April 28th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

China stripped of medal; gymnast found to be underage

Dong Fangxiao at the Sydney, Australia, Games.

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday stripped China of a bronze medal in the women's team event at the 2000 Olympic Games after finding one of the team's athletes was underage.

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April 28th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

Sandra Bullock files divorce papers

Sandra Bullock filed for divorce from Jesse James.

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock filed for divorce from Jesse James in a Texas court, saying their marriage "has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities."

James told PEOPLE he has a "huge hole" in his heart, but understands:

"My whole life has been full of hard decisions.

"The decision to let my wife end our marriage, and continue the adoption of Louis on her own, has been the hardest. The love I have for Louis cannot be put to words. Not having him around to love and to hold has left a huge hole in my heart."

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April 28th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

Toyota recalls Sequoia SUVs

Toyota Motor Sales has announced plans to recall about 50,000 Toyota Sequoia SUVs because of a problem with their Vehicle Stability Control systems that can cause the vehicles to hesitate or slow down at low speeds.

The SUVs involved were all manufactured early in the 2003 model year. As part of the planned recall, Toyota will upgrade the VSC software.

"In vehicles without the upgrade, the VSC system could, in limited situations, activate at low speed (approximately 9 mph) for a few seconds after acceleration from a stopped position and, as a result, the vehicle may not accelerate as quickly as the driver expects," Toyota said in a written announcement.

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April 28th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Group: Pair sold meatballs from protected monkey meat

Javan langurs are endangered because of illegal trade and poaching, according to aid and volunteer groups.

Two people were arrested for making and selling meatballs from the meat of protected monkeys, an Indonesian animal conservation group said on Wednesday.

The group, ProFauna, said in a statement that the couple successfully sold meatballs after hunting protecting Javan langurs, also known as silver-leaf monkeys.

"The couple admitted that they had known what they did was against the law and they hunted the monkeys for their meat because beef and chicken were more expensive than the protected monkeys,’" the statement said.

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April 28th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Sports update: NBA, NHL playoffs and Federer loss

Roger Federer lost to a 40th ranked player.

The first rounds of the NBA and NHL playoffs are winding down - along with the UEFA Champions League semifinals - while the Major League Baseball season is just heating up (all times Eastern).

Barcelona vs. Inter Milan (2:30 p.m., FSN): The Champions League semis wrap up with an explosive showdown between Spanish and Italian superpowers at the Camp Nou. Barca face a 3-1 deficit after last week’s first leg, so the defending champions will be in full-blown attacking mode from the opening whistle Wednesday in Spain. The winner advances to the one-off final on May 22 against Bayern Munich, who booked their place yesterday with a victory over Olympique Lyonnais.

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April 28th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

House lawmakers call for National Guard at border

A largely Republican group of House lawmakers said Wednesday they have sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for the National Guard to be deployed along the border between the United States and Mexico.

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April 28th, 2010
10:29 AM ET

Sources: Secretary to OK Cape Cod wind turbine project

A composite photo shows what the view from Cape Cod would look like with wind turbines.

The interior secretary will announce today that he will grant approval for the wind turbine project off Cape Cod that has been a major battle, two administration sources tell CNN.

The late Senator Kennedy among those who opposed the development which is named Cape Winds.

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April 28th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Video of kids acting out 'The Hills' goes viral

If you ever thought the stars of MTV’s “The Hills” act pretty immature, you aren’t the only ones.

In honor of the show’s final season, the website Babelgum.com has released a video of children acting out scenes from the show.

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April 28th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

Court: Cross doesn't violate separation of church and state

The Supreme Court has ruled a white cross, erected as a war memorial and placed on national parkland in the California desert, does not violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

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April 28th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Brown apologizes for calling woman 'bigot'

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologized "profusely" on Wednesday after he was caught on microphone describing a woman who spoke to him on the election campaign trail as "bigoted."

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April 28th, 2010
09:18 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil rig fire, Iraqi jail abuse and a big laser

Al-Maliki denies secret prisons exist in Iraq.

Iraq prison abuse allegations - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki disputed a report released Tuesday by a human rights group that said prisoners were routinely beaten, shocked and sodomized at a secret prison.  Allegations of torture and abuse at the prison, named Muthanna, were first reported by The Los Angeles Times on April 19. Amnesty International has urged Iraqi officials to investigate the claims.

Louisiana oil rig fire - The U.S. Coast Guard will attempt to set fire to part of the huge oil slick off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday, Petty Officer Steve Leeman told CNN. It's likely the operation will begin between 11 a.m. and noon (noon and 1 p.m. ET), Leeman said. The oil is from a rig that that exploded and sank last week in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials say the oil spill has the potential to become one of the worst in U.S. history.

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April 28th, 2010
09:12 AM ET

Iraq PM denies secret prison, abuse claims

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki disputed reports charging that Iraq is torturing and abusing people in a secret prison.

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April 28th, 2010
08:51 AM ET

Coast Guard to try burning oil slick off coast of Louisiana

The U.S. Coast Guard will attempt to set fire to part of the huge oil slick off the coast of Louisiana Wednesday, Petty Officer Steve Leeman told CNN.

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April 28th, 2010
08:51 AM ET

Pilot error blamed for 2007 Kenya Airways crash

A Kenya Airways flight that crashed in Cameroon in 2007, killing all 114 people on board, was caused by pilot error, a report released on Wednesday said.

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April 28th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Security Brief: Smart change is slow for U.S. intel agencies

There they stood, an unprecedented public gathering of all heads of the American intelligence community. The 16 leaders of the agencies and departments which make up the intelligence community stood at attention behind Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the DNI's formation.

Change doesn't come easy, especially when dealing with the entrenched bureaucracy of the federal government. So it's not surprising that five years after Congress created the position of Director of National Intelligence to run the sprawling 16 member community, that it is still very much a work in progress.

But did this rare appearance in front of TV cameras by a group of people who prefer not being seen really reflect the reality of a seamless intelligence community, sharing information and collaborating together to keep the nation safe?

The answer can be found in what had the potential to be the worst attack on the U.S. since September 11th if it had been successful. The failed attempt to blow up a commercial airline on Christmas Day exposed many weak points.

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April 28th, 2010
06:27 AM ET

World update: Rubber bullets fired at Thai protesters

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

Thailand protests - Thai government forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds of anti-government protesters Wednesday as tensions flared in the latest round of confrontations between the two groups in the capital, Bangkok.

Greek economy - European markets followed Asian indexes into the red Wednesday after Standard & Poor's downgraded Greece's debt rating to junk status.

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April 28th, 2010
06:02 AM ET

NASA to talk about search for extraterrestrials

For some time now, NASA scientists have been searching for extraterrestrial life on other planets. NASA will hold a news conference Wednesday to talk about what it has learned.

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April 28th, 2010
02:51 AM ET

Texas carries out seventh execution this year

Samuel Bustamante, convicted of the 1998 fatal stabbing of a man, was put to death in Texas Tuesday.

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