January 24th, 2014
10:00 AM ET

Bus Riders Subdue Attacker, Help Avert Collision; 24 Injured

A Greyhound passenger attacked the driver on a moving bus early Thursday in Arizona, police said, sending the vehicle on a jostling ride that injured 24 people. But quick-acting passengers helped prevent what could have been a gruesome outcome, authorities said.

The assailant approached the driver, hit him and tried to take control of the wheel as the bus headed east on Interstate 10 around 1:45 a.m. roughly 50 miles west of Phoenix, police said. That sent the vehicle bouncing across an uneven median, Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Carrick Cook said.

Other passengers jumped to their feet, subdued the attacker and helped the driver stop the bus in the median, just seconds before it would have barreled head-on into other vehicles, police said.

"This thing traveled about 300 feet in the median, bouncing up and down, and that's where the injuries occurred," Cook said. " ... I think the officer (at the scene) said it was about 6 feet from going into oncoming traffic."

Police said they believe the attacker was Maquel Donyel Morris, 25. He fled into the desert, but returned 30 minutes later and was arrested, Cook said.

It wasn't immediately clear what led to the attack, Cook said.

Among the injured, one suffered fractures to the lower body, and one sustained a back injury, Cook said. At least 21 were taken to hospitals, he said.

No immediate public statement was made on Morris' behalf.

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January 24th, 2014
09:56 AM ET

Court to Weigh Fate of Pregnant Texas Woman Who Family Says is Brain Dead

Is Marlise Munoz "nothing more than an empty shell," as her husband says, contending she's been brain dead since November and should be left to rest in peace?

Or is she and the fetus inside her worth sustaining using devices like a respirator and ventilator, as a Texas hospital has done?

Those overarching, complicated questions could be answered Friday, when lawyers for Munoz's family square off in court with those representing Fort Worth's John Peter Smith Hospital.

The court could provide closure to a wrenching story that started with a pregnant woman found unconscious on her kitchen floor. In the more than eight weeks since then, lying prone in a hospital bed, the 33-year-old became the focus of an intense, emotional debate about who is alive, who is dead, and how the presence of a fetus possibly changes the equation.

Hospital spokesman J.R. Labbe said last month that doctors are simply trying to obey a Texas law that says "you cannot withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment for a pregnant patient."

But to Munoz's husband, Erick, she is not a patient because she is not alive. He and other family members say the hospital should abide by her wishes - which weren't written down but, they say, relayed verbally to them - and not have machines keep her organs and blood running.

In a lawsuit trying to force the hospital to cut off those machines so they can bury her, Erick Munoz contends doctors told him his wife "had lost all activity in her brain stem" and an accompanying chart stated that she was "brain dead."

In an affidavit filed Thursday in court, Erick Munoz said little to him now is recognizable about Marlise. Her bones crack when her stiff limbs move. Her usual scent has been replaced by the "smell of death." And her once lively eyes have become "soulless."

"Over these past two months, nothing about my wife indicates she is alive," Erick Munoz said. "... What sits in front of me is a deteriorating body."

It should have been a happy time for Marlise and Erick Munoz, two trained paramedics awaiting the arrival of their second child.

Then everything came crashing down around 2 a.m. on November 26, when she was rushed to the north-central Texas hospital.

Once there, Erick Munoz said, he was told his wife "was for all purposes brain dead." The family also says the fetus may have been deprived of oxygen.

In his lawsuit, Munoz claims subsequent measures taken at the hospital - and, in turn, the state law used to justify them - amount "to nothing more than the cruel and obscene mutilation of a deceased body against the expressed will of the deceased and her family."

The family's attorneys more recently said that Marlise's fetus "is distinctly abnormal," suffering from hydrocephalus and "deformed to the extent that the gender cannot be determined."

"Quite sadly, this information is not surprising due to the fact that the fetus, after being deprived of oxygen for an indeterminate length of time, is gestating within a dead and deteriorating body, as a horrified family looks on in absolute anguish, distress and sadness," attorneys Jessica Janicek and Heather King said in a statement.

The hospital and the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, which said it will defend the medical facility, have not offered the same level of detail as members of the Munoz family.

But earlier this month, Labbe did tell CNN that his hospital believed "the courts are the appropriate venue to provide clarity, direction and resolution in this matter."

See more at CNN.com 

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January 24th, 2014
09:51 AM ET

Couple Gets an Unbearable Surprise Guest

A California couple walked out of their house and didn't notice the black bear next to them on the porch.

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January 24th, 2014
09:45 AM ET

Apple Making Bigger iPhone?

Ahh, Apple rumors. One tiny leak from the factory floor, or some creative work inside Photoshop with an existing product and the community of Mac users and Apple fans go wild.

A rumor of a larger iPhone, however, is one I would believe. Apple has kept screens pretty much the same since the introduction of the original iPhone with a 3.5" diagonal screen. They upped resolutions along the way with the Retina Display which jammed more pixels into the same sized display. Then in 2012 they added an extra bit of screen real estate, a .5", with the iPhone 5.

But along the way the competition has heated up. Android's operating system has caught up in terms of functionality and found a home on dozens of different smart devices– all of which have gotten bigger than the iPhone. Those larger screens are popular for a simple reason: photos and video. And as our phones get faster connections, streaming video is becoming even more desired.

What should we expect from Apple in an iPhone 6? Rumor says there will be a 4.5-inch and 5-inch screen which puts them in the same league as the competition. I'm sure they'll also throw in a new, thinner design and change up some of the functionality. And of course, the usual upgrades of an increase in camera resolution on the front-facing and rear cameras and the speed of the internal processor to make the phone work quicker.

How will an iPhone 6 stack up against the current offerings of Android devices? Here's the simple specs:

Samsung's Galaxy S 4 has a 5-inch Full HD (441 pixels per inch) display which is bright, colorful and great for watching video and looking at pictures you've snapped.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, packs a whopping 5.7" Full HD display into the smart phone  (it's the same resolution as the Galaxy S4 it just has a larger screen). Again, it's a great size for watching videos.

LG is also packing more pixels in their Android smart phones. The G2 has a stunning 5.2-inch display, also full HD but with 423 pixels per inch. The more pixels, the clearer the image is.

The Nexus 5 from Google is also jamming in more. The screen clocks in just under 5-inches at 4.95-inches but has 445 pixels per inch. The screen is bright, clear and impressive for watching video.

If phones get much bigger, we may be less inclined to keep them with us at all times since they won't easily tuck-away into a pocket or purse so there is clearly a limit to how big our phone screens will get.

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