June 25th, 2010
10:32 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Apple on iPhone - You're holding it wrong: Hours after its iPhone 4 went on sale to excited crowds Thursday, Apple found itself responding to complaints that holding the phone by its metal edge interferes with mobile reception.

Porn sites get their own domain: The not-for-profit corporation that coordinates the internet's naming system has voted to allow the application of the controversial ".xxx" top-level domain name for sites that display adult content.

DNA found under Peru victim's nails: Peruvian police said they found skin underneath the fingernails of the woman Joran van der Sloot is accused of killing.

Cruise loses control in 'Knight and Day': Tom Cruise's latest mission improbable shows why "Cruise being Cruise" has turned into too much of a good thing for many moviegoers. 

With iPhone 4 excitement come complaints: Shortly after testing out the world's new "it" phone, some iPhone 4 consumers turned to the internet to report problems with the Apple product.

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June 25th, 2010
09:13 PM ET

Dick Cheney hospitalized, spokesman says

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been admitted to a hospital in
Washington after reporting he wasn't feeling well.

A spokesman said he saw his doctors Friday afternoon at George Washington University, and upon their advice, was admitted for further tests.

Spokesman Peter Long says Cheney is expected to remain in the hospital
over the weekend.

Cheney has a history of heart trouble, but the cause of his visit was not disclosed.

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June 25th, 2010
09:04 PM ET

Tropical depression forms in Caribbean

A tropical depression has formed in the Caribbean, the National Hurricane Center says.

Read more about the potential implications for the Gulf oil spill.

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June 25th, 2010
08:17 PM ET

Oil prices spike amid Gulf storm worries

Mixed day, down week

Financial shares rallied Friday on relief that the new version of the Wall Street reform bill is less restrictive than expected, but the broader market was mixed at the end of a down week on Wall Street.

Dow Jones industrial average lost 9 points or 0.1 percent. The S&P 500 gained 3 points or 0.3 percent and the Nasdaq composite gained 6 points or 0.3 percent.

Stocks seesawed in the morning after economic growth in the first quarter was revised lower. Initially, investors showed little reaction to the news that lawmakers in the House and the Senate finalized negotiations on the most sweeping financial reform since the New Deal. But as the session wore on, the tone improved and the rally in bank shares spread to the broader market.

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June 25th, 2010
02:38 PM ET

Gulf Dispatch: An aerial view of ruthless oil's impact

Philippe Cousteau, Gov. Charlie Crist and others fly over the oil disaster.

Editor's note: Philippe Cousteau Jr. is the grandson of legendary ocean explorer and filmmaker Jacques Yves Cousteau. Philippe heads the nonprofit organization EarthEcho International (www.earthecho.org).

Thump-thump-thump went the heavy blades as I felt the Black Hawk slowly start to whir to life and heave its hulking weight forward.

As a part of my mission to tell the stories of what is going on in the Gulf states affected by the oil crisis, I had been told we would take a helicopter trip out to survey the Florida and Alabama coasts, but I had not expected to travel in one of these huge military machines so familiar to anyone who watches modern Hollywood war movies.

Across from me was Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, and next to him sat Gen. Douglas Burnett, the director of the Florida National Guard.

As the ground slowly fell away from us, I peered out into the glaring midday sun and braced myself for the worst.

It is no secret to anyone who knows me that waking up early is not my favorite thing to do, especially when four or five hours of sleep has been the norm over the past several weeks.

However, a 5:45 a.m. wakeup call is made all the worse when instead of birds singing, the only morning greeting is the slight smell of noxious oil hanging in the air and the sight of thick black muck slowly seeping into what would otherwise be beautiful fine white sand.

Unfortunately, that has become the usual for many of the people who live along the Gulf these days, and so it was for me.

Now I was flying in a machine designed for war, only this time it was not hunting any human adversary. Instead, our mission was to fly reconnaissance over a different type of enemy, one that has no rifles, no rockets, no tanks, but that has nonetheless infiltrated our country as effectively as any spy and as ruthlessly as any guerrilla warrior.

The oil that we have grown addicted to has now reared its ugly head and is slowly laying waste to a huge swath of our country.

As we flew over the Florida coast and made our way toward Alabama, we could see patches of thick orange oil interspersed with sheen dotted throughout the water beneath us. FULL POST

June 25th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

White House confident of high court nominee days before hearings

Top White House officials expressed confidence Friday that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will earn the respect and votes of senators during her confirmation hearings, which begin next week.

In a conference call with reporters, senior political aide David Axelrod dismissed suggestions Kagan's lack of judicial experience and political service in two Democratic administrations will hurt her chances to sit on the high court.

