April 13th, 2010
08:36 PM ET

6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes China

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai province of China Wednesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake hit at 7:49 a.m. local time (8:49 p.m. ET). The epicenter was about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Qamdo, Tibet. Qinghai borders the autonomous regions of Tibet and Xingjiang and the provinces of Gansu and Sichuan.

No other details were immediately available.

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April 13th, 2010
07:14 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Playboy rejects Kate Gosselin: Kate Gosselin has had some tough blows this year and Hugh Hefner has dealt her another one.

Former teacher admits having sex with teens: Former middle school math teacher Stephanie Ragusa was teary-eyed Monday as she pleaded guilty to having sex with two underage students.

Toyota suspends sales of Lexus GX 460: Toyota asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the new 2010 Lexus GX 460 after Consumer Reports issued a safety warning on the SUV.

Video of student beating released: One officer has been suspended after video surfaced of police beating a college student. WJLA reports.

Jim Carrey: Elin must have known: Jim Carrey slams Tiger Woods' wife with explosive comments that she must have known about Tiger's cheating.


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April 13th, 2010
07:06 PM ET

Toyota suspends sales of Lexus GX 460

Toyota asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the new 2010 Lexus GX 460 after Consumer Reports issued a safety warning on the SUV.

"We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to identify and correct the issue Consumer Reports identified," said Mark Templin, Lexus Group vice president and general manager, in a prepared statement.

Earlier on Tuesday the magazine said there was an increased risk of rollover during a turn, a problem it uncovered during routine tests. It urged car shoppers not to buy the GX 460 until the problem is remedied.

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April 13th, 2010
06:12 PM ET

Dow and S&P 500 reach fresh 18-month highs

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

Dow inches to another 18-month high

Stocks scratched out slim gains Tuesday, pushing the Dow and S&P 500 to fresh 18-month highs and the Nasdaq to the highest point in almost two years, as economic optimism again lifted equities.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 13 points, or 0.1 percent, ending at 11,019.42, the highest point since September 26, 2008. The S&P 500 index was little changed, but nonetheless managed to end at a fresh 18-month high. The Nasdaq composite added 8 points, or 0.3 percent, ending at a new 22-month high.

Select stocks led the mild advance, with consumer and other economically sensitive shares rising. Home Depot, McDonald's, 3M and General Electric were among the Dow's bigger gainers.

But any advance was limited by weakness in financial shares, with the KBW Bank index losing 1 percent. Alcoa shares were down 3 percent, and commodity prices and shares slipped.

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April 13th, 2010
05:57 PM ET

Jury holds Boy Scouts negligent in sex-abuse case

Jurors in Portland, Oregon, awarded a former Boy Scout $1.4 million after finding Tuesday that the organization was negligent in allowing a Scout leader who was a sex offender to have contact with him.

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April 13th, 2010
05:48 PM ET

Pilots who overflew destination, FAA settle

A hearing to be held Tuesday in the case of two Northwest pilots who overshot their destination last year was cancelled because the Federal Aviation Administration and the pilots reached a settlement last month.

The settlement, signed March 24, stipulates that the pilots would drop their license revocation appeal, but allows them to apply for new airman certificates in August.

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April 13th, 2010
05:46 PM ET

Obama to attend funeral for Polish president

President Barack Obama will travel to Poland to attend the state funeral of the Polish president and first lady, who died in a plane crash last week, the White House announced Tuesday.

Obama will leave Saturday night for the funeral on Sunday in Krakow, Poland, for President Lech Kaczynski and first lady Maria Kaczynska, according to the White House statement.

"The president will travel to Krakow to express the depth of our condolences to an important and trusted ally, and our support for the Polish people, on behalf of the American people," the statement said.

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April 13th, 2010
05:43 PM ET

Ex-safety chief to lead W. Virginia mine probe

West Virginia's governor Tuesday named a former head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to lead a state probe into last week's coal mine explosion that left 29 miners dead.

Davitt McAteer has overseen investigations into two previous mine accidents, the Sago disaster that killed 12 miners in 2006 and the fire at the Aracoma Alma No. 2 mine that left two workers dead. The West Virginia native served as the Clinton administration's assistant labor secretary for mine safety in the 1990s and is currently vice president of Wheeling Jesuit University.

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April 13th, 2010
05:41 PM ET

Karadzic trial resumes with first witness

The genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic resumed Tuesday at The Hague after a six-week break, with the first witness taking the stand.

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April 13th, 2010
05:37 PM ET

Five pirate suspects to face charges in U.S.

Five suspected Somali pirates accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship could be sent to the United States to face criminal proceedings, according to U.S. military officials.

This is only the second time U.S. authorities have brought pirate suspects from Somalia to the United States to possibly face trial.

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April 13th, 2010
05:22 PM ET

Argentina to give computers to all secondary students

Argentina will start handing out computers to students in all the nation's secondary schools later this month, the official news agency reported Tuesday.

By the time all the computers are distributed in October, 233,000 students and 20,000 teachers in 12 provinces will have access to a server at each school, the state-funded Telam news service said.

The goal is for every secondary school in the nation to have a computer for each student by 2012, said Education Minister Alberto Sileoni.

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April 13th, 2010
05:18 PM ET

Six more killings reported in troubled area of Mexico

Six more people were killed Tuesday in an area of northeastern Mexico where two drug cartels have been waging a bloody war since January, police said.

