Overheard on CNN.com: There should be a medal, not an investigation
Libyan and world powers wanted to capture and prosecute Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for alleged war crimes.
October 24th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: There should be a medal, not an investigation

Comment of the Day:

"I'll save my outrage for the untold tens of thousands of victims dead by his regime and terrorism support." - sarcastr0

Gadhafi's autopsy reveals he was shot in head

United Nations and international human rights groups are calling for an investigation into Moammar Gadhafi's final moments after an autopsy report failed to reveal whether the killing shot to his head was from crossfire or at close range. Thousands of CNN.com readers argued over whether a trial was necessary, with most echoing Littleman2, who said, "He died the way he lived."

FiatJusticia said, "I cannot believe there are people who are outraged he was killed without a fair trial. I mean how soft are you, really!? This is a tyrant we're talking about, someone who would have your whole family murdered without hesitation. Someone who would have your whole neighborhood wiped out without a blink. This guy is responsible for a lot of deaths. People like you could never be part of a major change because you are afraid to hurt the bad guys. It's called justice ... true justice."

raustin714 said, "This was their Hitler. How would you feel if a relative of someone exterminated in Auschwitz had suddenly the opportunity to point a gun at Hitler's head? Do you think he would pull the trigger? Would you?"

Kamalarani said, "Thousands of victims of Gadhafi were horribly tortured, executed and buried and the UN and so-called Human Rights watches never said a word, or demanded an accounting of their whereabouts. Now they are jumping onto their high horses and demanding an inquiry of how this evil dictator was killed? Give the man a medal and a million-dollar reward. He did the whole world a favor."
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October 24th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

Netflix says it lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers last quarter

Netflix reports that it shed 800,000 U.S. subscribers last quarter, but revenue for the period hit a record high of $822 million.

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October 24th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

'Nakusa' no more: 220 Indian girls participate in renaming ceremony

What’s in a name? Everything, for girls in India’s Maharashthra state who recently got new names in an unprecedented ceremony that allowed them to shed a label with a bad meaning.

More than 220 girls in the district of Satara received the new names after being labeled “Nakusa” – unwanted – by families desperately wanting a male child.

Bhagvan Pawar, the district health officer who organized the renaming ceremony, told CNN Monday that he started working on the project one year ago and that he saw it as an obligation to help restore some self-esteem to the young girls.

"The parents, they don't want a female, they want a male child," he said. "But we did this to help them (the girls). We are trying to get them beyond this."

Video of the girls, as posted on Youtube, showed long lines of women and girls holding placards in support of the initiative.

Social mores about the enormous expense heaped upon families who have to marry off girls is just one reason they are seen as unwanted, Pawar said. Also contributing to the negativity are the census numbers that show the district’s sex ratio is about 980 females per 1,000 males, according to the Wall Street Journal.

At the renaming ceremony, the girls were allowed a name of their choosing, Pawar said - and they're doing well now. "Most of them are in school," he said. “We have scheduled 30-minute follow-ups with them,” Pawar said.  “They are good now. They are very happy with their new names.”

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October 24th, 2011
02:16 PM ET

Rina upgraded to hurricane as it nears Mexico, Cuba

[Updated at 2:16 p.m. ET] Rina has strengthened into a hurricane, according to reports from a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft.

A special advisory will be issued upgrading the storm to a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said Monday afternoon.

[Posted at 1:45 p.m. ET] The projected path of Tropical Storm Rina shifted course Monday, menacing Mexico with the possibility of strong winds and heavy rainfall.

Forecasters said Rina was expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday and could make landfall in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula later this week. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving northwest at 6 mph.

Flood-soaked Central America also braced for more rain Monday as Tropical Storm Rina lumbered toward land.

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October 24th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

1 killed, 8 hurt in Kenya blast

[Updated 2:20 p.m. ET] An explosion at a bus station in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, killed at least one person and injured eight Monday, according to the Kenyan police and Red Cross.

Charles Owino, a deputy police spokesman, confirmed the explosion and said he was awaiting more details.

Initial reports say the blast killed one person and injured eight, said Carol Nduta, a spokeswoman for the Kenyan Red Cross.

The blast follows a separate explosion that police said hurt 12 people earlier Monday at a nightclub in Nairobi.

"We have not yet linked attacks to anybody as we are still investigating," Owino said.

The explosions came a day after the U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned it had credible information of an imminent terror attack. The embassy did not offer details on who might carry out such an attack but said it had limited official U.S. government visits and urged citizens to consider deferring travel to Kenya.

The attack was likely to target places that foreigners congregate in Kenya, including malls and night clubs, the embassy said.

