Falcons player's ex wants revenge, say court documents
Chris Owens says his ex-girlfriend is seeking revenge, according to court documents.
June 16th, 2011
08:32 PM ET

Falcons player's ex wants revenge, say court documents

Atlanta Falcon Chris Owens says his ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him to exact revenge for refusing to continue their relationship, according to court documents.

Latia Terry told Owens he will "never see his baby again" and promised to "ruin him," according to documents filed in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on Thursday. The documents, filed on behalf of Owens by his attorneys, request that Terry's petition for a restraining order be denied.

Though she now claims she is afraid of Owens, court papers allege that Terry regularly left their child in his sole custody, even after the violence she now alleges. She even let him travel with the 9-month-old child, with her permission, according to the documents.

Owens' Atlanta-based attorney, Randy Kessler, said there is no basis to the allegations and that Owens has voluntarily paid child support, expenses, and fully paid for an apartment for Terry and their child, even though he currently receives no income due to the NFL lockout.

"There's been no court order requiring him to do anything, he's done it all of his own accord," Kessler said.

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Slaughtered geese to feed the needy
These geese aren't cooked, but some of their kind will be fed to Pennsylvania needy as part of a geese control plan in New York.
June 16th, 2011
08:23 PM ET

Slaughtered geese to feed the needy

The overpopulation of geese in New York City is going to help those in need in Pennsylvania this summer, according to a spokesman for the New York Department of Environmental Protection.

Last summer, 1,676 Canada geese were slaughtered in an effort to control the city's goose population and improve aviation safety, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. But this year, instead of being sent to landfills, the geese will be transported to Pennsylvania and used to feed the hungry there, DEP spokesman Farrell Sklerov said.

The USDA reached out to Pennsylvania on the city's behalf since New York state does not currently have a system in place to donate slaughtered geese to shelters, whereas Pennsylvania does. "It's something the city had always wanted to do, but there wasn't a process in place in New York," Sklerov said. "We're hopeful that by next year we should be able to feed people in New York."

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Gas explosion kills 3, injures at least 50 in Israel
June 16th, 2011
06:19 PM ET

Gas explosion kills 3, injures at least 50 in Israel

[Updated at 7:21 p.m. ET] Three people were killed and at least 50 injured about midnight Thursday when a gas canister exploded in a restaurant in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, sources with Israeli ambulance services said.

The explosion was not the result of a terrorist attack, police said.

The top floor of the four-story storage building collapsed, CNN affiliate Channel 2 reported.

The fire chief on location said some people might be trapped in the building, Israeli radio said.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Vandals in Vancouver?
June 16th, 2011
05:56 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Vandals in Vancouver?

Comment of the Day:

"I look at this photo and say to myself, 'This is Canada? Are you sure this is not a photo of Syria or Iran or Libya? This is very weird! C'mon CNN take off this picture of Arab Summer and put in the correct photo!' "–nacho1

Boston Bruins win Stanley Cup; Vancouver fans riot

Entertainment turned ugly Wednesday night when the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins in the final game of the National Hockey League's annual championship. Hundreds of Canuck fans went wild in downtown Vancouver, turning over vehicles and setting them afire.

Giblet said, "I am utterly ashamed! Way to go, morons! We just spent a huge amount of money showing the world what a fantastic place Canada and especially Vancouver is, and now I log in to CNN this morning and this is what I see? Once again, a few mindless idiot hooligans spoil all the hard work and dedication of countless citizens!"

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June 16th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Taekwondo tour a chance to show the 'real North Korean'

Queens, New York, is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the world. But one nation’s visitors still managed to raise a few eyebrows: North Koreans were in town.

An elite taekwondo team came for a three-city tour, the second of its kind organized by an American taekwondo magazine. The 11 performers were accompanied by several coaches and government minders, each with Kim Jong Il lapel pins affixed to their ill-fitting suits.

“I think whenever we share things with other people, it's a good thing. Especially when we share something that we love,” said Tina Pagano, an organizer of the event.

