June 27th, 2011
10:23 PM ET

DNA tests provide poop on bad dog owners

A New Hampshire apartment complex is mandating that residents submit pet DNA samples.

Why? To check if any of them are abandoning their dogs' waste on the property.

BioPet Vet Lab says PooPrints is currently assisting rental complexes in multiple states, with increasing interest as far away as Canada and Germany.

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Gotta Watch: TV mishaps
Sometimes the media just doesn't get it right.
June 27th, 2011
08:58 PM ET

Gotta Watch: TV mishaps

Caught on tape – TV mishaps. There's just something about watching an AWKWARD exchange after the wrong winner is announced in front of millions of people on television that keeps viewers tuned in. Check out these major mishaps, which brought laughs, confusion and questions.
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June 27th, 2011
08:43 PM ET

Thousands flee as wildfire nears Los Alamos lab

A raging wildfire near the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has prompted the evacuation of more than 10,000 residents as firefighters battle hot temperatures and high winds, authorities said Monday.

Los Alamos, a center of American nuclear science, is one of the nation's top national-security research facilities.

The fire near the lab has raised concerns about whether hazardous materials kept there are being adequately guarded. Authorities say they are.

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June 27th, 2011
08:24 PM ET

Pipe bombs recovered from car wreck

Ten homemade pipe bombs were found in a pickup truck that wrecked in Louisiana Monday morning, police said.

The driver was airlifted to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where he was being treated for injuries.

"He is facing charges, but to what degree depends on the outcome of the investigation," said Louisiana State Police spokesman Bryan Zeringue.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Let parents monitor video games
The "God of War" games from Sony are considered violent, but the Supreme Court says such games still have protection as art.
June 27th, 2011
05:26 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Let parents monitor video games

Exchange of the day:
"I grew up playing violent video games and now I make them. And I make a decent amount of money doing it. I laugh at my mom for saying that it was a waste of my time." - catallergy

"Yes, but your double life as a serial strangler is the problem." – MattQu

California ban on sale of 'violent' video games to children rejected

Supreme Court sees video games as art

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California state law intended to strengthen the current video game industry rating system, banning the sale or rental of "violent" games to those under 18. "Violent" interactive games were defined as "those in which the player is given the choice of "killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being" in "offensive ways."

Like the high court, CNN.com readers did not split along party lines, and more agreed with the high court that parents, not the state, should be in charge of children's gaming. xkeithnjx said, "The government is a terrible parent. Let's leave it up to the mother and father."

Bobby62 asked, "You mean there are parents who don't pop their head into the kids' room from time to time to see what they are up to? I do. Sorry parents; we wanted kids, now we need to raise them."

flonzy said, "We regulate all that far more than Europe yet we have the higher violence rate; just goes to show that government regulations don't solve societal issues."

But BlueDogMS said, "Even the most outstanding parents have children that do things behind their backs. This just makes it easier for kids to do just that."

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Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of the 20 public corruption charges against him.
June 27th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts

A jury in the corruption case against Rod Blagojevich found the former governor of Illinois guilty of 17 of the 20 counts against him.

The 54-year-old former politician was found guilty on 10 charges related to wire fraud, and other charges of extortion, extortion conspiracy, solicitation of a bribe, and  conspiracy to solicit a bribe.

Thirteen of the charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The charges against Blagojevich included trying to peddle the U.S. Senate seat held by Barack Obama before he resigned to become president. Blagojevich has denied any intention of bribery.

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June 27th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Judge blocks Georgia law targeting illegal immigrants

A federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia, has blocked a controversial state law cracking down on illegal immigrants from taking effect until the broader legal issues are resolved.

Monday's order by Judge Thomas Thrash, which CNN has obtained, temporarily prevents enforcement of the law, which would penalize those who transport or harbor illegal immigrants.

The case is Georgia Latino Alliance v. Deal. The law, known as HB 87, was scheduled to go into effect Friday.

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Williams sisters dismissed in straight sets at Wimbledon
Venus Williams, left, and sister Serena were knocked out of Wimbledon on Monday within two hours of each other.
June 27th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Williams sisters dismissed in straight sets at Wimbledon

[Updated at 11:56 a.m. ET] Less than two hours after her sister went down in straight sets at Wimbledon, Venus Williams suffered the same fate.

Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, the tournament's No. 32 seed, beat the No. 23-seed Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth-round match.

[Posted at 10:34 a.m. ET] Serena Williams is out of the Wimbledon women's singles tournament after losing in straight sets to Marion Bartoli.

Williams, the No. 7 seed, was the defending champion, having won the 2010 competition. She lost her fourth-round sets Monday 6-3, 7-6.