Kenya has been on edge since it sent troops across the border into Somalia to pursue militant with Al-Shabaab, an Islamist group that the United States and other countries view as a terrorist organization. Kenya sent in troops after the recent abductions of tourists and aid workers. It blames the abductions on Al-Shabaab, which has denied involvement.

Al-Shabaab has threatened to attack Kenya if it did not withdraw its forces from Somalia.

Owino, the police spokesman, said the nightclub attack "could be Al-Shabaab or an individual. We are still investigating."

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October 24th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

If he was captured alive, how did Gadhafi end up dead?

The death of longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi helped solidify the National Transitional Council's power in Libya, but there is still a large amount of uncertainty about the circumstances surrounding how he was killed, what happened during the last battle in Sirte and what it all means for the future of Libya.

When Gadhafi's death was first reported, it came with a large amount of uncertainty.

Multiple scenarios emerged as to how the last minutes of his life played out, thanks to cell phone pictures and videos, many later uploaded to YouTube. Then, there were statements from officials from NATO, from within Libya and from the National Transitional Council about what happened.

And as the country prepares to move on, the international community searches for answers as to exactly what happened in the minutes after Gadhafi was captured.

What exactly do we know about how Gadhafi was captured?

We know that the events leading to Gadhafi's death began about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Libya, according to a NATO official, when a convoy of loyalists made a break from a part of Sirte and headed west, trying to get out of the city.

Gadhafi had long been suspected of being holed up in his hometown, which was one of the only remaining regime strongholds.

U.S. drones and French fighter jets struck the convoy, splitting it up and forcing the loyalists to scurry away on foot.  A NATO official said Gadhafi was in that convoy, though he was not hit.

Gadhafi fled with a handful of his men. The revolutionaries found him hiding in a drainage pipe.

Mahmoud Jibril, Executive Chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council, said that after Gadhafi was found, a gunbattle erupted between transitional council fighters and Gadhafi's supporters. His captors attempted to load him into a vehicle, leaving Gadhafi with a wound to his right arm.

Video out of Sirte showed what appeared to be a heavily wounded and bloodied Gadhafi being held up by NTC fighters as they took him toward a vehicle.

What happened after that is more murky.

What do we know about how Gadhafi died?

When Gadhafi was captured, he was, by all accounts, alive.

Several videos from the scene showed Gadhafi looking wounded and confused but alive and even walking as he was pulled toward a vehicle.

Jibril said Gadhafi was shot in the arm as he was dragged into a vehicle headed to Misrata, a two-and-a-half-hour trip.

But the autopsy report from the chief pathologist said Gadhafi died of a gunshot wound to the head.

So how did Gadhafi go from being captured to being shot in the head?

It depends on whom you ask, and there are many details that simply are not confirmed.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Who teaches kids to hate?
A monument honoring the Civil War confederacy stands in the center of Brandon, Mississippi.
October 24th, 2011
01:25 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Who teaches kids to hate?

Exchange of the morning:

"Where does a 19-year old learn such utter hatred, anyway?"–BronxBomber

"This kid learned this bigotry from his family. A kid is not born with hatred in him."–NNWW

"Looks like an easy lesson with cops and school administrators that Brandon has."–UScitizen99

Teen murder suspect carried 'backpack of hatred'

Brandon police and school officials may say that the killing of James Anderson, a black man, was an isolated incident, but others have a different story. Deryl Dedmon and his friends were known for their racist speech and violence, say community members. Dedmon faces murder and hate crime charges in Anderson's death. Many CNN.com readers blamed the parents and the community, too.

jce3227 said, "The truth is, if the camera hadn't caught it all on tape, it would have been lucky if the teens had been charged with a misdemeanor, if anything at all. Make no mistake about it, the only reason (Dedmon) is charged with murder today is because law enforcement had no choice, after the camera caught it on tape."

Brational said, "It's interesting that the school and law enforcement authorities all say there's no problem, but the kids, the parents, the NAACP, the local store owner, and former friends of the accused murderer all say there is a problem, and that it was commonly known. I have news for the police officer who told Deryl's friend that Deryl was "a good kid". Good kids aren't on probation and they don't post racist statements on the internet. I hope that the community of Brandon will have some open discussions about race."

EdJunior said, "They still have segregated prom in Mississippi. What did you expect?They are raising little Nazis over there."

LONDONFOG100 said, "Why weren't the other teens charged? They all knew exactly why they were driving somewhere. I've seen many instances when there was only one actual person who killed the person but the whole group was also charged with murder. I don't think they should be charged with murder but they should be charged with assault. They just got off scott free!"

