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Tamir Rice probe transferred to county

  • Tamir Rice, 12, was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer
  • Police say the boy held an air pistol that looked like a real gun

(CNN) -- The investigation into the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy by a Cleveland police officer has been transferred to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, the city of Cleveland announced Friday.

A Cleveland police officer fatally shot Tamir Rice in November in a city park. Police said the boy was reaching for an air pistol in his waistband that the officer thought was a real gun.

"This decision to turn the investigation over was made to ensure that transparency and an extra layer of separation and impartiality were established," Mayor Frank G. Jackson said. "I believe that the best way to ensure accountability in a use of force investigation is to have it completed by an outside agency."

No charges have been filed. The investigation will be conducted by Chief Clifford Pinkney of the sheriff's office, which will present information to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office for determination of possible charges.

The Tamir Rice shooting was one one of several police shootings of African-American males in 2014 that sparked a series of anti-police demonstrations across the United States.

Justice Dept.: Cleveland police has pattern of excessive force

CNN's Sarah Jorgensen contributed to this report.

Cancers blamed on ‘bad luck’

  • Roughly two-thirds of cancers in adults can be attributed to random mutations, study says
  • "The remaining third are due to environmental factors and inherited genes"
  • Behaviors (e.g. smoking, excessive sun exposure) still strongly tied to some cancers
  • Medical statistician emphasizes the need for early detection

(CNN) -- Ever marvel at someone who smoked and still lived to be 90? Just plain good luck, researchers say. And those who live like Puritans and get cancer anyway?

That's bad luck -- and it's the primary cause of most cancer cases, says a Johns Hopkins Medicine research study.

Roughly two-thirds of cancers in adults can be attributed to random mutations in genes capable of driving cancer growth, said two scientists who ran statistics on cancer cases.

That may sound jaw-dropping. And Johns Hopkins anticipates that the study will change the way people think about cancer risk factors.

They also believe it could lead to changes in the funding of cancer studies, with a greater focus on finding ways to detect those cancers attributed to random mutations in genes at early, curable stages.

Smoking can still kill you

But, no, that's not permission to smoke or to not use sunblock.

Some forms of cancer are exceptions, where lifestyle and environment play a big role. Lung cancer is one of them. So is skin cancer.

And, if cancer runs in your family, this unfortunately doesn't mean you're in the clear. Some cancers are more strongly influenced by genetic heritage than others.

"The remaining third (of cancer cases) are due to environmental factors and inherited genes," the Kimmel Cancer Center said in a statement on the study published Friday in the magazine Science.

In fact, all three factors work together.

"All cancers are caused by a combination of bad luck, the environment and heredity, and we've created a model that may help quantify how much of these three factors contribute to cancer development," said cancer researcher Bert Vogelstein.

Compounding matters

An unhealthy lifestyle can compound matters, but more for some cancers than for others, the scientists said.

"Changing our lifestyle and habits will be a huge help in preventing certain cancers, but this may not be as effective for a variety of others," medical statistician Cristian Tomasetti said.

He placed heavy emphasis on early detection.

Stem cells in our organs divide constantly to replenish damaged tissue. Sometimes there are random mistakes in the replication of DNA, small mutations, Vogelstein said.

Some genes, when they mutate, are more apt to promote cancer growth.

"The more these mutations accumulate, the higher the risk that cells will grow unchecked, a hallmark of cancer," Vogelstein said.

Scientist have known this for a long time, but what the study reveals was how big of an influence it is.

"The actual contribution of these random mistakes to cancer incidence, in comparison to the contribution of hereditary or environmental factors, was not previously known," says Vogelstein.

Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, told CNN the study was "good science" that backed up what many scientists already thought.

"This is actually just confirmation of something that we have known for probably 20 years," he said.

"As we have learned more and more about cancer ... we've come to realize that a number of cancers start purely because of mutations that happen that are just unexplainable. Bad luck is, unfortunately, the right way to explain it."

Those cancers that develop have escaped at least three fail-safe systems in the body that deal with these cell mutations, he said; these are programmed cell death, or apoptosis, DNA repair enzymes and certain cells in the immune system.

