October 12th, 2010
10:24 PM ET

Tennessee man gets death sentence for mass murder

A Tennessee jury sentenced to death on Tuesday a convicted killer responsible for what has been called the worst mass murder in the history of Memphis.

The jury took less than two hours to sentence Jessie Dotson to death on six counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder for the brutal deaths of several relatives, including his brother and toddler nephews.

Dotson had just served 14 years in prison for second-degree murder when he shot his brother, Cecil Dotson, in an early-morning fight in February 2008, according to testimony.

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October 12th, 2010
09:20 PM ET

On the scene: Chileans gather to watch rescue, history

Chileans are gathering in droves to watch rescue coverage.

In between cheers of celebration in the city plaza of Copiapo, Chile, on Tuesday night, you can hear a pin drop.

Thousands of Chileans have gathered in Copiapo, one of the closest city centers to the San Jose mine site, to witness a live feed of the rescue efforts of the 33 trapped miners.

An enormous projection screen was erected in the plaza. It switches between Chilean cable television outlets, all focused entirely on the mine rescue. Vendors sell Chilean flags and banners reading celebratory sentiments such as  "Fuerza Mineros," or "strength to the miners."

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October 12th, 2010
06:36 PM ET

Stocks, treasurys react to cue that Fed will boost economy

A look at the day's business news headlines:

Stocks end higher as Fed signals more aid 
 
Stocks recovered from earlier losses to close higher Tuesday after meeting minutes suggested the Federal Reserve will act soon to provide additional support for the economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 10 points, or  0.1 percent, after falling more than 70 points earlier in the session. The S&P 500 gained 4 points, or 0.4 percent. The Nasdaq added 15 points, or 0.6 percent.

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October 12th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Liu Wei
 
The 23-year-old musician is proof that one can succeed in the face of incredible odds. He lost his arms in a childhood accident, but his ability to play piano with his toes made Liu the winner of “China’s Got Talent.”

Wei lost his arms in an electrocution accident when he was 10 years old. Yahoo! Music news reports that he was intent on pursuing his dream of becoming a concert pianist, despite comments from a piano teacher who told him he would never succeed. At the age of 18, Liu taught himself to play the piano.

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October 12th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Head of lead investigator in Falcon Lake case found

The severed head of the lead Mexican investigator in the Falcon Lake
case was delivered Tuesday in a suitcase to the Mexican military, Texas Rep. Aaron Pena told CNN.

However, a spokesman for the attorney general of Tamaulipas state in Mexico said he had not heard the report.

David Michael Hartley went missing September 30. His wife, Tiffany, told authorities her husband was shot and killed during a sightseeing trip on Falcon Lake, which bisects the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas.

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October 12th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

Judge orders military to stop enforcing don't ask, don't tell

A federal judge ordered that the U.S. military stop enforcing the don't ask, don't tell policy on Tuesday.

Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military "immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"."

The judge had previously ruled that the policy regarding gays serving in the military violated service members Fifth Amendment rights but delayed issuing the injunction.

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October 12th, 2010
01:20 PM ET

Obama administration lifts deepwater drilling moratorium

The Obama administration is lifting the moratorium on deepwater oil drilling that was put in place after the Gulf oil disaster, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.

Salazar and the new head of the government agency overseeing offshore drilling, Michael Bromwich, were scheduled to hold a 1 p.m.
news conference on the issue.

Salazar suspended certain deepwater drilling activities on July 12 under the premise that certain deepwater drilling posed a threat to the marine, coastal, and human environment.

Since then, Salazar has determined that deepwater oil and gas drilling can resume provided that operators certify compliance with all existing rules and requirements, including those that recently went into effect, the Department of Interior said in a press release.

Members of industry must also demonstrate the availability of adequate blowout containment resources, the department said.

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October 12th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

MLB playoffs wind down, Red Wings look for 3-0 start

The Giants take time from celebrating their NLDS win to acknowledge retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox.

Three-fourths of MLB’s league championship series is set.

The Giants are on to the NLCS for the first time since 2002 as they beat the Braves 3-2, ending their division series in four games. They also ended the 29-year career of retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox, who has spent 25 years in Atlanta’s dugout. It’s a farewell that truly marks an end of an era, writes SI.com’s Joe Lemire.

The final piece of the postseason’s next round will fall into place tonight as the Rangers and Rays meet in Tampa. It’s just one of the can’t-miss events of a schedule that includes NHL, NBA preseason, tennis and soccer. Here are a few highlights, all times Eastern.

Rangers at Rays, 8:07 p.m. (TBS). The Rangers failed in their previous two chances to finish the Rays and reach the ALCS for the first time. Can they seal the deal with ace Cliff Lee on the mound, or will 19-game winner David Price lead Tampa to a date with the Yankees?

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October 12th, 2010
11:58 AM ET

Fort Hood shooting hearing opens, then adjourns

The military opened a hearing Tuesday for Maj. Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of last year's Fort Hood shootings, then adjourned it almost immediately.

Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 in a shooting spree at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

The hearing will determine whether Hasan will be court-martialed - which could potentially lead to the death penalty.

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October 12th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

After 68 days underground, miners' rescue to begin

Rescuers at the Chilean mine expect to begin the rescue of 33 trapped miners during "the last quarter" of Tuesday, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said.

"We hope to finish the day with at least one miner on the surface," he said.

The concrete base built for the winch system at the San Jose Mine in Chile has hardened, paving the way for the rescue of the miners to start tonight, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said. The winch that will pull the trapped miners out in Chile will extract them at .7 meters (2.3 feet) per second, Health Minister Jaime Malanich said. In case of emergency, the speed of ascension can be increased to 3 meters (9.8 feet) per second.

The attempted rescue, which the Chilean government said has been meticulously planned, is slated to begin late Tuesday and could last for hours or days. The 33 miners have been underground for 68 days.

CNN.com will have full coverage of the event and be carrying the Chilean mine rescue from beginning to end and on the iPhone.

With less than 24 hours before the operation begins, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said he is looking forward to the imminent rescue of the miners who are nearly half a mile below ground.

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Rescue workers and officials said they are hopeful they've tested out the rescue capsule and are making final preparations, including monitoring the miners' health and preparing special diets for them. Still, during the tumultuous ascent, officials will be concerned about the effect of barometric pressure on the men's bodies as they are brought up and the "bends" and "chokes" that could occur.

Video: CNN's Rafael Romo takes a look at the rescue capsule that will be used

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October 12th, 2010
11:49 AM ET

Category 2 Paula bearing down on Yucatan

Small but powerful Hurricane Paula was closing in on the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday after becoming a hurricane earlier in the day and intensifying to Category 2 strength, forecasters said.

As of 1:45 p.m. ET, the center of Paula was located about 140 miles (220 kilometers) south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. It was moving north-northwest at about 10 mph (17 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm's maximum sustained winds were at 100 mph (160 kph) with higher gusts, forecasters said.

The center of Paula is expected to approach the east coast of the Yucatan Tuesday night and Wednesday, forecasters said.

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October 12th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Missing N.C. girl's stepmom admits she wrote ransom note

The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old girl has admitted she wrote a ransom note found at the family's home, Hickory, North Carolina, Police Chief Tom Adkins said Tuesday.

Elisa Baker made the admission during an interview Monday night at the jail where she is held on charges unrelated to Zahra Clare Baker's disappearance, Adkins said. She then requested an attorney, he said. Authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for her on a felony charge of obstruction of justice, Adkins said.

Police have been searching for 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker.

Police have not been able to find anyone who has seen Zahra within the past month, Adkins said, and do not know how long the girl has been missing. The Amber Alert issued Saturday for Zahra is being canceled, he said, and the investigation will shift from a possible abduction to a homicide investigation.

Zahra Clare Baker had a "horrible home life" and was frequently locked in her room, a relative said Tuesday.

Zahra was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday. Police have said her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker, reported she was last seen sleeping in her bed about 12 hours earlier, at 2:30 a.m.

Authorities on Monday pleaded for swift public help in reconstructing events leading to Zahra's disappearance.

WCNC: Relative: Missing N.C. girl had terrible home life

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October 12th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Officials hope to have one miner rescued by end of day

[Updated at 11:26 a.m.] Rescuers at the Chilean mine expect to begin the rescue of 33 trapped miners during "the last quarter" of Tuesday, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said.

"We hope to finish the day with at least one miner on the surface," he said.

[Posted at 11:21 a.m.] The concrete base built for the winch system at the San Jose Mine in Chile has hardened, paving the way for the rescue of the miners to start tonight, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said.

