Arizona governor vetoes presidential 'birther bill'
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the so-called "birther bill" on Monday.
April 18th, 2011
10:37 PM ET

Arizona governor vetoes presidential 'birther bill'

Arizona's governor has vetoed a bill that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States before their names could be placed on Arizona's ballots.

Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, said she could not "support designating one person as gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate."

Under the measure, if there were any dispute about whether a candidate had proved he or she had been born in the United States, Arizona's secretary of state would have the final say.

The Arizona "birther bill" got final approval by a vote of 40-16 last week in the state House. It now will not become law unless legislators vote to override Brewer's veto.

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April 18th, 2011
09:30 PM ET

Stocks drop as S&P slashes U.S. outlook

Some highlights from the day's business news:

Stocks sink after U.S. outlook slashed

U.S. stocks cut some losses late Monday afternoon, but still finished the session sharply lower after Standard and Poor's cut its long-term outlook on U.S. debt to negative.

The Dow Jones industrial average sank 140 points, or 1.1%. The S&P 500 fell 15 points, or 1.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite lost 29 points, or 1.1%.

Earlier in the session, all three indexes were down 2%.

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5 options for down-to-the-wire tax filers
April 18th, 2011
07:11 PM ET

5 options for down-to-the-wire tax filers

Still haven't filed your tax returns? Americans have until midnight Monday to send them in, and even the worst of procrastinators still have time and opportunities to meet the deadline. Here are five ways to do it:

1) Did you make under $58,000? File electronically, with software assistance, free:

Electronically filing federal and state returns with tax software isn't just swift - it can be free for people whose adjusted gross income is $58,000 or less. Twenty companies are offering their tax software for federal returns through the IRS' website. Some other restrictions - such as age, state and military status - may apply, depending on the company. Some of these companies support free filing for state tax returns; some offer state service for a fee.

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Incumbent won Nigerian presidential election, commission says
April 18th, 2011
03:53 PM ET

Incumbent won Nigerian presidential election, commission says

Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is the winner of the presidential election in Nigeria, the chairman of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission declared Monday.

"Goodluck E. Jonathan of PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner," Chairman Attahiru Jega said.

He said the ruling Peoples Democratic Party won 22,495,187 of the 39,469,484 votes cast Sunday, far outstripping the Congress for Progressive Change, the main opposition party, which won 12,214,853.

In addition, Jonathan won the needed 25% of the vote in two-thirds of the states plus Abuja, the capital.

Only the PDP certified the results by signing them; representatives of the other parties refused to do so.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Tea and controversy
April 18th, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Tea and controversy

"I loved 'Three Cups of Tea.' It made me feel good about donating to charities. However, finding out that the author (may have) lied was like eating half of a delicious chocolate cupcake and finding a booger in the other half. I’m a lot less trusting after this experience." - allmosttoast

"Three Cups" author threatened with lawsuit

The author of the best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations ... One School at a Time," is facing  accusations that key sections of the story aren't true. Critics also are questioning how money Greg Mortenson's foundation raised to build schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan is being spent.

Some CNN.com readers, like allmosttoast, felt let down by the reports, while others defended Mortenson and dismissed the allegations as gossip.

hillbilleter said,  "Now you're passing judgment that is ruining a man's life, all based on unsubstantiated gossip from a competing author, and feeling pretty virtuous about it, too, aren't you?"

oddjob3422 said, "He's lying through his teeth, claiming to have built schools that don't exist, etc. Sure, SOME of the money he's collected has gone to help, but that's why you rate charities. Just because he spent some of the money there doesn't excuse rampant dishonesty and fraud. He came out today with a response that essentially goes for the scare mongering that getting the truth out of him will harm school children in those countries. How completely classless."

MannyHMo said, "Believe but verify ! Mr. Mortenson should explain and publish his expenses publicly. Never mind his stories and attempts to make himself superman. Just follow the $$$ he received. I'm sure the FBI and IRS know how to do that."

ScreenName71 said, "Great, the Taliban must be laughing with glee. Anyone else going to go educate girls? Nice move, (critic Jon) Krakauer. You've done the work of the Taliban."
decora responded by asking, "So, telling the truth makes one an ally of the Terrorists. Wow, that's - what country do i live in again? "

FAA chief "infuriated" by sleeping air traffic controllers

Federal officials have issued new work rules for air traffic controllers after a series of reports of controllers falling asleep on the job. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said he was "infuriated" by the safety lapses and said that sleeping controllers would not be tolerated. CNN.com readers agreed there was a problem, but many said it wasn't just with the air traffic controllers.

TimGreer said, "How difficult is it to stay awake for such an important job? I never got people that just fall asleep, even if you're (tired). People that fall alseep working, doing things, or often worse, driving, unless you have a health problem, it's just stupid or lazy. Promptly replace these people with someone else that will do the job. It's simple."

erich2112x said, "The problem here is so obvious: Their schedules are completely whacked. They get off work and have to be back in 8 hours. Why can't these guys work regular hours? seems to me like they need a change in tradition and culture rather than 1 extra hour of sleep."

