October 29th, 2010
11:31 PM ET

One cholera carrier's story

The tragic story of 22-year-old Saint Helene and her 15-month old daughter Cherie shows how quickly cholera spreads from rural to urban areas, with deadly results.

About two weeks ago, Saint Helene visited friends in Artibonite, a city about an hour north of Port Au Prince. When Saint Helene and Cherie headed back to Port-au-Prince a few days later, they felt perfectly fine. What Saint Helene or Cherie could not have known at that time is they were likely carrying the cholera bacteria back to the nation’s capital.

Withing a few days, Saint Helene became suddenly ill. Within a couple hours, she was terribly dehydrated from diarrhea, and began to vomit. A good Samaritan brought mother and her young child to the closest hospital, where Saint Helene began treatment for cholera. She had an IV placed, and was given salts to replace the lost electrolytes. All of this happened within a few hours, relatively speedy, especially given the logistical challenges of Haiti.

And, with that, Saint Helene and Cherie illustrated several important lessons about cholera. Cherie, who was not sick, reminded us the vast majority of patients with the cholera bacteria actually don’t have any illness at all. Also, it was only several days after an exposure before Saint Helene began to feel ill. She was now getting simple, yet effective treatment.

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October 29th, 2010
10:25 PM ET

Al Qaeda in Yemen behind 'credible terrorist threat' against U.S., Obama says

[Update at 10:25 p.m.] Two suspicious packages found abroad that were bound for Jewish organizations in the United States contained a massive amount of explosive material that would have triggered a powerful blast had the suspected terror plot not been thwarted, a source close to the investigation said Friday.

[Update at 9:55 p.m.] A Yemeni diplomat in Washington says the Yemeni government has opened a full scale investigation into a suspicious device that was shipped from the country to the East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom.

President Obama's counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, has been in discussions with Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh about how to address the threat, a senior U.S. official said.

Yemen Embassy spokesman Mohammed Albasha in Washington said no UPS or FedEx flights take off or land in Yemen.

"It is way too early to rush to conclusions," Albasha said. "We have had heightened security at our airport(s) and have been working very closely on
security with our regional partners including the U.K. and U.S. since the Christmas incident" involving the accused would-be bomber now known as the "Underwear Bomber." 

Meanwhile, British police sources said the discovery of the suspicious package at East Midlands Airport was the result of an intelligence tip rather than a random check.

[Update 8:54 p.m.] Synagogues across metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, began taking "appropriate precautions" Friday after officials warned them to watch out for suspicious packages from abroad, a Jewish Federation spokeswoman said.

President Obama said two packages that apparently contained explosive materials were bound for two synagogues in Chicago.

While there were "no identifiable or specific threats," an FBI official in Chicago said suspicious packages addressed to U.S. destinations found on cargo planes abroad warranted the precautions.

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[Update 8:20 p.m.] The Emirates flight that was escorted into JFK International Airport this afternoon has been cleared, FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko said. Officials originally flagged flight 201 because there was cargo from Yemen aboard.

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[Update 8:00 p.m.] A U.S. official said it is likely that the material used in two suspicious packages bound for the United States was PETN a highly explosive organic compound belonging to the same chemical family as nitroglycerin but testing continues to reach a definitive conclusion.

PETN was allegedly one of the components of the bomb concealed by Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, who is accused of trying to set off an explosion aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it approached Detroit, Michigan, on December 25. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is also believed to be behind that botched attack.

Declining to provide specifics, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said intelligence officials were specifically looking for such suspicious packages when the first package was found in the United Kingdom.

He later issued a statement thanking Saudi Arabia, saying the United
States is "grateful" for the country's help in identifying the threat.

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October 29th, 2010
10:23 PM ET

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Packages 'contain explosive material,' Obama says: Suspicious packages found in at least two locations abroad that were bound for Jewish organizations in the United States "apparently contain explosive material," that represent a "credible threat" against the United States, President Obama said Friday.

Men and sex Survival of the quickest: Even though it’s often the butt of many jokes, premature ejaculation is no laughing matter. It’s the most common type of sexual dysfunction a man can have, with experts estimating that up to 30 percent of men have it.

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October 29th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Uncertainty over Fed meeting keeps stocks in tight range

A look at the day's business news headlines:

Dow has best October since 2006

Stocks ended October with gains, but uncertainty sent investors to the sidelines Friday following a lackluster reading on economic growth and ahead of next week's Federal Reserve meeting.

For the month, the Dow logged its best October since 2006, rising 3 percent. The S&P gained 4 percent, its best October since 2003; the Nasdaq jumped 6 percent.

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October 29th, 2010
09:03 PM ET

Tropical Storm Tomas forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Tomas formed in the Atlantic Friday and could strengthen into a hurricane by Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm, which was reported as the 19th named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, formed southeast of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, the center said. It was located about 200 miles southeast of Barbados Friday afternoon.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada. The government of Barbados issued a tropical storm watch for Dominica, the hurricane center said.

