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A train crash in Myanmar left 25 dead and dozens wounded in Myanmar Saturday, a local state-run newspaper reported.
Only two people know how the affair started, but the world knows now about its inglorious end.Admitting to the extramarital affair, David Petraeus stepped down as director of the CIA on Friday in a surprise move that shocked the intelligence community just days after President Barack Obama was re-elected.
Malala's odyssey from near death to world fame begins with a ride home from school on Tuesday, Oct 9.
Gunmen stop the van ferrying Malala Yousufzai through her native Swat Valley, one of the most conservative regions in Pakistan.
The Syrian National Council, a prominent opposition group, elected its spokesman, George Sabra, as president at a meeting Friday in Doha, Qatar. A foreign policy spokesman for the group, Radwan Ziadeh, said Sabra -- the group's third president -- replaces Abdulbaset Sieda, who is now a member of the executive office.
US-Petraeus-Rules-for-Living -- By Tom Watkins
The extramarital affair acknowledged Friday by David Petraeus in his letter resigning his position as CIA director came as a surprise to a number of people who know him but represented an acceptance of responsibility characteristic of the man, they said. "If you're running the operation, you really can't step out of line," said Richard Haver, who spent 34 years in the federal government specializing in intelligence operations. Petraeus himself would have had to severely discipline if not fire any agency employees involved in similar behavior, said Haver, who is retired after having served as deputy for community affairs for the intelligence community. "You're compromising, potentially, your security."
POL-Election-New-America -- By Josh Levs
America woke up Wednesday, looked into a giant mirror made up of millions of votes and saw how it has been changing for decades. It wasn't just President Obama's re-election and the diverse coalition of minorities, women and youth that kept him in power. For the first time, voters approved same-sex marriage in three states. Margaret Hoover, a Republican analyst and CNN contributor, called it "a watershed moment." Meanwhile, Wisconsin elected the country's first openly gay U.S. senator. Two states legalized the recreational use of marijuana. A record 20 women will be serving in the U.S. Senate. And a record number of new Asian-American and Latino representatives were elected to Congress. All this would have been unthinkable a generation ago, as would the idea the country would elect, let alone re-elect, its first black president.
US-Libya-Documents-Congress (with Libya-Benghazi-Timeline)
With the election over, the Obama administration is releasing more information to Congress and journalists about the deadly attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Post-election, the questions of the Obama administration's handling of the attacks continue, and the Pentagon and State Department Friday released information to try to further clarify decisions made before, during and after the attacks. Libya-Benghazi-Timeline
The Pentagon released Friday an hour-by-hour timeline of the September 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, highlighting when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and senior commanders were informed of the attack and when decisions were made to move forces to assist. The release comes as the Obama administration is facing increasing questions over its response to the attack.
Clashes broke out in Bahrain on Friday as authorities tried to prevent thousands of opposition supporters converging on a mosque to hear a sermon from the kingdom's most prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim.
The Syrian National Council, a prominent opposition group, elected its spokesman, George Sabra, as president at a meeting Friday in Doha, Qatar.
It seems they are everywhere, from the foothills of the Himalayas to the vast tracts of the Sahara, searching the terrain and seas below like glinting birds of prey. Drones have become the emblem of war and intelligence-gathering in the 21st century. And for the first time, Iran has tried to bring down a U.S. drone as it flew off the Iranian coastline in the northern Persian Gulf.
Funeral services were held Friday for a 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot and killed while playing soccer in Gaza a day earlier. A spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry accused the Israel Defense Forces of killing the boy, identified as Ahmed Abu Daqa.
Social media is both friend and foe for China's new leaders.
Novak Djokovic has a smile on his face again -- and not just because of his perfect record at this week's ATP World Tour Finals. At the start of last week, the Serbian tennis star was battling with the news that his father had been taken seriously ill. It badly affected his preparations for the Paris Masters, and he lost his opening match. Srdjan Djokovic was hospitalized with a reported acute respiratory condition, but his condition has since improved.
After his state's coastline took the brunt of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that he expects power to be almost fully restored statewide by Saturday night. "Life will be back -- for most of New Jersey -- to normal come Sunday," he told reporters. More than 175,000 households in the Garden State are still in the dark, and homes with saltwater electrical damage will have to be inspected by electricians before having their power restored.
