September 25th, 2013
02:26 PM ET

Three Days Of Mourning Begins In Kenya

The four-day standoff at the Westgate Mall in Kenya finally came to an end on Tuesday after Kenyan forces swept through the partially collapsed structure. Officials searched for victims, presumably buried beneath the rubble, and cleared each floor of attackers finding five of them dead. CNN's Arwa Damon reports. 

A senior government official says the fire the militants set on Monday was an escape attempt as the gunmen hoped to create a smokescreen as two of them drove out from the parking lot but were forced back in.

CNN has also learned that during the attack, the terrorists did not respond to negotiation efforts. A senior government official says they weren't interested in hostage taking, only killing.

The ordeal for Kenya is far from over.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said, "We have shamed and defeated our attackers...these cowards will meet justice as will their accomplices and patrons wherever they are."

He has declared  three days of national mourning starting today to honor the victims of the attack.

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September 25th, 2013
02:16 PM ET

Iran And U.S. Call For New Era Of Cooperation

A historic handshake didn't materialize at the United Nations Tuesday between President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani, but a new era of cooperation between the two countries may be on the horizon.

CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto reports.

White House officials say the President was prepared to shake hands but President Rouhani was not, though both used the idea of mutual respect in their speeches.

President Obama said, "I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road towards a different relationship – one based on mutual interests and mutual respect."

President Rouhani: "Iran seeks constructive engagement with other countries based on mutual respect and common interest, and within the same framework does not seek to increase tensions with the United States."

Obama then publicly directed Secretary of State John Kerry, seated in the audience not far from his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Zarif, to immediately pursue a nuclear agreement with Iran, though he cautioned the U.S. must know Iran is serious.



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September 25th, 2013
12:41 PM ET

7th Graders Suspended For Firing Pellet Guns By Bus Stop

The parents of two suspended 13-year-old Virginia boys say zero tolence has gone too far. At least two Virginia Beach 7th graders won't be attending class Wednesday after being suspended for shooting toy pellet guns, not at school, but near their school's bus stop.

CNN's Zoraida Sambolin reports.

Their parents, outraged at the punishment of year-long suspensions, argue the boys were on private property. Khalid Caraballo and Aidan Clark, speaking exclusively to Piers Morgan Tuesday night, said the weapon was just a toy.

Caraballo said: "It's an air soft gun, it's meant for shooting at the target and that's what we were doing."

On Tuesday, the school district disciplinary committee unanimously voted to suspend the boys for the remainder of the school year for possession, handling, and use of a firearm.

In a statement to CNN, Daniel D. Edwards, Chairman of the Virginia Beach School Board said:

"The students in question were witnessed taking aim at other students, not just from private property but in the streets of their neighborhood as well – all while awaiting the arrival of their school bus."


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September 25th, 2013
12:28 PM ET

Obamacare: Here's What You Need To Know About Insurance Exchanges

A key provision of Obamacare, online insurance exchanges, are now up and running. CNN's Sanjay Gupta outlines the details you need to know now.

As of October first:

–  About 30 million of uninsured Americans will be able to buy health insurance

– People can sign up for a health plan by mail, in person or online

– They'll be able to compare the plans available in their state and find out if they qualify for discounts on their monthly premiums - or for even cheaper or free care through medicaid or the children's health insurance program

– Prices will vary depending on where you live and what kind of plan you choose and premium rates could change over time

If you already get health insurance through your job, you don't have to buy a new plan through the exchange.

If you're covered through government programs like medicare, medicaid and veterans programs, you don't have to worry about signing up for a new plan either.

But if you buy your own health coverage, you may need to sign up for a new plan if the one you have doesn't meet the law's new rules.

If you can afford to buy coverage but don't you might have to pay a fine that will go up every year you're uninsured.


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