May 31st, 2011
11:13 PM ET

Stocks end ugly month on a high note

Some highlights from the day's business news:

The rally in U.S. stocks regained momentum Tuesday afternoon, but the day's gains weren't enough to lift the market out of the red for the month.

The Dow Jones industrial average surged 128 points Tuesday, or 1%. All but one of the Dow's components posted gains, with Pfizer, Cisco and Alcoa leading the advance. The S&P 500 added 14 points, or 1.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 38 points, or 1.4%.

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Unborn child has Facebook profile
"I am growing strong and waiting to get out of my mom's belly," fetus Marriah Greene says on her Facebook profile.
May 31st, 2011
10:28 PM ET

Unborn child has Facebook profile

Unborn baby Marriah Greene has a lot to say, at least according to her Facebook profile.

The child attends Tummy University, enjoys soccer and swimming and talks in first person. And her friends talk back to her– in baby-speak, naturally.

Of course, it’s really her mother, Ellie Greene of Whitehouse, Texas, updating the page, but the fetus already has more than 260 friends.

When Ellie and her husband, Matt, decided it was time to announce their pregnancy, they wanted a quick, inclusive method, and what’s faster than Facebook to spread exciting news?

“Within a day she had over 100 friends,” Ellie said, according to affiliate KLTV.

Friends quickly responded to updates about Marriah. They give advice, make jokes and compliment her beauty in the ultrasound photos.

“We wanted to keep the page going, so she could go back and look at it,” Ellie said, giving her daughter the opportunity to see how many people adored her before she was even born.

The parents plan to continue updating the page, with her birth story coming soon. After all, “The word in the belly is there's a lot more to see.”

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Overheard on CNN.com: Readers question cell phone cancer risk
The World Health Organization now says cell phones can increase possible cancer risks.
May 31st, 2011
05:08 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers question cell phone cancer risk

Comment of the day: “Cancer? Yes, there's an app for that.” - katiefacemom

Hold that call

The World Health Organization has found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure to cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." In a report, the organization says the danger is in the same “hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. Despite the report, the cell phone industry maintains that there is no conclusive evidence of danger.

CNN.com reader reaction to the report varied, although most were skeptical of the findings. Some said they are old news and others made light of them. Some said they hoped people would stop using their phones so often, while others lamented all things cancer-related.

cellosong said, “The 90s called. They want their urban legend back.” P3NGU1N said, “Breaking News from 1990!” But Zygmoid said, “No, this is not the same study they did 10 years ago. It's called ‘science’ people ... don't worry about it, go watch TV.”

new2wi said, “I wonder if someone will make an app so our phones can give us a CT scan?” ripley01 said, “So I guess talking to my mom WAS killing me.” GeorgeFnBush said, “They cause far more car wrecks than cancer.” SkyJim said, “Great, I can't wait to see the danger/warning labels they're going to start putting on these things. Next person to call me on my cell phone I'm going to answer with ‘are you trying to kill me?’ ” MoreMedsPls "This is your brain. This is your brain on Cell Phone." common51 said, “I'm sure the phone companies will charge us extra for the cancer.... We don't get anything for free from them.” MoreMedsPls said, “I'm certain WE will charge the cell phone companies via civil lawsuits.” Neutronium said, “what does a rock group know about cancer anyway?”

rosem4243 said, “So does this mean that cell phones will not be allowed to be used in restaurants, parks, office buildings....just like smoking? Sweet!” edvhou812 said, “This is good news! People just might stop talking on their cells phones while driving, in the restaurant, in the bookstore, etc.” kilroy101 said, “Get rid of the cell phone, you don't need it. Get rid of your Cable TV, you don't need it. Get outside and exercise, you NEED it!” Redman7176 said, “So there will be justice in the end for all the idiots on their phones while driving in the left lane.”

bcole04 said, “I feel like, at this point, I'm going to get cancer from something anyway. I will either get it from the sun I'm exposed to everyday, the air I breathe, the diet soda I drink, the cell phone I talk on or the deodorant I use. Should you try to reduce your risk of these? Sure. Should I be so scared of getting cancer from just about anything nowadays that I complete rearrange my life in response to that fear? No way. “And Rutledge2020 said, “Pretty sure that just being alive in general increases your risk of cancer.”