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October 29th, 2010
07:45 PM ET

GOP stars rally for Kasich in Ohio

The Republican Governors Association took its cross-country road show to Ohio on Friday to stir up support for GOP gubernatorial nominee John Kasich, whose fight against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland has become one of the closest and most unpredictable races in the country. 

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the RGA's chairman, joined Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Lebanon, Ohio where over 400 cheering Republicans crowded into a tiny conference room to catch a glimpse of three GOP stars, each of whom may one day seek the presidency.

Aiming to tie Strickland to some of President Obama's more controversial policies, the governors took turns bashing the health care reform bill, government bailouts of troubled industries and the sizeable federal deficit.

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October 29th, 2010
05:47 PM ET

More than 400 election day monitors to be deployed

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division plans to deploy more than 400 federal observers and department personnel to 30 jurisdictions in 18 states for next week's election, the agency said Friday.

Although state and local governments have primary responsibility for administering elections, under the federal voting rights laws, the Civil Rights Division is charged with protecting the rights of citizens to access the ballot on Election Day.

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October 29th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne: Who's healthier?

If Ozzy Osbourne had a genetic predisposition to an incurable illness, he wouldn't want to know, he told the TEDMED 2010 conference Friday.

But his wife, Sharon, whose idea it was to get both of their genomes sequenced, is very interested in what her own genes might say about incurable diseases, and wants to prepare herself.

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October 29th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

NORAD escorts aircraft to New York's JFK airport

Fighter jets escorted Emirates flight 201 to New York's JFK airport.

[Update 4:00 p.m.] Emirates Airline has issued a statement regarding the origin of the flight:

"Emirates Flight EK201, which has just landed at JFK, originated in Dubai not in Yemen, as reported in the US media. More information will follow as soon as we have it. Emirates is co-operating fully with the US authorities."

[Update 3:36 p.m.] Emirates flight 201 lands at New York's JFK airport escorted by fighter jets.

[Update 3:11 p.m.] NORAD is escorting a passenger flight from the United Arab Emirates to New York's JFK airport “out of an abundance of caution,” a NORAD spokesman said.

Two Canadian CF-18s began to track a civilian aircraft that was “determined to be an aircraft of interest” as it flew over Canadian airspace, spokesman John Cornelio said.

Two US F-15s then picked up the escort to JFK, which is ongoing.

A law enforcement source says that the flight being escorted is Emirates 201.  The flight originated in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday and is en route from Dubai to JFK, according to Emirates Airline.

The FBI and Port Authority Police are scheduled to meet the fight, FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko said.

"This is only because there is cargo from Yemen on the flight.  There is no known threat associated with this cargo or this flight,” he said.

October 29th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

iReport challenge: #BeAHero for democracy

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

Republicans and Democrats are hitting the campaign trail for a final weekend before Tuesday’s midterm elections.

For your next #BeAHero challenge, be a hero for democracy and join the political conversation.

You have a few days left to finish the special assignments in the iReport Election Project. Download the free CNN Election App for Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone and iPod Touch and help us take the political pulse of the country.

If you don't have the app, you can still participate. On Election Day, post a photo or video of your voting experience to iReport.

Then follow the races that matter to you. For complete political coverage, bookmark CNNPolitics.com.

October 29th, 2010
01:12 PM ET

Sports: John Wall stalled in NBA debut

John Wall's performance for the Kentucky Wildcats last season made him one of the most-anticpated rookies in the NBA this year.

One night after Blake Griffin left the league salivating in his debut, rookie John Wall was served up an NBA-sized portion of humble pie in his first game.

The Washington Wizards lost 112-82 to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Thursday, spoiling the No. 1 overall pick’s debut and giving him a taste of how difficult the NBA can be.

Wall finished with 14 points and nine assists, but much of it came in garbage time when the game’s outcome had long been decided. The Magic jumped out to a 24-7 lead in the first quarter and led by as many as 35 in what turned into a season-opening blowout.

Wall shot just 6-of-19 from the field and committed a team-high three turnovers. Although he showed flashes of brilliance with his all-world athleticism and yo-yo handles, he also committed the type of mistakes you would expect a rookie to make in his first pro game.

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October 29th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Ozzy Osbourne

The British heavy metal icon and former Black Sabbath frontman had a good reason for having his full genome sequenced and analyzed: He wanted to know why he was still alive.

“I was curious,” he wrote in a column this week for London’s The Sunday Times. "Given the swimming pools of booze I've guzzled over the years—not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol … you name it - there's really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive. Maybe my DNA could say why."

The St. Louis, Missouri-based Cofactor Genomics sequenced his genome and Knome Inc. analyzed the data, putting the Prince of Darkness in the same company as DNA co-discoverer James Watson and Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, who also have submitted to the process, Scientific American reported.

People are increasing using genome analysis “to uncover information about their ancestral histories, impending health risks and disorders of potential progeny,” the magazine reported in June.

