Arlington refuses burial of U.S. ally from Vietnam War
Members of the Hmong community attend the funeral of Hmong war hero and community leader General Vang Pao on Friday.
February 4th, 2011
10:53 PM ET

Arlington refuses burial of U.S. ally from Vietnam War

The family of a man who fought alongside U.S. troops in Vietnam have been told their relative will not be allowed to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Major General Vang Pao led thousands of Hmong soldiers as they fought alongside the United States against the North Vietnamese Army during the war in Southeast Asia, according to a news release from Congressman Jim Costa of
California.

Costa, on behalf of Pao's family, asked the Army to grant an exception to Arlington's rules to allow Pao to be buried in the nation's most hallowed burial ground.

Pao died recently of complications from pneumonia, according to Costa.

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The day's most popular stories
Miley Cyrus has added another tattoo to her collection.
February 4th, 2011
10:40 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

'American Idol' apology a joke? OK, "American Idol,"  you got us, we think. Fans waited to see what the big apology would be Wednesday night after host Ryan Seacrest tweeted the producers would be issuing a mea culpa.

Giffords' husband to fly shuttle: Astronaut Mark Kelly said Friday his wife's extraordinary medical progress since she was shot through the brain, coupled with support from family, friends and the public led to his decision to command the upcoming flight of the Endeavour space shuttle.

Miley Cyrus gets tattoo No. 5: Miley Cyrus has added another tattoo to her collection - a dream catcher inked on her torso.

Ex-Enron CEO requests prison leave: The lawyer for Enron's jailed ex-CEO Jeffrey Skilling said Thursday he has reached out to the federal Bureau of Prisons to request that his client be allowed to attend his son's funeral.

Why Americans don't travel abroad: The numbers tell the story - Of the 308 million-plus citizens in the United States, 30% have passports.

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Congressman requests visit with WikiLeaks suspect
Rep. Dennis Kucinich requested to see WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
February 4th, 2011
08:17 PM ET

Congressman requests visit with WikiLeaks suspect

A U.S. lawmaker said he requested Friday a visit with the Army solider accused of leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

"I am concerned about reports of his treatment while in custody that describe alarming abuses of his constitutional rights and his physical health," Rep. Dennis Kucinich said in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Kucinich, a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement that he wants an "explanation of reports that the Army ignored evidence of mental health problems of Pfc. (Bradley) Manning, and that he is being held in conditions that could contribute (to) a violation of the his Eighth Amendment right of protection from 'cruel and unusual' punishment."

He asked for a visit, he said, because as a member of the House committee, "It is my duty to conduct effective oversight."

The allegations of abuse gained more attention on Tuesday after a friend visited Manning at the U.S. Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia.

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Dollars & Sense: Cashing in on snow; carmakers steered toward Super Bowl
In Kia's Super Bowl ad, aliens are more impressed with the Kia Optima than their own spaceship.
February 4th, 2011
05:24 PM ET

Dollars & Sense: Cashing in on snow; carmakers steered toward Super Bowl

A roundup of today's CNNMoney news:

Cashing in on snowstorms: With record amounts of snow blanketing some of the nation's warmest cities this winter, an increasing number of companies are protecting themselves by betting on snow. And it can really pay off.

Mets' owners: $300 million in Madoff profit? The owners of the New York Mets, the Wilpon and Katz families, are accused of being aware of concerns about what proved to be the biggest Ponzi scheme ever. The court-appointed trustee in the Madoff Ponzi case accused the owners of reaping $300 million in profit from the scheme.

Carmakers driven to advertise on Super Bowl: Just two years after the U.S. auto industry was nearly wiped out, automakers are back with a vengeance in this year's Super Bowl. Nine companies are purchasing multimillion-dollar spots for the big game. Check out some past rejected Super Bowl ads.

White House: Innovate, educate, win! President Obama wants to add 100,000 math, science, technology and engineering teachers by the end of the decade, extend wireless internet coverage to 98% of the population and have 80% of the nation's electricity come from clean energy sources by 2035.

