March 8th, 2010
08:16 PM ET

The day’s most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com during the past 24 hours, according to News Pulse:

Remains of Amber DuBois found, police say: The remains of Amber DuBois, a 14-year-old San Diego, California-area girl who was missing for more than a year, have been found, police said Sunday.

Academy Award winners: A complete list of the 82nd annual Academy Awards winners and nominees.

Paisley OK after fall from stage: Country music singer-songwriter Brad Paisley was examined and released from a hospital after taking a nasty spill during a South Carolina concert Saturday, the entertainer says on his Web site and Twitter account.

Serial killer was once 'Bachelor No. 1': Before he was a convicted serial killer, Rodney Alcala was a winning bachelor on "The Dating Game."

Brad Paisley falls on stage: Country singer Brad Paisley took a spill onstage during a concert, then invited audience members to post it on YouTube.

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March 8th, 2010
06:21 PM ET

Police to interview Roethlisberger over allegation

Ben Roethlisberger, the NFL quarterback accused of sexually assaulting a woman Friday in a rural Georgia nightspot, will be interviewed soon by authorities, police said Monday.

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March 8th, 2010
04:39 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Tuesday

Models showcase Alexander McQueen

Here's a look at tomorrow's news events:

The show goes on

The collection of late fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen will be displayed at Paris Fashion Week.  McQueen, 40, hanged himself last month at his London home, shortly after his mother died.

Greek leader in Washington

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou visits President Obama at the White House to discuss a broad range of issues.   The visit comes as Greece faces bankruptcy becuase of its massive debt crisis.

VP in Israel

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, including president Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He'll meet with Palestinian leaders on Wednesday, and speak at Tel Aviv University on Thursday.

NASA Shuttle briefing

NASA holds an overview of the next Space Shuttle mission tentatively scheduled to be launched on April 5

March 8th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Obama slams health insurance companies

President Obama makes another push for health insurance reform at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

[Updated] President Barack Obama tore into private health insurers for recent rate hikes Monday, taking a more aggressive rhetorical turn as the administration continued to push for final congressional passage of the president's top domestic priority.

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He repeated his assertion that the plan now being considered includes the best Democratic and Republican ideas.  The time for debate, he argued, has ended.

The White House has called for sweeping reform legislation to be on the president's desk before the congressional Easter break at the end of the month.

Congress "owes the American people a final up or down vote on health care.  It's time to make a decision," he told an enthusiastic crowd at Arcadia University near Philadelphia.

"Stand with me and fight with me. ... Let's seize reform.  It's within our grasp."

Two Democratic leadership aides told CNN last week that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is aiming to have the House of Representatives pass the Senate's health care bill by March 17.

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March 8th, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Rapper Lil Wayne sentenced to 1 year

Lil Wayne arrives in court for weapons charges.

Lil Wayne was sentenced Monday to a year in prison.

The rapper, whose legal name is Dwayne Carter, had pleaded guilty in October to felony gun charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. The charges stemmed from his arrest in 2007 outside New York City's Beacon Theater.

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According to police, Carter had a .40-caliber pistol on his tour bus. His attorney said it belonged to someone else. His sentencing was delayed twice - first so he could get dental work done, including removal of his diamond-studded braces, then because of a fire at a Manhattan courthouse.

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March 8th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

U.S. missionary released in Haiti

[Update: 4:24 p.m.] Coulter walked out of judicial police headquarters and headed to the nearby airport Monday afternoon.

Attorneys Chillier Roi and Ricardo Chachoute, who are representing Coulter and the other American, Laura Silsby, earlier told CNN that the judge had signed off on Coulter's release. 

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March 8th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

High court accepts appeal over vaccine safety

Parents who claim a range of preventive vaccines given their young children can cause serious health dangers will have their appeal heard by the Supreme Court.

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March 8th, 2010
12:05 PM ET

Israelis, Palestinians accept indirect talks

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have accepted indirect talks, according to George Mitchell, the Obama administration's special envoy for Middle East Peace.

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March 8th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

Suspected drone strike kills 3 militants in Pakistan

Three suspected militants were killed Monday night when a suspected U.S. drone fired five missiles at a compound in Pakistan's tribal region, two intelligence officials told CNN.

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March 8th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

Sports Update: Jayhawks look to #1, Reds pitcher debut

Aroldis Chapman, a Cuban defector, is making his much-anticipated debut Monday afternoon for the Cincinnati Reds.

College hoops moves to the forefront Monday with a new Top 25 and conference tourney season in full swing. This time next week, you’ll be attempting to fill out a bracket in the oldest of water-cooler traditions: the NCAA Tournament office pool. Pay attention starting tonight and save yourself the cram session (all times Eastern).

– In the afternoon, Kansas is expected to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the polls following Syracuse’s loss Saturday at Louisville. In the evening, no less than four NCAA tournament bids will be decided in conference tournament championship games.

Royals vs. Reds (3:05 p.m., MLB.TV): Cuban southpaw Aroldis Chapman makes his much-anticipated Cactus League debut for the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.

Spurs at Cavaliers (7 p.m., NBA TV): It’s a rematch of the 2007 NBA Finals as Cleveland tries for a 50th regular-season victory against surging San Antonio.

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March 8th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Web Pulse: Bullock, Streep, Hughes, and a 'Kanye moment'

Sandra Bullock accepts her award for Best Actress for the "The Blind Side."

