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U.S. apologizes for infecting Guatemalans: The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study in which people in Guatemala were intentionally infected with sexually transmitted diseases.
Dad shoots 3 sons, killing 2, police say: A New Jersey father fatally shot his two teenage sons, critically wounded one more and set his home ablaze before police killed him, authorities said Friday.
East Coast to see more torrential rain: A large storm system flooding portions of New York, Pennsylvania and New England on Friday afternoon has claimed at least eight lives.
Purported bin Laden message focuses on relief, development: A message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is urging Muslims to tackle famine, flood relief, the effects of climate change and clean water - stark problems plaguing parts of the Islamic world.
Rutgers suicide incident raises legal issues: Amid intense public attention, Tyler Clementi's family remained quiet Friday, except to say that their personal tragedy has raised a host of legal issues for the country.
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart says activist James O'Keefe owes his supporters an explanation for his failed attempt to "punk" a CNN correspondent.
Breitbart helped catapult O'Keefe's conservative agenda into the public eye by posting O'Keefe's series of undercover videos inside ACORN offices on his website, BigGovernment.com. O'Keefe has also contributed columns to BigGovernment.com, one of six websites run by the influential conservative.
But now, Breitbart is rebuking the man once regarded as his "protege" for the now-infamous "boating incident" targeting CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau. Hidden cameras were supposed to capture O'Keefe attempting to seduce her, but the plot fizzled when an assistant to O'Keefe told Boudreau and she refused to board the boat.
A look at highlights from the day's business news:
Stocks kick off October with gains
U.S. stocks began the month higher, clawing out gains Friday as a better-than-expected reading on personal income overshadowed a mixed manufacturing report.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended 42 points higher, or 0.4 percent, after gaining more than 70 points earlier. The S&P 500 rose 5 points, or 0.4 percent, and the Nasdaq edged up 2 points, or 0.1 percent.
Stocks finished lower Thursday, but the Dow and S&P 500 still managed to close out the month with their biggest September gains since 1939.
A slightly better-than-expected report on the state of the consumer helped push stocks higher Friday, said Alec Young, equity strategist with S&P Equity Research.
Treasury market eyes more Fed purchases
Treasury yields were mixed Friday amid speculation that weak economic data will spur the Federal Reserve to accelerate its purchases of U.S. bonds and notes.
The yield on the 10-year note rose to 2.53 percent from 2.52 percent late Thursday as its price edged lower. The yield on the 30-year note rose to 3.72 percent from 3.69 percent.
But the shorter end of the yield curve was under pressure. The yield on the 2-year note was 0.43 percent, versus 0.44 percent, and the 5-year yield slid to 1.27 percent from 1.28 percent.
Yields rallied early in the session after a key index of activity in the manufacturing sector fell to a 9-month low. It was the latest in a string of disappointing economic reports an raised bets the Fed will expand its purchases of U.S. Treasurys, a policy called quantitative easing.
A comment James made during a recent interview with CNN has sparked a fresh round of controversy and recrimination.
First, a quick recap for those who may have somehow missed what happened this summer.
James, arguably the best basketball player in the world, using his rights as a free agent, decided to sign with the Miami Heat rather than continue with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James grew up in nearby Akron, Ohio, and played with the Cavaliers for seven years after coming directly out of high school.
James made the announcement July 8 during a nationally televised special – dubbed “The Decision” – on ESPN. The TV special was roundly criticized in the aftermath and the widely popular James was cast by fans and media as something of a villain – an egotistical athlete more concerned with his brand and marketability than loyalty to his hometown.
James discussed "The Decision” with CNN’s Soledad O’ Brien and an answer to one of her questions has renewed discussion about it.
A torrential downpour and a 7.5-hour rain delay were the biggest highlights from the first day of the 2010 Ryder Cup, but then again, what do you expect from a golf tournament played in Wales?
Shortly after all four groups teed off Friday morning, play was suspended due to flooded fairways, bunkers and greens. While the Twenty Ten course – a site built specifically for this tournament – has a state-of-the-art drainage system, the rain would not subside and rendered squeegees and umbrellas useless. Golf.com’s Michael Bamberger has more on the Celtic Manor course and its miserable conditions.
Blood letting, tobacco smoke blown into the lungs, rum rubs and even the sight of Australia were some of the treatments used – with varying degrees of success – by surgeons of Britain’s Royal Navy to treat patients from the late 1700s to the late 1800s, government records released Friday show.
Britain’s National Archives has cataloged and made available to the public journals and diaries from surgeons who served on ships and in shore installations from 1793 to 1880. The archive represents “probably the most significant collection of records for the study of health and medicine at sea for the 19th century,” said Bruno Pappalardo, naval records specialist at the National Archives.
Rum was the treatment of choice aboard HMS Arab during a voyage to the West Indies in 1799 and 1800. A surgeon writes that “application of rum” to the area of a scorpion or centipede bite helps prevent paralysis. The same surgeon mixed rum with oil to treat a tarantula bite.
