April 12th, 2010
07:39 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Dixie Carter dead at 70: Actress Dixie Carter, best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show "Designing Women," has died, her agent said Saturday. She was 70.

6 biggest retirement mistakes: Saving for retirement is an intimidating task and everyone makes mistakes. To mark financial literacy month, we asked financial experts about the missteps they see most often and how to avoid them.

NFL landmark turned to dust: Watch the implosion of Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys since 1971.

'Earthshaking' ways to fix U.S. debt: The debate over how to reduce U.S. debt levels has generated a lot of partisan huffing and puffing in Congress, but no meaningful action.

Shroud of Turin unveiled: CNN's Diana Magnay reports on the holy relic that is being publicly displayed in Turin for the first time since 2002.


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April 12th, 2010
07:18 PM ET

Russian judge shot dead in Moscow

A judge in several high-profile cases was gunned down Monday as he walked out of his apartment to go to work, officials said.

Eduard Chuvashov had worked as a judge with Moscow's City Court for two years.

He specialized in handling complicated criminal cases and felonies, said court spokeswoman Anna Usacheva.

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April 12th, 2010
07:12 PM ET

One dead in military training plane crash

[Updated 10:09 p.m.] A Navy training jet crashed in a north Georgia forest on Monday, killing at least three people aboard and setting more than 10 acres of woodland ablaze, local and federal authorities said.

A fourth person aboard the jet was unaccounted for Monday night, said Harry White, spokesman for the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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April 12th, 2010
07:06 PM ET

Voting extended in Sudan, official says

Voting in Sudan's first multi-party elections in 24 years has been extended by two days, a U.N. official said Monday.

The main political party in South Sudan, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, had asked for a four-day delay amid reports of confusion at southern polling places.

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Filed under: World
April 12th, 2010
07:01 PM ET

Man arrested in home invasion slaying

 Police have made an arrest in the home invasion slaying last year of a Southern California couple in their beach house, authorities said Monday.

Joshua Graham Packer, 20, of Ventura is facing charges including three counts of murder and two counts of robbery, Capt. Ross Bonfiglio of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said.

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April 12th, 2010
06:58 PM ET

Weekend shootouts in Mexico kill at least 9

At least nine people died in shootouts over the weekend in northeastern Mexico, an area where two drug cartels have been waging a bloody war since January.

Eight people were killed early Sunday in the municipality of Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas state, the state government said on its Web site. Five died inside a bar and three others were killed in a motor vehicle, the government said.

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Filed under: Mexico • World
April 12th, 2010
06:38 PM ET

Jobless benefits extension advances in Senate

Senate Democrats managed to get enough Republican support to take up a proposed extension of unemployment benefits Monday evening, but whether they have the votes to get past further GOP opposition remained uncertain, Democratic aides said.

Republicans, led by fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, say they don't oppose extending unemployment benefits - they want Democrats to find a way to offset the nearly $10 billion price tag for the one-month extension.

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Filed under: Economy • Politics
April 12th, 2010
06:36 PM ET

The Washington Post wins four Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday. The Washington Post received four awards, and the New York Times won three. The National Enquirer – in consideration for its work covering the John Edwards sex scandal – did not win. The complete list is below:

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April 12th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

UK parliament dissolves ahead of vote

The British parliament was officially dissolved on Monday, as a nationwide election campaign launches to determine if Gordon Brown can hang on as prime minister.

The opposition Conservative party, led by David Cameron, has consistently held an edge in recent opinion polls, but it is not clear that Cameron has a big enough lead to dislodge Brown.

Elections take place on May 6.

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Filed under: World
April 12th, 2010
05:55 PM ET

Obama hosts leaders at nuclear summit

President Obama met individually with some visiting foreign leaders Monday before the start of a two-day summit of 47 nations that will focus on how to better safeguard nuclear weapons materials, both old and new, to keep them out of the hands of terrorists.

The gathering at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation's capital is considered an unprecedented effort to rally global action on securing vulnerable nuclear materials.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Politics • World
April 12th, 2010
05:46 PM ET

Iraqi PM tells neighbors to butt out

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused neighboring countries on Monday of meddling in his country's internal affairs since national elections last month left him jockeying for power with his
leading rivals.

