April 2nd, 2010
10:38 PM ET

ESPN's Erin Andrews target of death threats, attorney says

Erin Andrews' attorney says the ESPN reporter and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant has been the subject of death threats since the end of March.

Marshall B. Grossman says several threatening e-mails regarding Andrews have been sent to sportscaster Dan Patrick starting in September. These e-mails, “until very recently, were of a sexual nature but then turned violent,” Grossman told CNN.

In March, an Illinois man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for secretly recording images of Andrews in the nude.

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April 2nd, 2010
08:04 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Jesse James cited for vandalism: Jesse James was cited for vandalism after an incident last week with a photographer near his Long Beach, California, motorcycle shop, police said.

Teen suspended over prom dress: An Alabama teen misses her prom because school officials thought her dress was too revealing. WBRC reports.

Why would 'RapeLay' thrive in Japan? In the two days since CNN.com posted the story on hentai games (specifically, the "RapeLay" video game), there have been thousands of comments, more than a million page views and many questions about how a culture can produce this genre of games and then quietly allow the industry to thrive.

Scott Roeder’s tumultuous sentencing: After being sentenced to life in prison for murder, Scott Roeder shouted "The blood of babies is on your hands!"

March jobs report shows growth: The U.S. economy gained more jobs in March than any other month in the last three years, according to a government report released Friday.


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April 2nd, 2010
07:21 PM ET

Erykah Badu gets a citation for nude walk

Erykah Badu's naked stroll through downtown Dallas, Texas, for a music video has earned her a disorderly conduct citation.

The singer shed her clothes as she walked through Dealey Plaza until she was nude and then fell near where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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April 2nd, 2010
07:13 PM ET

Intelligence suggests Iran may smuggle arms to Afghanistan

New U.S. military intelligence suggests Iran plans to smuggle new shipments of weapons into Afghanistan in the coming weeks as part of an increased effort to interfere with coalition operations, a senior U.S. Defense Department official said Friday.

The information came from an "Iranian source" whose tips on past shipments have been verified by the United States, the official said.

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April 2nd, 2010
06:52 PM ET

Unemployment on the rise for veterans of current wars

The unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars reached 14.7 percent in March, according to the latest government statistics.

The number of unemployed veterans increased to more than 250,000, up about 40,000 over the previous month's figures, according to the Department of Labor Statistics. Veterans groups say the figures are unacceptable.

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April 2nd, 2010
06:40 PM ET

Colorado mom faces terror charges in U.S.

[Updated at 6:40 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 4:39 p.m.]  According to the latest indictment, Paulin-Ramirez exchanged e-mail messages with LaRose during the summer of 2009, and was invited by the Pennsylvania woman to join her in Europe to attend a "training camp." Ramirez accepted the invitation and arrived in Europe with her son on September 12, 2009, with "the intent to live and train with jihadists," the indictment says.

It alleges that Paulin-Ramirez married an unidentified co-conspirator whom she had never met.

LaRose, who is in her late 40s, pleaded not guilty to the earlier four-count indictment of conspiring to support terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country.

[Updated at 4:24 p.m.] The indictment unsealed Friday charges Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mother from Colorado, and Colleen R. LaRose, a Pennsylvania suspect known as "Jihad Jane," with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The indictment is a superseding document to a previous indictment that had charged only LaRose.

Both woman are accused of traveling to Europe to support and participate in a "violent jihad," according to a statement from federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

[Posted at 4:09 p.m.] A Colorado woman who was arrested in Ireland reportedly as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to commit murder has been indicted on terror charges in the United States, prosecutors said Friday.

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April 2nd, 2010
05:16 PM ET

23 suspected insurgents escape in Iraq

Twenty-three suspected insurgents escaped Friday from a detention center in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq by digging a hole in the wall and climbing through, officials said.

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April 2nd, 2010
03:40 PM ET

On the Radar: What's happening this weekend

The much anticipated iPad by Apple goes on sale on Saturday.

Here's a look at some of the news events happening this weekend:

iPad goes on sale

Apple's latest creation, the iPad portable "slate" computer, goes on sale on Saturday.  The reviews are in, and here are 12 things you should know about the iPad before you buy.

MLK Assassination Anniversary

On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was 39.

Easter weekend

Millions of Christians will be observing Easter weekend, which commemorates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Observances will be held across the world, including Vatican City, where Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday and hold Easter Sunday Mass.  On Monday, the White House will host the annual Easter Egg Roll.

April 2nd, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Judge orders Michigan militia members held in jail

A federal magistrate ordered Friday that eight people accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the U.S. government be held in jail pending their trial.

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April 2nd, 2010
02:50 PM ET

John Forsythe of 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Dynasty' dead

[Update at 4:13 p.m.] Showbiz Tonight's A.J. Hammer reports on the life of John Forsyth. 

[Posted at 2:50 p.m.] Actor John Forsythe has died after a year-long struggle with cancer, his publicist confirmed in a statement. 

