An 84-year-old man barricaded himself in his house, telling police he had enough weapons to "take down the whole f-- army if I wanted to." He was arrested after a six-hour standoff with a SWAT team, Houston police said.
SI.com's Seth Davis predicts a return to form for the higher seeds as the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament begins tonight. It promises to be an epic night of sports, including the 2010 debut of Major League Soccer. The highlights (all times Eastern):
(7:07 PM, CBS) Says Davis: "If you like smart, fundamental, efficient, team-oriented offensive basketball, this game is for you. Still, I think Butler is going to be a little overwhelmed. The Bulldogs have done well to win 21 straight games, but they didn't do much outside the Horizon League."
-No. 5 Butler vs. No. 5 Syracuse
Mexican police have arrested a drug kingpin suspect believed to be the major supplier of heroin to the United States, Mexican federal authorities said Thursday.
Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera's public relations team really knows how to drum up support. Her Web site has been littered with countdowns over the past few days, causing the public to speculate we'd get to hear long-awaited new song. But it's been drip, drip, drip, according to her fans, myself included, with little payoff. Her first countdown just gave us the name of her song. Then there was a new countdown - the song surely. Nope, just the lyrics. New countdown - the song again, right? Nope. The announcement of her album Bionic, which most people already knew about, and a placeholder for a video that will show up on Friday.
[Updated 10:55 a.m.] CNN affiliate WMC-TV said the helicopter that crashed was operated by Hospital Wing, an organization that identifies itself on its Web site as the Memphis Medical Center's air ambulance service.
Hospital Wing said in a statement, reported by WMC-TV, that the crash occurred just east of Brownsville, and that three crew members and no patients were on board. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating, the statement said.
"Nothing like this has ever happened in our history," Allen Burnette, Hospital Wing's director and chief operating officer, said in the statement.
[Updated at 10:05 a.m.] A helicopter had dropped off a patient in Jackson, Tennessee, and was returning to Brownsville, Tennessee, when a crash was reported about 7:12 a.m. (8:12 a.m. ET), said FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.
Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Tuesday:
Don't ask, don't tell - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday announced changes that would ease the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibits gays from serving openly in the military.
Health care debate - The health care debate pushes forward today with several key events, stories and angles.
1. What it means to you - Our team of political and medical reporters is taking your questions about the health care bill and will try to give some clarity about what the bill means to you, when it will impact you and other questions surrounding the bill. Check our continuously developing health care FAQ page for the latest answers to your questions
Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will appear in a new eight-part documentary series on the TLC network,
parent company Discovery Communications said Thursday.
The show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," will be "about the remarkable Governor Palin and her home state of Alaska," the Discovery statement said.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has fired the naval officer in charge of the agency that failed to warn of an upcoming tsunami after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake February 27, the country's defense minister said.
An audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatened retaliation against Americans if alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is executed.
9:30 am ET - Pentagon briefing – Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce changes to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
9:45 am ET - Senate health care debate – Senate debate resumes on Republican amendments to health care reform legislation.
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter: The New York Democrat has had to add security to her office after receiving threats following the passage of health care legislation, WHAM-TV reports.
Slaughter posted this statement on her congressional Web site: “There were two events in my district during the last week that were alarming to me and I have reported them to the proper authorities. There was a brick thrown through my Niagara Falls district office and a voice mail referencing snipers that was left on the answering machine of my campaign office.”
According to the Rochester, New York, TV station, her staff members discovered the recorded message. “ 'Assassinate' was the word they used for the children of members who voted yes. ... It's a very nasty time. It was hard here this weekend. Members of my party were assaulted,” Slaughter, chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, told the station. “It's not the America we want it to be.”
More than 10 Democrats have reported incidents since the weekend vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters.
The Vatican said it was unaware of an American priest believed to have molested up to 200 boys until 20 years after civil authorities investigated - then dropped - the case.
An update from London on some of the stories we're expecting to develop through the day Thursday:
Arms deal - Talks between Russia and the U.S. on a new arms-control agreement are "almost at the finish line," a U.S. State Department official says. The Czech government has agreed to host the signing of the agreement which would reduce the number of deployed strategic warheads each side can have.
Dubai debt - Dubai's government has announced plans to bail out its state-owned holding company, Dubai World. Last year's financial meltdown of Dubai World rippled through stock markets worldwide. The reorganization includes $9.5 billion in new funding from Dubai's government.
In a marathon Senate session that lasted into the wee hours of Thursday, Republicans kept their vow to use every parliamentary tool available to undermine the recently enacted health care reform law.
In the end, they found violations in two provisions, forcing the bill back to the House for another health care vote.