The winch that will pull the trapper miners out in Chile will extract them at .7 meters (2.3 feet) per second, Health Minister Jaime Malanich said. In case of emergency, the speed of ascension can be increased to 3 meters (9.8 feet) per second.

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October 12th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Tearful, classy farewell for Braves manager Bobby Cox

Retiring Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox acknowledges the cheers of fans and players after Monday night's game, the last of his career.

Monday night's playoff loss to the San Francisco Giants ended the Atlanta Braves' 2010 season. Perhaps more significantly, it ended the 50-year professional baseball career of Braves manager Bobby Cox.

After the last out of the ninth inning at Atlanta's Turner Field, fans stood and cheered even though their team had just been eliminated. After chants of "Bob-bee! Bob-bee!" grew to a roar, Cox emerged from the home dugout and took off his cap to acknowledge the crowd.

The Giants stopped their celebration on the infield to turn toward the Braves dugout and applaud Cox, who pointed back at them in a congratulatory gesture. FULL POST

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October 12th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

Relative: Missing N.C. girl had 'horrible home life'

A 10-year-old North Carolina girl, the subject of an intensive police search after she was reported missing over the weekend, had a "horrible home life" and was frequently locked in her room, a relative said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a search warrant released in the case says that cadaver dogs indicated the possible presence of human remains in two cars at Zahra Clare Baker's Hickory, North Carolina, home, and details a ransom note found on the windshield of an SUV that had gasoline poured inside.

Zahra was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday. Police have said her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker, reported she was last seen sleeping in her bed about 12 hours earlier, at 2:30 a.m.

Authorities on Monday pleaded for swift public help in reconstructing events leading to Zahra's disappearance. "We are running out of time, folks," Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins told reporters. "The longer this thing goes, the likelihood [is] that this outcome will not be positive.

The girl - a bone cancer survivor, according to CNN affiliate WCNC - uses a prosthetic leg and hearing aids. The hearing aids have been found, but not the prosthesis, Adkins said.

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October 12th, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Mood in Camp Hope calm, heavy with anticipation

Colorful pinwheels top Chilean flags overlooking Camp Hope, where families are waiting.

"We are anxious but calm."

That's the word from the miners, according to Alejandro Pino, regional manager of the Chilean Safety Association, as an expected rescue attempt is set to get under way Tuesday night at the San José mine site in northern Chile.

At Camp Hope, where relatives and friends await the miners' rescue, the mood is much the same: anxious but calm. Construction and drilling noise provides a constant background as final preparations are made to the rescue platform, and the so-called Plan C operation continues the drill as a contingency.

There are small signs of hope and excitement colorful pinwheels top Chilean flags marking the overlook above the camp.

Those family members who remain in public areas talk on cell phones and make the rounds, greeting each other with reassuring words.

Others have retreated to a separate part of the camp, where families can seek refuge from the extensive global media presence while they wait for the rescue attempts to begin.

In nearby Copiapó, screens are being set up to broadcast a live government feed of the rescue operation, with people expected to gather in the city center Tuesday evening.

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October 12th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

On the Radar: Chile miners, Ft. Hood suspect, toxic sludge

Chile miner rescue - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera says he is looking forward to the imminent rescue of the 33 miners trapped for more than two months nearly half a mile below ground.

Officials say rescue crews will begin Wednesday - and perhaps even earlier - pulling the men to safety. "I hope that by tomorrow [Tuesday] or Wednesday, the miners will not only be able to see sunlight, but embrace their wives and girlfriends, parents, mothers and children," Pinera told CNN en Espanol on Monday.

Fort Hood shooting suspect –Tuesday marks the beginning of the military hearing for Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 in a shooting spree at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. The hearing will determine whether Hasan will be court-martialed.

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October 12th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Ongoing coverage - Hurricane Paula tracker

2:30 pm ET - White House briefing – The White House holds a briefing with reporters.

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October 12th, 2010
06:35 AM ET

World update: 40 dead as bus and train collide in Ukraine

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

Ukraine bus crash – A collision between a bus and a train in the Ukraine left 40 people dead, officials say.   The crash took place when a commuter bus and a railway locomotive collided in Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk region, according to Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry.

Hostage death – President Obama has offered his condolences to Prime Minister Cameron for the death of British hostage, Linda Norgrove, in Afghanistan. It is thought that she may have been a victim of "friendly-fire" rather than been killed by a captor’s suicide belt as originally thought. Both leaders have pledged a full investigation into the death.

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