Rodney King suspected of driving while impaired, police say
July 12th, 2011
10:10 PM ET

Rodney King suspected of driving while impaired, police say

Rodney King, whose infamous beating by police was caught on camera in 1991, was arrested Tuesday in a traffic stop in Moreno Valley, California, after police observed him committing "several traffic violations," Moreno Valley Police said in a statement.

A preliminary evaluation indicated King was possibly driving while impaired, the statement said. He was taken to the Moreno Valley Police Department for evaluation and booked into custody.

Amateur video captured King's beating after Los Angeles police officers stopped him for speeding March 3, 1991. Police beat King repeatedly, delivering 56 baton blows and six kicks - causing skull fractures, and brain and kidney damage.

Four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force but were acquitted of state charges on April 29, 1992.

The three days of rioting that followed in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities left 55 people dead and 2,000 injured. There were 12,000 arrests and about $1 billion in property damage in Los Angeles.

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No perjury charges for Casey Anthony's mother
July 12th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

No perjury charges for Casey Anthony's mother

Cindy Anthony will not face perjury charges over testimony she gave during the murder trial of her daughter, Casey Anthony.

"We are not going to pursue perjury charges against Cindy Anthony," State Attorney's Office Spokesperson Danielle Tavernier said.

Cindy Anthony testified that she was responsible for searches about chloroform on the family's home computer, but evidence indicated she was at work at the time.

Florida prosecutors argued that Casey Anthony was responsible for the Google searches. They alleged she used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious and then duct-taped her mouth and nose to suffocate her. They said that she put the child's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it.

Casey Anthony is set to be released Sunday after receiving credit for time served on a four-year sentence. She was convicted of lying to police during the investigation into daughter Caylee's disappearance. She was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in Caylee's death.

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Hikers climb five mountain summits in one day
Mission complete: Hike five mountains, in five states, in one day
July 12th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Hikers climb five mountain summits in one day

Hikers from the Atlanta area completed a climb to the summit of the five highest peaks in five Southeastern states in one day.

The leader of the trip, Charlie Cottingham, said the group has applied to GuinnessWorldRecords.com to have the feat recorded as a hiking world record.

The 21 hikers are part of the Atlanta Outdoor Club. They climbed South Carolina's highest peak, Sassafras Mountain at 3,564 feet, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina at 6,684 feet, Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet in Tennessee, Brasstown Bald in Georgia at 4,784 feet and Cheaha Mountain in Alabama at 2,413 feet.

"It was a perfect day because it was in the 70s in all five places," Cottingham said.

Cottingham said the idea for the trip dates back to 1992 when a group from the Atlanta Ski Club climbed four summits in four states. He was part of that trip and always believed it was possible to hike a fifth summit between sunrise and sunset on the same day.

The group used private vehicles on Sunday to travel between the mountains and "obeyed all traffic laws" during their journey. Cottingham said the five summits are near trailheads, which saved time.

"I'm proud of our achievement and it offers proof of what the spirit of friendly cooperation can do," Cottingham said.

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Overheard on CNN.com: When is it OK to go big and bad?
Food & Wine's Kate Krader talked about breakfast sandwiches created by some awesome chefs.
July 12th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: When is it OK to go big and bad?

Comments of the day:
“I can always count on people like you to ruin these fun articles” - Joe
“Yeah, it's all fun and games until someone has a heart attack.” - Lanfear

Mmm … more big, bad breakfast, please.

Kate Krader, Food & Wine's restaurant editor, says more and more chefs are including breakfast on their menus. And while breakfast sandwiches aren’t always the most nutritious, Krader dishes on some of the most interesting, creative and decadent “Homer- Simpson-of-A.M.-food” that chefs are concocting (but not necessarily serving in their restaurants).

Some CNN.com readers had a difficult time getting into the spirit of the big, bad breakfast sandwich, while other readers said people need to lighten up once in a while and indulge.

sleepingdogg said, “No wonder so many Americans are fat. They [the sandwiches] all sound gross.” MMMMMM, Donuts said, “Heart attack on a plate: The breakfast of champions.” Matt said, “I think this type of food is worse than any issues we have in our country related to gun violence, smoking, murders etc. This food is killing everyone, not just a specific race or culture. It is poison to everyone's bodies.”

Rachel said, “No wonder the scales are tipping in the USA! Not one of these is healthy eating. One of my favorite breakfasts is a piece of whole wheat bread [toasted], a teaspoon of natural, unsweetened peanut butter spread so it melts on the toast then add a teaspoon of jam. It's delicious, fast, nutritious, and it doesn't need to be deep fried!” Crashley responded, “This is your favorite? So out of ALLLL the other things to eat for breakfast this is your top pick? How boring ...” PithyMcGee said, “Obviously this article isn't about the healthiest breakfast sandwich. Get a clue health nut.”

RichardHead said, “I'm going with the Tim Love sandwich; In Texas, Go BIG or go home.” VinoBianco responded, “I think that sandwich may define what's wrong with this country.” But EmptySkull said, “There's nothing wrong with the sandwich. You don't get heart attacks from eating it once in a while, you get poor health from eating it every day. It's not a problem with the food but a problem with the person's eating habits.” Kitkat said, “I think all sorts of over-the-top dishes are defining large waistlines! I cringe at some of the piles of ingredients. GLUTTONY!!”

