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US- Jodi Arias Primer
The media circus that is Jodi Arias' murder trial is in its final stretch, as the jury began deliberations Friday following closing arguments. The jury, which has been in court since January, will resume deliberations Monday.
The National Rifle Association's annual meeting will surely be in the spotlight this weekend, as it comes just weeks after the Senate voted down a controversial gun control measure--a major blow to the months-long push for tougher firearm laws in the wake of the Newtown elementary school massacre.
The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby -- also known as "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" -- is held Saturday
Have you ever wondered about why skin color is the way it is? Pigmentation became a problem when our early anscestors began to migrate to less sunny areas very north and south of the equator where UV radiation is much lower.
California-Wildfire (will update)
The strong winds that fueled a raging wildfire in the Los Angeles-area are expected to die down some Saturday, a welcome change for the army of firefighters battling the blaze.
US-Boston-Attack (will update)
The death certificate for Boston bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died April 19 after a shootout with police, says he died of "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities" and "blunt trauma to head and torso," according to the owner of the funeral parlor that currently holds Tsarnaev's body.
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The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN. U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of warplanes over Lebanon.
U.S. President Barack Obama does not foresee a scenario of "American boots on the ground in Syria," telling reporters Friday that it would not be good for the United States or for that county.
A fire broke out at Damascus International Airport when two mortar shells fired by rebels hit a kerosene tank and a parked plane Friday, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said.
A U.S. journalist missing in Syria for nearly six months is most likely in Syrian government custody, according to the GlobalPost, an online international news outlet, and the man's brother.
Two years into the civil war that has become Syria's nightmare, U.S. President Barack Obama is still reluctant to commit himself to ending the carnage or even enforce his own warning about chemical weapons.
An American military refueling plane took off and crashed in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, Kyrgyz and U.S. officials said. "The status of the three crew members is unknown," the U.S. 376th Air Expeditionary Wing said in a news release.
The tale of Brenda Heist, the Pennsylvania mother who abandoned her two children only to turn up in Florida 11 years later, has taken another unlikely turn. Heist may not have spent most of those 11 years homeless, as she told police last week when she turned herself in, saying she'd abandoned her family because of stress.
While firefighters waged war on a large wildfire in another part of the the Los Angeles metropolitan area, crews in the northern suburb of Glendale corralled a 75-acre brush fire that prompted evacuations.
PepsiCo and Lil Wayne are parting ways amid controversy over the rapper's crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till.
For nearly two weeks, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body lay unclaimed at the Boston medical examiner's office. A funeral home now has the remains, and a quest is underway to find him a resting place in Massachusetts. But first, he will undergo a second "independent" autopsy demanded by his relatives, a family spokeswoman said.
Here are the most recent developments in the investigation into the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings:
Boston Marathon bombings: What we learned this week
The Department of Homeland Security has ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to verify "effective immediately" that every foreign student who wants to enter the United States has a valid student visa, a U.S. government official told CNN on Friday.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is warning about the dangers of racial profiling, especially when investigating terror incidents like the Boston Marathon bombing. Speaking at the dedication of a court building in Denver on Thursday, Sotomayor said using racial or ethnic criteria to isolate criminal suspects or potential wrongdoers "has dangers if what you're doing is using profiling without thought."
The FBI said Friday that it is now assisting in the investigation into the death an accomplished Pittsburgh doctor who, local authorities say, might have died from cyanide poisoning. Autumn Klein, 41, who was a physician and former head of women's neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, died on April 20. Her husband called 911 after finding her at home, according to Mike Manko, communications director for the Allegheny County district attorney's office.
The shooting of a two-year-old girl by her five-year-old brother has put a spotlight on smaller guns designed for children. The gun used in the recent shooting in Kentucky was a Crickett .22-caliber rifle, marketed with the slogan "My First Rifle," from Keystone Sporting Arms in Milton, Pa. The single-shot rifle uses the smallest caliber available and is sold by major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Cabela's and Gander Mountain.
Investors cheered the latest report on the U.S. job market Friday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average briefly above 15,000 for the first time.
Behind-the-scenes dealing over reviving stalled gun control legislation will get a push next week when Sen. Joe Manchin, a strong proponent of expanding background checks, plans to meet individually with lawmakers, a Senate source tells CNN.
Regrouping with the nation's leading law enforcement representatives three weeks after bipartisan gun-control legislation suffered a surprising defeat in the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden indicated he will begin a new push to rally the American public around the issue, according to attendees of the meeting.
Within minutes of the National Rifle Association's opening forum at their annual meeting this weekend, the group's leaders went after gun control proposals and advocates who sought to expand tougher firearm laws following the deadly Newtown elementary school massacre.
Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda. Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.
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