The day's most popular stories
December 13th, 2010
11:53 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Judge: Health care mandate unconstitutional: A Virginia federal judge on Monday found a key part of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform law unconstitutional, setting the stage for a protracted legal struggle likely to wind up in the Supreme Court.

Zelizer: Why 'W' must be smiling: Julian E. Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, writes that former President George W. Bush must be smiling because midway through President Obama's administration, many of Bush's polices are still in place.

Snowstorm heads east after delaying travel: The main thrust of a raging storm that dumped snow in parts of the Midwest over the weekend moved north of the border Monday, but the United States was still expected to feel some of its effects in the form of rain, snow or frigid temperatures.

Baby survives deadly crash after police chase: A 3-month-old girl was found hanging upside down in her car seat after being involved in a police chase that left the driver of the car dead, Texas police said Monday.

Hopes fade for 17 Antarctica sailors: The search has been suspended for 17 crewmen missing at sea after the sinking of a Korean fishing vessel in the frigid ocean waters around Antarctica, a New Zealand rescue agency said Tuesday.


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Jets suspend coach who tripped player
December 13th, 2010
09:22 PM ET

Jets suspend coach who tripped player

[Updated at 9:22 p.m.] The New York Jets have suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi through the 2010 season's playoffs for intentionally tripping a Miami Dolphins player during Sunday's Jets-Dolphins game, the Jets said on their website.

The Jets said they suspended Alosi (pictured) without pay and fined him $25,000 for tripping Dolphins rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll on the Jets' sideline as Carroll was covering a punt in the third quarter of Miami's 10-6 victory.

"After reviewing the facts and consulting with the league office, we determined that this was the most appropriate discipline," Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a post on the Jets' site. "I have spoken with Sal. He understands the severity of his actions and has apologized to all parties involved in the incident.

"There is no place in the game for this type of behavior and his conduct falls disappointingly short of our expectations for anyone associated with the New York Jets. I have also reminded all members of the organization with sideline access that it is both a priority and their responsibility to maintain a safe environment."

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Holbrooke dies days after aorta tear
December 13th, 2010
07:47 PM ET

Holbrooke dies days after aorta tear

Richard C. Holbrooke, the high-octane diplomat who spearheaded the end of the Bosnian war and most recently served as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile Afghan-Pakistani war zone, has died, officials said.

The 69-year-old diplomat died Monday at George Washington University Hospital. He was admitted last Friday after feeling ill. Doctors performed surgery Saturday to repair a tear in his aorta.

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How tax cut deal would affect small businesses
December 13th, 2010
07:39 PM ET

How tax cut deal would affect small businesses

A lot of Democrats are not happy with President Barack Obama's deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, but many small-business owners are.

CNN Radio's Jim Roope talked with Louie Cardona, owner of Cardona Manufacturing in Burbank, California. The precision machine shop produces parts for everything from cars to aircraft. Cardona explained what benefits a tax cut extension would have for small businesses.

"The main reason, of course, is because it would give us the same tax structure we'd been seeing the past several years," Cardona said. "If I had to pay more in taxes, I wouldn't have the money to reinvest in machinery."

Cardona said his business is about 30 percent down over the past two or three years, and he doesn't see things getting any better soon. So, he would be very happy with the tax cut extension if Congress approves it.

"It gives us more money in our pocket,” Cardona said.

CNN Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi confirms what Cardona said.

"This really doesn’t have the same stimulus effect as an actual tax cut," Velshi said. "It's an extension of something you are already not paying."

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Favre's consecutive-starts streak is over
December 13th, 2010
06:09 PM ET

Favre's consecutive-starts streak is over

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is on the team's inactive list for Monday night's game against the New York Giants, meaning his NFL-record streak for consecutive starts at his position will end at 297 regular-season games, Vikings representative Jeff Anderson said.

Favre, who has held the record since 1999, sprained a joint in his throwing arm during last week's game against the Buffalo Bills and didn't throw a ball during Saturday's walk-through. He had limited participation in Friday's practice, the first time all week he participated at all.

He got a reprieve Sunday, the scheduled date for the game with the Giants. The Vikings were forced to reschedule the game when the inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed under 16 inches of snow. The game will be played Monday in Detroit.

Favre has started every game since the fourth game of his 1992 season with the Green Bay Packers. He started every game in the 2008 season with the New York Jets, and every game since joining the Vikings in 2009. Including playoff games, he's started 321 consecutive games.

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Former Food Network chef sentenced in murder plot
December 13th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Former Food Network chef sentenced in murder plot

The former host of the Food Network's "Calorie Commando" was sentenced Monday to nine years in a California prison after he had earlier pleaded "no contest" to soliciting two homeless men to kill his wife, said Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez.

Juan-Carlos Cruz's wife was also in court during the sentencing, Martinez said.

Fertility issues were at the center of Cruz's motivation in the murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife, according to sources close to the couple.

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Filed under: California • Courts • Crime • Justice • Showbiz • TV
Monday’s intriguing people
December 13th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Monday’s intriguing people

John Boehner

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner shared his thoughts about President Obama, his humble upbringing, his political style, and even his skin color and emotions on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.

