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25 survive Marine copter crash

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter prepares to land on the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde last month.
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter prepares to land on the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde last month.
  • Marine Corps CH-53E crashed into Gulf of Aden
  • Only minor injuries among 25 aboard
  • Warship's Facebook page filled with thanks, relief, well-wishes

(CNN) -- The Facebook page of the USS Mesa Verde was filled with dozens of well-wishes and thanks to God on Tuesday, a day after 25 Marines and U.S. Navy sailors survived the crash of a Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter as it tried to land on the amphibious transport dock in the open sea.

"THANK YOU GOD!!! FOR THE MIRACLE AT SEA!!!" Audie Mangola wrote on the ship's Facebook page.

"It is great news that they are all ok. I guess my grandson will have a tale to tell when he gets home!" Annie Stephens wrote in a post.

It's "an absolute blessing" that everyone survived, U.S. 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Joe Hontz told Stars and Stripes. "The team on the Mesa Verde and everyone else came together and saved 25 people."

There were minor injuries in the crash, but all were treated aboard the Mesa Verde, the Navy said in a statement.

Seventeen Marines and eight Navy sailors were aboard the 16-ton Super Stallion copter, which was part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. It it fell into the Gulf of Aden as it was taking troops back to the Mesa Verde after a training exercise in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, the Navy said.

The crash was not related to any hostile activity, the Navy said. Both Marine and Navy officials were investigating.

Horror stories from Ukraine crisis

  • EU leaders may decide on further sanctions against Russia by the end of the week
  • Homes, businesses and lives have been torn apart by shelling in Donetsk city
  • "Please stop your aggression. Stop this war," one woman says to Ukraine's president
  • U.N.: Number of people internally displaced in Ukraine more than doubled in a month

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) -- In the city of Donetsk, the devastation wrought by weeks of fighting between pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian forces is all too apparent.

And as the civilians caught in the crossfire sweep up the debris of their homes and livelihoods, they are hardened against a president they say is killing his own people.

Alexander Omelyavenko, a Donetsk resident, told CNN, "We are Ukrainian but they kill us, so we probably need our own country. Because these people in Kiev, they are not brothers for us."

Another resident, Victoria Khrushova, wiped away tears as she told how her family had been forced to hide from the shelling in cellars.

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Ukrainian troops evacuate from the rebel-held town of Starobesheve, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday, August 30. Ukrainian government forces have been battling pro-Russian rebels near Ukraine's eastern border with Russia. The fighting has left more than 2,000 people dead since mid-April, according to estimates from U.N. officials. Ukrainian troops evacuate from the rebel-held town of Starobesheve, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday, August 30. Ukrainian government forces have been battling pro-Russian rebels near Ukraine's eastern border with Russia. The fighting has left more than 2,000 people dead since mid-April, according to estimates from U.N. officials.
A Ukrainian loyalist fighter from the Azov Battalion stands guard on a hill on the outskirts of Mariupol on August 30.A Ukrainian loyalist fighter from the Azov Battalion stands guard on a hill on the outskirts of Mariupol on August 30.
A pro-Russian rebel listens to the news on a transistor radio in the town of Novoazovsk, in eastern Ukraine, on Friday, August 29.A pro-Russian rebel listens to the news on a transistor radio in the town of Novoazovsk, in eastern Ukraine, on Friday, August 29.
Ukrainian soldiers stop on a roadside as they wait for the start of their march into Mariupol, Ukraine, on Wednesday, August 27. Ukrainian soldiers stop on a roadside as they wait for the start of their march into Mariupol, Ukraine, on Wednesday, August 27.
A man opens a box on August 27 filled with rocket-propelled grenades left by the Ukrainian army in Starobecheve, Ukraine, after pro-Russian forces took control of the town.A man opens a box on August 27 filled with rocket-propelled grenades left by the Ukrainian army in Starobecheve, Ukraine, after pro-Russian forces took control of the town.
A pro-Russian rebel walks through a local market damaged by shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, August 26.A pro-Russian rebel walks through a local market damaged by shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, August 26.
Ukrainian servicemen of the volunteer battalion Azov leave for Novoazovsk, Ukraine, on August 26.Ukrainian servicemen of the volunteer battalion Azov leave for Novoazovsk, Ukraine, on August 26.
Pro-Russian separatists escort captured Ukrainian army soldiers in a central square in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Sunday, August 24.Pro-Russian separatists escort captured Ukrainian army soldiers in a central square in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Sunday, August 24.
People yell as Ukrainian prisoners are paraded through Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on August 24. People yell as Ukrainian prisoners are paraded through Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on August 24.
A pro-Russian rebel delivers a speech atop a damaged Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in Donetsk on August 24. Ukraine has recently retaken control of much of its eastern territory bordering Russia, but fierce fighting for the rebel-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk persists.A pro-Russian rebel delivers a speech atop a damaged Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in Donetsk on August 24. Ukraine has recently retaken control of much of its eastern territory bordering Russia, but fierce fighting for the rebel-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk persists.
People look at damaged Ukrainian military equipment in Donetsk on August 24. People look at damaged Ukrainian military equipment in Donetsk on August 24.
The first trucks of a Russian aid convoy roll on the main road to Luhansk in eastern Ukraine on Friday, August 22. The head of Ukraine's security service called the convoy a "direct invasion" under the guise of humanitarian aid since it entered the country without Red Cross monitors. The first trucks of a Russian aid convoy roll on the main road to Luhansk in eastern Ukraine on Friday, August 22. The head of Ukraine's security service called the convoy a "direct invasion" under the guise of humanitarian aid since it entered the country without Red Cross monitors.
A pro-Russian rebel holds shrapnel from a rocket after shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine, on August 22.A pro-Russian rebel holds shrapnel from a rocket after shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine, on August 22.
Residents sit in a makeshift bomb shelter during a shelling in Makiyivka, Ukraine, on Wednesday, August 20.Residents sit in a makeshift bomb shelter during a shelling in Makiyivka, Ukraine, on Wednesday, August 20.
Dogs play together as a Russian convoy carrying aid supplies stops at a border control point with Ukraine, in the Russian town of Donetsk, in the Rostov-on-Don region on August 20.Dogs play together as a Russian convoy carrying aid supplies stops at a border control point with Ukraine, in the Russian town of Donetsk, in the Rostov-on-Don region on August 20.
Ukrainian forces take their position not far from Luhansk, Ukraine, on August 20. Ukrainian troops made a significant push into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, claiming control over a large part of Luhansk and encircling the largest rebel-held city, Donetsk, in fighting that has left at least 43 dead. Ukrainian forces take their position not far from Luhansk, Ukraine, on August 20. Ukrainian troops made a significant push into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, claiming control over a large part of Luhansk and encircling the largest rebel-held city, Donetsk, in fighting that has left at least 43 dead.
Clouds of smoke are on the horizon as Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels clash in Yasynuvata, a suburb of Donetsk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, August 19. Clouds of smoke are on the horizon as Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels clash in Yasynuvata, a suburb of Donetsk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, August 19.
An Ukrainian helicopter flies near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on August 19.An Ukrainian helicopter flies near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on August 19.
Ukrainian soldiers load a missile during fighting with pro-Russian rebels Monday, August 18, near Luhansk, Ukraine.Ukrainian soldiers load a missile during fighting with pro-Russian rebels Monday, August 18, near Luhansk, Ukraine.
Boys play at a refugee camp, set up by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, near the Russian-Ukrainian border on August 18.Boys play at a refugee camp, set up by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, near the Russian-Ukrainian border on August 18.
Ukrainian soldiers carry weapons at a checkpoint near Debaltseve, Ukraine, on Saturday, August 16.Ukrainian soldiers carry weapons at a checkpoint near Debaltseve, Ukraine, on Saturday, August 16.
Pro-Russian rebels greet each other as they pass near Krasnodon, Ukraine, on August 16.Pro-Russian rebels greet each other as they pass near Krasnodon, Ukraine, on August 16.
A fireman tries to extinguish a fire after shelling in Donetsk on August 16.A fireman tries to extinguish a fire after shelling in Donetsk on August 16.
Ukrainian border guards patrol near Novoazovsk, Ukraine, on Friday, August 15.Ukrainian border guards patrol near Novoazovsk, Ukraine, on Friday, August 15.
Trucks of a Russian humanitarian convoy are parked in a field outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, in the Rostov region of Russia about 20 miles from the Ukraine border, on August 15. Ukrainian officials were preparing to inspect the convoy, which was bound for the conflict-torn east.Trucks of a Russian humanitarian convoy are parked in a field outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, in the Rostov region of Russia about 20 miles from the Ukraine border, on August 15. Ukrainian officials were preparing to inspect the convoy, which was bound for the conflict-torn east.
A truck driver from the convoy jumps out of a trailer on August 15. The Ukrainian government had expressed fears that the convoy was a large-scale effort to smuggle supplies or troops to pro-Russian rebels.A truck driver from the convoy jumps out of a trailer on August 15. The Ukrainian government had expressed fears that the convoy was a large-scale effort to smuggle supplies or troops to pro-Russian rebels.
A tank belonging to pro-Russian rebels moves along a street in Donetsk on August 15.A tank belonging to pro-Russian rebels moves along a street in Donetsk on August 15.
A Ukrainian soldier walks past a line of self-propelled guns as a column of military vehicles prepares to head to the front line near Illovaisk, Ukraine, on Thursday, August 14.A Ukrainian soldier walks past a line of self-propelled guns as a column of military vehicles prepares to head to the front line near Illovaisk, Ukraine, on Thursday, August 14.
A Ukrainian soldier prepares a mortar at a position near Illovaisk on August 14. A Ukrainian soldier prepares a mortar at a position near Illovaisk on August 14.
A man inspects damage at his house after a shelling in Donetsk on August 14. A man inspects damage at his house after a shelling in Donetsk on August 14.
A convoy of trucks, which Moscow said was carrying relief goods for war-weary civilians, moves from Voronezh, Russia, toward Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on August 14.A convoy of trucks, which Moscow said was carrying relief goods for war-weary civilians, moves from Voronezh, Russia, toward Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on August 14.
Pro-Russian rebels on the outskirts of Donetsk stand at a checkpoint near a bullet-riddled bus on Wednesday, August 13.Pro-Russian rebels on the outskirts of Donetsk stand at a checkpoint near a bullet-riddled bus on Wednesday, August 13.
A pro-Russian rebel inspects damage after shelling in Donetsk on Thursday, August 7.A pro-Russian rebel inspects damage after shelling in Donetsk on Thursday, August 7.
Smoke billows from a Ukrainian fighter jet crash near the village of Zhdanivka, Ukraine, on August 7. Smoke billows from a Ukrainian fighter jet crash near the village of Zhdanivka, Ukraine, on August 7.
Residents of eastern Ukraine cry in a hospital basement being used as a bomb shelter August 7 in Donetsk.Residents of eastern Ukraine cry in a hospital basement being used as a bomb shelter August 7 in Donetsk.
Ordnance from a Ukrainian rocket launcher shoots toward a pro-Russian militant position in the Donetsk region on August 7.Ordnance from a Ukrainian rocket launcher shoots toward a pro-Russian militant position in the Donetsk region on August 7.
Relatives of Ukrainian military member Kyril Andrienko, who died in combat in eastern Ukraine, gather during his funeral in Lviv, Ukraine, on August 7.Relatives of Ukrainian military member Kyril Andrienko, who died in combat in eastern Ukraine, gather during his funeral in Lviv, Ukraine, on August 7.
Refugees from southeastern Ukraine wait at a refugee camp in Donetsk on Wednesday, August 6.Refugees from southeastern Ukraine wait at a refugee camp in Donetsk on Wednesday, August 6.
A pro-Russian rebel adjusts his weapon in Donetsk on August 6.A pro-Russian rebel adjusts his weapon in Donetsk on August 6.
Men walk past a bomb crater in Donetsk on August 6.Men walk past a bomb crater in Donetsk on August 6.
A man steps out of his car as Ukrainian soldiers inspect the vehicle at a checkpoint in Debaltseve on August 6.A man steps out of his car as Ukrainian soldiers inspect the vehicle at a checkpoint in Debaltseve on August 6.
Ukrainian servicemen sit on a bus near Slovyansk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, August 5.Ukrainian servicemen sit on a bus near Slovyansk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, August 5.
A pro-Russian separatist guards a road as Australian, Malaysian and Dutch investigators prepare to examine the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Rossipne, Ukraine, on August 5. U.S. and Ukrainian officials allege that a Russian-made missile shot down the plane from rebel-held territory, killing all 298 people on board. Russia and the rebel fighters deny involvement.A pro-Russian separatist guards a road as Australian, Malaysian and Dutch investigators prepare to examine the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Rossipne, Ukraine, on August 5. U.S. and Ukrainian officials allege that a Russian-made missile shot down the plane from rebel-held territory, killing all 298 people on board. Russia and the rebel fighters deny involvement.
Rescue workers carry the body of a woman who was killed during a bomb shelling in Donetsk on August 5.Rescue workers carry the body of a woman who was killed during a bomb shelling in Donetsk on August 5.
A boy stands in a hallway of a refugee hostel run by pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk on Monday, August 4.A boy stands in a hallway of a refugee hostel run by pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk on Monday, August 4.
Ukrainian servicemen from the Donbass volunteer battalion clean their guns Sunday, August 3, in Popasna, Ukraine.Ukrainian servicemen from the Donbass volunteer battalion clean their guns Sunday, August 3, in Popasna, Ukraine.
Ukrainian soldiers fire shells toward rebel positions near Pervomaysk, Ukraine, on Saturday, August 2.Ukrainian soldiers fire shells toward rebel positions near Pervomaysk, Ukraine, on Saturday, August 2.
Ukrainian troops patrol near the village of Novoselovka on Thursday, July 31.Ukrainian troops patrol near the village of Novoselovka on Thursday, July 31.
A woman says goodbye to her mother as she flees her home in Shakhtersk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, July 29. See more photos of the crisis from earlier this yearA woman says goodbye to her mother as she flees her home in Shakhtersk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, July 29. See more photos of the crisis from earlier this year
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Photos: Crisis in UkrainePhotos: Crisis in Ukraine

"We live underground. It was so hard for two weeks -- especially 27th, 28th, 29th -- but only today is quiet," she said.

The husband of a 34-year-old woman killed outside a block of flats last Wednesday wouldn't talk to CNN, saying he was in shock. He made it down to the cellar with their small child but she simply didn't have time. A 50-year-old woman was killed with his wife.

It's a story which repeats itself over and over in dozens of apartment blocks, with civilians being killed by the constant shelling around Donetsk. Windows are shattered, holes blasted in walls and blackened rafters which once supported the roofs of homes stand in bleak outline against the sky.

The victims are the human face of a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding even as diplomatic efforts to curb the fighting plow on.

The United Nations' refugee agency, UNHCR, said Tuesday that the number of people displaced in Ukraine by the fighting, particularly around Donetsk and Luhansk, had more than doubled in less than a month.

While an estimated 117,000 had fled their homes as of August 5, the agency puts the number displaced as of September 1 at 260,000.

UNHCR believes the actual number displaced is higher, as many are staying with families and friends and choose not to register with the authorities. Nearly 95% of those forced from their homes are from eastern Ukraine and most remain in the region, its report said.

'Be human... Stop this war'

Donetsk, once-thriving, is now half-empty, shop fronts shattered and its railway station bombed.

Its trauma hospital is filled with the civilian wounded who were unable to reach safety in time as the shells rained down.

Medical teams treat market traders with shrapnel embedded in their legs or the broken limbs of pensioners too old or sick to run.

"There was one war and this is the second war. I was born in 1940 in World War II and I will probably die before this war is over," said elderly resident Valentina Sergeyevna.

Valentina Popova, in the ward next door, has lost her leg and her arm to indiscriminate artillery shells.

Switching to the Ukrainian language, she made a heartrending plea to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

"We used to dance, sing, do everything in Ukrainian. Poroshenko, Mr. Poroshenko -- please listen to us. Why don't you understand your people? Be a man. Be human. Please stop your aggression. Stop this war."

Russia accuses the Ukrainian government of precipitating the humanitarian crisis by pursuing its campaign to regain territory seized by the rebels.

Meanwhile, Poroshenko and some Western allies have said thousands of Russian troops are in his nation's east, helping the separatists.

NATO members meeting this week in Wales are expected to create "a very high-readiness force" to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine and other international conflicts, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

European Union leaders are expected to decide on further sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine by Friday, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

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Lavrov: 'Let us sit down and talk'

Though Russia has denied sending its troops to Ukraine, it has defended the rebels' action in the east.

"Washington and Brussels need to ask Kiev authorities to stop shelling the houses, schools, hospitals and so on because you leave militia with no choice but to stand up to protect their people," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"Let's not ask militia to lay down their weapons and allow themselves to be killed."

Lavrov said negotiations, not threats, would help resolve the crisis between the two neighbors.

"Let us sit down and talk instead of threatening with sanctions and stubbornly making absolutely unrealistic demands of the militia laying down arms," he said. "This is what the peace plan of Poroshenko is about."

The continued fighting means it's difficult for humanitarian workers to assess the full scope of the crisis, the UNHCR said in its report, while damage to roads and other infrastructure makes it hard to get aid in.

As of September 1, some 2.2 million people remained in conflict areas according to the Ukrainian authorities, the agency said, many with limited access to food, water, and other basic necessities.

"In Donetsk, Makiivka and Gorlovka the regional authorities estimate there are 20,000 people with disabilities and needing help," it said. "In Luhansk, residents have been without proper supplies of food and water, and dealing with electricity shortages and communications problems for a month."

The number of people using "humanitarian corridors" set up by the authorities to flee has dropped off since a number of civilians died in attacks, the UNHCR said.

Statehood question?

Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March following the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych the previous month.

Violence broke out in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions in April when separatist leaders declared independence from the government in Kiev.

Since then, the conflict between the pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian military has killed more than 2,500 people, according to the United Nations.

A Human Rights Watch report released Monday claimed "unlawful government and insurgent attacks" in and around Luhansk were contributing to rising civilian casualties.

It cited a Luhansk morgue doctor as saying explosive weapons have killed more than 300 civilians in the city since May. HRW researchers spoke to more than a dozen people who had witnessed artillery, mortar or rocket attacks in civilian areas.

"Many of the attacks appeared to be indiscriminate, in that they did not or could not distinguish between civilians and combatants," the rights group said. "Indiscriminate attacks violate international humanitarian law, or the laws of war."

A report last week by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights documented "a wide array of serious human rights abuses" committed primarily by the rebel fighters.

Violations have also been committed by members of the Ukrainian military as they try to recapture rebel-held territory, it said.

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CNN's Diana Magnay reported from Donetsk and Laura Smith-Spark wrote in London.

Thousands of kids held in Thailand

Asylum seekers, including children, are transported by immigration officials to a court in southern Thailand on March 15.
Asylum seekers, including children, are transported by immigration officials to a court in southern Thailand on March 15.
  • Human Rights Watch reports says Thailand is unnecessarily violating children's rights
  • Many being locked up with families by immigration authorities
  • Detention centers often overcrowded and not set up to house children safely
  • International Organization for Migration says there are 370,000-380,000 migrant children in Thailand

(CNN) -- Thousands of migrant children, including newborn babies, are being locked up in squalid and cramped detention facilities each year in Thailand, enduring serious physical and emotional harm, according to a new report.

The 67-page report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) entitled "Two Years with No Moon': Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand," describes how Thailand is unnecessarily violating children's rights and risking their welfare because of their immigration status or that of their parents.

"Migrant children detained in Thailand are suffering needlessly in filthy, overcrowded cells without adequate nutrition, education, or exercise space," said Alice Farmer, children's rights researcher at HRW and author of the report.

"Detention lockup is no place for migrant children. The sad thing is it's been known for years that these poor detention conditions fall far short of international standards but the Thai government has done little or nothing to address them."

Held indefinitely

The report, which was based on interviews with 41 children and 64 adults who were all detained or arrested by immigration officials, said those affected -- often from neighboring countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos -- can be held indefinitely with little or no legal support, in violation of international law.

One migrant mentioned in the report described how he and his family were kept at a detention center in Bangkok for six months. "My [five-year-old] nephew asked, 'How long will I stay?' He asked, 'Will I live the rest of my life here?' I didn't know what to say."

Migrant children detained in Thailand are suffering needlessly in filthy, overcrowded cells without adequate nutrition, education, or exercise space.
Alice Farmer, report author

The rights group also said several children described being confined in cells so crowded they had to sleep sitting up. Others reported sleeping on tile or wooden floors, without mattresses or blankets, and surrounded by strange adults.

"The worst part was that you were trapped and stuck," Cindy Y., a migrant child held from the age of 9 to 12, told HRW. "I would look outside and see people walking around the neighborhood, and I would hope that would be me."

According to Thai law, any migrant with an irregular immigration status, even a child, can be arrested and detained.

Military crackdown

In recent months, tens of thousands of migrant workers, particularly from Cambodia, have fled Thailand amid rumors of a crackdown on undocumented workers by the country's new military rulers.

Thailand has a very low unemployment rate of 0.9%, according to the National Statistical Official of Thailand. Many of the foreigners work low-paying jobs that Thais are unwilling to do, but they are often vulnerable to police harassment and exploitation, advocates say.

But the Thai military has claimed it doesn't have a policy of arrest as has been widely reported, rather it says it has encouraged undocumented workers to "seek employment through proper channels."

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates there are 370,000 to 380,000 migrant children in Thailand, with the largest number coming from Myanmar where they have fled sectarian persecution against ethnic groups such as the Rohingya Muslims in western Rakhine state.

According to HRW, the problem of overcrowded detention facilities is worsening, as the country sees more refugees and asylum seekers coming from further afield, such as war-torn Syria, or Christians fleeing persecution in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, an event being held to discuss the human rights situation in Thailand in the wake of this year's military coup has been canceled following pressure from the authorities. Police officers arrived at the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok on Tuesday afternoon to deliver their order, according to Pawinee Chumsri of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.

She said police told her the event would violate an order from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) banning political gatherings.

"We regard this action as a human rights violation to families and people who are entitled to receive justice," she said.

The Thai authorities have yet to comment on the allegations by Human Rights Watch.

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Saudi Arabia seizes 88 terrorists

  • Saudi authorities arrested 88 men, the Interior Ministry says
  • They were "on the verge" of implementing plotted attacks, the ministry says
  • Most are Saudi, but three are Yemeni
  • 59 were arrested previously

(CNN) -- Saudi Arabia has arrested 88 men who were part of a terrorist network, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

They were "on the verge of implementing" plotted attacks inside the country and abroad, the ministry said in a statement.

They came from six terror cells in four regions of the country, including Mecca, said Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, a ministry spokesman.

Some of those arrested are "family members who have sent their sons to terrorist organizations abroad," al-Turki said. Some of the others were trying to travel abroad "to join terrorist groups to conduct terrorist operations."

Most are Saudi citizens, but three are Yemenis, and one person has yet to be identified, al-Turki said.

Fifty-nine of the men had been arrested previously. They were rounded up after months of surveillance.

The arrests are part of a nationwide security operation, the ministry said.

Tea Party to Cantor: We told you so

  • The ex-House majority leader will join Moelis & Co., making more than $1 million per year
  • Tea party groups that helped to defeat him say his move justifies their concerns
  • Cantor raised more than $3 million from investment banks throughout his career

(CNN) -- Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's new gig on Wall Street will line his pockets, to the tune of more than $1 million per year. And for those who played an instrumental role in his defeat in Virginia's primaries, the justification of their concerns about the former congressman is quite fulfilling.

Kevin Broughton, communications director of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said, "many analysts accused Eric Cantor of paying more attention to Wall Street than to the people of Virginia's 7th District. He certainly didn't waste any time validating that theory."

Cantor, who was the No. 2 Republican in the House, lost his primary this year to unknown college professor David Brat. Part of the reason was voters thought he was disconnected from his Richmond, Virginia, district by focusing instead on his duties as a fundraiser and national leader for the Republican Party. He left Congress early, resigning his seat last month.

Since 1999, the seven-term congressman had raised more than $3 million from the investment industry. And in his last campaign, the industry was his largest contributor, donating $785,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

For disaffected conservatives, especially among the tea party, which came to life early in the Obama administration and took on a populist message, Cantor's move to a boutique investment bank, Moelis & Co., as a vice chairman and board member is proof that their concerns were spot on.

In a statement, Cantor said, "When I considered options for the next chapter of my career, I knew I wanted to join a firm with a great entrepreneurial spirit that focused on its clients."

Some took to Twitter to express their satisfaction:

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CNNMoney's Charles Riley contributed to this report.

U.S. captives called ‘bargaining chips’

  • North Korea could try to use the detainees as leverage for nuclear talks
  • The regime surprised CNN by presenting the three men for interviews
  • All three said they have signed statements admitting guilt
  • Analyst: North Korea may want to use the 3 detainees in a "package deal"

(CNN) -- The setup was bizarre.

North Korean officials whisked a CNN team away in a van, purportedly to go meet with a high-ranking government official.

Hours later, they arrived in the capital and were presented with three Americans held captive in the reclusive country.

Freelance American journalist Steven Sotloff, seen here in a photo from Facebook, disappeared during a reporting trip to Syria in August 2013. His family kept the news a secret until August 2014, when he was seen at the end of a video from the Islamic extremist group ISIS. That video showed the beheading of journalist James Foley. On Tuesday, September 2, ISIS published another video showing what appeared to be Sotloff's beheading.Freelance American journalist Steven Sotloff, seen here in a photo from Facebook, disappeared during a reporting trip to Syria in August 2013. His family kept the news a secret until August 2014, when he was seen at the end of a video from the Islamic extremist group ISIS. That video showed the beheading of journalist James Foley. On Tuesday, September 2, ISIS published another video showing what appeared to be Sotloff's beheading.
Freelance reporter James Foley went missing in November 2012 after his car was stopped by gunmen in Syria. A video released by ISIS on August 19 showed Foley being beheaded. The video, posted on YouTube, contained a message to the United States to end its military operations in Iraq.Freelance reporter James Foley went missing in November 2012 after his car was stopped by gunmen in Syria. A video released by ISIS on August 19 showed Foley being beheaded. The video, posted on YouTube, contained a message to the United States to end its military operations in Iraq.
Matthew Todd Miller, one of three Americans detained in North Korea, spoke to CNN's Will Ripley on Monday, September 1, and implored the U.S. government for help. The 24-year-old is accused of tearing up his tourist visa and seeking asylum upon entry. Dressed in a black turtleneck and often avoiding eye contact, Miller told CNN he has admitted his guilt -- even though he won't learn of his charges until he goes to trial.Matthew Todd Miller, one of three Americans detained in North Korea, spoke to CNN's Will Ripley on Monday, September 1, and implored the U.S. government for help. The 24-year-old is accused of tearing up his tourist visa and seeking asylum upon entry. Dressed in a black turtleneck and often avoiding eye contact, Miller told CNN he has admitted his guilt -- even though he won't learn of his charges until he goes to trial.
Jeffrey Edward Fowle, another one of the Americans detained in North Korea, is accused of leaving a Bible in a hotel where he was staying. North Korea announced Fowle's detention in June, saying he had violated the law by acting "contrary to the purpose of tourism." Fowle told CNN: "I've admitted my guilt to the government and signed a statement to that effect and requested forgiveness from the people and the government of the DPRK."Jeffrey Edward Fowle, another one of the Americans detained in North Korea, is accused of leaving a Bible in a hotel where he was staying. North Korea announced Fowle's detention in June, saying he had violated the law by acting "contrary to the purpose of tourism." Fowle told CNN: "I've admitted my guilt to the government and signed a statement to that effect and requested forgiveness from the people and the government of the DPRK."
In May 2013, a North Korean court sentenced Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen, to 15 years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the state. North Korea claimed Bae was part of a Christian plot to overthrow the regime. In a short interview with CNN on Monday, September 1, Bae said he is working eight hours a day, six days a week at a labor camp. "Right now what I can say to my friends and family is, continue to pray for me," he said.In May 2013, a North Korean court sentenced Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen, to 15 years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the state. North Korea claimed Bae was part of a Christian plot to overthrow the regime. In a short interview with CNN on Monday, September 1, Bae said he is working eight hours a day, six days a week at a labor camp. "Right now what I can say to my friends and family is, continue to pray for me," he said.
American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was handed over to U.N. peacekeepers on August 24 after nearly two years in captivity. He is believed to have been captured in October 2012 and held by the al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group with ties to al Qaeda.American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was handed over to U.N. peacekeepers on August 24 after nearly two years in captivity. He is believed to have been captured in October 2012 and held by the al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group with ties to al Qaeda.
Alan Gross, at right with Rabbi Arthur Schneier, has been in Cuban custody since December 2009, when he was jailed while working as a subcontractor. Cuban authorities say Gross tried to set up illegal Internet connections on the island. Gross says he was just trying to help connect the Jewish community to the Internet. Former President Jimmy Carter and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson have both traveled to Cuba on Gross' behalf, but they were unable to secure his release.Alan Gross, at right with Rabbi Arthur Schneier, has been in Cuban custody since December 2009, when he was jailed while working as a subcontractor. Cuban authorities say Gross tried to set up illegal Internet connections on the island. Gross says he was just trying to help connect the Jewish community to the Internet. Former President Jimmy Carter and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson have both traveled to Cuba on Gross' behalf, but they were unable to secure his release.
This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by insurgents in Afghanistan since 2009. The White House announced Bergdahl's release on May 31. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five senior Taliban members held by the U.S. military.This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by insurgents in Afghanistan since 2009. The White House announced Bergdahl's release on May 31. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five senior Taliban members held by the U.S. military.
An Iranian court threw out a 2011 death sentence for Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine charged with spying. But he was secretly retried in Iran and convicted of "practical collaboration with the U.S. government," his sister told CNN on April 11. He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, she said. Hekmati was detained in August 2011 during a visit to see his grandmother. His family and the Obama administration deny accusations he was spying for the CIA. An Iranian court threw out a 2011 death sentence for Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine charged with spying. But he was secretly retried in Iran and convicted of "practical collaboration with the U.S. government," his sister told CNN on April 11. He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, she said. Hekmati was detained in August 2011 during a visit to see his grandmother. His family and the Obama administration deny accusations he was spying for the CIA.
Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing since 2007. His family says he was working as a private investigator in Iran when he disappeared, and multiple reports suggest Levinson may have been working for the CIA. His family told CNN in January that they have long known that Levinson worked for the CIA, and they said it's time for the government to lay out the facts about Levinson's case. U.S. officials have consistently denied publicly that Levinson was working for the government, but they have repeatedly insisted that finding him and bringing him home is a "top" priority.Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing since 2007. His family says he was working as a private investigator in Iran when he disappeared, and multiple reports suggest Levinson may have been working for the CIA. His family told CNN in January that they have long known that Levinson worked for the CIA, and they said it's time for the government to lay out the facts about Levinson's case. U.S. officials have consistently denied publicly that Levinson was working for the government, but they have repeatedly insisted that finding him and bringing him home is a "top" priority.
Warren Weinstein, a contractor held by al Qaeda militants, is a U.S. citizen who has been held hostage in Pakistan since August 2011.Warren Weinstein, a contractor held by al Qaeda militants, is a U.S. citizen who has been held hostage in Pakistan since August 2011.
U.S. tourist and Korean War veteran Merrill Newman arrives at the Beijing airport on December 7, 2013, after being released by North Korea. Newman was detained in October 2013 by North Korean authorities just minutes before he was to depart the country after visiting through an organized tour. His son Jeff Newman said the Palo Alto, California, man had all the proper paperwork and set up his trip through a North Korean-approved travel agency. U.S. tourist and Korean War veteran Merrill Newman arrives at the Beijing airport on December 7, 2013, after being released by North Korea. Newman was detained in October 2013 by North Korean authorities just minutes before he was to depart the country after visiting through an organized tour. His son Jeff Newman said the Palo Alto, California, man had all the proper paperwork and set up his trip through a North Korean-approved travel agency.
Mexican authorities arrested Yanira Maldonado, a U.S. citizen, right, in May 2013, for alleged drug possession. She and her husband, Gary, were traveling from Mexico back to the United States when their bus was stopped and searched. She was released a few days later and is now back in the United States.Mexican authorities arrested Yanira Maldonado, a U.S. citizen, right, in May 2013, for alleged drug possession. She and her husband, Gary, were traveling from Mexico back to the United States when their bus was stopped and searched. She was released a few days later and is now back in the United States.
Saeed Abedini, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen of Iranian birth, was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2013. He was accused of attempting to undermine the Iranian government and endangering national security by establishing home churches.Saeed Abedini, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen of Iranian birth, was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2013. He was accused of attempting to undermine the Iranian government and endangering national security by establishing home churches.
North Korea has arrested Americans before, only to release them after a visit by a prominent dignitary. Journalists Laura Ling, center, and Euna Lee, to her right, spent 140 days in captivity after being charged with illegal entry to conduct a smear campaign. They were freed in 2009 after a trip by former President Bill Clinton.North Korea has arrested Americans before, only to release them after a visit by a prominent dignitary. Journalists Laura Ling, center, and Euna Lee, to her right, spent 140 days in captivity after being charged with illegal entry to conduct a smear campaign. They were freed in 2009 after a trip by former President Bill Clinton.
Former President Jimmy Carter negotiated the release of Aijalon Gomes, who was detained in 2010 after crossing into North Korea illegally from China. Analysts say high-level visits give Pyongyang a propaganda boost and a way to save face when it releases a prisoner.Former President Jimmy Carter negotiated the release of Aijalon Gomes, who was detained in 2010 after crossing into North Korea illegally from China. Analysts say high-level visits give Pyongyang a propaganda boost and a way to save face when it releases a prisoner.
Eddie Yong Su Jun was released by North Korea a month after he was detained in April 2011. His alleged crime was not provided to the media. The American delegation that secured his freedom included Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues.Eddie Yong Su Jun was released by North Korea a month after he was detained in April 2011. His alleged crime was not provided to the media. The American delegation that secured his freedom included Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues.
Robert Park was released by North Korea in 2010 without any apparent U.S. intervention. The Christian missionary crossed into North Korea from China, carrying a letter asking Kim Jong Il to free political prisoners and resign. North Korea's state-run news agency said Park was released after an "admission and sincere repentance of his wrongdoings." Here, Park holds a photo of Kim and a malnourished child during a protest in Seoul.Robert Park was released by North Korea in 2010 without any apparent U.S. intervention. The Christian missionary crossed into North Korea from China, carrying a letter asking Kim Jong Il to free political prisoners and resign. North Korea's state-run news agency said Park was released after an "admission and sincere repentance of his wrongdoings." Here, Park holds a photo of Kim and a malnourished child during a protest in Seoul.
Josh Fattal, center, Sarah Shourd, left, and Shane Bauer were detained by Iran while hiking near the Iraq-Iran border in July 2009. Iran charged them with illegal entry and espionage. Shourd was released on bail for medical reasons in September 2010; she never returned to face her charges. Bauer and Fattal were convicted in August 2011, but the next month they were released on bail and had their sentences commuted.Josh Fattal, center, Sarah Shourd, left, and Shane Bauer were detained by Iran while hiking near the Iraq-Iran border in July 2009. Iran charged them with illegal entry and espionage. Shourd was released on bail for medical reasons in September 2010; she never returned to face her charges. Bauer and Fattal were convicted in August 2011, but the next month they were released on bail and had their sentences commuted.
Haleh Esfandiari, an Iranian-American scholar, was detained at Iran's Evin Prison, spending months in solitary confinement before Iran released her on bail in August 2007. Esfandiari was visiting her ailing mother in Tehran when she was arrested and charged with harming Iran's national security. Haleh Esfandiari, an Iranian-American scholar, was detained at Iran's Evin Prison, spending months in solitary confinement before Iran released her on bail in August 2007. Esfandiari was visiting her ailing mother in Tehran when she was arrested and charged with harming Iran's national security.
Sixteen Americans were among the dozens arrested in December 2011 when Egypt raided the offices of 10 nongovernmental organizations that it said received illegal foreign financing and were operating without a public license. Many of the employees posted bail and left the country after a travel ban was lifted a few months later. Robert Becker, right, chose to stay and stand trial.Sixteen Americans were among the dozens arrested in December 2011 when Egypt raided the offices of 10 nongovernmental organizations that it said received illegal foreign financing and were operating without a public license. Many of the employees posted bail and left the country after a travel ban was lifted a few months later. Robert Becker, right, chose to stay and stand trial.
Filmmaker Timothy Tracy was arrested in Venezuela in April 2013 on allegations of funding opponents of newly elected President Nicolas Maduro, successor to the late Hugo Chavez. Tracy went to Venezuela to make a documentary about the political division gripping the country. He was released in June 2013.Filmmaker Timothy Tracy was arrested in Venezuela in April 2013 on allegations of funding opponents of newly elected President Nicolas Maduro, successor to the late Hugo Chavez. Tracy went to Venezuela to make a documentary about the political division gripping the country. He was released in June 2013.
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Like virtually everything in Pyongyang, the interviews were carefully managed by the regime. Each man had exactly five minutes to speak. Some of their statements seemed eerily similar.