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April 12th, 2010
05:42 PM ET

Dow ends at 11,000 for first time in 18 months

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

Dow hit 11,000

Stocks managed gains Monday, with the Dow industrials closing above 11,000 for the first time in 18 months, after European leaders made loans available to Greece, tempering fears that the nation might have to default on its debt.

But lingering concerns ahead of the start of the quarterly reporting period limited the gains.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 8 points or 0.1 percent, finishing at 11,005.97, the highest close since September 26, 2008, when it ended at 11,143.13.       

The S&P 500 index gained 2 points, or 0.2 percent, ending at an 18-month high. The Nasdaq composite edged up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to the highest finish since June 19, 2008.

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April 12th, 2010
03:02 PM ET

Taliban militants threaten to kill kidnapped journalists

Taliban militants in Afghanistan are threatening to kill two kidnapped French journalists unless their demands are met, including the release of some detainees held by France.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • France • World
April 12th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

Microsoft unveils 'KIN' smartphones

Microsoft unveiled two new smartphones Monday, designed for the new generation of heavy social networking users.

Called the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO, the phones feature many of the standard offerings of smartphones currently on the market: touch screens, slide-out keyboards, Web browsers with pinch-to-zoom, and applications for download. Where the phones differ from traditional smartphones is in the integration with social networks.

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April 12th, 2010
02:07 PM ET

Scientists find world's deepest known undersea volcanic vent

Smokey water billows out of metal ore at a volcanic vent located in the Cayman Trough.

A group of scientists exploring the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean said they have found the deepest known undersea volcanic vent. The waters near the vent are so hot they could yield clues to how life started on Earth and could contain never-seen-before marine life, scientists say.

"A tremendous roar went up in the main lab as a beautiful cluster of black smokers came into camera view," the crew of the RRS James Cook wrote in their online diary of the exploration found 3.1 miles undersea. "It was an amazing feeling to know that in a world with more than six billion people, we were seeing part of our planet that no-one had ever seen before."

YouTube: Watch the underwater vehicle film the discovery

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April 12th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

No charges in Roethlisberger case

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not face criminal charges, a Georgia district attorney said Monday.

Roethlisberger was accused last month of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at a Milledgeville, Georgia, nightspot.

"The sexual allegation against Mr. Roethlisberger cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," said Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright. "Therefore, there will be no arrest made, nor criminal prosecution of Mr. Roethlisberger for his actions here on March 5, 2010."

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April 12th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

Ukraine says it will remove enriched uranium stockpile

Ukraine has decided to get rid of its highly enriched uranium stockpile in the next two years, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Monday.

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Filed under: World
April 12th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

CNN poll shows Tiger's favorable rating drops

Fewer than four in 10 Americans have a favorable view of Tiger Woods, down a few percentage points from the previous month, according to a new national poll released Monday.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 39 percent of the public views Woods in a positive light, down four points from March, when 43 percent had a favorable view of him.

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April 12th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

WebPulse: Conan to TBS, Adobe CS5 and Oprah

Conan is back on TV -- and he's going to be "Very Funny."

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

Conan O'Brien and TBS - CoCo fans, you have your answer. Your fearless late night leader has a home again - though judging by the reaction online, it certainly wasn't the place most of you expected. This morning Conan and TBS announced they had reached a deal to put the late night host in George Lopez's talk show spot, moving his show to about midnight. Many people figured Conan was headed to Fox and the announcement this morning seemed to catch many people off-guard. But according to the New York Times' Media Decoder blog, the move was just as much a whirlwind for Conan and his folks - TBS in 10 days agreed to nearly every request and Lopez said he was happy to move back his show for Conan's arrival.

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Filed under: Oprah Winfrey • Showbiz • Sports • Technology • Web Pulse
April 12th, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Former teacher pleads guilty in student sex scandal

Shackled and dressed in an orange jumpsuit, former teacher Stephanie Ragusa was teary-eyed Monday as she pleaded guilty to having sex with two underage students.

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