San Bruno fire – Firefighters were still battling a deadly gas-fueled blaze Friday that engulfed dozens of homes and sent fireballs shooting into the air in a California neighborhood near San Francisco International Airport, emergency management officials said.
At least three people are dead, dozens are injured and more than 170 homes are damaged after a natural-gas line blast set the neighborhood on fire. An iReport contributor captured video as he drove in the area minutes after the explosion. Video footage showed gas exploding into flames and causing a "loud roar." If you're there and you see anything, send iReport photos or videos to help CNN tell the story.
Confusion on Quran burning – The pastor at a Florida church that planned to burn copies of the Quran added to confusion Friday over whether he intends to go ahead with the controversial event.
The Rev. Terry Jones told CBS' "The Early Show" that "we have called the event off." Soon afterward, however, he told reporters in Florida the burning is still being contemplated.
"We are seriously, seriously, seriously considering not burning the
Qurans. That is absolutely right," Jones said.
Challenged by a reporter, Jones then said, "Well, we are hoping that we can come to a conclusion."
"Are you or aren't you?" a reporter asked, to which Jones replied, "We're actually not prepared to answer that right now."
Obama's economic appointment – President Obama could announce as early as Friday morning that he will tap Austan Goolsbee to be chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the announcement.
Goolsbee will replace Christina Romer, who stepped down this month as chairwoman of the panel of three White House officials who offer the president economic advice and help formulate policy. Goolsbee and Cecilia Rouse are the other two members.
It's a crucial job as the Obama administration continues to try and dig out of the worst recession since the Great Depression on the eve of a midterm election in which Democrats find the economic anxiety threatening their majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate.