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June 10th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

'Friendly fire' kills five American service members in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Five American service members were killed in southern Afghanistan when a coalition jet, called in to help ward off a Taliban attack, mistakenly bombed them, an Afghan official said Tuesday.

The five were killed Monday night along with an Afghan soldier in Zabul province, said Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwanai, the province's police chief.

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May 14th, 2014
04:48 PM ET

Firefighters wary of hot winds fanning San Diego-area wildfire

(CNN) - Hundreds of firefighters were battling Wednesday to contain a San Diego wildfire, concerned that California's so-called devil winds would ignite flareups, authorities said.

Meanwhile, more than 20 miles away, another fire Wednesday afternoon prompted the evacuation of amusement park rides at Legoland in Carlsbad, the resort said on its Facebook page.

Back at the San Diego fire, authorities were concerned that hot, dry gusts called Santa Ana winds would set back their efforts since Tuesday morning to contain the wildfire, which improved overnight to 25% from 5%, said Cal Fire incident commander Ray Chaney.

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April 23rd, 2014
05:55 PM ET

MH370 search: 'Object of interest' found on Western Australian coast

(CNN) – Australian officials say an "object of interest" in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found, but Malaysian authorities said it was too early to tell if it is a real lead.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan described the object as appearing to be sheet metal with rivets and said it was recovered on the coast of Western Australia.

"It's sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs," he said. "We take all leads seriously."

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February 12th, 2014
04:44 PM ET

Frozen in: Huge ice storm glazes the South

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Atlanta (CNN) - Fool me once, said Georgians.

Apparently well-prepared this time, they appeared to be handling an ice storm forecasters had billed as "catastrophic" - in stark contrast to a winter storm last month - but the worst may be coming Wednesday evening.

After icing parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, the storm arrived Wednesday morning in Georgia, and while precipitation decreased early Wednesday afternoon, it's expected to pick up again later, bringing more ice and snow to metro Atlanta. The ice will taper off later Wednesday, but snow is expected to continue into the night, according to CNN meteorologists.

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February 11th, 2014
04:34 PM ET

Forecast: Historic, crippling, catastrophic ice

Atlanta (CNN) - Paralyzing. Catastrophic. Historic. Crippling.

These are words that forecasters are using to describe the potential for a winter storm heading Atlanta's way as it prepares for another spate of icy weather just two weeks after less than 3 inches of snow shut down the city.

"It certainly looks like it could be of historic proportions, especially in the last 10 to 20 years," said National Weather Service forecaster Jason Deese.

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