At least another nine people were killed over the weekend in gangland violence in the city of Morelos, in Tamaulipas state. In addition, two people were found hanging from a bridge Friday.

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April 13th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Obama: Nuclear summit brings steps toward a safer world

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that a nuclear security summit reached unanimous agreement on the threat posed by unsecured nuclear weapons and materials, and steps to keep them out of the hands of terrorists.

"We've made real progress in building a safer world," Obama said at the conclusion of the two-day meeting of 47 nations.

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April 13th, 2010
02:34 PM ET

U.S., Russia sign plutonium agreement

The United States and Russia signed an update to a 2000 agreement Tuesday intended to eliminate weapons-grade plutonium from their military programs.

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April 13th, 2010
02:34 PM ET

Human rights violator in Argentina gets 15 years

A former Argentina army intelligence officer who violated the human rights of two people during the nation's military dictatorship has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, the government's judicial information service said Tuesday.

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April 13th, 2010
01:49 PM ET

Israelis told to leave Sinai due to 'imminent' kidnap threat

An Israeli counter-terrorism unit is warning Israeli citizens in Egypt's Sinai peninsula to return home because they face the risk of militant attacks.

The group said it had "concrete information" about an "imminent risk of a terrorist abduction operation" in the Sinai - a popular tourist destination spot for Israeli Jews and Arabs.

Warnings about travel to Sinai and other places have been issued frequently by the Israeli government.

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April 13th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

WebPulse: Glee, MacBook Pro, Nadia Bloom, Chan Ho Park

Glee returns tonight and has served up a host of extras.

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

GLEE - Gleeks the day has come - the long-anticipated return of the hit show "Glee" airs tonight and fans couldn't be more excited. The show, which has the possibility of making more people smile after a bad day than any other, returns with a force (and a slew of extra materials to get you excited for tonight.) And if it's not excitement Gleeks are sharing online today - it's all those extras.

No need to search. We've got you covered. Check out a sneak peek of this season and Lea Michele's performance of "Gives You Hell," or Matthew Morrison's appearance on the Ellen show.) Momentum continues to push the success of the Jimmy Fallon/SNL/Parks and Recreation parody of Glee (which, is shot unbelievably similar to the style of the show itself.) And if that's not enough, Glee's going to give you a sneak peek at next weeks much-hyped Madonna-themed episode by airing Sue Sylvester's version of the "Vogue" video during tonight's episode. But also for those DVR'ing the show tonight, make sure to set the recorder early and record extra - Glee has advertised that the episode tonight starts at 9:28 p.m ET. Whether the intent is to grab Idol's extra viewers, or some other strange strategy, that's when the time is set for. Your DVR should automatically pick it up, but tack on the extra time just in case. There you go, your Glee primer for tonight. Now go Gleek out!

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April 13th, 2010
01:02 PM ET

Chairman: Ship's paint brings instant death to Great Barrier Reef

The Shen Neng 1 ran across a coral reef causing toxic paint to scrape off, which has killed parts of the coral almost immediately.

The Chinese coal ship that ran on to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef last week has damaged a two-mile (three kilometer) stretch of the World Heritage Area that could take years to repair, the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said Tuesday.

Chairman Russell Reichelt told CNN affiliate ABC News in Australia that toxic anti-fouling paint had been scraped off the Shen Neng 1 as it ran across the coral reef. The paint contains biocides that prevent barnacles and other marine organisms from attaching to the hulls of ships.

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April 13th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Sports Update: NHL playoffs, Yankees get their rings

The Yankees will get more bling to go along with their World Series trophy -- the defending champs get their World Series rings today.

SI.com’s Michael Farber handed out his NHL awards this week and his pick for the league’s MVP was far from easy. “There were three candidates I really couldn't separate - and even now I'm not sure that I nailed this,” says Farber. “Henrik Sedin was exceptional, especially in his brother Daniel's early-season absence.

"And Sidney Crosby, who scored 51 goals, continues to amaze and delight. I never thought I'd see him have more goals but fewer assists than Alex Ovechkin, but there you go. The strict constructionists have a strong case that Crosby and both goalies were more valuable to their team than Ovechkin - this is the definition of the award - but then a goaltender might win every year. Although Ovechkin had a stronger supporting cast than Crosby, his role as the fulcrum on the NHL's best team and his superior play against teams outside the Little Sisters of the Poor - a.k.a. the Southeast Division - swung me to the left winger.” The NHL playoffs begin Wednesday so today’s highlights (all times Eastern) feature some important regular-season games in basketball and soccer.

-Angels at Yankees (YES Network, 1PM)
If you hate the Yankees, turn away. The defending champions hand out World Series rings (white gold rings, with the interlocking “NY” ) today as they make their home debut against Anaheim. Andy Pettitte (0-0) starts for New York while Ervin Santana pitches for Anaheim (0-1).

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April 13th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

White House: Michelle Obama makes surprise trip to Haiti

Michelle Obama made an unannounced stop in Haiti on Tuesday on her way to a three-day trip to Mexico, the first lady's office said.

Obama was accompanied on the trip by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, the White House said. They arrived in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince in mid-morning and took a helicopter tour of the earthquake-shattered Haitian capital. The January 12 7.0-magnitude earthquake left than 1 million people homeless. Many are still living in tents and underneath tarps.

The two women made the visit "to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months," the White House said in a statement. "They will also reach out to the U.N. and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort under way to help Haiti."

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