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national lead

September 30th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Manhunt: Alleged cop killer spotted?

(CNN) - A possible break in the dangerous, three-week long manhunt for an accused cop killer and survivalist as police reveal there was a sighting in the past twenty-four hours.


world lead

September 25th, 2014
04:38 PM ET

No indications of N.Y. subway terror plot, U.S. officials say

New York (CNN) - U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have no indications of an ISIS terrorist plot against U.S. subway systems, two U.S. law enforcement officials told CNN on Thursday.

The officials were responding to media reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters at the United Nations on Thursday that his country's intelligence agency had uncovered an imminent ISIS plot against New York and Paris subway systems.

A senior administration official told CNN on Thursday that "no one in the U.S. government is aware of such a plot and it was not raised with us in our meetings with Iraqi officials" at the United Nations, including a meeting between al-Abadi, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.


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national lead

August 27th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Child firing Uzi at Arizona shooting range accidentally kills instructor

(CNN) - A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities.

The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, died at a hospital Monday night after he was shot in the head.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said the girl was with her parents. The three reside in New Jersey. The website of Bullets and Burgers, the shooting range where the accident happened, says children between the ages of 8 and 17 can shoot a weapon if accompanied by a parent or guardian.


sports lead

May 30th, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Washington Redskins fumble on Twitter

(CNN) - The Washington Redskins, stinging from a letter by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and dozens of fellow Democrats calling on the league to force the team to change its racist name, apparently fumbled a desperate Twitter appeal to fans.

"Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you," the maligned team wrote to its 305,000 Twitter followers on Thursday.


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national lead

May 29th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Bloomberg: Universities becoming bastions of intolerance

(CNN) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at Thursday's commencement speech at Harvard University, criticized what he described as a disturbing trend of liberals silencing voices "deemed politically objectionable."

"This spring, it has been disturbing to see a number of college commencement speakers withdraw - or have their invitations rescinded - after protests from students and - to me, shockingly - from senior faculty and administrators who should know better," Bloomberg said.


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