The day's most popular stories
Babette Beatty (then Babette March) had already been on the cover of Elle before launching the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
February 18th, 2011
11:48 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Reflections from SI's first swimsuit star: Babette Beatty, born in Germany and raised in Brazil and Canada, now lives in relative obscurity in the Oregon boondocks. But in 1964 in Sports Illustrated's very first swimsuit cover, she was a page-turner. "It was just another job," she said. "I never expected it to be big. It just didn't even enter my mind."

The United States vetoes U.N. resolution against Israel: The U.N. Security Resolution would have declared Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said that while the United States agrees about "the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians."

Diver apparently killed by sharks: Peter Clarkson, a well-known abalone expert, was attacked by two sharks as he returned to the surface from a dive, according to the watersport site Swellnet.  Divers in the shark-filled waters off South Australia often use shark cages, but Clarkson was not in a cage when he was attacked, police Senior Sgt. Mick Walsh told Adelaide Now.

Justin Bieber's views on abortion cause stir: The teenage hearthrob's opinion on abortion, in the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, threatens to create a Belieber Backlash. "I really don't believe in abortion. I think [an embryo] is a human. It's like killing a baby. [In the case of rape], I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don't know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."

4.3 quake shakes tiny, tremor-filled Arkansas town: Speaking of rolling stones ... . Since September, seismologists have recorded 700 temblors around the town of Guy, Arkansas. The Arkansas Geological Survey has recorded 50 quakes in and around Guy since Sunday. That includes Friday morning's 4.3 window-rattler and three other lesser quakes that occurred within 20 minutes of each other around 11 a.m.

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Filed under: Brazil • Israel • Justin Bieber • Most Popular • Oregon
February 18th, 2011
10:39 PM ET

Music video recorded in Tahrir Square goes viral

“It was like a documentary for the revolution,” said Hany Adel of Egyptian soft rock band Wust El-Balad and a vocalist on the song “Sout Al Horeya” (“Voice of Freedom”). The video, shot in  Cairo's Tahrir Square during the protests, has become a viral hit.

“It’s the only music video that was shot inside the square during revolution," he said. "It is going to be a source to see the revolution in a good way."

Adel and Amir Eid of the Egyptian rock band Cairokee are the vocalists and can be seen walking among the crowd singing. But their words, written by Eid, also come through the mouths of protesters:

“In every street in my country, the sound of freedom is calling.” FULL POST


Filed under: Egypt • Music • Protest
Celebrating Madame Curie's discoveries
February 18th, 2011
07:02 PM ET

Celebrating Madame Curie's discoveries

One of the most famous female scientists, Marie Curie had tremendous influence on our understanding of radioactivity. This year is the 100th anniversary of her Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Curie's accomplishments were celebrated Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting in Washington.

Here are some things you might not know about Curie:

* Her name at birth was Maria Sklodowska.
* When studying X-rays was the cool thing to do, Curie turned her attention to Becquerel rays, which are emitted from uranium.
* Curie's quest to find other elements that would emit these rays led her to discover the element polonium.
* Polonium was named after Marie Curie's birth country of Poland.
* Curie published a paper about the discovery of polonium, even though she wouldn't have been able to measure its atomic weight with the materials she had.
* She discovered radium in 1898.
* Her husband, Pierre Curie, refused to accept the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 unless Marie could be included - and then she was.
* The Curies could not attend the Nobel ceremony in 1903 because of poor health; they had been working in a laboratory with deplorable conditions.
* Marie Curie replaced her husband as professor of physics at the Sorbonne in 1906, after he was killed by a horse-drawn wagon.
* In 1911, she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, becoming the first person to win a Nobel Prize in two categories.

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Truckers may soon need to shorten hours
Truckers would be allowed to drive 10 hours a day, rather than the current 11, under a proposed rule change.
February 18th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Truckers may soon need to shorten hours

The number of hours that truckers can drive each day may soon be cut.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a rule change reducing the time allowed on the road by an hour. Current rules allow truckers to spend 11 hours behind the wheel per day, with some limited exceptions.

