March 13th, 2014
08:31 AM ET

Child Punched in Brazen iPad Robbery

Aaron Stillday will appear in court on March 14th after he was charged with the assault of a child during a robbery.

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March 13th, 2014
08:26 AM ET

Gruesome Shooting Scene Photos Sicken Oscar Pistorius at Murder Trial

Gruesome images shown at his murder trial Thursday were too much for Oscar Pistorius to take. He vomited.

He had covered his face before, when bloody photos flashed across court monitors of his own bathroom, where his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp lay after he shot her on Valentine's Day last year.

Otherwise, the South African Olympic runner wore an absent gaze, as he watched his defense lawyer painstakingly cross-examine a police expert, whose testimony a day earlier based on the door to that bathroom threatened to discredit him.

For a second day, attorney Barry Roux picked at forensic expert J.G. Vermeulen's testimony with fastidiously detailed questions about the validity of evidence offered by the dents, gashes and scratches on the door.

On Wednesday, Vermeulen, a police colonel, provided some of the trial's most dramatic testimony by swinging Pistorius' own bat at that very door from Pistorius' home, assembled in court for the judge in the Pretoria courtroom to see.

Pistorius, 27, has said that he bashed the door to get Steenkamp, who was 29, out of the locked bathroom by knocking a hole in it.

The prosecution does not dispute this. In fact, the prosecution and defense agree on some basic matters.

The point of contention is over a detail involving the runner's prosthetic legs.

Pistorius' natural legs are amputated below the knees, and he wears prostheses. He is widely known for the blade-shaped ones he dons for track competitions, which have garnered him the nickname "Blade Runner."

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March 13th, 2014
08:23 AM ET

Death Toll Mounts From Manhattan Blast

One minute, Colin Patterson was watching TV. The next, he saw pianos flying through the air in the shop where he works as an explosion tore through the building.

"They flew off the ground," said the piano technician, who also lives in the building in Manhattan's East Harlem. He told CNN affiliate WABC that he crawled through the rubble and managed to escape unharmed.

At least seven people were killed in the massive explosion and fire Wednesday that leveled Patterson's building and the one beside it.

Nine people remained missing hours after the blast, city officials said. Firefighters were still frantically picking through rubble in search of survivors.

Authorities say they think a gas leak was to blame, but they haven't determined an official cause yet.

The massive explosion and fire leveled two five-story apartment buildings. More than 40 people were reported injured, firefighters said.

More fatalities appeared likely. Fire officials reported that two survivors suffered life-threatening injuries.

Near 116th Street and Park Avenue, once the heart of New York's large Puerto Rican community, about a dozen firefighters tore at two-story-high mounds of bricks in a search for survivors from the two buildings, which housed a piano store and an evangelical church in addition to apartments.

As gas and electric utility workers tore up pavement in an effort to shut gas lines, people gathered in the streets, many crying.

"This is a tragedy of the worst kind," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "because there was no indication in time to save people."

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March 13th, 2014
08:21 AM ET

Report: Missing Plane Kept Flying For Hours

The puzzle over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grew even more complex Thursday when a report emerged suggesting the missing plane may have flown on for about four hours after its last reported contact.

The report from the Wall Street Journal said U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials were basing their belief that the missing plane kept flying on data automatically transmitted to the ground from the passenger jet's engines.

The newspaper attributed the information to two unidentified people who were "familiar with the details." CNN was not immediately able to confirm the report.

If the plane did indeed stay in the air for several hours after it lost contact with air traffic controllers early Saturday, the challenge facing investigators and search teams becomes immensely more complicated.

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