May 8th, 2010
10:48 PM ET

Officials: Gunmen kill 1, kidnap 4 at Mexico wedding

Gunmen stormed into a church in the middle of a wedding ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Friday, kidnapping the groom and three others, and killing one before fleeing, state prosecutors told CNN Saturday.

"It's unclear if this was gang or drug related," Chihuahua State Attorney
General's Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said, adding the incident is still
under investigation. 

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May 8th, 2010
10:31 PM ET

Latest Updates: Gulf oil spill

[Updated 10:29 p.m.] The effort to place a massive containment dome over a gushing underwater wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico was dealt a setback when a large volume of hydrates - ice-like crystals formed when gas combines with water - accumulated inside the vessel, a BP official said
Saturday. 

The dome was moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting on the
seabed while crews work to overcome the challenge, a process expected to take at least two days, BP's chief operation officer Doug Suttles said.

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[Updated 10:02 p.m.] A llama in north Texas is doing her part to help relief efforts by giving up the hair off her back, CNN affiliate WDSU reports.

Candycane's owner, Steve Berry, is donating her hair so it can be made into absorbent pads, or booms, to soak up oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Llamas don't have any oil in their hair," Berry, a retired Arlington firefighter and Hood County commissioner, told WDSU. "So not being oily it's a perfect absorbent."

Berry, a member of the South Central Llama Association, put out a call to other llama owners in the region, offering to give haircuts if need be, according to WDSU.

Each llama yields about four to five lbs. of wool, said Berry, who will ship it all the New Orleans, Louisiana.

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[Updated 9:24 p.m.] Tar balls ranging in size from dimes to golf balls were found Saturday on the beach on Dauphin Island, Alabama, the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center said.

Analysis of the tar balls to determine the origin of the oil may take up to 48 hours, the center said in a press release. Tar balls are occasionally found on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, residents told CNN. The tar balls were collected in a pom-pom shaped material known as snare boom that were placed around Dauphin Island.

Reports of tarballs can be made to the U.S. Coast Guard at any time at 1-800-448-5816.

[Updated 7:09 p.m.] By the numbers, to date, according to the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center:

– 10,000: Number of deployed personnel currently responding to protect shoreline and wildlife.

– 270: Vessels responding on site, including skimmers, tugs, barges, and recovery vessels, to assist in containment and cleanup efforts, in addition to the dozens of aircraft, remotely operated vehicles, and multiple mobile offshore drilling units.

– 923,000: Approximate amount of boom in feet that have been deployed to contain the spill.

– 2.1 million: Gallons of an oil-water mix that have been recovered.

– 290,000: Gallons of dispersant have been deployed.

– 10: Staging areas set up to protect shoreline in Gulf Coast states that could be affected. The staging areas are in Biloxi, Mississippi; Panama City, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Dauphin Island, Alabama; Port Sulphur, Louisiana; Shell Beach, Louisiana; Slidell, Louisiana; Port Fourchon, Louisiana and Venice, Louisiana.

[Updated 5:38 p.m.] It was payday Saturday for some fishermen in Louisiana, but the check wasn't for what they pulled out of the water - it was for what they put into the water.

Parish officials handed out paychecks Saturday morning to fishermen who worked from May 1st to­ 4th laying boom in the contaminated waters where they usually go fishing and shrimping. They were the first locals hired by BP, the company that owns the well at the heart of the oil spill, to help clean up the Gulf. With so many in the fishing industry affected by the oil spill, St. Bernard's Parish has set up a rotation system for those looking for work. The lucky ones will find their name on the work schedule again before the end of the month.

The amount of the check depended on one's position - a captain was paid more than a deck hand. An additional check was cut for those who used their boats. Fisherman Rafe Regan said he earned $460 a day working as a captain. He also said he received $500 a day for using his boat. That may sound like good money for a day's work but Regan says during oyster season he can earn as much as $3600 a day.

Fisherman Bobby Lovell said he earned just enough money to cover the cost of pulling his crab traps out of the water. The traps are in an area that is now off limits to fishing. Lovell is so worried about supporting his family that he plans to show up at the marina every day in case an extra person is needed. Lovell thinks he may have some luck getting a spot on a boat tomorrow. He says his wife may not be too pleased because it's Mother's Day, but according to Lovell that is why he wants to go - someone is bound to stay home, he believes.

May 8th, 2010
05:57 PM ET

Five headless bodies found near Acapulco

Police in Mexico's Guerrero state are investigating the killings of five men found decapitated near the resort town of Acapulco, authorities said Saturday.
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May 8th, 2010
05:10 PM ET

Russian mine explosion kills 8, traps 60

[Updated 6:02 p.m.] An industrial accident at Russia's largest coal mine has left eight people dead, the Interfax news agency reported early Sunday.

