CNN: Rain is coming to douse the heat wave, but weather could get rough
Few people look forward to rainy cold fronts, but one descending from Canada over the weekend should have heat-plagued residents from Massachusetts to Minnesota jumping for joy. It will break the grip of the humid heat wave that has smothered the northeast quarter of the nation this week like a musty wool blanket.
CNN: Detroit files for bankruptcy
Detroit filed for bankruptcy Thursday afternoon, becoming the nation's largest public sector bankruptcy. The move could slash pension benefits to city workers and retirees, and leave bond holders with only pennies on the dollar. The bankruptcy was filed by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and approved by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder said the financial condition of the city left him no choice.
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CNN: Exclusive: Juror pushes for new laws following Zimmerman trial
The woman known as Juror B37 in the George Zimmerman trial released a statement exclusively to CNN Wednesday pushing for new laws. "My prayers are with all those who have the influence and power to modify the laws that left me with no verdict option other than 'not guilty' in order to remain within the instructions. No other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured," she wrote. The juror, who was interviewed by CNN, said she will not grant other interviews and wants to get back to a normal life. "For reasons of my own, I needed to speak alone," she said.
CNN: That gooey heat? It's gets worse Thursday
Like many things in life, it's going to get worse before it gets better. That lardy layer of humid, sticky heat oozing over the Northeast and Midwest is getting hotter and spreading out Thursday. But cooling rain will wash it away in some places in the evening. The worst of it started out on the National Weather Service map as bright orange spots over parts of New England and Michigan earlier this week. The spots have grown nearly together like a bad rash, forming a seething blotch from Massachusetts to South Dakota. Heat above 90 degrees will combine with roughly 100% humidity to make it feel like it's in the 100s.
CNN: Heat over Northeast kills 6
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CNN: From jurors' voices to civil rights: Latest developments after Zimmerman trial
The George Zimmerman murder trial may be over, but details from the case continue to emerge at a dizzying pace. Several jurors have spoken out after the verdict. The prosecution's key witness has been offered a full ride to college. And Attorney General Eric Holder blasted "stand your ground" laws but gave no hint about whether Zimmerman will face civil rights charges. Here's the latest on the Zimmerman trial aftermath.
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WATCH: VIDEO CNN: Stevie Wonder announced that he will not perform in Florida until the state's "stand your ground" law is abolished.
CNN: Panama finds weapons hidden in North Korean ship arriving from Cuba
Panamanian authorities seized a North Korean-flagged vessel with an undeclared haul of weaponry in the Panamanian port of Manzanillo on Monday night, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said. Panama's security minister, Jose Raul Mulino, told CNN the ship had arrived from Cuba. Panamanian authorities had received intelligence the ship was carrying drugs, but a search Monday revealed military equipment hidden among a cargo of brown sugar. It was not immediately clear what sort of military equipment was found.
CNN: Zimmerman verdict spawns protests across country
If the George Zimmerman murder trial didn't polarize America enough, the verdict certainly did. While supporters of Zimmerman's acquittal kept largely quiet after the weekend decision, outraged protesters poured into the streets across the country Sunday and early Monday. While the vast majority of protests were peaceful, parts of Los Angeles grew tense.
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CNN: Moscow airport: Snowden to meet with human rights group
American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is due to meet with a human rights group Friday, the press service for Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport said. The former NSA contractor is believed to have been holed up in a transit area of the airport since leaving Hong Kong for Russia on June 23.
CNN: Repairs to start on San Francisco runway after Asiana crash
The runway where Asiana Flight 214 crashed over the weekend should reopen Sunday, San Francisco's airport director said late Thursday. Repairs to the runway will begin Friday after the aircraft is removed, according to John Martin.
CNN: Closing arguments set to start in Zimmerman trial
The trial of George Zimmerman, which has highlighted the issues of race and gun violence, is set to begin closing arguments Thursday. Prosecutors asked the court Wednesday to let jurors consider manslaughter and aggravated assault, but Zimmerman's lawyers objected, saying it should be murder or nothing. Judge Debra Nelson is expected to decide on that matter Thursday. The case will be in the hands of the jury Friday.
WATCH: VIDEO George Zimmerman decides not to testify, the defense rests, and prosecutors reenact the fight. Martin Savidge reports.
CNN: Accused Boston Marathon bomber faces charges, victims and the public
When the public last saw accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he was climbing out of a motorboat dry-docked in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home. He was covered in blood from bullet wounds sustained during a manhunt that brought greater Boston to a standstill. Tsarnaev was taken to hospital and he has been out of sight for the last 11 weeks. Wednesday, the 19-year-old steps back into the public eye, when he enters a courtroom for his arraignment.
CNN: 'Thank you:' Cleveland kidnapping victims speak out for the first time
For the first time since their rescue two months ago, the world is hearing directly from the three women who were held captive in Cleveland for a decade. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight released a video on YouTube, offering their thanks to all those who have supported them since they were freed from captivity.
CNN: 10 killed in Alaska air taxi fire
All 10 people aboard an air taxi were killed Sunday when it burst into flames at an Alaska airport, authorities said. Officials do not know what caused the de Havilland DHC-3 Otter to catch fire at the Soldotna Airport on Sunday morning. But by the time fire fighters and medics arrived, the aircraft was fully engulfed, said Soldotna police.