If the department approves the rule change, it would take effect in July. The agency believes reducing trucking hours would make for safer highways.

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Filed under: Business • Politics
Tournament over for wrestlers in boy-vs.-girl drama
Joel Northrup, left, and Cassy Herkelman leave the scorer's table Thursday.
February 18th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

Tournament over for wrestlers in boy-vs.-girl drama

The drama is over in the Iowa state high school wrestling tournament.

Cassy Herkelman, a freshman from Cedar Falls who advanced by default Thursday when a boy refused to wrestle her, lost twice Friday and was eliminated, CNN affiliate WHO-TV in Des Moines reports.

Joel Northrup of Linn-Mar, the boy who refused to wrestle any girl because of his religious convictions, won one match Friday in the consolation round but then lost and was eliminated.

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SI: Carmelo Anthony deal with Nets set
Carmelo Anthony may soon be wearing a New Jersey Nets uniform.
February 18th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

SI: Carmelo Anthony deal with Nets set

Carmelo Anthony’s drawn-out saga is beginning to border on LeBron James’ “Decision” of last summer. The good news is, it may be coming to an end soon.

Reports indicate that the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have agreed once again on a tentative deal to send the superstar east in a blockbuster trade. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarkowski reports that the “framework” of the deal has been agreed upon and all that is left is selling Anthony on signing the three-year, $65 million contract extension he’s mulled for months.

In the proposed nine-player deal
, according to Fan Nation, the Nuggets would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Melvin Ely and Shelden Williams to the Nets in exchange for top pick Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks.

With the trade still in limbo, Anthony and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov could hold a weekend face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles, site of this week’s All-Star festivities, ESPN reports. Prokhorov said last month at a news conference that the Nets would no longer pursue Anthony, but the Russian billionaire seems to have changed his stance.

While all signs point to Anthony landing in New Jersey, it’s still possible the New York Knicks could make a final-hour offer that trumps the Nets’ proposal.  Anthony’s future does have a date it will be decided by. The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

The NBA’s All-Star weekend begins tonight. Anthony and the All-Stars don’t play until Sunday, but here’s what to watch tonight (all times Eastern):

All-Star Celebrity Game (7 p.m., ESPN)
Where else can you see Justin Bieber and Scottie Pippen share a floor? A mix of former legends and entertainment stars play in the first basketball game of All-Star weekend. Jimmy Kimmel and ESPN columnist Bill Simmons serve as coaches.

Rookie Challenge (9 p.m., TNT)
Blake Griffin, John Wall and the rookie squad face off with their sophomore counterparts, led by Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings.

No. 13 UConn at No. 16 Louisville (9 p.m., ESPN)

Kemba Walker and the Huskies are back on track but face a difficult road test when they play the Cardinals, who defeated them in double overtime on January 29.

By the numbers

9: Games played by safety Bob Sanders over the past three seasons since winning the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2007. The oft-injured Sanders was cut by the Indianapolis Colts on Friday.

12: Consecutive All-Star game starts for Spurs big man Tim Duncan after Gregg Popovich announced that Duncan would replace injured Yao Ming in the Western Conference’s starting lineup Sunday.

42: Points scored by Bulls guard Derrick Rose, a career high, in Chicago’s 109-99 victory over San Antonio on Thursday.

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Students defend public employees' stance in Wisconsin
A student holds up a sign during a rally this week at Wisconsin's state Capitol in Madison.
February 18th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Students defend public employees' stance in Wisconsin

Thousands of demonstrators massed for a third day Friday in Madison, Wisconsin, to protest Gov. Scott Walker's drastic budget-cutting proposal.

The proposal includes the elimination of some bargaining rights for public employees and slashing of benefits.

Teachers have been prominent among the protesters, so much so that school districts in Madison, Milwaukee and other cities were forced to cancel classes because of short staffing.

Many students came out to march in support of their teachers.