“Everybody who knows me knows that I get emotional about certain things,” the Ohio Republican said. And he demonstrated what moved him to tears. When it came to the topic of the American dream, Boehner choked up. “There are some things that are very difficult to talk about,” he said. “Family, kids, I can’t go to a school anymore. … Can’t talk about it.”

Why? Because it’s important to make sure that kids “have a shot at the American dream, like I did,” he said with a sob.

Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about Boehner tearing up on election night (pictured above) in November. In an interview with The New York Times, Pelosi said, “You know what? He is known to cry. He cries sometimes when we’re having a debate on bills.”

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Virginia judge rules health care mandate unconstitutional
December 13th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Virginia judge rules health care mandate unconstitutional

A Virginia federal judge on Monday found a key part of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform law unconstitutional - setting the stage for a protracted legal struggle likely to wind up in the Supreme Court.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson struck down the "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014. The Justice Department is expected to challenge the judge's findings in a federal appeals court.

Hudson's opinion contradicts other court rulings finding the mandate constitutionally permissible.

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Filed under: Courts • Health care reform • Politics • Virginia
December 13th, 2010
11:34 AM ET

Gotta watch: Beck's math on terror; skimpy Santa run

Zakaria checks Glenn Beck's fuzzy math – FOX News' Glenn Beck recently proclaimed that 10 percent of all Muslims are terrorists. CNN's Fareed Zakaria did the math and came up with a slightly different figure.

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Scantily clad Santas run for charity – These brave Kris Kringles stripped down to their holiday underthings to run 3 kilometers for charity. We've gotta hand it to these Santas. It takes some serious guts to run through Toronto in winter...in your underpants.

On the Radar: Tax debate, snow slams U.S., WikiLeaks, Favre streak
December 13th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

On the Radar: Tax debate, snow slams U.S., WikiLeaks, Favre streak

The U.S. Senate should open debate Monday on a tax compromise reached by President Obama and Republicans, but some Democrats in the House want to change the deal, one of the party's leaders said. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the package will get a House vote despite a threat by Democrats to prevent it from reaching the floor. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the first version of legislation on the negotiated deal. The package combines extended Bush-era tax cuts with extended unemployment benefits, tax breaks and a payroll tax holiday intended to bolster a sluggish recovery from an economic recession.

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Snowstorm heads east after delaying travel and 'deflating' Metrodome
December 13th, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Snowstorm heads east after delaying travel and 'deflating' Metrodome

A raging winter storm that dumped snow in parts of the Midwest over the weekend moved eastward Monday, leaving some highway and air travelers stranded and promising even more snow and brutal cold.

In northwest Indiana, at least two counties declared a state of emergency and urged drivers to stay off the roads. Police and highway crews struggled to dig out some stranded motorists and clear roads covered with blowing and drifting snow.

LaPorte County Sheriff's Deputy Patrick Drangmeister said several motorists remained stranded Monday morning in various locations throughout the county. He said every available deputy was out trying to help. A state of emergency was in place, with motorists urged to avoid all but highly essential travel.

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Monday's live video events
December 13th, 2010
07:26 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Expect a busy day at CNN.com Live as a new political movement breaks ground, the debate over extending cuts continues on Capitol Hill, and President Obama meets up with some hoop stars.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - 'No Labels' summit - "No Labels" is a new group aimed at cutting across party lines to find solutions to America's problems.  The group launches with a New York summit featuring such speakers as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Airport security finds ammunition in Don King's luggage
December 13th, 2010
03:06 AM ET

Airport security finds ammunition in Don King's luggage

Security officials found ammunition in the carry-on luggage of boxing promoter Don King as he headed out of Cleveland, Ohio, after attending his wife's funeral, an airport spokeswoman said Monday.

The incident took place at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport Sunday night, said spokeswoman Jackie Mayo.

"He was stopped at a security checkpoint and ammunition was found in his carry-on luggage," she said.

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At least 5 dead, 17 missing after ship sinks off Antarctica
December 13th, 2010
01:38 AM ET

At least 5 dead, 17 missing after ship sinks off Antarctica

A South Korean fishing vessel sank Monday in frigid ocean waters about 1,000 nautical miles north of McMurdo Station in Antarctica, killing at least 5 people while at least 20 were rescued, according to maritime officials.

A time-sensitive search was underway for another 17 people who were missing, said Maritime New Zealand spokesman Ross Henderson. While the ship sank in the Southern Hemisphere's late spring, water temperatures are just 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit), meaning crew members likely could only survive no more than 10 minutes before succumbing to hypothermia, authorities said.

The New Zealand agency and the Korea Coast Guard said that five people had died, 20 were rescued and 17 were missing.

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Former Food Network chef to be sentenced in murder plot
December 13th, 2010
01:21 AM ET

Former Food Network chef to be sentenced in murder plot

The former host of the Food Network's "Calorie Commando" is expected to be sentenced Monday after he pleaded "no contest" to a charge of soliciting two homeless men to kill his wife.

Juan-Carlos Cruz's plea agreement calls for a nine-year sentence, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in late October after the plea was announced.

One count of attempted murder was dropped as part of the plea settlement, the prosecutor said at the time.

Fertility issues were at the center of Cruz's motivation in the murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife, according to sources close to the couple.

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