May 11th, 2010
11:34 PM ET

Web Pulse: Sidney Crosby, a Biblical verse and BP

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:

"Top hat" replaces "dome" Tuesday as the buzz word at the center of efforts to contain oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico. After a Congressional hearing Tuesday turned into a blame game among oil execs, people are wondering what BP will come up with next, if and a move to plug the gusher with trash fails.

Do you know what a man shall do to his wife and then to his parents, according to Genesis 2:24? Neither did three contestants tonight on Jeopardy, or, presumably, the hordes of people who drove the topic to volcanic heights on Google trends. The answer? "Leave and cleave."

The NHL ousted the NBA as the web's top sports obsession Tuesday night ahead of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Parts of downtown Montreal have been closed off and Canadians are debating their loyalty to national hero/traitor Sidney Crosby as fans gear up for what promises to be a dramatic showdown between the favored Penguins and the "improbable" Habs .

May 11th, 2010
10:30 PM ET

'Starving' islanders saved by sailor's chance trip

Residents of Kanton Island said they were malnourished and starving because a government supply ship hadn't been able to get there.

A British sailor delivering a yacht from Hawaii to Australia may have been a life-saver for 24 inhabitants of a remote Pacific island.

Yachtsman Alex Bond decided to make a stop Sunday at Kanton Island, part of the Phoenix Islands in the nation of Kiribati, during his trans-Pacific delivery voyage, according to a release from the British coastguard.

Greeting him on the island were 24 malnourished residents, including 10 children. They had been living on only fish and coconuts for two months because a Kiribati government supply ship that normally brings their food had not been able to get to the island, CNN affiliate ABC News in Australia reported.

The island, which is surrounded by several uninhabited islands, is about 2000 miles from and midway between Hawaii and Fiji in the Pacific.


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May 11th, 2010
10:04 PM ET

Part of Times Square evacuated over package

A section of Times Square was evacuated briefly Tuesday evening due to a suspicious package, according to the New York Police Department.

The area was at 48th Street and Broadway, NYPD said.

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May 11th, 2010
09:24 PM ET

CBO doubles some health care spending estimates

The Congressional Budget Office has doubled the estimated increases of some costs resulting from the sweeping health care reform legislation passed this year.

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May 11th, 2010
08:28 PM ET

Pakistani man arrested at U.S. Embassy in Chile, officials say

A 28-year-old Pakistani man with explosives residue on his clothes was arrested at the U.S. Embassy in Chile, the State Department and Chilean national police said Tuesday.

U.S. Embassy officials in Santiago, Chile's capital, asked the man to come in for a routine consular issue and when he arrived, detectors registered the explosives residue, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday afternoon at a briefing in Washington.

"We had information, we have information on this individual," Crowley said. " We ... brought him - invited him to come to the embassy to clarify the information that we had on this individual. And as he came into the embassy, our explosive detectors went off."

Crowley declined to give further details on why the man was asked to come in to the embassy.

A senior U.S. official told CNN the man was linked to an extremist group based in the Western Hemisphere and not to a group in Pakistan.

"As far as we can tell, the origin of the activities which brought him to our attention were more of a local or regional nature than international," the official said. "He came to Chile on a student visa and while there he associated himself with a group that we have some knowledge of that was espousing extremist and anti-Western views."

The official told CNN the man was on a watch list and was being tracked for some time because he was believed to be involved with the extremist group, which the official declined to identify. The official said the association was enough to call him to the U.S. embassy in Chile to revoke his visa. U.S. officials were surprised when he tested positive for TNT.

An investigation is underway to determine what he was doing with explosives and whether he posed a threat to the United States.

Crowley identified the suspect as Muhammad Saif-ur-Rehman Khan and said he was handed over to Chilean authorities. A spokesman for the Carabineros, Chile's national police, gave the man's name as Mauhamnas Saif Ur.

The explosives residue was found on the man's clothes, the Carabinero spokesman told CNN in a telephone interview from Santiago. He declined to give his name, following Carabinero policy.

The suspect was scheduled to have a court hearing Tuesday afternoon in which he would be charged with a firearms violation, the spokesman said.

Lt. Col. Fernando Vera of the Carabineros said in a televised interview that standard procedures were followed.

"The embassy has their security procedures in place and their security measures were activated, and that required the support of our personnel," Vera said. "Our personnel is on site and, according to agreements and protocols, the individual has been in custody of the interior minister."

