[Updated at 12:44 p.m.] The United States has closed its embassy in Kyrgyzstan, a senior State Department official said Thursday.
The United States is contemplating moving dependents to Manas Air Base for a few days because of concern about the political violence that has engulfed the central Asian country, the official said.
The U.S. military uses Manas as a supply link for troops in Afghanistan. U.S. closes embassy in Kyrgyzstan
[Updated at 11:02 a.m.] President Kurmanbek Bakiev said it's clear there has been a coup, but emphasized, "I am not abandoning my duties."
"I am prepared to bear responsibility for the tragic events that have happened if it will be proven by an objective and unbiased recognition without hiding behind the presidential immunity. I believe I acted in the way that the constitution required," Bakiev said in his statement, posted on 24.kg, a well-known Kyrgyz Web site. FULL POST
U.S. military personnel at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan were helping local hospitals cope with victims of the violent political unrest in the central Asian country.
The Masters is already under way from Augusta National Golf Club - follow GOLF.com‚Äôs live blog for stroke-by-stroke coverage of Round 1 - while full slates of baseball, basketball and hockey fill out the rest of the slate (all times Eastern).
‚Äď The Masters (All day, The Golf Channel/ESPN): All eyes will be on Tiger Woods, who tees off at 1:42 p.m.
‚Äď Dodgers vs. Pirates (12:35 p.m., FSPT, FSPI, MLB.tv): The Bucs can complete an improbable sweep of the Dodgers and start a season with three straight home victories for the first time since 1993.
‚Äď The Frozen Four (5 p.m., ESPN2): Detroit‚Äôs Ford Field plays host to college hockey‚Äôs national semifinals. Wisconsin is a heavy favorite against RIT in the opener, while Boston College renews hostilities with Miami of Ohio - their fourth tournament meeting in five years - in the nightcap.
[Updated at 11:00 a.m.] Two terminals at Los Angeles International airport were reopened by 6:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. ET) after airport police located the owner of a bag that had passed through security, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.
The TSA said the passenger's bag was "flagged" for secondary screening, but the passenger picked up the bag and took it out of the security area. TSA
and law enforcement officials canvassed the terminal to locate the passenger, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said.
Once the passenger was found, he was interviewed by authorities.¬† He was rescreened - along with his bag - and was allowed to continue to his flight.
The father of a fugitive Muslim-American cleric is reaching out to the United States in a bid to suspend the U.S. manhunt for his son for three months.
Here‚Äôs a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Thursday:
West Virginia mine search - Four rescue teams prepared to delve back into a West Virginia coal mine after authorities determined that the air quality was good enough to search for four missing miners. CNN's reporters on the ground will be bringing the latest information on the search as well as reaction from the community that's mourning those who died while trying to keep hope alive for those missing.
A Qatari diplomat who was questioned by federal investigators after an in-flight disturbance is free to go, a spokeswoman for a law firm for the embassy said Thursday.
Mohamed Al-Madadi has "been given clearance to travel back to Washington," said Alison Bradley, a spokesman for the Brown Lloyd James law firm, which represents the Qatari Embassy.
Toyota's former U.S. vice president of environmental and public affairs warned his company in January that¬†it needed to "come clean" about problems with¬†gas pedals that could lead to sudden acceleration.
"We are not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet. The time to hide on this one is over," Miller wrote in a January 16 e-mail obtained by the Detroit Free Press.
Miller sent the e-mail five days before Toyota recalled 2.3 million cars. He¬†also wrote, using capital letters for emphasis, "WE HAVE A tendency for MECHANICAL failure in accelerator pedals."
In¬†a December 5, 2009, letter to The Los Angeles Times,¬†Miller wrote: "The safety of our owners and the public is our utmost concern, and Toyota will continue to thoroughly investigate and take appropriate measures to address any vehicle defect trends that are identified."
Thai protesters - demanding a new government - remained defiant Thursday and demanded officials reopen their television station, which was shut down amid accusations of misinformation.
Continuing coverage - West Virginia coal mine explosion - The search continues for four miners missing since Monday's explosion at a West Virginia coal mine.
8:16 am ET - Astronauts briefing -¬†Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery and the international space station speak with reporters about their mission and life in space.
9:00 am ET - U.S. financial crisis hearing -¬†Former Citigroup execs are expected to testify at a forum looking into the causes of the U.S. financial crisis.
12:30 pm ET - Obama dines with European leaders -¬†President Obama hosts a dinner with 11 heads of state from central and eastern Europe in Prague, Czech Republic.
1:00 pm ET - State Department briefing -¬†The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters.
6:30 pm ET - Tea Party rally in Michigan -¬†Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who caught much heat for his vote during the health care debate, joins a Tea Party Express rally in Bessemer, Michigan.
8:30 pm ET - Bernanke discusses the economy -¬†Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke discusses economic policy at the 43rd annual Alexander Hamilton Awards Dinner.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the START treaty Thursday, a major arms control agreement that reduces the nuclear stockpiles of both nations.
The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - known by its acronym, START - builds on a previous agreement that expired in December.
Obama has called the treaty the "most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly two decades" and said it would cut the nuclear weapons of the United States and Russia by about a third.
Authorities in Afghanistan have arrested five people who they say were planning to carry out suicide attacks in the capital of Kabul.
An update from London on some of the stories we expect to develop on Thursday:
Kyrgyzstan violence - A wave of protests killed at least 68 people and left hundreds injured in Kyrgyzstan as the opposition seized government headquarters and pledged Thursday to address citizens' concerns. Read the full story
Arms reduction deal¬†- U.S. President Barack Obama is in the Czech Republic for the signing of an arms reduction treaty with Russian President Dmitry¬†Medvedev. The START¬†treaty¬†is designed to¬†shrink both nations' arsenals of nuclear warheads to 1,550 over seven years. Read the full story
In a secretly recorded audiotape, the alleged ringleader of an¬† anti-government Michigan militia expresses anger over the "new world order" and the "brotherhood," of law enforcement officers.