So what was the government's motive in letting Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle address the world?

"First of all, their motivation always behind these interviews has been to gather U.S. attention and then try to pave a way for high-level dialogue with Washington," said Ellen Kim of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

During their interviews Monday, all three men said they hope the U.S. government will send an envoy to help get them out of their situations -- similar to how former President Bill Clinton helped secure the release of two journalists in 2009.

"I do believe that (a) special envoy need to come in order to resolve the situation I am in right now," said Bae, who is serving 15 years at a labor camp after North Korea claimed he was part of a Christian plot overthrow the regime.

What might North Korea want in return?

"Their negotiating ploy with the U.S. is to try to get us to agree to nuclear arms control, to sort of accept them as a nuclear weapons state -- which we can't do," said Michael Green of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Another possibility: That North Korea wants sanctions against the regime lifted.

Victor Cha, the North Korea adviser to former President George W. Bush, said the presentation of all three Americans at once could be telling.

"My guess is the fact that all three of them were put on tape for an American audience on Labor Day as a signal from the North Koreans that they're looking for some sort of package deal to try to get them all out," Cha said.

"Whether they're trying to connect this to the long-style nuclear negotiations is anybody's guess."

Washington responds

The detainees' surprise interviews with CNN's Will Ripley on Monday prompted renewed calls out of Washington for the men's release.

"Out of humanitarian concern for Jeffrey Fowle, Matthew Miller, and their families, we request the DPRK release them so they may return home," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, using the initials for North Korea's official name -- the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

She said the United States is in "regular, close coordination" with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, which acts as the "protecting power for issues involving U.S. citizens in North Korea."

But it's apparent the three men are now being used by North Korea as "bargaining chips," said Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who has traveled to the isolated country.

"They're sending a signal, saying, 'We're ready to bargain for the three hostages,'" Richardson said.

What the detainees said

All three men said they have signed statements admitting their guilt. North Korean officials monitored and recorded all three interviews, and CNN was unable to assess independently the conditions under which the men were being held.

Bae said he is working eight hours a day, six days a week at a labor camp, even though he said his health has "been failing" over the past 1½ months. The 46-year-old has diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney stones.

Despite what he called "hard labor," Bae said he has been treated "as humanely as possible."

U.S. officials have repeatedly called on North Korea to release Bae, but to no avail.

Even former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who has visited North Korea and called its ruler Kim Jong Un a "friend for life," asked Kim to "do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose."

Terri Chung, Bae's sister, told CNN on Monday the video of his interview was "really difficult to watch."

"It is clear from the video that he is under a lot of stress. And he talks about his health failing and being in complete isolation for almost two years. And it is devastating for our family to see that on TV."

She also released a statement asking the North Korean authorities to have mercy.

"It is in your power to release my brother. You could do it today. Please do so," Chung said. "He has confessed to the crimes for which he has been charged, and he has served a longer detainment than any other American since the war."

Miller: 'My situation is very urgent'

Dressed in a black turtleneck and often avoiding eye contact, Miller said he has admitted his guilt -- even though he won't learn of his charges until he goes to trial.

"But I will say that I prepared to violate the law of the DPRK before coming here," Miller told Ripley.

The 24-year-old is accused of tearing up his tourist visa and seeking asylum upon entry.

He expressed frustration that "there's been no movement from my government."

Miller said he wanted to tell the United States that "my situation is very urgent, that very soon I am going to trial, and I would directly be sent to prison."

"I think this interview is my final chance to push the American government into helping me," he said.

Fowle describes 'desperate situation'

Fowle, an American tourist accused of leaving a Bible in a hotel where he was staying, said he has "no complaints" about his treatment.

"It's been very good so far, and I hope and pray that it continues, while I'm here two more days or two more decades," the 56-year-old said.

North Korea announced Fowle's detention in June, saying he had violated the law by acting "contrary to the purpose of tourism."

"The charges are violations of DPRK law, which stems from me trying to leave a Bible," Fowle told Ripley.

"It's a covert act and a violation of tourists rules. I've admitted my guilt to the government and signed a statement to that effect and requested forgiveness from the people and the government of the DPRK."

Fowle said with his trial expected to begin within a month, he is getting desperate.

"You guys should convey my desperate situation," he said. "I've got a wife and three elementary school-aged kids that depend on me for support."

Read: What North Korea wants the world to see

CNN's Elise Labott, Barbara Starr and Brianna Keilar contributed to this report.

