October 18th, 2010
11:06 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Ex-NFL player Seau injured in drive off cliff: Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Oceanside, California, shortly after midnight Monday, just hours before he drove his car off a cliff in nearby Carlsbad, authorities said.

California police find missing 3-year-old boy: A 3-year-old California boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found safe and sound, authorities said Sunday night.

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October 18th, 2010
10:32 PM ET

Company: Shards of glass in frozen peas came from 1 lot

Five consumers who found shards of glass in their bags of frozen vegetables set off what has become a national recall that the products' supplier is tracing to a single lot of peas.

The packages were supplied by the Pictsweet Co. of Bells, Tennessee, and sold in Kroger grocery stores in the Southeast and Wal-Mart stores east of the Rocky Mountains. All carry the Kroger or Wal-Mart's Great Value brand, said Anne Tyrrell, spokeswoman for Pictsweet..

Tyrrell said the company became aware that glass was inside some packages of frozen vegetables after getting complaints from five consumers. All involved peas originating in a single lot, and the company issued a voluntary recall for any product containing peas from that location.

There were no indications that anyone consumed or was injured by the glass in the packages, Pictsweet said in a statement. The company said the federal Food and Drug Administration has been notified, and it is conducting a "top-to-bottom review" to look into the incident.

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Filed under: Consumer safety • Health
October 18th, 2010
10:25 PM ET

Jurors to decide on death sentence in home invasion

A man convicted of killing a mother and her two daughters during a 2007 Connecticut home invasion can be "quite likable," but has struggled with drug addiction for years, a defense attorney told jurors Monday.

The same jurors who convicted Steven Hayes of capital murder and other charges convened Monday for Hayes' penalty phase. They will decide whether he should be sentenced to death for the slayings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley Petit and 11-year-old Michaela Petit.

Attorney Patrick Culligan told jurors in his opening statement they will hear testimony from "people who know Steve Hayes, whose lives have crossed paths with Steven Hayes ... to try to give you some insight, some understanding of who Steven Hayes was prior to the crimes of July 23, 2007." Some of the testimony, he warned, will not be flattering to Hayes, but he said that despite his long history of criminal convictions and drug abuse, Hayes could be "quite likable."

"There is no presumption at this point that the death penalty is the appropriate punishment," Culligan said. "... You must keep an open mind."

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Filed under: Connecticut • Crime • Home invasion
October 18th, 2010
08:50 PM ET

Stocks extend last week's rally on upbeat earnings

Stocks get pumped up for earnings

Stocks gained steam to close the session sharply higher Monday, extending last week's rally, on upbeat earnings from Citigroup and improvement in the housing sector.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 81 points, or 0.7 percent, to end at 11,143.69. The S&P 500 rose up 9 points, or 0.7 percent, to settle at 1,184.71, and the Nasdaq composite index gained 12 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 2,480.66.

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October 18th, 2010
07:45 PM ET

Aftershock rattles Christchurch, New Zealand

An 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southwest of Christchurch, New Zealand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, part of the continuing aftershocks from a bigger earthquake that hit the area in September.

The shocks registered 5.0 on the Richter Scale used in New Zealand, which is different from the one used by the USGS.

Phones appear to be down in the area and there are reports of power outages and building evacuations in Christchurch, the New Zealand Herald said.

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October 18th, 2010
07:38 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II gets a piece of Chile's national pride

President Sebastian Piñera gives Queen Elizabeth II a rock from the San Jose mine.

Judging purely by appearances, the gift from Chile's president to Elizabeth II did not seem fit for a queen.

He gave the monarch a rock. But it was not just any rock. The stone that President Sebastian Piñera brought all the way from Chile to Buckingham Palace was from the bottom of the San Jose mine, once the underground prison of 33 miners and now a symbol of Chilean national pride.

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October 18th, 2010
07:15 PM ET

U.S. finalizes aid package for Pakistan, sources say

The United States is putting the final touches on a security assistance
package totaling as much as $2 billion to help Pakistan fight extremists on its border with Afghanistan, senior U.S. officials and diplomatic sources tell CNN.

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October 18th, 2010
06:50 PM ET

Witness: Accused Fort Hood shooter had 'passive' look

A survivor of last year's Fort Hood, Texas, shootings testified Monday that the gunman showed no emotion as he killed 13 people and injured dozens more.

"He wasn't happy, he wasn't angry," Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Valdivia said of the accused shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan. "It was some kind of passive look."