Aboard HMS Princess Royal in 1801, tobacco was thought to have curative properties. A man who had fallen overboard and was submerged for 12 minutes was brought back aboard the Princess Royal with the appearance of a corpse, surgeon Ben Lara wrote. The victim was dried and warmed by hot water bottles and then tobacco smoke was pumped into his lungs through a tube. After almost an hour of treatment, a pulse was detected and the man lived, according to the journal.
Genetically altered trees could help reduce global warming, according to a study released Friday in the journal BioScience.
The study, led by a team from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, analyzed ways plants process carbon dioxide and convert it into forms of carbon.
The findings could one day lead to a forest of trees and other plants genetically engineered to pull in billions of tons of carbon from the air, counteracting the effects of global warming.
Scientists say the use of genetically engineered plants is just one of many initiatives that could help with carbon sequestration, the retrieval and longtime storage of carbon from the atmosphere.
Genetic alterations can improve the efficiency of plant processes, including increasing the carbon that vegetation naturally extracts from the air, according to the study's authors.
In addition, plants could be altered to absorb more sunlight, according to the study.
The research also offers innovative ideas for genetically engineered plants, such as creating better crop yields and vegetation that could withstand harsher growing conditions.
BioScience is published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
Mohammed al-Maqaleh told the Committee to Protect Journalists the government denied it had him in custody for five months, and now, he doesn’t know if charges are still pending.
His crime, if it is one, was reporting on airstrikes that killed dozens of people in the Yemeni government’s ongoing war with Houthi rebels in the north. Al-Maqaleh, the editor of the Aleshteraki website, who was released early this year after being targeted in a government-sponsored abduction, was one of 30 journalists, analysts and attorneys the CPJ spoke to during a nine-day trip to Yemen.
Al-Maqaleh's story is included in a damning special report headlined “In Yemen, brutal repression cloaked in law,” which outlines how Yemen in the last two years has combined “extrajudicial abductions, intimidation, threats and crude censorship” with a quietly constructed legal apparatus to harshly dissuade negative media coverage.
Yemen, which the CPJ says did not respond to multiple requests for interviews, released a denial Friday on its state-run Saba news site, calling the allegations “incorrect and distorted.”
The chief of the national police in Ecuador, Freddy Martinez, said Friday that he was resigning effectively immediately.
His departure comes a day after a chaotic uprising by police officers left President Rafael Correa trapped for several hours in a hospital. Troops loyal to the president arrived at the hospital and rescued him Thursday evening; two police officers were killed.
The police officers said they were angered by a new law that would take away their bonuses and reduce their compensation. The president, who was roughed up and hit by tear gas, said the law would do no such thing and said the police officers had not even read it.
Hours after the rescue, Correa repeated his claim that compensation issues were merely a pretext for police to kidnap him and try to overthrow his government.
"It was an attempt and a perfectly coordinated conspiracy," he said late Thursday.
Veteran Illinois politician Rahm Emanuel - long known as one of toughest men in American politics - has stepped down from his powerful position as White House chief of staff, President Obama announced Friday.
Emanuel has been temporarily replaced by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Pete Rouse while Obama searches for a long-term replacement.
Emanuel, who held a Chicago congressional seat for six years, is widely expected to run for mayor of his hometown.
The move has been anticipated since Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently decided not to run for re-election.
During the Vietnam War era, William Ayers co-founded a group responsible for bombing U.S. government buildings. By 1987, he was an education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he went on to work with a young politician named Barack Obama on public school reform.
Thursday night, the Chicago Tribune reported, Ayers was denied emeritus status by the UIC board of directors, an honorific title that is rarely denied to tenured professors. Leading the board’s unanimous decision was Christopher Kennedy, the UIC board chairman and the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
In 1974, Ayers co-authored "Prairie Fire," a book he dedicated to numerous "political prisoners," including RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan. Last week, in an emotional statement before the board, Kennedy said he could not give the title to "a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father."
Professional football player Chad Ochocinco's cereal is being pulled from store shelves after it was discovered that a telephone number on the boxes is a sex line.
The cereal, OchocincO's, had a typO.
The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver tweeted an apology Thursday after news of the phone number, which should have been to a Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based charity, made headlines.
"Awe man I'm bummed about the cereal number mixup on the cereal, trying to do good and got messed up, of all numbers why that one!!! Sorry."
"That one" happened to have the wrong three-digit prefix, which connected to a sex line. Feed the Children's correct number is 1-888-HELP-FTC.
But how did this happen?
Race officials Friday said photos of debris found in the Adriatic Sea off Italy don't appear to show anything from a balloon flown by two missing Americans.
"There have been some pieces of debris found in the sea," said flight director Don Cameron of Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett. "We received pictures of the debris by email from the search and rescue team, and after examination decided none of what we've seen so far was from the balloon."
Searchers found the debris and sent it to the race team in the United Kingdom, Italian authorities said Friday.
