May 3rd, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Why did Pope hesitate to act on convicted molester?

Stephen Kiesle, a former priest and a convicted sex offender was accused of molesting children while studying to be a priest in the 1970s. He pleaded no contest to some of those charges, but also said he no longer wanted to be a priest. His bishop at the time agreed - Kiesle should not be associated with the Catholic Church.

But there was one man who disagreed - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - then a top Vatican official and now Pope Benedict the XVI.

Why did he wait to act? CNN's Gary Tuchman took a closer look.



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Filed under: Church Abuse • Vatican
May 3rd, 2010
12:40 PM ET

Judge: Accused milita members can get bond

Nine people federal prosecutors say belong to a "Christian warrior" militia can be released on bond until the criminal charges against them are resolved, a judge has ruled.

A federal grand jury has indicted the nine on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

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Filed under: Michigan Militia
May 3rd, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Sports Update: Heated playoff battles in NHL, NBA tonight

LeBron James, who scored 35 points in his last game, hopes to beat the Celtics again Monday.

A little more than 24 hours after receiving his second MVP trophy in his hometown of Akron, Cavs star LeBron James returns to the court tonight for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Celtics. James had 35 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a come-from-behind win in the opening game. That series highlights (all times Eastern) a playoff-heavy day of sports in the NBA and NHL.

-Flyers at Bruins (7:00 pm, Versus) and Canucks at Blackhawks (9:00 p.m., TNT)
Boston won at home in overtime to take a 1-0 lead in its series while the Canucks stole Game One in Chicago on Saturday, making tonight’s Game 2 a must-win for the Blackhawks.

-Celtics at Cavaliers (8 p.m., TNT)
"We don’t like them, they don’t like us,” Cavaliers guard Mo Williams said prior to Game One. That usually makes for great theater. Cleveland 101-93 took Game One in what should be an entertaining series.

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May 3rd, 2010
11:59 AM ET

Actress Lynn Redgrave dies

Lynn Redgrave died after a battle with breast cancer.

Actress Lynn Redgrave died Sunday night after a seven-year battle with breast cancer, according to her family.

Redgrave, 67, was surrounded by her children at her Connecticut home when she died, the family said in a statement issued Monday morning.

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May 3rd, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Arrest made in connection to popular D.C. principal's death

[Updated at 9:11 p.m.] The District of Columbia principal who was found shot to death in his home last month met his alleged killers on a phone chat line, authorities said at a news conference Monday where they announced arrests in connection with the slaying.

Two men have been charged in the killing of Brian Betts, 42. They have been identified as Alonte Saunders, of an unknown address, and Sharif Tau Lancaster, who resides in the District of Columbia, police said.

The suspects, both 18, have been charged with first degree murder, armed robbery and the use of a handgun in a felony crime of violence, according to Officer Melanie Brenner of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department.

Brenner said charges against a third unidentified suspect, also 18, are pending. Earlier, police said a fourth person was arrested in connection with the slaying of Betts. Artura Otey Williams, 46, was charged with two counts of knowingly receiving a stolen credit card with the intent to use it.

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May 3rd, 2010
10:23 AM ET

Report: Hunter kills first hybrid polar-grizzly bear offspring

A hunter has killed a second generation polar-grizzly bear hybrid, the first second generation hybrid ever recorded in the wild, scientists in Canada are reporting.

An Inuvialuit hunter shot the animal on April 8 on sea ice near the Northwest Territories community of Ulukhaktok, according to a press release from the Northwest Territories Department of the Environment and Natural Resources.

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May 3rd, 2010
10:10 AM ET

On the Radar: Times Square scare, flooding, Gulf oil spill

Police stand watch Saturday night in Times Square after a failed car bomb attempt.

Times Square car bomb scare - Law enforcement officials early Monday pored through evidence, including a 20-second video, after a failed car bombing attempt in Times Square over the weekend. The video released by authorities showed an image of a man, who police say is possibly connected to the attempted bombing, changing his shirt along a New York street. A balding man with dark hair is seen removing a shirt and putting it in a bag before walking out of the camera's view from inside a restaurant. Authorities plan to release another video in the case, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told CNN's "American Morning" on Monday in hopes of finding out what happened.

