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March 28th, 2013
06:59 AM ET

Zoraida Sambolin gets an early look at the New York International Auto Show, opening tomorrow

The New York International Auto Show gets rolling tomorrow. Over the next 10 days, about a million people will get a chance to see all the latest models, everything from exotic cars to concept cars and more.

About 60 new automobiles will be introduced and Zoraida Sambolin had a chance to get an early test drive of sorts through the show.

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March 28th, 2013
06:58 AM ET

Pope to wash feet of young prisoners in a break from tradition ahead of Easter – Ben Wedeman explains the significance

This week is an especially important time of the year for many Catholics in preparation for Easter. Newly-elected Pope Francis will commence the papal calendar of events during the holy week ahead of Easter when he conducts a mass and performs a tradition that dates back to the time of Jesus later today.

But even with this ritual he's choosing his own path. Instead of conducting it on retired priests in a papal basilica, he will be washing the feet of prisoners at a youth detention center. CNN's Ben Wedeman explains the significance of this mass and where he chose to have it.

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March 28th, 2013
06:14 AM ET

Massive landslide threatens homes on Whidbey Island in Washington state – Dan Simon reports


A massive landslide in Washington has destroyed one home and threatens more than a dozen others, an official and CNN affiliates in the Seattle area reported Wednesday.

One home has only about 10 feet of its backyard left after the slide on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, CNN affiliate KIRO reported. That home's resident was able to escape, said Ed Hartin, fire chief at Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue.

No injuries have been reported.

The landslide cut access to 17 homes, and residents have been taken out by boat, Hartin said. Others area homes also were evacuated.

READ MORE: Massive landslide threatens Washington state homes

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March 28th, 2013
06:13 AM ET

Nelson Mandela hospitalized with a lung infection at midnight on Thursday – Errol Barnett reports


Former South African President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital after a recurrence of a lung infection, the South African president's office said Thursday.

The Nobel laureate was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night.

"Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort," President Jacob Zuma's office said in a statement.

"We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family, and to keep them in their thoughts," the statement said.

Madiba refers to his affectionate clan name, which is widely used in the nation.

READ MORE: Nelson Mandela back in hospital with lung infection

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March 28th, 2013
06:06 AM ET

Chicago teachers protest school district's plan to shutter 54 schools – Pamela Brown reports

Anger raged in the streets of Chicago last night as hundreds of public school teachers and their supporters protested the school district's consolidation plan that will close 54 schools at the end of this school year. The head of the teachers' union calls it a safety issue, saying that children should go to school where they live, not in a different neighborhood.

Pamela Brown has more on the protest and the consolidation plan. “The demonstration was non-violent. But more than 100 protesters were escorted away by police,” Brown reports. “The Chicago public school system still has to hold three meetings for each school it plans to close before the Board of Education votes on the plan in late May.”

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March 28th, 2013
06:05 AM ET

MYB: Cyprus banks open with strict limits

For the first time in nearly two weeks,  banks in Cyprus will open for business Thursday, but there are strict limits on what residents can do with their cash. Christine Romans is minding your business with the effects of the situation in Cyprus on U.S. stock futures and world markets.

Data shows that the U.S. economy is recovering. "The U.S. is going in the right direction. Cyprus tells us and reminds us that Europe is going in the wrong direction," Romans says. That can hold back investors and stock. "Cyprus is a reminder to be cautious."

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March 27th, 2013
07:47 AM ET

Fmr. CIA Dir. Petraeus apologizes for affair, says it was his own doing – Casey Wian reports


In a rare public appearance since admitting to an extramarital affair, David Petraeus apologized Tuesday night for the scandal that led to his resignation as head of the CIA last year.

Petraeus, a retired four-star general, has stayed out of the limelight since the affair was revealed in November.

"Please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters," Petraeus told a crowd gathered at a Los Angeles hotel ballroom. "I am also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing."

His comments came at an annual University of Southern California dinner to honor the military. It was one of the fist major public appearance since the scandal derailed the illustrious career of the decorated Army general.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Casey Wian reports on fmr. CIA dir. David Petraeus's apology for his career-ending affair.

READ MORE: Petraeus apologizes for affair, says 'it was my own doing'

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March 27th, 2013
07:32 AM ET

MYB: The 3 legs of your personal economy

Christine Romans looks at the health of the three elements that make up your health: your job, home value and money.

March 27th, 2013
07:23 AM ET

Will Amanda Knox be extradited to Italy to face a murder trial? Jill Doherty explains


(CNN) - Experts disagreed Tuesday over whether Amanda Knox is likely to be extradited to Italy, where the country's highest criminal court overturned her acquittal and that of her former boyfriend in the 2007 killing of her roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of murder in Kercher's death, but a jury overturned the conviction in 2011. She then returned to her home city of Seattle, Washington, where she is studying creative writing at the University of Washington, according to her family's spokesman, David Marriott.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jill Dougherty looks at the conflicting arguments and whether Knox will potentially have to face an Italian judge in her case.

READ MORE: Experts disagree over extradition for Amanda Knox

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March 27th, 2013
07:12 AM ET

VIDEO: NJ man wins $338 million Powerball jackpot – Jason Carroll reports

CNN's Jason Carroll on New Jersey resident Pedro Quezada's lucky $338 million Powerball jackpot win.

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