October 20th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

Defending champion Yankees on the brink of elimination

Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett reacts after giving up a three-run homer to Bengie Molina.

The defending World Series champion New York Yankees could be out of the playoffs by the time much of the country sits down to dinner Wednesday night.

They trail their best of seven series with the Texas Rangers 3-1, with game five scheduled for a little after 4 p.m. ET Wednesday on TBS.

The Rangers won game four Tuesday night 10-3. Josh Hamilton, the Rangers’ star outfielder, hit two home runs, but the turning point came in the sixth inning. With the Yankees up 3-2, the Rangers' Bengie Molina hit a go-ahead, three-run homer to give his team a lead it never relinquished.

Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci is harshly critical of the Yankees decision-making leading up to Molina’s home run.

The Yankees will send their best pitcher, CC Sabathia, to the mound Wednesday against the Rangers' CJ Wilson. If the Rangers win, they go to the World Series for the first time in franchise history, which dates to 1972.

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October 20th, 2010
10:29 AM ET

On the Radar: Anita Hill, gays in military, O'Donnell's latest

No apology from Hill РAnita Hill is not going to apologize to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for saying he sexually harassed her, an accusation that nearly derailed his high court nomination two decades ago. Thomas' wife, Virginia, called Hill, now a Massachusetts law professor, over the weekend and left a voice mail asking for the apology. It's unclear what prompted Virginia Thomas to make the call, but in a statement, she told CNN that it was her attempt to extend an "olive branch."

Hill reported the voice mail to the Brandeis University Department of Public Safety, which turned the matter over to the FBI, a campus spokesman said. The FBI declined to comment late Tuesday.

In a statement to CNN, Hill said that she had "no intention of apologizing  because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony."

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October 20th, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Lists of names exchanged for Korean family reunification

North and South Korea exchanged lists of families to be reunited in the North next week, Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday, citing a South Korean government official.

Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo said in a briefing that the planned reunifications will occur after six decades of separation.

The lists contain the names of 100 people from each side, and the reunions will be held from October 30 to November 5 at the two countries' joint mountain resort in the North, Mount Kumgang.

Lee said 26 South Korean civilians crossed the border Wednesday into the North to tidy up the facilities at the resort.

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October 20th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

iReport challenge: #BeAHero for gay teens

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


The recent rash of teen suicides has put a harsh spotlight on anti-gay bullying. It’s a problem throughout the world, as evidenced by today’s story about the Ugandan newspaper that published 100 pictures of gays and lesbians in the country and called for their hanging.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has dubbed today Spirit Day. The advocacy group is asking people to wear purple to show support for gay youth and ‚Äústand UP to the bullies.‚ÄĚ

Here‚Äôs your ‚ÄúBe A Hero‚ÄĚ challenge for today:

If you support the mission to end anti-LGBT bullying around the world, do one or more of the following:

- Put on purple, take a photo or video of yourself and upload it to iReport

- Change your Twitter profile or Facebook page to purple

- Tweet: I’m wearing purple to end anti-LGBT bullying. #spiritday #BeAHero

- Record a video for the ‚ÄúIt Gets Better‚ÄĚ YouTube project (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the latest to join the campaign)

Then tell us what you did in the comments.

Check back this afternoon for the results of today’s challenge.

October 20th, 2010
09:22 AM ET

Saudi prince jailed for life for murdering servant

A British court sentenced a Saudi prince Wednesday to the maximum penalty of life in prison for murdering his servant.

Prince Saud Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Saud was found guilty Tuesday of both murder and grievous bodily harm in the February killing of Bandar Abdulaziz.

Abdulaziz died after a severe beating left him with swelling and bruising of the brain and fractured ribs and neck. He also had bite marks on his face, ears and arm.

The prince had not denied killing Abdulaziz, but said he had not intended to do so. He did not take the stand in his own defense.

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October 20th, 2010
09:19 AM ET

Fresh clashes as French protests continue

Fresh clashes broke out Wednesday between protesters and police in France as hundreds of thousands rallied in opposition to planned pension reforms.

Cars were set alight and buildings damaged in the Paris suburb of Nanterre while a van was set ablaze in Lyon, according to Agence France-Presse.

A week-long strike has caused chaos across France with more than a third of French gas stations running dry on Tuesday, according to the government. Air and rail travel has also been disrupted, with unions blockading access roads to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

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October 20th, 2010
09:18 AM ET

UK announces deep budget cuts

The British government announced deep budget cuts Wednesday, as it tries to fight massive deficits.

It will include "ruthless privatization" and will leave "no stone unturned in our search for waste," Chancellor George Osborne told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

But it is also guided by the principle of "fairness," he said, saying, "those with the broadest shoulders will bear the greatest burden."

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October 20th, 2010
06:32 AM ET

World update: UK to outline deep spending cuts

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

UK spending review - UK Chancellor George Osborne will present a review aimed at cutting the government’s ballooning fiscal deficit. The review is expected to result in some of deepest austerity cuts made by any country in Europe.

France strikes - President Sarkozy will debate his Pension Reform Bill in French parliament today ahead of a final vote later in the week. The proposals have met with fierce, public opposition and brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of France.

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