September 10th, 2010
09:57 AM ET

On the Radar: San Bruno fire, Quran burning, Islamic center

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.

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  1. spc dustin ferguson

    if america beleives that the burning of the quran is going to effect how the taliban operate in afghanistan,they are sadly mistaken. I am a soldier in afghanistan the taliban could care less about the ordeal,because no matter what they will continue to attack us.and if america can remember afghans and other muslims have burned our flag,and copies of the bible. But now its a "big deal" when one person wants to burn the quran. america lost over 2000 lives because of the beleifs in that book. please just get over yourselves and worry about something that matters

    September 10, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      Finally, out of this darkness comes the voice of common sense. I'm with you soldier. While I find burning a "holy book" reprehensible, any Muslim that goes off on a terror tangent because of it was just looking for an excuse. Now the
      US is acting like a bunch of scared wimps. The show that we are putting on is even worse. I don't hate ANY group of people whatsoever, but the national Islam "hug-a-thon" that we are engaging in makes me sick. You and the rest of the US are in my prayers soldier. The Word of God never said we had to tolerate that which isn't right.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTruthTeller

      2000 american lives ? What about the middle easterns lives arent those worth something hundred of thousands have died because of the "stupidity and eager of the American government" blame your government . Media has brainwashed you . And btw im swedish.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GG

    This has been the most over blown topic on CNN. To put that much power behind a book. To flight or kill over a book. Its contains what? Its a book. Some ones beliefs are going to be destroyed because a book is burned. Let's see ill burn a Quren and a Bible equal drop them both at the same time. Then I'm going to take the ashes mix them up. Place it in a glass locket. Wait to see if they separate pull away from each other. If they do how will I know which is which.
    ok CNN true believers of love and kindness,wont care if you burn the Quran or the Bible Its a book not allah or jesus. Its a book if you believe then you know Allah/Jesus are jealous put nothing ahead of me!!!! Not even a book!!!!! Its the message that counts. With either Christian or Muslim. I'm sure there is a common ground based on love and understanding.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. richard kraemer

    Well the pastor is full of hate and a true American Bigot and if harm comes to others due to his hate then we can post directions to his house of worship and pray with him to with a new copy of the Koran and mail to him tens of thouands so he can re burn them please to press coverage for this nut cake OK? that means you CNN!!!

    September 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Juan Lopez

    If every American had the courage to travel the world..this would be a better country. Instead, we have an overwhelming number of peopled who would just rather ingest and regurgitate the beliefs of ignorance.

    September 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob barnes

    Is it possable we all pray to the same God no mater what religion? I think its all about interpertation and the ignorance of all parties. The people Who use religion as an excuse to cause harm are misguided and need to be pointed in the right direction by the right people.

    September 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |