October 30th, 2010
07:39 PM ET

'Sopranos' actress dies at 46

Denise Borino-Quinn, who played the wife of a mob boss in the award-winning HBO series "The Sopranos," has died of cancer at 46.

Borino-Quinn died Wednesday at Morristown (New Jersey) Memorial Hospital, according to Farmer Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held Saturday.

"The Sopranos," which ran from 1999 to 2007, told the story of mobster Tony Soprano and a colorful cast of bumbling criminals.

Borino-Quinn, who said in an interview that she got the part in a 2000 open casting call, played Ginny Sacramoni, married to Johnny Sacramoni. An HBO character bio described Ginny as "Rubenesque."

The actress married her late husband, Luke Quinn, in 2005.

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October 30th, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Insanely Sane: Humor brought everyone together

Okay, there’s no way to write this article without name dropping. To cut to the chase, I know Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and you don’t.

I used to work for The Daily Show and the Colbert Report as the audience warm up act.  Not a bad day job.
But knowing the hosts didn’t mean I got to parade on stage at Saturday’s “Rally for Sanity and/or Fear.” I was in the audience with the thousands of fans, reporting on the events for CNN.

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October 30th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

High school football game goes 12 overtimes

In a prep football game sure to go down in history, two Texas high school teams both went four score and then some Friday night.

In the end, the Fightin’ Indians of Jacksonville High School emerged victorious over the Nacogdoches Golden Dragons,  84-81.

Scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start, the District 14-4A game went 12 overtimes and didn’t end until 12:58 a.m. Saturday, according to CNN affiliate KLTV.

The 12 overtimes and nearly six hours of play may be a national prep school record. According to the National High School Record Book, two football games have reached nine overtimes.

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October 30th, 2010
03:32 PM ET

Stewart, Colbert preside over lighthearted, star-studded rally

Assisted by a colorful cast of characters, Comedy Central funnymen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a raucous rally on the National Mall Saturday in typical fashion before a cheering throng of
supporters.

Amidst all the hilarity, however, the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" carried a message about Americans turning their backs on hate and working together to make the world a better place.

Stewart and Colbert staged a mock battle, with Stewart supporting peace and sanity and Colbert promoting fear before a crowd that stretched nearly the length of the mall, most of the distance between the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

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October 30th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Woman believed to be tied to bomb plot arrested in Yemen

[Update: 303 p.m.] A woman believed to be connected to a plot to send explosive packages bound for the United States has been arrested in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, according to a Yemeni government official and a reporter with the state news agency.

Authorities have scrambled to find those responsible for sending two suspicious packages that were found in the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Earlier, Yemeni security officials had surrounded a home where a woman believed to be connected to a plot to send explosive packages bound for the United States was thought to be hiding, President Ali Abdullah Saleh told reporters Saturday.

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October 30th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

Teen star Demi Lovato apparently quits Twitter

There's no official word, but teen pop star Demi Lovato apparently has deleted her Twitter account, according to Twitter traffic and sites including the "ultimate fan site" disneydreaming.com.

Searching for Lovato's tag @ddlovato yields a message from Twitter saying the page doesn't exist. The consensus of her fans on Twitter is that her account was hacked.

The celebrity website thefablife.com reported that Lovato, the 18-year-old star of Disney's "Camp Rock," had sent out a joke tweet saying she was engaged. She included a photo of a kneeling fan offering her a ring after her recent concert Thursday in Bogota, Colombia.

Lovato immediately sent out a second tweet to let everyone know that she was joking, the site reported.

Lovato is touring with the Jonas Brothers and is due to perform Saturday in Lima, Peru, and Monday in Quito, Ecuador, according to her MySpace page.

On her Facebook page, fans are demanding to know why she deleted her Twitter account. The hashtag #demicomeback was the No. 3 trend on Twitter at noon ET.

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October 30th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

U.K. official: Aircraft was likely target of attack

A suspicious package discovered at the United Kingdom's East Midlands airport contained "viable explosives," and could have brought down an aircraft upon detonation, British Home Secretary Theresa May said Saturday.

The preliminary U.K. investigation indicates that the target may have been an aircraft, May said, but authorities do not believe the perpetrators would have known the location of the device when they detonated it.

May added that there is no indication of any other attack on British soil, and the threat level in the United Kingdom remains unchanged and at severe threat level.

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October 30th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

Hurricane Tomas bearing down on St. Lucia, St. Vincent

After intensifying into a hurricane, Tomas was nearing the northern Windward Islands on Saturday, taking aim at St. Lucia and St. Vincent, forecasters said.

Earlier, as a tropical storm, Tomas damaged homes and downed power lines on Barbados, according to the Miami, Florida-based National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 a.m., Tomas was located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south-southeast of St. Lucia and about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of St. Vincent, the Hurricane Center said. Its maximum sustained winds were at 75 mph (120 kph), making Tomas a Category 1 hurricane, although it is expected to further intensify.

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October 30th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

NASCAR executive Jim Hunter dies at 71

Jim Hunter was among the first class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May 2010.

Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president for communications, died of cancer Friday in Daytona Beach, Florida, the racing organization announced Saturday.

"Just woke up and find out that Jim Hunter a great friend passed away. All the prayers for his family," NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya tweeted Saturday morning.

Hunter, who was 71, was involved in auto racing for more than 40 years, according to his NASCAR obituary. He was inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May.

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October 30th, 2010
09:32 AM ET

Four dead after Antarctic copter crash

Four French nationals aboard a helicopter that crashed in Antarctica did not survive, rescuers said Saturday.

The helicopter went missing on Thursday evening.

French and Australian crews are conducting recovery operations, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a statement.

The victims were found after a helicopter with a doctor flew from a base in Antarctica to the scene of the crash.

Once recovery operations are complete, coordination will be handed over to French authorities, the statement said.

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October 30th, 2010
06:16 AM ET

Tomas close to hurricane strength near Barbados

Tropical Storm Tomas is near hurricane strength as it passes near the island of Barbados in the West Indies and heads toward the northern Windward Islands on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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October 30th, 2010
03:39 AM ET

Lipitor bottles being recalled

Pfizer is recalling an additional 38,000 bottles of the cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor after reports of an odor related to the packaging bottles, the drug company said in a statement.

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