March 12th, 2010
09:18 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.

The Police release serial killer's photos: Hoping to solve numerous cold cases, authorities on Thursday released more than a hundred photos of unidentified women and children found in a storage unit that belonged to a serial killer who appeared on "The Dating Game."

Serial killer had photo stash: Police find hundreds of pictures thought taken by convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala.

Teacher admits to teen sex? Police in California say a 33-year-old teacher turned herself in, and admitted she had sex with a 14-year-old student.

Chaz Bono’s gender journey: Chaz Bono tells CNN's Anderson Cooper about his gender transition and emotional journey.

What killed Lehman: Failings by Lehman Brothers executives and its auditor led to the bank collapse that unleashed the worst of the financial crisis, according to a report by a court-appointed investigator.

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March 12th, 2010
09:08 PM ET

Remember to spring forward Saturday night

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. ET Sunday, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead by an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

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March 12th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

Clinton: Israeli announcement of new settlements 'insulting'

[Update: 7:18 p.m.] Clinton said the United States' relationship with Israel is not at risk - "our relationship is durable, it's strong, it's rooted in common values."

"But we have to make clear to our Israeli friends and partners that the two-state solution - which we support, which the prime minister himself says he supports - requires confidence-building measures on both sides," Clinton told CNN's Jill Dougherty in an interview. "And the announcement of the settlements the very day that the vice president was there was insulting."

The construction, announced Tuesday, will be in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, located in disputed territory in East Jerusalem. The Israeli Interior Ministry denies the territory is in East Jerusalem.

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March 12th, 2010
06:55 PM ET

Drug probe into Corey Haim's 'unauthorized prescriptions'

Corey Haim's death is linked to an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring," California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday.

Brown's office is investigating "an unauthorized prescription under the former child star's name that was found during an ongoing investigation of fraudulent prescription-drug pads ordered from a vendor in San Diego."

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The announcement comes even before the coroner has ruled on what killed Haim, the 1980s teen movie actor who struggled for decades with drug addiction.

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March 12th, 2010
06:31 PM ET

Judge postpones decision on Ground Zero settlement

A New York judge postponed a decision Friday on a proposed $657 million settlement for people who became ill after working on the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The settlement, announced Thursday, would cover about 10,000 plaintiffs, said Marc Bern, one of the lawyers representing the workers.

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March 12th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Reid's wife undergoes neck surgery after wreck

The wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid underwent neck surgery Friday after being injured with their daughter in a four-vehicle wreck in suburban Washington a day earlier, her surgeon said.

Since the surgery, Landra Reid, 69, has been able "to get out of bed, her pain is well-controlled and she's able to swallow some," said Dr. Elizabeth Franco of Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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March 12th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening this weekend?

Every year, the Chicago River is dyed green on St. Patricks Day.

Here's a look at some of the news events on tap for this weekend:

Saturday, March 13

– Thousands are expected to converge on Chicago's South Side for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade  and celebration, which includes dyeing the Chicago River green.

– Actor Alan Cumming will host the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) ceremony in New York recognizing the media for fair and accurate representation of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and the issues that affect them. 

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March 12th, 2010
05:18 PM ET

What is the HIG?

The debate over the questioning of accused terrorist Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab rages on between Democrats and Republicans. John Brennan, White House adviser on homeland security, slammed Republican critics - saying that GOP leaders knew, or should have known, that AbdulMutallab would be read his Miranda rights. These comments did not sit well with Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Michigan, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. Hoekstra said Brennan told him that AbdulMutallab was in FBI custody.

Pressed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Hoekstra said that being in FBI custody did not necessarily mean AbdulMutallab would be read his Miranda rights. Rather, he said he took it to mean the FBI's "high-value interrogation group would decide whether or not this person would be mirandized ... and whether they would go through the civilian process or be put into a military tribunal."

Fact Check: Is Hoekstra correct in his characterization that the high-value interrogation group has the power to make a determination about which court system will handle a suspect?

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March 12th, 2010
05:16 PM ET

Is carbon dioxide a commodity?

 Michael Williams, an energy commissioner in Texas, took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  He touted Texas-style solutions as an example of what the right can offer. "CO2 is a commodity," he said. "It's not a waste; it's not a pollutant. Al Gore may be afraid of it but I've got oilmen in Texas who pay $20 a ton for it." Williams said Texas produces 200,000 barrels of oil every day with the help of CO2.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, carbon dioxide, CO2, is a greenhouse gas - a gas that traps heat in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere through human activities like burning fossil fuels, along with other processes, such as animal respiration. According to the Department of Energy, one-third of carbon emissions in the United States come from power plants and other large emitters.

Given the heat surrounding the climate change debate, CNN Fact Check Desk wondered: Do Williams' comments highlight a potential two-for-one energy solution? Can we use carbon dioxide emissions to collect more oil, turning trash into treasure?

