities in Cambridge are now saying the situation is all clear.

[10:12 a.m.] Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts are checking out a report of an armed man at a building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to the school, the  man is carrying a long rifle and is wearing body armor.

The school urged people to stay indoors and take shelter as police investigate.

CNN is monitoring the story as it develops. Check back for details

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February 23rd, 2013
09:15 AM ET

Obama urges GOP to act on spending cuts

In another plea for congressional action, President Barack Obama on Saturday warned of the pitfalls should a series of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts go into effect late next week.

The president faulted Republicans for not acting and urged lawmakers to avert the crisis by drawing up a deficit-reduction plan that has both spending cuts and revenue.

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February 23rd, 2013
08:50 AM ET

A child's struggle inspires drive for cure

Rafi Kopelan is a typical 5-year-old. She's mastered Candyland. She's learning to read. Given a choice, she'd spend hours on the swings at the playground.

But unlike her classmates, Rafi's body is covered in blisters from her scalp to her feet. Her corneas are scratched. Her toes are fused together. And her esophagus is lined with so much scar tissue that she can barely swallow.

That's because Rafi was born with a rare connective tissue disorder called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). The genetic disease causes her skin to break down in response to the slightest friction. Even minor contact - the scratch of a fingernail, the tag on the back of her shirt - causes her skin to tear or to erupt in blisters, leaving 75% of her body covered in painful, open lesions.

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February 23rd, 2013
08:45 AM ET

Across Spain, ferment over poor economy

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out in towns and cities across Spain on Saturday to voice their anger over harsh austerity and the way the country's being run in the wake of its financial crisis.

Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Zaragoza are just a handful of the cities where big crowds are expected to join the mass demonstration, dubbed the "Marea Cuidadana" (Tide of Citizens).

Members of workers' unions and civil society groups are joining forces to swell their numbers.Organizers are using the hashtags #MareaCiudadana, #F23 and #YoVoy23F on Twitter to help protesters link up ahead of the marches.

The country's unemployment rate stands at 26% - its highest level ever - and the situation is even worse for young people, with more than 55% of 16- to 24-year-olds out of work. With no income, many Spaniards are finding themselves unable to afford the mortgage payments on homes that are no longer worth the prices paid for them.

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Gas price drops; streak of increases broken
February 23rd, 2013
08:40 AM ET

Gas price drops; streak of increases broken

The national average price for regular unleaded gas dropped on Saturday by a 10th of a cent, snapping a streak of 36 consecutive daily increases, AAA reported.

During that stretch, the average price increased 48.8 cents or 14.82%.

The price fell to $3.78 Saturday.

The national average is down 33.4 cents, or about 8.11%, from the record high of $4.114 reported on July 17, 2008. The highest gas prices are in Hawaii ($4.355). The lowest gas prices are in Wyoming ($3.241).

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February 23rd, 2013
08:18 AM ET

Pyongyang talks tough in message to U.S.

Ahead of annual, routine military exercises between South Korea and the United States, North Korea issued its usual caustic objections Saturday.

Though customary, the stark posturing by the North stands in the shadow of an underground nuclear test two weeks ago, which was preceded by the launch of a long-range missile capable of transporting a warhead.

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February 23rd, 2013
08:11 AM ET

Leader of militant group arrested as authorities probe Quetta blast

Pakistani authorities arrested the leader of an outlawed Sunni militant group believed to be behind a suicide bombing at a marketplace that left dozens dead, a senior police official said.

Malik Ishaq, the leader the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e Jhangvi, was taken into custody Friday at his home in Rahim Yar Khan in the Punjab province, police official Ishfaq Gujar said.

Police did not outline the charges against Ishaq, but said it was part of a crackdown on the group.

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February 22nd, 2013
11:47 AM ET

Report: Plane skids off Cleveland runway

A plane landing at Cleveland's international airport skidded off the runway on Friday, CNN affiliate WJW reported.

This comes as snow and rain have slammed the East and Midwest.

No injuries were reported.

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February 21st, 2013
05:36 PM ET

3 dead after Las Vegas Strip shooting, crash

[Updated at 5:36 p.m. ET] Police have just released what they believe led to this morning's shooting and fiery crash that left three people dead on the Las Vegas Strip.

It began with a dispute in the valet area of the Aria hotel, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie told reporters moments ago, citing witnesses.

After the altercation, the participants drove north on Las Vegas Boulevard in two vehicles - a black Range Rover Sport and a Maserati - and someone from the Range Rover fired into the Maserati, killing the driver and wounding a passenger.

The Maserati then continued into an intersection with Flamengo Road - near the Caesars Palace and Flamingo casinos - and struck a taxi, causing a chain of crashes that involved four other vehicles.

Two people inside the taxi died. Three other people in the crashes suffered minor injuries, Gillespie said. Check out the full story for more details.