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May 31st, 2011
02:25 PM ET

Official: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 9/11 conspirators to be re-charged for tribunal

The Pentagon will announce Tuesday that charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged co-conspirators in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are being refiled to allow prosecution before a military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base, a defense official confirmed.

The move comes after the Obama administration dropped plans to prosecute the suspects in federal court in New York.

Besides Mohammed, the other suspects to face charges of participating in the 9/11 plot are Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi. All five are at Guantanamo.

Stories from the rubble: A CNN producer's impressions
CNN producer Matthew Hoye stands amid the rubble in Joplin, Missouri.
May 31st, 2011
02:20 PM ET

Stories from the rubble: A CNN producer's impressions

Editor's note: CNN producer Matthew Hoye shares his personal thoughts on covering the devastating tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Joplin, Missouri.

In the past month, I've covered two of the worst tornadoes to hit the U.S. in decades.

The devastation and heartbreak in Tuscaloosa and Joplin are truly indescribable. I met so many people who, I think, could not process what had happened. I watched them climb through rubble in the unrecognizable landscape, searching for something familiar among shredded clothing, soaked and mildewy photos and smashed electronics. What looked like garbage to me was a keepsake to them. A torn family picture, a hand-me-down table or a random cell phone with pictures of the neighborhood were scattered among the miles and miles of twisted metal. There were brief smiles as mementos of the life that had been there just yesterday were found.

Jim Richards found his wife's immigration green card a couple of houses away from his previous home and, amazingly, his iPad buried under an overturned Jeep. He laughed as he told me the iPad cover was destroyed, but the iPad, with all his family photos, e-mails and contacts, worked just fine.

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NHL's Atlanta Thrashers set to move to Winnipeg
Atlanta Thrashers players celebrate a shootout win over the Ottawa Senators in March.
May 31st, 2011
01:45 PM ET

NHL's Atlanta Thrashers set to move to Winnipeg

[Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET] Atlanta will be losing a National Hockey League team for the second time, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be gaining one for the second time.

The new owner of the franchise, True North Sports and Entertainment, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the team from its current owners, Atlanta Spirit.

"I am excited beyond words" to make this announcement, True North CEO Mark Chipman said Tuesday.

The transaction is subject to the approval of the NHL Board of Governors later this month.

The Thrashers will be the second NHL franchise Atlanta has lost to Canada. The Flames moved to Calgary, Alberta, in 1980. Winnipeg lost its previous NHL team, the Jets, to Phoenix in 1996. The team was renamed the Coyotes in Phoenix.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's words that hockey was stronger than ever in Canada sparked loud applause in Winnipeg. And then he said the words many residents of the city have been waiting to hear from the NHL:

"It's nice to be back in Winnipeg after all these years."

That sentiment was echoed by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.

"NHL - welcome home," he said. "It's great to have you back here where you belong. We've missed you, and we're going to make it work forever."

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Biodegradable products may be doing more harm than good, study finds
Products advertised as biodegradable may be doing harm than good to the environment, a new study finds.
May 31st, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Biodegradable products may be doing more harm than good, study finds

North Carolina researchers say products that are advertised as biodegradable are likely doing more damage to the environment in landfills than regular products.

Microorganisms break down biodegradable items, a process that produces methane which is a greenhouse gas when released into the atmosphere, according to Morton Barlaz, the head of North Carolina State Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. He co-authored a recently published paper detailing the unexpected findings.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that while most city solid waste landfills convert that methane for energy or burn the methane off-site, at least 35 percent of landfills allow the methane to escape, according to the paper.

Federal Trade Commission guidelines advise that products marked as "biodegradable" to decompose within "a reasonably short period of time" after disposal. Federal regulations don't require landfills to collect methane for at least two years from the time the materials have been dumped, according to researchers.