Liutgard said, "There is a sense of victimhood and entitlement denied that fuels this sort of hate. If I'm not doing well in my life and don't have the things and the opportunities I want, it must be someone else's fault, right?"

chieftech714 said, "In the end, it's fear. Fear is weakness. This young boy had little or nothing going for him except the color of skin, as if that's a bonus. He doesn't appear to be exceptional in any way except his extraordinary level of hate. Where does that come from? A culture of fear and weakness. It's high time that we live up to the "home of the brave" part of the national anthem. All of this kind of crime should be punished severely and discussed publicly. No matter what group is the aggressor or the target."

egosum said, "Racism is taught to the young people, they have to learn it from someone regardless of color. Go back to the parents and relatives of the murderer and there you will find the source. Of course if you hold off until Sunday you will find them all down at the church."

LostinSLC said, "Don't be so sure of that. As a parent myself I can tell you that most of us teach our kids better, but they tend to be influenced by other avenues. Granted this kid needs to face the death penalty, but don't be quick to assume his parents were the cause. Seems to me he was old enough to choose his own path."

ChuckFromAL said, "Dedmon appears to be a sociopath. This entire article supports that."

Epidi said, "Not all southerners share these racist views. This disease knows no boundaries and is not confined to hatred towards blacks. I've seen it from and towards every color of the human rainbow. If you have a cure for this plague, please share it with the rest of the world: We need a vaccine."

urangry said, "There are some folks out there that thinks civil rights legislation has run it's course. I tend to disagree when I hear of stories like this one."

libration said, "Glad to be Canadian."

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October 24th, 2011
01:07 PM ET

U.S., North Korea meet

An interagency team of U.S. officials met Monday with a North Korean delegation in an effort to restart talks with the reclusive nation.

The decision by the United States to launch the two days of discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, stems in part from recent meetings between North Korea and South Korea, a senior State Department official told reporters traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Afghanistan last week.

"We had initial presentations of our respective positions," said Clifford Hart, U.S. special envoy to the six-party talks on North Korea, speaking at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. "I think these were useful presentations."

The two sides spoke for about two hours before breaking for lunch, he said. The U.S. and North Korean delegations planned to meet again "for another couple of hours, perhaps a little bit more, depends on the conversation," Hart said in a statement.

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October 24th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Preliminary hearing set in Philly captives case

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 19 for three suspects charged with imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in the basement boiler room of a Philadelphia apartment building, the attorney for one suspect said.

The hearing was scheduled at a status hearing Monday, said George S. Yacoubian Jr., who represents Linda Ann Weston, 51.

Weston and two other suspects - Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie Wright, 49 - face charges including criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment after the landlord of the apartment building found the four people locked in the 15- by 6-foot room with no food and only a bucket for a toilet, police said.

Weston, Thomas and Wright did not appear in court Monday, Yacoubian said. A hearing is set Wednesday for a fourth suspect, Weston's daughter, according to court records.

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Man accused of plotting to kill Saudi ambassador pleads not guilty
Manssor Arbabsiar is implicated in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.
October 24th, 2011
11:17 AM ET

Man accused of plotting to kill Saudi ambassador pleads not guilty

Manssor Arbabsiar, one of two men implicated in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court in New York.

The second man indicted in the alleged plot, Gholam Shakuri, remains at large.

U.S. officials arrested Arbabsiar, 56, on suspicion that he conspired with Shakuri, allegedly an Iran-based member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, to hire hit men from a Mexican drug cartel to set off a bomb at a restaurant to be visited by Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has said the assassination-for-hire accusations are baseless.

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October 24th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Monday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:15 am ET - Romney in New Hampshire - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney officially files paperwork to run in next year's New Hampshire primary, then holds a rally in Concord.

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U.S. pulls ambassador from Syria after 'credible threats' against safety
Ambassador Robert Ford, left, has been outspoken against the Syrian government's use of violence against protesters.
October 24th, 2011
07:27 AM ET

U.S. pulls ambassador from Syria after 'credible threats' against safety

[Updated at 7:27 a.m. ] The United States has pulled its ambassador out of Syria as a "result of credible threats against his personal safety," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday, accusing Syria of "incitement" against Ambassador Robert Ford.

At this point, we can't say when he will return to Syria," Toner said in a statement.

Ford was confirmed as ambassador to Syria in April after five years during which Washington did not have an envoy in Damascus.

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October 24th, 2011
03:04 AM ET

Tunisia puts election turnout at 90%

More than 90% of registered voters cast ballots in Tunisia's first national elections since independence, officials said.

