CNN Freelance Journalist Abducted In Ukraine



Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) -- A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN remains in detention two days after he was abducted by pro-Russian separatists.

Armed men from the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic seized Anton Skiba outside a hotel in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk after he had worked for one day with a CNN television crew.

Since his detention, CNN has attempted through a number of different separatist officials, including the office of the separatist Prime Minister Alexander Borodai, to secure Skiba's freedom.

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Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours

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PHOENIX (AP) — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.

Wood's lawyers had filed emergency appeals with federal and state courts while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour."

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Father-Son Flight Around World Ends In Tragedy



Haris Suleman, 17, was on the adventure of his young life.

He died nearing the end of that adventure, his family learned Wednesday. But the Suleman family now hopes — and prays — that Babar Suleman, Haris' father and co-pilot, will still be found alive.

The Plainfield teen was piloting a single-engine aircraft around the world under the watchful eye of his father to try to set a world record and raise money to build schools in Pakistan.

Their plane crashed about 10:15 p.m. American Samoan time Tuesday, just 20 minutes after taking off from that island en route to Hawaii, Haris' sister, 26-year-old Hiba Suleman, said Wednesday.

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Video: Jimmy Fallon & Dwayne Johnson's Workout

Actor/Wrestler Dwayne Johnson Visited "The Tonight Show" Tuesday to promote his new movie, "Hercules." While there "The Rock" share his old VHS fitness tapes of "The Fungo Brothers" with Jimmy.

David Perdue Wins Georgia Republican Senate Runoff



ATLANTA — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in a Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

On Tuesday night, unofficial returns showed Perdue with a lead of more than 6,000 votes, with about 93% of precincts reporting.

Perdue is a former corporate CEO making his first bid for public office. He campaigned as an outsider and called Kingston a career politician who has done little to solve the nation's problems.


Twin Court Rulings Create New Uncertainty Over Obamacare

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(Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans.

The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's 2010 healthcare overhaul.

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Federal Court Deals Potential Huge Blow To Obamacare 

(AP) - A federal appeals court has thrown out an IRS regulation that implements key subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, dealing a potentially significant blow to the law. 

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals sided with plaintiffs who argued the law, as written, only allows for subsidies to be provided through state exchanges. The lawsuit, Halbig v. Burwell, has the potential to cripple Obamacare in the 36 states where the federal government provides subsidies for low-income people to buy health insurance.

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NYC Cop in Chokehold Arrest Death Stripped of Badge


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Officials say an eight-year veteran of the NYPD has been stripped of his badge and gun because of his use of a chokehold while arresting a Staten Island man who later died in police custody.

Authorities said Saturday that Officer Daniel Pantaleo has been place on modified assignment pending further investigation into the arrest of 43-year-old Eric Garner, which was captured on cellphone video showing the chokehold, a tactic prohibited by NYPD policy.

Officials said another officer involved in the arrest, a four-year veteran of the force who has not been identified, has been put on administrative duty but has not had to surrender his gun and shield.

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Actor James Garner Dies At Age 86

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James Garner, star of the long-running TV shows “The Rockford Files” and “Maverick” has died at 86, according to media reports.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8PM Saturday evening and that he was dead when they arrived. No immediate cause of death was available.

A dashing, dark-haired and dark-eyed figure with a sly sense of humor, Garner played private investigator Jim Rockford from 1974 to 1980. He came back to play the character in several TV movies in the 1990s.

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Wildfires Devastate Communities In Washington State



PATEROS, Wash. (AP) — A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes has forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community, a sheriff said Friday night.

"We basically evacuated the whole town" of Malott, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said. Those living in outlying areas of Brewster were also told to leave.

Several hours later, Rogers said one home had burned in Malott but the fire threat in Brewster had eased.

Malott is home to about 500 people, while the population of Brewster is about 2,400.

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FedEx Charged With Drug Trafficking

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FedEx is facing drug-trafficking charges after a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted the overnight shipping company, accusing it of conspiring to deliver prescription drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.

