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July 24th, 2013
06:06 AM ET

Police Photog. Under Investigation for Tsarnaev Leak

Sgt. Sean Murphy, the Massachusetts police photographer who leaked photos of the surviving Boston bombing suspect, is now on desk duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The investigation is expected to take several weeks. During that time, Murphy's superiors will decide what further punishment, if any, he will face.

“Murphy could lose his job for releasing these bloody and bruised photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to ‘Boston Magazine’, a possible violation of department policy,” CNN’s Jason Carroll reports.

Murphy has said that he leaked the photos in protest to Rolling Stone Magazine's  glamorized cover of the Boston bombing suspect. Critics feel the cover likens Tsarnaev to a rock star.

Murphy is currently unable to comment because of the investigation. Yet many are rushing to defend the him, including his colleagues, who hail Sgt. Murphy as a man of honor and conscience, and his 19-year-old son.

“My dad's kind of always been a huge hero to me,” his son Connor Patrick Murphy says. “If I could be one fourth the man he is now then I could be happy with my life. I couldn't be prouder.”

The outpour of support doesn’t stop there. “A Facebook page set up in his honor has some 60 thousand followers and counting,” Carroll reports.

“Murphy's boss says it's a difficult situation, but he must maintain the integrity of the department.”

Superintendent Mass State Police Timothy Alben says, “If we get into a situation where we allow employees to cherry pick and choose what confidential information can be shared with the public, then we've lost integrity of Massachusetts State Police.”

July 23rd, 2013
06:19 AM ET

Pope Francis Makes Low-Key Visit to Brazil

Pope Francis is in Brazil this morning for his first time back in South America since being named the leader of the world's Catholics.

But it's not a trip without controversy.

A small explosive device was found this weekend near a shrine the pontiff will visit later this week. He's also facing growing discontent there within the Catholic Church.

Yet Pope Francis got off to a low key start on his biggest trip yet. He rode from the airport in a silver hatchback, sending the unmistakable message that this is a different pope.

“He drove with the windows down,” CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports from Rio de Janiero “When it came to a stop he was swarmed by pilgrims.”

But many were waiting for the pope’s first public appearance. He took a quick spin around downtown Rio and tens of thousands of followers cheered him on.

There were some protests however.

Gabriel Paulo of the Unified Socialist Party says, "We don't believe our government should spend public money our money in covering the events and security of the pope."

“"Protesters even tear gassed at Rio's government palace," Marquez says. “But excitement over this pope's visit hard to overcome,” Marquez says. “A good start for a man on a mission to reinvigorate the church.”

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July 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET

The Public Celebrates England’s Newest Royal

It’s official. England has a new heir and it’s a boy!

Announced the traditional way, on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, and spread over the world's airwaves, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, now have a son.

The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. But his name has yet to be revealed. The world awaits that revelation and the moment when the royal couple steps out of St. Mary’s Hospital with their little prince.

“There might be a moment before that when William comes out to speak to us,” CNN’s Max Foster says from outside the hospital. “That's unconfirmed so far. There is a plan in place if he decides to do that.”

Foster says the family will likely come out after the standard checkups and the mother and baby are discharged as well as when they are ready to go and face the cameras.

In fact, there was a four-hour delay between the birth and the announcement, which is longer than the media was expecting, Foster says.

“That was essentially bonding time with just the three of them spending time together, getting to know each other.”

The public is also anxious to get to know the newest royal and have been celebrating his birth ever since the announcement was made.

“There's a small crowd right now outside Buckingham Palace. They’re here to see that royal baby notice still posted on the easels in the gates of the palace forecourts,” CNN’s Erin McLaughlin reports.

“There was a party here last night. People were dancing. They were singing. They were toasting the future king.’

Follow along at CNN.com for complete coverage on the royal baby.

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July 22nd, 2013
06:12 AM ET

Ohio Police Find Three Bodies in Plastic

The grisly discovery of three decomposing bodies wrapped in plastic in East Cleveland, Ohio has authorities on their heels this morning.

One body was found in a garage Friday, and two more on Saturday; one in the basement of an abandoned house, the other in a field nearby.

“According to authorities, all three victims appear to be young, African-American women,” CNN’s Katie Murray reports.

Now, police have a suspect in custody and are searching for clues.

“Thirty-five-year-old Michael Madison is now in custody after a standoff with police,” Murray reports.

“Madison was convicted in 2001 of attempted rape and is a registered sex offender, but has not been charged yet in connection to this case....Investigators think Madison could be a copy-cat, mimicking the crimes of convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.”

Follow along  at CNN.com for developments.

July 22nd, 2013
05:43 AM ET

Royal Baby Watch: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Now in Labor

The royal baby watch is nearly over.

After weeks of waiting, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, is now in early labor.

Kate and Prince William arrived at Saint Mary's Hospital at about 6am in the U.K.

“The labor is progressing normally,” CNN’s Max Foster reports live from London.
“She’s inside [with] her full medical team, her own medical obstetricians–two of them–plus the hospital staff,” Foster says. “She could not be in better hands.”

CNN Royal Commentator Katie Nicholl has covered the royal family for more than a decade. She explains what the birth of this baby—third in line to the throne, means for the royal family.

“It will be historic child whether it's a boy or girl,” Nicholl says. “I think lot of people are hoping it will be a girl because of historical implementations that that will have.”

