April 1st, 2010
02:03 PM ET

How will the new fuel standards affect you?

The Obama administration rolls out its new gas mileage standards for cars and trucks Thursday. The fuel efficiency targets for 2016 model vehicles is 39 mpg for cars and 30 mpg for light trucks (more than 34 mpg combined). President Obama says the new rules will "reduce our dependence on oil while helping folks spend a little less at the pump." The standards, to be phased in between 2012 and 2016, would increase fuel efficiency by 5 percent each year. Currently, cars must average 27.5 mpg and trucks must get 24 mpg.

Fact Check: How much oil will new fuel standards save, and how will the environment and individual drivers benefit?

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April 1st, 2010
01:43 PM ET

Cleveland serial killer suspect facing 10 new charges

A grand jury has indicted Anthony Sowell, suspected in the killings of 11 women whose remains were found in his Ohio home, with the rape of another woman, according to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

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April 1st, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Report: Trophy huntings threaten grizzlies existence

Trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia threatens the existence of the species in North America, two environmental groups said in a report released on Thursday.

The National Resources Defense Council and the David Suzuki Foundation said human-caused deaths of the bears have occurred at more than double what the British Columbia government has deemed acceptable for the species long-term sustainability.

Trophy hunting – the killing of the large bears for sport – accounts for 88 percent of human-caused grizzly deaths, the report said.

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April 1st, 2010
01:20 PM ET

Is the U.S. dependent on foreign oil?

President Obama is announcing plans Thursday to boost domestic energy production, which is expected to include new offshore oil exploration and drilling. The White House says its new strategy will "set America on a path to energy independence." While drilling isn't likely to win many fans among environmentalists, it could help bring Republicans on board with the president's energy initiatives since the GOP has pushed hard for more domestic drilling to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Fact Check: How dependent is the U.S. on foreign oil, and where does most of it come from?

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April 1st, 2010
01:16 PM ET

Judge on misspelled tattoo: Only 'u' to blame

Her tattoo was supposed to be beautiful - literally, with the word inked into her arm. But it turned out to be anything but for Nova Scotia resident Amy Ullock - in fact, it turned out to be "beatiful."

Ullock's misfortune began with the tattoo request which was typed onto a computer, shown to her and stenciled on her, according to CNN affiliate CBC. When she finally got a look, that's when she noticed there was a letter missing in the tattoo. It led to a fight in the store and eventually landed her and the tattoo artist in small claims court.

On Thursday, Amy Ullock got her answer from a judge on who was responsible in the form of that same missing letter - You, adding people having nobody else to blame if they don't catch the error.

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April 1st, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Army chief seized in Guinea-Bissau upheaval

Army officers in Guinea-Bissau, the small West African nation, briefly seized the prime minister and arrested the nation's army chief on Thursday, and media reports quote another army officer as saying he is in control of the country.

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April 1st, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Sports Update: UNC goes for second title - this time at NIT

UNC has a chance for back-to-back titles -- but not how they want. The defending NCAA champs go for the NIT title tonight.

We've rarely seen a more brutal week in soccer, with Arsenal captain (and Spain star) Cesc Fabregas fearing a broken leg following a 2-2 Champions League quarterfinal draw against Barcelona and England star Wayne Rooney expected to be out for two to four weeks after spraining his ankle in the final moments of Bayern Munich 2-1 win over Manchester United's in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg. With most of European soccer resting today, soccer fans can get a fix tonight with a pair of MLS games, and sports fan also have plenty of other fare to choose from including the NIT Finals. Some highlights: (All times Eastern):

-NIT Finals: North Carolina vs. Dayton (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.)

No college basketball team has followed up an NCAA national championship with an NIT crown the next year but North Carolina is on the verge of creating some interesting history. "Let's be honest, this was not where we wanted to be," North Carolina coach Roy Williams told reporters Wednesday. "Everybody wanted to be in the NCAA tournament." Dayton has defeated Illinois State, Cincinnati, Illinois and Mississippi to earn its trip to the finals. The Flyers last won an NIT title in 1968; North Carolina won this title three years later.

