NFL fines Jets $100,000 for coach's tripping incident
December 30th, 2010
09:12 PM ET

NFL fines Jets $100,000 for coach's tripping incident

The National Football League fined the New York Jets $100,000 in connection with a coach’s tripping of an opposing player along the sideline during a game this month, the Jets said Thursday.

The Jets earlier this month fined and indefinitely suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi (pictured) after he admitted intentionally tripping rookie Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll during a punt in the third quarter of the Dolphins’ 10-6 win over the Jets on December 12.

"We will comply with the league’s decision," the Jets said in a statement on its website Thursday.

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Ford, Chrysler recalling thousands of vehicles
December 30th, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Ford, Chrysler recalling thousands of vehicles

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 19,600 2011 model year trucks and crossover SUVs over concerns that an electrical short could cause a fire, the manufacturer said Thursday.

Chrysler Group LLC also is recalling nearly 145,000 trucks and crossover wagons in three separate campaigns for steering, stalling and airbag concerns, according to letters posted this week on website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford decided to recall certain 2011 model year F-150 trucks, Super Duty trucks (F-250 through F-550) and its Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles after fires started in the cabs of two F-150 trucks at a Michigan assembly plant in November and December, the company said in a letter Monday to the NHTSA.

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It's a girl: Queen Elizabeth announces first great-grandchild
December 30th, 2010
05:13 PM ET

It's a girl: Queen Elizabeth announces first great-grandchild

The British monarchy has welcomed a royal bundle of joy, Buckingham Palace said in a press release Thursday.

Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, gave birth to a girl on Wednesday at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, according to the statement.

The baby, whose name will be announced at a later date, is the queen's first great-grandchild. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

Peter Phillips, the baby's father, was present at the birth, the palace said.

Phillips, 33, is the son of Princess Anne, the second child and only daughter of the queen. He married the Canadian-born Autumn Kelly in May 2008.

Peter and his younger sister have no royal titles and perform no royal duties. They are the cousins of Princes William and Harry, the second and third in line to the throne, respectively.

The new baby is 12th in line to the throne.

Website lets taxpayers redirect breaks
December 30th, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Website lets taxpayers redirect breaks

A group of academics has created a website where users can calculate how much the recently renewed federal tax cuts are worth to them and donate that amount to charity.

GiveItBackForJobs.org "is intended both to make it easy for those with extra moolah to donate and to send a political message that they are doing so," according to the ABA Journal.

Three Ivy League professors, a law student and a designer created the site out of opposition to the extension of tax benefits for the wealthy, the founders write on the site.

"GiveItBackforJobs enables joint action, by all visitors to this site, to redirect our Bush tax cuts to the wise and just programs that our government would promote if it had not been hijacked," they write.

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Bloomberg to probe allegations that workers delayed NYC snow clean-up
December 30th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

Bloomberg to probe allegations that workers delayed NYC snow clean-up

Four days after a monster blizzard blanketed much of the northeastern United States, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will investigate whether sanitation workers intentionally delayed clean-up efforts
over frustrations regarding city-wide budget cuts.

"It would be an outrage if it took place," Bloomberg said Thursday, stressing that his administration's primary focus is clearing streets in the city's outer boroughs. Some neighborhoods remained snowbound for days after the storm.

Rumors swirled across New York on Thursday that sanitation officers ordered rank-and-file workers to slow down clean-up efforts in retaliation for the city's belt-tightening measures.

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Delta flight makes emergency landing
December 30th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Delta flight makes emergency landing

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 en route from Detroit, Michigan, to Phoenix, Arizona, made an emergency landing Thursday morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after reporting engine trouble, an airport spokesman said.

Flight 1921 landed safely, but passengers had to use emergency chutes to evacuate the plane after rescue crews found the craft's brakes were hot.

Two of the plane's 225 passengers and crew suffered minor injuries during the evacuation and were treated at a hospital.

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SI.com: NFL had to do something about Favre allegations
December 30th, 2010
12:41 PM ET

SI.com: NFL had to do something about Favre allegations

The NFL's $50,000 fine against Brett Favre, for failing to cooperate with its investigation of lewd photos and voice mails allegedly sent to former Jets employee Jenn Sterger, came as no surprise to SI.com's Peter King.

