Friday, March 7 2014 9:20 AM EST2014-03-07 14:20:03 GMT
(CNN) - A new app will help keep track of your caffeine consumption and answer a key question: do you really need another cup of coffee? The Jawbone's Up Band has been around with much popularity forMore >>
A new app will help keep track of your caffeine consumption and answer a key question: do you really need another cup of coffee?More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 10:00 AM EST2014-03-06 15:00:29 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Having trouble rolling out of bed? Well, now you can wake up and smell the bacon! Oscar Mayer is introducing a new gadget that plugs into your iPhone and acts like an alarm clock. It wakesMore >>
If you are having trouble waking up in the morning, you could soon wake up to the smell of bacon. Oscar Mayer is introducing a new gadget that plugs into your iPhone and acts like an alarm clock.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 9:54 AM EST2014-03-05 14:54:11 GMT
(CNN) - March is a time for many things. Hopefully winter will thaw and spring will come soon, but it's also a time for very specific sales and courtesy of "Daily Finance" here are five of the top thingsMore >>
March is a time for many things. Hopefully winter will thaw and spring will come soon, but it's also a time for very specific sales and courtesy of "Daily Finance" here are five of the top things to buy this month.More >>
Tuesday, March 4 2014 9:35 AM EST2014-03-04 14:35:41 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - There's a change in beef prices that's going to hit your bottom line when you shop at the grocery store. Beef prices hit an all-time high last month. The USDA says the average retail priceMore >>
There's a change in beef prices that's going to hit your bottom line when you shop at the grocery store. Beef prices hit an all-time high last month.More >>
Monday, March 3 2014 2:49 PM EST2014-03-03 19:49:24 GMT
(CNN) - When on social networking sites, it's hard nowadays to avoid seeing a selfie pop up. But who is taking more selfies-- men or women. And how is it impacting us as a society? Well, we've seen PresidentMore >>
When on social networking sites, it's hard nowadays to avoid seeing a selfie pop up. But who is taking more selfies-- men or women. And how is it impacting us as a society?More >>
Friday, February 28 2014 9:41 AM EST2014-02-28 14:41:07 GMT
(CBS/CNET) - Put your smartphone's camera to work doing more than just recording memories of your children. It can be a powerful tool to help you remember all sorts of useful things. Treat your phone'sMore >>
Put your smartphone's camera to work doing more than just recording memories of your children. It can be a powerful tool to help you remember all sorts of useful things.More >>
Thursday, February 27 2014 9:21 AM EST2014-02-27 14:21:29 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - A heads up before you snap a selfie with your teen. It could be spreading head lice. That's according to an expert who treats lice. Health experts say lice can be spread from one personMore >>
A heads up before you snap a selfie with your teen. It could be spreading head lice. Plus, a three embryo in vitro fertilization is being considered to help prevent inherited genetic diseases.More >>
Tuesday, February 25 2014 10:40 AM EST2014-02-25 15:40:33 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - The iconic ad slogan "Got Milk?" is no more. The milk industry is going for a different look to get your attention. Instead of a celebrity with a milk mustache, look out for more real people.More >>
The iconic ad slogan "Got Milk?" is no more. The milk industry is going for a different look to get your attention. Instead of a celebrity with a milk mustache, look out for more real people.More >>
Tuesday, February 25 2014 10:37 AM EST2014-02-25 15:37:01 GMT
(CNN) - From Google Glass to Samsung's Galaxy Gear smart watch, wearable technology is just starting to take off. Now a company known for its high-end sunglasses, ski and snowboarding is getting in onMore >>
From Google Glass to Samsung's Galaxy Gear smart watch, wearable technology is just starting to take off. Now a company known for its high-end sunglasses, ski and snowboarding is getting in on the action, with their Oakley Airwave smart goggles.More >>
Friday, February 21 2014 10:46 AM EST2014-02-21 15:46:39 GMT
(CNN) - Oprah Winfrey is encouraging people to say "hello" to each other. Her new "Just Say Hello" initiative is designed to combat loneliness, lift spirits, brighten days and improve lives. WinfreyMore >>
Oprah Winfrey is encouraging people to say "hello" to each other. Her new "Just Say Hello" initiative is designed to combat loneliness, lift spirits, brighten days and improve lives.More >>
North Korea seems "not as stable as we thought," one analyst says
Some observers warn a provocative move like a missile or nuclear test could follow
Jang Song Thaek was married to Kim's aunt, was vice chairman of the top military body
North Korea state media say Jang was convicted and executed
By Jethro Mullen and Tom Watkins
As the shock sinks in of North Korea's extraordinary announcement of the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle and former protector, government officials and analysts are trying to decipher what the brutal move means.
