Overheard on CNN.com: Tangled up in heated discussions about rights, liberties
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. waves to the throngs of people gathered in August 1963 during the March on Washington.
January 16th, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Tangled up in heated discussions about rights, liberties

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Freedom and civil liberties are central to the American experience, and have influenced several big issues that are in the news today. Today we look back at the sometimes-controversial but surely influential life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Other issues of personal freedom and liberty happen to also be making headlines, and they come down to the central tension between maintaining order and protecting the rights of individuals.

Taking Martin Luther King Jr. at his words

This article discusses the complexities underlying King's legacy, arguing that he has been sanitized over the years. It also refers to the current controversy over the memorial to him in Washington. (There's even a story about what King would think about the gay rights movement, which is itself generating lots of discussion.) Our commenters talked frankly about the many things that have been said about King.

This commenter said King was not perfect, but his legacy stands.

Tajee: "Regardless of Dr. King's skeleton's; ie. accusations of plagiarism and adultery, he still was a pivotal and monumental figure in not only the progression of the civil rights movement, but also American history. Because of his (and others') hard work, this country is more free, equal and just. He risked his life – and lost it – for the sake of a better future for all people, all races. All the while maintaining a nonviolent stance in the face of violent bigotry and oppression. People, we are all not perfect. We all have skeletons in our closet. We need to stop looking for our public leaders to be perfect as well. We must learn to judge a man by the full spectrum of his character. Dr. King's positive contributions to society far outweigh his personal downfalls. He deserves this memorial as it commemorates the life of a man who had the courage and ability to help mend a better nation.

This commenter was upset about how the memorial was built. FULL POST

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Steve Jobs action figure shelved
The Steve Jobs figurine was to have featured his trademark black turtleneck.
January 16th, 2012
07:10 PM ET

Steve Jobs action figure shelved

An action figure in the eerily accurate likeness of late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs will not happen, its would-be maker announced Sunday.

"The original intention for creating the figurine was driven by a fan’s admiration of Steve," the pop-up announcement at InIcons.com reads. The announcement goes on to say the company has been subjected to "immense pressure" from Apple and Jobs' family to cancel the project.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

"Regardless of the pressure, I am still Steve’s fan, I fully respect Steve, and his family, and it is definitely not my wish or intention that they be upset," the unsigned statement says. "Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family."

Jobs died October 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The 12-inch doll was to feature Jobs' iconic black turtleneck, rimless glasses, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers. It was to have retailed for $99.

Shipments were to have begun in February, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Pre-order payments would be refunded, the InIcons statement said.

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Overheard on CNN.com: What does Huntsman's departure mean? Who's next?
Jon Huntsman announced Monday that he was going to drop out of the GOP race and back Mitt Romney. Readers debated what this means.
January 16th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: What does Huntsman's departure mean? Who's next?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Jon Huntsman announced Monday he is withdrawing from the GOP presidential race and backing Mitt Romney. Some say his support of Romney is a political move to build goodwill with the Republican Party. Now we ask: Where will Huntsman supporters flock? And who will be the next to exit?

Huntsman drops out, backs Romney

Huntsman's campaign struggled to gain ground, but he had a few fans based on the comments we've seen. iReporter Egberto Willies of Kingwood, Texas, shared a video commentary in which he said he thought Huntsman was one of the only GOP candidates who had a chance at beating President Obama in the upcoming race.

"I think as being the most sensible and honest presidential candidate running, he would have been the only one to make the election interesting enough. He was the only one who could have beat President Obama. When the team from President Obama is done exposing all the inconsistencies and all the fallacies on the other side, I think it's going to be a rather easy election."

Opinions may of course differ, so share your thoughts on CNN iReport and in the comments below.

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'Angry Brides' game hopes to put spotlight on dowry concerns
A screen grab of the game "Angry Brides," which aims to bring awareness to the violence dowries cause in India.
January 16th, 2012
03:34 PM ET

'Angry Brides' game hopes to put spotlight on dowry concerns

There's a new game hoping to make a splash in the Facebook game market, and it's called "Angry Brides."

No, you don't have to read that sentence again; we didn't accidentally misspell the game you're thinking of.

But the people behind this game hope the mix-up gives momentum to "Angry Brides," which aims to put a spotlight on the issue of dowries in India. Dowries are traditionally given to a groom's family to ensure the bride is taken care of and can, in some cases, cause violent clashes between families. The gifts can include money, jewelry or any other family belongings.

