August 3rd, 2010
08:35 PM ET

Wyclef Jean to announce run for Haitian presidency

Wyclef Jean will announce exclusively on CNN's "Larry King Live" Thursday night that he intends to run for president of Haiti, a source close to the Haitian recording artist said Tuesday.

Jean has been an outspoken proponent of Haiti through his Yele Foundation and was one of the first celebrities to offer aid after the devastating earthquake there in January. He told CNN late last month that he has filled out the necessary paperwork to make a run at the country's highest office.

Jean, who was born in Haiti, shot to fame in the mid-1990s as a member of The Fugees, a U.S.-based hip-hop and reggae group. He performs now as a solo artist.

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August 3rd, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Florida confirms 24 cases of dengue fever in Key West

The Florida Department of Health confirmed an increase in the number of cases of dengue fever acquired in the Key West area.

New statistics from the department said 24 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Key West through mid-July. Of those, 18 involve Key West residents, five are residents of other Florida counties and one case involves a resident of another state.

In addition, 49 so-called "imported" cases of dengue fever are reported in Florida. Those cases involved people who had traveled to areas under a dengue endemic, such as the Caribbean or Central and South America.

The last time there was a dengue outbreak in Florida was 1934. Dengue is acquired through the bite of certain species of mosquitoes, primarily Aedes aegypti, but also Aedes albopictus, both of which are present in Florida, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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August 3rd, 2010
07:15 PM ET

Official: Mexican drug war kills more than 28,000 since 2006

More than 28,000 people have died in drug violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and stepped up the fight against organized crime, the nation's intelligence and national security director said Tuesday.

In addition, said Guillermo Valdes Castellanos, Mexican authorities and drug gang members have been engaged in 963 gun battles in that time period, or about one per day.

The large number of confrontations show that the government is taking the fight to the drug cartels, which previously operated with impunity, Valdes said.

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August 3rd, 2010
07:09 PM ET

Quick-thinking woman uses toes to call for help

Amy Windom says a "MacGyver" moment helped alert authorities after a terrifying incident Tuesday.

An armed burglar entered her Atlanta home in the early morning hours and tied Windom's hands to the headboard of her bed, police said.

The man spent nearly an hour talking to her as she lay there, helpless, she told CNN affiliate WSB.

When the man finally left - taking her car and cell phone, among other items - Windom wondered how she would free herself of her bindings.

"I dragged my laptop over and with my feet I pried it open," she said.

She then typed a message to her boyfriend, who happened to be online. "HELP. Call police," the message read.

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Filed under: Crime • Georgia
August 3rd, 2010
07:04 PM ET

Source: Wyclef Jean intends to run for president of Haiti

CNN has confirmed that a source close to Wyclef Jean says Jean will announce exclusively on "Larry King Live" Thursday night that he intends to run for president of Haiti.

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August 3rd, 2010
11:49 AM ET

Sports: Favre, A-Rod, Lilly, Modano, Haynesworth

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez grounds out during the first inning Monday in New York.

NFL training camps are in full swing and SI.com's Don Banks checks in from the Minnesota Vikings' camp, where the annual Brett Favre watch isn't the biggest storyline.

Banks says it's the status of an injured wide receiver that's the more pressing concern. He also talks to Adrian Peterson about his goal of a fumble-free season, and on the topic of Favre, finds a restaurant that's offering the future Hall of Fame quarterback all he can eat if he shows up for camp.

You can find all of SI.com's training camp postcards and scheduled stops here.

As for the sports in full swing, baseball, soccer and tennis are all on today's schedule. Here are a few highlights (all times Eastern).

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August 3rd, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Leak fixed on oil well cap; 'static kill' test can begin

A leak on the new cap on the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico has been fixed, paving the way for a test to determine whether the "static kill" operation can be conducted, a BP official said on Tuesday.

The static kill maneuver involves pumping heavy mud into the well through the cap on the well's riser at the ocean floor.

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August 3rd, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Sidney Harman

The 91-year-old retired business executive and husband of California Rep. Jane Harman will be the next owner of Newsweek magazine.

The Washington Post Co.'s Donald Graham confirmed the sale Monday when he introduced Harman to the Newsweek staff in Washington, Newsweek reported.

Though terms of the deal are not public and Harman is rumored to have bid a mere $1 on the magazine, Harman will reportedly assume Newsweek’s $70 million debt.

Harman was one of several bidders for Newsweek, which went up for sale earlier this year. Launched in 1933, Newsweek was acquired by the Washington Post in 1961.

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August 3rd, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Mosque near ground zero clears crucial hurdle

New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission has denied landmark status to a building a developer plans to use for an Islamic center that would include a mosque near the site of the 9/11 attack.

