President Barack Obama rolls into Las Vegas on Tuesday, ready to double down on immigration reform.
While the president will highlight immigration proposals in a speech at 2:55 p.m. ET, senior administration officials say, he will not introduce new legislation - at least not now.
While in Nevada, Obama will press for quick action on immigration reform and share more details about his immigration proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.FULL STORY
Eight women and four men convened regularly over 13 months. They heard from dozens of witnesses, considered 30,000 pieces of evidence. All of it was with one question in mind: Who was responsible for 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey's death?
On October 13, 1999 - nearly three years after the diminutive Colorado pageant queen's body was found in her home - the 12 grand jurors went back to their own homes, sworn to silence and with nothing apparently to show for their effort.
"We do not have sufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charges," then-Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter said.
The presumption was that the grand jury hadn't voted to indict anyone. That included failing to take action against JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, whom Boulder police had said were under "an umbrella of suspicion" in the girl's death.
Yet the Boulder Daily Camera, the daily newspaper in that Colorado city, now says more than a decade later that there was more to the story. Citing several unidentified jurors as well as an assistant district attorney in Hunter's office, the paper reports that the grand jury did, in fact, vote to indict the Ramsey parents on charges of child abuse resulting in death.Read more about what has been revealed in the case
[Updated 11:55 a.m. ET] French Defense Ministry spokesman Thierry Burkhardt says French and Malian forces are now in control of Timbuktu and Gao.
[Posted at 4:30 a.m. ET] French-led troops in Mali have seized control of the airport in Timbuktu from Islamist militants and are fighting their way into the city center, a spokesman for the Malian military said Monday.
Malian and French forces have together been battling the Islamists to loosen their grip on the country's north, which the militants have controlled for months.
The United States has also stepped up its involvement in the conflict by conducting aerial refueling missions on top of the intelligence and airlift support it was providing.FULL STORY
The United Arab Emirates will try 94 people on charges of seeking to seize power, WAM, the UAE's state news agency, reported Sunday.
Citing a statement from Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish, the agency reported that the suspects were referred to the Federal Supreme Court.
"They launched, established and ran an organisation seeking to oppose the basic principles of the UAE system of governance and to seize power," the statement read.FULL STORY
An Iranian judge has sentenced an American Christian pastor to eight years in prison after he was tried for his religious beliefs, a U.S.-based religious group said Sunday.
Saeed Abedini was swiftly sentenced by a member of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Court, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, an organization founded by television evangelist Pat Robertson.
CNN was not immediately able to confirm what went on in the court proceedings.FULL STORY
An Arizona man accused of threatening to blow up Philadelphia's Liberty Bell was charged Sunday, police said.
Carlos Balsas, 41, of Tempe, Arizona, is charged with terroristic threats, bomb threats and several other offenses, police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien said. Prosecutors approved the charges and will take up the case Monday, she said.FULL STORY
[Update 2:49 p.m. ET] The death toll in Sunday's nightclub fire in Brazil has risen to at least 233, officials say.
Panicked crowds pushed toward the exits as fire swept through the packed Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria. Many died of smoke inhalation, state-run Agencial Brasil reported. Others were trampled, a security guard told CNN affiliate Band News.
[Original post 7:15 a.m. ET]Â A fire swept through a popular nightclub in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, killing at least 90 people early Sunday, officials said.
The death toll was expected to climb as firefighters continued to pull bodies from the Kiss nightclub, Col. Adilomar Silva, the regional coordinator of civil defense said.
Most of those killed appeared to have died of smoke inhalation, he said. Hundreds are believed to have been injured, though an exact count was not immediately available.
The fire started at about 2 a.m. after the acoustic insulation in the Kiss nightclub caught fire, he said.FULL STORY
A fire swept through a nightclub in southern Brazil, killing at least 90 people early Sunday, officials said.
The fire started around 2 a.m. at the Kiss nightclub in the city of Santa Maria. At 9 a.m., firefighters were still pulling out bodies.FULL STORY
Chelsea's soccer star Eden Hazard today was charged with by the English Football Association with violent conduct after being ejected from his team's League Cup match at Swansea earlier this week for kicking a ball boy.