Cell division and statistics

For their study, the two scientists came up with an average total number of cell divisions in 31 different tissues within a human lifetime. And they looked at the cancer risk in each of those tissues.

They determined that the more a tissue's cells divide, the higher the chance cancer could develop in that tissue.

"Our study shows, in general, that a change in the number of stem cell divisions in a tissue type is highly correlated with a change in the incidence of cancer in that same tissue," says Vogelstein.

Colon tissue, for example, divides much more than other intestinal tissue, and cancer in the colon is much more prevalent there, the study said.

With colon tissue, the scientists took environmental influences into account.

Doing the math overall, the two scientists arrived a rate at which cancer risk can be explained by the cell divisions. It was 65%, they said.

Lifestyle

But the researchers drew a line between one group of cancers and another. Of the 31 they looked at, they determined that 22 were basically "bad luck" cancers.

But nine others appeared at rates noticeably higher than could be expected from cell division alone -- which the researchers said is probably due to habits, pollution or genetics.

No surprise: Lung cancer and skin cancer were two of them, they said. Smoking and too much sun exposure are still strongly linked to those cancers.

Brawley said the study's findings should be no reason to alter behaviors shown to lessen the risk of cancer.

"We have good epidemiological data to show that people can reduce their risk of cancer and I would encourage them to do those things," he said.

They include not smoking, managing their weight so they don't become obese and taking physical exercise, he said.

As for the suggestion the study's findings may prompt changes in funding, Brawley said he would be pleased just to see more money go into research.

"Only 10% of the grants submitted to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) actually get funded because we have such a shortage of money," he said.

"We invested in the United States last year $5 billion in cancer research. I would like to see more."

CNN's Laura Smith-Spark and Alexander Felton contributed to this report.

Harry Reid hurt in fall

  • NEW: President Barack Obama called the injured incoming Senate minority leader
  • Sen. Harry Reid broke facial bones and ribs in an exercising accident Thursday
  • He's expected back in Washington this weekend is expected to fully recover

(CNN) -- Sen. Harry Reid, 75, is recovering at home after he broke "a number of ribs and bones in his face" when he was exercising, his office said Friday in a statement.

The Nevada Democrat was using a piece of equipment to exercise on Thursday when it broke, causing him to fall.

His doctors expect a full recovery, and he's set to return to Washington over the weekend before the Senate reconvenes next week.

According to the statement, the Senate Democratic Leader was treated and admitted overnight as a precaution at University Medical Center in Las Vegas after first being transported to St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson by his security detail.

President Barack Obama called Reid on Friday, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters, "to wish him a full and speedy recovery."

Reid's office later announced Friday that Reid had been discharged from the hospital.

"He spent the day with his wife, Landra, talking to fellow senators, friends and staff and preparing for the Senate's return," Reid's Deputy Communications Director said in an emailed statement Friday. "He sends his thanks to all those who sent warm wishes and is ready to get back to work."

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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, was quick to make a joke and wish his colleague well.

It's not the first time Reid has hurt his ribs in recent years. In October 2012, his motorcade was involved in a multi-car accident in Nevada that left him with rib and hip contusions. He went to the hospital but was released shortly afterward.

In 2011, Reid also suffered minor injuries after slipping and falling in the rain while running outside in Washington, resulting in a dislocated shoulder and a bruise around his left eye.

Reid will become the Senate Minority Leader when Congress reconvenes.

Officers shot; 2 bodies found

  • NEW: Fire marshal: Blaze was intentionally set at victims' North Carolina house
  • NEW: The victims "would give the shirts off their back," the fire marshal adds
  • Authorities found their bodies in a truck driven by a man involved in a police shootout
  • 2 police suffered non-life threatening wounds; 2 suspects were taken by authorities

(CNN) -- Really good people.

That's how Judy Law of Oxford, North Carolina, described her neighbors Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife, Dora, 62. The couple were found dead Thursday by West Virginia authorities, their bodies hidden under a mattress in a red Chevrolet truck after two police officers were shot and wounded at the scene.

"They kept to themselves, but when someone needed them, they were there," Law said of the Faulkners. "I can't even begin to understand why something like this happened."

