May 20th, 2014
09:35 PM ET

Led Zeppelin accused of stealing 'Stairway to Heaven'

It is one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time, but was the intro to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" stolen from the 1960's band Spirit?

According to an attorney for Spirit's former lead guitarist Randy California, the Zeppelin classic sounds strikingly similar to Spirit's song "Taurus."

Taurus was released in 1968, three-years before "Stairway to Heaven." But why is the band coming forward now, more than 40 years later?

In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Francis Malofiy, who is representing the late Randy California from the band Spirit discusses why the band is making the claim now.

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Filed under: Entertainment • News
May 20th, 2014
09:00 PM ET

Exchange student fatally shot in Montana garage; shooter justifies killing under 'Castle Doctrine'

There are new concerns about self-defense laws in America after a German exchange student was shot dead by a Montana homeowner after he illegally entered the man's garage.

The teen was unarmed. His family in Germany is slamming the United States's gun culture, saying "America cannot continue to play cowboy."

But the homeowner, Markus Karma, says the killing was justified.

And because of updated "castle" laws in Montana - which state your home can legally be protected by using force - Karma may have a case.

CNN's Kyung Lah has the story.

Filed under: Justice • News
May 20th, 2014
08:27 PM ET

Kitty litter linked to New Mexico radiation leak

New Mexico officials are warning of a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to the public after a radiation leak at a nuclear waste storage site.

Authorities say the leak may be the result of kitty litter.

Barrels of waste are routinely packed with kitty litter before containers are sealed.

Officials at the troubled Los Alamos facility recently switched to an organic product and that may have caused an unexpected chemical reaction contaminating 22 workers.

CNN's Tom Foreman has the story.

Filed under: Health • News
May 20th, 2014
04:12 PM ET

FDA: Toxic jerky treats linked to 1,000 dog deaths

(CNN)–The FDA has issued a new health warning about jerky pet treats imported from China that are making dogs sick.

The agency has reported about 1,800 new cases of pet illnesses since the last warning in October.
The FDA said the majority of the jerky treats were from China with flavors that include chicken, duck and sweet potato.

In all, the agency reports a total of about 4,800 complaints and 1,000 dog deaths related to the treats.
The FDA said it is continuing its investigation to find out what exactly is causing the illnesses.

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Filed under: Animals • China
May 20th, 2014
01:08 PM ET

Planes nearly collided at Newark airport

Washington (CNN) - Two planes that nearly collided last month at Newark Liberty International Airport came within yards of each other, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

United Express Flight 4100, an Embraer ERJ-145 operated by ExpressJet, was cleared to take off on runway 4R at the same time United Airlines Flight 1243, a Boeing 737, was landing on the intersecting runway 29 on April 24.

On air traffic control radio captured by the website LiveATC.net, the tower can be heard telling the pilot of the 737 to "go around" and circle the airport.

The controller told the ERJ to watch out for the larger plane on the right.

"Yeah, we were putting the nose down, and, uh, he was real close," the pilot responds.

The 737 flew 135 yards away vertically and 50 yards away laterally from the smaller regional jet.

"We are working with the NTSB in its review of the incident," United spokeswoman Christen David told CNN.

There was no damage to either aircraft or any injuries, according to the NTSB.

The agency will not make a determination of what caused the incident until it releases its final report, which is expected to take months.

Air traffic control to blame for near-collision between two passenger jets

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