September 16th, 2011
09:43 PM ET

Man, son save fawn in middle of bay

Dave Falkenburg didn’t catch any fish in Michigan’s Wild Foul Bay on a recent excursion, but he’s happy with what he says he did grab from the water: A 65-pound fawn.

Falkenburg and his 13-year-old son, Justin, say video taken with the boy’s cell phone shows them rescuing the juvenile deer well away from shore on Sunday. They say they found it while driving their motorboat in the water about 45 miles northeast of Saginaw.

“My son thought it was a seagull or something,” Falkenburg told CNN of the moment they saw something bobbing in the water. “And I said no, I think it’s a deer.”

Falkenburg told CNN affiliate WNEM that it appeared the fawn was struggling to survive. The video, which the pair posted to YouTube, shows the boat approaching the water-treading fawn, and then Falkenburg grabbing the animal by the neck with the intention of keeping its head above water.

“We both decided that we needed to act, and needed to act fast,” Falkenburg, of Caseville, told CNN.

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Condemned man's supporters rally in Atlanta
Supporters of Troy Davis rally in Atlanta. He is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 murder of a police officer.
September 16th, 2011
09:41 PM ET

Condemned man's supporters rally in Atlanta

Troy Davis has been scheduled to die on Georgia's death row three previous times. Friday night at an Atlanta rally and march, Davis' supporters said this time will be different.

Their numbers were greater, their voices are louder and they are hopeful that their appeals for clemency will be answered by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Hundreds of supporters marched through the downtown streets of the Georgia capital chanting "Free Troy Davis." Others carried signs that read, "Too Much Doubt."

However, unless something dramatic happens, Davis, 42, will die by lethal injection on Wednesday for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

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Plane crashes near spectators at Reno air races
September 16th, 2011
08:25 PM ET

Plane crashes near spectators at Reno air races

[Updated 10:47 p.m. ET] A Reno, Nevada, hospital said Friday night on its website that it had received a "total of 22 patients," including two who died, after a plane crashed at an air show about 15 miles from the city.

The patients include nine people in critical condition, meaning their vital signs are unstable "and not within normal limits," and 11 in fair condition, exhibiting stable vital signs, according to the 6:15 p.m. (9:15 ET) update on the Renown Regional Medical Center website.

[Updated 8:43 p.m. ET] Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are on the scene in Reno, Nevada, where a plane crashed Friday in front of a grandstand at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show, a spokesman for the show said.

Members of the National Guard, which were on-site for the show, are also assisting in the response, air show spokesman Mike Draper said.

[Updated 8:41 p.m. ET] "There are people still being escorted out of that area with various injuries," a spokesman for a Nevada air show said early Friday evening, shortly after a P-51 plane crashed in front of a grandstand.

Mike Draper said he's been told there are "likely fatalities" but it has not been determined who they may be, nor whether the pilot of the "Galloping Ghost" aircraft that went down survived.

[Updated 8:39 p.m. ET] There are "mass casualties" at an air show after a plane crashed Friday into an area in front of a grandstand at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada, a spokesman for the air show told CNN.

In video posted on YouTube, emergency responders could be seen assisting spectators at the show, though it was not immediately clear how many were injured. CNN could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video.

Watch video of plane crash

Witnesses told CNN affiliate KTVN  that the plane was about 400-500 feet in the air when it nosedived and crashed. Another witness told KTVN that it appeared the pilot was trying to pull the plane away from the grandstand before it crashed.

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September 16th, 2011
06:57 PM ET

Lockdown of Arizona Air Force base ends

[Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET] Officials at a U.S. Air Force Base in southern Arizona have called off their response to a security situation that prompted a base-wide lock down, the Air Force said Friday in a statement.

The release notes that "increased security measures were taken around the base following the unconfirmed sighting of a man entering an office building, apparently armed."

No further information was provided on the situation or the person, whom the release characterized as a "suspect." But the Air Force did state that its officials have "terminated" their response to the incident.

[Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET] A gunman is holed up in a building on a U.S. Air Force base in Tucson, Arizona, a U.S. military official said.

