July 1st, 2011
08:31 PM ET

Idaho company recalls alfalfa sprouts, citing salmonella threat

A potential salmonella outbreak has prompted a multi-state recall of sprouts, an Idaho food company announced Friday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a formal recall request Monday, urging on its website that people not eat alfalfa or spicy sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts. The federal agency noted that the salmonella Enteritidis pathogen is different from the E. coli bacteria that has been blamed for at least 47 deaths, and widespread recalls, in Europe.

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Maria Shriver files for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger
July 1st, 2011
07:55 PM ET

Maria Shriver files for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver filed for divorce from former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday, citing "irreconcilable differences."

The couple announced they were "amicably separating" in May without giving a reason. One week later, it was revealed that Schwarzenegger fathered a child outside with his family's housekeeper of 20 years.

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Overheard: 'Octomom' should take responsibility
Nadya Suleman (center) is mom to 14 children, including the world's first known surviving set of octuplets.
July 1st, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Overheard: 'Octomom' should take responsibility

Comment of the Day:

Someone should have taken the reins away from this woman ages ago. I'm not saying that she has no personal responsibility here, just that she may not be as able to control her impulses as a healthy person. People around her have been enabling her loon ball behavior for years.—Al

Magazine: Babies 'disgust' Octomom

Nadya Suleman (more commonly referred to in some circles as “Octomom”) is no stranger to the criticism surrounding her use of in vitro fertilization to conceive eight children. In this week’s edition of In Touch magazine, Suleman reportedly commented that babies disgust her and that she is having difficulties raising her six older children. CNN.com readers had a mixed reaction to the reports.

T Colber said “After hearing the 'Howard Stern' interview, I believe the press has in some cases exaggerated things she says or does. We all have meltdowns and try to cope with stress, etc. One statement does not make a person or show their behavior.”

Mark felt that Suleman has little reason for complaint. He said, “What really disturbs me is how she portrays herself as the 'victim,' as if these children magically appeared in her life, and now she's stuck with them. Excuse me, but who sought in vitro fertilization, despite already having six children, whom you can't support? Was this immaculate conception? DOUBT IT!!”

User QS says Suleman should have expected this type of backlash. “Simply having the right to say anything you want does not exempt you from the consequences of the things you say.”

Austin said, “Yes, she needs to be quiet! Every mother has regretted inappropriate thoughts about their own children when stressed, but none should actually voice them and especially never to a reporter!”

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July 1st, 2011
05:13 PM ET

Judge: No bond for man accused of stowing away on cross-country flight

A federal judge declined to set bond Friday for a man accused of stowing away aboard a cross-country flight, saying he needs more information on the suspect before potentially allowing him to walk free on bail.

Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi could get five years in prison if he's convicted on a felony charge for allegedly getting past security at John F. Kennedy International Airport and on a June 23 Virgin America flight to Los Angeles without a valid boarding pass or identification.

While authorities have said they do not have any indication of a terrorism threat related to the case, it has raised questions about the quality of the airport's security as well as Noibi's intentions.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Wilner hinted at such questions Friday morning, when Noibi appeared before him in a Los Angeles federal courtroom wearing government-issued clothing and shackles around his wrists and ankles.

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July 1st, 2011
04:31 PM ET

Michigan ban on considering race in college admissions struck down

A divided federal appeals court has struck down Michigan's ban on consideration of race and gender in college admissions.

The issue is likely to renew the national political and legal debate over affirmative action, which the Supreme Court could be poised to resolve in coming months.

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday concluded in a 2-1 ruling that the voter-approved ban on "preferential treatment" at state colleges and universities was unconstitutional, and "alters Michigan's political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities."

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FAA, air traffic controllers agree to new guidance on fatigue
A controller works in the tower at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
July 1st, 2011
02:57 PM ET

FAA, air traffic controllers agree to new guidance on fatigue

The FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association have announced agreement on new fatigue recommendations after numerous incidents involving air traffic controllers sleeping on the job.

Air traffic controllers will now be allowed to listen to the radio and read appropriate printed material while on duty from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. as traffic permits. In addition, the agreement says that air traffic controllers can now request to take a leave if they are too fatigued to work.

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July 1st, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Obama to pick new anti-terror director

President Barack Obama intends to nominate National Security Agency general counsel Matthew Olsen as the next director of the National Counterterrorism Center, the White House announced Friday.

