Netflix now America's biggest video service provider
April 25th, 2011
09:41 PM ET

Netflix now America's biggest video service provider

Some highlights from the day's business news:

7% of Americans subscribe to Netflix

Netflix knocked over a new milestone Monday: It now has more subscribers than the largest cable TV operator in the U.S.

Netflix's global subscriber base grew almost 70% over the past year, to 23.6 million users. With that audience, it dethroned Comcast as the country's biggest provider of subscription video content. More than 7% of Americans now subscribe to Netflix.

Those details came out Monday in Netflix's first-quarter report, in which the company reported earnings of of $60.2 million, or $1.11 a share. That's up from $32 million, or 59 cents a share, a year ago.

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April 25th, 2011
09:11 PM ET

Tornado approaching Arkansas town, weather service says

A confirmed tornado is approaching the town of Romance, Arkansas, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service urged residents of Romance to take cover immediately.

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Overheard on CNN.com: This is your braaaaaaiiiins on zombies
In "The Zombie Autopsies," Dr. Steven Schlozman imagines a virus that strips the brain down to its basest levels.
April 25th, 2011
08:13 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: This is your braaaaaaiiiins on zombies

If and when a zombie apocalypse ever does come to pass, rest assured: Tons and tons of your fellow living humans already have a plan in mind.

Today's comment of the day comes from Stejo, who addressed the political implications of the zombie brain: "For those of you thinking you'll browse the comments, I'll save you some time: Right: 'Democrats are zombies.' Left: 'Republicans/Tea Party members are zombies.' Serious Scientists: 'This article is full of errors.' Sci-Fi Fans: 'Lighten up, Serious Scientist.' I think that pretty much sums it up. I hope I've saved you some valuable time."

Between a blissfully geeky story about the undead and Friday's article on Mac and PC users' stereotypes, we saw a major revenge of the nerds on CNN.com in the best possible way. We also received lots of thoughtful postings on airline overbooking. Our readers are churning many ideas on how to improve the airlines' workflow. Read on and check out what they had to say.

Inside zombie brains: Sci-fi teaches science

The new novel "The Zombie Autopsies" includes an apocalyptic scenario in which an airborne virus is rapidly turning people into zombies and wiping out humanity. Writer Dr. Steven Schlozman says the undead are a great way to explore real-world health issues, and commenters jumped at the chance to have a big ol' Internet-powered chat about zombies. Most seemed eager to have found people who think like them.

Maybe HolyMoley summed up the response best: "You know what is beautiful about this story and all these posts? I have just discovered I am not alone in my obsession about a pending zombie apocalypse."

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Judge orders NFL owners to lift lockout
NFL officials have been ordered to lift their lockout, but the league plans to ask a judge to stay the ruling.
April 25th, 2011
06:35 PM ET

Judge orders NFL owners to lift lockout

A federal judge ruled in favor of NFL players on Monday, issuing an injunction that ordered the league's owners to lift their lockout.

The league will ask Nelson to stay the ruling, pending the league's appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

"We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes," the league said in a statement. "We are confident that the 8th Circuit will agree. But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal."

A lockout was imposed after talks on collective bargaining between the players and owners broke down last month.

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SI.com: Paul gives Lakers pause
The New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul made his presence known against the Lakers on Sunday.
April 25th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

SI.com: Paul gives Lakers pause

The bane of Los Angeles' existence as of last night: Chris Paul.

The New Orleans Hornets point guard and his team managed an astonishing 93-88 win against the Lakers, tying his team's series with the reigning champs. Sans leading scorer David West, the Hornets managed to capitalize on its pick-and-roll game with Paul racking up a game high 27 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists. As SI.com's Mark Haubner writes:

"This night in New Orleans was all about Paul. In the first half, the Hornets played less pick-and-roll than we've seen. They looked to get everyone involved with more of a motion game, and Paul was content to play facilitator, with four points on just three shots and nine assists. In the second half, New Orleans re-emphasized its pick-and-roll game, and its floor leader took over."

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Barbour says he won't run for president
April 25th, 2011
03:19 PM ET

Barbour says he won't run for president

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.

"This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided," Barbour (pictured), a Republican, said in a statement.

“A candidate for president today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else," the statement continued. "His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required."

A number of other Republicans are near their own self-imposed deadlines for making a decision about a 2012 presidential bid.

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Monday's Most Intriguing: Bernanke, Bahrain's prince, 'The Elders'
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold the first ever press conference by a Fed Chair on Wednesday.
April 25th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Monday's Most Intriguing: Bernanke, Bahrain's prince, 'The Elders'

BEN BERNANKE

The Federal Reserve's board convenes on Tuesday with Chairman Bernanke taking an unprecedented risk. On Wednesday, he'll hold the first-ever press conference by a Fed Chairman. The entire world—particularly the Fed itself—will assess every word, the Wall Street Journal's David Wessel told NPR this morning. Bernanke feels this transparency is needed, given the public mistrust after the financial crisis. At the same time, the slightest misstep by Bernanke would cause a market tumble, said Wessel adding that this move will change the role of fed chair forever. Charisma will now be a required skill set for any future Federal Reserve chair, he said. Read Time magazine's intimate portrait of Bernanke, who was Man of the Year in 2009.

PRINCE SALMAN bin HAMAD Al-KHALIFA

Bahrain's Crown Prince is sending his regrets to Britain's Prince William, stating that he must decline an invite to the royal wedding due to unrest in his country. The decision was delayed until the last minute, Prince Salman wrote, because he'd hoped violence would have subsided. There have been accounts of human rights violations across Bahrain. Go here for more on the latest from Bahrain.

THE ELDERS

Four members of the group for former world leaders announced in Beijing this morning that they will travel to North Korea in hopes of restoring dialogue between that country and South Korea. Former President Jimmy Carter, Finland's Martti Ahtisaari, Ireland's Mary Robinson, and the former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland are traveling to Pyongyang at the invitation of Kim John Il's government, Carter said. North Korea's critically low food supply and South Korea will be discussed. "Clearly there is a great level of mistrust and suspicion between North and South Korea," Ahtisaari said. "But the stakes are too high to allow this standoff to continue."

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WikiLeaks roundup: Gitmo only the latest target
Australian Julian Assange directs WikiLeaks, which has released many headline-grabbing classified documents this year.
April 25th, 2011
11:36 AM ET

WikiLeaks roundup: Gitmo only the latest target

WikiLeaks has released close to 800 secret military documents that reveal fascinating insights into al Qaeda and terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, including close-up photographs of detainees. One document reveals that a detainee threatened guards by saying he would fly airplanes into houses. Another said that Osama bin Laden was, at one point, in good health despite having only one kidney.

American soldier Pfc. Bradley Manning is suspected to have leaked the documents to WikiLeaks. Manning, a 23-year-old from Oklahoma, is being held in Fort Leavenworth Prison in Kansas.

The Guantanamo document dump is only the latest in 2011 from WikiLeaks, which gained international prominence in 2010 when it leaked thousands of papers about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Late last year, WikiLeaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States Embassy cables dating from 1966 to February 2011. The cables are still being slowly released. The content is so broad, and involves so many countries, there isn't room enough on this blog to adequately describe it. Need a WikiLeaks refresher? Watch this.

A few notable 2011 WikiLeaks revelations:

Tunisia - WikiLeaks released cables alleging the president of Tunisia's corruption and high spending. The documents painted a scathing portrait of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his relatives by describing them as a "quasi-mafia" that pushed businesses for a slice of any venture they were involved in.

How did the cables fuel the Tunisian revolution?

Syria - In the past few days, Syria has erupted in violence, and witnesses tell CNN that authorities are going door to door shooting people. On April 19, the U.S. State Department denied it was seeking to undermine the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, despite the revelation in diplomatic cables unveiled by WikiLeaks that the U.S. is financing groups seeking to overthrow him.

Libya - Cables related to Libya were credited by some for helping fuel the fighting in the country. A cable described the town of Derna, Libya, as a "wellspring" of Libyan foreign fighters for al Qaeda in Iraq. They also revealed much about Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi's odd personal life, his penchant for hiring celebrities and his love of a good party.

Mexico - The U.S. ambassador to Mexico resigned after a January 2010 WikiLeaks leaked cable described the Mexican army as "slow" and "risk averse" and concluded that only 2% of people arrested in Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico, were charged with a crime.

Bahrain - A cable showed the "deep suspicion" that Bahrain has for its Persian Gulf neighbor, Iran.

Iran - WikiLeaks exposed an alleged secret plot to assassinate an Iranian-American dissident.

Egypt - A cable revealed details about Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's new deputy prime minister, as more details and images emerged from the country that experienced a historic revolution this year.

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Gotta Watch: Tornado rips through St. Louis
A tornado turns an SUV upside down in a St. Louis suburb.
April 25th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Tornado rips through St. Louis

Many residents of St. Louis are glad to be safe after a category EF4 tornado ripped through the area over the weekend. These are just a few videos of the destruction.

Tornado slams airport – Upon first glance, this silent surveillance video of Lambert Airport in St. Louis looks as if there's an invisible vacuum inhaling debris.

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On the Radar: Syria and Libya, Taliban prison break, Texas fires, royal wedding
Libyan officials give a tour Monday of what they said was the scene of a NATO strike on Moammar Gadhafi's office in Tripoli.
April 25th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

On the Radar: Syria and Libya, Taliban prison break, Texas fires, royal wedding

Violence in Syria and Libya -  The Syrian army launched a military operation Monday cracking down on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Daraa, and Syrian authorities have closed the border with Jordan.

Witnesses early Monday reported bodies lying on the streets of Daraa. Ambulances were unable to help the injured because snipers and army officers were deployed across the city, a witness said. "They shoot on anything that moves," the witness said.  Another witness spoke to CNN by phone, estimating about 3,000 soldiers are in Daraa. "They are breaking into people's houses, firing randomly at houses," said the resident as the sound of gunfire and people screaming could be heard in the background. "We were sleeping and not protesting."

Meanwhile in Libya, the casualty toll continued to mount Monday in Misrata despite reports that Moammar Gadhafi's forces have withdrawn from the besieged city. Misrata has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting as rebels try to oust Gadhafi.  NATO jets bombed targets in the capital of Tripoli early Monday as state-run TV reported airstrikes flattened a building at Gadhafi's compound. Republican  Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said NATO should start bombing Gadhafi's inner circle to remove him from power.

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Monday's live video events
April 25th, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Easter may have come and gone, but the White House has one more holiday event on its calendar today.  Watch CNN.com Live for coverage of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

9:30 am ET - Wartime contracting hearing - The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan holds a hearing on contract waste and obstacles to reform.

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