November 8th, 2011
06:44 PM ET

Rapper Heavy D dies at 44

Dwight Arrington Myers, also known as rapper Heavy D, died Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles coroner’s office.

He was 44.

The emergency room staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center pronounced Myers dead "earlier this afternoon," L.A. Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.

Myers gained fame in the late 1980s as part of the rap group Heavy D & the Boyz. Driven by the success of the group's first single, "The Overweight Lover's In the House," Heavy D & the Boyz gained national exposure and became a fixture on the hip-hop scene.

Later Myers would turn to acting. He was cast in bit parts in several sitcoms and movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The cause of death is yet to be determined but the coroner's office will begin an investigation.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Readers weigh in on Paterno
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is facing calls to resign amid a sex abuse scandal.
November 8th, 2011
04:33 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers weigh in on Paterno

Comments of the day:

“JoePa needs to GoPa.” –Peter
“I always thought we were innocent until proven guilty?” -Flipturn

Penn State coach under fire

Amid allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused young boys in a Penn State football facility – one incident was reported to coach Joe Paterno – some are calling for the 84-year-old head of the Nittany Lion’s resignation or firing.

But CNN.com readers were torn. Although many said Paterno should have done more than report the incident, others said they believe Paterno did what he thought he was supposed to do.

Withpeace said, “Sadly, it comes down to choices. Joe Paterno chose to set the standard of excellence – a code of honor – for Penn State. Yet, when a true test of moral and ethical judgment was put to him ... he failed and betrayed every honorable thing he ever did. In the end, all we have is our honor and Mr. Paterno is not an honorable man for allowing children be put in harms way to save a monster.”

Joan said, “He should admit that he didn't do enough, and apologize at the very least... then at the end of the season he should retire. He's had a great run... leave with dignity but leave none the less. His reputation will always be scarred by this and rightly so. How would anyone feel if their child had been victimized and it could have been stopped if he had been more forceful and followed through with making sure there was an appropriate investigation? Very disappointing to say the least.”

College players dad said, “There is no way in hell I would want any of my sons currently playing for other teams to be recruited by any college team with a coach that lacks moral grounding such as Paterno is showing now. Parents with sons that have committed to this program should think twice about sending them to Happy Valley this fall. FBS, the NCAA and college sports in general are a mess. This is just another example of it all.”

Calijoe said, “On the story as I have it so far, Paterno should definitely NOT quit. He was given a single unsubstantiated, uncorroborated report. He reported it to the athletic director. His actions were correct. That said, America and its press love vengeance, so he'll probably be forced out.” FULL POST

Oregon the first to use iPad for touch-screen voting
Oregon launched a pilot program Tuesday that allows senior voters and those with disabilities to cast a vote using the iPad.
November 8th, 2011
02:31 PM ET

Oregon the first to use iPad for touch-screen voting

Oregon on Tuesday became the first state in the nation to use the iPad in the election process, allowing citizens in five counties to vote using the touch-screen tablet.

Although voting apps have popped up recently in the mobile phone market, Oregon is believed to have the first state program to offer the technology to some of its residents, according to election officials.

The pilot program allows senior citizens and voters with disabilities to use the sleek Apple interface to access a touch-screen ballot, adjust text size and color if necessary, and select their candidate by typing or by filling in “the bubbles with a pen,” State Elections Director Steve Trout told CNN on Tuesday.

It's all about convenience, Trout said, and making sure that voters with limited mobility can put their constitutional rights into practice.

And because it is less expensive than the system the state was using, the program saves dollars while it makes sense, he said.

“In government, it’s all about trying to do more with less,” Trout said.

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will resign
November 8th, 2011
02:24 PM ET

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will resign

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to resign, the president's office said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day parliament passed a key budget vote, but he lost his parliamentary majority.

The budget passed by 308 votes, with all those present in the lower house voting for the measure, with one abstention.

However, more than half of the country's 630 lawmakers did not take part in the vote, a clear sign of unhappiness with the government - and an indication that Berlusconi no longer commands the backing of a majority in parliament.

Opposition lawmakers chose to abstain as they did not want to prevent the budget being approved, since it is necessary for the government to function, but equally did not want to lend Berlusconi any support.

