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Saturday, March 12, 2011

'Mean Girls': Where are they now?

Al-Jazeera cameraman killed in ambush in Libya

Al-Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan al Jaber has been killed in an ambush near Benghazi, Libya, the network reported Saturday.

An anchor reporting the news from the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera said the network "will not be silenced about this crime and will take it to the international commu....

Stocks end higher for the day, lower for the week

NEW YORK --CNNe.ws -- Despite posting decent gains during Friday's session, stocks finished a choppy week of trading lower, as investors remained on edge in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that have added to concerns over conflict in North Africa and the Middle East.

The Dow and S&P 500 fell mo...

Zimbabwe's planned 'wealth fund' to target mines, minister says

Harare, Zimbabwe --CNNe.ws -- Zimbabwean officials have said the government will create a fund that will take control of 51% of the country's mines to finance development.
"We have been careful to implement this ... We need the 51% (equity) to come into our sovereign wealth fund," said Saviour Kasukuwere, the minister of youth and empowerment. "We all agreed as a government."
New guide...

7 tons of ground beef recalled due to possible E. coli

CNNe.ws -- A Kansas company has recalled more than 14,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination, federal authorities have announced.
The recalled meat, sold in large packages and distributed in numerous states, comes from Creekstone Farms Premium Beef of Arkansas City, Kansas. Some 14,158 pounds of beef, in a handful...

Microsoft Kinect sales set new Guinness World Record

CNNe.ws -- Microsoft has sold more than 10 million Kinect systems for the Xbox 360 to retailers, the company announced Wednesday.
Kinect, a controller-free gaming system that competes with the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 Move, has been selling at an impressive rate since it launched in November.
During the first three months after its launch, this rate was fast enough to earn Kinect the title of "fastest-selling consumer device." According to Guinness World Rec...

Gas prices put crimp in travel planning

CNNe.ws -- Eye-popping gas prices on a weekend trip to Yosemite National Park in California have Damaris Santos-Palmer rethinking a family road trip.
Santos-Palmer, her husband and two young children were planning to drive from their Santa Cruz, California, home to New York over six weeks this summer.
"If the gas pric...

Smartphone wake-up call for Japan

CNNe.ws -- Japan's mobile phone market -- one of the largest and most structurally unusual -- is facing change as the rapid spread of smartphones weakens carriers' iron grip on the industry.
For years, the most prominent log...

Counterfeits in the grape wall of China

Hong Kong, China --CNNe.ws -- Wine tastings in Hong Kong begin the same way as anywhere else in the world: Connoisseurs are poured a vintage, they hold it up to the light to look at the color, they swirl the wine in the glass and savor the bouquet, they take small sips to assess the wine's tangy tannin-like "finish."
Later, the evening ends with the crash of shatte...

U.S. gas prices are a joke ... in Norway

NEW YORK --CNNe.ws -- Americans often fret about the price of gasoline, which has surged dramatically in recent days, fueled by turmoil in oil-producing nations in the Middle East and North Africa.

But the price of gas in America lags far behind its European counterparts. While Americans tear their hair o...

Ho family ends fight over gambling fortune

CNNe.ws -- A bitter tussle over Stanley Ho's fortune appeared to draw to a close on Thursday when the office of the Macao casino billionaire issued a statement saying that all members of his family had reached "a full and final agreeme...

Tokyo returning to some sort of normal

An eerie sense of calm has returned to much of Tokyo after Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami but thousands of travellers remain stranded with the city's main airport, Narita, closed 'indefinitely' and other transport services slowly resuming.

Haneda airport is open. Passengers travelling to or from Tokyo should check airline websites and their travel agents for further information.

While hundreds are dead and missing and many thousands displac...

Queen and Prince Andrew discuss prince's controversial friend

London --CNNe.ws -- Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew have met to discuss concerns that more revelations could surface about the prince's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a U.S. financier who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution, according to a royal source who spoke on the condition of ano...

Tennis mum Clijsters wants to adopt a child

CNNe.ws -- Four-time grand slam champion Kim Clijsters has revealed that her ambition is to adopt a child once her glittering tennis career is over.
Clijsters made a triumphant comeback to the WTA Tour in 2009 after a two-year break to give birth to her first child, Jada, who is now three.
The 27-year-old Belgian has won successive U.S. Open titles and claimed the Australian Open for the first time earlier this year when she battled past China's Li Na...

England undone by Bangladesh tailenders; Windies survive Irish scare

CNNe.ws -- Bangladesh pulled off one of the big upsets of the 2011 Cricket World Cup by beating England by two wickets in a thrilling Group B match at Chittagong on Friday.
The co-hosts kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals and left England in danger of crashing out of the tournament following a second defe...