The primary motivation of the trip was to give an elite team the chance to perform for a new audience. The United States is home to the most practitioners of taekwondo in the world, according to George Vitale, who helped organize the event.

But for two countries that have no diplomatic relations, this visit was clearly about more than just sports. In what must certainly be a rare occurrence, American and North Korean flags hung side-by-side above the gym where the team performed.

Woojin Jung, the publisher of Taekwondo Times and a driving force behind the tour, wrote on the website for the tour that he hoped “to establish a peaceful relationship between the U.S. and North Korea through a nonpolitical exchange.”

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Arab Unrest: Middle East and North Africa, country by country
Syrian refugees in a camp on the Turkish border protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday.
June 16th, 2011
01:28 PM ET

Arab Unrest: Middle East and North Africa, country by country

[Updated 1:28 p.m.] Countries in the Middle East and North Africa have been swept up in protests against longtime rulers since the January revolt that ousted Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. In many cases, these demonstrations and movements have been met with brute force and escalated into seemingly unending violence.

Here are the latest developments from each country and information on the roots of the unrest.

SYRIA

The number of Syrian refugees now in Turkey stands at 8,904, Turkish emergency officials said on Thursday.

This increase comes as Turkish government officials, such as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, met with a special Syrian envoy to help stem the growing tide of refugees.

The U.N. human rights office called for "a thorough probe into the allegations of widespread abuses committed by Syrian authorities during their violent crackdown."

A preliminary report prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that as of mid-June, the number of those killed during such incidents is believed to have exceeded 1,100 persons, many of them unarmed civilians; among them were women and children." That's over a period of three months.

The OHCHR said reports indicate than up to 10,000 people have been detained over three months, and it has received information that security forces "have perpetrated acts of torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment against detainees, resulting in death in custody in some cases."

Syrian civilian: Why is our president killing us?

The report, which covers the period from March 15 to Wednesday, is based on data from U.N. agencies. human rights activists, a small number of victims and witnesses, and various groups. The OHCHR said it had to rely on these sources because it hasn't been able to get staffers "on the ground in Syria."

Roots of Unrest: More than 1,100 people may have died since the unrest began in mid-March after teens were arrested for writing anti-government graffiti in Daraa, according to Amnesty International. As the crackdown intensified, demonstrators changed their demands from calls for "freedom," "dignity" and an end to abuses by the security forces to calls for the regime's overthrow. On April 19, Syria's Cabinet lifted an emergency law, which had been in effect since 1963. But security forces then moved quickly to crack down. Government opponents allege massive human rights abuses.

Opinion: What could shake Syria's regime?

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Thursday's intriguing people
Tim Thomas, 37, says winning the Stanley Cup is "a dream come true."
June 16th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Tim Thomas

The 37-year-old Boston Bruins goal-tender is regarded as a key the component in helping his team achieve last night’s historic Stanley Cup win against the Vancouver Canucks. It has been a long ride for Thomas, who started his first NHL game at 28 and became a regular goalie at 31. At one point, his parents sold their wedding rings to raise money for his hockey career, and a young Tim sold apples door-to-door, according to the Boston Globe.

"Every night, all season long, he always gave us a chance," Bruins coach Claude Julien told the Globe.

The Stanley Cup win is the first for the Bruins in 39 years.

“This is literally a dream come true, just like it is for everyone on this team,’’ Thomas said. “At 37, this might be my only shot to win it.’’

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Report breaks down brutal April weather
A tornado outbreak in late April killed 320 people, 235 of those in Alabama, including 41 in Tuscaloosa, pictured here.
June 16th, 2011
12:04 PM ET

Report breaks down brutal April weather

The extreme weather events that battered the United States throughout April impressed even the nation's top weather experts.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration special report outlines just how extraordinary the month was:

  • 875 preliminary tornado reports
  • More than 500 confirmed tornadoes
  • 358 fatalities related to two tornado outbreaks
  • Record rainfall along the Ohio River Valley
  • Record flooding along the Mississippi River
  • Drought conditions and 1.79 million acres burned by wildfires in the Southern Plains
  • $10 billion to $15 billion in damage

Calling the confluence of events "truly remarkable," CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano concurred with the report's authors in putting much of the blame on a phenomenon known as La Niña.