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Nadine Gordimer, a South African author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/14/world/africa/obit-nadine-gordimer/index.html' >died on July 13</a>, according to her family. She was 90.Nadine Gordimer, a South African author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, died on July 13, according to her family. She was 90.
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Grammy-winning jazz bassist<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/13/showbiz/charlie-haden-obit/index.html' > Charlie Haden</a>, whose music career spanned seven decades and several genres, died July 11, according to his publicist. He was 76.Grammy-winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden, whose music career spanned seven decades and several genres, died July 11, according to his publicist. He was 76.
Drummer<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/12/showbiz/tommy-ramone-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_c2'> Tommy Ramone</a>, the last living original member of the pioneering punk band The Ramones, died on July 11, <a href='https://www.facebook.com/theramones/photos/a.10151197504400379.494562.12789020378/10152458044665379/?type=1&amp;theater' >according to the band's Facebook page</a>. He was 65.Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last living original member of the pioneering punk band The Ramones, died on July 11, according to the band's Facebook page. He was 65.
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<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/08/showbiz/pinocchio-voice-actor-dead/index.html'>Richard Percy Jones</a>, the actor who gave Pinocchio his voice in the 1940 Disney movie, died at his California home on July 8. He was 87.Richard Percy Jones, the actor who gave Pinocchio his voice in the 1940 Disney movie, died at his California home on July 8. He was 87.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/11/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/harry-potter-david-legeno-obit/index.html'>David Legeno</a>, known for playing Fenrir Greyback in the "Harry Potter" movies, was found dead July 6, by hikers in a remote desert location in Death Valley, California. He was 50. "It appears that Legeno died of heat-related issues, but the Inyo County Coroner will determine the final cause of death," read a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Department. "There are no signs of foul play."David Legeno, known for playing Fenrir Greyback in the "Harry Potter" movies, was found dead July 6, by hikers in a remote desert location in Death Valley, California. He was 50. "It appears that Legeno died of heat-related issues, but the Inyo County Coroner will determine the final cause of death," read a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Department. "There are no signs of foul play."
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/11/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/rosemary-murphy-obit/index.html'>Rosemary Murphy</a>, an Emmy Award-winning actress known for her roles in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" as well as TV soap operas "All My Children" and "Another World," died July 5 at the age of 89. The New York Times cited cancer as the cause of death.Rosemary Murphy, an Emmy Award-winning actress known for her roles in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" as well as TV soap operas "All My Children" and "Another World," died July 5 at the age of 89. The New York Times cited cancer as the cause of death.
Olympian and World War II hero <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/showbiz/movies/obit-zamperini-unbroken/index.html'>Louis Zamperini</a>, the subject of the book and upcoming film "Unbroken," died July 2 after a recent battle with pneumonia. The 97-year-old peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, according to a statement.Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, the subject of the book and upcoming film "Unbroken," died July 2 after a recent battle with pneumonia. The 97-year-old peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, according to a statement.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/02/showbiz/walter-dean-myers-obit-ew/index.html'>Walter Dean Myers</a>, a beloved author of children's books, died on July 1 following a brief illness, according to the Children's Book Council.Walter Dean Myers, a beloved author of children's books, died on July 1 following a brief illness, according to the Children's Book Council.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/01/showbiz/movies/obit-paul-mazursky/index.html' >Paul Mazursky</a>, a five-time Oscar nominee who directed and wrote such films as "Bob &amp; Carol &amp; Ted &amp; Alice," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," died at the age of 84, his agent said July 1.Paul Mazursky, a five-time Oscar nominee who directed and wrote such films as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," died at the age of 84, his agent said July 1.
Actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/29/showbiz/actor-meschach-taylor-death/' >Meshach Taylor</a> died June 28 at his Los Angeles-area home, his agent, Dede Binder, said. He was 67. Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days, Binder said. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away.Actor Meshach Taylor died June 28 at his Los Angeles-area home, his agent, Dede Binder, said. He was 67. Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days, Binder said. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away.
Legendary soul singer <a href='http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/27/showbiz/bobby-womack-death/index.html' >Bobby Womack</a> died June 27, according to Womack's publicist. He was 70. Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack died June 27, according to Womack's publicist. He was 70.
Character actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/25/showbiz/obit-eli-wallach/index.html'>Eli Wallach</a>, seen here in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," died on June 24, according to a family member who did not want to be named. Wallach was 98.Character actor Eli Wallach, seen here in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," died on June 24, according to a family member who did not want to be named. Wallach was 98.
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/16/sport/gwynn-baseball-death/index.html'>Tony Gwynn</a> died June 16 at the age of 54, according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Gwynn, who had 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, had cancer.Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died June 16 at the age of 54, according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Gwynn, who had 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, had cancer.
Radio personality <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/15/showbiz/casey-kasem-obit/'>Casey Kasem</a> died June 15. He was 82 and had been hospitalized in Washington state for two weeks.Radio personality Casey Kasem died June 15. He was 82 and had been hospitalized in Washington state for two weeks.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/14/us/chuck-noll-dead/'>Chuck Noll</a> died June 13. He had suffered from Alzheimer's and heart disease. He was 82. Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll died June 13. He had suffered from Alzheimer's and heart disease. He was 82.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/12/showbiz/obit-ruby-dee/index.html'>Ruby Dee</a>, an award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, died June 12. She was 91.Ruby Dee, an award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, died June 12. She was 91.
Former baseball star<a href='http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2092723-bob-welch-1990-al-cy-young-winner-passes-away-tragically-at-57-years-old' > Bob Welch</a> passed away on June 9 after suffering a heart attack, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 57.Former baseball star Bob Welch passed away on June 9 after suffering a heart attack, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 57.
British actor and comedian <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/showbiz/obit-rik-mayall/index.html'>Rik Mayall</a>, who appeared in the TV series "Blackadder," died June 9 at the age of 56, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately reported.British actor and comedian Rik Mayall, who appeared in the TV series "Blackadder," died June 9 at the age of 56, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately reported.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/04/us/navajo-code-talker-obit/index.html'>Chester Nez</a>, the last of the original Navajo code talkers credited with creating an unbreakable code used during World War II, died June 5 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation President said. Nez was 93.Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo code talkers credited with creating an unbreakable code used during World War II, died June 5 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation President said. Nez was 93.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/01/showbiz/ann-b-davis-dies/index.html' >Ann B. Davis</a>, who played Alice the maid on "The Brady Bunch," died from a subdural hematoma on June 1. She was 88.Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the maid on "The Brady Bunch," died from a subdural hematoma on June 1. She was 88.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/28/us/maya-angelou-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1' >Maya Angelou</a>, a renowned poet, novelist and actress, died at the age of 86, her literary agent said on May 28. Angelou was also a professor, singer and dancer whose work spanned several generations.Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist and actress, died at the age of 86, her literary agent said on May 28. Angelou was also a professor, singer and dancer whose work spanned several generations.
Australian racing legend <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/19/sport/motorsport/formula-one-jack-brabham-dead/index.html'>Jack Brabham</a> died on May 19, according to Brabham's son David. Brabham, 88, was a three-time Formula One world champion.Australian racing legend Jack Brabham died on May 19, according to Brabham's son David. Brabham, 88, was a three-time Formula One world champion.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/13/showbiz/malik-bendjelloul-searching-for-sugar-man-director-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t2' >Malik Bendjelloul</a>, the Oscar-winning director of "Searching for Sugar Man," died suddenly on May 13, police said. He was 36.Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of "Searching for Sugar Man," died suddenly on May 13, police said. He was 36.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/13/showbiz/movies/h-r-giger-dies-obituary/index.html'>H.R. Giger</a>, the Swiss surrealist artist whose works of sexual-industrial imagery and design of the eponymous creature in the "Alien" movies were known around the world, died on May 12. He was 74.H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist artist whose works of sexual-industrial imagery and design of the eponymous creature in the "Alien" movies were known around the world, died on May 12. He was 74.
Former professional tennis player <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/05/sport/tennis/elena-baltacha-dies-tennis/'>Elena Baltacha</a> died at the age of 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer on May 4. Before retiring in November, she had reached a career high of 49th in the world rankings.Former professional tennis player Elena Baltacha died at the age of 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer on May 4. Before retiring in November, she had reached a career high of 49th in the world rankings.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/30/showbiz/mad-magazine-editor-dies/index.html'>Al Feldstein</a>, who guided Mad magazine for almost three decades as its editor, died on April 29, according to a Montana funeral home. He was 88.Al Feldstein, who guided Mad magazine for almost three decades as its editor, died on April 29, according to a Montana funeral home. He was 88.
Oscar-nominated British actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/30/showbiz/obit-bob-hoskins/index.html' >Bob Hoskins</a>, known for roles in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Mona Lisa," died April 29 at age 71, his publicist said.Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins, known for roles in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Mona Lisa," died April 29 at age 71, his publicist said.
Hall of Fame basketball coach <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/28/sport/jack-ramsay-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t2'>John "Dr. Jack" Ramsay</a>, who became a television analyst years after winning a league championship with the Portland Trail Blazers, died on April 28, according to his longtime employer ESPN. Ramsay was 89.Hall of Fame basketball coach John "Dr. Jack" Ramsay, who became a television analyst years after winning a league championship with the Portland Trail Blazers, died on April 28, according to his longtime employer ESPN. Ramsay was 89.
Former Barcelona soccer coach <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/25/sport/football/tito-vilanova-barcelona-dies/index.html' >Tito Vilanova</a>, who had been battling cancer, died at the age of 45, the club announced April 25.Former Barcelona soccer coach Tito Vilanova, who had been battling cancer, died at the age of 45, the club announced April 25.
Country singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/20/showbiz/kevin-sharp-dead/index.html'>Kevin Sharp</a> died from "complications due to cancer" on April 19, his mother told CNN. He was 43.Country singer Kevin Sharp died from "complications due to cancer" on April 19, his mother told CNN. He was 43.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/20/us/rubin-hurricane-carter-obit/index.html'>Rubin "Hurricane" Carter</a>, the middleweight boxing contender who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s, died April 20 at the age of 76, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s, died April 20 at the age of 76, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/world/americas/gabriel-garcia-marquez-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_c2'>Gabriel Garcia Marquez,</a> the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," passed away on April 17, his family and officials said. He was 87.Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," passed away on April 17, his family and officials said. He was 87.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/showbiz/cheo-feliciano-obit/index.html'>Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano</a>, a giant of salsa music and a Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash April 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to police. He was 78.Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, a giant of salsa music and a Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash April 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to police. He was 78.
Days after being inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment's Hall of Fame, WWE superstar <a href='http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2022449-former-wwe-star-ultimate-warrior-passes-away-at-age-54?utm_source=cnn.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=editorial&amp;hpt=hp_t2' >Ultimate Warrior</a> died April 8. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. He was 54.Days after being inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment's Hall of Fame, WWE superstar Ultimate Warrior died April 8. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. He was 54.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/showbiz/john-pinette-dead/index.html'>Comedian John Pinette</a>, 50, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room on April 5. Pinette died of natural causes stemming from "a medical history he was being treated for," the medical examiner's spokesman said. An autopsy will not be done because his personal doctor signed the death certificate.Comedian John Pinette, 50, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room on April 5. Pinette died of natural causes stemming from "a medical history he was being treated for," the medical examiner's spokesman said. An autopsy will not be done because his personal doctor signed the death certificate.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/showbiz/mickey-rooney-obit/index.html'>Mickey Rooney</a>, who started as a child star in vaudeville and went on to star in hundreds of movies and TV shows, died April 6 at the age of 93. Mickey Rooney, who started as a child star in vaudeville and went on to star in hundreds of movies and TV shows, died April 6 at the age of 93.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/03/showbiz/frankie-knuckles-obit/index.html' >DJ Frankie Knuckles</a>, a legendary producer, remixer and house music pioneer, died March 31 at the age of 59.DJ Frankie Knuckles, a legendary producer, remixer and house music pioneer, died March 31 at the age of 59.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/31/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/obit-kate-omara/index.html' >Kate O'Mara</a>, the British actress best known for playing Joan Collins' sister on the 1980s show "Dynasty," died March 30. She was 74.Kate O'Mara, the British actress best known for playing Joan Collins' sister on the 1980s show "Dynasty," died March 30. She was 74.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/us/buffalo-bills-founder-dies/index.html'>Ralph C. Wilson Jr.</a>, the founder and longtime owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, died at age 95, the team announced March 25.Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the founder and longtime owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, died at age 95, the team announced March 25.
Gwar lead singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/24/showbiz/gwar-dave-brockie-dead/index.html'>Dave Brockie</a> died March 23 at the age of 50, his manager said. The heavy-metal group formed in 1984, billing itself as "Earth's only openly extraterrestrial rock band." Brockie performed in the persona of Oderus Urungus.Gwar lead singer Dave Brockie died March 23 at the age of 50, his manager said. The heavy-metal group formed in 1984, billing itself as "Earth's only openly extraterrestrial rock band." Brockie performed in the persona of Oderus Urungus.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/23/showbiz/james-rebhorn-dead/index.html' >James Rebhorn</a>, whose acting resume includes a long list of character roles in major films and TV shows, died March 21, his representative said. Rebhorn was 65.James Rebhorn, whose acting resume includes a long list of character roles in major films and TV shows, died March 21, his representative said. Rebhorn was 65.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/lwren-scott-designer-obit/index.html'>L'Wren Scott</a>, a noted fashion designer and girlfriend of musician Mick Jagger, was found dead of an apparent suicide March 17, according to a law enforcement official. She was 49.L'Wren Scott, a noted fashion designer and girlfriend of musician Mick Jagger, was found dead of an apparent suicide March 17, according to a law enforcement official. She was 49.
Drummer <a href='http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/drummer-scott-asheton-of-iggy-andthe-stooges-performs-in-news-photo/479298893' >Scott Asheton,</a> who co-founded and played drums for the influential proto-punk band The Stooges, died March 15. He was 64.Drummer Scott Asheton, who co-founded and played drums for the influential proto-punk band The Stooges, died March 15. He was 64.
Comedian <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/15/showbiz/david-brenner-dies/index.html'>David Brenner</a>, a regular on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said March 15. He was 78.Comedian David Brenner, a regular on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said March 15. He was 78.
Actress <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/09/showbiz/honeymooners-sheila-macrae-dies/index.html'>Sheila MacRae</a>, who portrayed Alice Kramden in a 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died on March 6, according to her family. She was 92. Actress Sheila MacRae, who portrayed Alice Kramden in a 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died on March 6, according to her family. She was 92.
Spanish guitarist <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/showbiz/paco-de-lucia-death/'>Paco de Lucia</a>, seen here in 2006, died February 25 of an apparent heart attack. He was 66. De Lucia transformed the folk art of flamenco music into a more vibrant modern sound.Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, seen here in 2006, died February 25 of an apparent heart attack. He was 66. De Lucia transformed the folk art of flamenco music into a more vibrant modern sound.
Actor, writer and director <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/showbiz/movies/obit-harold-ramis/index.html'>Harold Ramis</a>, seen here on the far left with fellow "Ghostbusters" Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, died at his Chicago-area home on February 24. He was 69. Other popular Ramis films include "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."Actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, seen here on the far left with fellow "Ghostbusters" Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, died at his Chicago-area home on February 24. He was 69. Other popular Ramis films include "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/22/showbiz/obit-maria-von-trapp/index.html' >Maria von Trapp</a>, seen here posing with a photo of her family, was the last of the singing siblings immortalized in the movie "The Sound of Music." She died February 18 of natural causes at her Vermont home, according to her family. She was 99.Maria von Trapp, seen here posing with a photo of her family, was the last of the singing siblings immortalized in the movie "The Sound of Music." She died February 18 of natural causes at her Vermont home, according to her family. She was 99.
Journalist <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/us/obit-garrick-utley/index.html'>Garrick Utley</a> died at age 74 following a long battle with cancer, his wife of 40 years said in February. Utley worked for CNN after his 30-year career at NBC News.Journalist Garrick Utley died at age 74 following a long battle with cancer, his wife of 40 years said in February. Utley worked for CNN after his 30-year career at NBC News.
Devo guitarist <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/18/showbiz/devo-bob-casale-dead/index.html'>Bob Casale</a>, known by fans as "Bob 2," died February 17, his brother and band mate announced. Casale was 61.Devo guitarist Bob Casale, known by fans as "Bob 2," died February 17, his brother and band mate announced. Casale was 61.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/15/showbiz/john-henson-dies/index.html'>John Henson</a>, the son of Jim Henson who is perhaps most notable for his portrayal of Sweetums on "The Muppets," died after a "sudden, massive heart attack," his family's company said on February 15. John Henson, the son of Jim Henson who is perhaps most notable for his portrayal of Sweetums on "The Muppets," died after a "sudden, massive heart attack," his family's company said on February 15.
Veteran actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/13/showbiz/actor-ralph-waite-dies/index.html'>Ralph Waite</a> died at 85 on February 13, according to an accountant for the Waite family and a church where the actor was a regular member. Waite was best known for his role as John Walton Sr. on 'The Waltons."Veteran actor Ralph Waite died at 85 on February 13, according to an accountant for the Waite family and a church where the actor was a regular member. Waite was best known for his role as John Walton Sr. on 'The Waltons."
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/12/showbiz/sid-caesar-dead/'>Sid Caesar</a>, whose clever, anarchic comedy on such programs as "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" helped define the 1950s "Golden Age of Television," died on February 12. He was 91.Sid Caesar, whose clever, anarchic comedy on such programs as "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" helped define the 1950s "Golden Age of Television," died on February 12. He was 91.
Hollywood child star <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/11/showbiz/hollywood-shirley-temple-death/index.html'>Shirley Temple</a>, who became diplomat Shirley Temple Black, died February 10 at her Woodside, California, home. She was 85.Hollywood child star Shirley Temple, who became diplomat Shirley Temple Black, died February 10 at her Woodside, California, home. She was 85.
<a href='http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/03/joan-mondale-wife-of-former-vice-president-dies/'>Joan Mondale</a>, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died on February 3, according to a statement from the family's church.Joan Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died on February 3, according to a statement from the family's church.
Oscar-winning actor <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/02/showbiz/philip-seymour-hoffman-obit/index.html'>Philip Seymour Hoffman</a> was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said February 2.Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said February 2.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/01/showbiz/actor-maximilian-schell-dies/index.html'>Maximilian Schell</a> died on February 1 in a Austrian hospital with his wife by his side, his agent Patricia Baumbauer said. He was 83. Schell was nominated for an Oscar three times. He won in 1962 for "Judgment at Nuremberg."Maximilian Schell died on February 1 in a Austrian hospital with his wife by his side, his agent Patricia Baumbauer said. He was 83. Schell was nominated for an Oscar three times. He won in 1962 for "Judgment at Nuremberg."
Legendary folk singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/28/showbiz/pete-seeger-death/index.html' >Pete Seeger</a>, known for classics such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," died of natural causes in New York on January 27, his grandson told CNN. He was 94.Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, known for classics such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," died of natural causes in New York on January 27, his grandson told CNN. He was 94.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/17/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/wizard-of-oz-munchkin-duccini-dies/index.html' >Ruth Robinson Duccini</a>, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," died on January 16. She was 95. Ruth Robinson Duccini, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," died on January 16. She was 95.
Former Playboy centerfold <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/17/showbiz/cassandra-lynn-hnesley-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_t3'>Cassandra Lynn Hensley </a>was found dead at a friend's home in Los Angeles, the coroner there said on January 17. Hensley was 34. Her cause of death was not immediately known.Former Playboy centerfold Cassandra Lynn Hensley was found dead at a friend's home in Los Angeles, the coroner there said on January 17. Hensley was 34. Her cause of death was not immediately known.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/17/world/asia/japan-philippines-ww2-soldier-dies/index.html'>Hiroo Onoda</a>, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island in the Philippines in March 1974. Onoda, a former intelligence officer in the Japanese army, had remained on the island for nearly 30 years, refusing to believe his country had surrendered in World War II. He died at a Tokyo hospital on January 16. He was 91.Hiroo Onoda, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island in the Philippines in March 1974. Onoda, a former intelligence officer in the Japanese army, had remained on the island for nearly 30 years, refusing to believe his country had surrendered in World War II. He died at a Tokyo hospital on January 16. He was 91.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/16/showbiz/russell-johnson-obit/index.html'>Russell Johnson</a>, center, stands with Alan Hale Jr., left, and Bob Denver in an episode of "Gilligan's Island" in 1966. Johnson, who played "the professor" Roy Hinkley in the hit television show, passed away January 16 at his home in Washington state, according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson was 89.Russell Johnson, center, stands with Alan Hale Jr., left, and Bob Denver in an episode of "Gilligan's Island" in 1966. Johnson, who played "the professor" Roy Hinkley in the hit television show, passed away January 16 at his home in Washington state, according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson was 89.
<a href='http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/11/world/meast/obit-ariel-sharon/index.html'>Ariel Sharon, </a>whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died on January 11 after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85.Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died on January 11 after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/10/us/greensboro-four-activist-obit/index.html' >Franklin McCain</a>, seen center wearing glasses, one of the "Greensboro Four," who made history for their 1960 sit-in at a Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter, died on January 10 after a brief illness, according to his alma mater, North Carolina A&amp;T State University. Franklin McCain, seen center wearing glasses, one of the "Greensboro Four," who made history for their 1960 sit-in at a Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter, died on January 10 after a brief illness, according to his alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/10/politics/reagan-spokesman-dies/index.html' >Larry Speakes</a>, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, died January 10 at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. He was 74.Larry Speakes, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, died January 10 at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. He was 74.
Poet<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/09/showbiz/poet-amiri-baraka-dies/index.html' > Amiri Baraka</a>, who lost his post as New Jersey's poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died on January 9, his agent said. Baraka was 79.Poet Amiri Baraka, who lost his post as New Jersey's poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died on January 9, his agent said. Baraka was 79.
<a href='www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/world/asia/run-run-shaw-dies/index.html' >Sir Run Run Shaw</a>, the media tycoon who helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience, died at his home in Hong Kong on January 7 at age 106, the television station he founded said.Sir Run Run Shaw, the media tycoon who helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience, died at his home in Hong Kong on January 7 at age 106, the television station he founded said.
Stage, TV and film actress<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/08/showbiz/carmen-zapata-obit/index.html'> Carmen Zapata</a>, who founded the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts as a means of of introducing "the rich and eloquent history of the diverse Hispanic culture to English-speaking audiences," died on January 5 at her Los Angeles home. She was 86.Stage, TV and film actress Carmen Zapata, who founded the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts as a means of of introducing "the rich and eloquent history of the diverse Hispanic culture to English-speaking audiences," died on January 5 at her Los Angeles home. She was 86.
Portugal football legend <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/05/sport/football/eusebio-death/index.html'>Eusebio</a>, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died from a heart attack on January 5 at age 71, said his former club, Benfica.Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died from a heart attack on January 5 at age 71, said his former club, Benfica.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/03/showbiz/alicia-rhett-dies/index.html'>Alicia Rhett</a>, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast members of the classic film "Gone With the Wind," died on January 3 in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said. She was 98.Alicia Rhett, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast members of the classic film "Gone With the Wind," died on January 3 in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said. She was 98.
Singer <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/03/showbiz/singer-phil-everly-dies/index.html'>Phil Everly</a>, left -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo the Everly Brothers -- died on January 3, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74.Singer Phil Everly, left -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo the Everly Brothers -- died on January 3, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74.
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  • Jimi Jamison sang on five Top 20 singles
  • He joined Survivor after the No. 1 hit "Eye of the Tiger"
  • Original lead singer Dave Bickler left the band for medical reasons
  • He was 63

