November 13th, 2010
10:56 PM ET

Paula Deen, Jill Biden take part in day to honor military wives

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, greets military spouses Saturday.

Jill Biden saluted a roomful of military wives Saturday for their dedication to their families and the country.

"You are very special people," said Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. "Thank you for what you do and thank you for your service."

Biden spoke to the women at "Operation Home Cooking," an event that brought together military spouses from around Washington at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show.

Biden drew upon her own experience as the mother of an active service member, recalling how she sent food to her half son, Beau Biden, when he was deployed to Iraq for 12 months.

"You send food because food is love," she said. "We give them what we do and what we make and we give them some of ourselves."

Her brief speech was the event's highlight for many in attendance, who relished the opportunity to have some time to themselves.

"It's just really hard being a military spouse, especially with them going back and forth to Iraq and Afghanistan and all the things that are going on," said Shawnnay Holland, whose husband just returned stateside.

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November 13th, 2010
10:48 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Backlash grows against TSA body scanners: A growing pilot and passenger revolt over full-body scans and what many consider intrusive pat-downs couldn't have come at a worse time for the nation's air travel.

Winning $129 million lottery ticket bought at porn shop: A group of friends got lucky when they bought a winning Powerball ticket at a Detroit-area porn shop.

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November 13th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Israel considers halting settlement construction

The Israeli government is considering a U.S. proposal that would temporarily halt settlement building in the West Bank for three months, Israeli Government officials said. In return, the US would commit to fight efforts to delegitimize Israel, the officials say.

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November 13th, 2010
06:32 PM ET

Two women, two children missing in Ohio

Tina Herrmann, Stephanie Sprang and siblings Kody and Sarah Maynard have been missing since mid-week.

Authorities and residents in rural Ohio searched Saturday for two women and two children who have been missing for several days.

Blood was found in the Howard home of Tina Herrmann, 32, and her children Sarah Maynard, 13, and Kody Maynard, 10, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said Friday.

Herrmann's friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41, is also missing.

The sheriff described their disappearance as a missing persons case.

"Detectives are interviewing family members, friends and acquaintances," Barber told CNN affiliate WBNS on Saturday. "Right now, there is no indication that they were abducted."

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November 13th, 2010
04:06 PM ET

Rahm Emanuel announces mayoral bid

Rahm Emanuel formally announced his bid for mayor of Chicago on Saturday, a move that has been widely anticipated since he stepped down as President Obama's chief of staff last month.

Flanked by his family, Emanuel made his first formal pitch to lead Chicago in a crowded school auditorium on Chicago's North Side.

"Because I love this city, the place my family came to, the place where I was born, I want to fight for a better future for all the people of Chicago and that's why today I'm announcing my candidacy for mayor," he said. 

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November 13th, 2010
02:55 PM ET

French prime minister resigns

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon submitted his and his government's resignation and French President Nicolas Sarkozy has accepted them, Sarkozy's office said Saturday.

The French constitution stipulates that if the PM steps down, the government has no head and is therefore resigned.

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November 13th, 2010
11:33 AM ET

Feds arrest Maryland official

Jack Johnson says he expects to be exonerated of corruption charges.

A county official in suburban Washington at the center of an FBI investigation into years of kickbacks says he is innocent and that the facts will prove it.

Jack Johnson, who has served as the executive of Prince George's County, Maryland, since 2002, spoke to reporters late Friday after the FBI released details of how he and his wife allegedly tried to hide checks and evidence of illegal payments, even going so far as to flush a $100,000 check down the toilet.

The Johnsons were both charged with tampering with evidence and destruction of records after they appeared in federal court late Friday in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside the U.S. capital.

"I'm innocent of these charges and I just can't wait for the facts to come out," said Johnson. "When they come out, I am absolutely convinced that I'm going to be - that we will be vindicated."

An affidavit by an FBI investigator whose team was monitoring wiretaps detailed a dramatic end to an alleged years-long kickback scheme organized by the couple.

After the Johnsons were arrested, FBI agents searched their Mitchellville, Maryland, home, walking out with at least 10 boxes filled with evidence. U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein stressed the investigation is continuing.

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November 13th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Polish composer Gorecki dies

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki received Poland's highest honor.

The Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki died Friday in Katowice after a long illness, the Krakow Post reported. He was 76.

He started as an avant-garde stylist but moved toward more traditional music as he aged, according to the Krakow Post.

His most popular work was the 55-minute "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" (1976), which musically describes a 15th-century monastic lamentation, a wall inscription by a Gestapo prisoner and a folk song from Poland's Opole region, according to the University of Southern California's Polish Music Center.

He resigned his professorship at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice in 1979 in protest of communist authorities, but just last month he was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honor, the Krakow Post reported.

"I think that music is one of the domains that people really need, and its importance only depends on whether one knows how to receive it," Gorecki said in a 1997 interview, according to the USC site. "Every person needs to be prepared to know how to 'use' music. Not only music - also literature, painting, sculpture, and film."

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November 13th, 2010
07:32 AM ET

Contaminated cheese recalled in Colorado

Mauri gorgonzola cheese sold in Costco wholesale stores is being recalled because of possible E. coli contamination.

Colorado health department officials are warning consumers who purchased Mauri gorgonzola cheese with "sell by" dates of January 13, 2011, and January 14, 2011, that the product has been recalled by the distributor, DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, Oregon.

The cheese was distributed only to Costco stores in Colorado in one-pound wedges.

Consumers who have any of this cheese should not eat it. They should return it to the place of purchase or dispose of it in a closed plastic bag and place it in a sealed trash can to prevent people or animals from eating it, the health department said.

Colorado and several other state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration have been investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections among people who sampled or purchased cheeses that were part of a "Cheese Road Show" at Costco stores October 14-17.

E. coli O157:H7 causes diarrhea and abdominal cramps, but some illnesses may last longer and can be more severe.

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November 13th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi released

Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest Saturday, police outside her home said. CNN could not independently verify the report.

Crowds of supporters waited near her home in Yangon. Hundreds of others waited near her National League for Democracy.

Suu Kyi has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest because of her fight for democracy in the nation formerly known as Burma.

Security has been stepped up in Myanmar, but it was unclear whether that was because of the country's first elections in two decades last Sunday.

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November 13th, 2010
01:02 AM ET

Strong earthquake strikes Dominican Republic

A preliminary 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Dominican Republic early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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