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Gotta Watch: Sports riots
Riot police stand in front of two burning police cars as people look on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
June 16th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Sports riots

Sports inspire passion among its fans, but sometimes that fervor literally turns into fire. Both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can ignite a sports riot. Sometimes the violence ends in property damage, but there are instances where people attain severe injuries. You gotta watch how sports can turn into sparks.
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Six killed in Ohio house fire
Six people were killed in the Warren, Ohio, house fire.
June 16th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Six killed in Ohio house fire

Six people, including four children, were killed in an early morning house fire in Warren, Ohio, on Thursday, according to local media reports.

The four children were found on the second floor of the home and the two adults were on the first, CNN affliate WYTV-TV in Youngstown reported.

Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle said flames were shooting up to 30 feet in the air when firefighters arrived, according to the Warren Tribune Chronicle.

Nussle said no working smoke detectors were found in the home, according to WYTV.

State fire marshal's investigators were on the scene, Nussle told WYTV. The names of the victims had not been released.

Nussle told WYTV he thinks the fire was the deadliest in the history of the city of 49,000 people.

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Casey Anthony defense calls investigator, expert as first witnesses
Casey Anthony and her attorney, Jose Baez, listen to testimony in her murder trial on Thursday.
June 16th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Casey Anthony defense calls investigator, expert as first witnesses

Casey Anthony's defense began presenting its case Thursday in her capital murder trial, calling to the stand a crime scene investigator and an FBI forensic examiner.

Gerardo Bloise, crime scene investigator with the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office, led off the defense witnesses. Bloise, who previously testified for the prosecution, discussed the execution of a search warrant at the Anthony home on August 6, 2008, and his duties, which were to examine the clothing in Casey Anthony's closet with an alternative light source for any stains.

Bloise testified no stains were found on the pants Anthony wore on June 16, 2008, the day her 2-year-old daughter Caylee was last seen. However, he acknowledged to prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick on cross-examination that Anthony's mother, Cindy, had told authorities she had washed the pants after that day.

Bloise also testified he examined a vehicle belonging to Anthony Lazzaro, Casey Anthony's then-boyfriend. He said he found a stain in the car's interior, but a presumptive test for blood was negative.

Asked by Burdick whether Lazzaro's car smelled like a dead body, Bloise said it did not. Defense attorney Jose Baez, on redirect, asked him whether Lazzaro's car had a bag of trash in it that had been there for weeks, and Bloise said no.

Prosecutors allege that Casey Anthony, 25, killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008 by using chloroform on her and putting duct tape over her nose and mouth. They allege she then put the little girl's body in black garbage bags and stored it in her trunk before dumping it in woods near her home.

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June 16th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Commission to probe Ivory Coast violence

The Ivorian government announced the creation Thursday of a national investigation commission on the crimes perpetrated during the post-election crisis amid mounting pressure fom human rights organizations and the United Nations.

Bruno Kone, spokesman for the government, made the announcement on national TV, following a Cabinet meeting. The "national investigation commission will shed light on all the human rights violations perpetrated during the post-electoral crisis," said Kone.

"The president called for all investigations to be carried out without delay so that those responsible could be identified and be applied sanctions if needed," the statement added.

President Alassane Ouattara has recurrently promised no mercy for human rights abusers no matter which side of the conflict there are from. But Human Rights Watch pointed out earlier Wednesday in a statement by senior West Africa researcher Corinne Dufk that "no one from Ouattara's camp had yet been arrested for abuses committed during the post-electoral conflict."

"There is a growing divide between the Ouattara government's rhetoric that no one is above the law and the reality that justice appears one-sided and delayed," the statement said.