First Sandy. Then a nor'easter. Residents in this small hamlet at the eastern edge of Rockaway Peninsula are exhausted and on edge. Eleven days after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, flooding nearly all of the Rockaways, they are still cold and in the dark. Huddled beneath blankets and with the car's heat cranked up, 56-year-old Matt Lintonmapp Jr. has spent every night sleeping in his car since Sandy left him homeless. "My place got washed out," he said. "There's nothing left."
A former personal assistant of Waffle House's CEO accused him of forcing her to "perform sexual services," among other degrading acts, during her nine years of working for him, according to an Atlanta police report.
A federal grand jury has indicted 34 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison-based gang -- including four of its "generals" -- claiming most all of them conspired to participate in racketeering activities on behalf of the white supremacist group and accusing 10 of murder, officials said.
Gerardo Gomez was convicted Friday on 15 of 17 charges related to the 2007 execution-style killings of three college friends, New Jersey prosecutors said. A jury convicted Gomez, 20, of murder, felony murder, robbery and conspiracy charges, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. In August 2007, six attackers, including Gomez surrounded a vehicle carrying four college students near Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, assistant prosecutors Thomas McTigue and Romesh Sukhdeo told CNN.
A Denver-area police officer was fatally shot by a colleague who mistook him for an armed assailant early Friday, authorities said.
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the key enforcement provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 should be scrapped as a constitutionally unnecessary vestige of the civil rights era.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether police can take DNA samples from criminal suspects following their arrest, a case based on Maryland law with potentially national implications for the use of a popular investigative tool.
Nearly one year after he was arrested, an alleged Mexican drug kingpin is now in New York to face charges he co-led the drug ring that shipped more than 100 tons of cocaine to the United States.
Dramatic surveillance camera video shows a Skywest pilot running to a jet that, once set in motion, clips an airport building in last July's bizarre incident involving pilot Brian J. Hedglin, who stole the plane while being sought on suspicion that he had killed his former girlfriend. Hedglin, 40, set the empty regional jet in motion on the tarmac of the closed airport, and then killed himself with a gunshot to the head, officials concluded. But investigators were not able to answer several questions that have confounded people since the July 18 incident, including whether Hedglin intended to take off in the plane, and if so, what he intended to do with it.
The Los Angeles Lakers' 0-8 preseason and 1-4 start to the regular season was too much for the front office to take. The NBA team on Friday fired second-year head coach Mike Brown, whose efforts to implement a new offense and mesh free-agent signings with stars who won a title two years ago didn't turn into wins.
Only two people know how the affair started, but the world knows now about its inglorious end. Admitting to the extramarital affair, David Petraeus stepped down as director of the CIA on Friday in a surprise move that shocked the intelligence community just days after President Barack Obama was re-elected. Immediate praise for the man poured in. The president hailed Petraeus' dedication and patriotism, while leaders from both parties said he would be missed. It appeared an abrupt end to a spectacularly successful career in public service.
So who might be the replacement for David Petraeus? The rumor mill was in full swing Friday after the CIA director stepped down, saying he had an extramarital affair.
Once again, Michael Morell is being called on to fill in as acting director of the CIA, this time after the resignation of David Petraeus on Friday. It was only last year, during the two-month gap from the time Leon Panetta left the CIA until Petraeus took over the helm, that Deputy Director Morell oversaw the agency.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation is "tragic for this human being" and for the country. "He loved the job, had a big design for the job," she said.
After dueling public statements on the fiscal cliff, how much closer are President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to coming together on a deal? Not much -- at least when it comes to the biggest single chunk of the fiscal cliff: The Bush tax cuts.
House Speaker John Boehner declined on Friday to give any details on what ground Republicans could give in negotiations with the White House on the fiscal cliff but continued his post-election emphasis that he is willing to compromise.
The Senate's "gang of eight" negotiators will reconvene next week to try to "assess where they are" in reaching a bipartisan compromise on a long-term debt deal that could help avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, a Senate aide told CNN.