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Student survives Tuscaloosa, then Joplin tornado
Emily Fuller took this picture near her own Joplin, Missouri, home which survived the tornado.
May 31st, 2011
01:18 PM ET

Student survives Tuscaloosa, then Joplin tornado

University of Alabama student Emily Fuller was disappointed that her spring semester had to end early in April after a tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa. It was devastating when she finally made it onto campus from her off-campus house to see people walking around dazed after the twister. Forty-two people lost their lives, including one of her sorority sisters.

But as the 20-year-old drove home to Joplin, Missouri, a few weeks ago, she started to feel better. This was a chance to spend more time with her family and get a head start on a peaceful summer.

On May 22, Fuller was working out at Joplin's gym. It had been raining most of the day. All the local stations where warning that a tornado was likely.

"I was getting really worried," she said. "I've always been very scared of storms and after everything, I got in my car and drove home immediately." She called her mom who was out running errands. "I told her to just get home," she said.

Stephen Fuller, Emily's father, was at home. He knew his daughter was getting worked up.

"When she was a little girl and there was a thunder storm, she liked to gather all her blankets and come sleep next to us," Emily's father Stephen Fuller told CNN.com. "Emily was very, very anxious when this storm rolled in."

She didn't want to see a familiar big black blob hovering closer and closer to Joplin. She didn't want to hear the wind screeching or watch the thick, strong trees that had stood for years in her yard bend like rubber.

When the first of two tornado sirens went off, Emily's parents didn't act very alarmed. They weren't moving very quickly.

The lights went out.

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World Health Organization: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk
May 31st, 2011
01:03 PM ET

World Health Organization: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk

Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established. A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

That means right now, there haven't been enough long-term studies conducted to make a clear conclusion if radiation from cell phones are safe, but there is enough data showing a possible connection that consumers should be alerted.

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Tuesday's intriguing people
Gen. Martin Dempsey has been nominated to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
May 31st, 2011
12:09 PM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Gen. Martin Dempsey

The Army’s Chief of Staff was nominated by President Obama on Monday to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey, who became the new Army chief of staff last month, has extensive combat experience. He helped train Iraqi security forces in Iraq and also served as acting commander of U.S. Central Command overseeing U.S. military operation in the Middle East, Persian Gulf, and Central Asia.

Known for his keen sense of humor, Dempsey sometimes begins his public speeches by singing songs, like “New York, New York.”

The general also calls soldiers in the U.S. and overseas directly every week to get their opinions on life in the Army.

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Gotta Watch: Puppets and dummies in the limelight
Terry Fator and Walter talk to CNN's Piers Morgan.
May 31st, 2011
11:20 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Puppets and dummies in the limelight

The list of successful ventriloquists is pretty short. It might be because they are just so darned creepy. One thing is clear, it takes some serious talent to laugh at your own joke made via a puppet.

Singer, comedian, ventriloquist - Terry Fator has not only mastered the art of ventriloquism, but has managed to fuse it with his ability to sing. Here, Piers Morgan talks to the 2007 "America's Got Talent" winner about his success as a singing ventriloquist.

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Oxfam: 'Broken' food system leaving millions hungry
The poor reach for food from the table of the rich during an Oxfam-produced performance in front of Germany's Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday.
May 31st, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Oxfam: 'Broken' food system leaving millions hungry

Climate change and decreasing natural resources will increase pressure on food supplies in the coming decades, threatening millions of people with chronic hunger, Oxfam International said in a report Tuesday.

The international humanitarian relief and development organization calls the world's food system "broken," saying food price increases have driven 44 million people worldwide into poverty just this year.

“Our world is capable of feeding all of humanity yet one in seven of us are hungry today," Oxfam Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs says in a press release.

"As climate change impacts become increasingly severe and fertile land and fresh water supplies become increasingly scarce, feeding the world will get harder still. Millions more men, women and children will go hungry unless we transform our broken food system,” Hobbs says.

Oxfam puts the blame for the crisis on governments, businesses and wealthy elites.

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Four killed in Virginia tour bus crash
The tour bus ran off Interstate 95 in Virginia.
May 31st, 2011
10:09 AM ET

Four killed in Virginia tour bus crash

Four passengers aboard a commercial tour bus died and an undetermined number others were injured early Tuesday when the vehicle overturned on I-95 in Caroline County, Virginia, according to state police.

