50 people in 50 days: Boy abducted at gunpoint 21 years ago
February 28th, 2011
11:21 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Boy abducted at gunpoint 21 years ago

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 31st case, and it was shown Monday night on HLN.

Jacob Wetterling's family has not seen him since he was abducted at gunpoint in St. Joseph, Minnesota, in October 1989. He was 11.

His brother and his best friend witnessed the abduction, according to his mother, Patty Wetterling.

After Jacob's abduction, Patty Wetterling became an advocate for families of missing children, helping to build Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment), a parent-to-parent mentoring program. She also headed the sexual violence prevention program at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul.

Gadhafi's nurse back home in Ukraine, shuns media
Galyna Kolotnytska (center) was photographed outside her apartment in Brovary, Ukraine, on Sunday.
February 28th, 2011
11:10 PM ET

Gadhafi's nurse back home in Ukraine, shuns media

A Ukrainian nurse whose employment by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was famously described in a leaked diplomatic cable is trying to avoid the media's glare upon her departure from the North African nation.

Galyna Kolotnytska, who returned to Ukraine over the weekend amid the uprising in Libya, spent Sunday and Monday at her apartment in Brovary, about 15 miles east of Ukraine's capital, Kiev. Footage from Russian TV channels on Monday showed reporters gathered outside, trying but failing to get her to talk to them.

CNN also has attempted to reach her, but her daughter said Kolotnytska is not speaking to reporters.

Kolotnytska gained notoriety in November after WikiLeaks released a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli describing Gadhafi's almost obsessive reliance on her.

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Dollars & Sense: Gmail accounts nuked; credit cards from hell
Some users of Google's Gmail were surprised by what they saw when they checked their accounts over the past day.
February 28th, 2011
09:01 PM ET

Dollars & Sense: Gmail accounts nuked; credit cards from hell

A roundup of today's CNNMoney news:

Google nukes thousands of Gmail accounts: Imagine opening up your e-mail and finding years of correspondence gone. As many as 150,000 Gmail users have been confronting that scary scenario throughout the past day.

Madoff says his victims were 'greedy': Of his burned investors, Bernard Madoff reportedly said, "Now if you listen to [them], they're living out of Dumpsters and they don't have any money, and I'm sure it's a traumatic experience to some, but I made a lot of money for people." Victims fire back, calling Madoff a monster, a liar and a thief.

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Jane Russell dies at 89
February 28th, 2011
07:12 PM ET

Jane Russell dies at 89

Fifties movie bombshell Jane Russell died Monday morning at her home in Santa Maria, California, her family said. She was 89.

Daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield told CNN that Russell was a "pillar of health" but caught a bad cold and died of respiratory difficulties.

Her children, Thomas K. Waterfield, Tracy Foundas and Robert "Buck" Waterfield," were at her side, Etta Waterfield said.

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N. Africa, Mideast protests: Diplomat says Libya long thought Gadhafi crazy
Libyans gather outside a Tripoli bank on Monday to collect promised payments of $300 each from the Gadhafi government.
February 28th, 2011
06:59 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast protests: Diplomat says Libya long thought Gadhafi crazy

Across the Middle East and North Africa, CNN's reporters and iReporters are covering protests, many of them inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled those countries' longtime rulers. Check out our story explaining the roots of the unrest in each country and full coverage of the situation in Libya. Have a story to tell from the scene? Click here to send an iReport. CNN's Fareed Zakaria breaks down what the movements toward democracy mean.

Developments on unrest in the Middle East and North Africa:

[LIBYA, 8:30 p.m. ET Monday, 3:30 a.m. local] After United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday about possible measures to take regarding Libya, Ban told reporters that "further action may well be necessary."

Gadhafi "has lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people," Ban said of the Libyan leader. "This is again a totally unacceptable situation. I sincerely hope and urge him to listen to the peoples' call. That's my message to him."

American officials slapped sanctions on Libya on Friday, and the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Libya on Saturday.

[LIBYA, 6:59 p.m. ET Monday, 1:59 a.m. local] The Libyan ambassador to the United States, Ali Suleiman Aujali, tells CNN that his countrymen have long regarded Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as crazy, but that Libya has had no alternative to his rule until now.