More than 60 miners remain underground in the mine, near the central Siberian town of Mezhdurechensk, where 359 people had been working when the accident occurred at 11:55 p.m. Saturday (12:55 p.m. ET)., according to Russia's Emergency Ministry.

At least four of those rescued from the mine, called Raspadskaya, have injuries, Interfax and the state-run RIA-Novosti news agencies reported. Early media reports suggested the accident was a result of a methane explosion, which are relatively common in Russian mines, but local officials later said the accident was caused by a partial rock collapse inside the mine.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin phoned the local governor and the head of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and said accident response would happen locally, without help from federal agencies, Interfax said.

Mezhdurechensk is about 2,000 miles east of Moscow. CNN could not immediately reach authorities in Siberia.

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May 8th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Effort to place dome over oil well dealt setback, BP says

[Update 3:58 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Posted 3:33 p.m.] The effort to place a containment dome over a gushing wellhead was dealt a setback when a large volume of hydrates - crystals formed when gas combines with water - accumulated inside of the vessel, BP's chief operating officer said Saturday.

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May 8th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Palestinian leaders OK indirect talks with Israel

[Updated 4:03 p.m.] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the talks should be conducted without preconditions and lead as soon as possible to direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, spokesman Nir Hefetz said in a statement Saturday.

[Posted 2:19 p.m.] Palestinian leaders have agreed to begin indirect peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official said Saturday.

U.S. special envoy George Mitchell will broker the talks, shuttling between the two sides, Palestinian presidential adviser Yasser Abed Rabbo told reporters.

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May 8th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Taliban announce new operation in Afghanistan

The Taliban announced Saturday they would begin a new operation against U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan, vowing that "all foreign invading forces will ultimately face defeat," according to a statement from the group.

"The Al-Faath (victory) operations will target the invading Americans, the NATO military personnel, foreign advisers, spies who pose as foreign diplomats, members of the Karzai stooge administration and members of the cabinet," the Taliban statement said.

The statement, which listed 10 other targeted groups, said the operation would begin May 10, and would use IEDs, blockades, assassinations, abductions and suicide missions.

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May 8th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Ferry crashes into Staten Island terminal

[Updated 11:37 a.m.] See full story on CNN.com

[Updated 11:02 a.m.] At least 60 people were injured when a ferry crashed into the Staten Island Ferry terminal Saturday morning in New York, authorities said. Most of the injuries were said to be minor

[Updated 10:03 a.m.] A ferry boat crashed into the Staten Island Ferry terminal Saturday morning, the New York Police Department said.

Some minor injuries have been reported, the New York Fire Department told CNN. Emergency crews were on the scene.

The fire department said no major injuries have been reported and the cause of the crash was under investigation.


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May 8th, 2010
08:05 AM ET

Volcanic ash closes airports in Spain

Fifteen Spanish airports will be closed Saturday afternoon because of ash blowing from a volcano in Iceland, aviation officials said.

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May 8th, 2010
07:53 AM ET

Al Fayed sells Harrods department store

[Updated 11:47 a.m.] See full story on CNN.com

Mohamed al Fayed, whose son died in the car crash that killed Princess Diana, has sold the iconic British department store Harrods, the advisers to the sale announced Saturday.

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May 8th, 2010
07:17 AM ET

German bishop resigns

The pope has accepted the resignation of a German bishop who had offered to step down last month after he was accused of hitting children in his care and misusing money donated to an orphanage.

A statement from the Vatican on Saturday confirmed the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg. In accepting the resignation, the Vatican cited a section of canon law that allows clergy to resign "because of illness or some other grave reason" or if they have "become unsuited for the fulfillment of his office."

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May 8th, 2010
04:18 AM ET

Growth removed from Spanish king's lung

[Updated at 8:33 a.m.] Doctors said they successfully removed a growth from the right lung of Spain's King Juan Carlos in surgery Saturday.

A biopsy revealed no malignant cells in the growth, doctors at University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, told reporters.

Doctors said the king was doing well and recovering after surgery.

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May 8th, 2010
02:33 AM ET

Quake strikes near Indonesian coast

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck off the coast of the Sumbawa region of Indonesia on Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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May 8th, 2010
12:28 AM ET

4 reporters banned from Gitmo court proceedings

The Pentagon has banned four reporters from covering court proceedings on the U.S. naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because they published the name of a former U.S. Army interrogator.

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