$7,500 electric car discount scares dealers: The Obama administration has a plan that would put up to $7,500 directly in the hands of car buyers without having them jump through any tax hoops. There is a tax credit for plug-in vehicles, but as it stands now, car buyers have to wait until tax time to get any money back. Meanwhile, excess is back as Ferrari sales soar.

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Cuba seeks 20 years in jail for American USAID subcontractor
Cuban President Raul Castro accused Alan Gross of distributing illegal satellite communications equipment to dissidents.
February 4th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Cuba seeks 20 years in jail for American USAID subcontractor

An American USAID subcontractor jailed in Havana over a year ago has been charged with "acts against the independence and integrity" of Cuba and could face up to 20 years in prison, Cuban state media reported on Friday.

The December 2009 arrest of Alan Gross put relations between the United States and Cuba back in the deep freeze despite initial signs of a thaw under President Barack Obama.

At the time, Cuban President Raul Castro said Gross had been distributing illegal satellite communications equipment to dissidents. Other officials referred to him as a spy.

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Snow falling off Cowboys Stadium causes minor injuries
Up to five inches of snow blanketed parts of Dallas overnight creating treacherous conditions for fans visiting Dallas for the Super Bowl.
February 4th, 2011
03:46 PM ET

Snow falling off Cowboys Stadium causes minor injuries

Ice and snow melting off the Cowboys Stadium in Texas has caused snow falls onto the plazas around the stadium, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, causing several minor injuries. 

All stadium entrances have been closed except for the truck tunnel which is away from the building by a safe distance.  All workers and vistors will now enter and exit through the tunnel as a precaution and until further notice.

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SI.com: This should be a heck of a game
The frozen tundra of Cowboys Stadium awaits an epic matchup of two storied franchises Sunday.
February 4th, 2011
02:12 PM ET

SI.com: This should be a heck of a game

With two of the NFL's most storied franchises squaring off on the gridiron Sunday, SI.com's Peter King says we could be in for one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time.

Super Bowl XLV has the potential to be historic for a number of reasons. It pits the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers against one another, the NFL's two longest-running single-city franchises and the two teams that are tied for the most NFL titles over the last 50 years with six apiece.

Sunday's game in Dallas also brings together two of the most fervent fan bases in all of pro football. King writes that Pittsburgh's and Green Bay's fans are as loyal, loud and dedicated as any fans he's seen since he began covering the NFL in 1984. They also travel to games unlike many others, and King expects both groups to be in full force with such a legendary matchup in store Sunday.

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Giffords' husband plans to command Endeavour space shuttle
Astronaut Mark Kelly is the husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a shooting in January.
February 4th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

Giffords' husband plans to command Endeavour space shuttle

The astronaut husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Friday his wife's extraordinary medical progress since she was shot through the brain, coupled with support from family, friends and the public, were keys to his decision to command the upcoming flight of the space shuttle Endeavour.

During a press conference with NASA officials - who said they determined going with Kelly was the right decision - Mark Kelly described what he thought the realities would be after the January 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, and what he now expects.

"At that time, my thought was I'd very likely would be sitting in the ICU seat, two, four or six months later, by her bedside," said Kelly, sporting a blue wristband that reads "Peace, Love, Gabby."

Command of the shuttle flight came under question after Giffords was shot. Now, he said, he expects her to witness Endeavour soaring into space on the current April 19 timetable.

"I have every intention for her to be at the launch," said Kelly. "She would be very comfortable with the decision I made."

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Snow pounds, pummels, wallops U.S.
A man sleds behind a car in Texas.
February 4th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Snow pounds, pummels, wallops U.S.

Texas sized snow -In the northern part of the U.S. snow is a pretty regular occurrence. But in the southern parts it's a novelty and from novelty comes creativity. Check out how these Texans seize the snow.

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February 4th, 2011
11:53 AM ET

Alleged gunman in Giffords shooting to face federal charges first

The federal government will prosecute Jared Lee Loughner on charges related to the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, before state prosecutors pursue a criminal case against him, federal and state prosecutors said Friday.

