March 19th, 2010
09:18 PM ET

Report: Google-China decision on Monday

Google will make an announcement on its plans to leave China on Monday, according to a Friday report in China Business News.

The Shanghai-based publication reported that Google is expected to announce on Monday it would shutter its China operations on April 10, quoting an unnamed Google employee and a Chinese sales agent for the company.

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March 19th, 2010
08:56 PM ET

British Airways strike to go ahead as talks collapse

British Airways cabin crew members will go ahead with their strikes beginning at midnight Friday (8 p.m Friday ET) after talks between the union and the airline broke down, the airline and union said Friday.

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March 19th, 2010
08:54 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Natalee Holloway bones found? A Pennsylvania couple who went snorkeling in Aruba have an underwater photo they believe may be a skeleton.

Jesse James: I’m sorry, Sandra: Jesse James has broken his silence.

Ex-boyfriend files suit against Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga's former boyfriend, producer and business partner, is suing the pop star for $30.5 million, claiming he was pushed away after their failed romance.

Palm shares may hit $0, analysts say: Palm's future already looked bleak. But after reporting worse than expected results for the third quarter Thursday, some analysts think the company's stock is now essentially worthless.

 Mom: Killer ‘ravaged’ Morgan: The search for Morgan Harrington's killer continues. Her Mom says Morgan's death was brutal enough to break bones.

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March 19th, 2010
08:25 PM ET

Abortion standoff as health care vote nears

The divisive issue of abortion is once again causing problems for House Democrats as they plan to move forward with the health care bill.

Anti-abortion Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, is asking for a vote on his language restricting taxpayer funding for abortion, and a group of female abortion-rights Democrats came out of an emergency meeting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office Friday evening visibly angry about the request.

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March 19th, 2010
08:05 PM ET

Health care reform: Where we stand, what's at stake

Clinic workers participate in a health care rally in support of President Obama in Oakland, California.

The debate over health care reform is coming down to the wire, with a first vote in the House likely scheduled for Sunday.

Final plea: President Obama plans to address the House Democratic caucus on Saturday to make his final case for health care reform, according to four Democratic officials familiar with the plans.

One of the officials said the House Democrats are expected to come to the White House at 4 p.m. Saturday. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because of final details still being discussed between the White House and congressional officials.

Obama planned to meet with and call Congress members Friday afternoon, as he has been doing throughout the week.

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March 19th, 2010
06:26 PM ET

Dodd calls for Lehman Bros. investigation

A year and a half after Lehman Brothers' collapse, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn., is calling for a federal investigation into the "Lehman situation" and other companies that may have fudged their balance sheets, contributing to the financial crisis.

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March 19th, 2010
06:18 PM ET

Judge: State will help pay Casey Anthony's defense

The state of Florida must fund some of Casey Anthony's defense in her first-degree murder trial for the death of daughter Caylee, a judge ruled Friday.

"All costs submitted shall be in compliance with the Ninth Judicial Circuit's caps and rates and are subject to further review," Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland said in a order issued Friday.

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March 19th, 2010
06:12 PM ET

Dow slips, dollar gains and oil plunges on troubles in Greece

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

Dow breaks winning streak  

Stocks slipped Friday as a strong dollar dragged on commodity prices, giving investors a reason to step back after pushing the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to 18-month highs in the previous session.

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March 19th, 2010
05:42 PM ET

Judge delays approval of World Trade Center settlement

A federal judge said Friday that he will not approve a proposed $657 million settlement for people sickened after working on the World Trade Center site until it is negotiated further.

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March 19th, 2010
05:22 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening this weekend

Pope Benedict is expected to respond this weekend to the sexual abuse scandal in Ireland.

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

Vatican scandal

On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI will release his letter responding to the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland.

It's Spring!

The vernal equinox is Saturday, marking the first official day of spring. Hundreds of druids will be celebrating at the Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England, as the sun rises directly over the equator.

Another airline strike

British Airways cabin crew members will go ahead with their strikes beginning at midnight Friday London time.   BA hopes around 65 percent of its customers will be able to fly as planned during the strikes.