“Despite the completion of the generalized human genome draft a decade ago, connections between diseases and genetic variations have proved to be evermore complex and elusive,” it said.

Knome co-founder Jorge Conde said Osbourne was interested in his ancestry and in recently being diagnosed with a Parkinson’s-like condition. The test revealed some Neanderthal lineage as well as “novel variants” in genes associated with addiction and metabolism.

The company didn’t divulge the full results of Osbourne’s test. The rocker and his wife, Sharon, are appearing at TEDMED 2010 in San Diego, California, on Friday to discuss the results. His speech is titled, “What will the unveiling of a full Osbourne genome reveal?”

A Halloween treat, no doubt.

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October 29th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

Shots fired at Marine Corps museum in suburban DC

Several shots have been fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps building in Virginia, the FBI said Friday.

No injuries were reported.

It is the second time the Marine Corp museum has been fired upon in recent days. In addition, two other military buildings in the Washington area, including the Pentagon, also have been shot at. All the previous shots came from the same weapon, authorities said.

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October 29th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Government considers relocations after Indonesian tsunami

he toll climbed to 413 dead and 298 missing four days after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off Indonesia's coast, triggering a tsunami, officials said Friday.

The National Disaster Coordinating Agency said 270 people were seriously injured and 142 had minor injuries. More than 22,000 people have been displaced or affected by the tsunami, which swept up villagers and their homes without warning, the agency said.

The government is considering relocating some residents in the earthquake-prone islands near Sumatra, the state-run Antara news agency said.

"President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed me to draft a government regulation related to the relocation plan. We will discuss this matter soon after the emergency response period and rehabilitation of the impacted area are over," said People's Welfare Minister Agung Laksono.

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October 29th, 2010
10:12 AM ET

Indonesia volcano erupts repeatedly

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano stayed active Friday, erupting six times by late afternoon, and spewing hot ash clouds and lava.

Officials urged residents to be on high alert and stay away from the volcano.

On Friday morning, one eruption sent a massive plume above the mountaintop, extreme weather chaser James Reynolds said. Ash drifted to the south after the eruption about 10 a.m. local time, Reynolds said. The plume was about 1,500 meters (4,921 feet).

Residents started streaming down the mountain, heading for safer ground. Some were being evacuated after returning home following eruptions earlier in the week, observers from the Volcanology Agency near Merapi said.

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October 29th, 2010
09:37 AM ET

On the Radar: 'Ninja' penalty, stump speeches, Metro plot


Penalty phase in "ninja" murder trial – The penalty phase begins Friday for a man convicted of leading a team of masked men dressed as ninjas to ambush a family in a Florida home. Leonard Gonzalez Jr. was convicted Thursday evening for the murder plot. The penalty phase at 10 a.m. ET will determine whether he will get the death penalty. A jury in Escambia County determined that Gonzalez fatally shot Byrd and Melanie Billings in the couple's master bedroom as one of their nine special-needs children looked on.

Furious last-minute campaigning – Candidates are making their final pitches on the last weekend before Tuesday's midterm elections. Here's where some of our most prominent politicians will be Friday:

  • Florida U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio will be in Palm Beach in the morning and Orlando in the afternoon. Opponent Charlie Crist will hold an event in Destin.
  • Rep. John Boehner - likely to become speaker if Republicans win a majority in the U.S. House - will attend a barbecue in Lima, Ohio.
  • Vice President Joe Biden will lead a rally in Dubuque, Iowa.
  • President Obama will make remarks on the economy in Beltsville, Maryland, and later give a speech in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • California Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer (who is running for re-election against Carly Fiorina) and Diane Feinstein will have an event in Northridge, California.
  • GOP VIPs Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty and Chris Christie will be in Lebanon, Ohio.

Metro terror plot – A detention hearing is scheduled Friday for Farooque Ahmed, who is accused of attempting to help men he believed to be militants plot bombings at subway systems in the Washington area. Some of the allegations against Ahmed were detailed in a search warrant and other documents released Thursday. The warrant included a sworn statement by an FBI agent who said Ahmed and "an associate" visited several Metrorail stations to record video he later handed over to undercover agents he thought were al Qaeda members.

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October 29th, 2010
07:37 AM ET

Friday's live video events

9:00 am ET - Rubio on the campaign trail – Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio participates in a campaign event in Palm Beach, Florida.

10:00 am ET - Gonzalez trial enters penalty phase – The penalty phase of the Leonard Gonzalez Jr. trial gets under way in Pensacola, Florida.  Gonzalez was convicted in the murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings.

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October 29th, 2010
06:26 AM ET

Military units exchange fire at Korean border, news agency says

[Updated at 6:24 a.m] North Korean and South Korean military units exchanged fire near their border Friday, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.

The exchange happened after North Korean forces fired two shots at a South Korean military guard post near the border in Hwacheon, South Korea, about 73 miles (118 km) northeast of Seoul, Yonhap reported, citing an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The South Korean troops fired back, Yonhap said.

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