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June 26th, 2013
06:28 AM ET

Mandela's health; the latest on the former South African leader

Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital this morning.

The archbishop of Cape Town prayed with 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader’s family on Tuesday, calling for a "peaceful, perfect end." The family is said to be meeting to discuss the situation.

CNN's Robyn Curnow is live over the phone in Pretoria following his condition and the state of the nation.

The front page of a leading newspaper there reads “The Final Struggle” in the headline, Curnow reports.

“There really does seem to be quite a somber atmosphere here, as people try to come to grips with the fact that he might not be here for very much longer.”

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June 24th, 2013
06:20 AM ET

Thrill seeker Nik Wallenda completes trip over Grand Canyon – Miguel Marquez reports

Nik Wallenda does it again.

The daredevil tight-rope walker just completed what may be the greatest of his death-defying stunts—walking on a wire across the Grand Canyon, without even a safety harness or a net.

Miguel Marquez, who saw the high-wire walker in action, tells all about the “twenty two minutes and 54 second of death-defying and vertigo-inducing thrill.”

“Twice, he stopped, kneeling to regain his composure and steady the wire, quivering under his feet,” Marquez reports. “For the finale,
Nik Wallenda ran to the finish.”

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June 24th, 2013
06:01 AM ET

Mandela’s condition downgraded to critical

CNN is following the latest in South Africa now, where Nelson Mandela's condition appears to be deteriorating.

Officials there announced that the 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid leader has been downgraded from serious to critical condition as he battles a lung infection.

Robyn Curnow is reporting live this morning in Pretoria.

Mandela’s family is taking every day one at a time as he gets treated in the intensive care unit of a South African hospital, Curnow reports. His daughter Maki says she just wants him to be comfortable, and believes her father “is at peace with himself” for all he's given to the world.

But the media attention is disturbing them. “While he is at peace, they say they are angry, uncomfortable with the intense media interest.”

Maki asks for space for the family whether it's her father's last moments with them or not.

“For them Mandela is not the global icon," Curnow says. "He's a father, a grandfather, who they don't want to share with the world at this critical time…So they wait and hope.”

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June 21st, 2013
05:59 AM ET

Wall Street selloff; Dow falls 353 points – Christine Romans reports

It looks dismal on Wall Street this morning after the Dow faced its worst single day this year, plunging 353 points. And there's growing worry the bull market may be turning.

Christine Romans is covering the story.

“No sector was immune to the selling—banks battered, manufacturers mauled, homebuilders hosed,” Romans reports. "The pros on Wall Street say this was bound to happen, after months of gains and record highs.”

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June 20th, 2013
06:26 AM ET

Remembering James Gandolfini – Nischelle Turner reports

CNN is remembering James Gandolfini this morning. The 51-year-old actor died in Italy of an apparent heart attack yesterday, though the official cause is yet unknown. He was on holiday with his teenage son.

The shock struck many from his HBO family of the creators and co-stars of “The Sopranos” to his fans and the residents of New Jersey. Nischelle Turner has been watching the reaction to the death of the man best known as Tony Soprano, and the tributes continue to flow in.

“He may have enjoyed global fame but he never strayed far from home, New Jersey," Turner says.

"He was a great actor and he definitely put New Jersey in the map, all positive,” one fan said. “He just made Jersey better than it already is."

One of his best-known fans, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie released a statement saying, "It's an awful shock. James Gandolfini was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy. I was a huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically, Tony Soprano."

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June 19th, 2013
09:32 AM ET

Three charged in Ohio slavery case – Pamela Brown reports

CNN is reporting a disturbing case in Ohio today. Three people are charged with allegedly holding a mentally-challenged woman and her daughter captive in "subhuman" conditions for more than a year.

CNN's Pamela Brown is following the story Ashland, Ohio.

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June 19th, 2013
06:25 AM ET

Obama to deliver speech at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin – Brianna Keilar has the latest

This morning President Obama is in Germany, where he'll make a speech at the Brandenburg Gate.

The president spent the last two days involved in high-level diplomacy with world leaders at the G-8 Summit in Ireland.

Brianna Keilar is in Berlin with details.

June 18th, 2013
09:26 AM ET

FBI searching field for Jimmy Hoffa’s remains in Oakland Township, Michigan today – Mary Snow reports

In just a few hours federal agents will be digging again in a field in Oakland Township, Michigan in search of the remains of Jimmy Hoffa. And they're going on the word of an aging mobster who claims the former teamsters boss was buried there shortly after he vanished in 1975.

Hoffa's disappearance nearly forty years ago has been one of the most enduring mysteries of our time.

CNN'S Mary Snow takes a closer look at our fascination with that.

“Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance has confounded authorities for nearly four decades,” Snow reports. “And despite his death the speculation remains alive, about what happened to him.”

There have been theories ranging from the concept that he wasn't killed to tips about the whereabouts of his remains ever since he was last seen outside a restaurant in suburban Detroit on July 30th, 1975. “None of the leads panned out.”

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June 18th, 2013
09:25 AM ET

Authorities retrieve two teens stuck on a cliff – Miguel Marquez reports

Imagine being stuck atop a cliff, thousands of feet in the air, and the dramatic rescue mission fit for a movie.

Two boys were stuck on the rocky spine of a ridge 8,600 feet up in the air and only a few feet wide on Saturday before California Highway Patrol plucked the boys to safety with the precision of a surgeon.

Miguel Marquez has the story.

“Bad decisions 16-year-old Austin Dreschler and a friend on a family camping trip will never forget in gorgeous but unforgiving nature,” Marquez says.

With high winds up to 30 miles per hour, Marquez explains the challenge for the patrol was lowering harnesses the boys themselves had to put on, then coming back around to have them hook up to be safely carried to a landing zone miles away. It took four passes before they were successful.

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June 18th, 2013
06:33 AM ET

Uncertainty as Afghan forces officially take over national security – Reza Sayah reports

In Afghanistan today, a deadly bombing is marring what's supposed to be a major milestone.

Afghan forces are officially taking over the lead for security nationwide. But it comes the same day as a suicide attack in the capital, apparently targeting a member of parliament.

Three people were killed, 21 injured. The politician escaped unhurt.

CNN's Reza Sayah is in Kabul with the latest.

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