July 13th, 2011
09:12 PM ET

Dugard's memoir tops Amazon.com's best-seller list

Jaycee Dugard’s memoir about her 18 years of captivity at the hands of Phillip and Nancy Garrido sits atop Amazon.com’s best-seller list and sold 175,000 copies Tuesday, the first day it went on sale.

“A Stolen Life” set a company record for one-day e-book sales at 100,000 downloads, which were included in Tuesday’s total sales, according to Simon & Schuster. It said 425,000 copies have been printed.

"Clearly, the book has touched a nerve. The millions of people who read the excerpt in People magazine and watched Jaycee Dugard's interview with Diane Sawyer want to hear more of her voice, on the page, and the comments we're seeing online indicate that readers are finding inspiration in Jaycee Dugard's strength and resilience," the publisher said. Dugard gave birth to two children during her captivity in California.

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Beer: The next casualty of Minnesota shutdown
July 13th, 2011
06:35 PM ET

Beer: The next casualty of Minnesota shutdown

Miller Lite beer fans in Minnesota better stock up while they can.

The MillerCoors brewing company will soon be forced to pull 39 brands of beers from every restaurant, bar and liquor store in the state of Minnesota.

It's all because the company wasn't able to renew their brand label registration far enough in advance before the state's government shut down.

"What that means is they're not able to either distribute or sell their product in this state," said Doug Neville, spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Neville said the bare-bones staff of the state Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement department have reached out to MillerCoors for a removal plan, so he said it will likely be a day or two before the company begins pulling the product.

When Andrew Oliver of Minneapolis heard the news, he headed over to Surdyk's Liquor to stock up on Miller Lite, his wife's favorite beer.

"We just had a kid, so she's looking forward to Miller Lite."

Oliver's wife certainly isn't the only loyal Miller drinker.

"There's a big following for Miller products," according to Molly Auron, assistant beer buyer for Surdyk's Liquor. About 30-40% of the store's beer cooler is filled with MillerCoors brands, Auron said.

"The weekend's coming, people need their beer, so I think people are preparing and stocking up," said Auron.

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July 13th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Remains may be missing boy's, police say

Police have a suspect in custody in connection with the gruesome discovery of human remains in a refrigerator and a trash bin Wednesday morning. They believe the remains are those of a missing 8-year-old boy.

A 35-year-old man made statements Wednesday implicating himself in the death, police said.

The boy was supposed to meet his parents after walking seven blocks from his summer day camp, but became lost and asked the suspect for directions, police said.

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Filed under: Crime • Missing Children • New York
July 13th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Moody's reviewing U.S. credit rating

Moody's Investors Services has put the United States' credit rating on review for possible downgrade, citing what it says is a rising possibility that Congress won't raise debt ceiling in time.

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama says the country needs to raise its $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by August 2 to avoid a partial default. The White House and congressional leaders are trying to negotiate a deal that would raise the ceiling.

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July 13th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Terror strikes Mumbai again with series of blasts

Three bomb blasts rocked India's largest city, Mumbai, in congested areas during the evening rush hour Wednesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring more than 100 others.

Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra state's chief minister, said it was too early to talk about suspects but at least one of the blasts was "quite powerful."

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram called the explosions a "coordinated attack by terrorists" and appealed for calm as Mumbai residents voiced anger at the government.

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July 13th, 2011
05:19 PM ET

Report: Cramming costs Americans $2 billion a year

Congress needs to pass legislation to protect customers from unauthorized third-party charges on their phone bills because the telephone industry has failed to prevent the practice, Sen. Jay Rockefeller says.

"It's illegal, it's wrong, it's scamming," said Rockefeller, D-West Virginia. "Why haven't you cleaned up your act?"

AT&T, Verizon and Qwest do not have a process to determine if the charges were authorized by their customers.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Cutting off men’s 'junk' isn’t funny
A South California woman is in jail after cutting off her husband's penis; readers say it's no laughing matter
July 13th, 2011
04:27 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Cutting off men’s 'junk' isn’t funny

Comment of the day:
“If this were Chuck Norris, right now they'd just be fixing the garbage disposal." - Aezel

Wife cuts it off

Things went from bad to worse for a divorcing Southern California couple when Catherine Kieu Becker allegedly drugged her husband, cut off his penis, threw it into the garbage disposal and turned the mechanism on. Becker has been booked into the Orange Country jail and the victim underwent emergency surgery at the UCI Medical Center.