With pressure on the league to address the accusations, Commissioner Roger Goodell was compelled to act in some way, King says.

But does the penalty Favre received suit the offenses he was accused of? That remains a cause for debate, but the mere fact that Favre received this punishment speaks volumes about the league and the position it found itself in, King contends.

"This basically was such a black eye for the league that Roger Goodell felt that he had to act in some way, and so a fine and sort of a public slap on the wrist was what he felt like he should do," King told Inside Report's Maggie Gray. "I think the big story here is that it's obvious that they could not absolutely, definitively connect the lewd photos that were sent to Jenn Sterger were absolutely sent from Brett Favre and were pictures of Favre himself."

Meanwhile, bowl madness rolls along today (all times Eastern, all on ESPN):

Armed Forces Bowl (noon): SMU vs. Army

Pinstripe Bowl (3:20 p.m.): Syracuse vs. Kansas State

Music City Bowl (6:20 p.m): North Carolina vs. Tennessee

Holiday Bowl (10:00 p.m.): Nebraska vs. Washington

By the Numbers

45: Number of points scored by the Heat's Dwyane Wade during Miami's 125-119 rout of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

880: Number of victories Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has earned during his career. The Blue Devils' win Wednesday against UNC-Greensboro moved Coach K to No. 2 on the all-time wins list, surpassing North Carolina rival Dean Smith. He trails former boss Bobby Knight by 22.

12: Number of consecutive games in which Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon posted at least one touchdown and 100 yards receiving. The Cowboys thumped Arizona 36-10 in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.


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Indiana earthquake: a 'very loud boom'
December 30th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Indiana earthquake: a 'very loud boom'

[Update 12:14 p.m.:] The U.S. Geological Survey has downgraded the earthquake from a 4.2 magnitude to a 3.8 magnitude.

[Original post] Debra Sholty was just opening up her business Thursday morning in Kokomo, Indiana, when a magnitude 4.2 earthquake rumbled through the north-central part of the state.

"It was like a huge explosion under your feet," said Sholty, the owner of Hobson Cleaners.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck just before 8 a.m. ET and was three miles deep. Its epicenter was located about 15 miles east-southeast of Kokomo, and 50 miles north of Indianapolis.

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Gotta Watch: 2010 holy sightings; screwy history; li'l dribbler
December 30th, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Gotta Watch: 2010 holy sightings; screwy history; li'l dribbler

The Year in Holy Sightings: Spirits show their faces in some strange places in CNN.com's compilation of the best holy sighting videos.

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Former Russian oil tycoon faces another 6 years in prison
December 30th, 2010
10:44 AM ET

Former Russian oil tycoon faces another 6 years in prison

A judge in Moscow sentenced Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of the Russia's Yukos oil company, and his business partner to 14 years in prison on corruption charges Thursday.

The sentence effectively adds six years behind bars for Khodorkovsky, since the judge set the sentence to begin in 2003 when he was initially imprisoned on other charges. Instead of a release in 2011, he will now be freed in 2017.

Khodorkovsky and partner Platon Lebedev were accused of stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from Yukos production subsidiaries from 1998 to 2003. Khodorkovsky has already been convicted of underpaying taxes on the oil and is serving an eight-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion.

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Selling a home now: 'Paint it, put new carpet in it,' real estate guru says
December 30th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Selling a home now: 'Paint it, put new carpet in it,' real estate guru says

Mike Aubrey from HGTV's "Real Estate Intervention" talked Thursday to CNN's "American Morning" about what you can do if you're trying to sell a home in a down housing market.

"In this marketplace, it is vital that you have two things in order to be successful: You have to be priced right, and you have to look good," Aubrey said.

"Make no mistake, the boom days of 2005 are gone. This is a question of economics," Aubrey said. "There are far more homes on the market than there are qualified buyers that are looking for those homes, and if you haven't priced it right, you haven't made it look good, no one's going to buy it at all."

So, what sells houses these days? Aubrey said beautification goes a long way.

"I had to give you the 'lipstick on a pig' theory, but walls and floors sell houses. If you don't have money and you're in a position where you don't have a ton of cash to spend and invest in your property to get it to sell, paint it, put new carpet in it," he said. "Things like that have an amazing impact on what buyers think when they come into the property."