The bus ran off the right side of the road and overturned about a quarter-mile from the Carmel Church exit, according to Corinne Geller, public relations manager for the Virginia State Police.

Injured passengers were being taken to hospitals in Fredericksburg and Richmond, Virginia, Geller said.

Police have not named the tour company or the itinerary.

The accident happened before 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. As of 7:30 a.m., state police had closed the northbound lanes of the interstate while accident investigators examine the scene, she said.

The northbound lanes were expected to remain closed until mid-morning, according to police. Southbound lanes were not affected, Geller said.

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Deadly E. coli outbreak spreads in Germany
Cucumbers from Spain have been identified as a source of the E. coli outbreak in Germany.
May 31st, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Deadly E. coli outbreak spreads in Germany

The outbreak of E. coli in Germany has killed several more people and sickened hundreds, authorities said Tuesday.

News reports citing local authorities reported 16 deaths linked to E. coli in some raw vegetables. CNN has confirmed at least 11 deaths.

As more people have died, the outbreak has shown itself to be spreading geographically as well. No longer contained in northern Germany, the outbreak has killed at least two people in the western part of the country.

The Robert Koch Institute, Germany's federal unit responsible for disease control and prevention, said 373 people have been confirmed sickened. But figures coming in from local authorities and hospitals made clear many more people are believed to be infected.

"Here in Hamburg we're pretty much at the epicenter," Jorg Debatin, medical director of the Hamburg Medical Center, told CNN. His hospital has 600 to 700 infected patients, Debatin said. About 20% to 30% of them develop hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, "a very severe complication," he said.

The hospital is especially concerned about 85 patients - 20 children and 65 adults - who may go into renal failure and develop neurologic symptoms, he said. While authorities worked to contain and respond to the outbreak, the specific cause remained unclear.

The European Food Safety Alert Network said EHEC, or enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, a strain of E. coli that causes hemorrhage in the intestines, was found in organic cucumbers originating from Spain, packaged in Germany, and distributed to countries including Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg and Spain.

But the source has not yet been pinpointed, authorities said.

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May 31st, 2011
07:36 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the devastating storms that hit parts of the United States.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony resumes in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.

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On the Radar: NBA Finals; shuttle returns; no tobacco day
The Heat's Dwayne Wade, left, and the Mavs' Jason Kidd square off during a regular-season game in December.
May 31st, 2011
06:20 AM ET

On the Radar: NBA Finals; shuttle returns; no tobacco day

Three things you need to know Tuesday.

NBA Finals: The NBA Finals tip off  at 9 Tuesday night in Miami as the Heat take on the Dallas Mavericks.

A key storyline of the best-of-seven series will be the battle of two NBA Most Valuable Players who aren't wearing title rings - LeBron James of the Heat and the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki, writes SI.com's Dan Shaughnessy.

"Both are championship-starved. Both need a ring to solidify their place in the list of NBA all-time greats," Shaughnessy writes.

SI.com's Zack Lowe tells you what to look for when Miami has the ball and when Dallas has the ball.

Finally, see how five SI.com NBA writers pick the series. And weigh in with your own pick.

Shuttle returning: The space shuttle Endeavour is preparing for its final landing early Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Endeavour is ending a 16-day mission, more than 11 of which were spent docked at the international space station.

Once it is decommissioned by NASA, Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center is Los Angeles.

Atlantis is scheduled to make the final shuttle mission with liftoff targeted for July 8.

World No Tobacco Day: The World Health Organization has made May 31 World No Tobacco Day. The organization uses the day to educate the public on the dangers of using tobacco and what they can do to stop it.

Tobacco use kills 6 million people a year, or one every six seconds, the WHO says, including 600,000 deaths a year from second-hand smoke. As many as half of all tobacco users will eventually die from a disease related to its use, the WHO says.

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Congressman says hacker placed lewd photo on Twitter account
May 30th, 2011
11:48 PM ET

Congressman says hacker placed lewd photo on Twitter account

A weekend controversy involving a lewd photo posted on the Twitter account of Rep. Anthony Weiner is a "prank" caused by a hacker, Weiner told CNN on Monday.

