Tunisian protesters decry new government's 'leftovers' from old regime
Police clash with demonstrators at a small protest rally in Tunisia.
January 18th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Tunisian protesters decry new government's 'leftovers' from old regime

As many as 1,000 protesters took to the streets in the Tunisian capital Tuesday, calling the country's new unity government a sham and demanding that more should be done to sweep the old guard out of power.

One day after opposition leaders joined the current ruling party in a new government to replace ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, roving packs of protesters in central Tunis staged demonstrations, eyewitnesses said.

When peaceful gatherings started to grow in size, witnesses said, police would step in and start firing tear gas and chase protesters with their batons. There were at least a half dozen people beaten up, eyewitnesses said, and one man's arm was broken.

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Report: 2010 was worst year yet for piracy on high seas
A Somali pirate gazes from the shore toward a captured ship on the horizon.
January 18th, 2011
09:43 AM ET

Report: 2010 was worst year yet for piracy on high seas

Last year was the worst on record for piracy at sea, according to a report issued Monday.

Pirates captured 1,181 sailors aboard 53 ships in 2010, according to the report from the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau. Eight of the captives were killed, the report says.

Ships reported 445 pirate attacks in 2010, a 10% increase from 2009.

"These figures for the number of hostages and vessels taken are the highest we have ever seen," said Capt. Pottengal Mukundan, director of the bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre. "The continued increase in these numbers is alarming."

The waters off the coast of Somalia remain the most dangerous in the world, as 49 ships were captured there - 92% of all ships taken, according to the report.

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Holyfield: I want to be heavyweight champion again
Boxer Evander Holyfield poses after a weigh-in in 2009.
January 18th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

Holyfield: I want to be heavyweight champion again

"I have a goal. My goal ever since 1992 to be the heavyweight champion of the world again."

At age 48, Evander Holyfield said he isn't letting age stop him in his quest to become a heavyweight champion once again.

Over his 26 year career he has fought in countless fights, won 5 heavyweight titles, and even participated in a memorable stint on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." He gets back in the ring this Saturday night against Sherman "Tank" Williams at the Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia.

On American Morning Holyfield told Kiran Chetry how he stayed in shape for his upcoming fight.

"The only reason you don't reach goals is because you quit," he said.

'America's Missing': Lindsey Baum, 10, 'just never made it home'
Lindsey Baum was last seen on June 26, 2009.
January 18th, 2011
09:10 AM ET

'America's Missing': Lindsey Baum, 10, 'just never made it home'

Editor's note: HLN is airing a special "Nancy Grace: America’s Missing" with the goal of trying to find 50 people over the next 50 days. Nancy Grace will take a look at several cases across the country in hopes of  helping to solve them. This was the first case.

Ten-year-old Lindsey Baum was at her friend's home six blocks in away in McCleary, Washington, on June 26, 2009.

"It was just a normal beautifully sunny day," her mother Melissa Baum recalled.

Her friend's mom thought she should begin the walk home before it got too dark.  She was last seen at 9:15 p.m. in the neighborhood

"She just never made it home," Melissa Baum said.

Baum spoke with HLN's Nancy Grace on the first night of a series that aims to find 50 people in 50 days.

"We saw this as an opportunity to try and go back and look at the cases that remain unsolved and try again," Grace said about the special.

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Is repealing health care about health, or presidential election?
Rep. Steve King discussed how part of the goal of the bill is to elect a new president in 2012.
January 18th, 2011
08:51 AM ET

Is repealing health care about health, or presidential election?

The House of Representatives begins debate this morning on H.R. 2 or as its named, "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." co-sponsored by Representative Steve King, a republican from Iowa and Representative Michele Bachmann, a republican from Minnesota.

The bill's goal is to repeal President Obama's health care reform legislation of last year. But with President Obama still in office and sure to veto any legislation the bill seems largely a symbolic effort.

Even among the public, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out this morning shows that Obama's approval rating is up five points since last month and support for repealing isn't overwhelming.

Before the debate begins, Rep. Steve King joins T.J. Holmes on American Morning defending the bill and saying the effort is all in hopes of electing a new president in 2012.

Tuesday's live video events
January 18th, 2011
07:37 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Congress is back in session to debate health care, while the Chinese president heads to Washington for a state visit.  CNN.com Live is there when news breaks in Washington.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET - Bill Clinton on the campaign trail - It seems like the campaign season just ended, but the new year brings a mayoral election to Chicago, and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is the front-runner in that race.  Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for Emanuel for the first time today.

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Journalist plans to file charges against 'Baby Doc'
January 18th, 2011
01:04 AM ET

Journalist plans to file charges against 'Baby Doc'

Michele Montas, a Haitian journalist and a former spokeswoman for the U.N. Secretary-General, said Monday night that she plans to file a criminal complaint against former Haitian ruler Jean-Claude Duvalier.

"We have enough proof. There are enough people who can testify. And what I will do is go to a public prosecutor and there is a public prosecutor that could actually accommodate our complaints," she told CNN's "Parker Spitzer."

Under Duvalier's presidency, thousands were killed and tortured, and hundreds of thousands of Haitians fled into exile, says human rights group Amnesty International.

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