March 29th, 2010
08:33 PM ET

2 bodies found in connection to missing child case

Oklahoma authorities are determining whether two bodies found in Norman on Monday are those of a murder suspect and his wife's missing 7-year-old daughter, a spokeswoman for investigators said.

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March 29th, 2010
08:26 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Moscow attacks: Female suicide bombers blamed: Russian investigators combing two subway stations attacked by female suicide bombers think Chechen rebels may have been behind the rush-hour strike that killed dozens of people.

Why a $14/hour employee costs $20: You probably cost your boss a lot more than you think you do.

Don't foreclose! Do a short sale: Short sales are the hottest thing going in the distressed-property market, and the trend is expected to get even hotter in coming weeks, when the government starts handing out cash to encourage lenders to close these deals. 

Jesse James says he was honest: Showbiz Tonight's A.J. Hammer examines Jesse James' interview about his marriage with Sandra Bullock.

Militia suspects face conspiracy charges: Nine people federal prosecutors say belong to a "Christian warrior" militia were accused Monday of plotting to kill a Michigan law enforcement officer and then attack other police at the funeral.


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March 29th, 2010
06:49 PM ET

$600 million in housing aid on the way for 5 more states

Five more states will receive federal funding to help troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure, the Obama administration announced Monday. 

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March 29th, 2010
06:42 PM ET

Investment manager gets 9 years in prison for fraud

A Beverly Hills, California, investment adviser who admitted to bilking clients of more than $8 million was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for the fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In sentencing Michael McCready, U.S. District Judge George King called him a "thief" and said the bogus investment scheme "caused substantial, and in some cases, life-altering harm" to the affected clients.

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March 29th, 2010
06:37 PM ET

Man accused of threatening to kill top Republican

A man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor, right, the number two Republican in the House of Representatives.

[Updated at 6:37 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 12:42 p.m.] Rep. Eric Cantor's office issued a statement regarding the arrest of a man who threatened to kill the Congressman:

“Over the weekend, Congressman Cantor was notified by law enforcement that a threat was made against his life. Law enforcement officials informed Congressman Cantor that the threat was determined as credible and they were responding accordingly," Cantor's Press Secretary Brad Dayspring said in a statement. "The Congressman was later notified that an arrest was made and a suspect was in custody."

[Posted at 12:26 p.m.] A 33-year-old Pennsylvania man has been arrested for threatening to kill Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House of Representatives, the Justice Department announced Monday.

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March 29th, 2010
06:26 PM ET

9 teens charged in western Massachusetts suicide

Nine teenagers have been charged with involvement in a months-long campaign of bullying that led to the suicide in January of a 15-year-old girl, a prosecutor said Monday.

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March 29th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

CNN Poll: Obama approval ratings up

 Passage of the landmark health care bill appears to have boosted President Barack Obama's approval rating, but it has not affected his re-election chances so far, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 51 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in the White House, with 48 percent saying they disapprove. That 51 percent approval rating is up five points from a week ago, before Congress approved the health care reform bill and the president signed the legislation into law. Four in ten respondents say they disapprove because Obama is too liberal and 6 percent say they the president is not liberal enough.

See the full poll results (PDF) | Read the full story at CNN's Political Ticker

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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March 29th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

New York state senator crusades against baggy pants

A Brooklyn, New York, politician is hitting the streets in an effort to bag the sag.

State Sen. Eric Adams announced plans to post six billboards around Brooklyn targeting the pants-sagging trend popular with many young men. The billboards, which will hang on busy streets, feature two young men wearing low-hanging pants above the phrase, "Raise your pants, raise your image."

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March 29th, 2010
05:47 PM ET

The Dow is up, dollar softens versus euro

Dow at new 18-month highs

Stocks gained Monday, pushing the Dow to its highest point in a year-and-a-half, after a report showing a rise in consumer spending added to bets about the strength of the economic recovery.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 45 points, or 0.4 percent, according to early tallies, ending at 10,895.86, the highest point since September 26, 2008, when it closed at 11,143.13. The S&P 500 index gained 6 points, or 0.6 percent. The Nasdaq composite rose 9 points, or 0.4%.

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March 29th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening Tuesday

The Sarkozys and the Obamas at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in September.

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

French leader at the White House

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, at the White House.

'Between Two Worlds'

She was detained last year in Iran, put on trial and sentenced to eight months in prison.  After intense international pressure, Iran agreed to release journalist Roxana Saberi in May 2009.  Today,  her book about her ordeal, "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran," is officially released.

Death penalty report

Amnesty International will publish its annual report on death penalty statistics for last year.  It is expected to push China for information about how many people were executed.

Passover begins

Tuesday is the first day of the Jewish Passover holiday, which commemorates the Hebrews' escape from enslavement in Egypt.

March 29th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

10 people, ages 8-21, shot dead in Mexico

Ten children, youths and young adults between the ages of 8 and 21 were gunned down, presumably by drug traffickers, in the northern Mexican state of Durango, the state's attorney general said Monday.

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March 29th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Web Pulse: Erykah Badu strips in video, Hutaree militia

Erykah Badu stripped in her latest video for her single "Window Seat."

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

Erykah Badu "Window Seat" video: Erykah Badu is back - and she's making waves. The singer's latest video has quickly become a controversial subject. In the video for "Window Seat," she shed her clothes as she walked along a Dallas, Texas, sidewalk until she was nude and then fell near where President Kennedy was assassinated. The video, which Badu said was "shot guerrilla-style" with no crew and in one take March 17, has become one of the biggest talkers on the Web.

Music videos have always pushed the lines, with Lady Gaga most recently taking the heat for her "Telephone" video (Watch Donny Osmond slam "Telephone"). But her creativity and pushing the boundaries have also helped make her the first artist to reach 1 billion online video views. When it comes to artistry and music, people will always have differing and often strong views of what works and what doesn't. What do you make of Badu's video? Does it make a statement or make you cringe?

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March 29th, 2010
01:26 PM ET

Arrest made in case of American deaths in Juarez

The Mexican military has arrested a suspect in the killings this month of three people with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a federal spokesman said Monday.

"The only thing that I can say is we can confirm someone was arrested," spokesman Enrique Torres said. "The attorney general will give more details soon."

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March 29th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Judge nixes killing suspect's transfer to juvenile court

A judge in Pennsylvania has denied a request from a 12-year-old killing suspect to have his case transferred to juvenile court.

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March 29th, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Sports Update: Duke battles Baylor (again), Butler streak

Last night the Duke men were able to knock off Baylor. Tonight, the Duke ladies take their shot at the Baylor women.

With a determined effort over a gritty Baylor team yesterday, the Duke men’s basketball team advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2004. As SI.com’s Andy Staples points out, the oldest of the Blue Devils were sophomores in high school the last time Duke cut down nets after a region final.” The Duke women have enjoyed more recent success – they lost in the national championship game in 2006 – and can earn another berth in the Final Four with a win over (yes, you guessed it) Baylor. A pair of women’s Elite Eight games highlight a full day in sports (all times Eastern):

-No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 2 Duke (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.)
The next great star in the women’s game is Baylor freshman center Brittney Griner, who scored 27 points and blocked 10 shots in leading the fourth-seeded Bears to a 77-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee.  Duke is led by junior guard Jasmine Thomas who matched her career-high with 29 points and finished with five rebounds, six assists and five steals in a win over San Diego State. The winner has a date with Connecticut (barring a stunning loss to Florida State on Tuesday).

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March 29th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Security boosted in U.S. after Moscow bombing

[Updated at 12:08 p.m.] Officials with Amtrak and Atlanta's subway system have both stepped up security efforts following a subway bombing in Moscow, Russia.

"Following the recent terrorist attack in Moscow, Amtrak employees are reminded to remain vigilant in their duties and attentive to their surroundings during daily work activities," Amtrak said in a statement. "While there is no specific threat to Amtrak identified at this time, Amtrak Police personnel assigned to the FBI’s National and Regional Joint Terrorism Task Force remain informed regarding any potential threats and other security issues."

Atlanta's MARTA officials said they will be "increasing police presence and patrols" because of the attacks, but there are no credible threats of attack against the system.

[Posted at 10:03 a.m] Police are increasing security in the New York City and Washington D.C. subway systems as a precaution following Monday's subway bombings in Moscow, according to local authorities.

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March 29th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Lawyer: Michael Jackson's heart beat at hospital

Medical records showed Michael Jackson's heart beat briefly at a hospital emergency room, but he was "long gone" by  then, a lawyer for Jackson's father said.

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March 29th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Treasury moves closer to selling Citi stake

The Treasury Department said Monday it was moving closer to unloading its entire stake in Citigroup, but offered little insight into the timing of the sale.

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March 29th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Joseph and Mary in bed - obscene or illuminating?

This billboard posted outside a church in Auckland, New Zealand, sparked a slew of complaints.

A billboard showing a somber Mary and Joseph laying in bed together with the caption "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow," is controversial, but not obscene, according to a decision by New Zealand's Advertising Standards Authorities.

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March 29th, 2010
10:29 AM ET

Militia group suspects charged with conspiracy

Nine suspected members of a militia group were charged Monday with seditious conspiracy and related charges, federal prosecutors said.

Six Michigan residents, two residents of Ohio and an Indiana resident were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of  violence, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena announced.

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