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A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska early Saturday morning and a tsunami warning is in effect for portions of British Columbia, Canada, and southern Alaska, officials said. There were no initial reports of damage but the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said that a "tsunami with significant widespread inundation of is land is expected."
Images and messages posted to social media that appear to depict the sexual abuse of a girl in Steubenville, Ohio, have been taken out of context, the attorney for one of the teenagers charged in the incident said Friday. The city of Steubenville is scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Syrian rebels cut into President Bashar al-Assad's air power in the north Saturday, closing in on a strategic airport, while in Damascus, government forces are cutting off food and medical supplies to rebels, making basic survival a tough proposition.
The suspects in the brutal rape in India have been summoned to appear in court Monday for a fast track case, CNN affiliate IBN reported.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remains in Cuba, battling a "severe" lung infection that has caused respiratory failure. In Caracas, lawmakers gather to elect the president of the National Assembly. The head of the assembly, currently Diosdado Cabello, could potentially assume the presidency if Chavez is not sworn in for a new term on January 10.
The technology exists to protect communities from devastating superstorms. But are cash-strapped governments willing to pay for it?
Qasim Rashid says his New Year's resolution is to not die for his faith. Rashid says he hoped that 2012 would bring a revolution among Muslims nations to free oppressed minds, but he finds himself still waiting to not die. That's the "curse" of being an Ahmadi Muslim in too much of the Muslim world, he says.
For pro athletes, the end of a glittering career can feel like falling off a cliff, but some stars share that it doesn't have to be that way. "I keep myself right at the (professional) level, in case somebody feels froggy and says, 'I think I'm going to whup the old man,'" world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield says. "And they'd be shocked."
In a genre not known for the longevity of its luminaries, making it 10, 15, 20 years means you're a survivor -- and you survive only if people keep buying your music. As Nas turns 40 this year, he's adapted to every sea change in rap and weathered every label, right or wrong, affixed to him.
A Nepalese army colonel will appear in a British court Saturday to face torture charges linked to his alleged actions during his country's civil war, authorities said. Kumar Lama, 46, is accused of two counts of torture at an army barracks in the Nepalese Kapilvastu.
A grenade blast at a cafe in a refugee camp in Kenya killed two people and left five others wounded, the Kenyan Red Cross said Saturday. The explosion occurred Friday evening at a cafe in Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab, the Kenya Red Cross said in a statement on its Facebook page.
Opposition and pro-government militias are recruiting child soldiers as the Central African Republic faces a rebellion in the north, the United Nations warned. Rebels demanding the resignation of President Francois Bozize have seized various towns and threatened to head to the capital of Bangui.
Men living in same-sex partnerships will now be allowed to become bishops in the Church of England -- as long as they are not having sex. Intercourse between two men or two women remains a sin.
Speculation is swirling that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health is worse than the government is letting on and there is some thought the United States may be trying to influence a transition from power, although the State Department says that any future political change has to be decided by Venezuelans.
Hugo Chavez is scheduled to take the oath of office for a new six-year term as president of Venezuela in just a few days, but it's unclear whether he'll even be in the country. Chavez has been recovering from surgery in Cuba, where he is undergoing cancer treatment. The uncertainty over what will happen on inauguration day -- January 10 -- has roiled this oil-rich country of more than 28 million people.
When Al Jazeera becomes a major U.S. cable channel, as it plans, some Americans are likely to click past it, recalling the alleged anti-American tone by the pan-Arab network during the Iraq war a decade ago. after a photo surfaced on social media showing a man bound to his seat.
Lance Armstrong's attorney denied his client was in discussion with the U.S. or world anti-doping agencies following a report by The New York Times that the disgraced cycling icon was contemplating publicly admitting he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Images and messages posted to social media that appear to depict the sexual abuse of a girl in Steubenville, Ohio, have been taken out of context, the attorney for one of the teenagers charged in the incident said Friday.
California's top prosecutor will seek a change in an 1872 state law after an appeals court cited "historical anomalies in the law" when overturning a rape conviction of a man who allegedly pretended to be an 18-year-old woman's boyfriend in a dark bedroom.
If you're planning to donate sperm in Kansas, you may want to do it through a doctor. That's one message from the case of William Marotta of Topeka. In 2009, he noticed a Craig's List advertisement from a lesbian couple, also in Topeka, seeking donated sperm. "Intrigued" by the ad, he agreed to donate and says he delivered three cupfuls of his sperm -- gratis -- to the women, one of whom gave birth to a daughter. "I donated genetic material, and that was it for me," he told CNN affiliate WIBW. Or so he thought. That changed when the parents separated and one of the women stopped working because of illness and applied to the state for help, he said. The state contacted Marotta for child support.
Who in Congress doesn't want to pass a bill that helps protect women against acts of violence? No one, of course. But the Violence Against Women Act, first passed in 1994 and reauthorized previously without fanfare, hit a snag this time around. The hiccup in the bill involved groups of vulnerable people: Native Americans, immigrants and those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT. That's the reason there was no consensus over a law that primarily provides support for organizations that serve domestic violence victims, said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, herself a rape victim.
Just hours after taking office, the new House of Representatives reinstated a team of ethics investigators that had faced what seemed like a certain death due to lawmakers' inaction. Overshadowed by the recent fiscal cliff hubbub, lawmakers from the last session had neglected to decide whether or not to renew the Office of Congressional Ethics. Last week, CNN reported on the concerns among public interests groups that lawmakers were purposely trying to kill the OCE through their inaction to avoid future ethics investigations.
A new poll shows neither Republicans nor Democrats in Congress weathered the fiscal cliff showdown well, and Americans' views on the agreement are sharply divided along political lines.
The White House has told some senior members of Congress to expect President Obama to nominate Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, according to a knowledgeable source. Another source with knowledge of the nomination called it "locked down."
Former members of Congress and foreign policy professionals are coming to the defense of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, who's expected to be tapped as the nominee for Defense Secretary. Known as the Bipartisan Group, they have letters published in several publications defending Hagel, who has come under harsh criticism from some members of Congress and conservative activists over past positions not supporting sanctions against Iran and what some of them consider a dovish defense point of view. Also some pro-Israel lobbyists believe he has not been supportive enough of the Jewish state. Hagel also opposed the surge of troops in Iraq pushed by the Bush administration.
The end of 2012 was set to be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's farewell tour as the top U.S. diplomat. But things clearly changed.
While it sometimes seems like Joe Biden is already the star of his own show, a new petition to the White House wants the vice president to take part in a TV program that spotlights his "daily activities." "Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner," the petition states. It goes on to pitch the production of a "recurring C-SPAN television program featuring the daily activities and interactions" of Biden with other elected officials.
Stocks started 2013 with the bang, with the S&P 500 finishing the week at its highest closing level since December 2007.
After ravenously buying up Treasuries for the past several years, investors have started cashing out, pushing yields higher and dinging their portfolios.