Weiner, a New York Democrat who is one of the leading liberal voices in the House, blamed the photo on a hacker who got control of his social networking accounts.

"Look, this is a prank and not a terribly creative one," Weiner (pictured) told CNN in an exclusive interview Monday, adding: "I was hacked. It happens to people. You move on."

However, Weiner's spokesman, Dave Arnold, said the congressman has retained an attorney to look into the situation.

"We've retained counsel to explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions should be taken," Arnold said in a statement. "This was a prank. We are loath to treat it as more, but we are relying on professional advice."

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Afghan soldier kills NATO soldier
NATO and Afghan officials said on Monday that the death of the soldier is under investigation.
May 30th, 2011
06:59 PM ET

Afghan soldier kills NATO soldier

An Afghan soldier shot and killed a NATO soldier Monday in southern Afghanistan, high-ranking officials from the country's National Directorate for Security said.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said an "individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against" an ISAF service member, "killing the service member." Afghan officials confirmed that the man who did the firing was an Afghan soldier.

In another incident, two ISAF service members died after an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said. The nationalities of the service members were not immediately released.

Separately, Afghan and coalition forces repelled an attack on the provincial reconstruction team headquarters in the Herat district of Herat province on Monday, ISAF Joint Command said in a statement.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Suicides and the military
Army Spc. Chancellor Keesling and his father, Gregg Keesling, in April 2009.
May 30th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Suicides and the military

Comments of the Day:

"It saddens my heart to know that this man, who served for his country, can't be honored because of his turmoils. War does horrible things to the mind. It breaks people. Our soldiers deserve more." - cicisbo

"Look, I know this is a touchy subject, but, someone who commits suicide is the perpetrator, not the victim. They took a life, even if it was their own. It's not brave or honorable to do so." - o0hBoy

Even in suicide, soldiers' families deserve condolences from president

Army Spc. Chancellor Keesling, 25, died in 2009 on his second deployment to Iraq, but his family did not receive a presidential letter of condolence because Keesling committed suicide. Such letters are withheld from the families of service members who kill themselves. Keesling's father wrote an opinion piece for CNN.com, advocating for a change to the policy. Most people who commented on the piece wrote in support of the father.

Crankee said, "My heart goes out to Spc. Keesling's family, and the families of others for whom combat took too heavy a toll. The condolence letter policy needs to be changed."

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Monday's intriguing people
FIFA's president Sepp Blatter was cleared of corruption allegations.
May 30th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Sepp Blatter, Jack Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam

The three men are at the center of a corruption scandal involving FIFA, the federation responsible for organizing soccer's World Cup. While at least eight FIFA executives are being investigated for corruption, these three are important because they have roles in the election of FIFA's next president, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Also, they have ties to the controversial 2022 World Cup bid, awarded earlier this year to Qatar.

Bin Hammam, the world soccer governing body official, was suspended Sunday over allegations of corruption. Blatter, 75, has been FIFA's president for the past three terms. Blatter has been cleared of any wrongdoing and is seeking a fourth term. A longtime FIFA power broker from Trinidad and Tobago, Warner was placed on suspension. Click here for more on the scandal.

Jacob Zuma

South Africa's president will meet again with Libya's Moammar Gadhafi on Monday as part of his continued effort to stop the war in Libya. Zuma arrived today and first met with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al Mahmoudi. This is Zuma’s second trip to Libya.

 

Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann

Is there room enough for two powerful conservative women to seek the Republican nomination in 2012? Politico's Ben Smith has argued that while the two women are allies, Palin must be pushing Bachmann's buttons. This past week, Bachmann suddenly announced that she will decide whether to seek the GOP nomination in June. Smith suggested that the decision may have been triggered by Palin's roaring entry into Washington this weekend on a Harley Davidson.

Palin has also announced a bus tour through various U.S. cities. During a conference call last week, Bachmann expressed admiration for Palin, but said, "I don't believe that any two candidates are interchangeable. I believe each one of us brings our own unique skill set into this race."

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