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Debunking sports myths
Many myths surround sports, including the most hyped event of them all, the Super Bowl.
February 4th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Debunking sports myths

Two childhood friends who love football, one an award-winning sportswriter, the other a finance geek, have the answers that just might help you win your Super Bowl bet.

Jon Wertheim, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, and Tobias Moskowitz, University of Chicago finance professor, are co-authors of Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played And Games Are Won, which takes a Freakonomics-type approach to the science of winning games. The book answers questions like, does the hometown team really have an advantage? And, how much do fans make a difference?

From Arlington, Texas, Wertheim and Moskowitz tell American Morning’s T.J. Holmes how their research can be applied to predicting the Super Bowl winner.

So which team will it be–Packers or Steelers– for Super Bowl XLV?


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Egypt crisis: Death toll at 11, health ministry says; 916 injured
Demonstrators continued to gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square Saturday morning in defiance of a government-imposed curfew.
February 4th, 2011
10:25 AM ET

Egypt crisis: Death toll at 11, health ministry says; 916 injured

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Send your photos and video to iReport and see CNN in Arabic here. See also this strong roundup of timely, insightful views on the wave of upheaval in the Arab world.

[Update 5:05 a.m. in Cairo, 10:05 p.m. ET] CNN is broadcasting from a hidden location in Cairo amid threats against journalists. CNN freelancer journalist Ian Lee reports that sporadic gunfire around Tahrir Square subsided around 2:30 a.m. in Cairo. The Army fired the shots in the air in an effort to disperse pro-Mubarak protesters trying to breach the lines separating them from anti-government activists lingering in the square in defiance of a government-imposed curfew, a source tells Lee.

[Update 4:30 a.m. in Cairo, 9:30 p.m. ET] A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, told CNN's John King that his organization will not participate in Egypt's general election now planned for September. He said that any talks regarding Egypt's future should only take place after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak steps down.

"We are not looking for any power at all," Essam el-Erian said.

[Update 3:55 a.m. in Cairo, 8:55 p.m. ET] Egypt's one small nuclear reactor, used primarily for medical research, has been shut down and is now secure, a U.S. State Department official said. Egyptian soldiers have been deployed to the Nuclear Research Center in Inshas, an area about 40 miles from the scene of the worst protests in Cairo, according to the official.

[Update 4:30 a.m. in Cairo, 9:30 p.m. ET] Ammar Sherie is a renowned musician. Naguib Sawiris made billions in the telecom business. Veteran diplomat Amre Moussa is the Arab League's secretary-general.

These three and 16 other Egyptians have put their heads and hearts together to form the "Committee of the Wise," a group of independent elite that wants to be at the table during crucial government transition talks.

The committee late Friday called on protests to continue at Tahrir Square every Tuesday and Friday until President Hosni Mubarak "resigns and makes true the demands of the people."

Mubarak, who has led the African nation for three decades, said he has no intention of stepping down until September, when his term ends. But 11 days of bloody protests and high tension have offered no assurance
of that outcome.

[Update 3:30 a.m. in Cairo, 8:30 p.m. ET] Five human rights activists - including two from Amnesty International and one from Human Rights Watch - were released Friday by Egyptian military police, the two groups said in statements. They were among some 35 people including international reporters and Egyptian lawyers and activists, some of whom remain in custody, according to the two groups' statements detained on Thursday at the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in Cairo.

[Update 3:00 a.m. in Cairo, 8:00 p.m. ET] Protesters in Iraq took to the streets again Friday, showing solidarity with popular demonstrators in Egypt that they say inspired them to publicly voice concerns about their own government.

[Update 2:45 a.m. in Cairo, 7:45 p.m. ET] The Egyptian government viewed U.S. President Barack Obama's statement Friday as very "positive," according to an official under Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, saying that it "clarified innuendos" that had left a lot of ambiguity as to how the White House sees events in Egypt. The Egyptian official said the remarks about Mubarak's objectives create a better atmosphere for a transition.