[Posted at 12:58 p.m. ET] Three people are dead and at least three others wounded after a shooting and fiery car crash that shook the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning, police say.

The incident began about 4:20 a.m. when someone in an SUV - stopped at a stoplight on Las Vegas Boulevard near Caesars Palace and a number of other casinos - fired into a Maserati that also had stopped at the light, Las Vegas police said.

The Maserati moved into the intersection with Flamingo Road and collided with a taxi, starting a chain of crashes that involved four other vehicles, police said.

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February 21st, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Bombs rock Hyderabad; deaths reported

Two bomb blasts killed at least 12 people and wounded 57 others on Thursday in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, Home Secretary R.K. Singh said.

Hyderabad's police commissioner Anurag Sharma didn't rule out the possibility of terror involvement in the city blasts.But he refused to identity any group as a suspect.

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Report: Tunisia's prime minister resigns
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali meets with members of his cabinet on Tuesday.
February 19th, 2013
01:33 PM ET

Report: Tunisia's prime minister resigns

[Updated at 3:12 p.m. ET] Tunisia's prime minister Hamadi Jebali resigned Tuesday, Tunisia state TV said, marking the latest development in a nation wracked by political unrest.

He submitted his resignation after the failure of his initiative to form a technocratic government, state TV reported. Jebali told CNN last week he'd step down if the effort was not approved.

It's possible that his ruling Muslim Brotherhood-linked Ennahda party will reappoint him to form another government or choose another politician to do the task.

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Regular contact with space station lost
The International Space Station as photographed from the space shuttle Atlantis in 2011.
February 19th, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Regular contact with space station lost

NASA has lost regular communications with the International Space Station, a NASA official confirmed Tuesday.

The space agency says it is currently only able to communicate every 90 minutes when the facility passes over ground stations in Russia.

The station, which is carrying one American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts, does not appear to be in danger, NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said.

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February 16th, 2013
09:51 AM ET

Bomb rips Shiite enclave in Pakistan city; casualties reported

A blast targeting Shiites in a busy Pakistani marketplace claimed many deaths and injuries on Saturday, police told CNN

The sectarian strike occurred in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta.

An explosives laden water tanker parked in a marketplace along the Karana Road section of the city was remotely detonated. said Mir Zubair Mehmood, a Quetta senior police official.

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February 14th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

7 slain in Pakistan bombing

A suicide bomber in northwestern Pakistan rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a military checkpoint on Thursday and killed seven people, police said.

The bomber targeted paramilitary forces and soldiers, senior police official Shaukat Ali Shah said. Four civilians, including two women, were among the dead. Eight others were injured.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

Ex-girlfiend: Dorner was stressed out, bottled up
February 14th, 2013
07:57 AM ET

Ex-girlfiend: Dorner was stressed out, bottled up

An ex-girlfriend of slain murder suspect Christopher Dorner said the former L.A. policeman worked in a pressure cooker and she was afraid he would target her after she heard he was the object of a manhunt.

"It was very scary, and, you know, I made a decision to speak out because if anything had happened to me, I'd want my family to at least have an idea about maybe who it was," Arianna Williams told CNN on Thursday.

Authorities say Dorner launched a guerrilla war against the Los Angeles Police Department over what he considered his unfair dismissal in 2009. He allegedly fatally shot four people and was killed in a fire at a cabin in Big Bear Lake, California, when he was cornered after a manhunt.

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Police: Can't confirm body is Dorner's, but manhunt is done
February 13th, 2013
07:41 PM ET

Police: Can't confirm body is Dorner's, but manhunt is done

[Updated at 7:41 p.m. ET] San Berardino County Sheriff John McMahon says he can't positively confirm that a body found yesterday after a massive manhunt in California is that of murder suspect Christopher Dorner, but investigators believe the body is his, and the search is over.

"We’re not currently involved in a manhunt,” McMahon told reporters at a news conference Thursday.

The county coroner's division is working to positively identify the body, which authorities recovered from a cabin after officers stormed it following a shootout Wednesday afternoon in the San Bernardino National Forest.

McMahon also said that officers did not intentionally set the cabin on fire. McMahon said officers toward the end of the standoff fired pyrotechnic tear gas canisters into the structure, which then caught fire, but the fire "was not on purpose."

"We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out," McMahon said.

[Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET] Los Angeles police will not "speculate at this point" whether the body found after a massive manhunt in California is murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, Police Lt. Andy Neiman told reporters Wednesday.

[Posted at 11:08 a.m. ET] The murder investigation targeting Christopher Jordan Dorner continues, but the Los Angeles Police Department has returned to a normal state of operations since Tuesday night, police spokesman said.

That's when police stormed a cabin where Dorner is thought to have died. Dorner is an ex-LA cop who vowed to kill police officers to avenge what he called an unfair termination.

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