The first sign of something amiss came Thursday morning, when Law woke to sirens and fire trucks congregating about 500 feet up the road at the Faulkners' home in Oxford.

Granville County Fire Marshal Doug Logan said the blaze was set intentionally, destroying the house. Video showed that it left little more than the home's front steps, its foundation and some scorched framing.

The county's sheriff, Brindell B. Wilkins Jr., told CNN affiliate WRAL that the Faulkners had been at home when two men came in, set their house ablaze and took off with the couple in their pickup truck. They'd be found dead hours later.

"(Jerome Faulkner) and his wife were good, fine people," said Logan. "They were the kind of people that would give you the shirts off their back.

"Why would anyone want to do this to them?"

West Virginia police shot at during traffic stop

More than 200 miles to the northwest, two police officers from the town of Lewisburg, West Virginia, pulled over a white Chevrolet SUV with North Carolina plates after learning it had been reported stolen.

As the officers were conducting the traffic stop on Interstate 64, a red Chevrolet truck pulled up alongside them, West Virginia State Police Lt. Michael Baylous said.

The driver of the truck then "pulled a handgun and shot at both officers," he said.

Group: Ambush attacks on officers increase

The drivers of both Chevrolets fled. The man behind the wheel of the red truck "went over the hillside and was eventually taken into custody," while the other motorist "drove behind a guardrail on the interstate and hid for a short amount of time," Baylous said.

"Eventually, he walked up to the interstate and turned himself in to law enforcement without incident," the State Police lieutenant added.

One of the suspects, 21-year-old Eric Campbell, was in the South Regional Jail in Beaver, West Virginia, on Friday, corrections Officer Jonathan Keller said. He is being held on two counts of malicious assault and two counts of attempted homicide, all charges related to the police shootout.

His father, Edward Campbell, is now in a West Virginia hospital but will face the same charges, according to Baylous. He said the pair are from Alvin, Texas, a Houston suburb some 1,200 miles from where they were found.

"We believe if the West Virginia police had not have stopped them that this crime spree would have continued on," said Wilkins, the Granville County sheriff. "And it's no telling from the investigation at this point what we're going to find."

Neighbor of victims: 'It's senseless'

The West Virginia police officers who the father and son pair allegedly shot and wounded were taken to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in nearby Ronceverte. Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester said Friday morning that the officers are both doing fine after undergoing minor surgeries.

"I'm thankful that the officers will make a full recovery," the mayor said. "Officers put themselves in dangerous situations every day. You never know what will be following you out the door."

While the Campbells were arrested in the shooting of those two officers, it was not immediately clear what charges the father and son will face in connection with Jerome and Dora Faulkner.

Their deaths have already shaken people in Oxford, a tight-knit town of about 8,000 people 30 miles northeast of Durham.

Jerome Faulkner was chief of the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department in Oxford before retiring. One of his two sons, with the Raleigh Fire Department, followed him into the field, according to Logan.

Law, for one, is having trouble understanding how something so bad could happen to such good people.

"It's senseless," she said.

CNN's Kevin Conlon, Dave Alsup and Mayra Cuevas contributed to this report.

Lawsuit inspires #ShadesofRevlon

Revlon CEO Lorenzo Delpani, at right with company investor Ron Perelman and actress Olivia Wilde, is facing a lawsuit.
Revlon CEO Lorenzo Delpani, at right with company investor Ron Perelman and actress Olivia Wilde, is facing a lawsuit.
  • Lawsuit accuses Revlon CEO of being racist
  • Twitter responds with #ShadesofRevlon
  • CEO accused of disdain for some groups

(CNN) -- The accusations against the Revlon CEO are ugly -- but that doesn't mean Twitter can't pretty them up with some humor.

According to the New York Post, the cosmetics company's CEO, Lorenzo Delpani, is being sued by a former company scientist, Alan Meyers, for discrimination.

Meyers says in the suit that the Italian-born Delpani expressed disdain for such groups as Jews, blacks and Americans as a whole. According to the suit, Delpani said he could "smell a black person when he entered a room," noted that "Jews stick together" and said Americans were "small-minded" and "dirty."

