Overheard on CNN.com: She-geeks rejoice
December 10th, 2010
10:58 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: She-geeks rejoice

COMMENT OF THE DAY: "Man, I wish the Pokemon crew would have done that for me!" - ShutYoTrap
 
Katie Goldman is an adorable 7-year-old from Evanston, Illinois, who wears a patch over her one lazy eye and loves "Star Wars," despite being teased for her interests by some classmates who said it was a movie for boys. She received an outpouring of support. Her story captivated the hearts of readers in faraway states and perhaps galaxies. She-geeks everywhere wrote in to say that they could relate to her youthful conundrum.

Check out what readers had to say about this and other stories on CNN.com today.

The day's most popular stories
December 10th, 2010
10:23 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Man charged in death of swimsuit designer: A man has been charged in the death of a 33-year-old swimsuit designer, whose bruised body was found in a bathtub at an exclusive New York hotel on Thursday, police said.

Man guilty of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart: More than eight years after a homeless street preacher abducted and sexually assaulted her, a beaming Elizabeth Smart said that a federal jury's guilty verdicts sent the message that victims can find justice.

Emma Roberts happy to be Prince Harry's date: Prince William may be off the market, but his younger brother Harry, 26, still needs a date to the royal affair - and who better to escort the eligible prince than Julia Roberts' niece?

Missing Va. girl, alleged abductor found: Recognizing their images from CNN, a San Francisco supermarket clerk alerted police after spotting a Virginia girl and her alleged abductor - leading to her safe return.

Apple owes Steve Jobs $37.91: Steve Jobs has yet to accept small amounts of money owed to him by several companies, including his own.

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Slain swimwear designer remembered as 'light personified'
December 10th, 2010
08:42 PM ET

Slain swimwear designer remembered as 'light personified'

Sylvie Cachay appeared to have it all: fame as a swimwear designer, an apartment in New York's West Village and membership at the Soho House, a members-only club and hotel in the Meatpacking District.

But it all ended Thursday morning when the 33-year-old's body was found in a bathtub in a room at the Soho House. Police have arrested Nick Brooks, a man described as her boyfriend and ex-boyfriend in various news accounts, in connection with her death. He is the son of Oscar-winning composer Joseph Brooks.

Cachay's chic line of swimwear catapulted her to fame in the fashion world and helped her secure a spot in elite social circles, but her friends remembered her Friday for her "magnetic energy, sincere kindness and emotional generosity."

"She never failed to tell you she loved you. And we love her. She was optimism and light personified and the world has lost a beautiful soul. She will be deeply and painfully missed, yet celebrated, honored and never forgotten," her friends said in a statement through her publicist.

It was Cachay's keen eye for design that brought her prominence as the designer of her own swimwear collection, Syla, the culmination of her life's work.

As a child, the Peruvian-born Cachay split her time between McLean, Virginia, and Peru, according to a biography on her clothing  line's website. Inspired by her mother's work as an artist and a love for the beach, she began collecting bikinis, which eventually grew into a desire to create.

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Filed under: Crime • New York
Missing Virginia girl found alive, police say
December 10th, 2010
06:41 PM ET

Missing Virginia girl found alive, police say

Brittany Mae Smith, 12, and her alleged abductor, Jeffrey Scott Easley, have been found alive, police in Roanoke County, Virginia, said in a statement.

Easley was taken into custosy, the statement said.

Earlier Friday, police released new video showing the girl and her alleged abductor, shopping at Walmart last Friday. Police believe her mother was killed on the same day.

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Filed under: Crime • Missing Children
December 10th, 2010
03:36 PM ET

India looking to hire in Detroit

A company with roots in India is planning to nearly double its presence in Michigan.

Tata Technologies - part of the Mumbai-based Tata Group - is looking to fill 400 job openings primarily for its North American headquarters in Michigan. The company organized a job fair in Southfield, Michigan, just outside Detroit, to attract potential auto engineers, designers and product lifecycle managers.