'People did not listen and went out with their vehicles and got stuck'
December 30th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

'People did not listen and went out with their vehicles and got stuck'

John Doherty, New York City sanitation commissioner, responded to criticism Thursday about the city's cleanup response to the East Coast blizzard.

"From the planning purpose and operational purpose, we fought this storm like we fought every storm, so there was no change in that," Doherty said on CNN's "American Morning."

"One of the biggest problems we ran across so far was the depth of snow in many places, and snow plows getting stuck and not being able to get in streets, along with the tremendous number of abandoned vehicles," he said.

"People did not listen and went out with their vehicles and got stuck. Even after the storm they tried to go through some of the blocks, and the snow was anywhere in the city from 16 to 29 inches," Doherty said.


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Your pick for Most Intriguing Person of 2010 is ...
December 30th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Your pick for Most Intriguing Person of 2010 is ...

He's been called a criminal, a spy and a champion of the First Amendment. Some think he’s a villain. Some see him as a hero.

The only thing that’s beyond debate: Julian Assange has more intrigue than the pulp section of a bookstore.

WikiLeaks' mastermind, the guy who everyone loved to hate or loved to defend, got the most first-place votes (25%) on CNN.com's “Most Intriguing Person” poll for 2010. Following Assange were:

2. President Barack Obama
3. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg
4. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
5. Marisol Valles Garcia, a police chief in Mexico
6. Chilean miner Edison Pena
7. Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart
8. Tony Hayward, the former CEO of BP
9. Kim Jong Un, presumed future leader of North Korea
10. Antoine Dodson, whose thoughts about rape went viral on video

Maybe Assange’s victory is payback for Zuckerberg edging him out of Time's Person of the Year?

Let's recap why Assange was so captivating in ’10.

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On the Radar: Murkowski, Times Square, winter weather
December 30th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

On the Radar: Murkowski, Times Square, winter weather

Alaska election certification: Alaska state officials will certify Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in election victory Thursday. The certification will then be flown to Washington to be delivered to the secretary of the Senate, clearing the way for Murkowski to be sworn in next week.

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Murkowski's victory.

Murkowski was defeated in the Republican primary in August by Joe Miller, a Tea Party-backed candidate. Murkowski then waged the write-in campaign in the general election in November to defeat Miller, who filed a lawsuit challenging the result.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline had previously issued an injunction to block certification of the election results pending a resolution of Miller's lawsuit. In his ruling Tuesday, Beistline said "the injunction is lifted and the Division of Elections may certify the election results immediately."

The final vote count in the election was 101,091 to 90,839.

Murkowski's victory marks only the second time a person won a write-in campaign for the Senate. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina won a write-in campaign in 1954.

New Year's Eve test: Operators will have a dress rehearsal of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at noon Thursday. The famous ball's lights will be turned on and hoisted up the 141-foot flagpole atop One Times Square.

CNN's Anderson Cooper will be joined by comedian Kathy Griffin for the actual event, starting at 11 p.m. ET Friday and counting down to midnight.

Winter weather: Heavy snow is expected at higher elevations in Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Blizzard conditions are even possible for some areas, mainly above 7,000 feet, CNN meteorologist Monica O'Connor says.

Winter storm warnings are posted for Minnesota and the Dakotas. Forecasts call for 6 to 12 inches of snow through the weekend and wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph.

Folks in the Northeast will get some relief as pleasant conditions follow high pressure slowly moving off the coast.

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Geraldine Hoff Doyle, 'We Can Do It!' poster inspiration, dies at 86
December 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, 'We Can Do It!' poster inspiration, dies at 86

The woman who inspired the famous World War II "We Can Do It!" poster has died.

Geraldine Hoff Doyle was just 17 when a United Press photographer captured her in 1942 working at a Michigan metal factory, wearing a red polka-dotted bandanna.

Her pretty face caught the eye of artist J. Howard Miller, who had been commissioned by the government to create a series of motivational posters for factory workers.

The face on the poster was Doyle's, but the powerful muscles were not, her daughter Stephanie Gregg of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, told The New York Times.

"She didn't have big, muscular arms," Gregg said in the Times' obituary. "She was 5-foot-10 and very slender. She was a glamour girl. The arched eyebrows, the beautiful lips, the shape of the face — that's her."

