April 21st, 2010
11:28 PM ET

Bail set at $2M for alleged Gambino crime family member

Bail was set at $2 million on Wednesday for alleged Gambino crime family member Onofrio Modica, who is charged with, among other things, racketeering in connection with the deaths of two people.

Modica was among 14 alleged Gambino crime family members charged in New York on Tuesday with counts including  murder, racketeering, prostitution of minors and trying to locate and intimidate a sequestered jury.

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April 21st, 2010
08:25 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

School rejects girl’s prom date: A North Carolina teen was told she couldn't bring her brother to the prom because he was too old. WBTV reports.

Get ready for some big Facebook changes: Facebook, the world's largest social network, is set Wednesday to unveil changes at its f8 developers conference that have already caused a stir.

GM pays off its bailout loans: General Motors has made a final payment of $5.8 billion to the U.S. and Canadian governments, paying off the last of its $6.7 billion in loans, the company said.

No job for years and still looking: John Miller wasn't too nervous when he lost his job in the mortgage industry in June 2008.

Diapering with feet: Sarah Kovac has a disability that impedes the use of her arms and hands. That's why she uses her feet to change diapers.


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April 21st, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Stocks seesaw, oil prices fall

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

Stocks seesaw on mixed earnings

Stocks ended mixed after a choppy session Wednesday, as differing profit reports from Apple and Yahoo weighed on the tech sector and investors remained wary following strong quarterly reports from Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 8 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to end at 11,124.92. The S&P 500 index fell 1 point, or 0.1 percent, to settle at 1,205.93, and the Nasdaq composite rose 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 2,504.61.  

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April 21st, 2010
08:01 PM ET

Battle to clear backlog as Europe reopens for flights

Airports across Europe began reopening Wednesday, six days after ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the shutdown of airspace and stranded thousands of passengers around the world.

The airspace over most of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden and Germany was open again, air traffic authorities said.

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April 21st, 2010
07:52 PM ET

3 sentenced for hate crime in South Carolina

Three men were sentenced to prison for forcing an African-American man out of a South Carolina convenience store, threatening him with a chainsaw and stealing his car, an incident the Department of Justice said was fueled by hate.

Thomas Blue Sr., 49, owner of the convenience store, was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison in the 2007 incident. A second man, Judson Hartley Talbert, was sentenced to nine years, the department said. Blue's son, Thomas Blue Jr., 29, was sentenced to three years.

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April 21st, 2010
07:39 PM ET

Two killed in South African train derailment

A luxury train carrying more than 50 foreign tourists derailed Wednesday in Pretoria, South Africa, killing two people, including a pregnant woman, an official for the train line said.

Rovos Rail train manager Joe Mathala told CNN the accident occurred when the train - which runs weekly from Cape Town to Pretoria - stopped to change engines from electric to steam for the rest of its journey.

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April 21st, 2010
07:35 PM ET

House panel launches formal Massa investigation

The House ethics committee launched a formal investigation Wednesday into sexual harassment allegations involving former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa, D-New York, elevating the preliminary investigation the committee began in March.

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April 21st, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Security Brief: Warning issued for possible attacks in India

A series of alerts in India has counter-terrorism experts working overtime; the latest coming in the form of a Warden Message from the U.S. Embassy late Wednesday.

“There are increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in New Delhi,” the note read starkly, while strongly encouraging Americans in India “to maintain a high level of vigilance, remain aware of their surroundings, monitor local news reports, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.” It also added that several markets in the city popular with western tourists could be attractive terrorist targets.

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April 21st, 2010
06:45 PM ET

Dead woman's mom aids Cancun investigators

Monica Beresford-Redman's mother met with a prosecutor in Cancun, Mexico, for several hours Tuesday night concerning her daughter's death at a resort two weeks ago.

Quintana Roo state Attorney General Francisco Alor was still waiting Wednesday on forensic test results before deciding if reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, the dead woman's husband, would be allowed to leave Mexico.

