March 24th, 2010
08:08 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Biden’s f-bomb: Vice President Joe Biden drops the f-bomb over an open microphone. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the latest Biden blooper.

Tanning salons burned by health care bill: The Obama administration is turning up the heat on tanning salons across the country with the passage of its new health care bill.

Synthetic marijuana a growing problem: The latest trend at teen parties isn't warm beer or prescription medicines pilfered from parents' medicine cabinets. Instead, increasing numbers of youths are turning to an herb-based product to get high, and unlike marijuana, it's perfectly legal.

Infantino recalls more than 1 million baby: Infantino LLC is recalling more than 1 million baby slings after three infant deaths were reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

An exoneree's first month of freedom: To see the world through Greg Taylor's eyes, imagine being stuck in a time machine for 16 years and delivered to 2010.

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March 24th, 2010
07:16 PM ET

U.N. chief: Israeli settlement plans 'unacceptable'

In a rare direct rebuke to a U.N. member state, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the U.N. Security Council in New York Wednesday that Israel's latest settlement expansion plans in East Jerusalem are "unacceptable."

Freshly returned from a visit to the Middle East, Ban also urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to re-start peace talks "without delay," but cautioned that there is currently a "crisis of confidence" and said that "there have been too many negative facts being created on the ground, and these need to stop."

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Filed under: Israel • United Nations • World
March 24th, 2010
06:30 PM ET

Senate Republicans launch next round of health care fight

Senate Republicans launched an attempt to attach a series of amendments Wednesday to legislation expanding the recently enacted health care reform law - part of a GOP pledge to use every parliamentary tool available to undermine the measure.

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Filed under: Health Care • Politics
March 24th, 2010
06:24 PM ET

Texas inmate granted temporary stay of execution

The Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution late Wednesday for a condemned Texas inmate who is requesting DNA testing of evidence in his case.

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March 24th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Actor Robert Culp dies after fall

[Update, 6:19 p.m.] Read the full story by CNN.com's Todd Leopold.

[Update, 6:06 p.m.] Culp, 79, appeared in dozens of television shows over the past 50 years, including 82 episodes of the "I Spy" series. He also had a long list of credits as a TV director and screenwriter.

His last reoccurring role was on "Everybody Loves Raymond," in which he appeared between 1996 and 2004, according to the Internet Movie Database.

A native of Berkeley, California, he moved in 1951 to New York, where he got his first professional acting jobs, according to the biography on his official Web site.

His five marriages produced five children and five grandchildren, his Web site says.

[Posted, 5:50 p.m.] Actor Robert Culp died after falling and hitting his head in a Los Angeles park Wednesday, his publicist said.

– CNN's Jack Hannah contributed to this report.

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March 24th, 2010
06:13 PM ET

Red Cross predicting release of 2 rebel captives in Colombia

Leftist rebels are expected to release two Colombian soldiers - one of whom has been held for 12 years - this weekend, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday. In addition, the remains of a police officer who died after eight years in captivity are to be handed over by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the ICRC said.

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Filed under: Colombia • World
March 24th, 2010
05:56 PM ET

Stocks slip, dollar surges

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

Stocks slip on Portugal credit woes

Stocks closed lower Wednesday as the dollar strengthened on fears tied to the growing fiscal crisis in Europe and a dour report on U.S. sales of new homes raised concerns about the economic recovery.

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March 24th, 2010
05:14 PM ET

TSA nominee says he'd allow screeners to unionize

President Obama's second nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration signaled Wednesday that he would support unionization of the nation's 40,000 airport screeners.

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March 24th, 2010
05:03 PM ET

Obama signs executive order on abortion funding limits

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday ensuring that existing limits on the federal funding of abortion remain in place under the new health care reform law.

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March 24th, 2010
04:57 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Thursday

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to make an announcement on the U.S. military

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

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce changes easing the Defense Department's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military.  Read more

Nuclear waste

The Department of Energy's 15-member blue-ribbon commission is expected to hold its first hearing to consider alternative means for managing and storing America’s nuclear waste. The Obama administration plans to end the Yucca Mountain project, although a group of bipartisan lawmakers are trying to block the administration from doing so.  Read more

Twitter Twestivals

Twitter users will be getting together offline in more than 175 cities around the world to attend a Twestival which will raise money for a good cause.  It's the second annual Twestival, and all proceeds will go to Concern Worldwide,  a humanitarian organization that has dedicated itself to reducing suffering and eliminating poverty. Read more

March 24th, 2010
03:22 PM ET

Suicide bomber hits Iraqi official's home

A suicide bomber targeted the home of a top counterterrorism official in western Iraq on Wednesday, killing two of the man's brothers and wounding six others in the second attack on the house this year, Iraqi police said.

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March 24th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

US officials: Ex-Gitmo inmate becomes Taliban commander

A man who was released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December has become a senior Taliban military commander in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

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March 24th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

Police: Dwight Gooden arrested for DUI after crash

Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car when he was arrested Tuesday following a car crash, police said Wednesday.

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March 24th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Advocates: Pot legalization headed to California ballot

California voters will be able to decide this fall whether their state will be the first in the nation to legalize the possession of marijuana for nonmedicinal uses if signatures seeking a ballot initiative are approved, advocates claimed Wednesday, saying they have the needed signatures for a ballot initiative.

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March 24th, 2010
01:01 PM ET

Source: Pentagon set to ease policy on gays in the military

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce changes Thursday easing the Defense Department's controversial "don't ask don't tell" policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military, a senior Defense Department official has confirmed to CNN.

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March 24th, 2010
12:55 PM ET

Saudis arrest scores planning attacks

More than 100 people accused of planning attacks against police and oil installations have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, an Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

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March 24th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Texas inmate seeks DNA test, last-minute execution reprieve

Texas state lawmakers are among those calling for a last-minute reprieve for a condemned inmate who is requesting DNA testing of evidence, even as he is set to die Wednesday night.

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March 24th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Opposition politician arrested in Venezuela

A Venezuelan court ruled in an initial hearing Wednesday that a former governor and presidential candidate must remain
in jail on charges that he conspired against the government by making false statements.

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March 24th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

College causes stir playing national anthem for first time

Goshen College students show their support for the playing of the national anthem.

The “Star-Spangled Banner” is a staple of pregame sports festivities across the country, but at Indiana’s Goshen College the national anthem hasn’t been so proudly hailed.

On Tuesday, however, the 1,000-student Mennonite school - responding to criticism over the anthem’s omission at sporting events - decided for the first time since 1957 to play the song before baseball and softball games.

The problem, before Tuesday, was that the song is about war and asserts a staunch allegiance to country – both troubling to the historically peaceful Mennonites who frown on putting anything before their relationship with God.

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March 24th, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Craigslist's bad week: Wife, child for sale; sex for tickets

It hasn't been a good couple days for Craigslist.

The popular online classified ad site is back in the news with arrests and court cases stemming from some strange and disturbing sales on the site - someone offering sex for World Series tickets, someone's offer their wife for and someone else offering their son.

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