March 23rd, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Web Pulse: Nintendo 3D, Christina Aguilera, Buzz Aldrin

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

"Not Myself Tonight" - Welcome back, Christina Aguilera. The singer is back in the news today with the announcement on her Web site that "Not Myself Tonight” is the name for the first single off her new album, Bionic. Her Web site, ChristinaAguilera.com, recently transformed with new art and a countdown, and bigger news is coming, according to the countdown. I'm hoping it comes in the form of the actual single, considering her album release date has been pushed back a few times. There's been a void on the airwaves without that big-belting voice, and I, for one, can't wait to her what Xtina has been up to.

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March 23rd, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Sports Update: Women's NCAA, Vonn cashes in

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team -- the most dominant in sports -- takes on Temple tonight.

The second and third round of the NFL Draft is scheduled one month from today and SI’s Peter King says Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is going to find his next home on that fateful day. Says King: “I now think Tebow's going in the 28 to 45 range, to a team willing to be patient with him at quarterback and maybe to allow him to help the team in other ways immediately.” You’ll be inundated with mock football drafts soon enough but today’s sports highlights are strictly of the indoor variety as the NCAA women’s basketball tournament offers a big day of action. Some highlights (All times Eastern)

-Women’s Basketball: No. 8 Temple vs. No. 1 Connecticut (7:00 PM. ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN 360.com)
Here’s a chance to watch the most dominant team in sports: The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has won 73 straight games, all by double figures, including its opening-round rout of Southern on Sunday. The most interesting subplot tonight involves Temple coach Tonya Cardoza, who led the Owls to a 25-8 record after spending the past decade as UConn coach Geno Auriemma’s assistant. The other games set to tip-off at this time include No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 3 Xavier, No. 10 Vermont vs. No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 2 Ohio State.

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March 23rd, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Opera submits browser for iPhone approval

Web browser company Opera has submitted an app for the iPhone that it promises will make surfing on the device faster - if Apple allows it.

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March 23rd, 2010
11:02 AM ET

Study: Paintings are super-sizing the 'Last Supper'

Jesus and his disciples would be eating a lot more at the Last Supper if it occurred in modern times, according to a study from Cornell University.

Researchers Brian Wansink, a professor of marketing and applied economics at Cornell, and his brother Craig Wansink, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College, analyzed more than 50 depictions of the Last Supper painted in the past 1,000 years to look at portion sizes.

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March 23rd, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Judge sends Alabama prof shooting case to grand jury

[Updated 10:40 a.m.] District Judge Ruth Ann Hall found there is probable cause that Amy Bishop committed the crimes she is accused of and has bound the case over for grand jury.

Madison County District Attorney Rob Brousseau said the investigation is still ongoing and estimated that his office will be able to present the case to a grand jury in six months.

Bishop, 44, is accused of gunning down colleagues at a faculty meeting on February 12. The former biology professor is charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

[Updated 10:36 a.m.] In an interview with police shortly after she was apprehended on University of Alabama in Huntsville campus, Amy Bishop denied she was present for the meeting in which 6 other faculty members were shot.

"I wasn't there, it wasn't me," she said, HPD Investigator Charlie Gray testified Tuesday.

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March 23rd, 2010
10:29 AM ET

Existing home sales slip in February

Sales of existing homes fell slightly in February, according to an industry report released Tuesday, a sign that the housing market's recovery remains fragile.

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March 23rd, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Freak storm causes flooding, landslides in Australia

Workers try to repair part of a home after an uprooted tree slammed into it in Perth, Australia.

Severe thunderstorms that struck Western Australia caused flooding, landslides and wind damage that will amount to tens of millions of dollars, Premier Colin Barnett said Tuesday.

More than 30 schools in the Perth area suffered damage including flooding, collapsed ceilings and shattered windows and there was significant damage done to several hospitals, the state Fire and Emergency Services Authority said in a statement.

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March 23rd, 2010
09:46 AM ET

Google and China: Breaking down the chess game

Google has stopped censoring search results in China, the search giant said, finally ending the chess game between Beijing and Google and speculation to whether Google would pull out of China entirely and set up a showdown with the Communist leadership there.

On its official blog, Google said it stopped running the censored Google.cn service on Monday and was routing its Chinese users to an uncensored version of Google based in Hong Kong.

