April 23rd, 2010
08:25 AM ET

Friday's live video events

9:30 am ET - Financial crisis hearing - A Senate Subcommittee on Investigations holds a hearing, “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: The Role of Credit Rating Agencies.”

10:00 am ET - Obama attends naturalization ceremony - President Obama will make remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members.

12:00 pm ET - Obamas take brief vacation - The first family heads to Asheville, North Carolina, for a weekend vacation.

12:00 pm ET - UK debate replay - A replay of Thursday's British political party leaders debate, the second of three planned debates of next month's UK general election.

2:00 pm ET - Biden on the campaign trail - Vice President Biden campaigns in Pennsylvania for Sen. Arlen Specter, who is running for re-election as a Democrat.


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April 23rd, 2010
08:15 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Nick Clegg

Most watchers of last week's opening debate - the first televised in British electoral history - scored the contest as a surprise victory for Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats over Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the incumbent in the May 6 election and leader of the Labour Party,  and Conservative leader David Cameron.

Time magazine reports that Clegg's debating prowess has resulted in "Cleggmania" across the UK, propelling the 43-year-old "from the relative obscurity of third-party politics to top the ratings as Britain's most-popular political leader since Winston Churchill."

According to Time, Clegg wants to recalibrate the Washington-London relationship. He said, "We can grow up a bit, repatriate foreign policy. We don't need to be a satellite of the United States."

At Thursday's second debate, London's Daily Mail news paper reports, "Nick Clegg developed a case of the sweaty Bettys."

Time: The Liberal Democrats shake up the UK elections

CNN: Brown attacks rivals in UK election debate

Daily Mail: Aggro, thrusts, palpable hits and moments of high comedy

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April 23rd, 2010
05:48 AM ET

Families: Detained hikers in Iran are in poor health

Two of three American hikers detained in Iran are in poor health and have discussed staging a hunger strike, their families said Friday.

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April 23rd, 2010
05:23 AM ET

World update: Thailand's political turmoil intensifies

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Friday:

Thailand protests - There is concern on the streets of Bangkok that confrontations are sliding towards civil war. One person was killed and dozens injured on Thursday in a series of explosions, some of them near government protesters.

Iceland volcano – Iceland will close two major airports for the first time since ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the shutdown of airspace and stranded thousands of passengers around the world.

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April 23rd, 2010
04:41 AM ET

Twisters rip through Texas panhandle

A tornado watch was in effect in the Texas panhandle early Friday after at least three twisters ripped through the area.

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April 23rd, 2010
03:27 AM ET

Another officer connected to fatal shooting loses job

Another officer connected to a fatal shooting of an unarmed man on a California train platform lost his job, authorities said Thursday.

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Filed under: Justice • U.S.
April 23rd, 2010
01:25 AM ET

Ohio judge removed from serial killings case

The Ohio Supreme Court has removed a Cleveland judge from hearing the case of accused serial killer Anthony Sowell after attorneys accused her of being biased after finding postings about their client on a newspaper website.

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Filed under: Justice • U.S.
April 23rd, 2010
01:16 AM ET

Passenger removed from Delta flight

Federal agents Thursday removed "a potential person of interest" from a Delta Air Lines flight during a fuel stop in Puerto Rico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The passenger was taken into custody for questioning.

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Filed under: Travel • U.S.
April 23rd, 2010
12:59 AM ET

SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed

As the country was sinking into its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years, Security and Exchange Commission employees and contractors cruised porn sites and viewed sexually explicit pictures using government computers, an SEC investigation obtained by CNN showed.

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