Hazard, a Belgian, is facing a lengthy ban after a statement on the FA website said his actions "constituted violent conduct whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient."
Hazard has until January 29 to respond to the charge. The case will then go before an FA disciplinary panel who will decide on any punishment more than the standard three-game ban.FULL STORY
A suicide car bomb blasted through two homes in Afghanistan Friday morning killing five people and wounding 15 others, authorities said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kapisa province, saying the terror organization was trying to target U.S. troops, said Mehrabuddin Safi, the governor of the eastern province.
No troops were killed or wounded, only civilians, Safi said.FULL STORY
In its latest bout of hostile rhetoric, North Korea on Friday warned of the possibility of "strong physical countermeasures" against South Korea in relation to tougher sanctions imposed this week by the United Nations.
The threat against South Korea came a day after the North said it would carry out a new nuclear test and more rocket launches as part of a new phase of confrontation with the United States.
The statement Friday from North Korea's Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said it would take action against South Korea if it "takes a direct part" in the U.N. sanctions.FULL STORY
The U.S. military will end its longstanding policy of excluding women from combat and open front-line units to female servicemembers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta formally announced Thursday.
"The fact is, they have become an integral part of our ability to perform our mission, and for more than a decade of war they have demonstrated courage and skill and patriotism," Panetta told reporters at the Pentagon.
Panetta said women will be integrated into combat units "expeditiously" but without hurting the effectiveness or morale of the armed forces.FULL STORY
Nine years after his presidential bid ended in defeat, John Kerry's political career might take a major turn Thursday during his hearing to become the next secretary of state.
The longtime senator from Massachusetts could sail to an easy confirmation, as politicians from both parties expressed optimism he would win approval.
"Over these many years, John's earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job-training," President Barack Obama said when he nominated Kerry last month.FULL STORY
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that she plans a new push to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
Martinez, who has tried to get the law repealed twice before, described it as dangerous in a post on her official Facebook page.
"I am once again asking the legislature to repeal the law that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants," said Martinez, a Republican. "I am always willing to discuss this issue with legislators from both parties and explore ways to find common ground, but I believe the most effective solution is to simply repeal this dangerous law."
Her comments are the latest salvo in a nationwide debate over the controversial issue.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday took on Republican congressional critics of her department's handling of the deadly September terrorist attack in Libya.
Conservative GOP members challenged Clinton on the lack of security at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi as well as the erroneous account that the attack grew spontaneously from a protest over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.
At two hearings, which together totaled more than five hours, Clinton acknowledged a "systemic breakdown" cited by an independent review of issues leading up to the armed assault and said her department was taking additional steps to increase security at U.S. diplomatic facilities.
Here are five things we learned from the hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees.
Islamist militants who seized Westerners at an Algerian gas plant are demanding a safe passage to nearby Libya, authorities said, as fallout from the French offensive in Mali reverberates globally.
Media in the region reported that the attackers issued a news release demanding an end to "brutal aggression on our people in Mali" and cited "blatant intervention of the French crusader forces in Mali."
In the news release, the militants said they carried out the operation in Algeria because it allowed French forces to use its air space in attacking Islamist militants in Mali.FULL STORY
A helicopter crashed into a construction crane atop a new luxury residential building in thick London fog Wednesday, killing two people and sparking a blaze when it plunged to the ground.
Nine others were injured in the crash that took place at the height of the morning rush hour in Vauxhall, south of the River Thames in central London.FULL STORY
A British Christian woman suffered religious discrimination when British Airways told her not to wear a visible cross over her uniform, a top European court ruled Tuesday.
However, three other British Christians lost related religious discrimination claims at the European Court of Human Rights.FULL STORY
U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said there is "no military solution" in Syria, after meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns at the United Nations in Geneva.
Brahimi's statement came amid reports of the capture by rebels of a strategic northern Syria city, fresh fighting and a mounting refugees crisis in the country.FULL STORY