No shots have been fired and law enforcement teams are on site, said the official, who has direct knowledge of the situation from conversations with base officials but did not want to be identified.

[Initial post, 3:45 p.m. ET] Arizona's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was placed on lockdown Friday morning after an unconfirmed report of a someone suspicious with a weapon, Tech Sgt. Russ Martin told reporters.

No shots have been fired, and nobody is hurt, said a different base representative, Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Jones.

Two schools on the base in Tucson, including Borman Elementary School, also were locked down. Perimeter and classroom doors were locked, and students are staying where they are, said Karen Bynum, executive assistant to Superintendent John Pedicone.

Base representatives said the report was being investigated, and that the reportedly suspicious person has not been located.

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Overheard on CNN.com: It's raining in Texas
Cows in the Texas Panhandle seem just as perplexed as their owners when rain fell Thursday.
September 16th, 2011
05:26 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: It's raining in Texas

Comments of the Day:

"The nicest smell in the whole world, the smell of wet dirt during that first rain after a loooong period of zilcho. Love it. Good luck folks."–manyote

"Feels good to see rain in Texas and the cows! And I do not even live there!"–awesomeiam

Texas rain: 'Like manna from heaven'

It finally rained in Texas. After months of drought and the hottest summer on record, Texas recorded three-quarters of an inch in the Panhandle. It wasn't nearly enough; Texas needs the same weekly for a few months for real relief, said Andrew Moulton, a meteorologist at the National Weather Center in Amarillo, Texas. Many CNN.com readers shared their excitement and longing for rain in their area of the state.

Bmery44 said, "It's raining here in Corpus Christi TEXAS!" Peluard said, "Finally some good news. Those people desperately need the rain."

drowlord said, "The drought has been a burden for people, but I feel really bad for wildlife here. All the streams are dried up. The fish all converged on the deepest spots, and when those dried up, they just died - thousands dying in tiny puddles. Turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, small mammals ... all dying without water. It's been an apocalypse for anything that can't fly."

DrBillToth1 said, "Still not a drop in fire ravaged Waller County." SusanAnn13 said, "Please send the rain to Houston." Texian2 said, "Thanks, God. Now, if you don't mind, could we get a drop or two in South Texas?" jdurand said, "We just need some of this a little further east where all the fires are."

Dano973 said, "Georgia had a two-year long drought like this about six years ago when Lake Lanier was just about empty. I remember hearing a meteorologist say it would have to rain for a week to make a difference. Well it ended up raining for a week ... then a month. Be patient, my friends."
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Police: Soldier escaped military custody, vanished after chase
Pfc. Russell Marcum, 20, is considered armed and dangerous, New York state police say.
September 16th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Police: Soldier escaped military custody, vanished after chase

State police in central New York are looking for a U.S. soldier who they say escaped military custody at Fort Drum, stole his parents' car and led police on a four-county chase.

Pfc. Russell Marcum, 20, of Morgantown, West Virginia, is considered armed and dangerous, state police said.

Marcum, who was in "unit custody" on the base after being arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of burglary, eluded officials on base Thursday night, got into an altercation with a fellow soldier and stole his parents’ 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, state Trooper Jack Keller said.

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6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan
September 16th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday morning near the east coast of Japan's main island of Honshu, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake happened at 4:26 a.m. local time, about 67 miles (108 kilometers) east-southeast of Hachinohe, Japan, according to the USGS.

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Niger won't hand over Saadi Gadhafi, official says
September 16th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Niger won't hand over Saadi Gadhafi, official says

Niger will not hand over Saadi Gadhafi, believed to be in safehouse in the capital, to Libya's National Transitional Council, Justice Minister Marou Amadou told reporters Friday.

The Niger government believes Gadhafi's family members and loyalists could face the death penalty if returned to Libya, he said. Saadi is a son of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

A National Transitional Council delegation was in Niger to demand that the neighboring nation hand over Saadi Gadhafi.