Ten-man Inter Milan held by lowly Brescia; Cologne crush Hanover

CNNe.ws -- Inter Milan's hopes of retaining the Italian Serie A title suffered a big blow on Friday with a 1-1 draw at struggling Brescia.
It could have been even worse for coach Leonardo's team, who were reduced to 10 men when Ivan Cordoba was sent off at the end -- but then saw Julio Cesar save Andrea Caracciolo's resulting penalty.
Caracciolo had headed the equali...

Putin urges Biden on visa-free future between Russia, U.S.

Moscow --CNNe.ws -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed Thursday that his country and the United States abolish visas between them. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is visiting Moscow, responded that it was a good idea, according to Russia's state-run news agency.
"If your reaction to my propo....

Police arrest 2 suspected Basque separatist leaders in France

Madrid, Spain --CNNe.ws -- French police arrested four suspected members of the outlawed Basque separatist group ETA late Thursday, including the armed group's alleged military chief and also the suspected logistics chief, the Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The arrests came during a unilateral cease-fire which ETA declared January 10, and is the seco...

Japan prepared well for tsunami

CNNe.ws -- Like many around the world, I sit transfixed by the images coming this morning from northern Japan, where a devastating earthquake and tsunami have already claimed hundreds of lives. It has a special resonance for me because I lived in Sendai, in the Tohoku region, from 1999 to 2001, working in a Japanese research laboratory dedicated to the study and control of natural disasters. I was a tsunami resea...

U.S. mobilizes to get assistance to quake-ravaged Japan

Washington --CNNe.ws -- Humanitarian assistance from the United States began its journey to Japan Friday, as President Barack Obama extended a helping hand to the nation after it was hit by a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
There are eight warships either near Japan or headed for it. All are attached to the U.S. 7th Fle...

Japan struggles with nuclear reactors in wake of quake

Tokyo --CNNe.ws -- Crews at a nuclear plant struck by an earthquake, then a tsunami and then an explosion in the span of 36 hours resorted Saturday to flooding a feverish nuclear reactor with sea water in hopes of preventing a meltdown of its core.
An explosion that sent white smoke rising above the Fukushima Daiichi plant Saturday afternoo...

Clinton: U.S. suspending relationships with Libyan Embassy

Washington --CNNe.ws -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying Thursday before the House Appropriations Committee, said, "We are suspending our relationships with the existing Libyan embassy, so we expect them to end operating as the embassy of Libya."
A senior administration official, speaking on background bec....

Brazilian journalist freed in Libya

CNNe.ws -- A Brazilian journalist detained by authorities while reporting from Libya was released Thursday and will leave the country Friday, Libyan authorities said.
The whereabouts of Andrei Netto, a correspondent for Brazil's Estado do Sao Paulo newspaper, were unknown since Sunday, the last time he communic...

Togo's opposition to protest measure to regulate protests

Lome, Togo --CNNe.ws -- The leader of Togo's opposition party is vowing to hold street demonstrations next week against the government's efforts to regulate protests.
"The government is afraid of a spillover effect of the wind of change blowing from the north of Africa," charged Jean-Pierre Fabre, who heads the ANC, the French acronym for the National Progress Alliance.
Fabre, who came in seco...

Gadhafi likely to survive revolt, U.S. intelligence chief says

Washington --CNNe.ws -- The United States plans to send "purely humanitarian" disaster relief teams into eastern Libya, where rebels battling longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi may be losing ground in that country's civil war, top U.S. officials said Thursday.
White House National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon told reporters that the U.S. Agency for International Development teams will be sent into monitor the deli...

Christians in Egypt stage protest

Cairo, Egypt --CNNe.ws -- Thousands of Christian Copts in Cairo protested outside the offices of the Egyptian state broadcaster, witnesses said on Friday.
It was the seventh day of protests over what they're calling the "marginalization and lack of represen....

Gas prices: Up 37 cents and counting

NEW YORK (CNNe.ws) -- If you think gasoline is expensive now, just wait. In the weeks to come, you'll be looking back at today's prices with a poignant sense of longing, if the forecasts become reality.

Gasoline prices just keep going up. Prices jumped for the 17th straight day Friday, increasing by 37 cents since Feb. 22...

NFLPA files to decertify as a union; labor dispute headed to court

WASHINGTON -- The start-and-stop negotiations between the NFL's owners and players came to a dramatic end Friday, when the Players Association filed paperwork to decertify as a union.
The move is expected to transfer the labor impasse from the bargaining room to the cour...