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Baseball fan almost replays fatal fall
Other fans catch Keith Carmickle as he tumbles over a wall Monday night during the Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix.
July 12th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

Baseball fan almost replays fatal fall

On the day a memorial service was held in Texas for a baseball fan who suffered fatal injuries while reaching for a ball, a man at Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby nearly took a similar fall.

During the contest at Chase Field in Phoenix, Keith Carmickle of Kingman, Arizona, stepped on a small table and reached over a railing for a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers star Prince Fielder, AZCentral.com reported.

Carmickle lost his balance and tumbled over the railing head first. His brother, Kraig Carmickle, a friend, Aaron Nelson, and a couple of other men caught him by his limbs, saving him from an estimated 20-foot fall to the stadium's pool deck, according to the site.

"He tried to catch it. I grabbed his legs and his brother grabbed his arms," Nelson told AZCentral. "So when he went over the ledge, we pulled him back. He wasn't going down. I was holding on."

Watch ESPN video of the near-fall from CNN affiliate KPHO-TV

On a different batted ball, another fan leapt and landed in the stadium's pool with a big splash - and with the ball. He jumped around exultantly in the water, apparently unhurt.

Firefighter Shannon Stone fell to his death in front of his young son Thursday at a Texas Rangers game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Stone fell while reaching over a rail for a ball tossed into the stands by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. Stone was buried Monday in his hometown of Brownwood, Texas.

Hamilton will play in Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Phoenix but did not participate in the Home Run Derby.

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For sale: Waterfront property; cozy, great views, plenty of light, needs TLC
Bidding stands at $13,000 for the Kenosha North Pierhead Light in Wisconsin.
July 12th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

For sale: Waterfront property; cozy, great views, plenty of light, needs TLC

If you have always wanted the tallest house in your neighborhood, here's your chance.

The federal government is auctioning off three decommissioned lighthouses, and the bids are still pretty low.

As of Tuesday morning, the Kenosha North Pierhead Light in Wisconsin is sitting at $13,000. In Ohio, three bids for the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light have risen to $39,500. The bidding ends Wednesday for both.

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Gotta Watch: Mythical creatures
Does this amateur photo show the real Bigfoot?
July 12th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Mythical creatures

Is that really Bigfoot? Has someone finally tracked down the elusive chupacabra? Can you ever really, truly know if these creatures really exist? It’s the subject of our blog today. You’ve gotta watch these encounters with mysterious creatures.
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July 12th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Gator bites boy at park after man lets reptile out

A man at an Indiana amusement park pulled a small alligator out of its enclosure, offered some children the chance to pet it and then fled when the gator bit an 11-year-old boy, police said.

"Someone we're still trying to identify was able to get one of the alligators out," said Sgt. Michael Grennes of the Valparaiso Police Department.

Grennes said the police are investigating Monday's incident and it's unclear what charges, if any, the man may face.

A Valparaiso police incident report said the man took a pole with string attached, which patrons may use to feed gators from a distance, to create a noose and pull out an alligator. After fishing the reptile out of its enclosure, the man told some children they could pet the alligator, the report said.

"The alligator snipped at one of the fingers of one of the kids that was there," Grennes said.

According to the police report, the boy was injured on his right index finger. Grennes said the injury was not serious.

Grennes said a woman believed to have been with the man at the time has since said she cannot identify him.

"She continues to tell us she doesn't know who he is," Grennes said.

The Valparaiso park, called Zao Island, is a small family entertainment center that includes go-karts and mini golf  as well as the live alligators.

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UK lawmakers want to question Murdoch over phone hacking
Media magnate Rupert Murdoch is driven Tuesday to his London apartment, photographers in pursuit.
July 12th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

UK lawmakers want to question Murdoch over phone hacking

British lawmakers investigating a phone hacking scandal Tuesday asked media baron Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks to testify before them, hours after former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused their newspaper group of illegally obtaining private information about him.

Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee asked the three to appear next Tuesday, July 19, a representative told CNN.

"Senior executives" of Murdoch's British newspaper company "will cooperate," News International said in a statement, without specifying names.

If the Murdochs and Brooks do not answer the summons, parliament can compel them to do so, Labour lawmaker Chris Bryant - who believes he is a hacking victim - said on Twitter.

Brown Tuesday accused Murdoch's newspapers of having "links with criminals" as he spoke to the BBC about allegations the Sunday Times illegally obtained private information about him.

Brown accused the paper of getting his bank details, saying he was "genuinely shocked" by its methods.

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July 12th, 2011
07:47 AM ET

Fan who caught Jeter ball could owe big taxes

Next time, just throw it back.

Accountants say the man who caught the home run ball that Derek Jeter smashed for his 3,000th hit Saturday will have to pay as much as $14,000 in taxes, New York media report.

Christian Lopez, 23, caught the ball and promptly handed it over to the Yankees without demanding any kind of payment, the Daily News reported. The Yankees rewarded him with suite seats for the rest of the season, plus a heap of autographed team memorabilia.

That's what could cost Lopez. According to The New York Times, the total value of the seats and loot could exceed $120,000. The IRS would consider that to be taxable income, several accountants told both newspapers.

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Tuesday's live video events
July 12th, 2011
07:41 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

The shuttle program reaches another milestone as the debt ceiling debate continues on Capitol Hill.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of these developing stories.

Today's programming highlights...

8:44 am ET - Astronauts perform spacewalk - Two astronauts aboard the international space station will conduct the sole spacewalk of the Atlantis mission.  It is the final spacewalk in the history of the shuttle program.

10:00 am ET - Senate debt ceiling debate - Senators resume debate on the possibility of raising the debt ceiling.

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