The day's most popular stories
February 14th, 2011
10:39 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

How to beat bad breath: The 90 million Americans who suffer from bad breath - and the innocent bystanders - will be glad to know that the unwanted odor is easier to get rid of than they might think.

CEO arrested in child prostitution sting: The chief executive officer of a Western grocery store chain resigned after he was arrested in a child prostitution sting, according to police and CNN affiliate KNXV.

Arcade Fire beats Gaga, Eminem for top album: Christina Aguilera tumbled, Bob Dylan strained to be heard and Lady Gaga turned up in an egg costume - just one of the many memorable moments from the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

Hell hath no fury like a Belieber scorned: Justin Bieber's legions of followers were shaking their heads in dis-Belieb last night after jazz artist Esperanza Spalding beat the teen idol as the Grammy awards' best new artist. Shortly afterward, they took to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction.

More clues point to iPhone nano debut: Is there a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone on the way? Rumors abound, but the Wall Street Journal has found "people familiar with the matter" who have actually laid hands and eyes upon it.


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NFL files complaint against players' union
February 14th, 2011
09:11 PM ET

NFL files complaint against players' union

The National Football League on Monday filed an unfair labor practice charge against its players' union, claiming the union wants to let the current collective bargaining agreement expire without reaching a new deal, according to NFL.com.

The charge, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, claims that the NFL Players Association isn't bargaining in good faith, and that the union wants to be without a new deal when the current one expires March 3 so that the union can decertify and sue the league under antitrust laws, NFL.com reported.

NFL team owners could choose to lock out their players starting March 4 if a new deal isn’t reached. Owners and the players' union still would have the spring and summer to get a deal done, but the 2011 season would be threatened if the lockout extends beyond that.

The union said Monday that the NFL's claim "has absolutely no merit."

"The players want a fair, new and long-term deal," the union said in an online statement. "We have offered proposals and solutions on every issue the owners have raised."

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Filed under: Football • Pro football • Sports
Dollars & Sense: Budget cuts; dogs top husbands
February 14th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Dollars & Sense: Budget cuts; dogs top husbands

A roundup of today's CNNMoney news:

Where the budget cuts are: The cuts hit far and wide: airports, heat subsidies for the poor, water treatment plants and Pell grants are just some of the targets. Obama unveiled a $3.7 trillion budget request for 2012 that proposes painful cuts. The proposal, which is likely to face stiff resistance in Congress, takes a big bite out of domestic spending and would slash deficits by $1.1 trillion over the next decade, according to White House estimates.

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Filed under: Budget • Business • Dollars & Sense • Economy
50 people in 50 days: Police say woman might have been abducted
Stephanie Low, 22, of Wausau, Wisconsin, was reported missing in October.
February 14th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Police say woman might have been abducted

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 21st case, and it will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday on HLN.

Police say they have reason to believe that Stephanie Low was taken against her will four months ago.

Low, 22, of Wausau, Wisconsin, was reported missing after friends went to her apartment October 10 and didn't find her. Low's two dogs were inside but were without food and water.

Police haven't discussed the evidence that they say points to an abduction.

Low's family has searched local rivers and parks, and the state crime lab has analyzed evidence taken from her apartment. But investigators are running out of leads, and her parents recently appealed to the public for help, offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to her whereabouts.

Report: 1 shot dead during Iran protests
Iranian protesters set a garbage container on fire Monday in Tehran.
February 14th, 2011
04:23 PM ET

Report: 1 shot dead during Iran protests

One person was shot and killed during Monday's protests in Tehran, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Several others were injured during the shooting, which the Iranian government has blamed on "agitators and seditionists," the news agency reported.

– CNN's Reza Sayah contributed to this report

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Suspect in Tennessee college shooting detained
February 14th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Suspect in Tennessee college shooting detained

[Updated at 3:13 p.m. ET] A suspect in a Monday morning shooting that wounded one person on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University is in custody, a school spokesman said.

Officials called off a lockdown, which had been in effect as SWAT teams and other law enforcement authorities converged on the campus, after the suspect was detained around 12:45 p.m., the university's media relations director, Tom Tozer, said. A gun allegedly used in the incident has also been confiscated.

Authorities were alerted at 11:51 a.m. about a shooting in a science building located in a cluster of university structures.

"From what I understand, there were two men who got into an argument over by some of our buildings," Tozer said. "One shot the other in the hand, then took off."

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Longest kiss record: 32 hours and counting
Fourteen couples started the longest-kiss marathon in Pattaya, Thailand.
February 14th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Longest kiss record: 32 hours and counting

Their lips locked for more than 32 hours, seven couples were still in the running Monday to claim the title of world's longest kiss and $6,500 in prizes.

