March 17th, 2010
10:55 PM ET

A round-up of the latest on the health care fight

On Wednesday, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, indicated a House vote on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December could come at some point this weekend.

Hoyer said the leadership is still waiting for final cost estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on a package of changes to the measure.

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March 17th, 2010
10:01 PM ET

Episcopal Church confirms first openly lesbian bishop

The Episcopal Church confirmed its first openly lesbian bishop on Wednesday, six years after its first openly gay bishop took office.

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March 17th, 2010
08:51 PM ET

Anti-pirate actions off Somalia net results

Two anti-pirate actions off Somalia have thinned the ranks of the would-be marauders, a European Union project reported Wednesday.

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March 17th, 2010
08:48 PM ET

U.S. believes al Qaeda still deadly but 'on the run'

An intercepted message indicates some members of al Qaeda are looking to the group's founder for more visible leadership, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN Wednesday after CIA director Leon Panetta talked about the message in a newspaper interview.

Osama bin Laden is "rarely seen, rarely heard," the official said, and that is "troubling" to those who see him as their leader.

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March 17th, 2010
08:33 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Police: Drunk, high dad leaves baby in oven: A Kentucky man high on marijuana and drunk on whiskey put his 5-week-old son in the oven Sunday and left him there overnight, police said.

Plane hits and kills jogger: A man was killed on a Hilton Head, South Carolina beach by a plane making an emergency landing. WSAV has the video.

House of the setting sun: For the launch of VICE magazine in Mexico, we decided to make an entire issue about Mexico, written entirely by Mexicans.

Elderly sex workers cohabitate: A residential facility in a dangerous Mexico neighborhood caters to elderly sex workers.

Casey Anthony says she's broke: Casey Anthony is headed back to court in Orlando, Florida on Thursday - this time to tell a judge she has run out of money and needs state funding for costs associated with her upcoming murder trial.

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March 17th, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Price tag of TARP bailout: $109 billion

The government's unprecedented $700 billion economic bailout will actually cost taxpayers just 16 percent of that total, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday.

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March 17th, 2010
08:04 PM ET

Haitian kids allegedly taken by Americans reunite with kin

Nearly all of the 33 Haitian children whom American missionaries allegedly tried to take out of the earthquake-ravaged nation were reunited Wednesday with their families, weeks after they were separated.

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March 17th, 2010
07:31 PM ET

U.S. official: Iran's nuclear pursuits clouding talks

Iran's continued failure to comply with international mandates on its nuclear program is casting a shadow over the upcoming Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference, according to a top U.S. energy official.

Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman called the NPT the cornerstone of global non-proliferation efforts and said it is being "seriously challenged" by Iran's behavior.

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March 17th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Clues sought to Prius wreck from black box data

Investigators from Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday inspected a wrecked Prius and extracted data from the car's event data recorder they hope will help determine what caused the car to speed out of control.

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March 17th, 2010
07:11 PM ET

MLB manager admits using cocaine

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season, SI.com has learned.

Washington, 57, has been subject to increased drug testing since his failed test, which was administered by Major League Baseball last July, and he has passed all of his subsequent tests. In deciding to support Washington and retain him as manager, the Rangers accepted his apology as heartfelt and also his explanation that this was a one-time transgression.

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March 17th, 2010
06:54 PM ET

Purported al-Awlaki message calls for jihad against U.S.

American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is calling for jihad against America, claiming "America is evil" in a new audio message obtained exclusively by CNN.

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March 17th, 2010
06:48 PM ET

Bernanke: Fed should monitor all banks

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke made his strongest case yet to Congress on Wednesday for the Federal Reserve keeping its regulatory oversight powers over banks large and small.

Bernanke told the House Financial Services panel he's "quite concerned" about proposals to limit the Federal Reserve's regulatory power to watching out for only the biggest banks. He called the proposal a "bad idea."

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March 17th, 2010
06:37 PM ET

Report: Aging issues can be tougher on gays

Last Christmas, Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Dennis Engelhard was putting flares near a minor accident on a snowy road in Eureka when he was hit by a car and killed.

"I'd had a premonition about it," said Kelly Glossip, 43, Engelhard's domestic partner of 15 years. The openly gay couple had discussed what might happen if Engelhard were to die in Missouri, a state that does not recognize same-sex partnerships, he said.

"He had faith in the system and told me not to worry about it," Glossip told CNN in a telephone interview from his home in suburban St. Louis. But now Glossip - who works only part time in a billing office because of back problems and who supports his 17-year-old son - is worried and angry.

The state would have given a pension to the wife of any officer killed on the job, but has no such provision for domestic partners, Glossip said. "I'm basically on my own," he said.

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March 17th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

Official: Suspected al Qaeda operative believed killed

A suspected al Qaeda member believed to have played a key role in a deadly December attack on CIA employees in Afghanistan appears to have been killed, a U.S. counterterrorism official told CNN Wednesday.

Hussein al-Yemeni was the apparent victim of a strike last week in the Miran Shah area of Pakistan, said the official, who called al-Yemeni "a vicious and dangerous figure who saw himself as an up-and-comer in the terrorist world."

CNN was unable to reach officials in Pakistan on Wednesday to confirm the death.

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March 17th, 2010
04:38 PM ET

Jobs bill passes, heads to Obama for signature

[Update 4:39 p.m.] President Obama is expected to sign the bill on Thursday.

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[Posted 10:53 a.m.] Congress put the final seal of approval on a $17.6 billion job creation bill on Wednesday.

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March 17th, 2010
04:33 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Thursday

More than 170 million payment card numbers were hacked in the scheme uncovered last year.

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

Hacker sentencing

Sentencing begins for Albert Gonzalez, the convicted mastermind of a major hacking scheme in which 130 million credit card and debit card numbers were stolen.  He faces over 40 years in federal prison for his role in three pending cases, including stealing data from the company that owns T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble, and other well-known chains.  Read more

Sex.com, anyone?

Bidding starts at $1 million for the Internet domain name, sex.com, which goes on the auction block tomorrow.  It could set a record for the most expensive domain name sold.  The domain name reportedly sold for $14 million back in 2006.  

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Hearings resume tomorrow on the possible end to the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay and lesbian service members.  Two former officers are expected to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee about how the policy cost them their military careers.

March 17th, 2010
04:29 PM ET

Wall Street at 2010 highs

A look at highlights from the day's business news:

Stocks advance

Stocks advanced Wednesday afternoon, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all touching fresh 2010 highs after the U.S. and Japanese central banks chose to keep interest rates low and the Senate passed a key jobs bill.

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March 17th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Sub commander fired for partying with college students

The commander of a U.S. Navy submarine has been relieved of duty after getting drunk with college officer-training students last week, according to Navy officials.

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March 17th, 2010
02:36 PM ET

Attorney general: Arrest made in Haim's death

An arrest has been made in connection with the investigation of actor Corey Haim's death, a spokesman for California's attorney general said Wednesday.

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March 17th, 2010
02:27 PM ET

Astronomers get look inside solar system's biggest storm

Think your weatherman has trouble predicting temperatures in your area? Try being the person attempting to do that for Jupiter.

For years astronomers have studied the Great Red spot - the famously distinctive feature on the gas-packed planet of Jupiter - but now using some of the world's biggest telescopes astronomers have been able to produce the first detailed weather map of the spot, which is the biggest and longest-running storm in the solar system.

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