Wildfires in Oklahoma, Colorado force hundreds to evacuate

(CNNe.ws) -- A series of large grass fires destroyed more than 30 homes Friday in at least three towns in Oklahoma, local and state officials reported, while another blaze raged outside the Colorado city of Boulder.
More than two dozen fires have been reported in several cities across the state, said Michelann Ooten, a spo...

Bus overturns in Bronx; 13 dead

New York (CNNe.ws) -- At least 13 people were killed Saturday when a tour bus overturned in the Bronx early Saturday, a New York Fire Department spokesman said.
The accident occurred just after 5:35 a.m. when the tour bus was traveling on the southbound lanes of the New England Thruway near the Hutchinson River Parkway.
There also were injuries among the 32 passengers on board, with six of them critical, the fire departm...

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Rejected Florida rail dollars offered up in bidding process

(CNNe.ws) -- Days after Florida rejected $2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail system, the money is now being offered up to other states in a "merit-driven" competitive bidding process.
U.S. Transportation chief Ray LaHood announced Friday that he is making the money available to states eager to develop high-speed rail corridors, according to an age...

TSA orders 're-tests' of radiation levels on airport body scanners

Washington (CNNe.ws) -- The Transportation Security Administration on Friday ordered re-testing of all radiation-emitting full-body scanners after an internal review showed calculation errors, missing data and other discrepancies on paperwork by contractors who routinely check the machines' radiation levels.
As recently as Wednesday, the agency vouched for the safety of the machines, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napo....

Arizona officers with 'bean bag' guns also had lethal weapons

Washington (CNNe.ws) -- All four members of a Border Patrol team present when one of the agents was fatally shot last year were armed with lethal weapons, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday, refuting claims that some of the officers were armed only with "bean bag" guns.
On the night of his death, Agent Brian Terry carried a HK P2....

As U.S. damage measured, emergency declared in California counties

(CNNe.ws) -- One person was reported dead and numerous boats and harbors suffered damage in the United States after the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake off Japan swept across the Pacific Ocean at jet speed Friday.
The fatality was reported in northern California's Del Norte County, where a 25-year-old man was declared dead Friday aftern...

Robertson: Gadhafi thugs grabbed me and my crew

For a few moments today, for us personally, Libya’s lies and deceit were swept aside and the real deal was brutally exposed.

“Itla, itla” – "Get in the car, get in the car!" – he was screaming. My cameraman, Khalil Abdallah, and I hesitated for a split-second. But that's all it was.

We were staring down the barrel of an AK-47, the weapon was jumping in his hands. He was cocking it, wrenching the handle back, a bullet being slammed into the firing cham....

Hundreds protest in Hofuf, Qatif on Saudi 'day of rage'

(CNNe.ws) -- Hundreds turned out in two Saudi Arabian cities Friday to protest on what had been billed as a "day of rage," according to activists, though a planned demonstration in the Middle Eastern nation's capital failed to materialize.
The protests -- both made up largely of Shiite Muslims calling for the release of Shiite prisoners -- occurred des....

After 7 years, memory of Madrid train bombings remains powerful

Madrid, Spain (CNNe.ws) -- In advance of the seventh anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, ambulance technician Esther Lopez went back for the first time to the scene where she aided the wounded and transported the bodies of the dead.
There was a feeling of "powerlessness because Madrid's emergency services were overwhel...

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo bans overflights from U.N., France

(CNNe.ws) -- Laurent Gbagbo has banned U.N. and French flights from flying over the country, a spokesman for the self-proclaimed president of Ivory Coast told CNN Thursday.
"They are now like a company for the rebels," Gbagbo spokesman Ahoua Don Melo said in a telephone call from Abidjan. The move was made "to stop the transportation of the rebel forces arou...

What the Dalai Lama's 'retirement' means

(CNNe.ws) -- The Dalai Lama has announced his intention to relinquish his political responsibilities as head of Tibet's government-in-exile.
He made the announcement during a speech to mark the 52nd anniversary of the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule -- an event which forced him to flee into exile in neighbouring India, where he has lived ever sinc...

Yemen disputes claims of live ammunition fire

(CNNe.ws) -- Security forces in restive Yemen fired live ammunition during protests Saturday in Change Square outside Sanaa University, witnesses claimed.
But a government source knocked down these accounts, asserting that the police used only water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds and third-party provo...

Israeli family of five killed in 'terror attack,' military says

Jerusalem (CNNe.ws) -- Five members of an Israeli family were killed in the West Bank early Saturday morning in what the Israeli military is calling a "terror attack."
According to a military spokeswoman, an intruder entered the Israeli settlement of Itamar near the northern West Bank city of Nablus around 1 a.m., made his way into a family hom...