"We know it's an extremely polarized political climate, and we are preparing to make a vigorous case," for her confirmation, he said. "We are prepared and she is certainly prepared to respond. And we anticipate once the hearings are done, she'll take her seat on the court."

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June 25th, 2010
01:26 PM ET

Weather service confirms Connecticut storm was tornado

An EF1-scale tornado briefly touched down Thursday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, knocking out windows and ripping signs and awnings off buildings, the National Weather Service confirmed Friday.

With winds at an estimated 100 mph, the twister took only about five minutes to cause the damage in downtown Bridgeport, eyewitnesses said.

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June 25th, 2010
12:57 PM ET

Petraeus set to review Afghan rules of engagement

Gen. David Petraeus intends to undertake a sweeping review of American military operations in Afghanistan - including the rules of engagement for troops - if he is confirmed by the Senate as the top U.S. commander in that country, U.S. military officials told CNN Friday.

Petraeus was tapped by President Barack Obama earlier this week to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was relieved of his duties Wednesday after the general and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article making comments that appeared to mock top administration officials. FULL POST

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June 25th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Kellogg's recalls Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops, Apple Jacks

Kellogg's announced a voluntary recall Friday of certain breakfast cereals including Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops and Apple Jacks, due to an "uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell coming from the liner in the package."

According to a company press release, the potential for serious health problems is low, but some consumers sensitive to the flavor and smell could experience possible temporary symptoms, including nausea and diarrhea.

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June 25th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Senate confirms new head of TSA

[Updated at 12:06 p.m.] The Senate confirmed Deputy FBI Director John Pistole as head of the Transportation Security Administration on Friday, ending a lengthy search process in which two previous nominees withdrew from consideration.

Pistole's nomination was approved by unanimous consent.

Pistole received praise for his law enforcement experience from both Democrats and Republicans during the confirmation process. His hearings were instead dominated by politically polarizing labor issues - specifically whether airport screeners should be allowed to unionize. The controversy had resulted in a GOP senator - Jim DeMint of South Carolina - placing a hold on an earlier TSA nominee.

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June 25th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

After win in marathon match, Isner bounced in 75 minutes

John Isner leaves after losing in straight sets Friday at Wimbledon in the second round.

This week at Wimbledon John Isner was known as the man who won the longest match in tennis history, one that took 11 hours and five minutes over three days to finish.

On Friday, Isner was on the court again for his second-round match. But this time, he seemed out of gas, and was knocked out in 75 minutes.

Isner, who fought hard in his marathon match against Nicolas Mahut for three days, received an extremely warm reception from the crowd at the start of his match Friday, but he never got his momentum going.

He required his trainer's attention during the game - the first sign that things might not go his way.

Perhaps the adrenaline was gone, and his body had finally given out. Some tennis watchers online say his long match with Mahut likely put him at a disadvantage Friday, wondering how he could bounce back after such a grueling duel.

Or perhaps, his game just didn't show up Friday.

Either way, after capturing the attention of the world during one tennis match, just like that, Isner was now out of the entire tournament.

He was sent home by unranked Thiemo de Bakker (6-0, 6-3, 6-2).

June 25th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Volunteers rally to save wildlife from oil

Oil disaster fears are prompting volunteers and donors in the coastal Florida town of Crawfordville to protect their precious wildlife. They're rebuilding pelican pens, hawk and owl enclosures.

And as CNN's Tom Foreman reports, federal wildlife authorities are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

June 25th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

New spy agency chief held up by congressional infighting

President Barack Obama's nominee to be the nation's chief spy has been left waiting in the wings while Congress tries to complete work on a new intelligence bill that is being held up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said she won't hold confirmation hearings for James Clapper, currently the Defense Department's chief intelligence officer, to become the next director of national intelligence until her top priority is completed - Congressional passage and the president's signature on the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Bill.

David Gompert, the acting director of national intelligence, has informed Congress he is resigning at the end of August regardless of whether the new nominee for the post is confirmed, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN.

If Gompert leaves before a new director is appointed, the No. 3 official in the agency - Gen. John Kimmons - would temporarily assume the top post.

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June 25th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Mars once covered in water, space agency says

The European Space Agency says puddles and lakes of water like these likely existed during the early days on Mars.

Conditions favorable to life may once have existed all over Mars, the European Space Agency said Friday.

Two spacecraft have found evidence that liquid water was widespread over the red planet.

The ESA's Mars Express and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have discovered hydrated silicate minerals in the northern lowlands of Mars, a clear indication that water once flowed there, the ESA said.

