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UPCOMING
Syria-Unrest (will update)
Humanitarian aid workers have been given the go ahead by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to begin delivery Friday of food and medical supplies to the shattered rebel stronghold in the embattled city of Homs.
US-Severe-Weather (monitoring)
After a day of recovery for battered regions of the Midwest and South, a line of storms stretching from southern Illinois to Louisiana will bring the threat of tornadoes and severe weather Friday, forecasters said. Areas most at risk for twisters are southern Indiana, southern Ohio, most of Kentucky, central Tennessee, northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama.
Ohio-School-Shooting (will update)
T.J. Lane was charged Thursday afternoon on six counts -- including three counts of aggravated murder -- related to this week's fatal shooting of three students at an Ohio high school, according to court documents. Beating a judge-imposed deadline to act by about an hour, Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney David Joyce filed the charges in juvenile court. The prosecutor, however, has said that the 17-year-old Lane will most likely be tried as an adult.
Alabama-Helicopter-Crash (12:30 a.m.)
The U.S. Coast Guard Thursday found two bodies of crewmembers who were missing after a helicopter crash in Mobile Bay in Alabama. Rescuers have now found three bodies from the Tuesday crash and one other person was still missing, the Coast Guard said.
Pennsylvania-Sandusky-Investigation (12:30 a.m.)
It's fairly clear the federal investigation into Penn State University won't be a duplication of the grand jury probe that led to charge more than 50 counts of child sex abuse against Jerry Sandusky. Instead, federal authorities seem to be stepping into areas where the state attorney general's office hasn't gone. This time, they seem to be exploring the possibility of a cover-up at Penn State, as well as possible bribes, fraud, or misuse of federal money, according to three former federal prosecutors.
ENT-Desperate-Housewives-Trial (1 a.m.)
Former "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan slapped her lawyer in court Thursday to demonstrate how she claims show creator Marc Cherry hit her during a rehearsal. Sheridan, 48, returns to the stand Friday after testifying all day Thursday in her legal battle with Cherry and ABC over the TV killing of a character she played on the hit comedy series for five seasons.
Montana-Judge-Racist-Message (1:30 a.m.)
Montana's chief federal judge has offered his apologies for forwarding a racist e-mail aimed at President Barack Obama. Liberal advocacy groups demanded that U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull resign.
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Ohio-Shooting-Teacher
Frank Hall insists he's just a football coach and a study hall teacher, not a hero. But what else do you call someone who, as students crouched for cover and ran for their lives after bullets rang out in the Chardon High School cafeteria, ran at the shooter? Who kept on chasing him, out the door of the Ohio school, during which witnesses reported another shot being fired? And who, after all that, headed back into the cafeteria to comfort the victims?
US-Severe-Weather
Residents in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states felt some relief as a powerful, tornado-producing storm dissipated, but forecasters warned a new storm system could form by Friday.
Syria-Unrest
Aid groups got the green light to enter the besieged Syrian enclave of Baba Amr as government forces moved in Thursday to take control of the restive anti-regime enclave.
CNN SHOWCASE
US-Toyota-memo-acceleration-concerns
Toyota engineers found an electronic software problem that caused "sudden unintended acceleration" in a test vehicle during pre-production trials, according to a company engineering document obtained by and translated for CNN. The 2006 document, marked "confidential," recounted the results of an adaptive cruise-control software test in a model internally designated the 250L, a vehicle later sold as the Lexus 460 in Japan and Europe. The document says a "fail-safe overhaul" would be needed for another model in production, internally designated the 180L, which the company says was later sold as a Toyota Tundra.Toyota insists that the document shows no such thing, and it continues to deny that any sudden unintended acceleration in any of its vehicles was caused by electronic systems. But three translations of the report, including two commissioned by CNN after Toyota's objections, found that engineers raised concerns that the adaptive cruise control system would start the car moving forward on its own.