So far those who are under investigation currently, either by the military prosecutor or by the civilian prosecutor, are all from the former officials of the government of Laurent Gbagbo, said Suleiman Baldo, a member of a U.N. investigation team on Ivory Coast post-electoral violence.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said she is concerned by the violence following the disputed election, including reports of summary executions, rape, torture and the use of children by parties to the conflict.

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100 years of IBM innovation
June 16th, 2011
10:43 AM ET

IBM celebrates 100th birthday

Today marks the 100th birthday of IBM, which was founded on June 16, 1911, in New York City as the awkwardly named Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. (It was renamed International Business Machines in 1924.)

Over the decades, Big Blue, as the company is nicknamed, has reinvented itself many times, offering everything from calculators to electric typewriters to desktop computers to software to consulting services. By the mid-20th century, IBM was an icon of American business whose clean-cut employees in dark suits followed the mantra “Think,” a favorite slogan of longtime leader Thomas J. Watson.

Despite a somewhat stodgy reputation in recent years, IBM holds more patents than any other U.S.-based technology company and has a long history of pioneering technological innovations. IBM research has yielded the computerized airline reservation system, the magnetic strip on your credit cards, the ATM, the UPC bar code and the excimer laser used in LASIK eye surgery. IBM computers also helped power the Apollo moon landing in 1969.

The above gallery showcases some of the highlights of the company’s 100 years, from a 50-foot-long calculator to Watson, the computer that beat two human opponents on “Jeopardy!”

CNNMoney has a story tracing IBM’s history and impact on American business, along with a gallery of 5 groundbreaking inventions that IBM cast aside. Our friends at Fortune also take a look at five things every kind of tech CEO - from Page to Zuckerberg - can learn from Big Blue.

CNNMoney: Did you know IBM invented this ... ?

And our corporate partners at Time.com explore how IBM produced sustained and unlikely success by adapting to change.

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Weiner to resign after sexting scandal, source says
June 16th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Weiner to resign after sexting scandal, source says

Rep. Anthony Weiner plans to resign from Congress in the wake of a "sexting" scandal with several women and lies he repeatedly told about it, a Democratic source with knowledge of Weiner's plans said Thursday.

Weiner, 46, was considered a possible front-runner to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013 until the revelation of his online communications, including lewd photos of himself he sent to women he befriended on Facebook and Twitter.

Last year, Weiner married Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton in the White House, Senate and now in the State Department. Former President Bill Clinton officiated the ceremony, and Abedin is pregnant with the couple's first child.

First elected to the House in 1998 after his political mentor, then-Rep. Chuck Schumer, decided to run for the Senate, Weiner has been a reliable liberal voice for the solidly Democratic 9th District, encompassing parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Weiner basically ran unopposed in 2006 and 2008 and won by 22 points over his Republican opponent in 2010, easily avoiding the GOP tidal wave that swept over the House.

As a politician, Weiner fully embraced social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, using the platforms to unleash his comedic take on life and politics.

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June 16th, 2011
09:06 AM ET

World outrage boils over Syrian crisis

Syrian refugees continue to flee across the Turkish border to escape violence, as world powers amplify their outrage over the Damascus regime's tough crackdown on peaceful demonstrators.

The number of Syrian refugees now in Turkey stands at 8,904, Turkish emergency officials said on Thursday. This increase comes as the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with a special Syrian envoy to help stem the growing tide of refugees.

Violence in the country and an offensive in and around the town of Jisr al-Shugur spurred thousands to hightail it to the border region, and Turkish officials are worried that the crisis could deteriorate and destabilize the area.

On Wednesday, the U.N. human rights office called for "a thorough probe into the allegations of widespread abuses committed by Syrian authorities during their violent crackdown."

"The most egregious reports concern the use of live ammunition against unarmed civilians, including from snipers positioned on rooftops of public buildings, and the deployment of tanks in areas densely populated by civilians," according to a preliminary report prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"As of mid-June, the number of those killed during such incidents is believed to have exceeded 1,100 persons, many of them unarmed civilians; among them were women and children," it said, according to a U.N. statement.