The lunch hour is usually hectic at Duos Catering in Seattle. But Thursday the phone was ringing off the hook. In between orders of crab cakes and pan seared scallops, many people wanted to congratulate Benjamin Jury and Joshua Cooper. The longtime couple could finally get married legally in Washington, according to ballots tallied from Tuesday's election. The state has joined Maine and Maryland, which have passed ballot measures making same-sex marriage legal.
Were it not for the spending of conservative groups and super PACs such as Restore Our Future, President Barack Obama's margin of victory over GOP nominee Mitt Romney would have been even larger in several key battleground states, the treasurer of Restore said on CNN Friday.
Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum offered no insight into his own political future in a Friday CNN interview, but did offer his thoughts as to why the Republican nominee lost to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. "What Mitt Romney, in my opinion, didn't do was go out and vigorously defend the beliefs that he said he espoused and didn't go on the offense," Santorum said in an interview to air Friday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "And when you're playing defense, which is what I believe the campaign was doing and Republicans were doing generally throughout the course of this campaign, you're not going to win.
George P. Bush, the nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, this week filed paperwork required to run for office in the state of Texas. The 36-year-old attorney hand-delivered the document Wednesday to the Texas Ethics Commission, the agency that oversees campaigns for state offices, including state senators, state legislators and statewide positions. The next Texas legislature convenes in January, a session for which elections were already held. It's unclear which office Bush is seeking, but more may be known by January 15, when campaign finance reports are due to the commission.
The Democrats picked up another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday after longtime Rep. Mary Bono Mack conceded defeat three days after the election. Bono Mack -- who in 1998 succeeded her late husband Sonny Bono, one half of the famous Sonny and Cher singing duo before he went into politics -- said Friday in a statement that she had called Democrat Raul Ruiz "and congratulated him on his impressive victory."
Democrats held onto the governorship in Washington on Friday, bringing an end to the only outstanding election from this week's governors' races. Republican candidate Rob McKenna conceded to Democratic candidate Jay Inslee in a video statement. Inslee, a former U.S. representative, will succeed two-term Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is staying in his job until at least the Jan. 21 presidential inauguration to help leaders reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, a top White House aide said Friday.
A coal company headed by a prominent Mitt Romney donor has laid off more than 160 workers in response to President Obama's election victory.
U.S. stocks eked out minute gains Friday but closed out election week down more than 2%.
American Airlines announced Friday that it had reached an "agreement-in-principle" with its pilots' union, potentially removing a hurdle to its emergence from bankruptcy. The agreement will now go to the roughly 8,000 pilots, who will vote on its approval. The two sides have been locked in a contract dispute following the bankruptcy filing last year of AMR, American's parent company.
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin announced Friday that incoming CEO Chris Kubasik had been forced out after an ethics investigation uncovered his "close personal relationship with a subordinate employee."
Vikram Pandit isn't getting a golden parachute, but he's still not doing too badly. Citigroup said Friday that the former CEO, who resigned last month in a management shakeup, will receive an "incentive award" of $6.7 million for his work at the bank this year. Former president and chief operating officer John Havens, who stepped down along with Pandit, is getting $6.8 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The American Red Cross continues to see an outpouring of donations in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The relief agency has raised $117 million as of Friday morning, up from $103 million on Wednesday.
Google and all of its major services were blocked in China on Friday, as the Communist Party meets to appoint new leaders for the first time in a decade.
FEATURES, ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY
When she's not guest starring on "Two and a Half Men," or planning her wedding to Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus is recording her fourth studio album. "It's a really different sound," she told CNN while promoting her new flick, "So Undercover." "Not only just for me, but I think it's something that radio needs right now."
At 50, the "James Bond" franchise is looking devilishly youthful thanks to "Skyfall," which sees Daniel Craig return for a third time as 007. The Sam Mendes-directed feature is already making a killing overseas, causing industry observers to salivate over how it could perform in the States this weekend.
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Superman has had an eventful few weeks. First he quit his job at the Daily Planet, and now he has discovered the location of his home planet Krypton.
Opinion: Every day should be Veterans Day
It was startling to see Obama get emotional in talk to campaign workers. Did he cry tears of joy? No, it's likely exhaustion finally broke through his façade.
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