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April 1st, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Wife of condemned 'sorcerer' pleads for mercy

The wife of a Lebanese man facing a death sentence in Saudi Arabia for "sorcery" pleaded for mercy Thursday as Lebanon's justice minister asked the kingdom's rulers to halt his beheading.

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April 1st, 2010
11:51 AM ET

Lawyer: Slaying abortion doctor 'domestic terrorism'

The killing of Dr. George Tiller of Kansas was "domestic terrorism" that robbed a family of a husband, father and grandfather, the slain man's attorney said Thursday at the sentencing of the man convicted of the doctor's murder.

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April 1st, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Van remains may solve disappearance of woman, kids

For nearly 11 years, the family of Nelta Jacques has awaited word on her fate, as well as that of her two daughters, ages 5 and 7.

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April 1st, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Mayor of Illinois community shot, killed

The mayor of Washington Park, Illinois, was shot and killed Thursday morning, according to the town's police department.

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April 1st, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Two more suspects arrested in slaying of 15 in Mexico

Two more suspects have been arrested in Mexico in the January slaying of 15 people at a house party in Ciudad Juarez, officials said.

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April 1st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Palin tells RNC to remove her name from fundraising invite

Aides to Sarah Palin have asked the Republican National Committee to remove her name from an invitation that suggests she might attend a series of committee fundraising events timed to coincide with next week's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

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April 1st, 2010
09:29 AM ET

Geithner sees 'unacceptably high' jobless rate

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said he expects the unemployment rate to remain "unacceptably high" for a long time, even as the economy recovers and job growth slowly resumes.

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April 1st, 2010
09:07 AM ET

U.S. warship captures suspected pirate mother ship

The USS Nicholas came under fire from a pirate vessel and then captured it.

A U.S. warship sank a pirate skiff and captured a pirate mother ship in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, according to a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

The frigate USS Nicholas came under fire from a pirate vessel shortly after midnight in international waters west of the Seychelles, according to a U.S. military statement.

The Nicholas returned fire and pursued the skiff as it fled, capturing it about 90 minutes later. Three suspected pirates aboard the skiff were taken into custody, along with two others aboard a suspected pirate mother ship that was nearby.

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April 1st, 2010
08:49 AM ET

Jobless claims match 19-month low

The number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance for the first time fell last week, matching the lowest level since August 2008, according to government data released Thursday.

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April 1st, 2010
08:35 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Christopher Bridges: The Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor known as Ludacris is helping the 2010 census to reach people who are usually harder to count, including single women with children, the poor and underprivileged, and young, single males.

The Web site SOHH.com reports that Ludacris has already made visits to communities in Dallas, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, and is scheduled for personal appearances this month in New York, Washington, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Thursday is National Census Day, the date by which all Americans are supposed to return their census forms to the federal government.

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April 1st, 2010
08:16 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

10:00 am ET - Green Voices: In conversation with Ted Danson - Actor Ted Danson talks live on CNN.com about his life as an eco-campaigner and being a big fish in Hollywood, plus he answers CNN viewer questions.

10:00 am ET - Scott Roeder sentencing - Scott Roeder, convicted of killing a doctor who, among other services, performed late-term abortions will be sentenced on first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges.

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April 1st, 2010
07:42 AM ET

Leader demands transparent look into sunken ship

Korean President Lee Myung-bak demanded a transparent investigation into the sinking of the corvette Cheonan Thursday, while the nation mourned a hero as the navy diver who died during rescue attempts on the wreck was memorialized.

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April 1st, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Cardinal attacks New York Times over Vatican coverage

A top Vatican official has harshly criticized The New York Times' coverage of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis in a lengthy article posted on the Vatican Web site.

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