Syria-Crisis-Beginnings -- By Joe Sterling
Syria is burning -- scorched for nearly a year by tenacious political resistance, a merciless security crackdown and cries for democracy. The spark that lit the flame began about a year ago in the southern city of Daraa after the arrests of at least 15 children for painting anti-government graffiti on the walls of a school. The community's blunt outrage over the children's arrests and mistreatment, the government's humiliating and violent reactions to their worries, and the people's refusal to be cowed by security forces emboldened and helped spread the Syrian opposition. Daraa soon became a rallying cry across the country for what began as a rural and provincial-driven uprising. Syrians compare the dramatic dynamics in the rural city to the moment Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi torched himself in December 2010. Bouazizi's act and death spawned demonstrations that led to the grassroots ouster of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and fueled other protests across the Arab world.
INTERNATIONAL
Syria-Unrest
Aid groups got the green light to enter the besieged Syrian enclave of Baba Amr as government forces moved in Thursday to take control of the restive anti-regime enclave.
US-Syria-Assessment
The time frame for knowing whether Iran has crossed a so-called red line toward making a nuclear weapon could be shrinking as Iran increases its uranium enrichment capacity.
Iran-Nuclear-Time-Frame
The time frame for knowing whether Iran has crossed a so-called red line toward making a nuclear weapon could be shrinking as Iran increases its uranium enrichment capacity.
Venezuela-Chavez
In his first live public comments since undergoing surgery here on Tuesday to remove a tumor from his abdomen, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he was recovering quickly.
Egypt-NGOS
A group of American and British pro-democracy activists accused of fomenting unrest in Egypt have left the country on a U.S. military plane, U.S. and Egyptian officials said Thursday.
Guatemala-Dictator-Trial
A Guatemalan judge Thursday declined to grant former dictator Efrain Rios Montt amnesty from genocide charges, paving the way for a trial.
Pakistan-Iran-Pipeline
Pakistan announced plans Thursday to proceed with the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Iran in an apparent rebuff to warnings from Washington to call off the project.
Iraq-American-Killed
A Kurdish student shot and killed his American teacher at a Christian school in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya, then turned the gun on himself, the local mayor said Thursday.
US-Australia-Export-Iran-Charges
An Australian man and his company have been charged in a plot to export components for drones, helicopters, torpedoes, missiles and other military technology to Iran, prosecutors said.
Turkey-Explosion
A bomb appearing to target police officers exploded Thursday in an Istanbul neighborhood near the ruling Justice and Development Party headquarters in the city, authorities said. The blast left 15 officers and one civilian injured, Istanbul's police chief, Huseyin Capkin, said. It occurred in the Sutluce neighborhood in Beyoglu district.
MONEY-Europe-Unemployment-Rate
Widespread joblessness in Greece and Spain pushed the unemployment rate in the eurozone to the worst level since the currency was introduced in 1999.
MONEY-Greek-Credit-Default-Swaps
For investors, the words credit default swap can bring back painful memories of 2008. But in the case of Greece, the dreaded derivatives may not be the ticking time bomb some have feared.
MONEY-bmw-south-africa
Car giant BMW is shifting up a gear in its efforts to tap Africa's emerging middle class. Bodo Donauer, managing director of BMW South Africa, said the auto manufacturer sells one out of three premium cars in the country. He now wants the company to replicate the successful South African model in other parts of the continent.
MONEY-China-Pmi
The state of Chinese manufacturing showed modest signs of improvement in February, according to two reports issued Thursday.
Italy-Cruise-Ship-Fire
A disabled Italian cruise ship, the Costa Allegra, reached port Thursday after several harrowing days at sea. The Allegra lost power in the Indian Ocean Monday and was adrift off the coast of the Seychelles because of a fire in the engine room.
Turkey-Explosion
A bomb appearing to target police officers exploded Thursday in an Istanbul neighborhood near the ruling Justice and Development Party headquarters in the city, authorities said. The blast left 10 officers lightly injured, Istanbul's police chief Huseyin Capkin said. It occurred in the Sutluce neighborhood in Beyoglu district.