A Revlon representative told the Post that the suit was a product of an unhappy ex-employee. Meyers was let go because he "repeatedly demonstrated critical lapses in judgment and failed to perform at the high standard we demand of our employees," she said.

Nevertheless, the kerfuffle hasn't stopped wags on Twitter from making the hashtag #ShadesofRevlon trend, whether out of outrage or comic potential.

"Don't forget #ShadesOfRevlon's fragrance line: Dirty Americans perfume, Black Room cologne, & Yiddish Smell of Success. Last 2 KKK-approved!" wrote Chris Six.

"Malcolm X-foliating cream," suggested Ryan Dalton.

It may be a while before some customers kiss and make up with the makeup giant.

To a tweet that said, "Black twitter will NEVER let you off the hook," the Kitchenista was in blunt agreement.

"Not ever," she wrote.

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Fatah posts skulls with Jewish stars

  • The image was posted to Fatah's official Facebook page
  • Contacted by CNN, a Fatah official said the party wants the photo removed
  • It's the latest controversial image from Palestinian Authority President Abbas' party

(CNN) -- The political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas posted a drawn image online showing a large pile of skulls and skeletons with Jewish stars on them.

An Israeli government spokesman called it "despicable."

Along with the image, posted Wednesday to the Facebook page of the Fatah party, are the words "lingering on your skulls."

When contacted by CNN on Friday, a member of the Fatah Central Committee disavowed the image.

"Fatah did not design this image," Mahmoud al-Aloul said. The person who posted it to Fatah's page "is currently being asked to remove it. The image and the text do not reflect the opinions of Fatah." The image was then pulled from the page.

The image, which also includes a rifle and the Fatah flag, quickly drew the ire of some people who saw it on social media. Some, including Ofir Gendelman, spokesman for Israel's Prime Minister, pointed to it as a sign that Fatah is not as "moderate" as it's often described.

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Fatah is considered the more moderate of the two major Palestinian political parties. Hamas, which controls Gaza, has engaged in repeated battles with Israel in recent years. Fatah controls the West Bank.

("Fatah may not be moderate, but relative to Hamas, it is restrained," Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute said in congressional testimony in 2013.)

The image was posted as part of an online celebration of Fatah's 50th anniversary. The group was founded on January 1, 1965, carrying out its first major attack against Israel.

Ehud Yaari of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy called the latest image "typical of their ongoing propaganda."

It's not the first time Fatah Facebook images have sparked anger. After three Israeli teens were kidnapped and killed last year, "The Facebook page for Fatah, the Palestinian Authority's main party, had a number of cartoons, including one showing the three teenagers as Jewish rats, wearing yarmulkes, caught on a fishing line," world affairs columnist Frida Ghitis wrote on CNN.com.

CNN's Irene Nasser in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

Former New York Gov. Cuomo dies

  • Mario Cuomo dies "from natural causes due to heart failure," his family says
  • He shot to national fame at the 1984 Democratic National Convention
  • Cuomo is remembered as "the last liberal giant of New York politics"

(CNN) -- Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo -- who rose from the Depression-era streets of Queens to serve three times as governor and whose passionate keynote address at the 1984 Democratic political convention vaulted him onto the national political scene -- died Thursday. He was 82.

Cuomo had been hospitalized recently to treat a heart condition. His family said he passed away, at home, from "natural causes due to heart failure."

Cuomo was governor for three terms, from 1983 to 1995.

He was married to his wife, Matilda, for more than six decades. They had five children, including current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was sworn in for his second term Thursday, and Chris Cuomo, host of CNN's "New Day."

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo dead at 82

Asked once how he wanted to be remembered, Mario Cuomo replied: "One of the simple things I wanted to achieve is -- I want to be governor. I want to be the hardest working there ever was. And I want, when it's over -- and I figured on four years at first -- I want people to say, now, there was an honest person."