The OHCHR said reports indicate than up to 10,000 people have been detained over three months, and it has received information that security forces "have perpetrated acts of torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment against detainees, resulting in death in custody in some cases."

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Portland draining reservoir after man urinates in it
Portland, Oregon's Mount Tabor reservoir holds 8 million gallons of drinking water.
June 16th, 2011
08:58 AM ET

Portland draining reservoir after man urinates in it

Oregon's Portland Water Bureau is draining an 8 million-gallon reservoir after surveillance cameras caught a man urinating into it this week.

The move will cost the water bureau $35,000 $28,000 in lost revenue and $7,500 in disposal costs, CNN affiliate KATU-TV reports.

Is that worth it when the urine involved is really a drop in the bucket?

Scientifically, no, said Dave Stone, an assistant professor of toxicology at Oregon State University, who spoke to The Oregonian newspaper about the, er, leak.

"How many animals are doing that or birds?" Stone asked. "I don't want to second-guess the city, but I can't think of anything chemically that would have me be concerned."

Dr. Gary Oxman, a Multnomah County health officer, also told The Oregonian: "The health risk associated with that is really, really tiny."

A healthy bladder holds up to 16 ounces of urine, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Thursday's live video events
June 16th, 2011
07:39 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

Rep. Anthony Weiner's future in Congress continues to be a sore spot on Capitol Hill, as House Democrats contemplate this fate.  Meantime, members of Congress are tangling with President Obama over the legality of U.S. involvement in Libya.  CNN.com Live is your home for the latest news and views from Capitol Hill as they happen.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - The defense presents its case in the trial of Casey Anthony, accused of killing her young daughter.

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On the Radar: U.S. Open begins, Mavs parade, LeBron night
Phil Mickelson tees off Tuesday during a practice round for the U.S. Open.
June 16th, 2011
06:16 AM ET

On the Radar: U.S. Open begins, Mavs parade, LeBron night

Three things you need to know today (special all-sports edition).

U.S. Open golf: The U.S. Open, the second of golf's four major tournaments for 2011, tees off Thursday morning at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

With Tiger Woods, a three-time winner of the Open, not playing because of injury, determining a favorite is difficult, writes GOLF magazine's Cameron Morfit.

Much of the focus will be on Phil Mickelson, who has four victories in major tournaments but has yet to win a U.S. Open. Mickelson has finished second five times in the U.S. Open. But Mickelson has never fared well at Congressional, Morfit writes.

Other players to watch include Briton Luke Donald, the world's No. 1-ranked player; Steve Stricker, currently the highest-ranked American in the world and a winner at last weekend's Memorial Tournament in Ohio; defending champion Graeme McDowell, and Hunter Mahan, who shot 62 in the last competitive round he played at Congressional, Morfit writes.

Follow the action on the GOLF.com leaderboard and Round 1 live blog.

Mavericks' parade: The NBA champion Dallas Mavericks have their official victory parade in downtown Dallas on Thursday. The Mavericks finished off the Miami Heat on Sunday night in the best-of-seven NBA Finals, 4-2.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and takes a 1.6-mile route through downtown Dallas, CNN affiliate WFAA reports.

Police are warning the expected crowds could create gridlock in Dallas, with as many as a quarter-million people turning out to salute the NBA champions.

Officials are also warning parade-goers to be ready for the summertime Dallas heat and bring plenty of water to the event, WFAA reports. The forecast is for 85 degrees and sunny when the parade begins.

Salute to LeBron?: While Dallas salutes its champions, a minor-league baseball team is acknowledging the Heat's LeBron James on Thursday.

The Peoria Chiefs, a Class A minor-league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, will give every fan attending Thursday night's game a replica of James' NBA championship ring. That means as each fan passes through the turnstiles of O'Brien Field, he or she will be handed ... nothing.

The Chiefs said in a press release they'd also like to skip the fourth inning in Thursday's game, a jab at James' NBA Finals performance in which he scored a total of 21 points in the fourth quarters of all six games combined.

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