Doyle abandoned the factory job after just two weeks, worried that she might injure her hands and not be able to play cello anymore, according to the Washington Post. She took a job at a soda fountain, where she met her future husband.

The poster eventually became an icon of women's empowerment, but Doyle never recognized her own face on it until 1984, when she saw it in Modern Maturity magazine, the Lansing (Michigan) State Journal reported.

Doyle was married for 66 years to dentist Leo Doyle, who died in February. They had six children, 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Geraldine Doyle died Sunday at a hospice facility in Lansing, her daughter said. She was 86.

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December 30th, 2010
01:49 AM ET

Skiers safe after digging out of avalanche

Two skiers were safe Wednesday after walking away from an avalanche near a Montana ski resort, authorities said.

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The day's most popular stories
December 29th, 2010
10:53 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Cops: Man on plane hit teen using phone: A 68-year-old Idaho man (pictured) has been charged with misdemeanor battery after, police say, he struck a teen who would not turn off his iPhone while the plane they were in was taxiing for takeoff.

Man facing trial on hacking charge defends reading wife's e-mails: A Michigan computer technician faces a jury trial in February for allegedly hacking into his then-wife's e-mail account.

Man: Wife's death was sex fantasy accident: An Oklahoma man tells police his wife was killed when a handgun went off in their bedroom during fantasy sex play.

Disneyland sells out second day in a row: California's Disneyland filled to capacity two hours after opening Tuesday - the second day in a row the 55-year-old theme park was forced to turn potential guests away because of overcrowding.

How man's shame sparked a 300-pound weight loss: Lugging a nearly 500-pound body, Matt Hoover was unhappy. He knew how to lose weight but was paralyzed by inaction. It took one mortifying moment to get him moving.


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U.S. revokes Venezuelan ambassador's visa
December 29th, 2010
10:02 PM ET

U.S. revokes Venezuelan ambassador's visa

The U.S. government has taken "reciprocal action" against Venezuela's rejection of the U.S. ambassador to Caracas by revoking the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to Washington, a State Department official said Wednesday.

"We said there would be consequences when the Venezuelan government rescinded (the agreement to accept the diplomatic credentials) regarding our (ambassadorial) nominee, Larry Palmer. We have taken appropriate, proportional and reciprocal action," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday night.

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Group: American accused of kidnapping in Haiti released
December 29th, 2010
09:08 PM ET

Group: American accused of kidnapping in Haiti released

An American relief worker who was jailed in Haiti this month after a father accused him of kidnapping a 15-month-old boy has been released, the American's nonprofit organization said Wednesday.

Paul Waggoner was being transported from the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to "a safe location where he will receive immediate medical attention," according to Materials Management Relief Corps, which Waggoner co-founded.

Waggoner's supporters, who maintain that the boy was not kidnapped but rather died in a Haitian hospital where the father sought treatment for him, say he will need to recover from horrific conditions at the penitentiary.

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William and Kate will dispense their own toothpaste, thank you
December 29th, 2010
07:22 PM ET

William and Kate will dispense their own toothpaste, thank you

Some royals have domestic staff who do things such as set out their clothes for the next day. But Britain’s Prince William and his fiancée apparently are set to do their own cooking and household tasks during their first years of marriage.

The prince and Kate Middleton, who are to marry in April, will not have household staff until at least after William finishes his tour as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot in three years, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

They'll still have security personnel who will watch over them. But doing without a staff for cooking and cleaning is "probably William's way of protecting Kate and making sure that her entry into the royal family is as gentle and as palatable as he can possibly make it," Katie Nicholl, a royal correspondent for the Mail on Sunday, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday.

"I think it's been quite a big thing for Kate Middleton to get her head around having a protection officer. This is something she'd never had to have in her life before. Now she has one, and I think what they're both trying to do is preserve as much normality as they can while they can have it," Nicholl said.

While the second in line to the British throne might not forgo a domestic staff for the rest of his life, he may want a home life that contrasts with that of his father, Prince Charles, who has often been criticized by the British public for having too many staff, Nicholl said. About eight years ago, British media reported Charles allegedly had a valet who put toothpaste onto his toothbrush for him.

"I don't think William wants that. He wants to be far more independent," Nicholl said.

William and Kate already have done their own cooking, shopping and cleaning during weekends at a cottage on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where he is stationed, The Telegraph reported.

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