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web this Wednesday morning (most of which is still entirely Oscar-focused):

Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep - The two leading ladies battled for Best Actress last night, with Bullock coming out ahead and winning her first Oscar and handing Streep another loss. But most of the chatter this morning is about Bullock, who became the first person to win a "Razzie" (for her mostly dreadful performance in "All About Steve") and an Oscar (for "The Blind Side") for Best Actress in the same year. The other buzz? During Bullock's acceptance speech she paid tribute to "my lover, Meryl Streep," and praised the leading lady's kissing abilities. Google away.

John Hughes – To be fair, the actual trend is John Hughes' Death, but the news of Hughes' death isn't exactly new - the man behind some of the greatest coming-of-age movies was back in the spotlight Sunday after a moving tribute during the Oscars. Some of the stars of his most famous movies were a part of the tribute including: Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Jon Cryer Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin (was anyone else shocked to see the normally reclusive Culkin at the Oscars? A bonus to whoever got him to attend.) Matthew Broderick, who spoke during the tribute, delivered a final goodbye in the most apropos way - with a simple "Danke Schoen."

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March 8th, 2010
11:12 AM ET

Are thousands losing health coverage?

In the Obama administration's push to finally get its health care proposals through Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hit the Sunday talk shows to hammer home the costs of failure.

"I think we know what doing nothing looks like, and it looks pretty scary. Fifteen thousand people a day lose their insurance, and some of thosefolks are being actually priced out of the marketplace," Sebelius told NBC's "Meet the Press."

Fact Check: Are 15,000 people a day losing health insurance?
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March 8th, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Supreme Court accepts appeal on protests at soldier funerals

A small Kansas church that has gained nationwide attention for protesting loudly at funerals of U.S. service members will receive a Supreme Court hearing over their free speech rights.

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March 8th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Pro-women's bill protest shuts down Indian parliament

Angry protests disrupted India's parliament several times Monday over a landmark but contentious bill aimed at reserving one-third of seats for women in federal and state legislatures.

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March 8th, 2010
09:47 AM ET

On the Radar: Oscars, health care, new TSA nominee

Kathryn Bigelow accepts the best director Oscar from Barbra Streisand on Sunday night.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Monday:

Oscars –  Score another one for the Davids of the world. "The Hurt Locker" earned six Oscars Sunday night, beating James Cameron's groundbreaking, box-office Goliath, "Avatar." "The Hurt Locker" took home the biggest prize best picture as well as honors for director Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman to win the award), original screenplay, sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seemed to send the message that a small-budget movie ("The Hurt Locker" was one of the lowest-grossing films to be nominated in the post-"Star Wars" blockbuster era) could take home the big prize without the big-budget, dazzling technology of an "Avatar" (which won three Oscars for cinematography, visual effects and art direction.) CNN's team on the ground brings you all the highlights from the show, red carpet and backstage interviews with winners such as Sandra Bullock (best actress for "The Blind Side") and Bigelow, and a look at whether there were any snubs Sunday night, or if all went according to plan in Hollywood.

TSA nominee President Obama has tapped a former Army general to lead the Transportation Security Administration, sources said. A formal announcement is expected Monday. Obama plans to nominate Robert A. Harding, a retired major general with 33 years in the Army, to become the TSA administrator, sources said. Harding would be the TSA's first African-American administrator if the Senate confirms him.

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March 8th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Adam Gadahn: Conflicting reports emerged Sunday about whether the U.S.-born spokesman for al Qaeda has been arrested in Pakistan.

The reports came hours after Gadahn, in a newly released videotape, praised Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at the Fort Hood military base in Texas in November. Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, called in the video for other Muslims to follow Hasan's example.

Gadahn said, "Brother Nidal is the ideal role model for every repentant Muslim in the armies of the unbelievers and apostate regimes. You shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that military bases are the only high-value targets in America and the West."

Read the CNN.com story to see who else made today's list.

March 8th, 2010
09:16 AM ET

U.S. ambassador: Iraqi elections a success

Iraq's elections "really went very, very well" and  the "Iraqi people deserve a lot of congratulations from us," the United States ambassador to Baghdad said Monday.

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March 8th, 2010
08:36 AM ET

Monday's live video events

11:00 am ET - Obama talks health care - President Obama delivers remarks on health insurance reform at Pennsylvania's Arcadia University.

12:00 pm ET - TSA nominee announcement - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected announce the nomination of the next Transportation Security Administration director.

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March 8th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Quake kills 57 in Turkey

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A pre-dawn earthquake collapsed homes and  killed at least 57 people in a mountainous region of southeastern Turkey Monday, government officials said.

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March 8th, 2010
06:41 AM ET

World update: Attackers kill hundreds in Nigeria

An update from London on some of the stories that our reporters are following that we're expecting to develop through the day on Monday:

Nigeria killings - Hundreds are dead after an attack on a predominantly Christian group in central Nigeria on Sunday. The attackers, described as a "roving bands of killers," are reported to have killed up to 485 people in the town of Dogo Nahauwa, just south of Jos. The victims are predominantly Derom, an ethnic group that mostly practices Christianity.  The killers are reported to belong to the Muslim Hausa-Fulani ethnic group. Read the full story

Iraq election – Votes are being counted in Iraq after Sunday's nationwide parliamentary elections - a count which may take several days. A coalition government looks likely again, but there will be important signs of Iraq's future in the turnout and the result: How closely aligned with Islamic conservatives, or how secular? How much participation from Sunni candidates in the new government, and how much influence from Iran? And with the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces by the middle of the year, what will Iraqi security look like?

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