Flooding deaths - Nashville's mayor says his city never has seen rain like this. It caused record flooding this weekend - more than 1,000 people had to be rescued from high water. The death toll from the storm in Tennessee and Mississippi is said to be as high as 15. The storm, is continuing to cause havoc, bringing heavy rain to Georgia and delaying flights at the Atlanta airport. CNN will follow the storm and bring you the latest on any alerts or travel problems as they happen.

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May 3rd, 2010
09:46 AM ET

Recount starts in Iraqi election

A manual recount got under way Monday of some ballots cast in Iraq's national elections nearly two months ago.

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May 3rd, 2010
08:55 AM ET

United, Continental to merge

UAL Corp.'s United Airlines announced on Monday it will merge with Continental Airlines in a deal worth $3.2 billion, creating the world's largest airline.

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May 3rd, 2010
08:27 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Wayne Rhatigan

The New York City police officer helped to avert what might have been a catastrophe.

At 6:28 p.m. Saturday, a police surveillance camera caught a dark green sport utility vehicle going west on 45th Street. About 6:30 p.m., a T-shirt vendor - a Vietnam veteran - noticed an unoccupied SUV on 45th Street and alerted Rhatigan.

The mounted police officer, now on the force for 19 years, saw a Nissan Pathfinder with its engine running and its lights flashing.

"I did a lap around the vehicle. The inside was smoking," Rhatigan told the New York Daily News. "I smelled gunpowder and knew it might blow. I thought it might blow any second."

Officers immediately evacuated the area, and firefighters, emergency medical personnel and the bomb squad soon descended on the scene.

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May 3rd, 2010
07:56 AM ET

Napolitano: U.S. battling Gulf oil spill on three fronts

The battle against a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is being waged on three fronts, United States Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.

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May 3rd, 2010
07:39 AM ET

Pakistani man convicted for 2008 Mumbai siege

The only surviving gunman from a three-day terror attack on the Indian city of Mumbai was convicted of murder, conspiracy and waging war on India Monday.

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Filed under: India • World
May 3rd, 2010
07:28 AM ET

Monday's live video events

10:30 am ET - NASA shuttle briefing - NASA officials brief reporters on this month’s planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis, which will bring cargo to the international space station.

1:00 pm ET - White House briefing - The White House holds its daily briefing with reporters.

2:00 pm ET - Senate debates Wall Street reform - Senators return from their weekend recess to discuss financial reform and other issues of the day.

2:00 pm ET - Shuttle astronauts briefing - The crew of space shuttle Atlantis will brief reporters on their upcoming mission.

4:00 pm ET - Gulf Coast oil spill briefing -  The U.S. Coast Guard briefs reporters on efforts to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

4:00 pm ET - Obama welcomes Navy football - President Obama presents the Commander in Chief trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy football team.


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May 3rd, 2010
06:53 AM ET

1 cop killed, 4 wounded in Detroit

A Detroit, Michigan, police officer was killed and four others were wounded when the officers answered a call early Monday, officials said.

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Filed under: Justice • U.S.
May 3rd, 2010
06:11 AM ET

World update: Pakistani man convicted for Mumbai siege

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

Mumbai attack verdict - An Indian court has handed down a guilty verdict in the case of the only surviving gunman from a 2008 siege in Mumbai.  Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, from Pakistan, was found guilty of murder, conspiracy and waging war on India. Two Indian nationals accused of conspiracy were acquitted. Read the full story

Kim Jong-il - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is believed to be in China, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap. Yonhap said Kim is believed to have arrived in the Chinese border city of Dandong early Monday by train and to be heading to the port city of Dalian. Read the full story

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May 3rd, 2010
03:52 AM ET

Roman Polanski breaks silence on extradition effort

Roman Polanski has published a personal appeal to Swiss authorities asking that they deny a request by California prosecutors to extradite him to the United States.

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Filed under: Justice • U.S.
May 3rd, 2010
01:17 AM ET

Ahmadinejad, U.N. at odds over conference's aim

The United Nations is hoping that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad uses his appearance Monday at a global gathering on disarmament to reassure other nations that his country's nuclear aspirations are peaceful.

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