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Hives bigger, killer bees meaner this year, say experts after attacks
A killer bee expert says it's been a record year for big hives.
September 16th, 2011
02:07 PM ET

Hives bigger, killer bees meaner this year, say experts after attacks

Are the killer bees meaner than ever in 2011? The Killer Bee Guy thinks so.

They're much more ornery this year,  according to Reed Booth, also know as The Killer Bee Guy. "This is the worst I've seen in 10 years," Booth told CNN affiliate KOLD-TV in Tucson this week.

Booth spoke after taking out a 200-pound hive of a quarter-million killer bees on a Bisbee farm earlier this week. The bees had swarmed after their hive in an outbuilding on the farm was disturbed. They killed a 1,000-pound hog and and sent a pregnant 800-pound sow into a coma. The piglets were lost, KOLD reported.

"A thousand-pound pig is a huge thing," Booth said. "I'm kinda surprised that they did kill it."

Farmer Jane Hewitt said the attack was frightening.

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Tom Brady wants fans to drink up (water, of course)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is curiously concerned about your hydration.
September 16th, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Tom Brady wants fans to drink up (water, of course)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wants his team’s fans to do some drinking so they can get sufficiently riled up for Sunday’s home opener.

And by drinking, he means the stuff you get from your kitchen faucet, his team helpfully adds.

Brady, addressing reporters Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, was asked whether he had a message for fans.

“Yeah, start drinking early,” he said, drawing chuckles from the reporters. “Get nice and rowdy. (It's a) 4:15 (p.m.) game, they have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for their home team.” (Video from CNN affiliate WCVB)

About an hour later, according to multiple media reports, a team spokesman stepped in to clarify what Brady really meant to say: He wants fans to “stay hydrated, drink a lot of water, be loud, drink responsibly."

Clearly, Brady was concerned about fans’ hydration, with game-day temperatures in Foxborough, Massachusetts, expected to be scorching in the upper 60s.

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September 16th, 2011
12:56 PM ET

U.N. approves transitional council as Libya's representative

The United Nations General Assembly has approved Libya's newly installed National Transitional Council to represent the country in the international forum.

The body voted 114 in favor and 17 against.

The rebel-led National Transitional Council became Libya's interim governing body following an uprising that ousted longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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Libya this week: Circle closes on Gadhafi; new leaders' ties with West strengthen
An anti-Gadhafi fighter carries a rocket-propelled grenade toward the front lines Friday in Sirte, Moammar Gadhafi's hometown.
September 16th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Libya this week: Circle closes on Gadhafi; new leaders' ties with West strengthen

Battles raged throughout Sirte, Libya, on Friday as anti-Gadhafi fighters tried to extinguish support for Moammar Gadhafi in his hometown.

One wonders how long loyalist forces can hold out, the anti-Gadhafi fighters' thrust into Sirte coming just hours after the presence of NATO-allied leaders David Cameron of Britain and Nicolas Sarkozy of France boasted about the uprising and their support of it in Benghazi and Tripoli.

"We will help you find Gadhafi and bring him to justice," Cameron told cheering Libyans. "The very clear message is that (Gadhafi and his family members) should all give themselves up and they should all face justice."

The Libyan populace greeted the Western leaders warmly, and one family even named a child after the French president, according to a report in The Telegraph.

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Gotta Watch: They caught what?
A father and son on a fishing trip spot a fawn and it's all caught on tape.
September 16th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Gotta Watch: They caught what?

Fishermen may sometimes tell tall tales about the enormous fish that got away, but you've never seen anything like this. These people really did get the catch of a lifetime - and got it all on tape. From animals that shouldn't even be in the water to 40-ton "catches," you've got to watch these unbelievable fishing videos.
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Astronauts return to earth
September 16th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Russian craft brings 3 back from space station

Three crew members from the international space station came back to Earth on Friday, touching down in their Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan.

Russian Andrey Borisenko, commander of Expedition 28, and flight engineers Alexander Samokutyaev, a Russian, and Ron Garan, an American, had spent 162 days working aboard the space station.