The suspect had been in Chile since January and was doing an internship in tourism at a Chilean hotel, said CNN Chile, CNN's partner network in the nation.

Chilean authorities searched the man's apartment in a student housing district in central Santiago, CNN Chile reported. Video showed officials in white hazmat suits carrying items out of an apartment.

A neighbor said in a televised interview that the suspect was a religious man who went to a local mosque every day. Asked whether friends visited him, the unnamed neighbor said, "No. Nobody."

The incident occurred a week after Faisal Shahzad - a Pakistani-born naturalized U.S. citizen - was arrested in connection with a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square.

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May 11th, 2010
08:22 PM ET

Feds: Woman admits impersonating FBI exec, hiring

A 29-year old woman who lived in Arlington, Virginia, last year admits she falsely claimed to be an FBI executive, even hiring neighbors as employees as she carried out her strange hoax for months, according to court documents released Tuesday.


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May 11th, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Dow loses 35, oil slips, dollar gains against euro

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

Stocks seesaw in volatile trade

Stocks seesawed Tuesday, losing steam late in a volatile session, as investors welcomed Europe's $1 trillion aid package but showed caution amid the recent market turmoil.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 35 points, or 0.3 percent, after having been down nearly 100 points and then up 89 points earlier in the session. The S&P 500 index lost 4 points, or 0.3 percent, and the Nasdaq composite was little changed.


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May 11th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

David Cameron named British prime minister

[Updated 7:49 p.m.] Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg says his party has agreed to enter into a coalition government under new Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party.

"I hope this is the start of the new politics I have always believed in," Clegg said early Wednesday.

[Updated 7:38 p.m.] Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg will serve as deputy prime minister, according
to Downing Street, which said the queen approved the appointment. Four other Cabinet posts will be occupied by Liberal Democrats, Downing Street said.

[Posted 7:20 p.m.] Queen Elizabeth II named Conservative leader David Cameron prime minister Tuesday night, shortly after Gordon Brown resigned, Buckingham Palace announced.

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May 11th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

Obama, in call with Palestinian leader, praises start of talks

President Barack Obama praised the recent start of indirect peace talks between Israel and Palestinian leaders during a phone call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, the White House said.

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May 11th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Governor declares emergency in 56 Oklahoma counties

Oklahoma's governor Tuesday declared states of emergency in 56 counties following a string of tornadoes and severe storms that swept through the area the day before.

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May 11th, 2010
03:19 PM ET

With eye on exit, military awards massive Iraq contract

The U.S. Army is under fire for reversing a decision to have three companies compete for more than $500 million worth of work in Iraq, and instead keeping it under an existing contract without any bidding.


May 11th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Security Brief analysis: Who our drones targeted and why

In military parlance North Waziristan is a “target-rich environment.” For the past six months it has been the focus of an escalating campaign of U.S. drone attacks – designed to take out the leadership of militant groups (and increasingly their foot-soldiers) in an area where the Pakistani armed forces are reluctant to go on the offensive.

After Pakistani operations in other areas – South Waziristan, the Orakzai area and Swat Valley - it seems that many militant groups have converged on mountainous North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan. Most have a presence in and around the town of Miran Shah, where the Pakistani security forces have little freedom of movement. The bodies of “informers” and “spies” are frequently found in ditches around the town, sometimes beheaded.

The Taliban recently threatened Pakistani Army with dire consequences should it emerge from its fortified sanctuaries in the area. Last year, several military convoys were ambushed; the area’s topography of ravines and crags is perfect territory for such attacks. So the job of disrupting and destroying the terrorist networks in North Waziristan falls to drones hovering thousands of feet above.

The latest attack, in the early hours of Tuesday morning Pakistan time, was aimed at a compound in the district of Lowara Mandi, some 50 kilometres from Miran Shah and close to the border with the restive Afghan province of Khost.

According to local Pakistani officials, one possible target was infrastructure and militants in the area associated with the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan, a renowned commander and shrewd tactician called Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Bahadur is in his late 40s and has spent most of his life fighting. When scarcely out of his teens, Bahadur was involved in the jihad against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. And many generations ago his family were involved in fighting the British Empire. He leads an important tribe in the border area and by dubbing himself ‘Hafiz’ signifies that he has learned the Koran by heart.