If confirmed, Olsen would replace Michael Leiter, a holdover from the George W. Bush administration who said he was leaving the position in early June after Osama bin Laden was killed.

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Nike re-signs Michael Vick
Star quarterback Michael Vick lost his endorsement deals when he was sent to federal prison.
July 1st, 2011
01:17 PM ET

Nike re-signs Michael Vick

Michael Vick, the star National Football League quarterback whose career was interrupted by a dogfighting conviction, has reached an endorsement agreement with athletic equipment maker Nike.

"We have re-signed Michael Vick as a Nike athlete," Megan Saalfeld, a Nike spokeswoman, said in an e-mail to CNN.

See rare photos of Michael Vick

Vick, currently on the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles, served 20 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to bankrolling a dogfighting operation. He has since emerged as a spokesman against dogfighting.

"Michael acknowledges his past mistakes," Saalfeld said. "We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field. "

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Monaco's prince has wed, palace confirms
Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend an Eagles concert Thursday night to celebrate their wedding weekend.
July 1st, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Monaco's prince has wed, palace confirms

The Royal Palace of Monaco has confirmed that Prince Albert of Monaco married his South African fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, Friday in a civil ceremony. The high-profile church ceremony will take place on Saturday.

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Judge releases former IMF chief from custody
Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair, leave court in Manhattan on Friday after Strauss-Kahn was released on his own recognizance.
July 1st, 2011
11:38 AM ET

Judge releases former IMF chief from custody

A New York judge released former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on his own recognizance Friday, following serious credibility issues with the woman who accused him of sexual assault.

The case has changed dramatically but prosecutors said "we are not dismissing the case."

Strauss-Kahn's release significantly eases the extraordinary bail conditions that had been previously ordered. He had been released from jail on $6 million bail but was under house arrest in a luxury townhouse in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood.

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Djokovic reaches Wimbledon men's final
Novak Djokovic stretches to return a shot during Friday's men's singles semifinal at Wimbledon.
July 1st, 2011
11:29 AM ET

Djokovic reaches Wimbledon men's final

Novak Djokovic of Serbia fended off a furious comeback Friday by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France to advance to the men's singles Wimbledon tennis final.

No. 2 seed Djokovic defeated No. 12 Tsonga 7-6, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 to reach the final for the first time.

Tsonga fought off two match points in the third set to win a tie-breaker before succumbing to Djokovic's steady game in the fourth.

Djokovic on Sunday will meet the winner of this afternoon's match between defending champion and No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain and local favorite No. 4 Andy Murray of England.

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Gotta Watch: Casey's cast of characters
Casey Anthony stands in the courtroom for the entrance of the jury before the start of court in her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando.
July 1st, 2011
11:03 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Casey's cast of characters

Casey Anthony's murder trial has yielded a bevy of must-see moments.  From an alleged mistress to a woman who thinks her son is Caylee Anthony’s father, you’ve gotta watch the most intriguing people from Casey Anthony’s murder trial.
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Time grows short for debt-ceiling talks
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, center, and Sens. Dick Durbin and Patty Murray comment on the debt-ceiling talks.
July 1st, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Time grows short for debt-ceiling talks

Time may be tighter for the Democratic and Republican sides to reach an agreement on raising the nation's debt ceiling than the August 2 deadline would suggest, Democratic officials familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

They said they believe the White House and congressional leaders would need to come to a deal before the last week of July to get a bill done and through both houses of Congress to meet the August 2 deadline.

The officials said they are looking at around July 22 as a practical deadline.

Moroccans vote on major reforms
A Moroccan casts her ballot Friday in Sale. Proposed changes would enshrine women's rights in the North African country.
July 1st, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Moroccans vote on major reforms

Moroccans began voting Friday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that would weaken King Mohammed VI's powers and boost those of the government.

The king announced the referendum in a rare address to the nation last month after unprecedented protests swept the North African country.

If the draft is ratified in the referendum, its most radical change would be empowering voters to select a prime minister, ending the longstanding practice in which the king has selected his own man for the job.

The prime minister has tended to take his lead from the sovereign on key matters of state.

About 40,000 polling places have opened across the country to allow 13 million-plus eligible voters to cast their ballots, the state news agency Maghreb Arabe Press said Friday.

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Panetta starts work as defense secretary
Leon Panetta arrives at the Pentagon on Friday to be sworn in and get to work.
July 1st, 2011
09:55 AM ET

Panetta starts work as defense secretary

Leon Panetta was sworn in Friday as U.S. defense secretary, replacing Robert Gates.