Afghanistan-Unrest
A gunman in an Afghan National Army uniform and another man shot dead two NATO soldiers at a combat outpost in southern Afghanistan Thursday, authorities said.
Italy-Cruise-Ship
A disabled Italian cruise ship, the Costa Allegra, reached port Thursday after several harrowing days at sea.
china-organs
A Beijing court has prosecuted more than a dozen people for organizing the illegal sale of 51 human kidneys worth about 10 million yuan (US$1.6 million) in one of China's biggest organ trafficking cases.
japan-rebuilding-band-tepco
Japan's Fukushima 'punks' rage against nuclear evacuation.
Iran-Parliamentary-Elections
Campaign workers distributed campaign leaflets and plastered candidate posters along the Iranian capital's tree-lined streets in the final days before Friday's parliamentary elections.
SPORT-Golf-Trump-Course-Wind
When the first sod was laid on Donald Trump's billion-dollar championship golf resort in Scotland last April, few people could have predicted that less than a year later the whole project would be under threat.
SPORT-football-neymar-santos-brazil
Neymar plays football like he tackles life -- with flair, excitement and a sense of fun. At 20, he is potentially the best young player on the planet, and is tipped to follow in the illustrious footsteps of Brazilian icons such as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and perhaps even the legendary Pele.
U.S.A.
Ohio-School-Shooting
Students at Ohio's Chardon High School prepared to head back to class Friday for the first time since a gunman walked into the school's cafeteria and killed three teenagers. Suspect T.J. Lane was charged Thursday afternoon on six counts -- including three counts of aggravated murder -- related to this week's fatal shooting.
Ohio-Shooting-Teacher
Frank Hall insists he's just a football coach and a study hall teacher, not a hero. But what else do you call someone who, as students crouched for cover and ran for their lives after bullets rang out in the Chardon High School cafeteria, ran at the shooter? Who kept on chasing him, out the door of the Ohio school, during which witnesses reported another shot being fired? And who, after all that, headed back into the cafeteria to comfort the victims?
Travel-Airport-Incidents
A passenger jet was just seconds away from landing Thursday at Philadelphia's International Airport when a Jeep broke through a chain-link fence and drove onto several runways, forcing a number of planes to circle the area, according to an air traffic controller familiar with the incident. A man was in police custody custody after the incident.
Montana-Judge-Racist-Message
Montana's chief federal judge has offered his apologies for forwarding a racist e-mail aimed at President Barack Obama. Liberal advocacy groups demanded that U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull to resign.
POL-Obama-Energy
A day after Republicans signaled possible compromise with the White House on energy issues, President Barack Obama called Thursday for Congress to vote in the coming weeks on ending billions of dollars in subsidies for the oil industry.
Maryland-Same-Sex-Marriage
Maryland became the eighth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage Thursday as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation he said secures the "human dignity" of all residents, including gay and lesbian couples.
POL-Breitbart-Obit
Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger whose posting of a sexually explicit photo of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner led to the congressman's downfall, has died, his attorney confirmed Thursday. He was 43.
POL-Primaries
Mitt Romney won the Wyoming caucuses as the Republican presidential campaign headed toward next week's Super Tuesday showdown, with one candidate acknowledging Thursday he needs a victory to keep his campaign alive.
POL-Senate-Health-Care
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds.
US-Severe-Weather
Residents in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states felt some relief as a powerful, tornado-producing storm dissipated, but forecasters warned a new storm system could form by Friday.
Missouri-Branson-Storm
Officials in the resort city of Branson, Missouri, were relieved an EF-2 tornado, which damaged some of its marquee musical theaters, struck before the prime tourist season began.
Georgia-Alabama-Immigration-Laws
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Thursday that it will not render an opinion on the challenges to tough laws against illegal immigration in Georgia and Alabama. The appeals court will let the Supreme Court first make a decision in a case regarding a similar law in Arizona.
