June 21st, 2010
11:11 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse:

Van der Sloot 'emotionally immature,' psych report says: Joran van der Sloot, suspected of killing a Peruvian woman late last month, has a low tolerance for frustration and "doesn't value the female role," according to excerpts from a psychological investigation report given to a judge by prosecutors Monday.

Gymnast, 15, missing after ride with brother's friend: Police have spent the past 10 months retracing a Wisconsin girl's movements on the night of August 11.

Police chief's son suspected in shootout: A man suspected of killing a police officer and another person Sunday night at a suburban Dallas, Texas, apartment complex was the son of the Dallas police chief, authorities said Monday.

Can condom with 'teeth' fight rape?:  A South African doctor is distributing female condoms designed to hurt rapists.

How to get TV through the internet: Jonathan Strickland cut ties with his cable company a year ago, yet he continues to watch all his favorite TV shows. He has saved nearly $700 over the last year and, most importantly, he tasted the thrill of telling his cable provider to shove it.


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June 21st, 2010
09:43 PM ET

1,000 missing in flooding in northeastern Brazil

More than 1,000 people are missing in Brazil's northeastern state of Alagoas due to flooding, Alagoas civil defense officials said.


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June 21st, 2010
08:02 PM ET

Security Brief: Mexican drug gangs threaten Arizona cops

In the first public incident of its kind, cartels are making direct death threats to U.S. law enforcement officials in Nogales, Arizona, the police chief there told CNN Monday.

Speculation about death threats by cartels towards U.S. law enforcement has been widespread for some time, but this is the first time U.S. officials along the border confirmed a case.

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June 21st, 2010
07:56 PM ET

Security Brief: Military base incidents trigger concern

The lockdown Monday morning of a Naval Air Engineering Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the latest in a number of security incidents at the gates of U.S. military bases across the country.

While the incidents have been close together, the FBI, local police and the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Command (CID), have found no connection and no link to terrorism.

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June 21st, 2010
07:23 PM ET

Executives' wrecked plane found; no survivors

Wreckage of a plane carrying Australian mining executives and missing since the weekend was found Monday in the Republic of Congo, near the Gabonese border, Australian mining company Sundance Resources said. No survivors were found, company officials said.

The plane was reported missing after it took off from the Cameroon capital of Yaonde on Saturday. It was en route to Yangadou in the Republic of the Congo.

Most of the nine passengers on the chartered flight were employees of Sundance Resources. The group was visiting Sundance's iron ore project in Cameroon and Congo, the company said.

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Filed under: Africa • Australia • World
June 21st, 2010
05:27 PM ET

Shahzad pleads guilty to Times Square charges

Faisal Shahzad, a suspect in the May 1 failed Times Square bombing attempt,
entered pleas of guilty Monday in federal court, an administration official
told CNN.

An administration official said a plea deal was negotiated beforehand, and
Shahzad entered guilty pleas to each of the 10 counts against him. This source, a White House legal source, said President Obama was made aware of the negotiations.

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Filed under: New York • Times Square • Times Square Car Bomb
June 21st, 2010
01:59 PM ET

High court allows trial on drug safety to proceed

A lawsuit brought by a breast cancer patient against a major drug company will go forward after the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the dispute.

The justices without comment Monday turned aside an appeal from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, maker of drugs for hormone replacement therapy.

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June 21st, 2010
01:51 PM ET

2 U.S. soldiers killed in attack in Afghanistan

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four other soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated Monday in eastern Afghanistan, NATO-led forces said.

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June 21st, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Day 63: Latest developments on the Gulf oil disaster

[Updated at 10:11 p.m.] Here are the latest developments on the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which unfolded after an explosion aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon on April 20:

NEW

- About 8,410 barrels of oil (353,220 gallons) were collected from midnight to noon Monday, according to BP. Another 5,015 barrels of oil (210,630 gallons) and 25.3 million cubic feet of natural gas were flared.

CLEANUP AND RECOVERY EFFORTS

- Government estimates say up to 2.5 million gallons of oil could be flowing into the Gulf daily.

- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has expanded fishing closures in the Gulf of Mexico. The closed area now represents 86,985 square miles - approximately 36 percent of the Gulf's federal waters.

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June 21st, 2010
01:32 PM ET

N.J. naval station lockdown lifted

[Updated at 12:32 p.m. ET]  A lockdown at the Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst in New Jersey has been lifted, a spokesman said Monday morning.

No reason was given for the lockdown, which went into effect at 9:15 a.m. It was lifted shortly before noon.

The lockdown did not affect the Dix and McGuire sections of the joint base, Senior Airman David Carbajal said.

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June 21st, 2010
01:14 PM ET

3 U.N. peacekeepers killed in Darfur

Three U.N. peacekeepers were killed and another was seriously wounded in a shootout Monday with unknown attackers in the West Darfur region of Sudan, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur said.