Fourteen couples began the marathon smooch in Pattaya, Thailand, on Sunday, and seven were still in the running Monday afternoon, The Nation in Bangkok reported.

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Filed under: Holidays • Thailand
Did alleged speedster hope to go viral?
Stanislav Bakanov, 30, of Keizer, Oregon, was cited and released from jail after allegedly driving more than 118 mph, police say.
February 14th, 2011
01:10 PM ET

Did alleged speedster hope to go viral?

An Oregon motorist allegedly went to great lengths, or speeds, over the weekend to post a video to Youtube, according to Oregon law enforcement.

A Marion County deputy clocked a vehicle going 118 mph in a 55-mph zone Saturday on Interstate 5, the sheriff's office said.

The lawman, upon approaching the car, noticed the motorist was holding a video camera and taking pictures of the deputy's car.

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February 14th, 2011
12:29 PM ET

14 killed in Honduras plane crash

All fourteen people on board an Central American Airlines flight that
crashed in Honduras Monday died, the fire department said.

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Filed under: Air travel • Honduras • Travel • World
Gotta Watch: Grammys 53.0
Lady Gaga emerges from her egg to perform at Sunday's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
February 14th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Grammys 53.0

Paging Dr. Dre – If book club kept you from catching the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards last night, fret not. We've condensed the entire ceremony into two minutes. Just add water and get ready to Google Arcade Fire.

The Grammys is an opportunity for musicians who are known for dressing strange to take it up a notch, or twelve. This year's red carpet did not disappoint. Rihanna showed up as a pipe cleaner, Lady Gaga hatched with horns, Katy Perry flashed plumage and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo accessorized with a tasteful placement of his new self-help book. Did anyone tell these people they would have to sit for three hours?

The future of Bieber – So, chances are you spent a good portion of the evening and this morning cursing the gods of music for robbing Justin Bieber of music's greatest honor. Don't worry. Some of pop's biggest stars think he'll be just fine. Music elite weigh in on where Bieber fever might be in a decade.

Bieber beater – Before you send that email to the editor of Tiger Beat complaining about Bieber's highway robbery, take a look at the woman who did win "Best New Artist." Here name is Esperanza Spalding, and she might just have you singing a different tune.

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Filed under: Art • Celebrity • Dance • Elton John • Eminem • Gotta Watch • Justin Bieber • Kanye West • Lady Gaga • Lil Wayne • Michael Jackson • Most Popular • Music • Ozzy Osbourne • Showbiz • TV • Uncategorized
Monday's intriguing people
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, or Ronaldo, as he is known world-wide, is a two-time World Cup champion.
February 14th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

The Brazilian soccer legend, known simply as Ronaldo, is expected to announce his retirement from the sport Monday, according to media reports.

"I wanted to continue, but I can't," the Corinthians player said in Sunday's Estado de São Paulo newspaper. "I think of a play, but I can't execute as I'd like. It's time. But it was so damn beautiful."

At age 34,  the three-time FIFA player of the year and two-time World Cup champion may be seen as an old man in today's sport, but in his day he was all kinds of awesome.

Serene Branson

The CBS Los Angeles reporter and two-time Emmy nominee was treated by paramedics late Sunday after an on-air incident, shown on Youtube, where she was reporting on the Grammys but stumbled badly over her lines. She attempted to repeat them but her words became even more incomprehensible.

While the station has yet to release a statement on Branson’s condition, news reports have speculated that Branson may have suffered a stroke live on air.

A CBS colleague, Edward Lawrence, tweeted that the station is “looking into” the incident.

Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall

The Lordsburg, New Mexico, couple, both centenarians, mark their 82nd wedding anniversary on Monday, according to the Silver City Sun-News newspaper in New Mexico.

The couple, originally from Arizona, got married on Valentines Day 1929, the newspaper reported. Marshall Kuykendall, 103, and Winnie Kuykendall, 102,  were recently named the longest-wed couple in the United States by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a faith-based marriage enrichment program.

The couple's only child, Marilyn Miller, told the Sun-News the secret to her parents' union was that they took their vows seriously.  "My dad said they signed a certificate of marriage and made a commitment 'till death do us part,' and they believe in keeping their commitment," Miller was quoted as saying.

On the Radar: Protests in Yemen, Iran, Bahrain and painful cuts in Obama budget
Anti-government protesters turn out Sunday in Sanaa, Yemen, as reverberations from Egypt and Tunisia continue in the region.
February 14th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

On the Radar: Protests in Yemen, Iran, Bahrain and painful cuts in Obama budget

Bahrain and Yemen protests –  The unrest spreading through North Africa and the Middle East has reached the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet. At least three police officers and one demonstrator were injured in clashes Sunday, Bahrain's state new agency reports. Police fired on protesters with rubber bullets, causing one injury, the news agency said.