The game, produced by the Indian marriage site Shaadi.com, is a play on the extremely popular game "Angry Birds." But instead of hurling birds across the screen, this time, you're throwing household objects such as shoes and rolling pins at prospective grooms, with listed dowries starting at 1.5 million rupees (about $29,200). If you hit grooms just right, you'll lower the amount and add it into your anti-dowry fund.

"The Angry Brides game is our way of throwing a spotlight on the nuisance of dowry," Ram Bhamidi, senior vice president and head of online marketing for the site, wrote on its Facebook page.

The page, advertising the game, features what appears to be a Hindu goddess holding all of the tools you would need to strike your possible groom.

"A woman will give you strength, care and all the love you need ... NOT dowry!" a caption under the image exclaims.

The group hopes that the viral nature of "Angry Birds" - and therefore, they hope, the parody - will draw attention to the dowry issue and the violence it can cause.

"According to a 2007 study ... there is a dowry-related death every four hours in India," Bhamidi wrote on the Facebook page. "We condemn this menace and have consistently run campaigns on social media to help create awareness of the issue."

Cruise ship disaster: A search for survivors and answers
The Costa Concordia cruise ship lies partially submerged off the Italian island of Giglio
January 16th, 2012
01:09 PM ET

Cruise ship disaster: A search for survivors and answers

On board the Costa Concordia, thousands of passengers were dining, drinking, attending a magic show, perhaps trying their luck in the casino.

It was Friday night on the luxury cruise liner, sailing in the Mediterranean off the Italian coast with about 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members - a night of entertainment and relaxation.

There was annoyance, but no real alarm, when the lights went out - not at first. Passenger Vivian Shafer said she thought it was part of the magic show.

Then, a magical night turned into a nightmare.

Those on board then heard an ominous scraping sound, and the 951-foot vessel gave a shudder. The ship began to list to one side.

Photos: See high-resolution images of the ship

Graphic shows relative size of ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship.

The ship was carrying about 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members when it ran aground Friday night.

5 facts about the Costa Concordia cruise ship

Now, rescue efforts continue as the ship's operator and prosecutors try to figure out exactly what happen and who is to blame. FULL POST

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Overheard on CNN.com: Worst-case scenario strikes luxury cruise ship
Boats patrol near the Costa Concordia on Sunday. Divers searched for people who were still missing after Friday's accident.
January 16th, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Worst-case scenario strikes luxury cruise ship

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

A cruise ship called the Costa Concordia struck rocks Friday evening near Giglio Island off the Italian coast. At least six people are dead and others are unaccounted for. The gripping coverage of the incident has inspired lots of comments about cruise ship safety and a few references to the legendary Titanic disaster.

Disaster at sea: Luxury cruise turns into nightmare

People thought about their own cruise experiences and what it would be like to be on vacation and suddenly fighting for your life. Many talked about cruise ship safety.

abbydaddy: "Well, the loss of life could have been much worse. Yet one life lost is too many. The crew, and passengers never took the lifeboat training seriously. Just a formality before the party starts. Right. Sadly many lives will be scarred by the memories of moments of life vs death. Though the Italian rescue crews seem to have performed exemplarily."

Sixnard: "Uh, there wasn't any lifeboat training. I don't see why you're including the passengers in your blame-laying. And demanding 100% freedom from risk is simply ridiculous; in an accident of this scale, it is remarkable that more than 99% of passengers and crew made it safely ashore, even more so given the apparent incompetence of captain and crew."

bcn4: "There is no real 'lifeboat training' on any cruise. The muster drill instructs you were to go in case of an emergency, who to look for, how to put on and secure the life jackets, etc. It's the same as on airplanes - how many people really watch the crew as they go thru the safety drill at the start of the flight? Not too many. But - the same as after the US Airways jet landed in the Hudson - my next flight, everyone was paying attention to that drill. On my next cruise in two weeks, everyone will be paying attention at muster."

Rick1948: "International maritime law requires that an evacuation drill be done within 24 hours AFTER DEPARTURE. What lunacy! A ship can be 50 feet away from the dock and sink. Most US based ships do it while the ship is still at the dock. It's obvious from the accounts of the chaos that not having done the drill yet was a big factor in this one."

Some of the conversation centered on the captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino. Speaking on Italian television, he insisted the rocks were not marked on his map. FULL POST

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Gotta Watch: Huntsman's presidential campaign
Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman campaigns at Keene State College on January 08, 2012
January 16th, 2012
12:38 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Huntsman's presidential campaign

On June 21, 2011, former Utah Governor and U.S.ambassador to China Jon Hunstman announced his candidacy for president. He began his campaign in Liberty State Park, the same place where Ronald Reagan announced his bid for president in 1980. Over the past several months, the moderate conservative traveled across the country to tout his tax plan and foreign policy views. However, his campaign never really got the momentum he needed.  Huntsman finished last in the Iowa caucus and third in the New Hampshire primary. Despite the endorsement by South Carolina's largest newspaper, Huntsman decided it was time to end his campaign and back one of his rivals. Today's Gotta Watch features a look back at Huntsman's campaign, his feisty exchanges with Mitt Romney and the end of his bid for the White House.