"The polling stations registered a turnout rate of more than 90%," said Boubaker Bethabet, secretary-general of the Independent High Authority for the Election.

Workers have begun manually counting the votes, with final results expected Tuesday afternoon.

The manual-counting method "requires time," Bethabet told the official Tunisia News Agency. "It is carried out twice by two distinct teams. The obtained results are then compared to ensure greater accuracy."

Polls closed late Sunday in the country

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October 24th, 2011
02:37 AM ET

Rights group: Bodies of 53 apparent Gadhafi loyalists found in Libyan hotel

The bodies of 53 people, believed to be supporters of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been found in a hotel that was under the control of anti-Gadhafi fighters, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The rights group said it found the bodies clustered together at Hotel Mahari in Sirte on Sunday. About 20 residents were putting the bodies in body bags to prepare them for burial when Human Rights Watch found them.

"We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently (Gadhafi) supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot," said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director of Human Rights Watch.

"This requires the immediate attention of the Libyan authorities to investigate what happened and hold accountable those responsible."

Officials with the National Transitional Council, Libya's new leadership, were not immediately available for comment.

The residents told Human Rights Watch investigators they found the bodies last week after the fighting in Sirte stopped and they returned home.

They identified some of the deceased as Sirte residents and Gadhafi supporters.

Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown, was one of the last cities to fall before the National Transitional Council declared the country liberated Sunday following Gadhafi's 42-year rule.

However, anti-Gadhafi fighters from Misrata had controlled the area of Sirte where the hotel is located since early October, Human Rights Watch said, citing witnesses.

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October 24th, 2011
02:21 AM ET

Floods reach Bangkok airport, force evacuations

Floodwaters in Bangkok have reached Don Muang Airport, one of the Thai capital's two main airports and home to the flood relief operation command, which may have to move to another location, according to the governor.

In addition to Don Muang, residents in five other areas should prepare for floods, move their belongings to upper floors and take shelter at evacuation centers, Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said in a news conference on Monday.

Thammasat University's gymnasium, which has been used as an evacuation center, is also flooded and without electricity and is itself being evacuated, the governor added.

As a remedy, about 4,000 people will be bused to Rajamangala Stadium in central Bangkok with the help of 300-400 volunteers, according to the governor.

In the east, the industrial estates of Lat Krabang and Bang Chan remained under threat, and volunteers were sought for help with sandbagging.

The governor urged the public not to panic and to follow his reports closely.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said authorities were trying to control the water levels by using all the dams and dikes to cope with an unusually heavy rainy season.

Protecting Bangkok was a priority because it comprises the economic heart of Thailand, she said. "But it doesn't mean we have no concern for the people who are suffering from the flooding," she added.

The decision to divert water through canals in Bangkok means parts of the city and its surrounding suburbs, such as Rangsit, are flooded.

Residents have resorted to moving out of flooded homes by boat or anything that could float - or wading through water with plastic bags of belongings balanced on their heads or pets tucked into clothes.

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October 24th, 2011
01:59 AM ET

Janet Jackson cancels shows to be with family as Murray trial ends

With the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor entering what could be its last week, Janet Jackson canceled shows in Australia to be with her family in Los Angeles.

Janet Jackson sat with her parents and several siblings during the first five days of the trial, but she has not been at court in nearly three weeks.

"After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now," she said in a statement posted Sunday on her website, announcing that three shows this week in Melbourne are canceled.

The concert promoter told Jackson fans it was "important that Janet is with her family at this critical point in the hearing."

If her flight arrives in Los Angeles before Monday morning, Jackson may see the last hours of the prosecution's key witness, anesthesiologist expert Dr. Steven Shafer.

Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers will use the next four days to challenge the prosecution's contention that his reckless use of the surgical anesthesia propofol to help Jackson sleep makes him criminally responsible for the pop icon's death.

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October 24th, 2011
12:28 AM ET

Tropical Storm Rina forms near Honduras, Nicaragua

A tropical depression in the western Caribbean Sea strengthened into Tropical Storm Rina on Sunday night, dumping heavy rain on northeastern Honduras.

As of 11 p.m. ET, Rina was about 115 miles (190 kilometers) northeast of the eastern tip of the Honduran/Nicaraguan border, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was also about 210 miles (340 kilometers) south-southwest of Grand Cayman.

Rina packed maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was moving north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph).

"The center of Rina is expected to pass north of the northeastern coast of Honduras during the next couple of days," the hurricane center said late Sunday night.

Rina is expected to drop a total of 2 to 4 inches of rain over eastern Honduras, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches possible in some spots, according to the center. The rainfall could cause "flash flooding and mudslides over mountainous terrain."

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