Some CNN.com readers joked about the incident while other readers cried foul for making light of a serious physical attack.

First the lighter comments:

ytuque said, “Maybe my ex-wife wasn't so bad after all?”
Ethnya said, “Take the house, take the car, take the children, but do NOT take my junk!”
themaestro74 said, “The garbage disposal?! I may never get an erection again because of this story!”
oneoarout said, “Odds are, next time you hear the disposal you grab your junk!”
mjm223 said, “She'll be acquitted of the charges; The prosecution won't be able to prove that his penis didn't just detach itself and then accidentally drown in a swimming pool.”
AlteredBeast said, “Why would any man want to divorce such a sweet flower?”
cabinguy said, “Not the good kind of early retirement...”
tmelcher4 said, “At least Lorena had the decency to just throw it out the car window, c'mon.”

And those who didn’t want to make light of the incident:

VinProfessor said, “Why do people think violence against men is funny, but violence against women is horrifying?” Fnordian72 said, “Couldn't be.... SEXISM.... could it?” oneoarout said, “When a puppy is beaten, we're horrified. When a rat gets stepped on by a cow, we laugh. Get it?” Bubba01 said, “Because men do most of the violence, and reversals are funny. Also, it's either laugh or scream . . .” JustinCase4u said, “Because men usually deserve it ... however nobody deserves what happened to this guy unless you molested a bunch of children.”

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Legendary turtle nursed back to health
Lesions are visible on the flippers and head of a soft-shelled turtle after it was removed from a Vietnam lake in April.
July 13th, 2011
02:05 PM ET

Legendary turtle nursed back to health

A large, soft-shelled turtle linked to Vietnamese mythology has been returned to the wild after three months of treatment, according to media reports.

"Her health condition is good, no more ulcers on the body," said Le Xuan Rao, director of Hanoi's Department of Science and Technology, the Bangkok (Thailand) Post reported. "Everything went smoothly."

The female turtle, one of just four of its kind (Rafetus swinhoei) known to exist, was captured in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem lake in April when its skin lesions and other injuries were noticed, according to VietNamNet Bridge.

The turtle weighs 372 pounds and is probably more than 100 years old, the Bangkok Post reported. The lake has been cleaned up and stocked with fish species the turtle eats, VietNamNet Bridge reported.

It was popularly known as The Great-Grandfather before it was captured and its sex determined, according to thisdishisvegetarian.com.

According to the Bangkok paper, all Vietnamese schoolchildren are taught that the 15th century rebel leader Le Loi used a magical sword to drive out Chinese invaders. One day while boating on Hoan Kiem lake, Le Loi encountered a turtle. The animal took Le Loi's sacred sword and dived to the bottom, keeping the weapon safe for the next time foreigners invaded Vietnam, the story goes.

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Lil Wayne's mixtape looks ahead to "Tha Carter IV"
Lil Wayne performs at the BET Awards last month in Los Angeles.
July 13th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

Lil Wayne's mixtape looks ahead to "Tha Carter IV"

Rapper Lil Wayne released his first mixtape since 2009 today, having hyped it for about a month and announced its impending release Tuesday night.

A mixtape is a less elaborate version than a full studio album that often includes samples from previously existing music.

The title, "Sorry 4 the Wait," is a reference to the upcoming release of his studio album, "Tha Carter IV." Pretty much since the release of 2008 success "Tha Carter III," which featured the singles "Lollipop" and "A Milli," "Weezy" has been discussing the possibility of a followup. The latest Carter installment is slated to come out in August.

Lil Wayne (born  Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) spent the latter half of 2010 serving a prison sentence  in New York for possession of a weapon. Tha Carter IV will be his first studio album since being released from prison.

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Gotta Watch: Why jurors nixed Caylee drowning story
A Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her daughter, Caylee.
July 13th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Why jurors nixed Caylee drowning story

Even with testimony about duct tape and gas cans, Internet searches about chloroform and photos of a partying Casey Anthony, the jury charged with deciding her fate acquitted her of murdering her daughter, Caylee. The question on the minds of many observers: How could they?