The ruthless disposal of Jang Song Thaek -- Kim's uncle by marriage who had, until recently, been regarded as the second-most powerful figure in the secretive, nuclear-armed nation -- has serious implications for North Korea, its neighbors and the United States, observers said.
But exactly what is going on inside the notoriously opaque North Korea regime remains as murky as ever.
"We don't have a clear sense of this at all," said Victor Cha, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who represented the United States in nuclear talks with North Korea.
Some saw the execution, which North Korean state media reported early Friday, as a chilling demonstration of total control by Kim, the young leader who came to power two years ago.
"I think what he's telling people -- the United States, South Korea, China, others -- is that he is his own man, that you are going to have to deal with him," said Philip Yun, executive director of the Ploughshares Fund, a nuclear nonproliferation group.
Who is Jang?
Jang, who was married to Kim's aunt, was vice chairman of North Korea's top military body and had often been pictured beside the young leader, who is believed to be around 30. He was considered to be the regent who secured Kim's assumption of power after the 2011 death of his father, Kim Jong Il.
But in a lengthy article foaming with outraged rhetoric, North Korea's official news agency on Friday accused Jang of trying to overthrow the state, describing him as "despicable human scum."
One big question is whether Kim acted out of strength, consolidating the power he has amassed over the past two years, or out of fear his uncle was building a rival force inside the regime.
Kim already removed the country's top general last year, Cha noted. By taking down Jang, he's axed a powerful figure from the country's dominant Workers' Party.
"It makes you wonder: If he's consolidating his power, what is he building it around?" Cha said. "He's basically attacking the two most important institutions in North Korea, which is the party and the military."
A U.S. official said, "Executing someone with Jang's pedigree would be a dramatic statement that Kim Jong Un intends to be ruthless in consolidating his control.
"The public airing of the power play under way -- which is highly unusual -- is probably sending shockwaves through North Korea's leadership cadre."
Few analysts interpreted the execution, which took place days after the North had said Jang had been dramatically removed from his government posts, as a healthy sign.
"If two weeks ago, we thought that North Korea was somewhat stable, I think today people feel that it's not as stable as we thought it was," said Cha, author of "The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future."
Suh Sang-ki, a lawmaker in South Korea's governing Saenuri Party who sits on a parliamentary intelligence committee, said the decision to kill Jang suggests Kim's power is weaker than that of his father.
In a statement issued after a phone briefing from South Korea's National Intelligence Service, Suh said the execution appeared to be a pre-emptive effort to prevent any internal unrest over Jang's ouster.
Analysts said North Korea was likely to continue with the provocative moves under Kim that have strained its relations with South Korea, the United States and others.
"I think there's going to be a clear amount of brinksmanship," said Yun of the Ploughshares Fund. "I think if we continue to wait for him to do things, he's going to continue to shoot missiles, and he'll probably at some point decide to test a nuclear weapon."
Missile and nukes
North Korea carried out a long-range rocket launch a year ago and an underground nuclear test, its third so far, in February. The U.N. sanctions that followed were met by a barrage of threatening rhetoric from Pyongyang, directed at South Korea and the United States, which ratcheted up tensions in the region.
The situation has calmed since, and the North and South have resumed dialogue. The two sides have agreed to meet next week in their joint industrial zone on the North's side of the border.
But with the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death, last year's rocket launch and now Jang's execution, Seoul is keeping a close eye on Pyongyang's actions, officials said.
The South Korean defense ministry said Friday that no unusual activities by the North Korean military had been detected.
"December has always been a month in which something happens with North Korea," Cha said. "And we're only halfway through it."
In Washington, a State Department official acknowledged having seen the report of Jang's execution. "While we cannot independently verify this development, we have no reason to doubt the official KCNA report," deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement, referring to North Korea's state news agency.