The indictment says FedEx knew for a decade that such pharmacies used their services. FedEx took steps to protect its business by setting up special credit policies for Internet pharmacies so it wouldn't lose money if police shut the sites down, the indictment says.

FedEx ignored nearly a decade of warnings from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and members of Congress, the indictment says.

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Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs



Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wasn't kidding -- he really is making bold changes.
The software giant said it would cut 18,000 jobs within the next year -- about 14% of the company's 125,000 employees. That's by far the largest round of layoffs in the company's history.

The previous record came during the lowest point of the Great Recession, when Microsoft (MSFTTech30cut more than 5,000 jobs in 2009 -- the first mass layoff in the company's history.

Most of the latest round of layoffs -- 12,500 -- will come from Nokia's devices and services business that Microsoft recently bought. 

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California Bank Robbery Turns Into Violent Gun Battle, 3 Dead



Robbers fleeing a California bank took three women hostage and led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, ending when three people were shot dead, including one of the hostages, authorities said.

During the 45 minute chase, two of the hostages were tossed out of the moving car, authorities said.

The violence erupted in Stockton, a city in the northern part of the state. Authorities say three robbers at Bank of the West made off with money and the three female hostages.

One of the hostages, identified by family and friends as Misty Holt-Singh, was dragged away by the robbers as her 12-year-old daughter watched in horror.

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U.S. Imposes Toughest Sanctions Yet On Russia



(Reuters) - President Barack Obama imposed the toughest U.S. sanctions yet on Russia, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin's powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over what Washington says is Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

By imposing penalties on Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft, its second largest gas producer Novatek and its third largest bank Gazprombank, Washington targeted Putin's allies, many of whom have become wealthy during his tenure.

Moscow denounced what it called "primitive" revenge for events in Ukraine, and pledged to retaliate with sanctions of its own. Putin said the U.S. sanctions would damage American energy companies and bring relations to a "dead end."

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White House defies congressional subpoena



The White House is defying a subpoena from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, refusing to make a top political adviser to President Obama available for testimony Wednesday morning.

The clash is the latest skirmish over the powers of the executive branch and particularly the role of White House political advisers.

Tensions flared in a letter exchange late Tuesday between the White House and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair of the panel. After a day of briefing congressional staff, a frustrated White House announced in a letter that political adviser David Simas would be a Capitol Hill no-show....

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Texas Lawmakers to Offer Bipartisan Border Bill



WASHINGTON — Two Texas lawmakers say they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill on Tuesday intended to combat the humanitarian crisis at the nation’s southern border and make it easier to send migrant children from Central America back to their home countries.

The legislation is expected to encounter resistance from some congressional Democrats. It comes as the White House has signaled a willingness to work with Republicans to win passage of President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to confront the surge of Central American migrants into the United States, with a heavy concentration of them in Texas.

The legislation by the two Texas lawmakers — Senator John Cornyn, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican, and Representative Henry Cuellar, a Democrat — would amend a 2008 law intended to stop sex trafficking...

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Details Announced in Citigroup $7B Settlement



In a settlement that will be announced Monday, Citigroup will agree to pay $7 billion to the Justice Department for misdeeds associated with the sale of mortgage-backed securities tied to the 2008 financial crisis, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the matter and media reports.

The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the settlement and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The bank has been under investigation by federal authorities for faulty mortgage securities that fueled the housing bubble a decade ago. The settlement is far higher than the $3 billion Citigroup had offered to settle, but less than the $10 billion the government was seeking, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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Israeli Commandos Clash With Hamas Gunmen



(Reuters) - Israeli naval commandos clashed with Hamas militants in a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, in what appeared to be the first ground assault of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire.

With aerial support from fighter jets, the Israeli force attacked a site in northern Gaza used to launch long-range rockets, an Israeli military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said. Militants opened fire, wounding four commandos, but the launch site was hit, he said.

Hamas said its fighters had fired at the Israeli force offshore, preventing them from landing.

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Israel Calls For North Gaza Evacuation After Raid

Iraq: Dozens killed, including 29 women in Baghdad shooting



BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into chaos."