Beresford-Redman was detained as a suspect soon after his wife's body was found in a sewer near their Cancun hotel room, but he was released a day later while police gathered more evidence. The initial investigation suggested Monica Beresford-Redman "died of strangulation, because of the bruising," regional police spokesman Adrian Cardena said.

Ely Burgos flew to Cancun Tuesday on a mission to retrieve her daughter's body and to provide information to investigators. Burgos gave them copies of e-mails exchanged between Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman in the weeks before their Cancun trip - a trip that was an effort to save their troubled marriage, relatives said.

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April 21st, 2010
06:41 PM ET

Autopsy shows no drugs in Osmond son before suicide

Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son did not have drugs in his system when he jumped from a Los Angeles apartment balcony to his death in February, his autopsy revealed.

Michael Bryan's death was ruled a suicide in the autopsy report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Bryan suffered "multiple blunt trauma" when he "jumped from height" on February 28, the coroner wrote.

"The toxicology report was completely negative," the autopsy report said.

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April 21st, 2010
06:36 PM ET

Heather Locklear charged in hit-and-run crash

Actress Heather Locklear allegedly crashed her car into a street sign near her home last weekend and failed to report the early morning wreck, police said.

Locklear, 48, was ticketed for a misdemeanor hit-and-run offense, but her lawyer said it was not clear she was behind the wheel. A neighbor called police Saturday night to report being awakened by the sound of a crash 16 hours earlier in the golf club community near Thousand Oaks, California, a Ventura County Sheriff's captain said.

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April 21st, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Americans warned about possible terror attacks in India

The State Department is warning Americans about the possibility of new terror attacks in India.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is listing well-known markets as possible targets and urging Americans to be on guard, especially for unattended packages.

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April 21st, 2010
03:08 PM ET

SEC charges Miami schemer in massive Ponzi

The SEC and the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey on Wednesday charged a Miami Beach-based businessman with allegedly running a Ponzi scheme that sucked in close to $1 billion.

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April 21st, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Palin on 2012: 'If it's right, then we will pursue that'

Sarah Palin continues to leave the door to a White House run wide open.

In an interview with "100 Huntley Street," a daily Christian talk show based in Ontario, the former Alaska governor said she "doesn't know politically what is next for me."

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April 21st, 2010
02:44 PM ET

Facebook makes it easier to share interests across Web

Facebook on Wednesday unveiled a platform that will make it easier for users to share their interests with friends on other sites across the internet.

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April 21st, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Quake strikes near Samoa Islands

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck near the Samoa Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday.

The quake hit at 6:20 a.m. Thursday (1:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday), the agency said.

It was centered about 157 miles (253 km) west of Pago Pago, a city on American Samoa, the the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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April 21st, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Security Brief: Cell phones to 'smell' biochem attack?

The Department of Homeland Security hopes new phones could sense chemicals in the air.

If you ever get caught up in a chemical or biological weapons attack, your cellphone may save your life. Or at least that’s the ambition of the Department of Homeland Security.

The Department’s science and technology team has begun talks with four cell-phone manufacturers on designing ‘nextgen’ phones that would be able to sense a wide variety of noxious chemical compounds in the air – and alert the user. The director of the “Cell-All” program at the DHS, Stephen Dennis, tells CNN that within a year, “We expect up to 80 prototype cell phones to be developed that can be then tested against various agents.”

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April 21st, 2010
01:32 PM ET

Senate committee approves Wall Street reform bill

A Senate committee on Wednesday passed a proposal aimed at helping protect the economy from future meltdowns and taxpayers from more Wall Street bailouts.

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April 21st, 2010
01:22 PM ET

NFL suspends Roethlisberger for 6 games

Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the NFL."

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell slapped Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a six-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the NFL" Wednesday, calling it "the best step for your personal and professional welfare."

If he misses all six games it could cost Roethlisberger an estimated $2.8 million, according to The Associated Press.

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April 21st, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Cops: Foul play not suspected in McGregor's death

Foul play is not suspected in the death of Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor, who was found dead Tuesday in a Salt Lake City, Utah, hotel room, police said Wednesday.

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