March 18th, 2010
03:14 PM ET

Mumbai terror suspect pleads guilty

David Headley, 49, pleaded guilty Thursday.

A Chicago man charged in two international terror plots, including the 2008 Mumbai, India, attacks, pleaded guilty Thursday to a dozen counts against him, and now will not face a trial.

David Headley, 49, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Chicago to a dozen federal terrorism charges. Authorities said he scouted out targets for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 that killed more than 160 people, and planned an attack on a Danish newspaper that published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

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March 18th, 2010
02:56 PM ET

Breaking down the cost of health care

[Updated 2:24 p.m.] We now have the text of the reconciliation act for the Senate health care reform bill. You can now view it here (PDF).

You can also now read the section-by-section analysis of the health care proposal prepared by the Committees on Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce, and Education & Labor (PDF).

[Updated at 12:51 p.m.] Republicans are criticizing what they characterize as the Democrats "leaking" of the "unsubstantiated" preliminary Congressional Budget Office's estimate of the health care reform bill. If you want to go through the CBO numbers yourself, you can find them here (PDF).

"My Democratic colleagues never let the facts get in the way of a good story," Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a member of the Senate Finance Committee said. "Despite claims to the contrary, there is no CBO score. What there is a preliminary review, and what it reveals is nothing more than a guess. It is a desperate attempt by Democrats to resuscitate a health care bill that was pronounced dead by the American people months ago.”

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March 18th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Sudan signs cease-fire agreement with Darfur rebels

The Sudanese government signed a framework cease-fire agreement Thursday with a rebel group from the country's war torn Darfur region,
according to state-run media.

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March 18th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

Web Pulse: Sandra Bullock, health care, March Madness


Sandra Bullock and Jesse James have been the topic of rumors about their marriage.

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James: Rumors continue to swirl around the relationship between Bullock and her husband. Bullock, 45, left the home the couple shares, according to People.com. Bullock, who won her first Oscar - a best actress award - for "The Blind Side" on March 7, also abruptly canceled a trip to Europe for the London premiere of the film.

CBO health care: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Democrats' revised health care bill will cost $940 billion over the next 10 years, a House Democratic source said Thursday.

We're going through the numbers now to determine the cost of health care reform and the effect it will have on the deficit, and apparently the rest of the country wants to know too, so much so that the CBO Web site has been overloaded and experienced downtime, probably from the high volume of traffic. We'll help you out so you don't have to search any further. If you want to go through the numbers yourself, you can find it here (PDF).

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March 18th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

Obama postpones trip for health care bill

[Updated at 1:09 p.m.] Asked about Obama postponing his trip after she had just finished a news conference on the health care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "This is historical. I'm sure he wants to be here for the history"

[Posted at 1:04 p.m.] President Barack Obama is postponing a trip to Indonesia and Australia to remain in Washington for the expected House vote on the health care bill, a spokesman said Thursday.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama is likely to make the visit in June. The president had been scheduled to leave for the trip Sunday.

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March 18th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

Casey Anthony's defense attorneys: We're broke

Attorneys for Casey Anthony, a Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, told a judge Thursday that state funding for her defense is needed, as their money has run out.

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March 18th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Killer who sent taunting letter to be executed

The murderer of a 16-year-old girl faces electrocution Thursday after a letter bragging about his crimes got him a cell on Virginia's death row.

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March 18th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

Alleged Tiger Woods' mistress publishes 'sexting' messages

A former porn actress who says she had a three-year intimate relationship with Tiger Woods posted text messages online Thursday that she says the golfer sent her last year.

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March 18th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Obama signs first jobs bill

Amid much fanfare at the White House, President Obama signed his first job creation bill Thursday.

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March 18th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Sports Update: Michael Jordan and March Madness kicks off

The NCAA tournament officially kicks off Thursday.

It’s never overhyped. It never disappoints. It is, from start to finish, the best sporting event in America. So says SI.com’s Michael Rosenberg of the NCAA Tournament, and it’s a feeling shared by millions in America. The basketball holiday officially begins today at 12:15 p.m., with 16 opening-round games scheduled on Thursday. If your office is a little less productive today, this is likely the reason why. This presumes, of course, that they even made it into work. The highlights (All times Eastern):

St. Mary’s vs. Richmond (2:50 p.m., CBS) SI.com’s Andy Staples offers a scouting report: “Richmond doesn't look or play like a mid-major, and the Spiders could do some damage - if they can get past the Gaels. Richmond will force turnovers; the Spiders average 8.4 steals a game, and guard Kevin Anderson and forward Ryan Butler each racked up more than 50 steals this season. But if the Gaels can get the ball across midcourt, they can shoot their way to a win thanks to a 41.4 three-point percentage that ranks fourth in the nation. Guard Matthew Dellavedova leads the Gaels with 70 three-pointers made, but backcourt mate Mickey McConnell has made an astounding 67 of his 130 three-point attempts.”

