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July 29th, 2013
07:09 AM ET

Hudson River Boating Accident: Police Discover Body of 'Best Man'

Authorities in New York believe they found the body of a man set to be the best man at a wedding. He's the second victim of a tragic boating accident that killed the bride-to-be, and left her intended injured.

Lindsey Stewart and Brian Bond were the picture perfect couple. The two – engaged to be married – were set to wed on August 10th, until they decided to take a boat ride Friday night up the Hudson River, CNN's Alina Cho reports.

Just minutes after leaving the marina around 10:00 pm ET, the small speed boat, carrying 6 people, struck a barge.

The bride-to-be and best man were ejected, and the groom-to-be was among the 4 survivors. He was knocked unconscious and when he awoke, he immediately called for help.

"There was a body recovered of a female, who basically fit the description of the person who is missing," says Chief William Barbera of the Rockland County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say it appears the driver of the boat, a 35-year-old man and friend of the couple, was intoxicated. He's been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

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July 15th, 2013
06:03 AM ET

Remembering Cory Monteith – Nick Valencia reports

Hollywood this morning is remembering Cory Monteith, a TV star whose bright career was suddenly cut short when he was found dead in a downtown Vancouver hotel room.

CNN's Nick Valencia has more on that tragic news.

“News of the death of 31-year-old ‘Glee’ actor Corey Monteith stunned his closest friends,” Valencia says. “His cause of death was not immediately clear, but at a press conference late Saturday, police ruled out foul play.”

Skyrocketing to fame in 2009 as the lovable, heartthrob quarterback on the hit FOX TV series, Monteith was just beginning to find success, but his troubles have long followed him.

“Since he was 13-year-old, Monteith openly said he battled with his sobriety,” Valencia reports.

“It was just four months ago when the Canadian actor voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility. His friends and girlfriend were encouraged by his steps to stay clean.”

His friend Adam Shankman spoke on the phone to Monteith just hours before his death.

Shankman shares that Monteith even said, "I'm feeling fantastic again." Shankman explains, "He was obviously referring to that moment he had this year with going to rehab. So I'm like everybody else really devastated and confused by what happened."

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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 8th, 2013
05:33 AM ET

Five killed and 40 missing in Canada train disaster – Paula Newton reports

CNN is reporting a horrific runaway train disaster in Canada this morning.

A train loaded with crude oil derailed, crashed and exploded into flames in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

At least five people are dead and another 40 still unaccounted for after the disaster. Authorities expect the death toll to climb.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the small Canadian town now looks like a "war zone".

CNN’s Paula Newton is live in Lac-Megantic with details.

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July 8th, 2013
05:32 AM ET

What went wrong with Asiana Flight 214? – Miguel Marquez reports

CNN is reporting new details about the man who was at the controls of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it went down Saturday.

Two were killed in the tragedy and more than 180 injured.

South Korean officials say the pilot had little experience flying a Boeing 777, and had never landed one at this airport before, though he had landed there in other planes several times.

CNN's Miguel Marquez is live At san Francisco International Airport with more about how this seemingly routine flight turned tragic.

Follow along at CNN.com for more details.

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July 1st, 2013
05:48 AM ET

Nineteen firefighters die in Arizona fighting Yarnell Hill fire – Kyung Lah reports

CNN is following the latest out of central Arizona, where 19 firefighters were killed battling an out-of-control blaze. It is now the greatest loss of life for firefighters since 9/11.

Located near Phoenix, the Yarnell Hill fire has now grown to 6,000 acres and burned dozens of structures. Authorities believe it began with a lightning strike and is being fueled by extreme heat, drought conditions and gusty winds.

CNN's Kyung Lah is on the phone with more from Arizona.

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