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo died Thursday, January 1, according to his son and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. Mario Cuomo had been hospitalized recently to treat a heart condition. He was 82. Click through to see the life and times of one of America's storied politicians:Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo died Thursday, January 1, according to his son and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. Mario Cuomo had been hospitalized recently to treat a heart condition. He was 82. Click through to see the life and times of one of America's storied politicians:
Mario Cuomo is seen with his family in 1977. Mario Cuomo is seen with his family in 1977.
Democratic mayoral candidates Ed Koch, left, and Cuomo take part in a debate at the New York Daily News. Democratic mayoral candidates Ed Koch, left, and Cuomo take part in a debate at the New York Daily News.
Cuomo and his wife, Matilda, celebrate his upset victory over Koch in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 1982. Koch, who had been leading in most polls right up to election eve, immediately pledged his support to Cuomo as he faced shocked supporters.Cuomo and his wife, Matilda, celebrate his upset victory over Koch in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 1982. Koch, who had been leading in most polls right up to election eve, immediately pledged his support to Cuomo as he faced shocked supporters.
Cuomo kisses his wife, Matilda, during his inauguration as New York governor in 1983. Cuomo kisses his wife, Matilda, during his inauguration as New York governor in 1983.
Cuomo delivers his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention on July 16, 1984, in San Francisco. The speech garnered Cuomo national attention and sparked talk of him making a presidential run. He later declined to run. Cuomo delivers his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention on July 16, 1984, in San Francisco. The speech garnered Cuomo national attention and sparked talk of him making a presidential run. He later declined to run.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and New York Gov. Mario Cuomo march in New York's Columbus Day parade on October 9, 1984.Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and New York Gov. Mario Cuomo march in New York's Columbus Day parade on October 9, 1984.
Coumo speaks at the National Press Club in 1985. Coumo speaks at the National Press Club in 1985.
New York Mayor Ed Koch shakes hands with Cuomo on the steps of City Hall in New York on October 7, 1985. Cuomo announced his endorsement of Koch for mayor. New York Mayor Ed Koch shakes hands with Cuomo on the steps of City Hall in New York on October 7, 1985. Cuomo announced his endorsement of Koch for mayor.
New York's Mayor Ed Koch, left; behind him, New York's Lt. Gov. Stanley Lundine; Cuomo, center; and Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, right, share a laugh at the Columbus Day Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue on October 12, 1987.New York's Mayor Ed Koch, left; behind him, New York's Lt. Gov. Stanley Lundine; Cuomo, center; and Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, right, share a laugh at the Columbus Day Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue on October 12, 1987.
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, left, and Cuomo talk on the ferry back to Manhattan on September 4, 1988, after attending ceremonies on Ellis Island, paying tribute to the 17 million immigrants who passed through there. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, left, and Cuomo talk on the ferry back to Manhattan on September 4, 1988, after attending ceremonies on Ellis Island, paying tribute to the 17 million immigrants who passed through there.
U.S. President Bill Clinton, center, chats with Cuomo and Texas Gov. Ann Richards, while Chelsea Clinton sits on floor, on January 31, 1993, at the White House while watching the Super Bowl. U.S. President Bill Clinton, center, chats with Cuomo and Texas Gov. Ann Richards, while Chelsea Clinton sits on floor, on January 31, 1993, at the White House while watching the Super Bowl.
President Bill Clinton waves from the stage with Coumo at the Sheraton New York on October 19, 1994. President Bill Clinton waves from the stage with Coumo at the Sheraton New York on October 19, 1994.
New York Attorney General Elect Andrew Cuomo joins hands with his father during a rally held by Democrats in New York on November 7, 2006. New York Attorney General Elect Andrew Cuomo joins hands with his father during a rally held by Democrats in New York on November 7, 2006.
Cuomo introduces his son and governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, at the AOL Huffington Post Game Changers Awards on October 18, 2011, in New York. Cuomo introduces his son and governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, at the AOL Huffington Post Game Changers Awards on October 18, 2011, in New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo kisses his father, celebrating his defeat of Republican challenger Rob Astorino, at Democratic election headquarters in New York on November 4, 2014. Gov. Andrew Cuomo kisses his father, celebrating his defeat of Republican challenger Rob Astorino, at Democratic election headquarters in New York on November 4, 2014.
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Mario Cuomo's 1984 convention speech

Democratic standard-bearer

Cuomo burst onto the national political stage with his keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention.

To say he was a powerful speaker would be an understatement.

