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sports lead

December 30th, 2013
04:51 PM ET

Formula 1's Michael Schumacher in critical condition after skiing accident

(CNN) - Michael Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula 1 history and one of the world's highest-profile athletes, remains in critical condition after suffering severe head trauma in a skiing accident in the French Alps, hospital officials said Monday.

Doctors who have been treating Schumacher at the University Hospital Center of Grenoble said at a news conference that it was too early to say what the driver's prognosis might be.

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national lead

December 30th, 2013
04:46 PM ET

10 things to know about nation's first recreational marijuana shops in Colorado

Denver (CNN) - Colorado will begin allowing recreational marijuana sales on January 1 to anyone age 21 or over.

Residents will be able to buy marijuana like alcohol - except the cannabis purchase is limited to an ounce, which is substantial enough to cost about $200 or more.

It's a big moment: Colorado will become the first state in the nation to open recreational pot stores and become the first place in the world where marijuana will be regulated from seed to sale. Pot, by the way, is the third most popular recreational drug in America, after alcohol and tobacco, according to the marijuana reform group NORML.

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buried lead

December 27th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Horse-drawn carriages riding into the sunset?

Horse-drawn carriages in New York City could be about to giddy up and go away.

They've been a fixture in Central Park for years but, if some activists have their way, this part of the romantic past might be going the way of the giant soft drink and the cigarette.

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national lead

December 27th, 2013
05:14 PM ET

Teen's mom: Jahi is dead only if her heart stops

Multiple doctors have declared 13 year old Jahi McMath brain dead, but her family is hoping that a new hospital may make the difference.

They say a hospital in San Francisco has agreed to give Jahi long-term care, although she would need feeding tubes inserted into her body in order to be transferred away from her current facility.

The emotional and painful ordeal began after Jahi suffered complications from a tonsillectomy in early December. She was put on life support, and doctors at the hospital in Oakland, California insisted family members pull the plug.

Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, said on CNN's "The Lead" that she just wants the hospital to let them move Jahi, "her heart is still beating, so there's still life there."

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national lead

December 26th, 2013
05:40 PM ET

Looking back at 2013's legal battles

2013 saw many complex and controversial legal battles – covering everything from race, to health care, to marriage.

One of the biggest cases for the U.S. government was brought on by Edward Snowden's leaks about the NSA snooping practices. A judge recently ruled there's a case to be made that some of the practices are unconstitutional, and President Obama says he will make a statement in January about reforms to the NSA.

Other controversial legal battles this year? the Supreme Court's decision on same sex marriage, a Utah judge striking down an anti-polygamy law, and the Greoge Zimmerman murder trial that gripped the nation.

Law professor Jonathan Turley, of George Washington University, discusses the biggest legal battles of 2013.

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