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South-Korea-Rocket-Launch (1:30 a.m.)

South Korea launched a rocket Wednesday on a mission to put a satellite in orbit, a feat the East Asian country has failed to achieve on previous occasions.

US-Severe-Weather (will update)

A powerful weather front is pushing severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and unstable conditions favorable for concocting tornadoes eastward through the Mississippi Valley.

Alabama-Bus-Man-Shot (will update)

One man was shot on a school bus in Alabama on Tuesday, the Dale County Sheriff’s Office. CNN affiliate WTVY reported that a child is being held by the shooter.

Egypt-Unrest (will update)

With his country fractured by violent upheaval, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. The talks in Berlin, expected to focus on Egypt and Syria, come as Morsy deferred state-of-emergency decisions to governors in response to fresh protests.

Syria-Civil-War (3:30 a.m.)

60,000 people dead. Millions forced to flee their homes. And thousands of refugees spilling out of the country every week. The humanitarian nightmare in and around Syria is spiraling out of control, but some say funding for those affected is woeful at best. World leaders are trying to raise $1.5 billion in Kuwait on Wednesday, but a major aid group says most global aid goes to government strongholds.




South Korea launched a rocket Wednesday on a mission to put a satellite in orbit, a feat the East Asian country has failed to achieve on previous occasions.


North Korea’s intention to carry out a new nuclear test, coming on the heels of December’s successful satellite launch, suggests that Pyongyang is moving forward toward developing a nuclear warhead and a deliverable missile system, experts say. The question remains: How close are they?


Torrential rains sent rivers raging through towns in Mozambique, ripping up homes and killing at least 36 people over the past few days.


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was gradually recovering and handling more presidential duties, a government official said Tuesday.


The latest push to overhaul the immigration system in the United States is already making ripples south of the border. “It’s a real reform,” Mexican Sen. Marcela Guerra told CNN en Español Tuesday. And it’s long overdue, said Guerra, a senator from the Institutional Revolutionary Party who heads the Mexican Senate’s North American foreign relations committee. The fresh possibility of immigration reform in the United States has made headlines in Mexico’s leading newspapers this week. On the streets of the country’s capital, the new push was met with mixed reactions – with some recalling that changes to the immigration system have been proposed before in recent years, but failed to gain enough support from U.S. lawmakers to pass.


The teacher who lost four students. The mother whose son died, while another clings to life. The photographer who survived but is haunted by guilt. As the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria began to buzz again Tuesday with cars and people, a somber mood still ruled the streets, where a nightclub fire Sunday claimed 235 lives.


Pamella Vedovotto flips through a newspaper looking for the name of a man she calls her guardian angel. Rafael De Oliveira carried her to safety when a fire ripped through a nightclub in this southern Brazilian city early Sunday morning. “I don’t have words to thank him,” Vedovotto told CNN during an interview at her small home on the outskirts of town. “If it weren’t for him, I would be in with all of those people who died. He gave me a new life.” De Oliveira, a university student, is in the newspaper’s list of dead.


Sexual violence against female protestors at Cairo’s Tahrir Square appears to be increasing, an activist group devoted to end such assaults said Tuesday. Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault said it intervened in 15 of 19 reported sexual assaults on Friday when 10,000 people gathered in the square on the two-year anniversary of the start of the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. “These attacks represent a startling escalation of violence against women in Tahrir Square in terms of the number of incidents and the extremity of the violence which took place,” the group said in a news release.



A powerful weather front is pushing severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and unstable conditions favorable for concocting tornadoes eastward through the Mississippi Valley.


Two Iraqi men, who were leaving in Kentucky, were slapped with long prison sentences Tuesday after being convicted of a series of charges involving plotting to help al Qaeda.


Emergency officials responded Tuesday to a “security incident” at the Nevada National Security Site, a dispatcher there told CNN. At 1,375 square miles, the site is larger than Rhode Island. It has been the site of more than four decades of testing of nuclear weapons.


One man was shot on a school bus in Alabama on Tuesday, the Dale County Sheriff’s Office. CNN affiliate WTVY reported that a child is being held by the shooter.