A Queens native, Cuomo was born in New York City, in the apartment above his father's grocery store. After a brief shot at a career in minor league baseball, he pursued a law degree and graduated at the top of his class at St. John's University School of Law.

Although the allure of public service was strong, Cuomo's early attempts at seeking political office ended in defeat.

His first electoral success came in 1978 as running mate to former Gov. Hugh Carey. Four years later, Carey stepped aside, and Cuomo entered the race and won.

He held the governorship for three terms, winning two more handily by emphasizing lower taxes, balanced budgets, public education and affirmative action. He was a strong opponent of the death penalty.

In 1993, Cuomo passed up the opportunity to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, choosing instead to run for a fourth term as governor. He lost in 1994.

Having fun in the face of defeat, Cuomo made a popular commercial for Doritos, which also starred Ann Richards, who lost the Texas governorship the same year.

'You can now sleep with the greats'

President Barack Obama praised Cuomo for his faith in God and championing of progressive values in a statement issued by the White House.

"His own story taught him that as Americans, we are bound together as one people, and our country's success rests on the success of all of us, not just a fortunate few," the President said.

Cuomo announced Bill Clinton's nomination for President at the 1992 Democratic Convention.

"It was Mario Cuomo's great gift and our good fortune that he was both a sterling orator and a passionate public servant. His life was a blessing," Clinton said in a statement.

Obamas praise Mario Cuomo

Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, praised Cuomo's 1984 address as one of his all-time favorite speeches.

"Used to read it constantly for inspiration," he tweeted.

Cuomo's death touched people across the political spectrum.

"Our country and our region lost a giant today with the passing of Governor Mario Cuomo," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a statement. "He was a strong, eloquent leader who loved New York and its people. As an Italian-American, he was also a role model for future generations that anything was possible through hard work and education."

The Rev. Al Sharpton remembered the former governor as "the last liberal giant of New York politics."

"He was a philosopher at heart that always saw the bigger picture. Even when we would engage in debate I felt he was playing chess while I was playing checkers," he said. "Mario, you have earned it and your place in history is secure. You can now sleep with the greats."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered flags flying in the city that were lowered to half staff in honor of slain NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu to remain lowered for 30 days to honor Cuomo's memory.

He commended his humanity in a statement:

"Mario Cuomo was a man of unwavering principle who possessed a compassion for humankind that was without equal."

CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.

Girl arrested over chalk flowers

  • Girl, 14, bailed after being arrested and put into children's home for drawing on wall at former protest site
  • Court considering application from police that she be removed from father's care
  • Girl says she has no regrets about taking part in pro-democracy protest

Hong Kong (CNN) -- A 14-year-old girl has been bailed after being arrested and threatened with removal from her father's care for drawing flowers on a wall at a pro-democracy protest site in Hong Kong.

The girl was caught in the early hours of December 23 at a staircase leading to the Central Government Offices in the city's Admiralty district and was detained by police for 17 hours, said Patricia Ho, the lawyer acting for the teen.

A judge ruled in a youth court on Monday that the girl should be sent to a children's home for 20 days until January 19. However, on Wednesday evening the girl was released on bail after her lawyers filed an application for a re-hearing on bail conditions for the girl on Tuesday.

The city's High Court allowed the girl to return home to live with her father up to January 19 provided she continues her studies and obeys a curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. unless accompanied by her father, sister or a social worker.

A spokesman for the city's social welfare department told CNN the department would write a report on the girl's case, which would look into the assessment of the needs of the care or protection of children or juveniles.

They said the department could not specifically comment on the case as it has entered the judicial process but said the report should be published some time before the girl's court date on January 19.

The wall, known as the "Lennon Wall," was once covered with colorful Post-it notes and messages of support for the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. When the protests were cleared, the notes were removed as well.

Protesters started placing notes on the wall as a show of defiance after police used tear gas on demonstrators at the start of the protest, which led to a two-month occupation of the main road outside the Central Government Office.

The wall was named after the late Beatles star John Lennon and contained messages of support for the protests and references to his song "Imagine."