Standing outside of Buckingham Palace, Nicholl says, “Behind me, at the gate, is where the easel will be posted, at some point later on today when the royal baby arrives, announcing the weight, the sex, possibly name, and it will be here in keeping with royal protocol and historic tradition that everyone will find out first about the birth.”

But this is only after the Queen finds out.

“Prince William is under strict instructions to telephone the queen as soon as the birth has happened,” Nicholl says. “He will make that call on an especially encrypted phone. Royal protocol dictates that the Queen must be the first to be told before anyone else about the future heir.”

Tune in to CNN or follow along at CNN.com for developments.

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July 19th, 2013
11:36 AM ET

Zoraida Shares her Journey with Breast Cancer

Zoraida Sambolin, anchor of "Early Start," is documenting her journey with breast cancer – including a double mastectomy surgery.

She  caught up with "New Day" to update viewers on her experience thus far. Sambolin says that her prognosis is "excellent" and cancer "has been a blessing."

"When you go back and you look at that and you see your son and you see the suffering that my whole family went through, it's kind of difficult," Sambolin says.

"The road is great. I'm in the middle of reconstruction right now. And that's going really well," She adds. "You know, I've got some decisions to make whether or not I'll go on tamoxifin, it’s an invasive cancer on the left side, so I’ve got to really do a little bit more research and figure out whether that's the next step for me."


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July 19th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

A Tale of Two Jurors in Zimmerman Trial

Nearly a week after George Zimmerman was declared a free man, he is still not getting his gun back.

While Zimmerman was acquitted in the death on unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the case isn’t over for him yet. The Justice Department is requesting a hold on evidence from his murder trial while it continues to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, two jurors from the trial are now speaking out. Juror B37 spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, and Alternate Juror E54 spoke to TV station WOFL in Orlando, also requesting anonymity.

While they both arrived at the same verdict, their interviews reveal they have very different views of the defendant and what he did on that February night.

“Both think it was George Zimmerman's voice calling for help in that crucial 911 call, and they both believe Zimmerman didn't racially-profile Trayvon Martin,” CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

“But the two jurors have polar-opposite views on whether Zimmerman should've gotten out of his car and followed Martin that night.”

Jury expert and law professor Andrew Ferguson compares the two jurors through their interviews.

"That pressure of deciding and judging another human being is incredible, and here you have ordinary citizens wrestling with it,” Ferguson says. “They're wrestling with it at that moment about how we could do it, how do we process it, and did we do a good job?"

Ferguson explains that the fact that jurors are not trained for this task and given very little preparation for it, then told to make a decision, adds to that pressure. “And for many of them, they're given more power than they ever had,” Todd reports. “It adds up to enormous stress, he says, and that certainly played out in the Zimmerman trial.”

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July 18th, 2013
06:14 AM ET

Oppressive Heat Wave Hits the East

It promises to be another brutal day for much of the country with hot, humid air oppressing residents from New York to Washington D.C.

“All across the region temperatures are crowding one-hundred degrees,” CNN’s Tom Foreman reports.

“With electrical grids struggling to support the soaring demand for air conditioning, some people are being warned to conserve in whatever way they can,” Foreman says.

“In a suburban county outside of Washington, D.C., the failure of a massive water line worried hundreds of thousands of customers, and prompted mandatory usage restrictions, while utility crews rushed the repairs.”

The heat is unrelenting, with reports that at least six people are dead.

“Even though the East is the hottest, much of the nation is getting grilled, with many communities opening cooling centers for elderly people and cautioning everyone to take it easy.”

Luckily, Foreman says, “cooler temperatures are expected by the weekend.”

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July 18th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

Rolling Stone Cover Choice Leads to Outrage

All press may not necessarily be good press, not when a popular magazine puts someone on the its cover who is popular for all the wrong reasons.

The cover of Rolling Stone magazine is usually reserved for rock stars, actors and other celebrities. But the August 3rd edition features Boston marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, someone who isn't famous, but infamous - and there's already a social media backlash.

“The cover reads: "The bomber. How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster,” CNN’s Melisa Raney reports.

“It has ignited a firestorm online with people taking to social media to express their dismay.”

Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino spoke out against the cover on Wednesday saying, "Why are we going to publicize a guy who destroyed people's lives? Doesn't make any sense to me. Very poor taste."

“The magazine posted a response on its website today, saying its hearts go out to the victims,” Raney says.

The statement reads in part: “The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."

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July 18th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

Fallout Over Zimmerman Verdict Continues

It’s been four days since a jury declared George Zimmerman a free man, but the calls to action continue.

The fallout is widespread with rallies and protests across major U.S. cities demanding a change after a jury acquitted the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

“'Justice for Trayvon rallies'” are scheduled in 100 cities Saturday, to urge civil rights charges against George Zimmerman,” reports CNN’s Victor Blackwell.

And just days after Anderson Cooper’s exclusive interview with one of the jurors in the Zimmerman trial first aired, we're learning more about how the Zimmerman jury spent their 22 days sequestered when they weren’t in court.

“The six female jurors occasionally left the hotel – with court approval – going bowling, shopping, and to the movies," Blackwell says. "Seminole County officials estimate sequestration cost the county $33 thousand, all to isolate them from the controversy surrounding the trial.”

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