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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 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 12th, 2013
06:43 AM ET

DNA evidence points to long-suspected Boston strangler

It was a crime unsolved for decades. Authorities long thought they knew who killed nearly a dozen women in the Boston area in the early 1960s, but they were never sure.

Almost a half century later, CNN’s Susan Candiotti reports, DNA is providing some answers.

“Albert Desalvo confessed to being the notorious Boston strangler, but police never proved it,” Candiotti says.

Of the 11 women the Boston strangler had raped and strangled between 1963 and 64 year, 19-year-old Mary Sullivan is believed to be the Boston strangler's final victim.

“Thanks to new technology, authorities say, they've matched DNA from one of the strangler's relatives to DNA preserved 49 years ago from the crime scene and victim Mary Sullivan,” Candiotti says.

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July 11th, 2013
06:44 AM ET

Angry residents want answers after train explosion – Anna Coren reports

The heart of a small town in Quebec is now a scorched disaster zone after a runaway freight train carrying 73 cars of crude oil derailed and exploded there, bursting into flames.

Twenty people are confirmed dead, with 30 still missing and presumed killed in the inferno.

The death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of that deadly train explosion in Lac Megantic, where angry residents are demanding answers.

CNN’s Anna Coren
has their story.

“Police say they've found evidence of tampering on the locomotive and have launched a criminal investigation,” Coren reports.

“Separately, the engineer has been suspended without pay over whether or not enough brakes were engaged on the train. But that didn't stop local residents from directing their anger at the train company as this mourning township demands answers.”

“It's a bomb that is on the railroad," local resident Patrice Laframbuise says. “Why is it normal that this is acceptable?”

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July 9th, 2013
05:52 AM ET

NTSB interviewing 4 pilots from Asiana Airlines jet – Miguel Marquez reports


Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was flying far slower than recommended as it approached San Francisco International Airport just before its crash landing on Saturday, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

The Boeing 777 was traveling at approximately 106 knots (122 mph) upon impact and at about 118 knots (136 mph) 16 seconds before impact at an altitude of about 200 feet; the recommended speed upon approach to the runway threshold is 137 knots (157 mph), Deborah Hersman told reporters.

The onboard systems warned the crew the plane was about to stall four seconds before the crash, she said.

That warning comes in the form of a "stick-shaker," said Arthur Rosenberg, a pilot, engineer and partner with the New York-based law firm Soberman & Rosenberg, which specializes in litigation stemming from plane crashes. "It's basically saying, 'Hey idiot, wake up and do something ... Now!"

READ MORE: Asiana Flight 214 was traveling slower than recommended on landing

Filed under: Aviation • Investigation • Plane
July 8th, 2013
06:01 AM ET

The investigation into Flight 214 – Rene Marsh reports

CNN is covering the latest on Asiana Airlines Flight 214, coming in for a landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday when something went terribly wrong.

The plane slammed into the runway, killing two and injuring more than 180.

CNN has learned that the pilot in the captain’s seat had only 43 hours of experience flying the Boeing 777. This was his first landing in this plane at San Francisco International, though he had landed other jets at the airport before.

And the crew tried to abort the landing just seconds before the crash. But there may not have been enough time.

CNN’s Rene Marsh is reporting the latest.

Follow along on CNN.com for more on the investigation.

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July 5th, 2013
06:43 AM ET

Missing child Madeleine McCann still alive?

CNN is reporting a stunning development in the case of missing child that drew worldwide attention in 2007.

Madeleine McCann was 3 years old when she disappeared while on vacation with her family in Portugal, 6 years ago.

Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann have since campaigned tirelessly to keep her in the public's memory, while raising Madeleine's two siblings.

Now British police say they have new leads and they believe Madeleine may be alive.

Atika Shubert is following the story.

British police are reopening the investigation, called Operation Grange. “They want to question 38 people across Europe, including 12 British nationals who they believe were in Portugal at the time,” Shubert reports.

"There is no clear definitive proof that Madeleine McCann is dead,” says DCI Andy Redwood of the Metropolitan Police. “So, on that basis, I still genuinely believe that there is a possibility that she’s alive."

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June 12th, 2013
06:24 AM ET

Woman tracks down father's alleged killer – Poppy Harlow reports

It took 26-years to find her father's killer. Now Joselyn Martinez says she finally has justice.

Martinez tirelessly tracked social media for a decade, spending less than 300 dollars to hunt down the man she says killed her father. Due to her unwavering commitment, that man is in custody this morning.

CNN's Poppy Harlow spoke to Martinez and has more on the story.

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June 12th, 2013
06:15 AM ET

Ariel Castro to be arraigned today – Pamela Brown reports

In Ohio today, Ariel Castro is scheduled to be arraigned on more than 300 counts.

He's the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and holding three young women captive for close to ten years. Pamela Brown has more on the case.

April 4th, 2013
06:50 AM ET

WV sheriff shooting suspect in custody while investigators try to determine motive – Susan Candiotti reports


CNN) - A man suspected of killing a West Virginia sheriff remained hospitalized early Thursday, with officials describing his condition as "touch and go."

Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, is accused of shooting Mingo County Sheriff Walter E. "Eugene" Crum as the lawman was eating lunch just blocks away from a courthouse Wednesday. The suspect parked his car close to Crum's department vehicle, walked up to the vehicle and shot through the window, according to a state official briefed on the investigation

This morning on "Early Start," Susan Candiotti has the latest on the investigation into the motive behind the shooting death of West Virginia Sheriff Walter Crum.

READ MORE: Condition of suspect in West Virginia sheriff slaying 'touch and go'

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