Italian Coast Guard Warrant Office Massimo Maccheroni said a search boat found the debris. An underwater vessel was en route and should reach the scene soon, he said.
The pieces of debris are small and one resembles a cord, Maccheroni said. The items were found near the town of Vieste.
The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study that purposely infected people in Guatemala with sexually transmitted diseases.
A statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the action "reprehensible."
"We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices," the joint statement said. "The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala."
Guatemalan officials are aware of the report but will not comment on it until later Friday, presidential spokesman Ronaldo Robles told CNN.
– CNN's Nick Valencia contributed to this report.
Police across South America have arrested more than 600 people and confiscated goods worth more than $50 million as part of a six-month effort to crack down on trade in counterfeit products, the international police organization Interpol said Friday.
The arrests come from more than 300 raids in 13 countries and the counterfeit goods ranged from soft drinks to car parts, the agency said.
Also seized were counterfeit toys that posed a health hazard to children, Interpol said.
“INTERPOL will continue to work with all of our member countries to target and dismantle the organized crime gangs behind counterfeits and fakes which not only pose a significant threat to the health and safety of consumers, but also effects national economies which during these times of global financial crisis can have even more serious consequences,” said Roberto Manriquez, project manager for Operation Jupiter, which was launched in 2005 by Interpol’s Intellectual Property Rights program. This was the fifth series of raids conducted under Operation Jupiter. FULL POST
Emanuel out? — White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will step down Friday to run for mayor of Chicago, two sources told CNN on Thursday. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that President Obama will make "a personnel announcement" Friday morning but refused to confirm it would relate to Emanuel's expected departure.
Gibbs said he would "bet on having two announcements" Friday morning — a possible reference to Emanuel's successor. The move was expected after Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's recent decision not to run for re-election.
Flooding troubles — A massive storm system made its way up the Eastern Seaboard on Friday, leaving flooded neighborhoods and rescues in its wake.
Forecasters predicted flood-producing rain in the Northeast as a weakening tropical depression worked its way up from the Southeast. Flood warnings and advisories were in place from North Carolina through Maine. High-wind warnings were in effect from Massachusetts to Maine, with southerly wind gusts up to 60 mph. For the latest on the weather, rescues and problems in the area, check here.
The weather is taking a toll on the Carolinas, especially North Carolina where they have had more rain than they have ever seen in some areas along the coast. Some residents were cut off from the rest of the country with no way to get in or out on flooded roads.
Norman Bryson, deputy director for the office of emergency management in Jacksonville, North Carolina tells John Roberts and Christine Romans on American Morning about some of the water rescues and troubles plaguing the area.
Norman Bryson: Last night we had quite a bit of flooding in and around the areas. A lot of water's starting to recede and getting back into the area. We are finding a bit of roads underwashed and roads were crumbling. Right now we're getting teams out to try to make it safe for people traveling in and out of the area.
Christine Romans: You say eight water rescues so far. How have those gone?
Bryson: Actually, very good. So far, we have not had any deaths in the county. We have had as you said - we have done eight water rescues. Sometimes taken us quite a bit of time to get in and around the county just because of the roads being flooded and overall doing fairly good with that.
One of the years most anticipated films, "The Social Network" opens nationwide today. The film traces the evolution of Facebook.
The film features twin brothers, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, in the film who accuse Mark Zuckerberg, their Harvard classmate of stealing their idea of Facebook. Tyler and Cameron spoke with John Roberts on American Morning about their claim, their thoughts on the movie and Mark Zuckerberg.
Baltimore emergency responders are hoping to get streets reopened as flood waters begin to recede there.
Bob Maloney, director of the mayor's office of emergency management talks to Christine Roman's and John Roberts on American Morning.
Christine Romans: So yesterday you were doing an awful lot of preparation. You didn't want to have to go in there and rescue people today. How is that working out?
Bob Maloney: Well, we think we did well. We actually made residents in our lowest-lying area move their cars. And we think that we avoided a lot of damage. We were dealing the tidal storm surge and all the tremendous amount of rain coming downstream.
North Carolina is reeling this morning from the stormy weather. In some places, it's never rained this hard or this much. In Jacksonville, North Carolina located in Onslow county a family of four was killed because of the flooding.There have been five deaths in the state.
Patty McQuillan, communications officer for the North Carolina department of crime control and public safely spoke with CNN's American Morning on the latest updates in North Carolina:
Patty McQuillan: That's right. Yes, the car overturned and three people initially drown. There were two twins and one later died in the hospital. And there's one twin that is alive. A little 3-year-old boy.
Christine Romans: Oh, no. So it was a family with small children in the car. You can imagine how difficult that is to try to get - oh, that's just tragic. Also, a fatality there.
McQuillan: Yes, a 51-year-old man was - well, the highway patrol got the call about 4:00 in the afternoon that there was a vehicle submerged in water. So he probably was swept off the road.