March 31st, 2010
08:59 PM ET

Lawyer: Jesse James is no neo-Nazi

Jesse James's Nazi hat was a gift from a Jewish mentor and does not make him a neo-Nazi, his lawyer said Wednesday.

James is at a treatment facility "to deal with personal issues" in a bid to save his marriage to actress Sandra Bullock, a spokeswoman for James said. "He realized that this time was crucial to help himself, help his family and help save his marriage," she said.

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March 31st, 2010
08:14 PM ET

The day’s most popular stories

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

‘RapeLay’ video game goes viral amid outrage: The game begins with a teenage girl on a subway platform. She notices you are looking at her and asks, "Can I help you with something?"

Rape video game controversy: CNN's Kyung Lah reports on Japanese rape fantasy games and calls to ban them. (Viewer discretion advised)

Marine's dad has to pay protesters' costs: The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church says an order to pay the protesters' legal costs in a civil claim is nothing less than a "slap in the face."

Jesse James checks into rehab facility: With his marriage to Sandra Bullock in crisis and his family's future on the line, Jesse James is seeking professional help, his rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Did missing family go to Mexico? Police say it now appears that a southern California family missing since early February voluntarily left for Mexico.


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March 31st, 2010
08:04 PM ET

N. Korea defector: 'Ideological warfare' more effective tactic

North Korea's highest-ranking defector said Wednesday that "ideological warfare," not military action, would help topple the regime of Kim Jong Il.

"We don't need to resort to force," Hwang Jang-yop told a small audience at the Center for Strategic International Studies, a Washington-based thinktank. "We need to use ideology and markets and diplomacy. We need to take a lesson from the cold war."

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March 31st, 2010
07:49 PM ET

Bodies found in Oklahoma identified, authorities say

[Updated at 7:49 p.m.]  Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 4:25 p.m.] The bodies have been identified as Lester Williams Hobbs, 46, and Aja Daniell Johnson, authorities said at a Wednesday news conference.

The cause and manner of death are still under investigation, they said.

[Updated at 4:16 p.m.] Two bodies found earlier this week in Oklahoma are that of a  murder suspect and his wife's missing 7-year-old daughter, authorities said Wednesday.

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March 31st, 2010
07:36 PM ET

Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC

The head of an influential social conservative organization urged supporters Wednesday to stop donating to the Republican National Committee and instead contribute to its own coffers or to candidates with like-minded goals.

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March 31st, 2010
07:25 PM ET

'D.C. Five' defense team says Pakistan faked evidence

The trial of the "D.C. Five" opened in Sargodha, Pakistan, on Wednesday with the defense accusing Pakistani authorities of fabricating evidence against five Americans accused of plotting attacks on Pakistan.

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March 31st, 2010
07:03 PM ET

Not guilty pleas for 8 Michigan militia members

Not guilty pleas were entered Wednesday in federal court in Detroit on behalf of eight militia members accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the federal government.

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March 31st, 2010
06:29 PM ET

Pentagon stretches tanker deadline

The Pentagon is extending its deadline for bids on a projected $35 billion-plus contract to build the Air Force's new air refueling tanker to allow Europe's Airbus to submit a proposal.

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March 31st, 2010
06:02 PM ET

Teacher found not guilty at 'dirty dancing' trial

A former Georgia chorus teacher was acquitted Wednesday of criminal charges in connection with a suggestive dance routine students performed in his classroom in 2008.

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March 31st, 2010
05:57 PM ET

Wall Street reaches end of a solid quarter

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

Stocks: Strong quarter ends with a loss

Stocks ended lower Wednesday, but higher for the quarter after a strong showing in March, as downbeat jobs and manufacturing reports cooled a recent runup.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 50 points, or 0.5 percent, to end at 10,857.31. The S&P 500 index slipped 4 points, or 0.3 percent. The Nasdaq composite lost 7 points, or 0.30 percent.

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March 31st, 2010
05:46 PM ET

China agrees to discuss sanctions against Iran

China has agreed to negotiate possible sanctions against Iran over Tehran's failure to comply with international regulations involving its nuclear energy program, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations said Wednesday.

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March 31st, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Autopsy on SeaWorld trainer released

An autopsy report released Wednesday confirmed that a SeaWorld trainer killed after a 12,000-pound killer whale pulled her underwater died of drowning and traumatic injuries to her body, including her spine, ribs and head.

Dawn Brancheau, 40, was working with a whale named Tilikum in knee-deep water at SeaWorld in Orlando on February 24 when the animal grabbed her by the ponytail and pulled her underwater in front of shocked onlookers at the park's Shamu Stadium.

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March 31st, 2010
05:20 PM ET

International donors pledge more than $8 billion for Haiti

A broad array of international donors Wednesday pledged more than $8 billion in long-term assistance to Haiti's earthquake recovery efforts during a daylong conference at United Nations headquarters.

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March 31st, 2010
04:22 PM ET

American jailer was target of Juarez killings, officials say

An American jailer was the target in the shooting deaths of three people with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Mexican officials said.

The jailer, Arthur Redelfs, and his wife, Lesley Ann Enriquez, were killed in a drive-by shooting in Juarez earlier this month. Enriquez was an employee of the U.S. Consulate in that city.

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March 31st, 2010
04:17 PM ET

Former Florida GOP chairman under criminal investigation

Former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer, who was ousted from his post earlier this year after an acrimonious intra-party fight, is under criminal investigation for setting up a secret fundraising contract that allegedly paid him and the party's executive director nearly $200,000 in donor money.

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March 31st, 2010
04:16 PM ET

Unprededented security at Belgian al Qaeda trial

Belgian police have mounted an unprecedented security operation outside the Brussels courtroom where nine members of an alleged terrorist cell linked to al Qaeda are on trial. The security alert followed an announcement by Belgian authorities last weekend that they had information indicating that an armed attack to free the defendants or an escape attempt may be in the works.

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March 31st, 2010
03:26 PM ET

Environmentalists critical of Obama drilling plan

Several environmentalists expressed disappointment and dismay over President Barack Obama's decision Wednesday to open key Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters to oil and gas drilling.

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March 31st, 2010
03:05 PM ET

Judge: Government liable for illegal wiretap of charity

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the government is liable for illegally wiretapping an Islamic charity without a valid search warrant.

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Filed under: Justice • Supreme Court
March 31st, 2010
03:01 PM ET

Officials: Missing Mexican girl's body found

The body of a handicapped missing 4-year-old Mexican girl has been found in her parents' apartment, officials said Wednesday.

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March 31st, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Chechen rebel leader: I ordered Moscow attack

Chechen rebel leader Dokku Umarov claimed that he personally gave orders to attack the Moscow subway this week, according to a Chechen rebel Web site.

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