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November 8th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Personhood’ measure stirs heated debate

Comment of the morning:

“Wouldn't creating a life through in vitro fertilization be ‘pro-life?' ” - centrisright

Mississippi amendment taking heat

Voters in Mississippi on Tuesday will face one of the most controversial measures on ballots nationwide. Mississippians will vote on whether to amend the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception, which would eliminate abortion, including in the cases of rape and incest. Initiative 26 would define "personhood" as "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof." The measure would also outlaw certain forms of birth control and the destruction of embryos in laboratories, putting in vitro fertilization procedures in question because of the resulting unused fertilized eggs.

CNN.com readers were largely against the measure.

EurekaJim said, “Yup. The party of ‘less government" except when they want the government to do something they want it to do.”

ovipconsult said, “Mississippi being the poorest (or at least one of the poorest states) with one of the highest unemployment rate in the country, and many still live in poverty ... and abortion is what they really care about? My goodness. Politicians should just go hide in the cave. Judges ...  should just be removed if they want to control women's productive organs.”

BubbaJ said, “Eliminating abortion, Social Security and Medicare are their primary goals. They have become the party of ‘100% support for life ... when it's a fetus. Once it's out, it's on its own."

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November 8th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Healthcare law ruled constitutional by federal appeals court

The sweeping healthcare reform bill championed by President Obama has been upheld as constitutional by a federal appeals court Wednesday.

The decision is not part of a half-dozen other appeals pending at the Supreme Court. The justices could decide this week whether to take on one or more of those legal challenges to the law, brought by more than a two dozen states and a coalition of private groups and individuals.

 

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November 8th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

Italy's Berlusconi wins crunch budget vote, loses majority

Italy's parliament passed a crucial vote on budget reform measures Tuesday, a win for the government of embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The budget passed by 308 votes, with all those present on the floor voting for the measure with the exception of one abstention.

However, more than half of the country's 630 lawmakers did not take part in the vote, a clear sign of unhappiness with the government - and an indication Berlusconi no longer has a working majority in parliament.

Berlusconi has come under increasing pressure to resign in recent days, amid growing domestic and international unease over Italy's economy, and may soon face a confidence vote.

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Penn State's Paterno faces pressure to quit over sex abuse case
Penn State coach Joe Paterno addresses the media after a recent Penn State game.
November 8th, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Penn State's Paterno faces pressure to quit over sex abuse case

He's reverently and affectionately called "JoePa." He leads Penn State's storied Nittany Lions, their uniforms a pure white with dignified blue stripes, as they've delighted fans for decades in a stadium called Happy Valley.

Now, Joe Paterno, 46 years as Penn State's head coach - and just a week after notching his 409th victory, the most for any major-college football coach - is facing resounding calls to resign in disgrace.

The calls come after Paterno's longtime assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with child sex abuse  for alleged incidents dating back to 1994. A graduate assistant informed Paterno of one alleged incident in 2002 that took place in a Penn State locker room shower.

Read the indictment in the case (PDF)

Paterno, who is not facing charges in the case, says he told his superiors in the athletic department about what the graduate assistant saw. Paterno was told that Sandusky was "fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy," according to a grand jury.

Paterno has said in a statement that he "did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention."

On Tuesday, a Paterno news conference during which he was expected to face questions about the scandal was canceled.

"Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today's press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled," the university said in a statement.

Timeline of Penn State abuse case

With no new answers or explanations Tuesday, the prevailing opinion seems to be that Paterno didn't do close to enough; so little that there are widespread calls for him to resign.

"Remember, Penn State is not your typical college football program," writes Neil Rudel in The Altoona Mirror. "It is a kingdom and there is one king, regardless of whether he supposedly reports to anyone else."

"This was a moral test, one in which Penn State's leadership - led by Paterno because he's the king and all he had to do was tell all involved to turn in Sandusky - deserves an F," Rudel writes.

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November 8th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Iran slams expected nuclear report

Iran hardly needs a nuclear bomb to stand up to the United States, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, ahead of a critical International Atomic Energy Agency report that is expected to say his country has mastered nuclear weapons capabilities.

The report says there is no evidence that Iran has made a strategic decision to actually build a bomb, but its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known, Western diplomats who were briefed on the report told CNN.