California-Bank-Hostage
A hostage situation in a Southern California bank ended abruptly Thursday when the suspect was shot, police said.
US-New-Jersey-Rutgers-Trial
Dharun Ravi "appeared uncomfortable" with having Tyler Clementi, who he suspected was gay, as a roommate, an ultimate frisbee teammate testified Thursday in a case that accuses the former Rutgers University student of spying.
Texas-Jewish-Basketball
A Jewish high school basketball team that had opted out of a shot at a Texas state championship because it refused to play on the Sabbath will now get that shot, after a playoff game was rescheduled.
TRAVEL-Florida-Missing-Cruise-Passenger
A Canadian woman was nowhere to be found when her cruise ship docked in Florida, prompting an FBI investigation and a Coast Guard search Thursday between Palm Beach and the Bahamas, authorities said.
Illinois-School-Stabbing
One of two teenage students stabbed at a Chicago public school has died, police said.
ENT-Desperate-Housewives-Trial
Former "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan took the stand to testify Thursday in a courtroom battle with the show's producer-writer over the TV killing of a character she played for five seasons.
MONEY-Unemployment-Benefits
In another sign of a brightening job market, first-time claims for unemployment benefits remained last week at levels not seen since 2008.
MONEY-Foreclosure-Sales
Homes in some stage of foreclosure accounted for nearly one in four homes sales during the fourth quarter, according to RealtyTrac. During the three months that ended December 31, homes that were either bank-owned or going through the foreclosure process accounted for 24% of all home sales, up from 20% in the previous quarter and down only slightly from a year earlier when foreclosures accounted for 26% of sales, RealtyTrac said.
MONEY-Auto-Sales-Gas-Prices
Consumers flocked to auto dealerships in February, hungry to buy fuel-efficient vehicles and to upgrade to newer trucks.
MONEY-Credit-Unions-Members
Credit unions hit a record number of members last year, as a growing number of consumers grew fed up with the fees at the nation's biggest banks and took their money elsewhere.
US-Atheist-Myth-Billboards
The billboard wars between atheists and believers have raged for years now, especially around New York City, and a national atheist group is poised to take the battle a step further with billboards in Muslim and Jewish enclaves bearing messages in Arabic and Hebrew.
MONEY-Capital-Gains-Tax-Reform
The tax bills of Mitt Romney and Warren Buffett raise a long-running question: Why do Americans get taxed less on their investment gains than on their paychecks? In fact, for much of the past century, long-term capital gains have been taxed at lower rates than ordinary income, although often at levels higher than today's 15% rate. And for much of the past century it's been a contentious issue.
MONEY-Gas-Prices
The nationwide average hit $3.74 a gallon, continuing their slow and steady rise from a day earlier, according to the motorist group AAA. A month ago, the nationwide average was $3.44 a gallon.
ELECTION 2012
POL-Primaries
Mitt Romney won the Wyoming caucuses as the Republican presidential campaign headed toward next week's Super Tuesday showdown, with one candidate acknowledging Thursday he needs a victory to keep his campaign alive.
POL-Romney-Obama-Energy
While President Barack Obama prepared to give a speech in New Hampshire touting domestic energy production, in energy-rich North Dakota Mitt Romney said the president "should be hanging his head" over his energy policies.
POL-Palin-Pac-Game-Change
Sarah Palin took a hit at the upcoming television film based on her time as the 2008 vice presidential nominee Thursday, releasing a mock trailer portraying her candidacy in a much rosier light than the film's actual preview.
POL-Georgia-Newspaper-Endorse-Romney
The largest newspaper in Savannah, Georgia, on Thursday endorsed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney over rival Newt Gingrich because Romney, the paper said, is "the one GOP challenger who has the best chance of winning" against President Barack Obama.
POL-Romney-Contraception-Amendment
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney released a statement Thursday following the vote in the U.S. Senate killing the "Blunt amendment," a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed religious employers to opt out of providing health care coverage for contraception.