Further protests were scheduled to take place Monday in Bahrain. Protesters have organized on Facebook, Twitter and through e-mails, saying they want political changes, including a constitutional monarchy.

And in Yemen, battles between anti-government demonstrators and authorities continue into their fourth day. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports from Sanaa. Are you in the region? Show us what's happening by sharing stories and photos with CNN iReport.

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Filed under: Facebook • Iran • On the Radar • Politics • Protest • Space • Twitter • Yemen
Obama's 2012 budget as much fiction as 2011's
Congressmen get their first look at President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget on Monday.
February 14th, 2011
10:28 AM ET

Obama's 2012 budget as much fiction as 2011's

President Barack Obama on Monday introduced his fiscal 2012 budget, a $3.7 trillion amalgamation of guesses and calculations which stands no chance of being enacted in the form the president’s bean counters put it together.

Before it gets back to Obama’s desk for a signature, the spending blueprint will go through no less than 40 congressional committees, 24 subcommittees, countless hearings and a number of floor votes in the House and Senate, CNNMoney’s Jeanne Sahadi writes.

Republicans wasted no time in letting the president know what they liked nothing. Here’s what House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press”:

"He's going to present a budget tomorrow that's going to continue to destroy jobs by spending too much, borrowing too much, taxing too much."

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Economy • Politics
3 feet of snow covers South Korea's eastern coast
South Korean soldiers remove snow from cars Monday in Gangneung.
February 14th, 2011
08:22 AM ET

3 feet of snow covers South Korea's eastern coast

South Korean soldiers were digging out cars and searching for trapped residents Monday as areas along its eastern coast tried to recover from the biggest snowfall in 100 years.

More than 39 inches (1 meter) of snow blanketed the area over the weekend, according to the Yonhap news agency. The city of Gangneung got more than 30 inches (77.7 centimeters) on Friday alone, Yonhap said, the most ever recorded since record-keeping began in 1911.

And more is likely to come. More than 19 inches (50 centimeters) was forecast to fall Monday, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.

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Filed under: South Korea • Winter weather
Woman rescues husband in tiger attack
A Malaysian Tiger at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur.
February 14th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

Woman rescues husband in tiger attack

A villager in Malaysia has his wife to thank after she charged a tiger that had pounced on him in the forest, according to the Malaysia Star.

Tambun Gediu, who is in his 60s, was hunting for squirrels Saturday morning when he heard some rustling in the leaves, he told the Star.

He said the tiger was upon him so fast he didn't have time to react, according to the paper.

“My first instinct was to climb a tree but the tiger pounced and started clawing me,” he told the Star. “I had to use all my force to push the tiger’s mouth away from my face while shouting for help.”

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Monday's live video events
February 14th, 2011
07:39 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on the situation in Egypt.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - 2012 federal budget distribution - Money is on the mind of many on Capitol Hill today, as President Obama reveals his federal budget for next fiscal year.  Copies of the budget will be handed out to lawmakers and others this morning.

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Prince Harry to be William's best man
February 14th, 2011
06:52 AM ET

Prince Harry to be William's best man

Prince William's younger brother, Prince Harry, will be his best man when he marries Kate Middleton in London in April, Clarence House announced Monday.

Middleton's sister Philippa will be her maid of honor.

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Protesters clash in Yemen's capital
February 14th, 2011
05:17 AM ET

Protesters clash in Yemen's capital

Clashes broke out between pro- and anti-government protesters outside Sanaa University in Yemen's capital Monday morning.

About 200 anti-government protesters were rallying at the site, when about 300 counter-demonstrators carrying pictures of President Ali Abdullah Saleh confronted them.

The two sides threw rocks at each other, and later brandished daggers and
knives.  Some security forces at the scene tried to separate the two sides, while others stood on the sidelines.

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Filed under: World • Yemen
February 14th, 2011
03:09 AM ET

2 University of Florida students die exploring Georgia cave

A state medical examiner will try to determine the cause of death of two University of Florida students who died over the weekend while exploring a cave in northwest Georgia.

Michael Pirie, 18, and Grant Lockenbach, 20, both died Saturday of what appears to be hypothermia, David Ashburn, director of Walker County emergency services, said late Sunday. Autopsies will be conducted, he said.

"Both passed away in Ellison's Cave in Walker County and their bodies are at the state medical examiner's office now," Ashburn said. "We think Grant went down first and Michael went down to help him."

Their bodies were removed from the cave late Saturday, he said.

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Filed under: Florida • Georgia