Tata routinely works with the Unites States' largest auto manufacturers; one of its biggest partnerships is with Chrysler.  The employees they are looking to hire will end up putting a lot of their skills to work within some of Tata's customers - which also include Ford and General Motors.

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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Michigan
Home burglarized while vet, fiancee welcome baby
December 10th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

Home burglarized while vet, fiancee welcome baby

An Iraq war veteran and his fiancee are receiving an outpouring of support after their home was burglarized while the woman was giving birth, CNN affiliate WBNS reports.

While Tonya Verduga was giving birth at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital with military veteran Tom Sheehan at her side, thieves were ransacking their house and making off with TVs, a laptop, jewelry and Christmas presents for the baby and for Verduga's two sons from a previous marriage, the station reported.

"From the ultimate high to just wanting to scream," said Sheehan, who returned from his most recent tour in Iraq in August. "(I'm) just so angry and upset."

But their community is making things right. Members of the Liberty Township Fire Department are adopting the family, and two VFW posts are collecting gifts and donations, WBNS reported.

Philanthropist Mae McCorkle wrote the couple a check for $5,000.

"It's an overwhelming feeling, knowing that you can get care like that from a complete stranger. ... It makes your heart melt knowing that there's people who would do that for you," Sheehan told the station.

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Filed under: Crime • Ohio • U.S.
Cocaine production, purity declining
December 10th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Cocaine production, purity declining

Cocaine is taking a hit, the White House says.

President Obama’s drug czar has announced that several indicators - both stateside and in Colombia, which provides 95 percent of America’s cocaine - show that purity, production and use of the drug is in decline.

Saying Americans were using too many drugs that stoke violence and instability around the world, Gil Kerlikowske further explained, “That is why the Obama Administration is working to restore balance to our drug control efforts by emphasizing demand reduction at the same time we are supporting our international allies in their efforts to curb the supply of these drugs.”

Some figures of note:

- Colombia’s production capacity has dropped from an estimated 700 metric tons in 2001 to 270 tons last year.

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Federal jury finds Smart kidnapper guilty
December 10th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Federal jury finds Smart kidnapper guilty

A federal jury has found a homeless street preacher guilty of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in 2002 and transporting the 14-year-old girl across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

Jurors deliberated for about five hours before announcing the verdict in the case of Brian David Mitchell, 57, court officials said.

Smart, now 23, was the prosecution's star witness. She spent three days on the witness stand after traveling to Utah from Paris, France, where she is on a mission with the Mormon church. Afterwards, she sat with her parents in the front row of the courtroom, watching the trial.

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He's still Peyton Manning, they're still the Colts
December 10th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

He's still Peyton Manning, they're still the Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are not dead just yet. Nor is Peyton Manning.

The team snapped an uncharacteristic three-game losing streak Thursday by notching a 30-28 victory over division rival Tennessee. Manning, who had been the brunt of criticism of late after throwing a career-high 11 interceptions over the skid, led the way, passing for 319 yards, two touchdowns and, most notably, zero interceptions.

Despite a closer-than-reality final score, Thursday night’s game may appear to be a ho-hum victory for the Colts, but SI.com’s John P. Lopez writes that it was nothing but.

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Filed under: Pro football • Sports
December 10th, 2010
12:02 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Parliamentary brawls; toddler in toy machine

Parliament gone wild – If you think American politics get hairy, you might think again after watching this video. The latest incident of international parliamentary shenanigans in South Korea spurred this video that takes a look at some of the most raucous brawls in political history.

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Toddler fulfills fantasy of living amongst toys – There are countless stories that begin with the phrase, "I just took my eyes off of her for a second," but few end as oddly as this one. A Pennsylvania girl becomes a true to life "Toy Story" when she climbs inside of a claw machine at a local mall. Thankfully firefighters arrived before anyone tried their hand at winning her.

Ex-staffers creating WikiLeaks spinoff site
December 10th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Ex-staffers creating WikiLeaks spinoff site

Several of Julian Assange's ex-colleagues say they're launching a WikiLeaks-like site called OpenLeaks next week.