Aujali's comment came after he reacted to Gadhafi's interview with ABC News and the BBC, in which Gadhafi said Libyans love him and want to protect him, and that the uprising that led him to lose control of Libya's second-largest city was completed by al Qaeda, not the Libyan people.

"I think this man lost touch with reality," Aujali told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday evening, in reaction to Gadhafi's interview. "He doesn't want to realize there are thousands of people protesting against him. He doesn't want to realize that thousands of people have been killed by his soldiers, by citizens of other African countries."

Blitzer remarked that Aujali has said that he has worked as a diplomat for Gadhafi for 40 years, and asked Aujali whether he realized during those 40 years that Gadhafi was crazy.

"Well, I think we realize that he's crazy, but we have no alternative. We have no ways to get rid of him until now, when the people" responded to the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions with a revolt of their own," Aujali said.

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Attorney: Garridos confessed to kidnapping Jaycee Dugard
Phillip and Nancy Garrido are accused of holding Jaycee Dugard captive for nearly two decades.
February 28th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Attorney: Garridos confessed to kidnapping Jaycee Dugard

Philip and Nancy Garrido have confessed to their role in the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, the woman's court-appointed attorney, Stephen Tapson, told reporters Monday.

The northern California couple is accused of abducting Dugard when she was 11 years old and holding her captive for 18 years.

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More suspects surface in Falcon Lake murder, sheriff says
David and Tiffany Hartley were riding personal watercrafts on Falcon Lake when David was killed, police say.
February 28th, 2011
02:28 PM ET

More suspects surface in Falcon Lake murder, sheriff says

Two additional suspects have surfaced in the fatal shooting of an American man on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake last September, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez told CNN.

David Hartley was with his wife on Falcon Lake when assailants shot him in the head. Tiffany Hartley told authorities her husband was shot in the head, and she was unable to haul his body onto her personal watercraft before being forced to flee.

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Video shows rare rhino calves in Indonesia
A mother and male Javan rhino calf are shown in this image taken from video shot in December.
February 28th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Video shows rare rhino calves in Indonesia

Remote video cameras in Indonesia's Ujung Kulon National Park have photographed images of two Javan rhino calves, bringing new hope for a species thought to number no more than 50 in the wild.

The calves, one male and one female, were recorded in November and December in the park in southwestern Java, the World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia said Monday.

The two calves bring to 14 the number of calves identified in the park in 10 years, according to the organization and park authorities.

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Gotta Watch: Instant drive-thru; victim run down, indie love; 'Just say no' kids
A mini-van accidentally drives through a coffee shop store front.
February 28th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Instant drive-thru; victim run down, indie love; 'Just say no' kids

Minivan leaves Venti-sized hole in coffee shop – The owners of a Massachusetts coffee shop have never been happier for a slow morning. Late last week, a woman accidentally turned Mary Lou’s coffee shop into a drive-thru business, sending the smell of fresh brewed coffee wafting into the parking lot.

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On the Radar: Day 14 of Libyan unrest, Wisconsin protesters, Oscar wrap-up
Children in Malta protest Libya's Moammar Gadhafi on Sunday. Malta has been at the center of evacuations from Libya.
February 28th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

On the Radar: Day 14 of Libyan unrest, Wisconsin protesters, Oscar wrap-up

Libya – It's Day 14 of a massive, and often violent, uprising to force Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to step down. CNN's Nic Robertson has been in Zawiya, a town about 40 miles from Tripoli, and watching as crowds of Qadhafi opponents grow. Gadhafi clings to power despite members of the country's security forces deciding to defect and join the protesters over the weekend.

Abdullah Alzubedi, Libya's ambassador to South Africa, told journalists Monday that Gadhafi should leave office and that he would not continue to work for Gadhafi if the leader survives the popular uprising. But Alzubedi said he will not quit despite resignations by other Libyan officials because he said he must "serve the needs of Libyans living in South Africa and help South Africa evacuate its citizens."

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Monday's intriguing people
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says Tunisian-style protests will erupt in the U.S.
February 28th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Louis Farrakhan

The leader of the Nation of Islam predicts that uprisings like those in the Middle East will happen in the United States, according to the Chicago Tribune. He is calling on President Obama not to attack the protesters when they revolt. During an address Sunday, Farrakhan told his followers: “What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you’d better prepare because it will be coming to your door.”
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February 28th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

4.7-magnitude earthquake hits central Arkansas

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck central Arkansas just after 11 p.m. Sunday (12 a.m. ET Monday), the United States Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake's epicenter was 37 miles from Little Rock, Arkansas, USGS said.