The Senate confirmed Panetta, the former CIA director, in a rare 100-0 vote last week.

After his confirmation vote, Panetta pledged to "work to ensure that we continue to have the strongest, best-trained and best-equipped military in the world."

Among Panetta's top priorities: overseeing the completion of the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq this year and beginning the process of winding down the unpopular war in Afghanistan.

About 33,000 U.S. "surge" troops are expected to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by next summer, with the remaining 68,000 leaving by the end of 2014.

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'Indefinite recess' in Anthony trial
Casey Anthony's murder trial in Orlando, Florida, faces another interruption.
July 1st, 2011
09:47 AM ET

'Indefinite recess' in Anthony trial

Another argument over witness testimony has put the Casey Anthony murder trial on what Judge Belvin Perry called an indefinite recess just as the prosecution's rebuttal case was about to begin.

Attorneys in the case appear split on how long the delay will take. Defense attorney Jose Baez complained Friday morning that prosecutors sprang new evidence on him last night and that he needs time to interview the witnesses.

But prosecutor Jeff Ashton says the witnesses he intends to put on aren't going to say anything that should surprise the defense.

Perry had said previously that he expected testimony to conclude Friday with closing arguments on Saturday morning.

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July 1st, 2011
09:10 AM ET

Minnesota government shuts down

The Minnesota government was forced to shut down Friday for the second time in six years after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement before a midnight Thursday deadline.

Gov. Mark Dayton held a news conference to announce an impasse in budget talks two hours before the deadline.

"This is a night of deep sorrow for me," Dayton said.

The governor, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1.9% of Minnesotans, as well as cut spending.

Republicans accused the governor of giving up too soon.

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Reporters escorted to Syrian protests
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and first lady Asma al-Assad kneel Thursday to touch a giant flag created by supporters at a sports stadium in Damascus.
July 1st, 2011
08:47 AM ET

Reporters escorted to Syrian protests

Anti-government demonstrators in Syria took to the streets on Friday, a common sight after weekly Muslim prayers since the protests began more than three months ago. But this day of countrywide demonstrations had a different twist.

The Syrian regime, which earlier this week permitted a gathering of opposition activists as criticism mounted against the government, escorted international reporters, including CNN's Arwa Damon, to anti-government protests.

She witnessed a protest of a few hundred people in the Damascus suburb of Barzeh, hearing people chant for freedom and call for the downfall of the regime.

Syria has been engulfed in violence during more than three months of anti-government discontent. Human rights activists have said that Syrian security forces have been launching violent crackdowns on peaceful protesters since mid-March. World powers have denounced the regime for its fierce clampdown on protests.

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On the Radar: Ex-IMF chief's case, royal wedding, Syria, Casey Anthony, Panetta
Former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have a court hearing Friday.
July 1st, 2011
08:14 AM ET

On the Radar: Ex-IMF chief's case, royal wedding, Syria, Casey Anthony, Panetta

Doubts in Strauss-Kahn case – A source familiar with the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case tells CNN that prosecutors are expected to notify the court Friday about troubling believability issues with the hotel maid who alleged the former International Monetary Fund chief sexually assaulted her. Prosecutors disclosed the problem in a meeting Thursday with Strauss-Kahn's defense team, the official said. In a hastily scheduled court hearing set for Friday morning, the defense will ask the court to modify Strauss-Kahn's bail.

Syria demonstrations – Activists expect protests to across Syria on Friday to demand the departure of President Bashar al-Assad and his regime. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said al-Assad is "running out of time."

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Sharapova vs. Kvitova in women's final at Wimbledon
Maria Sharapova practices Friday after her victory Thursday in the Wimbledon semifinal.
July 1st, 2011
07:53 AM ET

Sharapova vs. Kvitova in women's final at Wimbledon

Russian Maria Sharapova powered her way Thursday to a first Wimbledon final in seven years after she brushed aside Sabine Lisicki to set up a meeting with Petra Kvitova.

Fifth seed Sharapova claimed her first Grand Slam title as a 17-year-old in 2004 but earned another chance with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lisicki of Germany.

Standing between Sharapova and the fourth major championship of her career will be Kvitova, from the Czech Republic, after she beat Belarusian fourth seed Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Kvitova, seeded eighth, is the first left-handed woman to reach the final since Martina Navratilova in 1990.

Kvitova and Sharapova will meet at Centre Court on Saturday.

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