Bartoli, 26, of France, is the No. 9 seed. She placed fourth in last year's tournament at the All-England Tennis Club.

Bartoli was a finalist in the 2007 competition, losing to Williams' sister, Venus.

Follow CNN's full coverage of Wimbledon on CNN International.

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North Dakota flood fight far from over
The flood waters in Minot, North Dakota, crested this past weekend.
June 27th, 2011
11:24 AM ET

North Dakota flood fight far from over

Minot and other North Dakota cities dealing with record flooding will continue to be threatened by the Souris River for days to come, even though the water is no longer rising along parts of the river, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander said Monday.

Although the river crested in Minot early Sunday morning, it has only dropped a fraction of an inch since leaving crews with the tense, around-the-clock job of constantly inspecting and shoring up emergency levees built to protect critical structures, said Lt. Col. Kendall Bergmann, deputy district engineer for the Corps' St. Paul District.

"We're 99% complete, but it's an ongoing fight," Bergmann said Monday.

The river had crested in Minot and appeared to be cresting in the downstream community of Velva, Bergmann said. The remaining communities along the U.S. portion of the river - which begins in Canada and loops back into that country downstream of Minot - do not appear threatened, he said.

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June 27th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

NRC chairman to visit Nebraska nuclear plant surrounded by water

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected Monday to visit a Nebraska power plant surrounded by Missouri River floodwater.

The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, about 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska, is one of two in the state that has been getting increased attention from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission amid historic flooding along the Missouri River.

The Fort Calhoun plant, which has been shut down since April for refueling, has as much as two feet of water in places.  The plant's parking lot is among the areas flooded, requiring plant workers to navigate a catwalk to reach the plant. 

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko is scheduled to visit the Fort Calhoun plant on Monday morning.

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Supreme Court strikes down Arizona campaign finance law
A conservative 5-4 majority of justices on Monday said the Arizona law violated free speech.
June 27th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Supreme Court strikes down Arizona campaign finance law

The United States Supreme Court has tossed out an Arizona law that provides extra taxpayer-funded support for office seekers who have been outspent by privately funded opponents or by independent political groups.

A conservative 5-4 majority of justices on Monday said the law violated free speech, concluding the state was trying to "level the playing field" through a public finance system.

Arizona lawmakers had argued there was a compelling state interest in equalizing resources among competing candidates and interest groups.

The cases are McComish v. Bennett (10-239) and Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett (10-238). Read more about the case on CNN's Political Ticker.

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Bachmann announces White House 2012 bid
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann announced her White House bid in Iowa Monday.
June 27th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Bachmann announces White House 2012 bid

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann formally announced her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination Monday during an appearance in Waterloo, Iowa, a city where she was born. Stay tuned for developments in this breaking story.

The announcement comes a day after Fox anchor Chris Wallace apologized to her for asking Bachmann whether she is a "flake" on Fox News Sunday.

Who is Michele Bachmann?

Wallace wrote on his website: "A lot of you were more than perturbed, you were upset and felt that I had been rude to her. And since in the end it's really all about the answers and not about the questions, I messed up, I'm sorry. I didn't mean any disrespect."

When asked on ABC about the newsman's apology, Bachmann said it is "insulting to insinuate that a candidate for president is less than serious."

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Psychologists: Casey Anthony is competent
Casey Anthony is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter.
June 27th, 2011
10:11 AM ET

Psychologists: Casey Anthony is competent

Casey Anthony, charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2008, underwent examinations by three psychologists over the weekend after her defense team filed a motion to determine her competency to proceed, the judge in her trial said Monday.

All three psychologists found Anthony competent, Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry said out of the jury's presence. Their reports will be sealed, he said. It was implied - but not expressly stated - that the motion was the reason for the abrupt recess Perry called on Saturday.

The resumption of the trial Monday was delayed for more than a half-hour as attorneys huddled in Perry's chambers.

Saturday had been planned as an extended weekend work day in the trial. But Perry ordered a recess over the sudden emergence of what one analyst said must be a major issue.

"Obviously it's big, and obviously it's troublesome and obviously it's something that can't be disclosed," HLN legal analyst Linda Kenney Baden said.

Perry emerged from his chambers Saturday morning after nearly an hour of discussion with lawyers both inside and outside the courtroom to announce the day's planned testimony would be canceled.