Arab League considers backing a Libyan no-fly zone

Cairo, Egypt (CNNe.ws) -- Arab League officials convened Saturday to vote on backing a no-fly zone in Libya, where a civil war is being fought between forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi and a tenacious opposition movement.
The officials, who represent Arab nations in the Middle East and North Africa, also are considering recognit...

Japanese official says pumping system caused nuclear plant blast

(CNNe.ws) -- An explosion at an earthquake-struck nuclear plant was not caused by damage to the nuclear reactor but by a pumping system that failed as crews tried to bring the reactor's temperature down, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Saturday.
Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have begun flooding the reactor containment structure with sea water to bring the reactor's temperature down to safe levels, he said. The effort is exp...

U.S. troops, searchers and equipment arriving in Japan

(CNNe.ws) -- The first wave of promised aid from the United States began arriving in Japan on Saturday in the wake of the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami.
More aid -- in the form of equipment, staffers and search-and-rescue teams -- was expected to arrive Sunday.
In Shiroishi, a town near the area hardest...

5.1 million homes without power in Japan

[9:48 a.m. ET, 11:48 p.m. Tokyo] Tokyo Electric Power Company warned Saturday that many areas could experience blackouts as quake and tsunami damage has forced power plants to shut down and put a strain on electrical supplies, the Japan Times reported. As of noon Saturday Japan time, 5.1 million households were without power, according to the report.

[9:04 a.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. Tokyo] An estimated 6.4-magn...

Rescuers scramble to save lives as aftershocks jolt Japan

Shirakawa, Japan (CNNe.ws) -- Rescuers plucked dazed survivors from collapsed homes, muddy waters and raging fires Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake tore through northeastern Japan, unleashing waves that swallowed entire neighborhoods along the coast.
More than 900 people were killed and about 700 were missing, Japanese public broadcaster NHK repo...

Arrests made in notorious Cairo horse and camel assault

Cairo, Egypt (CNNe.ws) -- Two men with political ties to Egypt's former leader were arrested on charges related to orchestrating an assault on protesters in Tahrir Square by attackers riding horses and camels.
A local prosecutor's office on Saturday identified the two as Abdel Nasser al-Jabari and Youssef Khattab -- both of whom were members of parliament and ex-President Hosni Mubarak's Nat...

13 killed in New York City bus accident

At least 13 people were killed Saturday in a tour bus accident in the Bronx, a New York Fire Department spokesman said.

The accident occurred just after 5:35 a.m. when the tour bus was traveling on the southbound lanes of the New England Thruway near the Hutchinson River Parkway.

There also were injuries among the 32 passen...

Japan quake live blog: 9,500 reported missing in one Japanese town

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that sent a wave filled with boats and houses toward land. Are you in an affected area? Send an iReport. Read the full report on how the quake hit Japan and generated a Pacific-wide tsunami.

[9:04 a.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. Tokyo] An estimated 6.4-magnitude earthquake has hit near the east coast of Honshu - the latest in a series of aftersho...

Friday, March 11, 2011

As U.S. damage is measured, man chasing tsunami is now lost offshore

(CNNe.ws) -- Coast Guard helicopters were searching off the northern California coast Friday for a man apparently swept out to sea while trying to photograph tsunami waves launched by the massive earthquake near Japan.
Meanwhile, harbors in California and Hawaii bore the brunt of scattered damage in the United States following Ja..

Japan struggling to cool down nuclear reactor, minister says

Tokyo (CNNe.ws) -- Japanese authorities rushed Friday to cool down fears as well as high temperatures inside a nuclear power plant rattled by Friday's mammoth earthquake, with the nation's prime minister planning a trip to personally inspect the atomic facility.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Tokyo, "remains at a high temperature" because it "cannot cool down," Chief Cabinet Secreta...

evacuation orders lifted for Hawaii:Japan earthquake live blog: 6.3 earthquake strikes near Honshu

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan today, triggering tsunamis that sent a wave filled with boats and houses toward land. Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast are under a tsunami warning. Are you in an affected area? Send an iReport. Read the full report on how the quake hit Japan and generated a Pacific-wide tsuna....

Tsunami can strike within minutes

(CNNe.ws) -- The world is much better prepared today for dealing with the far-away effects of a tsunami, but the severe underwater earthquake Friday would have given residents of nearby northeastern Japan only minutes to respond to a destructive wave of water, according to civil engineering expert Philip Liu.
A professor and director of the School of Civil and Environm...

