November 30th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
8 months ago

U.S. 'deeply concerned' about citizens held in North Korea, including Newman

(CNN) - The U.S. government is "deeply concerned" about two American citizens detained in North Korea, including 85-year-old Merrill Newman, a National Security Council spokeswoman said.

"Given Mr. Newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge (North Korea) to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family," said Caitlin Hayden, the NSC spokeswoman.

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Filed under: North Korea
October 22nd, 2013
08:56 PM ET
9 months ago

HHS chief: President didn't know of Obamacare website woes beforehand

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama didn't know about the problems with the Affordable Care Act's website - despite complaints from insurance companies and the site's crashing during a test run - until days into its now well-documented abysmal launch, the nation's health chief told CNN on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted Tuesday that there is significant concern in her department and the White House over the technical debacle surrounding the Obamacare website's rollout. The site was supposed to make it simple for people to search and sign-up for new health care policies starting on October 1, but instead it's been clunky and, at times, inoperable.

Watch part two of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's interview here. Part one is above.

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Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns - but says he faced 'hysteria of a lynch mob'
August 23rd, 2013
06:46 PM ET
11 months ago

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns - but says he faced 'hysteria of a lynch mob'

(CNN) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign, a city official announced Friday, an action that Filner had long resisted despite being under intense public pressure to do amid a torrent of sexual harassment claims.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced around 3:45 p.m. (6:45 p.m. ET) that the City Council, during a closed-door session, had accepted the terms of an agreement with Filner that was reached after three days of mediation talks.

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Filed under: Bob Filner • California
July 12th, 2013
07:32 AM ET
1 year ago

San Diego mayor admits he needs 'help' amid sexual harassment allegations

(CNN) – Dogged by allegations of sexual harassment, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner admitted Thursday "that I need help" but stopped short of resigning.

"I'm clearly doing something wrong," he said.

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Filed under: California
Ex-ambassador, Massachusetts Gov. Cellucci dies after battling ALS
June 9th, 2013
08:19 AM ET
1 year ago

Ex-ambassador, Massachusetts Gov. Cellucci dies after battling ALS

(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci - who later served as U.S. ambassador to Canada - died Saturday after battling ALS, the University of Massachusetts Medical School said.

He was 65.

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Filed under: Massachusetts
Affidavit: Dust mask tied to suspect tests positive for ricin
Federal law enforcement officials search a second home in connection with the investigation of ricin-tainted letters being sent to President Barack Obama and other officials. In Tupelo, Mississippi on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Tupelo Taekwood Plus, the former karate studio of James Everett.Dutschke, is searched. (Vivian Kuo/CNN)
April 30th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Affidavit: Dust mask tied to suspect tests positive for ricin

(CNN) – A dust mask linked to 41-year-old Mississippi man James Everett Dutschke, among other samples, tested positive for ricin, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

Federal authorities arrested Dutschke on Saturday on charges of possessing and using ricin in connection with letters sent to, among others, President Barack Obama.

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Filed under: Mississippi
Arkansas governor vetoes bill to ban abortions past 12 weeks
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March 4th, 2013
06:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Arkansas governor vetoes bill to ban abortions past 12 weeks

(CNN) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a bill Monday afternoon that would have prohibited abortions if a fetus's heartbeat could be detected 12 or more weeks into a pregnancy.

Called the "Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act," the bill would have required testing to determine "whether the fetus that the pregnant woman is carrying possesses a detectible heartbeat."


Filed under: Abortion • Arkansas
Beyoncé admits singing 'with my prerecorded track' at inauguration
January 31st, 2013
04:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Beyoncé admits singing 'with my prerecorded track' at inauguration

(CNN) – Yes, Beyoncé can sing - all by herself, thank you very much.

That much she showed Thursday, when she opened her appearance before reporters in New Orleans - where she's set to headline the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance Sunday - with a stirring, a cappella rendition of the national anthem.

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Filed under: Inauguration