"If confirmed, this is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime. We are following developments in North Korea closely and consulting with our allies and partners in the region," Harf added.
China, whose senior officials were considered to have close ties to Jang, described the recent developments as North Korea's "internal affairs."
Beijing hopes and believes that relations between the two countries "will continue (to) advance healthily and steadily," Hong Lei, a foreign ministry spokesman, said at a regular briefing Friday.
'Worse than a dog'
The official North Korean report on the execution said a special military tribunal had been held Thursday against Jang, who was accused of trying to overthrow the state "by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods."
It added, "All the crimes committed by the accused were proved in the course of hearing and were admitted by him."
Once his guilt was established, Jang was immediately executed, it said.
The KCNA report described Jang as a "traitor for all ages" and "worse than a dog," saying he had betrayed his party and leader.
Jang and his allies were accused of double-dealing behind the scenes, "dreaming different dreams" and selling the country's resources at cheap prices, thereby threatening North Korea's economic development, according to a KCNA statement this week.
"Jang desperately worked to form a faction within the party by creating illusion about him and winning those weak in faith and flatterers to his side," the statement said.
It also accused Jang of womanizing, drug use, gambling, eating at expensive restaurants and undergoing medical treatment in a foreign country.
Friday's KCNA report said Jang distributed pornographic pictures among his confidants and took at least 4.6 million euros ($6.3 million) "from his secret coffers and squandered it in 2009 alone."
CNN's Elise Labott, Jim Sciutto and Paula Hancocks, and journalist Yoonjung Seo contributed to this report.
Thursday, March 6 2014 8:56 AM EST2014-03-06 13:56:07 GMT
(CNN) - Staples is shutting down 225 stores in North America. The office supply retailer is trying to trim costs amid weak sales and earnings. The closings represent 12% of its stores in North America. StaplesMore >>
Staples is shutting down 225 stores in North America. The office supply retailer is trying to trim costs amid weak sales and earnings. More >>
CBS 19 Exclusive: Desmond Pollard's Family Members Remember Desmond
Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:58 PM EST2014-03-06 03:58:46 GMT
GILMER (KYTX) - A player that filled the stat sheets on the grid iron also filled the hearts of his teammates and family. Pollard's older brother G.J. Kinne is a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.More >>
Family, friends, and an entire school district is mourning the loss of one of their own. 17-year old Desmond Pollard was playing a pickup basketball game with friends, when he suddenly collapsed Sunday. More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 9:13 AM EST2014-03-07 14:13:18 GMT
(CNN) - The job market picked up more than expected in February, led by strong hiring in professional and business services. The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, an improvement from JanuaryMore >>
The job market picked up more than expected in February, led by strong hiring in professional and business services. The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 9:03 AM EST2014-03-07 14:03:48 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - We've watched one of our co-workers transform over the last few years. Lee Oliver is now 200 pounds lighter. At 400-plus pounds, he faced a big decision with his health on the line. NowMore >>
We've watched one of our co-workers transform over the last few years. Lee Oliver is now 200 pounds lighter. At 400-plus pounds, he faced a big decision with his health on the line.More >>
NEW: "He definitely wanted her to live, " witness says about Oscar PistoriusMore >>
Track star Oscar Pistorius broke down in court Thursday, the fourth day of his murder trial, as a neighbor described the grisly scenes when he tried to save the athlete's girlfriend after a fatal shooting on Valentine's Day 2013.More >>
We want "a united and inclusive Ukraine," European Commission chief Barroso saysMore >>
Lawmakers in Ukraine's Crimea region voted Thursday in favor of leaving Ukraine for Russia, which already has the Black Sea peninsula under de facto control, and set a referendum on the move for 10 days' time.More >>
Athlete asked friend to take blame for accidental restaurant gunshot, court hearsMore >>
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Russia is not considering trying to make Crimea a part of Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. Only people who live in Crimea can determine their future, he said.More >>
Russia does not want to take over Ukraine's Crimea region, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, but he showed no signs of backing down over Russia's right to intervene despite Western pressure.More >>
A defense attorney tried to poke holes in highly emotional testimony Tuesday of the first witness in the murder trial of Olympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius.More >>
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