New York police said Monday they have arrested a man in connection in
the death of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase Wednesday night.
Police said the victim, 28-year-old Betty Williams from the Bronx, was
strangled and then stuffed into the dark-colored piece of luggage.
The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according toÂ NewsPulse:
Girl last seen working in 1990: Rosemary Diaz, 15, was just weeks into her first job asÂ a clerk at Dane's Country Store in Danevang, aÂ one-traffic-light town south of Houston, Texas. Â She went to work one day and never came home. Â To this day, there are no strong leads and for Rosemary's family, many nagging "what ifs."
The top 10 tech trends of 2010: When the new year dawned, almost no one in the world knew what an iPad was. As 2010 comes to an end, everybody wants one.Â In between, there were smarter phones, video games that make you actually stand up and do something and ... oh yeah ... a little website called Facebook signed up a few more users.
A look at highlights from the day's business news headlines:
Stocks withstand China, blizzard
U.S. stocks ended Monday mixed as investorsÂ digested a surprise interest rate hike by the Bank of China and a blizzard putÂ a damper on post-holiday retail sales.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 18 points, or 0.2%, with nearlyÂ two-thirds of the 30 blue-chip index issues in the red. Kraft, Procter & GambleÂ and Microsoft were the biggest decliners of the day, though none fell by moreÂ than 1%.
Volume was low Monday and is expected to stay lighter than normal for aÂ holiday week, because of a major snowstorm that blew through the Northeast lateÂ Sunday and into Monday. Retailers were taking a hit as the storm was keepingÂ shoppers at bay, but financials were showing some resilience.
The D.C. homeless man is using social media to advocate for other homeless people. He says he gotÂ a leak fixed at one homeless shelter and stopped harassement of homeless people at another. Using computers at libraries, Sheptock communicates withÂ nearlyÂ 1600 e-mail contacts, 5,000 Facebook friends and hundreds ofÂ Twitter followers. He has two blogsÂ and a Facebook fanpage. Sheptock says he's now trying to use his popularity to start a movement thatÂ reduces homelessness and improves shelter conditions. Read the Washington Post's story about Sheptock. His story is not without its critics.
A New York judge has allowed a memorabilia collector to sell what the collector is saying is the original "Schindler's list." The Telegraph reports that the list is said to contain the names of more than 1,000 Jews that Oskar Schindler saved during the Holocaust. There had been a ban on sale of the list, according to The Jerusalem Post. The paper reported that an heir to Schindler's widow previously tried to preventÂ selling the list.
Blizzard stranded blogger
For every stuck traveler, your voiceÂ wasÂ heardÂ Monday through the clever tweets of one of your brethren, Jason Cochran (@bastable). CochranÂ was, at least as of thisÂ posting,Â among the hundreds ofÂ passengers stranded at JFK Airport in New York which closed due to blizzard conditions. He tweeted that heÂ was there for more than 17 hours including four hours in a plane on the tarmac waiting to fly to London. Mediabistro.com is reporting thatÂ Cochran's tweetsÂ began at about 8 p.m. ET Sunday night.
Forget that the 5-9 Minnesota Vikings were pretty terrible even before Brett Favre began showing his age and before star running back Adrian Peterson banged up his leg.
Forget that the 10-4 Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the most dominant teams all year, have already clinched a playoff spot and are Las Vegas' two-touchdown favorite in the game.
Forget that the Green Bay Packers have already handed the Eagles their division title by pummeling the New York Giants for them.
This game will be historic no matter what. Why? Well, because pro football hasn't been played on a Tuesday in more than six decades.
That probably won't be enough to buoy the spirits of Vikings fans, who not only have lost all hope of postseason action, but who also temporarily lost their stadium earlier this month when the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of snow.
Expect no redux this week, because Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field is outdoors - which seems, at least to this humble fan, like a better place to play football anyway.
The year in implosions - Here at CNN, we get a glut of videos in surprising categories. All this week on "Gotta Watch," we will be unveiling short compilations of some of our favorites, including the demolition of the stadium that the Dallas Cowboys once called home (pictured above). As one of Newtonâ€™s laws explains, what goes up, must come down. Hereâ€™s a look at some of the best examples of 2010:
Baby, it's cold outside: Travelers in the northeastern U.S. are stuck Monday because several major airports are closed due to blizzard conditions. All three airports in the New York City area are shuttered, and blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of New England. More than 2,500 flights have been canceled across the country since the storm began, airline representatives said. Watch for live weather and flight updates in New York and Philly on CNN.
Italy embassy bomb: Police in Italy say a packageÂ containing an explosive was foundÂ at the Greek Embassy in Rome. Suspicious packages were also found at the Venezuelan and Danish embassies. It was the second time in as many weeks that authorities have responded to reports of suspicious packages at embassies in the city. Packages exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies last week.
Pakistan drone attack: Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 18 militants in Pakistan on Monday. Based on CNN's count, there have been 108 drone strikes this year, which is more than double the number in 2009. Monday's was the latest in a series of aerial assaults targeting insurgents in North Waziristan, one of seven districts in Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan. In one attack, a suspected drone fired four missiles on a militant vehicle in the Mir Ali area, two intelligence officials said. Six people were killed.
Thousands of travelers were stranded Monday as blizzard conditions halted flights at New York's three major airports, slowed rail travel and continued to create treacherous conditions on roads throughout the East Coast.
The storm brought high winds - in some cases as much as 80 miles per hour - and blinding snow to much of the East Coast beginning Sunday. Some places were forecast to receive as much as 30 inches of snow overall. Blizzard warnings remained in effect through noon Monday for much of coastal New England, where coastal flooding was also a problem.
Incoming and departing flights were suspended at New York's John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports Sunday night, as well as at Newark Liberty International Airport in neighboring north New Jersey, Port Authority spokeswoman Sara Joren said.
LaGuardia and Newark airports will remain closed until further notification, while New York's John F. Kennedy is expected to reopen at 6 p.m. ET Monday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.FULL STORY
The alleged bombing targets of nine men arrested on terror charges in the United Kingdom a week ago included the London Stock Exchange and the U.S. embassy in London, a prosecutor said in court Monday.
The men, ages 19 to 28, appeared before a senior district judge in the City of Westminster Magistrates Court Monday. They were remanded into custody until their next appearance at Central Criminal Court - London's Old Bailey - on January 14.
The suspects were ordered them held without bail on charges of conspiracy to cause explosions and other terrorism offenses, West Midlands police said Monday.FULL STORY