Valdivia's testimony came on the fifth day of an Article 32 hearing at the base to determine whether there is enough evidence for Nasan to proceed to a court-martial in the November 2009 shooting spree on the military base.

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October 18th, 2010
06:43 PM ET

Readers take the #BeAHero challenge for charities

Editor's Note: Learn about the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 and vote for the CNN Hero of the Year at CNNHeroes.com.

Yup, our readers are good!

This morning we asked complete strangers to step up to the plate to become an everyday hero. And we're giving a big shoutout to three of them.

Today's challenge - the first of several - was inspired by a report that donations to the United States’ 400 biggest charities plunged last year by 11 percent. We invited you to act by contributing $5 to the organization of your choice.

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October 18th, 2010
05:52 PM ET

Dwight Gooden pleads not guilty to child endangerment

Former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested in May after a car crash.

Retired all-star pitcher Dwight Gooden pleaded not guilty Monday to endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car during a May car crash.

Gooden entered his plea at an arraignment in New Jersey's Bergen County Superior Court, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The former Mets pitcher with a history of drug abuse was arrested May 23 after a two-vehicle crash in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Gooden, 45, lives in Franklin Lakes, authorities said.

At the time, Detective Lt. John Bakelaar told CNN that the child in the car was Gooden's 5-year-old son.

Gooden is scheduled to be back in court November 8 for a status conference.

Gooden pitched for the Mets from 1984 to 1994, winning the 1985 Cy Young Award after a 24-4 record that year. He also pitched for the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before retiring from baseball after the 2000 season.

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October 18th, 2010
04:05 PM ET

U.S. official denies intelligence breakdown in Mumbai attack

A senior U.S. official is denying allegations that American officials ignored warnings by the Moroccan-born wife of David Headley, a Drug Enforcement Administration informer in Pakistan who was convicted of helping to plan the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

"She expressed concern about individuals that her husband was hanging around with," he said. "She had concerns that they were involved in a terrorist plot. She had no details about who he was associated with or what they might be contemplating."

The official, speaking on background because of the diplomatic sensitivity of the subject, said the wife "walked into the U.S. Embassy in December 2007. There was a follow-up meeting in 2008. That was the last contact that we had with her."

The attack occurred in November 2008.

An American former wife of Headley also expressed concern about Headley's activities to U.S. investigators two years earlier, news reports say, but Headley was able to continue his contacts and training with militants in Pakistan.

The senior U.S. official denied, however, that the information was ignored. "We took what the wives told us seriously," he insisted.

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October 18th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

Four convicted in New York synagogue bomb plots

Four men were convicted Monday of plotting to blow up New York City
synagogues and shoot down planes.

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October 18th, 2010
02:34 PM ET

BCS shakeup, ALCS game 3, Titans take on Jaguars

First Alabama, now Ohio State. The top teams in college football have gone down in flames the last two weeks, and SI.com’s Stewart Mandel thinks that it’s time to come to terms with Boise State possibly being the best team in the BCS. Right now Oklahoma is atop the standings, followed by Oregon, so you’d expect either of those teams to be prime candidates for a national title.

However, Mandel says that with the Broncos being No. 1 in total defense, No. 1 in rushing defense and No. 1 in pass-efficiency defense they may not be as undeserving of a top BCS rank as some expect. Their ability to completely annihilate the competition (i.e. their 51-6 victory over Wyoming, their 59-0 win over New Mexico State) is exactly the sort of prowess a championship team should show.

While many will think that Oregon, Oklahoma and Auburn are the teams to beat, voters may have ultimately have to shift gears and recognize the strength of the Broncos and the fact that come season’s end it could be Boise State battling it out for the title.

There is plenty of action tonight as baseball playoff season continues to chug along and we round out Week 6 in the NFL.

Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees (8:07 p.m. ET)- The Yanks and Rangers are gearing up for Game 3 in the ALCS tonight. Cliff Lee will face off against Andy Pettitte as both teams try to get the edge over the other as the series is tied 1-1.

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October 18th, 2010
01:49 PM ET

Junior Seau in hospital after driving SUV off cliff

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau was being treated at a hospital after he drove his white Cadillac SUV off a cliff Monday and landed on the beach at Carlsbad, California, police said.

He was taken to nearby Scripps La Jolla Hospital for the treatment, authorities said.