According to Forbes columnist Andy Greenberg, leakers will be able to submit information to the site, but the site won't publish it. Instead, the leakers will name who - such as specific media organizations or watchdog groups - can have access to the information, Forbes reported. Those users will make their own decisions about fact-checking, editing and publishing.

That will allow the exposure of the information without the same legal questions that WikiLeaks faces, one of OpenLeaks' founders, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, told Forbes.

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Friday's intriguing people
December 10th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Brenda Starr

The comic strip about the crimson-coiffed reporter is going to the white panels in the sky.

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman, who had been writing and drawing "Brenda Starr" for the better part of the past two decades, are done with the strip, the Tribune reported.

"There's sadness about stopping, but no regret and no ambivalence," The Tribune quoted Schmich as saying. "It came to me really clearly that I was done. … I don't think the character is dead. But the comic strip in this form is."

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December 10th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

'It increases the deficit too much, increases spending too much.'

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, head of the House Tea Party Caucus, explains to "American Morning" why she opposes President Obama’s tax deal with Senate Republicans.


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Jury resumes deliberations in Elizabeth Smart case
December 10th, 2010
10:51 AM ET

Jury resumes deliberations in Elizabeth Smart case

The jury resumed deliberations Friday in the trial of Brian David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002, a court spokesman said.

The jurors - who began deliberating Thursday - will decide whether Mitchell, 57, was legally insane when he snatched Smart at knifepoint from her bedroom on June 5, 2002.

Smart testified at the monthlong trial that he led her to a makeshift camp in the canyons above her home, "sealed" her as his spiritual plural wife and raped her.

U.S. District Dale Kimball instructed jurors that in order to acquit Mitchell under the insanity defense, they must determine he was mentally ill and that his illness was so severe it kept him from knowing right from wrong.

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On the Radar: Don't ask, don't tell; Elizabeth Smart; Heisman Trophy
December 10th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

On the Radar: Don't ask, don't tell; Elizabeth Smart; Heisman Trophy

Elizabeth Smart trial

The jury will resume deliberations Friday morning in the trial of Brian David Mitchell, above at left, a homeless street preacher accused of kidnapping 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002.

After three hours of deliberation Thursday night, the Salt Lake City, Utah, jury will return at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday.

The jurors will decide whether Mitchell, 57, was legally insane when he snatched Smart at  knifepoint from her bedroom on June 5, 2002. Smart testified at the monthlong trial that he led her to a makeshift camp in the canyons above her home, "sealed" her as his spiritual plural wife and raped her.

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Friday's live video events
December 10th, 2010
06:23 AM ET

Friday's live video events

The work week may be coming to an end, but CNN.com Live has a full plate on its schedule, as the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, while the debate over "don't ask, don't tell" continues to grow.

Today's programming highlights...

7:00 am ET - Nobel Peace Prize ceremony - The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held in Oslo, Norway. The winner is imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

9:30 am ET - Senate in session - House Democrats may have thumbed their noses at it, but the Senate will debate extending the Bush-era tax cuts, among other issues, today.

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Japan, U.S. wrap up joint military exercises
December 10th, 2010
03:57 AM ET

Japan, U.S. wrap up joint military exercises

The United States and Japan wrapped up seven days of joint military exercises Friday, as tensions simmered on the Korean peninsula.

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Companies betting on soccer in India
December 10th, 2010
12:45 AM ET

Companies betting on soccer in India

India’s achievements on the world soccer stage would be considered meager for any country, let alone for the planet’s second-most populous nation. India has never played in a World Cup, and its men's national team is ranked 142nd by FIFA. The Faroe Islands, home to 49,000 people, are 11 spots ahead of the country of 1.2 billion.

Truth is, India’s athletes and sports fans have been more drawn to cricket. But two companies are betting that the country is a slumbering giant of a soccer market.

Reliance Industries, India’s largest private-sector firm, and sports and entertainment company IMG Worldwide have bought the commercial rights to soccer in India and will develop and run a new professional league in the country, India’s soccer federation announced Thursday.

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Filed under: India • Soccer • Sports