Ahmadinejad attacked the United States and its allies for the allegations against Iran and warned that Washington would face a "crushing response" if it stood up against the Iranian people, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Tuesday.

Washington and its allies measure their progress and development in the destruction of other countries' infrastructure, Ahmadinejad said.

The nations that have already produced and stockpiled nuclear weapons, he said, are the ones who pose a danger to the world, not Iran.

He said Iran can achieve its objectives "through cultural and logical methodology," and didn't need a bomb to challenge Western ways, IRNA said.

The IAEA report, expected out this week, will contain the most detailed charges to date that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development and military use, the diplomats told CNN.

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November 8th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

Tiger Woods: Former caddy not racist

Golfer Tiger Woods Tuesday addressed a racially-tinged remark made by his former caddy, telling reporters Steve Williams apologized and is not a racist.

"It was a wrong thing to say, something that we both acknowledge," Woods said, speaking at the Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, site of this week's Australian Open, according to his website.

Woods and Williams met earlier in the day, and shook hands after Williams apologized, the website reported.

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November 8th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

Cain accuser says her son encouraged her "to tell on him"

The only woman to so far come forward and publicly accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment did so in part with her 13-year-old son's encouragement, she said Tuesday on CNN.

"He said, 'Mom, I think you need to do the right thing. I think you need to tell on him," Sharon Bialek said on CNN's "American Morning." "That confirmed it for me. If my son is saying it, I want to be the role model for him and other kids growing up."

Bialek alleges Cain groped her following a dinner in 1997. Cain is expected to address her claims in a news conference Tuesday afternoon, according to his campaign.

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November 8th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The 2012 presidential election may be a year away, but that doesn't mean CNN.com Live is resting on its laurels until then.  We're your home for the latest from the presidential campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Eric Holder on the hot seat - Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the state of the Justice Department.  However, you should expect him to answer questions on the "gun walking" controversy.

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November 8th, 2011
06:31 AM ET

3,500 killed in Syria crackdown, U.N. says

More than 3,500 Syrians have been killed since the government crackdown on protesters started in the country, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Tuesday.

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Alaska faces one of its worst storms ever, forecasters say
The National Weather Service forecast map for Alaska on Tuesday.
November 8th, 2011
05:57 AM ET

Alaska faces one of its worst storms ever, forecasters say

Alaska is facing a life threatening winter storm with near hurricane force winds, more than a foot of snow and severe coastal flooding, the National Weather Service says.

"This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm which will be one of the worst on record over the Bering Sea and the west coast," NWS forecasters said in a bulletin Monday afternoon.

The storm was about 600 miles southwest of Shemya in the far western Aleutian Islands on Monday afternoon and was expected to move over the Bering Sea toward Alaska's west coast on Tuesday.

Winds near hurricane force of 74 mph were expected to generate seas as high as 25 feet in the northern Bering Sea, forecasters said. The winds were expected to raise sea levels as much as 9 feet in the Norton Sound. Those levels combined with the high waves were expected to cause significant coastal erosion and major flooding. The winds may also push sea ice on shore, adding to the dangers, NWS forecasters said.

Alaska's west coast could also see as much as 14 inches of snow in blizzard conditions, forecasters said. The storm was expected to last into Wednesday.

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November 8th, 2011
12:21 AM ET

Cain to address new claim of sexual misconduct

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain will address the latest sexual harassment allegations against him at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, his campaign said.

The announcement from his campaign late Monday included a broadside fired at his first public accuser, Sharon Bialek, calling her allegations that Cain groped her after a 1997 dinner "false" and blasting her "celebrity lawyer," Gloria Allred.

In a written statement, campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon said there was "no record, nor even a complaint filed," to support Bialek's accusation.

In an appearance on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Bialek said she was prepared for the scrutiny going public with the allegation was likely to bring.

"I'm willing to handle it," she said. "I'm a tough girl."

The latest poll assessing the impact of allegations shows that a plurality of Americans think the claims had validity..

The Pew Research Center poll found that 39% of those who have heard a lot about the allegations said they thought the claims were true; 24% said the claims were false and 36% said they didn't know.

But the picture was somewhat different when Republican primary voters were polled.

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