November 4th, 2011
07:04 PM ET

Papandreou wins confidence vote

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a confidence vote in Parliament early Saturday after days of political turmoil sparked by his controversial proposal to hold a referendum on an international bailout for Greece.

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Overheard on CNN.com: 'Life at conception' amendment is backwards
Mississippi votes on a "personhood" initiative this year. Similar measures in other states have been soundly defeated.
November 4th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Life at conception' amendment is backwards

Comments of the Day:

"Why is it that everywhere I turn the religious people are trying to destroy civil rights in this country?"–shockerwhoa3

"GOP legislating morality again, I thought they were for small government?"–TheMFTruth

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he decided life does begin with conception, an issue Mississippi voters will vote on this Tuesday. Most CNN.com readers said the state amendment to define when life begins was regressive and poorly thought out.

Mississippi voting on amendment to declare fertilized egg a person

Norps asked, "What right have the voters to decide such a question? Most of them are uninformed on the medical or scientific facts and are voting by their gut feelings: completely inappropriate to put such a question to the voters."

new2wi said, "This type of primitive thinking is not surprising; after all Mississippi public schools rank 50th in the nation."

discofever21 said, "This is a philosophical question as much as it is a question of science or religion. It needs continued debate so I applaud the measure on its merits at least. I personally go back and forth on the issue." CedarRapids replied, "I'm not sure making state constitutional amendments based on philosophical questions is a great idea."

rfulle12 said, "And so it begins. The attack on Roe v. Wade will be a big issue this coming election. The conservative right does not look too different than the mullahs in Iran. They want to control every aspect of our lives based on their view of religion. Scary stuff indeed!"

Capercorn said, "I'm a Roman Catholic. However, it only takes a trip to your nearest closet to be reminded that coat hangers exist. And everyone and their grandma agrees that those are bad. This is one of those many instances where something looks like it works on paper, but in practice, works horribly."

soporifix said, "It's easier dealing with stupid stuff like this than any actual problems. That's why Republicans love abortion."

MOrsini said, "We can assume that the state will take care of all the unwanted children then, meaning taxpayers will pay for each and every single one of them that is given up for adoption yet does not end up adopted ... talk about poorly thought-out propositions."

NuttinWrong said, "If people don't want kids, they don't have to have them. I'd rather hear about 2,000 abortions than 2,000 unwanted children."

MET100 said, "When men start having babies, as in being pregnant, it would be an appropriate discussion as to 'Choice.' Until then this is a woman's decision and the state has no right to interfere."

waldenu08 asked, "So does this mean that 1) child support begins at conception, and 2) corporations are NOT persons in Mississippi?"

toth88 asked, "When does America get to vote on whether Mississippi is a state?"
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November 4th, 2011
04:03 PM ET

Jury in Conrad Murray trial ends first day of deliberations

[Updated 7:15 p.m. ET] The jury in the Dr. Conrad Murray trial has ended deliberations for the day without reaching a verdict.

[Posted 4:03 p.m. ET] The mother of the late pop icon Michael Jackson has been asked to return to a Los Angeles County courthouse, where a jury is deliberating the case against the physician charged in the death of her son, according to a source close to her.

It was not immediately clear from the source why Katherine Jackson was asked to return to the building.

Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. Closing arguments in the case ended Thursday.

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Ex-Cardinals star dies days after ceremonial Game 7 pitch
Former Cardinal Bob Forsch throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 7 of the World Series in St. Louis on October 28.
November 4th, 2011
03:37 PM ET

Ex-Cardinals star dies days after ceremonial Game 7 pitch

Bob Forsch, the only St. Louis Cardinal to throw two no-hitters and the third-winningest Cardinal pitcher ever, died Thursday after collapsing in his Florida home, the team and MLB.com reported.

Forsch’s death came six days after the 61-year-old threw the ceremonial first pitch at the seventh and deciding game of the World Series in St. Louis. The Cardinals won their 11th championship that night, defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2.

"Having been with Bob just last week, we are all stunned by this news," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a Cardinals news release.

“Bob was one of the best pitchers in the history of our organization and a valued member of the Cardinals family," DeWitt said.

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November 4th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Family court judge should not be beating child

Comments of the Morning:

"Gotta run. Time to beat the kid and kick the dog." - sickciety

"Attention Lawyers – Never, never, never spank your disabled 16-year-old child. Have you no decency?" - babyBoomers0

DA: Statute of limitations prevents charges in judge's beating of daughter

Now 23 years old, Hillary Adams has released a videotape of her father, William Adams - a family court judge - strapping her when she was 16. Thousands of CNN.com readers responded to the story, many sharing stories of similar beatings. While some questioned the daughter's motives, others said there was no excuse for her father's behavior, as a family man and a professional.

SDN said, "I think it safe to say that if you were videoed doing this to anyone else, you'd be arrested and charged with assault. The video/audio would go a long way in convicting you, and sending you to prison. I condemn this man for beating his child. Simple."

fredwolf said, "I hate to admit it: beatings do set some people straight. I had a cop stepdad who beat me often, once because I got a 'A' in science and he thought it made him look stupid. He beat my mom too and she wanted to leave him. He threatened to put our neighbors in jail if they reported it. Few years later when I returned on leave and he was retired, we went for a beer, and I beat the living ##&* out of him, partly with his own gun, in an alley. We threw his stuff in the street. The beating worked! He never returned. I never beat my kids, all it does make 'em figure out ways to get away with it next time."