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May 11th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

U.K.'s Brown says he is ready to resign

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told Queen Elizabeth he intends to resign and will recommend that David Cameron be tapped as his replacement, he announced Tuesday.


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May 11th, 2010
12:54 PM ET

Pakistan's ambassador to Iran attacked, spokesman says

Pakistan's ambassador to Iran was attacked while walking in Tehran by a person wielding a knife, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said Tuesday.

He said the ambassador, M.E. Abbasi, sustained minor head injuries and is in stable condition. The attacker was in custody, according to Basit. No information was provided on who the attacker was.

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May 11th, 2010
12:39 PM ET

Judge: Death penalty not sexist in Anthony case

[Updated at 12:39 p.m.] Casey Anthony will face the death penalty, a Florida judge ruled, rejecting defense arguments that capital punishment in her murder case was sexist and unduly harsh.


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May 11th, 2010
12:21 PM ET

British party leaders meet amid deadlock

The leaders of Britain's Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties met Tuesday, a Liberal Democrat spokesman told CNN, raising the fresh possibility of a breakthrough on who will lead Parliament after last week's inconclusive parliamentary elections.


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May 11th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Sports Update: Celtics reset, Canucks go for home win

The Celtics and Cavaliers face off in Cleveland tonight for Game 5.

The Celtics pushed the reset button on their Eastern Conference semifinal with the Cavaliers, rebounding from an embarrassing loss thanks to a performance for the ages by Rajon Rondo to turn the series into a best of three.

How will MVP LeBron James and Co. respond as the series shifts back to Cleveland for tonight’s Game 5 (8 p.m., TNT)? It could all depend on how they deal with Rondo, who has exploited the East’s top-seed to the tune of 21.8 points, 13 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game, including a 29-18-13 game in Boston’s Game 4 win.

The assignment of slowing down the Celtics’ one-man show could fall on James. Cavs coach Mike Brown has hinted he may use LeBron, who was voted onto the NBA all-defensive first team for the second straight year, on Rondo as Cleveland tries to avoid a 3-2 deficit heading back to Boston.

The NBA and NHL playoffs take center stage, while baseball, soccer and tennis are also on the schedule. Here are the rest of today’s highlights, with all times Eastern.

*Blackhawks at Canucks (9:30 p.m., Versus). The Canucks stayed alive in the Western Conference semifinal series, taking Game 5. Now comes the hard part, at least in this series: winning at home. Both teams have two road wins, with Chicago winning Games 3 and 4 by a score of 12-6.


May 11th, 2010
11:58 AM ET

Mojave cross at center of court fight reported stolen

A war memorial shaped like a cross that has been at the center of a Supreme Court fight has been torn down by vandals from its remote perch in a California desert.


May 11th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Report: At least 2 in family die after sinkhole swallows home

[Update 9:59 p.m. ET] Two members of a family whose home was swallowed by a sinkhole were found dead Tuesday evening, officials said, CNN affiliate CBC reports.

The condition of two other family members was not available. All four members of the family were found in the basement of the home, Michel C. Doré, Quebec's associate deputy public security minister,told the CBC.

[Update 2:49 p.m. ET] The mud-caked dog of a Canadian family has been found in a sinkhole that swallowed their home, but searchers have found no signs of the couple and their two daughters, ages 9 and 11, CNN affiliate CBC reported Tuesday afternoon.

Yvon Desrochers, uncle of homeowner Richard Préfontaine, told CBC he fears his nephew and his family were in the home’s basement watching the Montreal Canadiens-Pittsburgh Penguins hockey playoff game Monday night when the ground gave way beneath the home, about 40 miles northeast of Montreal.

[Posted  11:07 a.m. ET] A Quebec family of four was missing Tuesday after a massive sinkhole swallowed their home, according to reports from CNN affiliates.


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May 11th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Gulf oil spill: Where things stand, what comes next

As congressional hearings into the massive oil spill growing in the Gulf of Mexico begin this morning, the troubles in the water keep on going.

The undersea oil well, following a drilling rig's April 20 explosion 50 miles off Louisiana's coast, is spewing up to 210,000 gallons of light sweet crude a day into the Gulf, officials say, and so far there's no answer in sight on how to fix it.

So we'll try to break down a couple of things for you and share what we do know.

So where do things stand?


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