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Gotta Watch: A world of ugly
How ugly do you think this cat is?
June 27th, 2011
09:37 AM ET

Gotta Watch: A world of ugly

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes we can all agree on what’s unattractive. They’re ugly animals, ugly dances and even websites dedicated to ugly people. Just how ugly can the world be? You’ve gotta watch to find out.
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L.A. Dodgers file bankruptcy
Frank McCourt, the owner of the Dodgers.
June 27th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

L.A. Dodgers file bankruptcy

The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy protection. The move comes after Major League Baseball rejected a TV contract deal for the team.

The bankruptcy filing also comes in the wake of a bitter divorce battle between owners Frank and Jamie McCourt, who finally reached a settlement earlier this month. But Frank McCourt still needs approval of a new $3 billion television deal with Fox Sports. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig blocked the deal with the News Corp. (NWS) unit last week, saying that he couldn't approve a deal which he described as "structured to facilitate the further diversion of Dodgers assets for the personal needs of Mr. McCourt."

This story is developing. Stay with CNN's This Just In blog for more details.

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Knox witness 'shocks' at appeal hearing
Rudy Guede, pictured in 2009, testified in the Amanda Knox appeal hearing.
June 27th, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Knox witness 'shocks' at appeal hearing

During an appeal hearing Monday the American college student convicted in Italy of killing her British roommate claimed again that she is innocent.

"I don't know what happened that night," Amanda Knox said referring to the murder of Meredith Kercher.

A key witness during Knox's trial, a drifter named Rudy Guede, refused in court to say that Knox was not involved. Guede was among those convicted in the trial for participating in the Kercher killing.

Knox responded to that testimony by saying that she felt "shocked."

Rudy Guede also denied that he had said during Knox's trial that Knox's ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was not involved in the killing. Sollecito, 27, was convicted of the murder, too. Guede is serving 16 years.

Kercher was found stabbed to death in 2007 at the house she shared with Knox in Perugia, the central Italian town where both were students. She was semi-naked and her throat had been slashed. The convictions occured in 2009.

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International Criminal Court issues Gadhafi arrest warrant
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi.
June 27th, 2011
07:58 AM ET

International Criminal Court issues Gadhafi arrest warrant

The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two of his relatives.

ICC Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng read the decision Monday to issue warrants for Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and brother-in-law Abdullah al-Sanussi. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said he has evidence linking the three men to crimes against humanity in their attempt to put down a months-long revolt. Libya does not recognize the court's authority.

Stay with CNN.com's This Just In for developments in this story today. Read the latest from the country in turmoil.

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Monday's live video events
Rep. Michele Bachmann is the latest candidate in the 2012 GOP field
June 27th, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Following a dramatic conclusion to Saturday's proceedings, the Casey Anthony trial is expected to resume this morning.  Meanwhile, another GOP presidential candidate throws her hat into the ring.  Watch these developing stories on CNN.com Live.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony is expected to resume in the trial of the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.

10:00 am ET - Bachmann formally enters race - Rep. Michele Bachmann officially launches her bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in Iowa.

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On the Radar: TSA criticized, Bachmann to announce, Obama to talk decifit
The TSA denies its agents forced an elderly woman to remove her adult diaper during a security check.
June 27th, 2011
07:23 AM ET

On the Radar: TSA criticized, Bachmann to announce, Obama to talk decifit

Florida TSA incident The Transportation Security Administration is standing behind its agents in Destin, Florida. Agents forced a cancer-stricken 95-year-old woman to take off her adult diaper after they patted her down at an airport security checkpoint, the woman's daughter, Jean Weber, told CNN. The TSA denies that the screeners required the elderly woman to remove a diaper and that they followed proper procedures. The incident follows the videotaped pat-down of a 6-year-old girl, a move which outraged some lawmakers and the public.

Deficit talks President Obama will get directly involved in the stalled talks to raise the national debt limit by meeting with Senate leaders from both parties. Congress faces an August 2 deadline to reach a compromise on increasing the debt ceiling.

Bachmann's in for 2012 Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will officially enter the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. She's expected to make the announcement Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born.

Ohio serial killings trial Opening statements are expected in the trial of Anthony Sowell, who is accused of raping, murdering and dismembering 11 women in the Cleveland area between 2007 and 2009. Sowell has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Listen to the families of the victims.

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June 27th, 2011
02:15 AM ET

Penguin with sand in belly is healing

A young emperor penguin discovered with a belly full of sand in New Zealand is recovering after an endoscopy Monday, a zoo official said.

The procedure removed "much of the gunk that was in his stomach," including "rocks, sticks and stones," said Dr. Lisa Argilla, manager of veterinary science at Wellington Zoo.

The penguin, whose gender is unknown, was discovered last week at a beach north of Wellington - more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) from its native Antarctica.

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