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.
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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.
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WATCH: VIDEO CNN's Anderson Cooper and a panel of legal experts discuss if the prosecution should have gone for second-degree murder.
CNN: 19 Arizona firefighters killed in one of nation's deadliest blazes
The 19 firefighters were members of an elite squad who get as close to the fire as possible to set up a barrier and stop its forward march. But the inferno blazing across central Arizona proved too much. The entire team was killed Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix - the deadliest wildland blaze for firefighters in more than 35 years.
WATCH: VIDEO More than a dozen firefighters were killed battling a blaze in Arizona
ALSO SEE: AZ Central: Yarnell Hill Fire: Families watch homes burn
CNNMoney: Student loan rates doubling on Monday
Students preparing to take subsidized government loans will see their interest rates double to 6.8% from current levels, starting Monday, July 1. But hope isn't lost yet. Lawmakers are working hard behind the scenes trying to strike a deal to save the 7 million college students who are slated to take the subsidized federal Stafford loans this year. Senate Democratic leaders are throwing their weight behind a bill that would extend the 3.4% rates for another year, just as Congress did last year.
(CNN) – Former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky has emerged as a possible candidate for Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is running for governor in the Keystone State.
If she decides to run, the former congresswoman could probably count on the support of a very powerful political family – her son Marc Mezvinsky is married to Chelsea Clinton.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will be the first recipient of GLAAD's "Advocate for Change" award at the organization's Media Awards in Los Angeles.
"During his administration, Clinton became the first U.S. president to appoint out gay and lesbian people to all levels of government." GLAAD officials said in a statement. "President Clinton's support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality."
Hatfield, Pennsylvania (CNN) – A small town, an energetic crowd, and a bustling factory backdrop. President Barack Obama's remarks in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, on Friday may have some Americans wondering if the president was back on the campaign trail. In a way, he is.
The president traveled to Pennsylvania for a campaign-style event, where he toured a local factory and delivered remarks on the looming fiscal cliff, a series of tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in at the beginning of the year if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deficit-reduction deal.
Washington (CNN) - Americans are far more likely to self identify as conservatives rather than as a liberals or moderate, according to a new Gallup poll released Friday.
The state with the most conservatives in the U.S. for 2010 was Mississippi, with 50.1 percent claiming conservative political views. Gallup also reported that 50.1 percent is the largest majority ever seen in the three years they have conducted this survey. Other states, including Idaho and Alabama, came in close at a little over 48 percent each.
Washington (CNN) - While the protests in Egypt have captivated the world and the news cycle, a new national survey indicates that a majority of Americans say there will be little impact from these events in the United States.
According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center released Tuesday, 58 percent of those surveyed say the protests will not have much of an affect on the United States. Meanwhile, 28 percent think there will be a negative impact, while 15 percent think the effect will be positive.
Washington (CNN) – If the latest poll numbers are any indicator, President Obama may have work cut out for him in the Sunshine State.
A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,160 registered Florida voters was released Thursday, and it appears the swing state is divided over how well the president is doing his job. While 47 percent of voters give Obama a favorable job approval rating, 49 percent disapprove. Furthermore, a slim 48 percent majority say the president does not deserve a second term, compared to the 45 percent who say he does.
Washington (CNN) - The morning after the president's State of the Union speech, politicians are already looking to 2012. In a joint press conference Wednesday morning, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and newly-minted RNC Chairman Reince Priebus discussed Obama's day trip to Wisconsin with reporters, focusing on the role the state is expected to play in the 2012 elections.
"We welcome President Obama, and I'm sure we'll see him a few times between now and 2012," Johnson told reporters "Wisconsin will be a battleground state for 2012, which will be good for us . . . when we drive into Wisconsin we want the signs to say 'Open for Business.'"
Washington (CNN) - If you have lingering questions after hearing President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, you may get the chance to ask them.
The president will participate in a live streamed YouTube interview on Thursday January 27th, taking questions posted by members of the YouTube community. According to a statement from the site, the posed questions "should be about 20 seconds long", and users will be able to vote for their favorites. The top choices will be submitted for the president to answer.