The Goddess of Democracy (left image), erected by student protesters in 1989 in Tiananmen Square. The photo on the right shows a wooden statue of an umbrella man, created by an art graduate student who calls himself Milk. He told CNN he did not intend to link the piece with the Tiananmen symbol. The Goddess of Democracy (left image), erected by student protesters in 1989 in Tiananmen Square. The photo on the right shows a wooden statue of an umbrella man, created by an art graduate student who calls himself Milk. He told CNN he did not intend to link the piece with the Tiananmen symbol.
Since the umbrella was used to shield protesters from the tear gas and pepper spray deployed by police, it has become a ubiquitous sight in the protests, and given the movement its symbol. Here, the fabric of dozens of broken umbrellas have been stitched together to form a canopy. Since the umbrella was used to shield protesters from the tear gas and pepper spray deployed by police, it has become a ubiquitous sight in the protests, and given the movement its symbol. Here, the fabric of dozens of broken umbrellas have been stitched together to form a canopy.
Long an emblem of suffrage movements internationally, the yellow ribbons have been adopted by Hong Kong's protesters as a symbol of democratic aspiration. There are thousands tied on fences throughout Hong Kong.Long an emblem of suffrage movements internationally, the yellow ribbons have been adopted by Hong Kong's protesters as a symbol of democratic aspiration. There are thousands tied on fences throughout Hong Kong.
An image of an umbrella made up of yellow ribbons is laid out on the ground near the central government offices. The sign reads: "We can't live without civic nominations."An image of an umbrella made up of yellow ribbons is laid out on the ground near the central government offices. The sign reads: "We can't live without civic nominations."
The barrier separating the main road is lined with bright umbrellas. The barrier separating the main road is lined with bright umbrellas.
A student protester speaks into a microphone in front of a "democracy wall" filled with notes supporting the pro-democracy protest. The notes are protected from the rain with plastic wrap. A student protester speaks into a microphone in front of a "democracy wall" filled with notes supporting the pro-democracy protest. The notes are protected from the rain with plastic wrap.
Post-it messages filled with sketches and messages cover a wall next to a stairway in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong. Some of them are words of hope, and others denounce the Hong Kong's top official, the chief executive. Post-it messages filled with sketches and messages cover a wall next to a stairway in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong. Some of them are words of hope, and others denounce the Hong Kong's top official, the chief executive.
A couple walk past a banner of a man carrying a yellow umbrella, which has come to symbolize the protest. A couple walk past a banner of a man carrying a yellow umbrella, which has come to symbolize the protest.
The art of Hong Kong's protest
The art of Hong Kong\'s protestThe art of Hong Kong's protest

'Don't give up'

Art bursts from Hong Kong protests

In an interview with a local newspaper Ming Pao Daily, the teen said she did not regret taking part in the pro-democracy protests.

The girl thanked protesters for supporting her and urged people to continue supporting the protests.

"Don't give up on this movement, we've been doing this for three months, there needs to be more people, not just me alone."

News of the arrest angered activists and prompted some small demonstrations in the city on New Year's Eve. Twenty-seven protesters staged a "die-in" at the International Finance Center (IFC), the site of one of the city's biggest shopping malls, and around 40 protesters attempted to write messages of support on "Lennon Wall" in the early hours of New Year's Day.

On New Year's Eve some protesters started drawing on the road as a protest outside the children's home in the city's Tuen Mun district, where the teenager was held.

Ho said the police application for the girl to be removed from her father's care was "premature and disproportionate."

She added that the girl's father is seriously hearing impaired and cannot understand the case.

"It wasn't an application by the Social Welfare Department as it usually would be," she said. "Police threw in a bunch of facts they obtained about the family in a very superficial manner."

Gary Tsang, who participated in Hong Kong's pro-democracy street occupations, told CNN the teen was "an innocent political prisoner" and the use of the law in this case was "obviously politically motivated."

"The government fears young people as they thinks young people have nothing to lose," he said.

The move comes after police also made an application for a care or protection order for a teenage boy who was arrested during the clearance of another protest site in Mong Kok last month. The court file said the boy's parents failed to exercise proper guardianship over him.

The court dates for both teenagers will take place in January.