The decision means the site of the prop0sed mosque can be demolished or modified. Opponents of the mosque had sought landmark status to prevent the site from being converted into an Islamic center.

The commission denied the site landmark status by a 9-0 vote.

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August 3rd, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Americans saving more of their income

Americans saved a slightly larger chunk of their disposable income for a third straight month in June, pushing the personal savings rate to its highest level in a year, according to government data released Tuesday.

The Commerce Department reported that personal savings totaled $725.9 billion, or 6.4% of post-tax income, up from $713.9 billion, or 6.3%, in May. The rate was the highest since June 2009, when the reading came in at 6.7%.

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Filed under: Economy • U.S.
August 3rd, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Gulf spill is worst accidental oil release, government says

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has become the largest accidental release of oil into water in history, according to figures from the federal government.

Federal scientific teams estimated Monday that the ruptured BP well has spewed about 4.9 million barrels - or 205.8 million gallons - of oil. About 800,000 barrels, or 3.3 million gallons, of that were collected by vessels hired by BP to recover the oil.

That would rank it as the worst accidental oil spill in marine waters, surpassing the 1979 Ixtoc 1 blowout in the Bay of Campeche, off the coast of Mexico. That accident spilled 140 million gallons of oil.

The worst oil spill of all time was intentional. It happened during the first Persian Gulf War, when the Iraqi army purposely released 240 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf.


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August 3rd, 2010
09:30 AM ET

LeBron James belatedly thanks hometown

LeBron James tried to make amends to his hometown Tuesday morning.

The NBA superstar was reviled in Akron, Ohio, and up the road in Cleveland after he announced last month that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat. Fans in both cities felt betrayed and were offended at the one-hour ESPN special James used to make the announcement.

James took out a full-page advertisement in Tuesday's Akron Beacon Journal newspaper to thank fans for their support, even before he became a basketball star.
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August 3rd, 2010
08:48 AM ET

Connecticut shooting death toll rises to 9

[ Update 1:48 p.m.] Nine people died in a mass shooting Tuesday at a workplace in Manchester, Connecticut, according to a police official close to the investigation.

That number includes the shooter. He died at the scene of a gunshot wound, Manchester police Lt. Joe San Antonio said. Police had not fired at him, he added.

The suspect was Omar Thornton, said Sgt. Sandy Ficara of the Manchester Police.

The shooting happened at Hartford Distributors, a beer distributor close to the communities of South Windsor and Manchester, a South Windsor dispatcher said.

Read the story here.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Crime • U.S.
August 3rd, 2010
07:45 AM ET

Israelis, Lebanese exchange fire at border

Lebanese and Israel soldiers traded fire along the border of the two nations on Tuesday, the Lebanese and Israeli armies said.

The Lebanese army said a Lebanese soldier and a civilian were injured, Lebanon's army said.

The incident occurred after an Israeli patrol tried to enter disputed territory on the Lebanese-Israeli border to install cameras, the Lebanese army said.

But Israel said the Lebanese opened fire on Israel Defense Forces soldiers who were on the Israeli side of the border.

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August 3rd, 2010
07:34 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Ongoing coverage - BP webcam of Gulf oil disaster

9:30 am ET - Senate takes up Kagan nomination – Senators take up the nomination of Elena Kagan to become an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

10:00 am ET - U.S. economy status hearing – The Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing on the status of the country’s economy.

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August 3rd, 2010
06:43 AM ET

Eight shot at party in Indianapolis; 2 dead

Eight people were shot and two were killed when a masked suspect fired into a crowd at a party in Indiana early Tuesday morning, Indianapolis police said.

The incident occurred on the westside of the city just after midnight, said Indianapolis Lt. Jeff Duhamell.

Witnesses said at least one person got out of a car, put on a mask and fired up to 30 rounds from what appeared to be an assault rifle at a crowd gathered at the party, Duhamell said.

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Filed under: Crime • Indiana • U.S.
August 3rd, 2010
06:02 AM ET

World update: Heatwave threatens Russia's economy

An update from the newsdesk in London on the stories we're following today:

Russia fires - While the fires rage on, the Russian heatwave is becoming even more devastating as it threatens the burgeoning economy. Crops and farmland have become evermore vulnerable and Russia is becoming more worried about the longer term effects of the high temperatures.  Matthew Chance will be reporting from Voronezh. Read the full story

Zardari visit - Pakistan’s President Zardari is due to leave France for England today and expected to arrive early evening local time. The UK and Pakistan have been locked in a diplomatic spat since British PM David Cameron made comments regarding Pakistan exporting terror while he was on a visit to India last month.

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August 3rd, 2010
01:01 AM ET

Six teens drown in Louisiana river

Six teens drowned after they waded into unfamiliar waters and fell into a deeper part of the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana, officials said.

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