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June 21st, 2010
11:48 AM ET

Jindal's office supports removal of drilling moratorium

The office of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a friend of the court brief in federal court Monday supporting the removal of President Barack Obama's six-month deepwater drilling moratorium.

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday from companies seeking an end to the moratorium. The ban, instituted by the government last month, halts all drilling in more than 500 feet of water and prevents new permits from being issued.

June 21st, 2010
11:33 AM ET

Federer survives match he 'should have lost'

Roger Federer was frustrated early on in his match against Alejandro Falla.

Roger Federer, the top-seeded, defending Wimbledon champion won his first round match after struggling early against 60th-ranked Alejandro Falla on Monday.

"I got very lucky out there today. I've lost many matches this year," Federer said after the match. 'This is one that I should have lost, that I made it through."

Asked whether he was down, or playing injured, Federer responded: "I'm perfect."

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June 21st, 2010
10:36 AM ET

High Court upholds terror law after free speech challenge

A divided Supreme Court has ruled the government's power to criminalize "material support" of a terrorist organization is constitutionally permissible.

The 6-3 ruling preserves a key provision of the 2001 Patriot Act, amid claims it threatens the free-speech rights of Americans who would assist non-violent activities of certain militant and terror groups.

At issue was whether the federal law allows prosecution of those with knowledge of "any service, training, expert advice or assistance" to a foreign terrorist organization, as designated by the U.S. government.

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June 21st, 2010
09:41 AM ET

Wildfire near Flagstaff, Arizona, covers 5,000 acres

[Updated at 9:41 a.m.] Government fire spokesman Eric Neitzel told CNN affiliate KPHO that overnight higher humidity and lower temperatures allowed firefighters to "make some good progress on the line" and protect structures.

KTVK's website www.azfamily.com says authorities shut down part of Highway 89 Sunday because of visibility issues caused by the fire, as the Schultz Fire was producing a huge plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. But by Monday morning, Neitzel told KPHO the cooperative overnight weather, including calmer winds, were making the smoke "[lay] down...so you don't see the big tower of smoke."

[Posted at 7:45 a.m.] A wildfire raging near Flagstaff, Arizona, has grown to more than 5,000 acres, shutting down part of U.S. Route 89, and it is wholly uncontained, according to the Coconino County website.

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June 21st, 2010
09:09 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, van der Sloot, Mexico violence

Gulf oil disaster - A federal judge will hear arguments Monday from companies seeking an end to a temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling, while oil continues gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from a ruptured undersea well. The six-month ban, instituted by the government last month, halts all drilling in more than 500 feet of water and prevents new permits from being issued. But a company that provides boats and equipment to the offshore drilling industry said in a lawsuit the government has no evidence that existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf.

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June 21st, 2010
08:59 AM ET

New Orleans mayor says 'no quick fix' for oil disaster

"The catastrophic nature" of the oil disaster, "I still believe, is not fully known to us," New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told CNN Monday. "It's really huge."

As far as the federal response, "it's never good enough. It's never fast enough," he said, adding he thinks the federal government turned a corner last week as far as getting people on the ground.

"There is no quick fix here," Landrieu said, "and I think people need to kind of get focused on that fact." He said he does not believe the underwater oil gusher will be stopped until a relief well under construction is complete in August.

June 21st, 2010
07:50 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Alan A. Allen

One of the country's most experienced oil spill experts told CNN that he believes very strongly that BP is doing everything it can to clean up the disaster in the Gulf.

Allen said he was contacted by BP on day three of the oil disaster and is now under contract to the oil company.

He said there are three proven methods of cleanup: dispersants, skimming and burning. Allen said BP is doing all three of these things in "unprecedented" measure.

Allen's company is called Spiltec, and according to his website biography, he has more than 38 years of experience as a technical adviser and field supervisor involving hundreds of oil spills around the world. He has developed strategies and equipment for the prevention, surveillance and control of oil spills and has conducted hundreds of oil-spill training courses under all kinds of weather conditions.

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June 21st, 2010
07:50 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Here's a look at what CNN.com plans to stream live today. Watch: http://www.CNN.com/live

9:30 a.m. – Wartime contractors hearing – The role and oversight of more than 40,000 private security contractors supporting U.S. operations in Asia will be examined and debated at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

10:00 a.m. – Gates welcomes Ehud Barak – Secretary of Defense Robert Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome Israel’s Minister of Defense Ehud Barak to the Pentagon today.

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June 21st, 2010
06:57 AM ET

Crisis-stricken French squad resumes training

France's crisis-stricken World Cup squad resumed training on Monday a day after the players went on strike in protest over striker's Nicolas Anelka's expulsion following an alleged row with coach Raymond Domenech.

French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot is due to hold talks with Domenech and his players on Monday and said the nation felt "great indignation" over the collapse of the team's World Cup challenge into infighting and allegations of treachery, according to Agence-France Presse.

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