Continued resistance

A small protest camp outside the Legislative Council still remains and there is a small police presence on the site. Police officers are guarding Lennon Wall and remove all notes posted to it at the end of each day.

New Year's Eve countdown events at popular shopping districts such as Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui were canceled because of fears that protesters would attempt to hijack the events.

Since the protest sites were cleared, demonstrators have resorted to other forms of protest such as the so-called "shopping revolution," which involves protestors blocking the sidewalks and flooding shopping districts every night with yellow umbrellas.

Hong Kong Police have not responded to requests for comment.

Police chief to 911: I shot my wife

  • No charges filed; DA says he will await investigative report
  • Peachtree City authorities say the police chief's wife was shot
  • She's in critical condition at Atlanta Medical Center

(CNN) -- Magazines and websites regularly rank Peachtree City, Georgia, as one of the best places to live and raise a family. The community's trademark: Residents putter around in golf carts on the community's 90-plus miles of paved pathways.

But on the first day of 2015, the town of 35,000 people south of Atlanta was known for something else.

The man tasked with keeping the peace in Peachtree City, Police Chief William McCollom, was being investigated in a shooting that left his wife in critical condition.

Authorities aren't revealing many details, but they said McCollom shot Margaret McCollom with his service Glock 9mm a few hours before dawn inside the couple's bedroom.

The chief told 911 it was an accident, said Sherry Lang, spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

No charges have been filed.

Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom.
Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom.

Margaret McCollom was taken by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition, according to a statement from police spokesman Lt. Mark Brown.

Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said at a press conference that he won't decide whether charges should be filed until the GBI presents him with an investigation report.

"We have no leanings one way or the other at this point because we just don't know," Ballard said. "As soon as all the facts are known they'll turn over a file to our office, and we'll review to see if in fact there's been any criminal activity."

McCollom is fully cooperating with authorities, Lang said. He's the one who called 911. Margaret McCollom has not been interviewed, she said.

Chief McCollom was placed on administrative leave.

Lang declined to comment when asked whether alcohol played a part in the incident, saying that's part of the investigation that cannot be revealed yet.

Lang said the investigation determined that Margaret McCollom was shot once.

"The initial reports that we got from a 911 call were that the chief had shot his wife, accidentally, twice. As a result of our preliminary interview, we have found that he only shot her one time," she said.

Brown said Peachtree City officers were called to the home at 4:17 a.m. and immediately realized it was their boss's house. The GBI was quickly called in to lead the investigation.

Brown said he knew of no previous disciplinary actions against the chief.

McCollom was well-liked by officers in the department, Brown said. He said his co-workers are worried about the chief and his wife.

"The department is hurting at this point," Brown said.

McCollom was named the police chief in October after being interim chief for three months, reported CNN affiliate WSB.

Women in video plead to be freed

  • Two young women went missing after traveling to Syria in late July
  • Some online postings say the video is from al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra
  • "I have no doubt that it's them," the father of one of the captives tells CNN

(CNN) -- The two young women are seen in Islamic garb with only their faces showing. They appear to be seated against a wall. One reads a brief statement in English, which includes: "We are in big danger and we could be killed."

The statement identifies them as Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo. Two young Italian women by those names -- ages 20 and 21 -- went missing and were believed kidnapped after they traveled to Syria in late July.

"I have no doubt that it's them," Vanessa's father Salvatore Marzullo told CNN of the video posted online Thursday. Some postings say the video is from al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.

One of the young women holds a paper suggesting that the video was shot December 17.

Two young women went missing and were believed kidnapped after they traveled to Syria in late July.
Two young women went missing and were believed kidnapped after they traveled to Syria in late July.

"We supplicate our government and its mediators to bring us back home before Christmas. We are in big danger and we could be killed. The government and its mediators are responsible of our lives," the other says, reading the statement.

Italian intelligence sources consider the video to be authentic, according to the state-run ANSA news agency.

"These women are shouting for help, they are sending out an SOS," said Laura Boldrini, speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. She added, "We do not know how reliable this video is, but the situation of these two women is distressing."

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment on the video.

An Italian intelligence source told ANSA news agency that authorities are in a "very delicate moment that requires maximum discretion."