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) – A Republican congressman has accused President Barack Obama discriminating against Christians for his objections to a legal measure that would make more room in the military for religious "actions and speech."
In effect, a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, would limit a military officer's possibilities when addressing proselytizing by troops or other activities that could lead to religious run-ins. The White House believes it would lead to disruption in the ranks.
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) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney donated $5,200 to his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, on June 3, helping to bring Ryan’s second quarter haul to a total of $1.1 million.
Even before he was on the ballot to be vice president, Ryan has always been a top fundraiser in Congress. However, he became a household name thanks to Romney, who featured him heavily in events throughout the 2012 presidential campaign season.
(CNN) - A Wisconsin federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order preventing the state from enforcing a new and restrictive abortion law.
The law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker on Friday, bans doctors from performing abortions if they don't have admitting privileges to hospitals within 30 minutes of their practice.
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.
CNN: San Francisco transit workers end strike, contract talks to continue
Striking union workers for San Francisco's transit system resume work Friday without a contract while negotiations continue, officials said. "BART workers will return to service without a contract agreement in place," said Marty Morgenstern, the leader of the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency. "Both parties have agreed and are putting good faith in the continuing negotiations." The Bay Area Rapid Transit is expected to resume services at 3 p.m. local time Friday.
CNN: A day after coup, Egyptians awake to uncertainty
Egyptians awoke to an uncertain new political order on Thursday, a day after the military deposed and reportedly detained the country's first democratically elected president, put a top judge in his place and suspended the constitution. The coup that toppled Mohamed Morsy as president on Wednesday brought hundreds of thousands of people into the streets across Egypt to both applaud and assail the generals' decision to take control of the country's politics for the second time in a little over two years. It also left a series of significant questions unanswered.
CNN: McCain arrives in Afghanistan on Fourth of July visit
U.S. Senator John McCain arrived on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, a coalition spokeswoman told CNN. The Arizona Republican is expected to meet with U.S. forces.