A former Akron, Ohio, police captain who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1997, has been cleared of the crime and released after more than 14 years in prison. Douglas Prade walked out of the Madison Correctional Institution around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, CNN affiliate WOIO reported, a few hours after Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter ruled he was innocent of the crime and ordered him released. County officials said they will appeal the decision.


Are the X Games too extreme? New questions follow a harrowing snowmobiling accident that has left 25-year-old freestyle snowmobiler Caleb Moore in critical condition.


Seventeen families from the New York City borough of Queens are planning to sue the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), blaming the company for a devastating fire that destroyed more than 130 homes during Superstorm Sandy.


In 2009, Brendan Marrocco was driving an armored vehicle in Iraq when a roadside bomb went off. “When it happened, I didn’t remember too much,” Marrocco said. “I woke up at Walter Reed (Natioanal Military Medical Center) a couple of days later. … I was still alive, so that’s really all that mattered to me at the time.” Marrocco was alive, but missing all four of his limbs. Last month, the 26-year-old infantryman and quadruple amputee had successful surgery – a rare double arm transplant – at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.



President Barack Obama threw his full support behind a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws on Tuesday, saying “now’s the time” to replace a system he called “out of date and badly broken.”


Every day, millions of people like 16-year-old Celeste live their lives shouldering a huge emotional weight forged by fear, uncertainty and separation.


Tightened border security and law enforcement “mechanisms” could threaten to scuttle Washington’s latest plan to reform immigration laws. At least that’s the word from a lawmaker who helped create the plan. Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican whose 2010 candidacy was boosted by support from tea party activists, told right-leaning radio host Rush Limbaugh that any plan earning his backing must contain robust measures securing the border, along with tough penalties for breaking the law, as a precursor to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the United States.


John Kerry was overwhelmingly confirmed Tuesday as the 68th secretary of state by his colleagues in the U.S. Senate.


Rep. Stephen Lynch will hold a news conference in Boston on Thursday to announce whether he’ll run in the June 25th special election in Massachusetts to fill out going Sen. John Kerry’s seat, a campaign spokesman for Lynch tells CNN.



Stocks closed higher Tuesday, pushing the Dow and the S&P 500 closer to new all-time highs.


Hostess Brands is close to picking a preferred buyer for its iconic Twinkies brand, a move that would be a key step in the eventual return of the snack cake to grocery shelves.


Chesapeake Energy announced Tuesday that embattled CEO and co-founder Aubrey McClendon will retire from the company in April.


If you left the United States for a job abroad in 2012, there’s a good chance you ended up in Germany. United Van Lines moved 573 people to Germany last year, 29% more than to the United Kingdom, the second most popular destination, according to a report released Tuesday. And the relationship was reciprocal: Of foreigners migrating to the United States, Germany was the second most popular country of origin.



Complaining on social networks about being sick might annoy your friends and followers, but it can be useful for tools that track the spread of illnesses. A new method for filtering tweets, developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, could make the real-time data pouring in more accurate.


Actress Ashley Judd and champion race car driver Dario Franchitti are divorcing after 11 years of marriage, a representative for the actress said Tuesday.


Lindsay Lohan, previously described as being too ill to make the trip, was on a Tuesday evening flight to Los Angeles to make a court hearing, a source close to the actress said.


It’s 35 years after the release of Fleetwood Mac’s groundbreaking album “Rumours,” and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are holding hands. Maybe it’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Or maybe it’s a put-on, knowing that fans are still intrigued by the complicated interpersonal drama that drives the band. “Rumours” gave listeners a voyeuristic peek into the messy romantic lives of the quintet. “Go Your Own Way” was Buckingham’s anguished kiss-off to Nicks. “Don’t Stop” was Christine McVie’s song of encouragement to her soon-to-be ex-husband, John McVie. A special anniversary reissue of “Rumours” is now available, with expanded and deluxe versions featuring previously unreleased demos and early takes, along with a dozen live recordings from the group’s 1977 world tour.


With J.J. Abrams in place, “Star Wars” fans brace for the future.


Leave it to Amy Poehler to write a memoir that sounds nothing like the typical tome. The “Parks and Recreation” star, 41, is set to publish an “illustrated, non-linear diary” via HarperCollins’ It Books imprint.