CNN affiliate KARK received calls from a number of viewers who reported feeling the impact of the quake and seeing items on their walls shake.

More than 700 quakes have hit central Arkansas since September.

Why is Arkansas having so many quakes? Scott M. Ausbrooks of the Arkansas Geological Survey tells KARK's Gary Dee the latest quakes are on a previously unknown fault.

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Girl Scouts booted from cookie corner - founder's historic house
Girl Scouts, seen here near Atlanta, smile despite challenging times during cookie season.
February 28th, 2011
08:03 AM ET

Girl Scouts booted from cookie corner - founder's historic house

It's hard out there for a Girl Scout.

After someone complained about a Savannah, Georgia, troop selling cookies at a busy intersection in town, the city forced the girls to move away from the money-making location, according to the Savannah Morning News. The demand to move broke decades of tradition because that corner - Oglethorpe Avenue and Bull Street - is in front of the historic home of the founder of the Girl Scouts organization, Juliette Low.

Savannah zoning administrator Randolph Scott said the problem was that the girls were setting up their sale table on a public sidewalk, which violates a city ordinance, the Morning News reports. Scott tried to help, calling for a survey in the hopes that the property line near the home had private space. No such luck.

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Monday's live video events
February 28th, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Monday's live video events

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

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Wartime contracting hearing - The Commission on Wartime Contracting looks at the effectiveness of efforts to hold contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan accountable for problems with their work.

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The last doughboy passes
Frank Buckles, the last U.S. World War I veteran, died in his home of natural causes early Sunday morning.
February 28th, 2011
02:00 AM ET

The last doughboy passes

CNN Senior National Editor Dave Schechter has written extensively about World War I veterans. He filed this blog post after learning of the death of the war's last U.S. veteran:

I never met Frank Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I, who died at 110-years-old in his sleep early Sunday at his farm in West Virginia.

Nonetheless, I feel a loss because over the past 20-plus years I was drawn into a small community of people who kept track of the dwindling numbers of American veterans of “The War To End All Wars.”

My professional interest began many years ago when my wife, then a producer at CNN, worked on a project about centenarians and brought home the newspaper of an organization for World War I veterans and their families. On the personal side, my mother’s father trained as a pilot at Kelly Field in Texas but never deployed, while my father’s father served in the American Expeditionary Force in Europe, likely inhaled poison gas and served as the allied military’s legal authority in a sector of Germany (an experience he wrote about for The Sunday New York Times Magazine).

Among those most keenly devoted to the surviving doughboys has been David DeJonge, a portrait photographer from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who devoted countless hours to photographing World War I veterans and bringing attention to their stories. In recent years, DeJonge accompanied Buckles to the White House, the Pentagon, the Capitol and a small, tree-shrouded memorial to the World War I troops from the District of Columbia on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Others with this particular bent have included a now-retired employee of the Veterans Administration, who patiently answered my questions when it came time for my annual note on the numbers of living veterans from America’s wars; the woman who worked for another federal agency full-time but who, on her own time, ran that organization for WWI veterans until their ranks were reduced to only a few dozen; and the radio producer from Texas, who recorded interviews with several of the last survivors for a public radio special narrated by Walter Cronkite.

DeJonge is among those publicly advocating creation on the National Mall of a national memorial to World War I. Just last week in West Virginia, he announced creation of the National World War I Legacy Project, which will  include a documentary DeJonge is producing about Buckles titled “Pershing’s Last Patriot.”  Buckles, who enlisted at 16 and saw duty in England, France and Germany, took this cause seriously, wanting recognition not for himself but for all of those who served in that conflict.

I have written before that if we honor those who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam on the National Mall, then similar recognition is due those of the 20th century’s first major war.

After years of decay, at long last the existing monument to the World War I troops from the District of Columbia is being cleaned up. To create a national monument, I’d like to see it expanded, perhaps with figures of soldiers peering over a trench, bayonets fixed and gas masks at the ready, ready to charge over the top.

Unfortunately, Frank Buckles did not live long enough, not even nine decades after the war ended, to see honor properly paid to his comrades. Now that he has passed, let that honor be paid in memory of this patriot.

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