News reports said there were some worries in mission control when radio contact with the spacecraft was lost for several minutes after it left Earth's orbit, but the three men were fine when they exited the spacecraft.

"The crew endured the descent and landing normally. The men feel fine; they are in a good mood. The weather in the landing area in Kazakhstan is normal as well," an official spokesman for Rosaviation told the Pravda news agency.

Three airplanes, 14 helicopters and seven rescue vehicles monitored the landing on the Kazakhstan steppe, Pravda reported.

Before departing the space station Thursday, Garan sent a final tweet from space, including a picture of their destination - Earth.

The departure of the trio leaves three others aboard the space station, American Commander Mike Fossum and flight engineers Sergei Volkov of Russia and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan. They've been on the space station since June and are to remain until November 22. American Dan Burbank and Russia's Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov are scheduled to join them on the space station on November 16.

Three more crew - NASA's Don Pettit, Russia's Oleg Kononenko and Europe's Andre Kuipers - are expected to head to the space station on or about December 26, according to NASA.

Since NASA put the last of its space shuttles into retirement during the summer, future missions will be carried out aboard Russian spacecraft.

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September 16th, 2011
09:28 AM ET

Rogue trading suspect charged with fraud in London

Police in London charged Kwaku Adoboli - the suspected rogue trader who may have cost Swiss bank UBS $2 billion - with fraud by abuse of position and false accounting Friday.

The 31-year-old remains in custody and is to appear in court later, police said.

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September 16th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Lead poisoning scare shuts 2 Shanghai plants

Two plants in Shanghai - including a unit of an American company - were ordered to suspend production after children in the vicinity came down with lead poisoning, government authorities said Friday.

"A small amount of children living in Kangqiao (eastern Shanghai) area were found to have excessive levels of lead in their blood in early September," according to a statement from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau.

According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, 25 children were sickened, 12 who were hospitalized.

The local government responded on Wednesday by ordering the suspension of plants owned by Xinmingyuan Auto Accessories Co. and Johnson Controls.

According to environmental authorities, the two plants were emitting dust and smoke containing lead into the area.

U.S.-based Johnson Controls, which manufactures batteries, denied the accusation.

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September 16th, 2011
08:52 AM ET

Pakistan's prime minister cancels U.S. trip to oversee flood relief efforts

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is calling off a visit to the United States due to floods that have killed hundreds in his country, his office said Friday.

Gilani was scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly, but Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will go in his place, the prime minister's office said.

Instead, the prime minister will "personally supervise the ongoing rescue and relief efforts for the flood-affected areas," a government statement said.

The Pakistani disaster authority said Friday that the death toll now totaled 248 since August 10 as a result of flooding, including 52 children and 67 women. This is the second year Pakistan has suffered catastrophic flooding.

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September 16th, 2011
08:39 AM ET

Pakistani Taliban vow to attack weddings and funerals of their enemies

The Pakistani Taliban declared Friday they will target the weddings and funerals of anyone involved in pro-government activity against them.

The threat came as the Taliban claimed responsibility for Thursday's suicide blast targeting a funeral procession for a member of an anti-Taliban militia.

"Anyone who supports the U.S. and Pakistani military will face the same fate," Taliban spokesman Siraj-ud Din said. "We will target funeral processions and wedding ceremonies of those who support the U.S."

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September 16th, 2011
08:05 AM ET

Seven dead in Syria clashes, activists say

Security forces in Syria killed seven people in two towns Friday, an opposition activist group said.

A security raid in the town of Halfaya in Hama province killed five people and wounded 11 others, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Security forces killed two people in the Idlib province town of Jabal al-Zawiya, the group said.

State TV, meanwhile, said gunmen in the Daraa province opened fire on a checkpoint, killing one "martyr" and wounding four.

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September 16th, 2011
07:47 AM ET

Friday's live events

The presidential candidates are crisscrossing the country for votes, and CNN.com Live is there for all the action! 

Today's live events:

9:00 am ET - Florida millionaire murder trial - Testimony continues in the trial of Bob Ward, who is accused of killing his wife.

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