"I believe that their rights are really being violated. This is something they've fought for generations to achieve, and for Scott Walker to just take away their collective bargaining rights is just wrong," one young man told CNN affiliate WISC-TV in Madison.

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Filed under: Education • Jobs • Ohio • Politics • Protest • Wisconsin
February 18th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

23 quakes strike central Arkansas in 36 hours

The Earth is shaking in central Arkansas.

Almost two dozen earthquakes of magnitude 2.3 or greater have struck the region since midnight Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The largest of the temblors, at 4.3 magnitude, hit at 2:13 a.m. Friday. It followed a 4.0-magnitude event at 11 p.m. Thursday.

No damage has been reported from any of the quakes, all centered near the town of Greenbrier in Faulkner County, CNN affiliate KARK reports. Residents reported hearing a boom at the time of Friday morning's quake, KARK reported.

The earthquake swarm is reminiscent of a swarm that hit the area last fall. More than 500 were recorded in less than a month.

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February 18th, 2011
11:15 AM ET

Source: 20 killed in Libya protests

Twenty people were killed Friday and 200 injured in clashes with
security forces in Benghazi, Libya, according to a medical source in the northeastern Libyan city.

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Filed under: Libya • World
Gotta Watch: Nude sausage thief; cheetahs fostered; mansion fire; Conan
An unclothed man wanders through a community club house for a snack.
February 18th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Nude sausage thief; cheetahs fostered; mansion fire; Conan

Sausage thief caught in birthday suit – Next time you go rummaging through someone else's kitchen for a snack, you might want to put on some shorts. This security video became the talk of the town in a Florida retirement community when some sausage, intended for a community breakfast, went missing.

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Filed under: Animals • Florida • Gotta Watch • Texas
February 18th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

4 killed in Bahrain protest

Four people were killed in the center of Bahrain's capital Friday night, where shots were fired after demonstrators gathered, an ambulance worker in Manama told CNN.

Four people were killed in earlier protests in the Persian Gulf state.

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Diver apparently killed by sharks
The waters off South Australia are rife with great white sharks.
February 18th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

Diver apparently killed by sharks

A longtime commercial diver apparently was killed by great white sharks Thursday off South Australia.

Peter Clarkson, a well-known abalone expert, was attacked by two sharks as he returned to the surface from a dive, boat captain Howard Rodd told authorities, according to the watersport site Swellnet.

Clarkson reportedly once provided a written testimonial for an electronic device called Shark Shield. However, it was not known whether he was using the device at the time of the attack, and the Shark Shield website had no testimonial with his name on it Friday.

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Filed under: Animals • Australia
Friday's live video events
February 18th, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Friday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the crises in North Africa and the Middle East.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage - Middle East/North Africa unrest

9:00 am ET - Wisconsin state employee protests - Lawmakers, unions and others in Wisconsin continue to clash over proposed state legislation that would cut benefits and rights for state employees.  Protests against the bill are scheduled in both Wisconsin and New York.

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February 18th, 2011
07:21 AM ET

Woman on hunger strike for royal wedding invite

A 19-year-old Mexican woman is on a hunger strike in front of the British Embassy in Mexico City in hopes of getting an invitation to the upcoming royal wedding.

Estibalis Chavez says she's only consumed water for nine days, according to news reports. She's set up a tent outside the embassy, displaying a portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton at its entrance.

"Are they going to let me die just because they wouldn't give me an invitation to the royal wedding?" she has written on a flier she's posted nearby, the Telegraph reports.

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13 killed in Mexican border city in less than 24 hours
Police investigate the scene of one of the killings Thursday in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
February 18th, 2011
02:12 AM ET

13 killed in Mexican border city in less than 24 hours

At least 13 people were fatally shot in less than 24 hours in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday, authorities said.

"They were killed in separate shootings throughout the city. We had 13 killed by 10 p.m.," said Adrian Sanchez, a municipal police spokesman.

He did not provide any other details.

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Filed under: Crime • Mexico