The two spacecraft had previously found thousands of small outcrops in the planet's southern hemisphere where rock minerals had been altered by water, it said. Many of these outcrops are in the form of hydrated clay minerals known as phyllosilicates. They indicate the planet's southern hemisphere was once much warmer and wetter than it is today.

No such sites had been found in the northern lowlands until this week, the ESA said. The northern lowlands are covered in thick blankets of lava and sediments up to several kilometers thick and that had hampered efforts to probe what lay beneath.

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June 25th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

With Petraeus comes a change in leadership from McChrystal, but a similarity in style

On paper it appeared to be a winning team for President Obama and his new plan to fix Afghanistan: a celebrated general, a master of counterinsurgency strategy overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as head of CENTCOM, with his his protege running the war in Afghanistan.

The two, Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, had enjoyed success because of their military minds. Ask around the Pentagon and the phrase most often used in connection with both is "brilliant."

While coming from different paths, both generals have a good deal of similarities. After the now-infamous Rolling Stone article, however, it is clear that Petraeus alone has the savvy to survive in Washington.

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June 25th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, storms, Jackson's death

Gulf oil disaster - Downtrodden Gulf Coast residents may soon have something besides the oil spill to worry about. But it's not really a "new" threat - it's what they fret about every summer: tropical weather. There is a 70 percent chance that a weather system in the western Caribbean will better organize and form at least a tropical depression in the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said Friday morning. Costs associated with the Gulf oil disaster have gone up more than $300 million in less than a week, BP said Friday. The threat of a hurricane being added to the mix could cause major concerns - and more damage. We'll be keeping an eye on the storm and the oil in the Gulf for the latest developments.

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June 25th, 2010
09:16 AM ET

Acting director of national intelligence will resign in August

David Gompert, the acting director of national intelligence, has informed Congress he is resigning effective the end of August regardless of whether the new nominee for the post is confirmed, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN.

The nomination of James Clapper has been delayed because of infighting over an intelligence bill.

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June 25th, 2010
09:14 AM ET

Michael Jackson's dad to file wrongful death suit against doctor

Michael Jackson's father will file a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday, the anniversary of the pop star's death, Joe Jackson's lawyer said.

The suit alleges that Murray gave paramedics and doctors false information about what drugs Michael Jackson had been given and hindered efforts to revive him in an ambulance and at UCLA Medical Center, according to a copy of the suit obtained by CNN.

The suit said "other parties responsible for Michael Jackson's death" would be added, but that the plaintiff "has not yet gathered sufficient information regarding their potential liability or responsibility."

A complaint filed by Joe Jackson with the California medical board this month also named AEG, the company that was producing his son's comeback concerts

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June 25th, 2010
08:55 AM ET

AM Security Brief

Now that the dust is settling over General Petraeus’ unexpected accession to the top military role in Afghanistan, attention is turning to what he may be able to achieve – and when.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates tempered expectations Thursday. “We're not asking for victory by December or by July of 2011,” he told a news conference at the Pentagon. “We're not asking that Afghanistan be stabilized 13 months from now. What we are asking is that by December we have enough evidence to demonstrate, if you will, the proof of concept, that the approach that we're taking is showing progress.”

CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen writes of the challenges facing General Petraeus in his new role:

“Petraeus must convince all sorts of constituencies, from the Afghan people, to the Pakistani military and political establishment, to the White House, to the American public, that some plausible progress is being made; that the Americans are not going to "cut and run" before a semi-stable Afghan government and military are in place. And he must do that all on a timetable in which some kind of American drawdown begins in July 2011.”

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June 25th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Lady Gaga

The recording artist - born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in 1986 - and President Obama are the top competitors in a popularity contest that could have one of them setting a record by this weekend. Facebook publicists told CNN on Thursday that the pop star and the president are neck and neck in the race to become the first living person with more than 10 million fans on the social- networking site.

As of early Friday, Obama was in the lead, with 9,058,881 fans. Lady Gaga trailed behind with 9,023,966. Both of them were more than 4 million fans behind the No. 1 individual, Michael Jackson, who had 13,285,811. The singer died a year ago Friday.

Obama's page, which is run by the group Organizing for America, includes photographs of his recent Gulf Coast visit and links to speeches from news conferences. Lady Gaga's page lists upcoming concerts and includes a biographical article describing how the 24-year-old pop star, who played piano by ear as a toddler, grew into a theatrical performer who wows the masses with flashy performances in international concert tours. "I'm just trying to change the world one sequin at a time," she says in the posted story.

CNN: Obama, Lady Gaga compete for Facebook fan record

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