Clemens found not guilty in perjury trial
Former baseball pitcher Roger Clemens is joined by his wife, Debbie Clemens, at the U.S. District Court in Washington.
June 18th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Clemens found not guilty in perjury trial

[Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET] Famed baseball pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty Monday of lying to Congress during an investigation of steroid use among major league players.

The case against Clemens involved one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. He was found not guilty on all counts.

"Mr. Clemens, you're free to go," Judge Reggie Walton said after the verdicts were read in U.S. District Court in Washington.


Clemens on verdict: Time to be thankful

Roger Clemens thanks all those who defended him after a jury found him 'not guilty' of federal perjury charges.

Clemens wiped away tears as he hugged his sons in the courtroom following the verdicts.

He was not charged with illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs, but his denial of such use was part of the case against him.

Arguments in the trial concluded last week. Federal prosecutor Courtney Saleski, in closing arguments Tuesday, told the jury Clemens "wanted to protect his brand, he wanted to protect his livelihood," in denying the use of steroids during a 2008 investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives into the problem.

The Clemens defense team disputed whether the government has made its case, telling the jury all the evidence came through a former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, who the defense team said had incentive to lie.

May 21st, 2012
11:10 AM ET

Top U.S. nuclear regulator to resign

Embattled Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko announced Monday he is resigning.

Jaczko, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, has been under fire after Democratic and Republican members of the commission complained about his management style earlier this year.

In his statement Monday, Jaczko said he would stay on until a successor is confirmed by Congress.

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Bradley Manning's lawyer tries, and fails, to get charges dismissed
Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of providing classified information to WikiLeaks.
March 15th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

Bradley Manning's lawyer tries, and fails, to get charges dismissed

The U.S. Army soldier suspected of leaking a trove of classified military and diplomatic information to WikiLeaks cannot get a fair trial because prosecutors have failed to comply with the rules of court-martial, Bradley Manning's attorney said Thursday at a hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland. The hearing is the latest in the Manning case which is expected to go to military trial this year.

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David Coombs, a private attorney whose fees have been paid by Manning supporters around the world, handed a military judge a motion to dismiss all 22 charges Manning is facing.

Coombs accused the government of not disclosing information, as required, that could be helpful in defending Manning. Prosecutors have said that the information can not be released because it is classified.


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January 31st, 2012
10:50 AM ET

Protesters struggle to stay awake on first night of sleeping ban

Occupy DC protesters struggled to stay awake overnight but vowed to stay strong Tuesday in the first full day of a camping ban enforced by U.S. Park Police.

"I had more fun in the park last night than the whole time I've been here," said Amanda Rickard, who is among the protesters staying at McPherson Park in Washington. "We were out here playing guitar, singing, playing drums, Scrabble, card games, you know, just stuff to keep us busy so we can stay here and stay awake."

But one protester said he wouldn't be surprised if the mandate against camping gear and sleeping in the park takes its toll on protesters.

"To be honest, I don't know how long we can keep this up," protester Kevin Whiley said after a sleepless night.

Park police began enforcing the ban on Monday after months of tolerating the Occupy camps at McPherson Park and Freedom Plaza. Police moved through the parks on Monday, asking protesters to remove camping gear and be sure to leave a tent flap open at all times.

September 2nd, 2011
02:04 PM ET

Judge blasts prosecution in Clemens case

 U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton blasted federal prosecutors urging a retrial for former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens Friday, declaring that they had intentionally ignored his earlier rulings in the case.

"I would hate to believe they just blatantly disregarded rulings that I made, but it's hard for me to reach any other conclusion," Walton said.

Walton made his remarks during a hearing to determine if Clemens should face a new trial for allegedly lying to Congress.

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Last living U.S. WWI veteran dies
Frank Buckles is seen on his 109th birthday in February 2010, in his home in Charles Town, West Virginia.
February 27th, 2011
11:03 PM ET

Last living U.S. WWI veteran dies

Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a
spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.

Buckles "died peacefully in his home of natural causes" early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.

Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had
earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his
daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia.

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October 25th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

Trial begins in Chandra Levy murder case

Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a man charged in the 2001 killing of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Authorities believe Ingmar Guandique attacked Levy, 24, as she jogged in a park and then killed her.

In her opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines told the jury that the prosecution will rely in part on the testimony of two other women who were attacked in the same park just weeks after Levy.

Those two managed to escape, but Levy was "running into a dream, into a nightmare," Haines said, "because she's never coming out of the park."


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May 16th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

Volunteers gather at neglected WWI monument

American Legion volunteers gathered Sunday at a neglected marble temple on the National Mall to commemorate veterans of World War I, at a site they hope will soon be a national memorial.


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April 7th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

St. Albans students questioned for having gun on campus

Two students at the exclusive St. Albans School in the nation's capital were detained for questioning Wednesday after police responded to a report that a man with a gun had parked a vehicle on campus.


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