Government of ppp on strike

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party has called for a general strike and protest day on Friday across the Sindh province against the judgment of the Supreme Court for removing Justice (Retd.) Deedar Husain Shah from the post of NAB chairman.

This was announced by the party’s provinc...

Massive 8.9 quake, tsunamis hit Japan

Tokyo (CNNe.ws) -- An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan on Friday, triggering tsunamis and sending a massive body of water filled with debris that included boats and houses inching toward highways.
The epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) aw....

U.S. set to send disaster relief teams to Libya

The United States will soon be sending disaster relief teams into eastern Libya, the WH National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon said.

The teams' activities should not be viewed as military operations, Donilon said.

"It can no way shape or form be seen as military intervention," Donilon said. The teams will assess that humanitarian aid is being deliv...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rebel leader calls for 'immediate action' on no-fly zone

Benghazi, Libya (CNNe.ws) -- The head of the interim government in eastern Libya pleaded Wednesday for the international community to move quickly to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, declaring that any delay would result in more casualties.
"It has to be immediate action," Mustafa Abdul Jalil told CNN in an exclusive interview in this eastern opposition strong...

Massive storm front brings heavy rain, high winds to Southeast

(CNNe.ws) -- A fast-moving band of intense storms continued pushing eastward Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy rains and wind on a continuous arc that by mid-afternoon stretched from the Florida Panhandle to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Wednesday afternoon, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared a statewide state of emergency in response to the ex

Columnist David Broder dies

(CNNe.ws) - David S. Broder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, died Wednesday in Arlington of complications from diabetes, the Post announced on their website.
Broder, 81, joined the Post in 1966 as a political reporter, a position he held until his death, writing a twice-weekl

Tornado apparently touches down in Alabama

(CNNe.ws) -- Heavy rain and thunderstorms blanketed the Deep South on Wednesday morning, prompting wide-ranging flash flood warnings and at least one possible tornado that caused extensive damage on Alabama's Gulf Coast.
A tornado apparently touched down Wednes...

New York TV exec gets 25 years to life for wife's beheading

(CNNe.ws) -- A former television executive was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday for the beheading death of his wife.
After an hour of deliberation, an upstate New York jury convicted Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan of second-degree murder last month after a three-week trial.
In imposing the sente...

Shots, clashes reported in Cairo's Tahrir Square

Cairo, Egypt (CNNe.ws) -- More than a dozen people were injured when violence erupted in Cairo's Tahrir Square Wednesday, the second day of unrest and protests in Egypt's capital.
Witnesses said gunshots were heard Wednesday in the square, the epicenter of the Egyptian protest movement that led to the removal of President Hosni Mubarak last mo...

Are your meetings train wrecks?

(CNNe.ws) -- We're tired of them, frustrated that our time is being whittled away. Despite years of practical advice books and earnest consultants, workplace meetings are still oftentimes a cliche for mismanagement and disaster.
Given the wealth of advice available for running a successful meeting, why do they still go off the rails on a week...

Al Qaeda trying to radicalize U.S. Muslims, congressman claims

Washington (CNNe.ws) -- The U.S. congressman set to hold hearings this week on "radicalization in the American Muslim community" wants Americans to find out how much al Qaeda is trying to influence U.S. Muslims, he told CNN Wednesday.
"I want to determine the extent to whic...

Wisconsin governor offers concessions on budget bill

(CNNe.ws) -- An e-mail exchange released by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's office on Tuesday has revealed a series of potential Republican concessions to a three-week standoff over a budget bill that would restrict the collective bargaining rights of most public workers.
The e-mails show a discussion betw...

National Public Radio CEO resigns

(CNNe.ws) –- National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday, according to the organization's website. This comes the day after tape was released of an NPR senior executive slamming the tea party and saying NPR would be better off without federal fun...

Amanda Seyfried opens up about on-set romance

While there may be actresses who wouldn't dream of kissing and telling, Amanda Seyfried isn't one of them.

In the April issue of Elle magazine, the "Red Riding Hood" star spills details about her real- and reel-life romances.

More photos from Amanda Seyfried's Elle cover shoot

Seyfried was wooed by Channing Tatum in "Dear John" and locks lips with Justin Timberlake in the upcoming "Now," and the actress adm...

Demi Lovato opens up about the 'darkest time of my life

In an emotional new video message to her fans, Demi Lovato opens up about the personal issues that drove her to seek treatment.

"I wanted to send you guys a message 'cause I know that you've seen me out and about and I wanted to let you know that I am back and [at] home. Welcome to my home," a happy Lovato says in a vid...