Juror Jennifer Ford tells CNN's Gary Tuchman that since the verdict was read, she's received hate mail and threats and has been smothered by media who won't leave her alone. Still, Ford stands by her decision. Why? Ford says that while she may not think Anthony is completely innocent, there wasn't enough hard evidence to make the charges stick.

In today's Gotta Watch, Ford talks about the jury's verdict and the fact that they weren't swayed by defense arguments about molestation or drowning.

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It's all relative: Happy New Year, Neptune
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of Neptune in late June.
July 13th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

It's all relative: Happy New Year, Neptune

It seems a lot longer, but the planet Neptune was discovered one year ago today.

You may recall hearing about Neptune when you were a child, and you may even have read about it in books from the 19th century, but the fact is it's only been a year since German astronomer Johann Galle discovered the aquamarine orb out in the hinterland of the solar system.

A Neptunian year, that is.

Galle identified the planet in September 1846. Only now has Neptune returned to the same spot in its wide orbit, taking 164.8 Earth years to complete a single circuit around the sun.

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July 13th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Explosions rock Mumbai, India

Three bombs exploded Wednesday evening in congested areas of Mumbai, India's financial capital, CNN partner CNN-IBN reported, citing police. At least 15 people were injured, CNN-IBN reported.

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July 13th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

Cameron blasts Murdoch's media company

British Prime Minister David Cameron blasted media baron Rupert Murdoch's News International Wednesday as he launched a high-powered investigation into the press prompted by outrage at allegations of widespread illegal phone hacking and police bribery by the press.

The judge leading the inquiry will be able to summon witnesses including newspaper owners and make them testify in public, under oath, Cameron announced.

The aim is to "bring this ugly chapter to a close and ensure that nothing like it ever happens again," the prime minister said.

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5 French troops slain in Afghanistan
French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets French troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Five French soldiers were killed Wednesday.
July 13th, 2011
08:56 AM ET

5 French troops slain in Afghanistan

Five French troops and an Afghan civilian were killed on Wednesday in an insurgent attack in an eastern province of Afghanistan, the French president's office said.

The incident occurred in Afghanistan's Kapisa province, where the French have a strong troop presence, and it comes a day after French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited the country to meet with French troops.

The office said the soldiers were protecting a shura, a gathering of high-profile figures, in Joibar village when "a terrorist detonated his bomb within proximity of the French soldiers." The village is in Kapisa's Tagab valley.

Along with those killed, four French soldiers and three Afghan civilians were injured.

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July 13th, 2011
08:53 AM ET

Court: Jared Loughner can refuse anti-psychotic medication

A three-judge federal appeals panel has ruled that Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner can refuse anti-psychotic medication.

The ruling comes days after the court said it would review an appeal by attorneys for the government who argued the alleged gunman should be forced to take anti-psychotic drugs for his behavior.

The federal appeals court last week temporarily halted the forced medication.

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On the Radar: Heat wave, Clemens trial, deficit talks, economy, N. Ireland, hacking
Max, a red-nose pit bull, cools off in New York's Columbus Circle fountain Tuesday as temperatures soar.
July 13th, 2011
07:53 AM ET

On the Radar: Heat wave, Clemens trial, deficit talks, economy, N. Ireland, hacking

Heat wave – A blistering heat wave retreated to the south Wednesday, bringing some relief to the Ohio Valley and Northeastern United States. The number of states under heat advisories has diminished to 12 half the number earlier in the week. Dangerous heat is expected across parts of northern Texas through Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Other states still sweltering under heat advisories are Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia.

Roger Clemens trial – A federal jury in Washington are set to hear opening statements Wednesday in Roger Clemens' perjury trial. The former baseball star is accused of lying to a congressional panel about whether he'd ever used steroids.

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Wednesday's live video events
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will testify on the state of the economy
July 13th, 2011
07:46 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

The battle over the debt ceiling continues to rage on Capitol Hill and the White House.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this developing story.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Senate considers debt ceiling - Senators will resume debate on the possibility of raising the debt ceiling and avoiding default.

10:00 am ET - Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke discusses the debt ceiling and the state of the economy before a House committee.

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Filed under: Budget • Dollars & Sense • Economy