Fact Check: Is carbon dioxide, which would otherwise be considered a waste product, a commodity in Texas?

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March 12th, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Haitian judge files additional charge against missionaries

The judge in the case of the 10 American Baptist missionaries accused of trying to take 33 Haitian children from the country without proper authorization charged all of them Friday with "organizing irregular travel." 

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March 12th, 2010
04:08 PM ET

How effective are auto recall campaigns?

The new year brought a rash of recalls. Since January millions of cars have been recalled from major manufacturers and horror stories of malfunctioning autos have filled the airwaves. As many owners rushed to get the requisite fixes, CNN Fact Check Desk wondered: what happens to the cars that are not fixed?

Fact Check: What makes a recall campaign successful and what percentage of consumers typically respond?

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March 12th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Court rules parents didn't prove vaccines caused autism

The federal "special vaccine court" ruled Friday that parents who said their children's autism was caused by a preservative did not prove their case and are not entitled to compensation.

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March 12th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

Clinton: Israeli housing plan undermines peace process

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to express unusually strong U.S. objections to new Israeli construction in disputed territory in East Jerusalem.

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March 12th, 2010
02:21 PM ET

Genocide charges at the International Criminal Court?

Facing a warrant for his arrest hasn't seemed to slow down Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Following the announcement of the arrest warrant against him last March, Sudan's president appeared smiling and singing at a rally in Khartoum. The country's information minister, in an apparent rebuke to the charges against his president, referred to the International Criminal Court as "a white man's tribunal."

The warrant contained seven serious charges but genocide was not among them. Now an appeals chamber at the International Criminal Court ruled that genocide could be added. Given that the arrest warrant already contains seven serious charges, the CNN Fact Check Desk wanted to know: What would be the possible effect of adding a genocide charge?

Fact Check: What are the likely effects of adding a charge of genocide to the arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir? FULL POST

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March 12th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

Oh Canada! Gibbs pays up on Olympic bet

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made good on a bet with his Canadian counterpart Friday, showing up for his daily press briefing wearing an Olympic Team Canada jersey.

Gibbs lost a bet with Dimitri Soudas - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's press secretary - over the winner of the February 28 Canada-USA men's gold medal hockey game. Canada won the game in overtime, 3-2.

Had the U.S. team won, Soudas would have been required to wear a U.S. team jersey at one of his briefings.

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March 12th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

Are states able to overrule the federal health care guidelines?

Lawmakers in many states are trying to make it illegal to mandate that everyone buy health insurance - one of the key parts of the Democrats' health care reform efforts in Washington.In Kansas, lawmakers filed a resolution this week that aims to alter the state constitution to do so. State Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook, a co-sponsor of the legislation says, "States have a duty to protect their citizens' liberty."Could these proposed amendments affect health care reform in the nation's capital?

Fact Check: Can state governments overrule federal regulations on health care?

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March 12th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Showbiz Update: Katherine Heigl, Eclipse trailer, Conan

Two non-arrivals to report this afternoon: another baby from TomKat and any trace Katherine Heigl on the set of "Grey's Anatomy." It looks like little Suri Cruise will have to wait for a baby brother or sister, and the patients at Seattle Grace shouldn’t be holding their breath for Dr. Izzie either.

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March 12th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Police chief: No signs of 'Baby Gabriel' in landfill

Gabriel Johnson was last seen in San Antonio, Texas, with his mother, Elizabeth Johnson.

A month-long search of a Texas landfill has ended with no signs of 8-month-old Gabriel Johnson, police said Friday.

“This case leaves us with somewhat of a bittersweet conclusion,” said William McManus, chief of the San Antonio Police Department. “The good news is we have no homicide. The bad news is the case is still open.”

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March 12th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

How many rockin' senators are there?

Sen. Mellencamp? The title certainly strikes a chord with more than 7,708 members of a Facebook group that's trying to convince rocker and Indiana native John "Cougar" Mellencamp to run for the U.S. Senate to fill the seat that Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh soon will leave behind. The 58-year-old singer, known for his rock songs about the heartland and the working man, was an inaugural organizer of the Farm Aid concert benefit for family farms in 1985.

A vocal critic of George W. Bush's administration and the Iraq war, Mellencamp participated in the 2004 "Vote for Change" tour. In 2008, Mellencamp requested that GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain stop using his songs at his campaign rallies. Mellencamp also recorded a radio ad in support of Barack Obama that aired in Indiana in the lead up to the November 2008 vote. In February, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member performed in a concert at the White House featuring civil rights music.  In light of the fans' recent push to see him in office, the CNN Fact Check Desk wondered how many other entertainers have made the jump successfully to politics.

Fact check: What other entertainers have become lawmakers?

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March 12th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Coroner: Drug overdose not ruled out in Haim's death

Although Corey Haim's heart was enlarged and he had fluid in his lungs, the coroner's chief investigator says a drug overdose has not been ruled out as the cause of the actor's death.

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