POL-Poll-Romney-Santorum
A new national poll released Thursday indicates Mitt Romney has expanded his lead over Rick Santorum and now holds an 11 percentage point advantage over the former Pennsylvania senator.
POL-DNC-Romney-Healthcare
Democrats continued to capitalize Thursday on an unforced error from Mitt Romney Wednesday when he came out against a controversial Senate amendment that would allow employers to opt out of health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds. Romney later said he misunderstood a reporter's question and voiced support for the legislation, which is backed by leading conservatives.
POL-Biden-Santorum-Snob-Comment
Vice President Joe Biden turned his fire on Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Thursday, saying his recent "snob" comment about college represents a disconnect with the American people.
POL-Poll-Republican-Enthusiasm
Republicans are more excited to vote in the 2012 election than Democrats, according to a new survey.
POL-Obama-Fundraisers
President Barack Obama's re-election team may not be highlighting it, but Republicans sure want to get the message out that the president will hit a milestone Thursday, by attending his 100th fundraiser since last April, when he formally kicked off his bid for a second term in the White House.
POL-Santorum-Romney-Gut
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum seized on Mitt Romney's health care flub Thursday to question Romney's convictions and offer further evidence of his own conservative credentials.
POL-Santorum-SuperPac-Ohio-Ads
Rick Santorum is facing an approximate 6-1 spending deficit in the key battleground of Ohio but the super PAC supporting him is trying to narrow that disadvantage.
FEATURES & COMMENTARY
MED-human-test-subjects
The moment 18-year-old Army Pvt. Tim Josephs arrived at Edgewood Arsenal in 1968, he knew there was something different about the place.
TECH-tech-trends-sxsw-cashmore
It's just over a week until one of the biggest geek gatherings of the year, South By Southwest Interactive, kicks off in Austin, Texas. SXSW is where fledgling tech companies sink or swim. Twitter and Foursquare caught on in part thanks to massive buzz at SXSW, while thousands of other new companies dreamed the "Southby" dream but went nowhere. So which new technologies might we expect to see breaking out at SXSW 2012?
TECH-brain-map-connectome
The complex architecture of the human brain and how its billions of nerve cells communicate has baffled the greatest minds for centuries. But now, new technology is allowing neuroscientists to map the brain's connections in ever-greater detail.
TECH-mobile-quad-core-games
The buzzword in gaming at Mobile World Congress was definitely "quad-core," and that's likely to become an even hotter topic when Apple is expected to unveil its iPad 3 device next week in San Francisco. Game developers are pushing the very concept of portable gaming on tablets and smartphones at a breakneck rate thanks to quad-core processors such as NVIDIA's Tegra 3.
MONEY-Password-Security
The number one way hackers get into protected systems isn't through a fancy technical exploit. It's by guessing the password. That's not too hard when the most common password used on business systems is "Password1."
Commentary-Iran-Danger
Trying to understand largely closed regimes is never easy. Consider North Korea or Iran. How are we to understand decision-making as opaque and unexpected as Lady Gaga's dress choices? It's always tempting to avoid the difficulty of understanding foreign powers' seemingly unfathomable decisions by adopting simplistic explanations. Enemies we think we understand are dubbed "rational." Those whose behavior puzzles us we deem "irrational."
COMMENTARY-Ahn-North-Korea
The announcement Wednesday of a diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and North Korea is a welcome surprise at a critical time. Not only are more than 6 million North Koreans facing food shortages, but also the window is quickly closing for the United States to have any leverage over North Korea's nuclear program, given the changing global balance of power.
COMMENTARY-browne-davy-jones
The death of Davy Jones on Wednesday from a massive heart attack at age 66 elicited all the standard commentary about the Monkees, the band that made him a star: The Monkees were a made-for-TV boy band. They recorded tunes written not by them. They were Beatles knockoffs and teen idols. Those points are all valid, but they miss two essential aspects of the Monkees' story.