PeaceofWar said, "You want to stop this gross negligence? Start by charging a sleeping controller with a crime for endangering human lives. If a train engineer, or subway/bus driver, or truck driver, fell asleep they would be criminally charged, so why should an air traffic controller be treated different? If anything they should be treated more severely since the potential for harm is so much greater. "

goinmad2009 called it a "classic case."
Manager: "I need a baby in one month, here's 9 women. Now go get it done."
This is why they need a education in organizational behavior and human resource management. Painful to see people like this thinking that its only the people who are to blame."

Make Charles king for a day

The upcoming wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is focusing lots of attention on the royal family, and the future king of England. CNN contributor Bob Greene says William's father, Prince Charles, isn't getting any younger, but shouldn't be passed over for the throne. CNN.com readers had mixed feelings on the idea.

TreeTop said, "As people live longer, of course the monarch is going to have to wait longer to take the throne. I don't think it bothers him. It's not like he doesn't have plenty of engagements and responsibilities to keep him busy. He will be king one day, he just won't be a young king."

SarahB12345 said, "What a ridiculous waste of type. Who cares who becomes king of England? The British royal family are the world's most successful welfare recipients, and what do they do? Suck up gin and shoot grouse. Whoopeee. "King" is a ceremonial role with no real power. So make my Yorkshire Terrier king of England. He's cute, personable, and housebroken. I'm sure he'd do a bang-up job."

FlowinEddie said, "Better idea here: Make him a peasant peon for a year so he can see how the other half live. Maybe he'll lose some of his stuffiness."

Miraflores said, "I've been waiting for Prince Charles to become King as long as he has. He has a resume that is fit for a King, and someday his son will, too, but he hasn't got it yet. Queen Elizabeth would do well to retire, and then watch her son take over the job he was meant for. As a mother I think it would be a top achievement of her life time.


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Sports Update: Can Lakers recover from Hornets sting?
After a loss to the Hornets, pressure on the Lakers swells.
April 18th, 2011
01:31 PM ET

Sports Update: Can Lakers recover from Hornets sting?

A 109-100 loss to the Hornets? Not exactly how the two-time defending champion L.A. Lakers were hoping to kick off their quest for another national title. But that's precisely where the team finds itself, one game down and facing the explosiveness of point guard Chris Paul, who racked up 33 points and 14 assists during a shocking Game 1 in the Western Conference.

As SI.com's Lee Jenkins explains, despite having a relatively lackluster season and going 0-4 against the Lakers, the Hornets blasted past a defense incapable of shutting down Paul. "He sandbagged the sandbaggers with a combination of crossovers, floaters and step-back jumpers that left the Lakers wondering who they had spent the past three days watching on film," Jenkins writes. "This was Paul, circa 2008, when he led the Hornets to 56 wins and ran figure-eights around the Mavericks in the first round."

While the Lakers acknowledged that Paul had the ability to dominate in at least one game of the series, the fact that Los Angeles saw their expected Game 1 win go up in a 41 minute blaze of Paul shooting was, well, surprising.

But the question pressing forward will be if the Hornets and, more specifically, high-scoring Paul, can keep up the performance that they showed Sunday at the Staples Center. If the Lakers are lucky, the answer will be no. NBA playoff action continues tonight.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat (7 p.m., ET) - "Will he or won't he?" is the question when it comes to Dwyane Wade and whether he'll join fellow Heat players when the team faces off against the 76ers tonight.

Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls (9:30 p.m., ET) The Pacers may have fallen 104-99 to the Bulls, but their performance definitely showed that the team is one to reckon with in Game 2.

By The Numbers

41 - Number of points scored by Kevin Durant in the Hornets upset of the Denver Nuggets Sunday night.

.002 - The official margin in seconds that Jimmie Johnson took the Talladega checkers over Clint Bowyer. It ties the closest finish since NASCAR went to electronic timing. Brant James recaps the race.

115 - Number of times the Boston Marathon has been run. The historic race kicks off today.


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Monday's Most Intriguing People: BP protester, U.S. ambassador, columnist
Douglas Kmiec resigned as U.S. ambassador to Malta.
April 18th, 2011
11:59 AM ET

Monday's Most Intriguing People: BP protester, U.S. ambassador, columnist

Douglas Kmiec
The U.S. ambassador to Malta and former legal aide to President Ronald Reagan resigned Saturday following a State Department report that his devotion to his religion was hindering his ability to do his job. In 2008, Kmiec, a devout Catholic, was publicly denied communion from his own priest for his support of Barack Obama in the2008 presidential election. Kmiec told CNN that he resigned, and was not pushed out of his position.

Cherri Foytlin
The Rand, Louisiana, mother of six, who is married to a Gulf oil worker, will protest at BP's Washington offices today to call attention to unresolved cleanup and compensation issues in that region from the 2010 oil spill. Foytlin walked 34 days and 1,243 miles from New Orleans to the capital last week, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. She claims that oil continues to wash ashore and Gulf residents are suffering from breathing in fumes from oil and dispersants. Her family took blood tests which she says show high levels toxins also found in crude, the New Orleans newspaper said. The compensation fund is not providing fair settlements to many Gulf residents, Foytlin said, and her family is in financial ruin. See CNN's coverage of the Gulf oil spill, one year later.