[Update 2:18 a.m. in Cairo, 7:17 p.m. ET] iReporter and bookstore manager Dax Bennett Roque took these pictures at today's "Day of Depature" rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square, capturing the protest calling for President Hosni Mubarak's resignation from various angles.

[Update 2:00 a.m. in Cairo, 7:00 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama condemned the attacks on journalists in Egypt Friday amid mounting criticism that President Hosni Mubarark is orchestrating the violence to suppress international coverage of bloodshed by pro-government operatives against peaceful protesters.

"We continue to be crystal clear that we oppose violence as a response to this crisis," Obama said. "We are sending a strong, unequivocal message: Attacks on reporters are unacceptable. Attacks on human rights activists are unacceptable. Attacks on peaceful protesters are unacceptable."

[Update 1:00 a.m. in Cairo, 6:00 p.m. ET] Protesters in the United States upset with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gathered in New York City's Times Square Friday, demanding the embattled leader resign.

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Gotta Watch: Super Bowl edition
A hospital in Greenbay, Wisconsin outfits its newborns with Packers blankets and cheeseheads.
February 4th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Super Bowl edition

Baby cheeseheads – Being a true fan is a birthright. Just ask the babies born in the run-up to the big dance between the Pack and the Steel Nation. Couples can prove their loyalty with their virility in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and finally bring an answer to the age-old question, what makes better swaddling clothes, a "Terrible Towel" or a homemade cheesehead?

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Pushing out Mubarak
Soldiers and barbed wire keep a crowd back on Friday at Cairo's Tahrir Square.
February 4th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Pushing out Mubarak

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry talks with James Rubin, former U.S. assistant secretary of state and current executive editor of the The Bloomberg View. Rubin's wife is ABC News' Christiane Amanpour, whose car was attacked while reporting in Egypt.

Rubin says Mubarak's tactics to attack protesters and round up journalists were not successful. Protesters today show that this "really is the end for Mubarak," Rubin tells Chetry.


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Egypt’s influence on the Middle East
Jordan's King Abdullah II, left, shakes hands with Hamzi Mansour, leader of Jordan's Islamic Action Front, Thursday in Amman.
February 4th, 2011
09:06 AM ET

Egypt’s influence on the Middle East

Countries across the Middle East are watching the chaotic unrest in the streets of Egypt and recent demonstrations in Tunisia with a close eye.

In Jordan, King Abdullah II sacked his government, named a new prime minister and met privately with leaders of the nation's main Islamist group in response to anti-government protests there. The Islamic Action Front, the political wing of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, planned another round of demonstrations Friday. On today’s American Morning, Salameh Nematt, Jordanian political analyst and international writer for the Daily Beast, joins AM’s T.J. Holmes from Amman, Jordan.

Nematt says anti-government protests and how the violence is being handled in Egypt are having a "major influence on public opinion" throughout the Middle East, especially in Jordan, which he calls a "moderating force" for the United States in the Middle East.

Nematt describes why Jordanian protesters are taking to the streets and how the king is reacting.


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Friday's live video events
February 4th, 2011
07:31 AM ET

Friday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the crisis in Egypt.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage - Protests in Egypt

10:00 am ET - TARP oversight hearing - The Congressional Oversight Panel takes a look at the commercial real estate market and its implications on the banking sector and the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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50 people in 50 days: Boy vanished from Oregon school
Kyron Horman's stepmother says she last saw him walking to his classroom at his elementary school last year.
February 4th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

50 people in 50 days: Boy vanished from Oregon school

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 15th case, and it aired Friday at 9 p.m. on HLN.

Kyron Horman was 7 when he disappeared on June 4 in Portland, Oregon. His stepmother says she last saw him that day at his elementary school, walking down a hallway toward his classroom.

Kyron never made it to that classroom, though a photo places him at a science fair at the school earlier in the day. Law enforcement personnel have not named any suspects or people of interest.


Filed under: 50 People in 50 Days • Crime • TV-Nancy Grace