CNN: Deception, threats and abuse: Captives' hellish life inside Castro's home
From the outside, the home at 2207 Seymour Avenue looked like most any other in Cleveland's Westside neighborhood. From the inside, it looked like hell. There were the restraints - duct tape, plastic zip ties, metal chains fastened to a basement pole and bedroom walls - to ensure that Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus wouldn't leave. But, despite Ariel Castro's efforts, they did.
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CNN: Midnight vows: Same-sex couples ring in new lives as law takes effect
They've been a couple for two years and are eager to raise two children together. But it wasn't until Thursday that Holli Bartelt and Amy Petrich were allowed to legally wed. They wasted no time. They made plans to tie the knot one minute after a law permitting gay marriage went into effect in their home state of Minnesota. At 12 a.m. Thursday, Minnesota and Rhode Island officially became the latest among 13 states - and the District of Columbia - to allow same-sex marriage. Both states passed applicable laws in May.
CNN: What's next for Bradley Manning? Prison time could add up for convicted leaker
The sentencing hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning begins Wednesday, and in the coming days, the famed leaker will find out how much time he will serve behind bars. It could be years or decades. Judge Col. Denise Lind spared him the certainty of spending his entire life in jail Tuesday, when she acquitted him of the most grievous charge of aiding the enemy. Had she convicted him of that one charge, he could have spent life in prison without possibility of parole. But Manning was found guilty of 20 other charges under the Espionage Act. Twelve of them carry maximum sentences of 10 years each in prison.
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CNN: Whistle-blower or traitor? Bradley Manning to learn fate
After spending three years in custody, the man accused of the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history will learn Tuesday whether he has been found guilty of aiding the enemy. A verdict from the judge in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning will be announced at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the military district of Washington. If found guilty on the aiding the enemy charge, Manning could be sentenced to life in prison. He has pleaded guilty to nearly a dozen lesser charges that carry a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars. Whether Manning is a whistle-blower or a traitor who betrayed his country has been hotly debated.
WATCH: VIDEO NSA leaker Edward Snowden's father speaks to CNN about his son's actions and chances of receiving a fair trial.
CNN: Authorities want answers in boating accident that kills bride-to-be, best man
Wedding plans have turned to funeral arrangements as New York authorities try to piece together what went wrong in a horrific weekend boating accident that killed a bride-to-be and best man. "We're looking into every single thing," Rockland County, New York, Sheriff Louis Falco said. "What we're going to do is bring in an accident reconstruction team." Lindsey Stewart and Brian Bond were planning to marry on August 10.
CNN: Source: Prosecutors offer Ariel Castro a plea deal in kidnapping case
Prosecutors have offered Ariel Castro, a Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive for close to a decade, a plea deal that removes the possibility of the death penalty, a Cuyahoga County courts source said Thursday. The defense is considering the deal, and there is no signed agreement. The deal would include a recommendation to keep Castro in prison for life, the source said. "We're on the home stretch," said a second source close to the case. That source said all that remains to be done to seal the deal is for Castro to plead guilty at the podium, which could happen at a hearing scheduled for Friday.
CNN: 'Whitey' Bulger pal on his cooperation with U.S.: 'I was dead either way'
James "Whitey" Bulger's defense lawyer continued hammering away at one of the government's star witnesses in a Boston courtroom Wednesday, trying to portray the convicted killer as a pathological liar who should have called it quits and gone to the electric chair when he had the chance. "Why not take the death penalty and get it over with?" Bulger attorney Hank Brennan asked Steven Flemmi. "I was dead either way," responded the Bulger henchman, who has spent five days on the witness stand. Flemmi said he decided to cooperate with the government to spare his friends and family from having to suffer through endless trials: "I took the path of least resistance."
CNN: It's 'Whitey' vs. 'The Rifleman' as Bulger defense goes for top prosecution witness
They were partners-in-crime for more than two decades: Reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his henchman, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. In the course of three days on the witness stand in Bulger's federal trial, Flemmi has described in great detail the murders he says he witnessed Bulger commit and he has portrayed himself as a lackey following orders and getting rid of physical evidence - pulling victims' teeth to avoid identification and disposing of bodies.
CNN: Landing gear on Southwest jet collapses, 10 hurt
Ten people suffered minor injuries Monday when the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jetliner collapsed after landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport, the city's Port Authority reported. Southwest Flight 345 was landing at LaGuardia from Nashville about 5:40 p.m. when the accident occurred. The nose of the blue-and-orange jet came to rest on the ground after the aircraft came to a stop, and passengers evacuated the aircraft on emergency slides.
WATCH: VIDEO CNN's Anderson Cooper talks with Kathy Boles, a passenger on the Southwest flight that had its nose gear collapse.
CNN: Royal baby is on the way; Catherine enters hospital
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labor, Buckingham Palace announced early Monday morning. The duchess and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, his office at Clarence House announced. The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London is where William was born, as was his brother, Harry.
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