"He was 92 years old and, thankfully, he died as he lived his life... with dignity and grace," his family said in the statement. 

Forsythe is known as the voice of "Charlie" in the original television series "Charlie's Angels" and the two feature films, "Charlie's Angels" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Forsythe also portrayed Blake Carrington in "Dynasty." 

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

April 2nd, 2010
02:44 PM ET

Web Pulse: iPad, Madonna manager dead, ESPN NY

You can view apps for the iPad ahead of the product's launch in iTunes.

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

iPad apps - If you can't shake the anticipation of having the iPad in your hands until tomorrow, Apple has a little something to hold you over. Applications for Apple's iPad can be viewed in the iTunes App Store ahead of the highly anticipated release of the tablet-style computer Saturday. The batch offers a sneak peek of what's to come for the iPad and how users will be able to utilize the device, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled in January. And the move comes as Apple makes a visible push for the device - with product placement recently on the hilarious Modern Family and make an appearance as the subject of David Letterman's Top Ten list this week.

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April 2nd, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Pope's preacher compares abuse fury to antisemitism

Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher on Friday compared the fury aimed at Catholic leadership because of sexual abuse within the church to aspects of antisemitism.

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April 2nd, 2010
02:26 PM ET

White House calls Karzai comments 'troubling'

The White House says Afghan President Hamid Karzai has some explaining to do, and is calling his recent comments "troubling."

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April 2nd, 2010
01:53 PM ET

Former Madonna manager Caresse Henry dead

Caresse Henry, second from right, with Madona's ex-husband Guy Ritchie and filmmaker Michael Moore during Madonna's "Re-Invention" tour .

Madonna's former manager Caresse Henry has died, the star's publicist confirmed to CNN.

Henry worked with Madonna for 10 years before beginning work with Ricky Martin, Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone, Paula Abdul and Andrew Dice Clay.

"The family has requested that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” stated Liz Rosenberg, longtime friend and spokesperson for the family.

Rosenberg said in the statement that the cause of death has not yet been determined.

Read the full statement on CNN's Marquee blog

April 2nd, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Report: Sounds heard from mine where 153 trapped

Family members grieve as they await word on the fate of those trapped in a flooded mine.

Rescuers said Friday that they have heard sounds coming from a coal mine in north China’s Shanxi province, where 153 workers have been trapped for more than five days, state-run media reported.

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April 2nd, 2010
12:47 PM ET

New airport security screening announced

All flights entering the United States will now be subjected to increased levels of security screening, the federal government announced Friday.

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April 2nd, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Washington state refinery fire kills 3

A fire at a Washington state refinery killed three people and injured four others, the company that owns the refinery said Friday.

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April 2nd, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Sports Update: Breaking down the Final Four

Five SI.com experts are picking Tom Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans to miss the championship game by losing to Butler in the Final Four.

To get you in the mood for Saturday’s Final Four games, SI.com tracked down assistant coaches from former opponents of each Final Four team, and asked them to share intel from their scouting reports. The NCAA Tournament semifinals highlight a busy weekend in sports. The highlights (all times Eastern):

-Chelsea at Manchester United (Saturday, 7:30 am, ESPN2)

The Premier League heavyweights meet Saturday at Old Trafford without a familiar face: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is out up to four weeks out after suffering minor ligament damage to his ankle. The news is much better at Chelsea, who have scored 12 goals in its last two games and now sit a point behind United at the top of the table. Chelsea star Dider Drogba, who sat out last weekend's 7-1 win over Aston Villa with a knee problem, has been declared fit for the game. Bad news for United.

-Butler vs. Michigan State (Saturday, 6:07 p.m, CBS)
With its campus just six miles from Lucas Oil Stadium and its underdog status amid the traditional basketball powers, Butler will be the choice of those without a rooting interest. “I really like the Bulldogs' poise and their belief in themselves,” says SI.com’s Seth Davis. “Syracuse and Kansas State took the lead against Butler late in the game, but the Bulldogs never panicked. They never get away from what they do well. No matter who they play, they always seem to control the pace. Butler is a very tough-minded team. Gordon Hayward is a dynamic player and a very difficult matchup. Defensively, they force a bunch of turnovers without really pressing, which is difficult to do.” Plenty of people have declared Michigan State’s Tom Izzo as the best coach in college basketball, including SI.com’s Andy Glockner. It should be a terrific game.

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April 2nd, 2010
11:16 AM ET

Republicans rip new jobs figures

The U.S. economy may have picked up steam in terms of job growth in March, but Republican critics of the administration's recovery plan remain unimpressed.

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April 2nd, 2010
10:48 AM ET

More than 90 record-high temperatures broken

More than 90 record-high temperatures were recorded in the Midwest and Great Lakes yesterday.

And perhaps an even better record came for the residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota - for only the third time in recorded history there was no snow measured during the month of March. (Records date back to 1859).

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