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March 18th, 2010
10:52 AM ET

Warm weather may cause troubles for Red River

A large area of high pressure will bring near-record high temperatures to the Dakotas today and Friday. The warm temperatures are expected to rapidly melt up to 6 inches of snow across the Red River Basin. This is equivalent to receiving 6 inches of rain across the entire Red River Basin in a day.

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March 18th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

'Jihad Jane' pleads not guilty

Colleen LaRose, an American woman who authorities say called herself "Jihad Jane" pleaded not guilty this morning to charges she conspired to support terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country.

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March 18th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

German bishop address abuse scandal

German Catholic bishops in the pope's home state of Bavaria expressed "deep shock and shame" Thursday at recent reports of abuse in their diocese.

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March 18th, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Report: N. Korea executes official over currency reform

A former top finance official in North Korea was executed over a currency reform that caused a number of problems in the secretive Communist nation, according to South Korea's official Yonhap news agency.

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March 18th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Countdown to the Big Dance

The Kansas Jayhawks are a popular pick -- in fact the President chose them to win the whole tournament.

If you haven't yet filled out your bracket for the NCAA tournament, you aren't the only one. (In fact, to be honest, I'll be doing mine in my head as I write this, and filling it out after.)

For the next few hours, before the "official" tip of the tournament, workers are likely scrambling around their office to do the same. If you know college hoops fans like I do, they've been feverishly checking stats and match-up histories but are still frantically debating that one choice -  whether they should rest their hopes on their alma mater or the team they know could very likely slam them back home in the first round.

And if you know nothing about the one of the biggest and best sporting events of the year, but want to get in on the hype, you can still fill out a bracket using the ever-famous "Which mascot would win in a fight" guideline or just by bluffing your way through it.

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March 18th, 2010
09:49 AM ET

Source: CBO estimates health care bill at $940 billion

[Updated at 9:51 a.m.] House Minority Leader John Boehner said Thursday that the GOP will "do everything we can" to ensure the health care bill as it is "never, ever passes."

"It's time to scrap this bill," Boehner said. "They're gonna continue to ram, ram, ram, this bill ... to try to get it through Congress without a vote."

Boehner added the health care legislation shouldn't be about Barack Obama or Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who have been vocal about their feelings that the bill needs to be passed.

Boehner's comments came after a House Democratic source told CNN Thursday that the Democrats' revised health care bill will cost $940 billion over the next 10 years.

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March 18th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

On the Radar: Flood watch, health care, Casey Anthony

Volunteers have been busy filling sandbags this week to hold back the surging Red River.

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

Fargo flood watch - The city of Fargo, North Dakota, largely completed flood preparations early Thursday as a surging Red River rose nearly 3 feet in 24 hours. The waterway was well beyond its banks along the North Dakota-Minnesota border. Several hundred volunteers worked with the National Guard in Fargo to fill 1 million sandbags as the river rose. We'll continue to watch the situation and bring you the latest.

Health care - Leaders in Congress are waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to release its estimate of the cost of a Democratic health care reform proposal that is nearing a climactic vote. House Democratic leaders are scrambling to find the 216 votes to pass the bill. House Republicans are united in opposition and hoping to encourage undecided Democrats to vote no. House and Senate Republican leaders are planning a joint meeting Thursday morning. Democrats are set to meet then, too.

The CBO may release its cost estimates Thursday, paving the way for a possible vote Sunday. We'll follow those developments and keep you up to date on where the health care vote care stands.

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March 18th, 2010
08:53 AM ET

Unemployment claims fall

The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment insurance fell last week, the government said Thursday.

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March 18th, 2010
08:39 AM ET

1.2 million 'unstable' Graco highchairs recalled

Graco Children's Products announced Thursday that it's recalling 1.2 million Harmony highchairs because of stability issues.

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March 18th, 2010
08:19 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

9:30 am ET - "Don't ask, don't tell" hearing - The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

11:00 am ET - Casey Anthony hearing - Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her daughter, goes back to court to request state funding for her defense.

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