July 2nd, 2013
09:53 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama concludes Africa trip

(CNN) – President Barack Obama concluded his trip to Africa Tuesday after making a final pitch for partnership at a Tanzanian power plant.

Some 70% of Africans lack access to reliable electricity, Obama said, and the United States can help bring more power on line.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
Obama shows off his 'Soccket' moves
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
July 2nd, 2013
08:58 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama shows off his 'Soccket' moves

Updated 9:08 a.m ET, 7/2

(CNN) – President Barack Obama couldn't leave Africa without kicking a soccer ball around.

Traveling with President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania on Tuesday, Obama toured the Umbungo Symbion Power Plant, where they saw a demonstration of the power-generating "Soccket" ball.
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July 2nd, 2013
08:31 AM ET
10 months ago

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush joke about 'prison' of White House

Updated 11:03 a.m. ET, 7/2

(CNN) – In a rare joint appearance, first lady Michelle Obama and Former first lady Laura Bush were on stage, laughing about shared experiences and giving advice to fellow first ladies–even talking about Michelle's 'bang backlash' that swept the nation.

The two women spoke at the First Ladies Summit in Africa on Tuesday, as President Barack Obama and the first family wrapped up their week-long trip to the fast-developing continent.
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Filed under: Africa • Laura Bush • Michelle Obama
July 2nd, 2013
08:04 AM ET
10 months ago

Giffords shoots gun during tour to promote background checks

Updated 9:48 a.m. ET, 7/2

Washington (CNN) – Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are in Alaska Tuesday on the second stop of a week-long, seven state tour across the nation trying to build public support for enhanced background checks for gun purchases.

The stops are specifically aimed at states where Senators voted no in April, such as Sen. Joe Heck (R-Nevada) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), or those who voted yes, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for the Manchin-Toomey background check provision that would have brought enhanced background checks to guns bought at shows or over the internet.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
Brother of Sen. Udall missing in Rocky Mountains
July 2nd, 2013
07:38 AM ET
10 months ago

Brother of Sen. Udall missing in Rocky Mountains

(CNN) - The brother of U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado has gone missing after backpacking alone in the Rocky Mountains.

Randy Udall, 61, went on a hike of the Wind River Range in Wyoming on June 20 and was expected back six days later.

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Filed under: Mark Udall • Wyoming
July 2nd, 2013
07:26 AM ET
10 months ago

Kremlin: Snowden gives up on plan to stay in Russia

(CNN) – Edward Snowden has abandoned his effort to seek asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin warned that he would have to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs if he wanted to stay, a Russian official said Tuesday.

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said it had submitted asylum requests to 19 more countries for Snowden, the ex-National Security Agency computer contractor who has admitted providing secret documents on surveillance programs to reporters.

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CNN Washington AM Note
July 2nd, 2013
05:19 AM ET
10 months ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona blaze 'unbearable,' governor says
They were part of an elite squad confronting wildfires on the front line, setting up barriers to stop the spreading destruction. But in their unpredictable world, it doesn't take much to turn a situation deadly. In this case, a wind shift and other factors caused a central Arizona fire, which now spans 8,400 acres, to become erratic, said Mike Reichling, Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman. Though the deaths are under investigation, the inferno appears to have proved too much, even for the shelters the 19 firefighters carried as a last-ditch survival tool.
ALSO SEE: NPR: How Firefighters Cope With Profound Tragedy
AZ Central: Yarnell Hill Fire: Feds assume command from state

CNN: Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin attacked me
Jurors got to hear George Zimmerman’s story in his own words for the first time Monday as his interviews with police were played in court. The former neighborhood watch captain is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman told police he was pursuing the teenager because there had been a rash of crime in the area. A confrontation ensued, and Zimmerman said he was forced to kill Martin.
ALSO SEE: Associated Press: Police questioning of Zimmerman grew more pointed
WATCH: VIDEO CNN's Anderson Cooper and a panel of legal experts discuss if the prosecution should have gone for second-degree murder.
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