(CNN) -- Jimi Jamison, who belted out the hits "The Search is Over" and "Burning Heart" for 1980s rock band Survivor, has died. He was 63.

"The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison," the band's official Facebook page said. "Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Jamison joined the band in 1984 after Survivor scored the No. 1 hit "Eye of the Tiger," from the "Rocky III" soundtrack. Original lead singer Dave Bickler left the band for medical reasons.

Jimi Jamison, right, performs with Survivor on August 30, 2014, in Morgan Hill, California.
Jimi Jamison, right, performs with Survivor on August 30, 2014, in Morgan Hill, California.

Jamison sang on five Top 20 singles. In addition to "The Search is Over," which peaked at No. 4, and "Burning Heart," which made it to No. 2 on the charts and was on the "Rocky IV" soundtrack, Jamison provided vocals for "I Can't Hold Back," "High on You," and "Is This Love."

Survivor disbanded in 1989, according to the band's biography on AllMusic.com.

Survivor returned to the studio in 1993 with Bickler back on lead vocals to record a couple of new songs for a greatest hits package. Jamison later rejoined the lineup in 2000.

Fans of TV's "Baywatch" might also recognize his voice. He sang and helped pen the show's theme song, "I'm Always Here."

"I'm Always Here" by Jimi Jamison

People we lost in 2014

No charges for cancer patient’s parents

  • Parents who took son with brain cancer out of a British hospital will not be charged
  • They disagreed with the treatment he was receiving
  • The parents were arrested in Spain, and the boy was brought to a hospital
  • The parents want proton therapy

(CNN) -- The British couple arrested after pulling their cancer-stricken son out of a hospital will not be charged, the Crown Prosecution Service told CNN on Tuesday.

Brett and Naghmeh King were arrested over the weekend in Spain while authorities decided whether they would be charged and extradited back to Britain.

On Monday, they said they would not return to the UK voluntarily, according to a Madrid court at which they appeared.

The Kings say they had serious concerns about the medical treatment Ashya, 5, was receiving at University Hospital Southampton. So they defied doctors' orders and took him out.

Boy with brain cancer found

Hotel staff members in Malaga, Spain, recognized Ashya and his family from media coverage and contacted police. Ashya was taken to Materno Infantil Hospital in Spain, and that facility was communicating with University Hospital Southampton. The parents were taken into police custody.

Brett King defended his actions in a YouTube video made shortly before his arrest. He accuses two doctors at the British hospital of not allowing him to seek proton beam treatment outside of Britain, even though he said he was ready to pay for the treatment himself.

"We pleaded with them for proton beam treatment. They looked at me straight in the face and said with his cancer, which is called medulloblastoma, it would have no benefit whatsoever." King said he then looked on the Internet and found sites in the United States, France and Switzerland on proton beam treatment that "said the opposite -- that it would be beneficial for him."

The Kings traveled to Malaga with their six children to sell a home they own there, in order to "look for better treatment" for Ashya, said their Spanish lawyer, Juan Isidro Fernandez.

The hospital in Southampton issued a statement saying doctors had discussed proton beam radiotherapy with Ashya's parents.

"We very much regret that the communication and relationship with the King family had broken down in this way and that for whatever reason they have lost confidence in us," said Dr. Michael Marsh, medical director at University Hospital Southampton. "Our first concern is for Ashya's welfare"

Marsh said some tumors respond well to proton beam treatment, but "there are some cases where there isn't the evidence that this is a beneficial treatment." The hospital statement did not give specifics about Ashya's case.

The 5-year-old's ordeal has captured the attention of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"I welcome the prosecution against Ashya King's parents being dropped," he said Tuesday on Twitter. "It's important this little boy gets treatment and the love of his family."

In the United States, only a handful of hospitals offer proton-beam therapy after surgery, including Massachusetts General Hospital, where the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy was treated for brain cancer in 2008. He died just a year after his surgery for malignant glioma.

That surgery was followed by six weeks of radiation. Kennedy wrote about his experience in a Newsweek magazine article at the time that he underwent proton-beam therapy.

The theory behind proton therapy is that its high-energy particles home in on the tumor and so do not harm the surrounding healthy tissue as much as the X-ray photons in conventional therapy, said Dr. Donald O'Rourke, associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

CNN's Joyce Joseph and Taylor Phillip contributed to this report.

Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault

Singer Chris Brown has managed to intrigue -- and infuriate -- the public since he first burst onto the scene in 2005. Here's a timeline of his troubled history:Singer Chris Brown has managed to intrigue -- and infuriate -- the public since he first burst onto the scene in 2005. Here's a timeline of his troubled history:
<strong>February 2009: </strong>Brown's legal troubles began when Los Angeles police responded to a 911 call that a woman was assaulted on a Hollywood street just after midnight on February 8. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/08/chris.brown/index.html'>They found his girlfriend, Rihanna, then 20, with a badly bruised face.</a> Brown, then 19, turned himself into police hours before he and Rihanna were to perform at the Grammys. February 2009: Brown's legal troubles began when Los Angeles police responded to a 911 call that a woman was assaulted on a Hollywood street just after midnight on February 8. They found his girlfriend, Rihanna, then 20, with a badly bruised face. Brown, then 19, turned himself into police hours before he and Rihanna were to perform at the Grammys.
<strong>March 2009:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/15/chris.brown/index.html'>Brown apologized a week after his arrest.</a> "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired," he said. "I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person." He was formally charged with felony counts of assault and making criminal threats that March 5. March 2009: Brown apologized a week after his arrest. "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired," he said. "I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person." He was formally charged with felony counts of assault and making criminal threats that March 5.
<strong>June 2009: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/22/chris.brown.hearing/index.html'>Brown agreed to plead guilty to a felony assault charge</a> in the Rihanna beating at a June 22 hearing. The plea deal included five years' probation, 1,400 hours of "labor-oriented service" and a yearlong domestic-violence counseling program. June 2009: Brown agreed to plead guilty to a felony assault charge in the Rihanna beating at a June 22 hearing. The plea deal included five years' probation, 1,400 hours of "labor-oriented service" and a yearlong domestic-violence counseling program.
<strong>June 2009: </strong>The judge asked Rihanna to appear in court to hear <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/22/chris.brown.hearing/index.html'>details of the order requiring Brown to stay 50 yards away from her</a> -- 10 yards if the two appeared at the same industry event together. Here she appears with her attorney, Donald Etra.June 2009: The judge asked Rihanna to appear in court to hear details of the order requiring Brown to stay 50 yards away from her -- 10 yards if the two appeared at the same industry event together. Here she appears with her attorney, Donald Etra.
<strong>August 2009: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/25/chris.brown.sentencing/index.html' >On the day Brown was sentenced in the assault, a probation report revealed</a> he and Rihanna were involved in at least two other incidents of domestic violence before the February 2009 attack. One in Europe in fall 2008 involved Rihanna slapping Brown during an argument, and Brown responded by shoving her into a wall, the report said.August 2009: On the day Brown was sentenced in the assault, a probation report revealed he and Rihanna were involved in at least two other incidents of domestic violence before the February 2009 attack. One in Europe in fall 2008 involved Rihanna slapping Brown during an argument, and Brown responded by shoving her into a wall, the report said.
<strong>July 2009: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/20/chris.brown/index.html'>Chris Brown posted a video apology </a>for the assault. "I have told Rihanna countless times, and I'm telling you today, that I'm truly, truly sorry in that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better," he said. July 2009: Chris Brown posted a video apology for the assault. "I have told Rihanna countless times, and I'm telling you today, that I'm truly, truly sorry in that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better," he said.
<strong>September 2009:</strong> Brown and his mother appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" in his first TV interview since his arrest. "I've said countless times how sorry I am to Rihanna, and I just accepted full responsibility," Brown said. "But it's just one of those things I wish I could have relived and just handled totally different."September 2009: Brown and his mother appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" in his first TV interview since his arrest. "I've said countless times how sorry I am to Rihanna, and I just accepted full responsibility," Brown said. "But it's just one of those things I wish I could have relived and just handled totally different."
<strong>February 2010: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/18/chris.brown.hearing/index.html' >Brown earned a glowing probation report six months</a> after he was sentenced to "labor-oriented service" for assaulting Rihanna. "It looks like you're doing really, really well," Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown during a February 18 probation hearing. The police chief in Richmond, Virginia -- where Brown was allowed to complete his sentence -- reported the singer had worked 32 days of hard labor. Here Brown performs on NBC's "Today" show in July 2011.February 2010: Brown earned a glowing probation report six months after he was sentenced to "labor-oriented service" for assaulting Rihanna. "It looks like you're doing really, really well," Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown during a February 18 probation hearing. The police chief in Richmond, Virginia -- where Brown was allowed to complete his sentence -- reported the singer had worked 32 days of hard labor. Here Brown performs on NBC's "Today" show in July 2011.
<strong>Summer 2010:</strong> That June, Brown <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/06/27/bet.awards/index.html'>broke down in tears</a> during his performance of "Man in the Mirror" at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. In August, he received another good probation report. "You're doing very well on probation," the judge told him on August 26. His next probation report in November 2010 was also positive. After another positive review in February 2011, the judge removed the "stay away" order that barred Brown from contact with Rihanna.Summer 2010: That June, Brown broke down in tears during his performance of "Man in the Mirror" at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. In August, he received another good probation report. "You're doing very well on probation," the judge told him on August 26. His next probation report in November 2010 was also positive. After another positive review in February 2011, the judge removed the "stay away" order that barred Brown from contact with Rihanna.
<strong>March 2011: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/03/22/new.york.chris.brown/index.html' >Brown stormed off the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 22</a> after Robin Roberts mentioned the assault on Rihanna. Show staff called security after hearing "loud noises coming from Brown's dressing room," according to ABC. The thick glass window in Brown's dressing room window had been smashed, ABC said. Brown apologized the next day, saying he was "disappointed in the way I acted."March 2011: Brown stormed off the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 22 after Robin Roberts mentioned the assault on Rihanna. Show staff called security after hearing "loud noises coming from Brown's dressing room," according to ABC. The thick glass window in Brown's dressing room window had been smashed, ABC said. Brown apologized the next day, saying he was "disappointed in the way I acted."
<strong>February 2012: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/29/showbiz/chris-brown-probe/index.html'>A woman filed a police complaint against Brown</a>, accusing him of grabbing her iPhone after she used it to take a photo of the singer in a car on a Miami street on February 19. The complaint prompted a police investigation that could have threatened Brown's probation, but no charge was ever filed. That same month, his album "F.A.M.E." won a Grammy for best R&amp;B album.February 2012: A woman filed a police complaint against Brown, accusing him of grabbing her iPhone after she used it to take a photo of the singer in a car on a Miami street on February 19. The complaint prompted a police investigation that could have threatened Brown's probation, but no charge was ever filed. That same month, his album "F.A.M.E." won a Grammy for best R&B album.
<strong>June 2012: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/27/showbiz/drake-chris-brown-bout/index.html'>A fight allegedly between Drake and Brown and their entourages broke out</a> at a New York nightclub on June 14. Brown said he was a victim. The melee left Brown with a nasty gash on his chin and fueled rumors that it started because of an argument about Rihanna, whom both men have dated. Here Drake, left, and Brown hang out in New York in August 2010.June 2012: A fight allegedly between Drake and Brown and their entourages broke out at a New York nightclub on June 14. Brown said he was a victim. The melee left Brown with a nasty gash on his chin and fueled rumors that it started because of an argument about Rihanna, whom both men have dated. Here Drake, left, and Brown hang out in New York in August 2010.
<strong>September 2012: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/showbiz/chris-brown-probation-marijuana/index.html'>Brown's streak of glowing probation reports</a> came to an end on September 5 when the judge lectured him for testing positive for marijuana use in Virginia. The drug test failure did not result in a probation violation, although pot is illegal in Virginia. Brown told authorities he ingested the marijuana in California, where he has a medical marijuana card, according to the judge. Rihanna tweeted to Brown: "I'm praying for you and wishing u the best today!" Brown responded, "Thank u so much." Here Brown appears in court in September 2013.September 2012: Brown's streak of glowing probation reports came to an end on September 5 when the judge lectured him for testing positive for marijuana use in Virginia. The drug test failure did not result in a probation violation, although pot is illegal in Virginia. Brown told authorities he ingested the marijuana in California, where he has a medical marijuana card, according to the judge. Rihanna tweeted to Brown: "I'm praying for you and wishing u the best today!" Brown responded, "Thank u so much." Here Brown appears in court in September 2013.
<strong>January 2013:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/02/showbiz/chris-brown-fight-allegations/index.html' >Los Angeles detectives investigated a brawl allegedly involving Brown and singer Frank Ocean</a>, pictured, at a West Hollywood recording studio on January 27. Witnesses said Brown punched a man, a sheriff's statement said. No charges were filed, but the incident was included months later when a prosecutor sought to have Brown's probation revoked.January 2013: Los Angeles detectives investigated a brawl allegedly involving Brown and singer Frank Ocean, pictured, at a West Hollywood recording studio on January 27. Witnesses said Brown punched a man, a sheriff's statement said. No charges were filed, but the incident was included months later when a prosecutor sought to have Brown's probation revoked.
<strong>February 2013: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/05/showbiz/chris-brown-probation/index.html' >Prosecutors accused Brown of falsifying his community labor reports</a> and asked the judge to revoke the singer's probation. The prosecutor also brought up the fight with Frank Ocean, the Miami cell phone incident and Brown's "Good Morning America" tantrum. "Apparently the district attorney's office has completely lost their minds," Brown's attorney told reporters. Rihanna sat behind Brown at the February 5 hearing.February 2013: Prosecutors accused Brown of falsifying his community labor reports and asked the judge to revoke the singer's probation. The prosecutor also brought up the fight with Frank Ocean, the Miami cell phone incident and Brown's "Good Morning America" tantrum. "Apparently the district attorney's office has completely lost their minds," Brown's attorney told reporters. Rihanna sat behind Brown at the February 5 hearing.
<strong>February 2013:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/10/showbiz/chris-brown-crash/index.html' >Brown totaled his black Porsche</a> while being "ruthlessly pursued by paparazzi" on February 9, his rep said. Brown told Beverly Hills police he backed the car into a wall while "he was being chased by paparazzi, causing him to lose control of his vehicle," a police statement said. No charges were filed.February 2013: Brown totaled his black Porsche while being "ruthlessly pursued by paparazzi" on February 9, his rep said. Brown told Beverly Hills police he backed the car into a wall while "he was being chased by paparazzi, causing him to lose control of his vehicle," a police statement said. No charges were filed.
<strong>June 2013:</strong> A woman accused Brown of assaulting her at an Anaheim, California, nightclub on June 22. <a href='http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/25/chris-browns-rep-denies-assault-claim/'>Brown's rep told CNN the accusation was "totally false</a> and unfounded." Anaheim police investigated, but no case was made against Brown.June 2013: A woman accused Brown of assaulting her at an Anaheim, California, nightclub on June 22. Brown's rep told CNN the accusation was "totally false and unfounded." Anaheim police investigated, but no case was made against Brown.
<strong>July 2013:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/showbiz/chris-brown-court/index.html'>Brown's probation was revoked July 15</a> after he was accused of hit-and-run driving and driving without a license. A woman told investigators Brown "went ballistic" after a traffic accident and screamed at her. The charges were dropped after Brown reached a "civil compromise" with his accuser a month later. Here, he appears in court with his attorney, Mark Geragos.July 2013: Brown's probation was revoked July 15 after he was accused of hit-and-run driving and driving without a license. A woman told investigators Brown "went ballistic" after a traffic accident and screamed at her. The charges were dropped after Brown reached a "civil compromise" with his accuser a month later. Here, he appears in court with his attorney, Mark Geragos.
<strong>August 2013:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/16/showbiz/california-chris-brown-court/index.html'>A deal to reinstate Brown's probation</a> was reached, but it meant the singer had to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community labor in Los Angeles. The agreement allowed Brown to avoid a trial on the question of whether he had falsified his community labor reports in Virginia. Here, Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, talks to reporters after a judge <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/showbiz/chris-brown-court/index.html'>dropped a hit-and-run charge</a> against Brown that same month. The singer reached a "civil compromise" with his accuser.August 2013: A deal to reinstate Brown's probation was reached, but it meant the singer had to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community labor in Los Angeles. The agreement allowed Brown to avoid a trial on the question of whether he had falsified his community labor reports in Virginia. Here, Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, talks to reporters after a judge dropped a hit-and-run charge against Brown that same month. The singer reached a "civil compromise" with his accuser.
<strong>October 2013:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/28/showbiz/chris-brown-assault-charge/index.html'>Brown and a bodyguard were accused of assaulting a man</a> on a Washington sidewalk on October 27. The man told police he tried to jump into a photo that Brown was posing for with a female fan when the singer said, "I'm not down with that gay s--t" and "I feel like boxing." Isaac Adams Parker said Brown punched him in the face, the police report said. Brown was released from jail the next day.October 2013: Brown and a bodyguard were accused of assaulting a man on a Washington sidewalk on October 27. The man told police he tried to jump into a photo that Brown was posing for with a female fan when the singer said, "I'm not down with that gay s--t" and "I feel like boxing." Isaac Adams Parker said Brown punched him in the face, the police report said. Brown was released from jail the next day.
<strong>October 2013:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/showbiz/chris-brown-rehab/index.html' >Chris Brown reached into Lindsay Lohan's playbook for avoiding jail:</a> Go to rehab before your court date. The singer's assault charge put him on a path toward possible jail time, but he entered a Malibu, California, rehab facility on October 29. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point," his rep said.October 2013: Chris Brown reached into Lindsay Lohan's playbook for avoiding jail: Go to rehab before your court date. The singer's assault charge put him on a path toward possible jail time, but he entered a Malibu, California, rehab facility on October 29. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point," his rep said.
<strong>November 2013: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/20/showbiz/chris-brown-rehab/index.html '>A judge ordered Brown to enter another rehab program and stay for 90 days</a>. A probation report revealed at a November 20 hearing that Brown was booted from a rehab facility for smashing his mother's car window during a family session. "There is much concern with the probationer's new arrest and his violent outburst that resulted in his discharge from a treatment facility," the probation report said, referring to Brown's assault arrest in Washington.November 2013: A judge ordered Brown to enter another rehab program and stay for 90 days. A probation report revealed at a November 20 hearing that Brown was booted from a rehab facility for smashing his mother's car window during a family session. "There is much concern with the probationer's new arrest and his violent outburst that resulted in his discharge from a treatment facility," the probation report said, referring to Brown's assault arrest in Washington.
<strong>December 2013: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/showbiz/chris-brown-probaton-revoked/index.html' >Brown's new rehab doctors reported</a> on December 16 they "witnessed very positive change in Mr. Brown since his psychotropic medications have been changed and he has been taken off medical marijuana." After nearly a month on the court-ordered program, they said Brown's "ability to emotionally regulate himself has improved markedly." The judge delayed a decision on if he would send Brown to jail after he completed his 90-day rehab visit.December 2013: Brown's new rehab doctors reported on December 16 they "witnessed very positive change in Mr. Brown since his psychotropic medications have been changed and he has been taken off medical marijuana." After nearly a month on the court-ordered program, they said Brown's "ability to emotionally regulate himself has improved markedly." The judge delayed a decision on if he would send Brown to jail after he completed his 90-day rehab visit.
<strong>January 2014:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/08/showbiz/music/chris-brown-court-washington/index.html' >Brown appeared before a judge</a> along with his bodyguard on January 8 for a hearing on the Washington assault charges. Brown rejected a plea deal, putting the case on a track toward a trial in April. January 2014: Brown appeared before a judge along with his bodyguard on January 8 for a hearing on the Washington assault charges. Brown rejected a plea deal, putting the case on a track toward a trial in April.
<strong>February 2014:</strong> A <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/03/showbiz/chris-brown-probation-hearing/index.html'>judge rejected the prosecutor's motion to pull Brown from rehab</a> and send him to jail on February 3. Brown was becoming more violent, with his outbursts "increasing in severity and intensity," a deputy district attorney argued. Judge James Brandlin ruled Brown was again in violation of probation, but he cited a new probation report saying the singer was "doing well in the program and making great strides" in rehab.February 2014: A judge rejected the prosecutor's motion to pull Brown from rehab and send him to jail on February 3. Brown was becoming more violent, with his outbursts "increasing in severity and intensity," a deputy district attorney argued. Judge James Brandlin ruled Brown was again in violation of probation, but he cited a new probation report saying the singer was "doing well in the program and making great strides" in rehab.
<strong>February 2014: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/28/showbiz/chris-brown-rehab/index.html'>Brown successfully completed a 90-day, court-ordered rehab program </a>in November, but the judge decided on February 28 that the singer should remain a resident in the facility until after his assault trial in April. Brown seemed disappointed by the decision, although his therapy may have helped him handle the stress. He closed his eyes and appeared to meditate, while his attorney met privately with the judge and prosecutor.February 2014: Brown successfully completed a 90-day, court-ordered rehab program in November, but the judge decided on February 28 that the singer should remain a resident in the facility until after his assault trial in April. Brown seemed disappointed by the decision, although his therapy may have helped him handle the stress. He closed his eyes and appeared to meditate, while his attorney met privately with the judge and prosecutor.
<strong>March 2014:</strong> <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/showbiz/chris-brown-jail/index.html'>Brown was jailed on March 14</a> after being booted from the Malibu, California, facility where he had been treated for four months. He was "cooperative when taken into custody," a sheriff's department statement said. A judge ordered him to stay in jail at a hearing three days later, revealing he was kicked out after counselors said he wrote a "provocative" statement and violated other rehab rules.March 2014: Brown was jailed on March 14 after being booted from the Malibu, California, facility where he had been treated for four months. He was "cooperative when taken into custody," a sheriff's department statement said. A judge ordered him to stay in jail at a hearing three days later, revealing he was kicked out after counselors said he wrote a "provocative" statement and violated other rehab rules.
<strong>May 2014: </strong><a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/09/showbiz/chris-brown-jail/index.html' >Brown appears in court</a> for a probation violation hearing on May 9. He admitted to violating his probation and was ordered by a judge to serve one year in jail.May 2014: Brown appears in court for a probation violation hearing on May 9. He admitted to violating his probation and was ordered by a judge to serve one year in jail.
<strong>June 2014:</strong> The singer gets ready to enter a Washington courthouse for a hearing in his misdemeanor assault case stemming from an October 2013 sidewalk fight in the nation's capital. Brown rejected a plea deal at that time.June 2014: The singer gets ready to enter a Washington courthouse for a hearing in his misdemeanor assault case stemming from an October 2013 sidewalk fight in the nation's capital. Brown rejected a plea deal at that time.
<strong>August 2014:</strong> Brown attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Earlier, three people, including former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/24/showbiz/chris-brown-party-shooting/'>were shot at a pre-awards party that Brown hosted. </a>August 2014: Brown attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Earlier, three people, including former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, were shot at a pre-awards party that Brown hosted.
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  • Chris Brown entered his guilty plea in a D.C. court Tuesday
  • The plea deal includes no jail time or probation for Brown
  • The singer has already paid a heavy price for the incident
  • Brown's probation for beating singer Rihanna is set to end in January