Frank Rich
The former New York Times columnist shocked many when he resigned earlier this year from the newspaper. The Poynter Institute, a journalism think-tank, as well as New York Magazine, report that Rich has launched a second career as producer of the upcoming HBO comedy series "Veep." The program about the first female vice president will star Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Seinfeld" fame.

Teenage girl survives plunge from Golden Gate Bridge
More than 1,300 people have been killed jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge since the 1930s.
April 18th, 2011
11:23 AM ET

Teenage girl survives plunge from Golden Gate Bridge

A 16-year-old girl survived a plunge from the Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay on Sunday, according to local media reports.

The girl either jumped or fell from midspan of the bridge, about a 220-foot fall to the water below, CNN affiliate KGO reported, citing a fire department dispatcher. The girl was conscious when pulled from the water, the Coast Guard told KGO. She was taken to Marin General Hospital.

It was the second time in two months a teenager plunged from the span and survived.

On March 10, a 17-year-old boy jumped from the bridge during a school field trip, telling rescuers he did it for fun, according to CNN affiliate KTVU. The boy broke his tail bone and tore a lung, according to the report.

More than 1,300 people have been killed jumping off the Golden Gate since it opened in the 1930s. Last year, there were 31 suicides from the bridge, KTVU reported.

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Seventh-day Adventist community loses Sunday mail delivery
Mail carriers won't be delivering in Loma Linda, California, next Sunday for the first time in 81 years.
April 18th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Seventh-day Adventist community loses Sunday mail delivery

Come next Sunday, residents of Loma Linda, California, will notice that something's missing on the streets - U.S. Postal Service mail carriers.

The community's 21,000 residents are predominantly Seventh-day Adventists, who observe the Sabbath on Saturday. For 81 years the post office went along, giving Loma Linda on Sundays the mail delivery that almost all of the country gets on Saturdays, according to local media reports.

But costs and technology are forcing an end to Sunday delivery, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise newspaper.

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Gotta Watch: Surviving the storm
April 18th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Surviving the storm

Fast-moving storms ripped through the Southeast over the weekend, spawning tornadoes that flattened parts of North Carolina. The storm killed at least 45 people in six states, including Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.

In today's Gotta Watch, we're looking at the aftermath of the devastating weather system that crippled the region.

Inside the storm – Get an inside look of the storm that killed 22 people in North Carolina and leveled parts of that state. The damage was so severe, it nearly wiped out an entire rural town.
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Life and death in path of tornadoes
A series of storms left houses damaged in the Tarawa Terrace II area of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
April 18th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

Life and death in path of tornadoes

Police in Sanford, North Carolina, are crediting the manager of a Lowe's Home Improvement store and his staff with saving the lives of dozens of people when a tornado struck Saturday afternoon.

Manager Michael Hollowell looked out the front of the store and saw the tornado approaching, CNN affiliate WRAL-TV reported. He alerted his assistants via in-store phones, and they helped get about 50 employees and as many as 60 customers to the back of the building, where walls of concrete joined to provide strength and there was no high shelving with heavy items. The dozens of people huddled shoulder to shoulder to escape the storm's fury.

"One person didn't save all those lives," WRAL quoted Hollowell as saying. "It was a team effort."

Storms that swept across the South over the weekend killed 45 people, including 22 in North Carolina, authorities said.

Among the dead were three children in one trailer home at the Stony Brook North mobile home park in Raleigh.

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Monday's live video events
April 18th, 2011
07:36 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Congress is on a two-week recess, but that doesn't mean news is lacking from Washington.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the government spending fight in Washington.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET - White House briefing - The battle over government spending is expected to top Press Secretary Jay Carney's agenda with the White House press corps, along with the situations in Japan and Libya.

1:45 pm ET - Obama honors Air Force football - President Obama takes a brief break from the bruising budget battle to present the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team.  The trophy is awarded annually to the best service academy football team.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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April 18th, 2011
06:59 AM ET

Bomb kills seven Afghan police officers, official says

A roadside bomb explosion killed seven police officers in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Monday, the provincial governor Musakhan Ajmalzada said. The blast happened in the province's Khogiani district.

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On the Radar: Tax filing day, sleepy controllers, Toyota production
The White House has an online tool that will let you see where your tax dollars go.
April 18th, 2011
06:27 AM ET

On the Radar: Tax filing day, sleepy controllers, Toyota production

Tax Day: Today is the deadline to file your federal income taxes for 2010.

The Internal Revenue Service has a free electronic filing service available for those who make less than $58,000 a year. Get details on that service here. Other electronic filing options are also available from the IRS as well as information on how to file extensions.

For those filing on paper, the U.S. Postal Service is extending hours at locations around the country so taxpayers can meet the midnight deadline.

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