The problems between Google and China reached a boiling point when Google disclosed that it had been the victim of a cyberattack that security experts believe was carried out by hackers working on behalf of the Chinese government, something China has denied.

Google's decision to stop censoring its China Web Site angered China's state media which said the move "violated its written promise" and was "totally wrong." The reaction was no surprise - the media there launched a volley of articles attacking the "politicization" of Google in the days before the announcement.

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March 23rd, 2010
09:29 AM ET

U.S. officials: Iran training Taliban within its borders

Iran is helping train Taliban fighters within its borders, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials.

The United States has already said that the Taliban may be receiving limited training from the Iranians in Afghanistan, but the officials told CNN that training in the use of small arms was occurring within Iran.

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March 23rd, 2010
09:27 AM ET

On the Radar: Signing health care into law, Toyota docs

President Obama will sign the health care reform bill into law today.

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

Health care - President Obama will sign sweeping health care reform legislation into law at the White House at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to two Democratic officials familiar with the planning. Once signed, the Senate will take up House fixes to the law, which Republicans are already trying to stop. Their first attempt to prevent debate was knocked down last night by the Senate parliamentarian, according to Democratic and Republican sources.

The signing comes as ten states plan to file a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new health care reform bill, according to Florida's attorney general.

Obama will continue to discuss the reform in hopes of pulling in line many members of the skeptical public. We'll continue to provide live coverage and today we'll take a look at what the health care bill means to you, when things will begin taking effect and whether Obama has used up much of his political capital on this one issue and how it might impact the rest of his agenda.

Toyota hearing - CNN looks into internal Toyota documents given to us by a group of attorneys now seeking a nationwide class-action lawsuit against the company. One attorney said the document - not previously made public - indicates Toyota knew much earlier about an electronic connection to sudden acceleration problems when they sent a memo to dealers in 2002.

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March 23rd, 2010
08:22 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Gil Kerlikowske: The war against drugs isn't over. Kerlikowske, who directs the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is scheduled Tuesday to describe the administration's inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, which establishes five-year goals for reducing drug use and its consequences through prevention, treatment, and international cooperation.  He'll be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and several Cabinet secretaries.

According to a TIME magazine profile, Kerlikowske was drafted into the Army in 1970 and while stationed in Washington, his duties included saluting President Nixon when he boarded the presidential helicopter. Kerlikowske later became a police officer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and worked as an undercover narcotics detective.

As police chief in Seattle, Washington, beginning in 2000, he is credited with bringing the city's crime rate to a 40-year low. But the NAACP called for his resignation over his handling of misconduct accusations against police officers, TIME reports.

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March 23rd, 2010
08:18 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

9:10 am ET - Tony Blair addresses AIPAC - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group.

9:30 am ET - Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before a Congressional committee on housing finance reform.

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March 23rd, 2010
07:34 AM ET

UK expels Israeli diplomat over Hamas slaying

Britain has expelled an Israeli diplomat in connection with cloned passports used by suspects in the January killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, a British government source familiar with the situation told CNN Tuesday.

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March 23rd, 2010
06:42 AM ET

World update: Beijing condemns Google decision

An update from London on some of the stories we're expecting to develop through the day Tuesday:

Beijing condemns Google decision - China state media has Google's decision to quit censoring its China Web site "violated its written promise" and was "totally wrong." Google has redirected all search traffic from mainland China to Google's Hong Kong site, google.com.hk rather than pulling out of China. Full story

Israeli PM in Washington - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama today at the White House. In comments yesterday, Netanyahu reiterated his belief that Jerusalem will remain entirely under Israel's control, a contentious issue between the two countries. Full story

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March 23rd, 2010
04:20 AM ET

Netanyahu, Obama to meet over Israeli housing dispute

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday, as the allies remain at odds over Israel's plan to build new housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem.

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March 23rd, 2010
02:36 AM ET

Professor charged in fatal shooting due in court

A biology professor accused of opening fire on colleagues at the
University of Alabama in Huntsville, killing three of them, is due in court
Tuesday, court officials said.

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March 23rd, 2010
01:33 AM ET

Clinton heads to Mexico to discuss border security

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Mexico on Tuesday for meetings with President Felipe Calderon and other top Mexican officials on narcotics trafficking and border security.

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