(CNN) -- Chris Brown pleaded guilty to simple assault Tuesday to settle a case stemming from a sidewalk fight at a Washington hotel last October.

"I'm sorry, I am very sorry," Brown told the judge in the brief hearing in a District of Columbia court.

The judge sentenced Brown, 25, to time served -- the one day he was locked up after his arrest -- and no probation for the simple assault conviction. He must also pay a $150 fine.

The singer has already paid a heavy price for the incident -- it resulted in the revocation of his probation for the 2009 beating of ex-girlfriend Rihanna in Los Angeles. He spent five months in court-ordered rehab and another three months in jail because of it.

Chris Brown rejects deal in assault case

His jail time also included two grueling cross-country trips on the federal government's "Con Air" inmate transport system.

A doctor's letter included in a probation report said that Brown was diagnosed as bipolar, which is blamed for violent outbursts.

Doctor: Chris Brown makes 'strides' to sobriety, 'personal growth'

"Mr. Brown has made significant strides in maintaining his sobriety, as well as developing skills that promote personal growth," a psychiatrist wrote in the most recent report in August.

Read Brown's probation report (PDF)

He is taking his twice-a-week court-ordered psychological therapy sessions seriously, the doctor said.

"He continues to show great perseverance in implementing recommendations made by his treatment team, utilizing his learned skills and seeking guidance in his recovery process," his doctor reported.

Brown's probation officer said he has been "working on personal growth" and has been "taking responsibility for his behaviors" in the two months since he was freed from jail.

His probation for the 2009 felony battery conviction is expected to end on January 23, 2015, as long as he stays out of legal trouble and completes another 600 hours of community labor, the probation officer said last month.

The singer will spend three days each week until then working on a community labor crew.

Brown was a teenager when his remarkable dancing and singing talents made him a pop star. He was 19 when he smashed Rihanna's face with his fist during an argument inside a rented Lamborghini on the evening of the 2009 Grammy Awards.

With his legal troubles and probation requirements apparently nearing an end, Brown should have more time to concentrate on his career. He has a new album set to release this month, and he has teased fans with a Twitter post that suggested he would soon start a concert tour.

Rihanna gives painful details of Chris Brown assault

CNN's Lindy Royce contributed to this report.

Before the iWatch there was…

The Pebble Watch first gained attention by pulling in more than <a href='http://cnn.com/2012/05/14/tech/gaming-gadgets/pebble-smartwatch-kickstarter-project'>$10 million on Kickstarter.</a> Pebble connects to an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth and has a growing selection of its own apps.The Pebble Watch first gained attention by pulling in more than $10 million on Kickstarter. Pebble connects to an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth and has a growing selection of its own apps.
Unveiled by TomTom in 2013, the new Nike+ Sportwatch colors have been chosen to match Nike's apparel and shoe ranges. Features include an extra-large display, a graphical training partner and a one-button control. Colors include black/anthracite, anthracite/blue glow and volt green.Unveiled by TomTom in 2013, the new Nike+ Sportwatch colors have been chosen to match Nike's apparel and shoe ranges. Features include an extra-large display, a graphical training partner and a one-button control. Colors include black/anthracite, anthracite/blue glow and volt green.
The Italian-made aluminum "I'm Watch," announced at the 2013 <a href='http://cnn.com/SPECIALS/tech/ces-2013/index.html'>Consumer Electronics Show</a>, sells for $249. It comes in seven colors and runs the Droid 2 operating system. It connects to Android smartphones using Bluetooth.The Italian-made aluminum "I'm Watch," announced at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, sells for $249. It comes in seven colors and runs the Droid 2 operating system. It connects to Android smartphones using Bluetooth.
A full-color touch screen device, the $130 Sony SmartWatch only syncs with Android devices. When paired with a phone over Bluetooth, it can receive notifications for email, texts, social networks and calendars.A full-color touch screen device, the $130 Sony SmartWatch only syncs with Android devices. When paired with a phone over Bluetooth, it can receive notifications for email, texts, social networks and calendars.
The Motoactv smartwatch is marketed as a fitness tracker. It acts as a heart-rate monitor and pedometer, has GPS and an MP3 player. There are also a number of off-the-wrist mount options, including a handlebar strap, armband and chest strap.
The Motoactv smartwatch is marketed as a fitness tracker. It acts as a heart-rate monitor and pedometer, has GPS and an MP3 player. There are also a number of off-the-wrist mount options, including a handlebar strap, armband and chest strap.
The MetaWatch has a retro-looking, black-and-white screen, but it can connect to newer iPhones in addition to Android devices. It is also a water-resistant sports watch that tracks pace and distance. The watch starts at $179 and is available with various colored bands or in black or white leather. The MetaWatch has a retro-looking, black-and-white screen, but it can connect to newer iPhones in addition to Android devices. It is also a water-resistant sports watch that tracks pace and distance. The watch starts at $179 and is available with various colored bands or in black or white leather.
J.K. Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in Berlin in 2013. Six months later, a second-generation watch featured a new operating system and more processing power.J.K. Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in Berlin in 2013. Six months later, a second-generation watch featured a new operating system and more processing power.
The Samsung Gear S, the company's third-generation smartwatch, made an advance many users, and reluctant nonusers, had been clamoring for. It has 3G connectivity and can be used without tethering it to a smartphone. Unveiled August 27, it is scheduled to ship in October, with no price yet announced.The Samsung Gear S, the company's third-generation smartwatch, made an advance many users, and reluctant nonusers, had been clamoring for. It has 3G connectivity and can be used without tethering it to a smartphone. Unveiled August 27, it is scheduled to ship in October, with no price yet announced.
The long-rumored "iWatch" from Apple could take the same approach, or, like others, require a connection with a smartphone. Health and fitness apps are expected to be front and center on the new device.The long-rumored "iWatch" from Apple could take the same approach, or, like others, require a connection with a smartphone. Health and fitness apps are expected to be front and center on the new device.
Apple's products have already been used as de facto smartwatches. The iPod nano's small, square touchscreen was a natural fit for the wrist. Spotting the potential to turn the iPod into a watch face, companies such as Lunatik make kits that included mounts and slick straps.Apple's products have already been used as de facto smartwatches. The iPod nano's small, square touchscreen was a natural fit for the wrist. Spotting the potential to turn the iPod into a watch face, companies such as Lunatik make kits that included mounts and slick straps.
Apple is expected to roll out its entry in the field this week. Could it look like this concept design?Apple is expected to roll out its entry in the field this week. Could it look like this concept design?
  • Apple may unveil a smartwatch next week
  • The company filed for a patent for the 'iWatch' in July
  • Samsung released its first smartwatch a year ago
  • Other competitors are also crowding the field

(CNN) -- After years hovering in the vapor, little more than a dream for Apple fanatics everywhere, the elusive iWatch may be days away from becoming a reality.

But it will hardly be the first smartwatch to hit the market. After breaking ground with products like the iPhone and iPad, Apple finds itself playing catch-up in the wearables world.

The Pebble watch was the first smartwatch to gain any kind of notoriety. In 2012, the smartwatch pulled in more than $10 million on Kickstarter. Pebble connects to an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth and has a growing selection of its own apps.

Smartwatches have become much more feature-rich since the launch of the Pebble.

Samsung leads the pack in jack-of-all-trades smartwatches. A year after releasing its first smartwatch, Samsung unveiled its third device in the line last week. The Gear S smartwatch has a curved screen and 3G connectivity, making it the first smartwatch from a major company that doesn't require a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone.

There's also the LG G Watch R and Moto 360, two newish devices that are aiming to have a more fashionable design and take advantage of Google's Android Wear platform.

So far, smartwatches haven't caught on widely in the way smartphones and tablets have. Whether Apple's entry into the field changes that remains to be seen.

Apple was granted a patent for a smartwatch in July -- with a touch screen, an accelerometer, a GPS receiver, Bluetooth and alerts via vibration. The iWatch in the patent connects to a mobile device, displays notifications and allows users to accept or decline phone calls.

Apple is expected to unveil its iWatch smartwatch on September 9.