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Gotta Watch: Freaky Friday
This man jumps over a cars to get a world record.
November 4th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Freaky Friday

It must be Friday, because we’ve gotten a lot of freaky videos today. From a bandit escaping by wheelchair to a man jumping over moving cars, you’ve gotta watch these bizarre videos.

The Great Escape – A man walks into a store, robs it, and then escapes by motorized wheelchair. The best part: they towed the chair. You’ve got to see this surveillance video.

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Jury deliberations in Conrad Murray case begin
Dr. Conrad Murrary is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
November 4th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Jury deliberations in Conrad Murray case begin

The jury has begun deliberations in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

The seven men and five women heard from 49 witnesses over 23 days, including Murray's girlfriends and patients, Jackson's former employees, investigators, and medical experts for each side.

Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was caused by "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with two sedatives, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled.

Prosecutors argue that Murray's use of propofol - a surgical anesthetic - in Jackson's home to treat his insomnia was so reckless it was criminally negligent.

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Obama says he's pleased Greek opposition embraced bailout
November 4th, 2011
11:16 AM ET

Obama says he's pleased Greek opposition embraced bailout

President Barack Obama said Friday he is pleased Greece's opposition party has backed Europe's economic bailout plan for the country.

"The international community is going to stand ready to assist," he said at the G-20 economic summit in Cannes, France.

Obama said recent events in Greece have underscored the importance of implementing a Greek economic bailout plan fully and quickly, adding that "global demand is weakening" and "the world faces challenges that put our economic recovery at risk."

European Union leaders on October 27 got Greek bondholders to scrap about half of Greece's debt as part of a three-pronged plan aimed at shoring up Greece's financial future, returning stability to Europe's banks and expanding the EFSF bailout fund's resources to more than €1 trillion.

But less than a week later, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou shocked the world by calling for a national referendum on international aid for his country - despite already agreeing in principle to implement reforms in order to meet Greek bondholders' terms - which, if rejected, could lead to a Greek default and the country's exit from the euro.

But on Thursday, Papandreou backed away from the referendum plans, saying the opposition's approval of the bailout made a referendum unnecessary.

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Israeli military says it boarded 2 Gaza-bound aid ships
An Israeli navy vessel patrols off the southern port of Ashdod on July 19.
November 4th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Israeli military says it boarded 2 Gaza-bound aid ships

[Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET] Israeli sailors boarded two aid ships headed to the Palestinian territory of Gaza, the military said Friday, and no resistance was reported.

The Israel Defense Forces earlier said that the activists on board the "Freedom Waves" mini-flotilla were "attempting to break the maritime security blockade that is in place in accordance with international law" and were refusing to heed their calls to turn back.

"The boarding was carried out in line with directives from the Israeli government and after all attempts to prevent the vessels from reaching the Gaza Strip were made, but to no avail," the IDF said.

"The boarding was carried out following numerous calls to the activists on board and during different points at sea. Following their unwillingness to cooperate, and after ignoring calls to divert to the port of Ashdod, the decision was made to board the vessels and lead them there."

The IDF said the sailors "took every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of the activists on board the vessels as well as themselves."

"Upon arrival of the vessels at the Ashdod port, the activists will be transferred to the custody of the Israel Police and immigration authorities in the Ministry of Interior."

According to the activist organizers, this mission was the eleventh attempt to run Israel's blockade of Gaza by sea. Five missions arrived safely in Gaza between August and December 2008, with the rest intercepted by Israel.

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November 4th, 2011
07:35 AM ET

Friday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.  Jury deliberations are expected to begin today.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET - Greek parliament debates Papandreou's fate - Greece's parliament holds a final day of debate on a confidence motion in Prime Minister George Papandreou's government.  A vote is expected around 7:00 pm ET.

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November 4th, 2011
04:52 AM ET

Simulated Mars mission to 'land' back to Earth

Six volunteer astronauts will emerge Friday from a 520-day 'trip' to Mars.

Well, sort of.

The male volunteers have been in isolation in a Moscow parking lot to simulate a 520-day-mission to Mars, part of the European Space Agency's experiment to determine the challenges facing future space travelers.

Scientists placed the six men from Russia, China and Europe in a tight space that mirrors a real space flight in June last year.

During the period, the crew dressed in blue jumpsuits has lived in a tight windowless space, showered on rare occasions and survived on canned food. Messages from friends and family came with a 20-minute lag based on the simulated distance to Earth.

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November 4th, 2011
02:41 AM ET

NBA owners and players to resume talks

The NBA and the National Basketball Players' Association will meet this weekend to resume talks over a new collective bargaining agreement, a players' union representative said.

"We're going to meet with the league on Saturday," Roger Mason Jr., a NBPA executive committee member, told reporters. "It's just going through where we are and just getting together."

The session in the often contentious talks would be the first in eight days.

The season, which was scheduled to start this week, has been canceled through at least November 30, the league announced last week.

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