April 2nd, 2010
09:47 AM ET

Extremist group demands governors resign

A domestic extremist group has sent letters to more than 30 U.S. governors demanding they resign, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said in an intelligence note.

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April 2nd, 2010
09:47 AM ET

Russians identify bomber from deadly metro attack

The Russian Investigative Committee identified one of the female suicide bombers who killed at least 39 people on the Moscow metro earlier this week as 17-year-old Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova.

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April 2nd, 2010
09:37 AM ET

On the Radar: Airline security, Hutaree militia, iPad Eve

New passenger screening procedures are expected to be announced Friday.

Airline security - All flights entering the United States will be subjected to a new level of security screening following the failed Christmas Day attack, officials will announce Friday. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will announce details of the new screening procedures, which are expected to be based on "real-time, threat-based intelligence." We'll break down the new procedures and bring you any reaction after the announcement.

iPad Eve - Apple's highly anticipated tablet-style computer will be available tomorrow, so to help you out, we'll be bringing you a slew of content related to the new product - either to show you what you're about to get or to help you make the decision. Before you wake up early tomorrow to brave the now regularly wrapping lines around Apple stores for a new product, take a look at the latest reviews we've compiled.

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April 2nd, 2010
09:35 AM ET

Navy: Photo shows warship destroying pirate mother skiff

The USS Farragut, a guided missile destroyer passes the skiff it destroyed after pirates tried to attack a Sierra Leone-flagged tanker .

New photos released Friday show what the U.S. Navy says is the aftermath of suspected pirates attacking a Sierra Leone-flagged tanker this week in the Somali Basin.

The confrontation between the MV Evita and two suspected pirate skiffs was disrupted by the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Farragut, according to the U.S Navy. The suspected bandits‚Äô ‚Äúmother skiff‚ÄĚ was destroyed and sunk.

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April 2nd, 2010
09:26 AM ET

FAA to allow pilots to fly on antidepressants

The Federal Aviation Administration is changing a generations-old policy banning pilots from taking antidepressants, saying the new policy will improve safety by bringing to the surface pilots who either ignore signs of depression or lie about their use of medication for fear of losing their licenses to fly.

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April 2nd, 2010
08:53 AM ET

March jobs report shows growth

The economy had its biggest jump in jobs in three years in March, according to a government report released Friday.

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April 2nd, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Shonda and Curt Schilling

The Major League Baseball All-Star player and his wife have come to terms with their son's Asperger's Syndrome. In their new book, "The Best Kind of Different: Our Family's Journey With Asperger's Syndrome," the Schillings explain what happened when their fourth child was diagnosed with the neurological disorder that is a form of high-functioning autism.

Shonda Schilling told The Philadelphia Inquirer that by age 7, their son Grant was defiant, unreasonable and uncontrollable. He didn't want to be touched or hugged. He wouldn't look other people in the eye. While Shonda was trying to cope, Curt was on the road, pitching for the Boston Red Sox.

"I had no clue," Curt Schilling said of the struggles.

The World Series champion told the newspaper, "When I was around [Grant] for 24 hours, I was like, 'Who the hell is this kid? This is not mine.' But you start to understand everything is different. Everything I thought about raising a child and being a man and parenting a boy goes out the window when you realize what Asperger's is and how different and in a great, unique and cool way Asperger's can be."

Friday is the third annual World Autism Awareness Day.

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April 2nd, 2010
08:07 AM ET

Friday's live video events

10:00 am ET - Pentagon briefing -  U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Webster speaks to reporters on the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq, troop levels in Afghanistan and other Army issues.

10:00 am ET - NASA shuttle update briefing - NASA officials update reporters on Monday’s planned launch of space shuttle Discovery.

11:00 am ET - Commemoration of the Passion - Pope Benedict XVI leads the commemoration of the Passion at the Vatican.

12:00 pm ET - Obama talks jobs - President Obama travels to Charlotte, North Carolina, to talk about jobs at the Celgard battery plant.

3:00 pm ET - Ways of the Cross procession - Pope Benedict XVI leads the Via Cricus procession for the traditional Stations of the Cross ceremony in Rome.


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April 2nd, 2010
07:59 AM ET

German archbishop expresses 'shame' over abuse

The head of the Catholic Church in Germany expressed "sadness, horror and shame" Friday that children were abused by priests and church officials, and called for Good Friday to be "a new start that we all so urgently need."

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April 2nd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Iraqis begin vote on who to support for prime minister

Tens of thousands of people in Iraq began an informal, non-binding vote Friday that could influence the decision on who will be the country's new prime minister.

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April 2nd, 2010
04:59 AM ET

World update: Israeli jets strike Gaza

Gaza air strikes - Israeli jets launched eight air strikes early Friday on Gaza, Palestinian officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. 

 Afghanistan Karzai  - Just days after a meeting U.S. President Barack Obama, Afghan President Hamid Karzai castigated the international community for meddling in national elections, saying it was foreigners - not his supporters - who are responsible for widespread fraud. 

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April 2nd, 2010
04:01 AM ET

Hurdles for Pentagon on lifting the ban on gay troops

As the Pentagon tries to move forward with studying the effects of repealing the ban on openly gay troops serving in the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is finding hurdles at almost every corner. FULL POST

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April 2nd, 2010
02:47 AM ET

Obama, Chinese president talk nuclear security, economy

President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao discussed Iran's nuclear program, developing bilateral relations and ways to implement economic growth during an hour-long phone conversation from Air Force One on Thursday.

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