Law officers are investigating the cause of the accident, in which Seau was the vehicle's only occupant, police said. Carlsbad is 35 miles north of San Diego, where Seau played most of his career.

Drafted in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft out of the University of Southern California, Seau debuted with the San Diego Chargers, establishing his Hall of Fame credentials as a starring linebacker and Pro Bowl staple.

He left San Diego prior to the 2003 season to join the Miami Dolphins and spent parts of the last four seasons with the New England Patriots before retiring last January. Seau amassed 1,526 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions in his 20-year career.

Off the gridiron, Seau was the star of "Sports Jobs with Junior Seau," a reality show on the Versus network that followed him as he took on various behind-the-scenes occupations, from a baseball batboy to a bull fighter to a pro hockey equipment manager.

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October 18th, 2010
01:33 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones legend releases a memoir called "Life" on October 26. This weekend, both The Times of London and Rolling Stone magazine released exclusive excerpts and headlines have leaked. (Note: The online excerpts are available only via subscription.)

The Rolling Stone collection includes a photo essay heavy on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The best kind of partying, Richards writes, is the kind you can’t remember. “You get these brief vignettes of what you did [while intoxicated]," Richards writes. “Oh, you don’t remember shooting the gun? Pull up the carpet, look at those holes, man.”

ABC News went through The Times excerpts to uncover that Richards and Mick Jagger haven’t been friends for years. Richards even refers to Jagger as “Her Majesty.” “Sometimes I think: 'I miss my friend.’ ” Richards admits in an excerpt. ”I wonder: 'where did he go?' "

The Daily Record of Scotland reports that the original rift between Jagger and Richards goes back to 1968 when the two swapped girlfriends Marianne Faithfull and model Anita Pallenberg, respectively. Pallenberg is the mother of three of Richards’ children. Richards admits that he acted out of retaliation and that his tryst with Faithfull happened only once, according to the report in the Daily Record. "Marianne and I still have this joke,” he recalls. “She sends me messages: 'I still can't find your socks.' "

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October 18th, 2010
01:02 PM ET

LaShawn Merritt suspended after tests positive for doping

U.S. Olympian LaShawn Merritt, a gold medalist in track and field, was suspended Monday after testing positive for banned steriods almost a year ago, according to the USADA.

Merritt tested positive for DHEA last year, and was placed on a provisional suspension and "disqualified from all competitive results achieved at and subsequent to October 28, 2009, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes", said the statement from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The decision was made by an independent three-member American Arbitration Association panel who've been investigating the doping violation, the agency said. The 21-month period of ineligibility dates back to the day the first sample was collected, said Nick Esares, communications representative with USADA.

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October 18th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Two fatally shot at Tennessee post office, police say

[Updated at 12:02 p.m.] A Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office dispatcher tells CNN that two women, both postal workers, were killed in the Henning shooting.

[Updated at 11:30 a.m.] Two people were killed Monday at the post office in Henning, Tennessee, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office said.

Local and state police are on the scene with the FBI.

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October 18th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

Missing American's wife provides detailed statement to authorities

The wife of an American reportedly shot dead by gunmen believed linked to a Mexican drug gang gave an eight-hour interview and provided a detailed statement to federal and state authorities in Mexico, she said Monday.

Tiffany Hartley told CNN's "American Morning" she gave a detailed account of what happened on September 30, from the time she and her husband David left their McAllen, Texas, home until she left a sheriff's office that night.

She said she is scheduled to meet with authorities again Monday to finish up the statement.

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October 18th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Falcon Lake mystery: Wife talks drug pirate claim

U.S. and Mexican officials continuing their investigation of the disappearance and alleged death of American David Hartley, despite the grisly murder of the lead investigator.

Hartley’s wife, Tiffany, claims her husband was killed by drug pirates on the Falcon Lake. Tiffany Hartley spoke with American Morning's John Roberts about the latest in the case.


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October 18th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

2 dead as Typhoon Megi strikes the Philippines

With memories of last year's killer typhoons still fresh, Philippines officials urged residents of northern provinces to be extra vigilant as powerful Typhoon Megi roared across the island chain Monday, ripping off roofs and cutting off electricity.

So far, two people have died in what has been billed as the strongest storm of the year, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Emergency workers pulled the body of Vicente Decena, 53, from a bloated river; a tree fell on the house of Aileen Respicio, 20, killing her and injuring her child. Five others were injured elsewhere, the disaster council reported.

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