Health care vote

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Sunday on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December.  President Barack Obama has delayed his trip to Asia - including his boyhood home of Indonesia - to be on Capitol Hill in support of the legislation.

Immigration rally

Thousands of people are expected to pour into Washington, D.C.,  for a Sunday rally demanding immigration reform, launching the first public battle over the issue since the announcement of a new bipartisan plan endorsed by President Obama.

March 19th, 2010
04:20 PM ET

Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses $300 million court fight

Anna Nicole Smith's estate is not entitled to $300 million the deceased actress had claimed was intended as a gift from her oil tycoon husband, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Smith, a former Playboy pinup and stripper, fought for more than a decade with a son of J. Howard Marshall over a fortune estimated as much as $1.6 billion.

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March 19th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

Former legal adviser to U.S. missionaries in Haiti arrested

Jorge Torres-Puello

A man who provided legal advice to the 10 American Baptists accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian children after the earthquake there was arrested Thursday night in the Dominican Republic for human trafficking, the country's anti-narcotics agency said Friday.

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March 19th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Argentina province OKs chemical castration for rapists

Officials in Argentina's Mendoza province have authorized chemical castration for rapists after a significant increase in sexual assaults last year.

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March 19th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

Drug criminals block roads in Mexico

Five presumed drug gang members and one soldier were killed in shootouts Thursday and Friday after criminals blocked thoroughfares in two northern Mexico states to prevent military reinforcements from arriving, authorities said.

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March 19th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Web Pulse: Natalee Halloway, Lady Gaga, Boccieri

Lady Gaga's former boyfriend and business partner is suing her.

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Friday:

Lady Gaga: Gaga just can't stay out of the news, even when it's not her choice. The pop star is a topic of conversation today not because of her infamous outfits, which sometimes include soda cans in her hair, or because of her latest music video. This time it is because her former boyfriend, producer and business partner is suing her for $30.5 million, claiming he was pushed away after their failed romance.

Natalee Holloway: Ever since Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005, the world has been fascinated with what may have happened to her. Recently, she was in the headlines when one of the original suspects was said to have confessed to the crime, but authorities said it wasn't a plausible confession. Now a couple snorkeling in Aruba, where she was last seen, believe that they found her skeleton at the bottom of the ocean.

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March 19th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Doctor: Church ignored warnings about molester

The archdiocese headed by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - who is now the pope - ignored warnings in the 1980s to keep a molester in its ranks away from children, the doctor who issued those warnings said Friday.

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March 19th, 2010
01:03 PM ET

Rebels claim pipeline attack in Nigeria

Rebels in oil-rich Nigeria say they have set off an explosion at a pipeline in the southern part of the country.

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March 19th, 2010
12:20 PM ET

Sports Update: Will Cinderella show up again today?

Georgetown's shocking loss Thursday may have knocked many bracket betters out of tournament pools.

Cinderella arrived early at the NCAA Tournament, with No. 14 Ohio knocking off No. 3 Georgetown and No. 13 Murray State shocking No. 4 Vanderbilt. Lower seeds won an incredible 7 of the 16 games and five double-digit seeds pulled off upsets. There’s another 16 games scheduled for Friday including the debuts of Duke and Kansas. The highlights (all times Eastern). See SI.com's full coverage of the tournament.

Cornell at Temple (12:30 pm, CBS) It’s one of the more delicious opening-round matchups because plenty of people – including the President of the United States - have picked the lower-seeded Ivy League champs to advance. The interesting subplot involves the coaches: Cornell coach Steve Donahue spent 10 years under Temple coach Fran Dunphy when both were coaching at Penn. The Big Red is the deadliest three-point shooting team (.434 percent) and senior Ryan Wittman has made an Ivy League-record 368 of them during his career. Temple is third in the nation in 3-point defense (.28.1 percent) and scoring defense at 56.1 per game.

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March 19th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Al-Maliki's coalition has narrow lead in Iraq election

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition has edged ahead in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to partial results from election officials.

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March 19th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Obama pushes 'historic vote,' GOP leader vows to prevent it

President Barack Obama said Friday that the health care debate is about whether the United States will accept a system "that works better for the insurance companies than it does for the American people."

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