The Sunni insurgent blitz over the past month has driven Iraq into its deepest crisis since the last American troops left in 2011, pushing bloodshed to levels unseen since the height of the Iraq war, sending Sunni-Shiite tensions soaring and raising the specter of a nation cleaved in three along ethnic and sectarian lines.

Iraq's new parliament is scheduled on Sunday to hold its second session amid hopes that lawmakers can quickly decide on a new prime minister, president and speaker of parliament — the first steps toward forming a new government. It failed to make any progress in its first session, and postponed its second session until Sunday.

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Iconic Punk Rock Drummer Tommy Ramone Dies At 62

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(CNN) -- Punk rock fuel-injected the beat of rock and roll in the mid-1970s to a frenetic tempo. On Friday, the drummer who gunned out those rhythms with pioneering punk band The Ramones passed away.

Tommy Ramone was 62 and the last living original member of the band, which debuted its first album in 1976. Ramone was also one of the band's composers, according to a biography on AllMusic.com.

A notice of his death was posted on the band's Facebook page.

With their racing-pulse beat and disparaging, cynical lyrics that were combined with oddly florid but loud guitar riffs, the Ramones kicked off a music and counterculture movement in New York that quickly spread to Britain.

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LeBron James Heading Back to Cleveland



They burned his jersey. They put his face on urinal mats. They cursed him and cursed him and cursed him, only when they weren't tearing down his billboards. The team owner ripped him to shreds in a bizarre Comic Sans font email. They cheered that.

A year after the departure, when LeBron James lost in his first NBA Finals with the Miami Heat – and Cleveland rejoiced – he responded with his own arrogance and anger.

"All the people that [were] rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today," LeBron said back in 2011.

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Falling Russian Space Junk Creates Fireball In Sky



(CNN) -- A fireball the size of a small truck, which shot through the sky over Australia Thursday night, was space junk from Russia's Soyuz rocket, astronomers said.

More accurately, it was "object 40077," the third stage of the Soyuz rocket which was launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

It was hurtling around the Earth at some 18,000 mph, or almost 29,000 kilometers per hour.

"What you're seeing in that fireball is it slowing down really fast. It's belly-flopping on the world's atmosphere at 18,000 miles an hour. That really hurts," said Jonathan McDowell, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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Germany Expels U.S. Intelligence Envoy



BERLIN — Germany’s relations with the United States plunged to a low point Thursday, with the government demanding the expulsion of the chief American intelligence official stationed here because, it said, Washington has refused to cooperate with German inquiries into United States intelligence activities.

“The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the United States Embassy has been asked to leave Germany,” a government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement

German officials have been frustrated in their efforts to receive clarification from Washington since last summer, when it was reported that the National Security Agency had been monitoring the digital communications of millions of Germans...

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Authorities: Prostitute Gave Google Executive Fatal Heroin Hit

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley success story turned sordid this week with the arrest of an upscale prostitute who allegedly left a Google executive dying on his yacht after shooting him up with a deadly hit of heroin.

Forrest Hayes, 51, was found dead by the captain of his 50-foot yacht Escape last November. At the time, a simple obituary described him as a beloved husband and father of five who enjoyed spending time with his family and on his boat.

On Wednesday, that got a lot more complicated as Alix Tichelman, 26, of Folsom, stood handcuffed and mumbling in red jail scrubs facing manslaughter charges for her role in Hayes' death, as well as drug and prostitution charges. She is being held on $1.5 million bail.

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Israel Bombs More Than 100 Targets In Gaza



GAZA CITY - Israel ramped up its offensive on Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday, bombing more than 100 targets overnight as Palestinian militants fired rocket deep into Israeli territory, striking beyond Tel Aviv in the country's coastal high-tech corridor. 

Since the Israeli offensive, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, began Tuesday, Israel has attacked more than 450 sites in Gaza, including launch pads and weapons caches. In addition, dozens of houses have been targeted. Most of the Gazans killed so far have died in their homes.

Public heath officials in Gaza said Wednesday that 35 people have been killed in the coastal strip by Israeli airstrikes, including 16 minors and five women...

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Gaza Death Toll Said To Have Reached 100