Bad-mouthing Mitt - During his campaign, Huntsman attacked Romney on everything from tax policy to health care to his views on China.

A message for Mitt – During his campaign, Huntsman sent a message to Romney, the winner of the Iowa caucuses. "Welcome to New Hampshire. Nobody cares." That, and a nod to the Grateful Dead, were some of the more memorable highlights from his run for the GOP nomination.

To quit and endorse Mitt -  In the end, Huntsman decided he shouldn't continue on, and suspended his campaign. And, despite their "differences," Huntsman gave Romney his endorsement.

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More tests planned on injured ski champ Sarah Burke
Skier Sarah Burke arrives at The 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles in July.
January 16th, 2012
12:36 PM ET

More tests planned on injured ski champ Sarah Burke

The family of freestyle ski champ Sarah Burke canceled a planned news conference Monday as they await the results of further tests on the injured athlete, an official for the University of Utah hospital said.

Burke was critically injured during practice in Utah last week.  She had successful surgery Wednesday to repair a vertebral artery tear, which had caused bleeding in her skull, the hospital said.

On Friday, the hospital said there would be a press conference concerning Burke on Monday. But Monday morning that was canceled.

"Late last night, Rory Bushfield, Sarah's husband, and members of her family met with physicians to discuss the results of Sarah's most recent neurological tests and assessments. Based on the information they received, we regret to inform you that they have decided to cancel today's press conference in order for further tests to be conducted this morning and in the coming days," according to an e-mail from hospital spokeswoman Nicole Wool.

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January 16th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

Rescues resume on Italian cruise ship

[Updated at 12:05 a.m. ET] After a brief suspension, rescue efforts resumed Monday on the partially sunken cruise liner Costa Concordia, officials said.

The search was suspended earlier Monday because the vessel began to move, said Sergio Ortelli, mayor of the nearby island of Giglio.

Coast Guard spokesman Filippo Marino said efforts had resumed, adding that rescuers will focus on retrieving the body of a man, presumably a passenger, discovered earlier in the day.

However, he said the forecast has rescuers worried, as it calls for rising winds.

The head of the company that owns the ship said Monday he has not given up hope of finding survivors.

"Hope is the last thing to die," said Costa Cruises chairman and chief executive Pier Luigi Foschi.

[Posted at 10:45 a.m. ET] The search for survivors and victims aboard the partially sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia was suspended Monday because the vessel began to move, said the mayor of the nearby island of Giglio, Sergio Ortelli.

The cruise ship hit rocks and rolled onto its side over the weekend, leaving at least six people dead.

But head of the company that owns the ship has not given up hope of finding people alive, he said Monday.

"Hope is the last thing to die," said Costa Cruises chairman and chief executive Pier Luigi Foschi.

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January 16th, 2012
11:50 AM ET

Guatemala's president calls on troops to 'neutralize' organized crime

Guatemala's new president has called on the military to help "neutralize" organized crime in the Central American nation.

A day after he took office, President Otto Perez Molina appeared to be making good on his campaign promises to fight rising crime and violence with an "iron fist."

"Today, publicly, I want to lay out for the army an important goal of collaborating, coordinating and cooperating with other security institutions, and that is to put an end to the external threats and contribute to neutralizing illegal armed groups by means of military power," he said Sunday.

Speaking to troops, Perez Molina said he would provide increased resources to the military. He said he had discussed the new strategy with his defense and interior ministers.

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Why aircraft carriers may be good for parking cars but not landing new jets
Sailors' cars fill the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during transit up the U.S. West Coast.
January 16th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Why aircraft carriers may be good for parking cars but not landing new jets

As this third week in January starts, we're learning three things about the U.S. military aircraft carrier program:

– The Pentagon may be looking at reducing the number of carriers in the U.S. fleet from 11 to 10 to save money.

– The military's new F-35C Joint Strike Fighter may not be suitable for carrier use.

– Aircraft carriers make fine automobile transports.

On the first point, The Washington Times reports, citing unnamed sources, that the U.S. Navy may be trying to cut one of its 11 carriers to save money.

Congress has mandated by law that the Navy maintain 11 carriers. But the Pentagon is also under orders from the Obama administration to cut $488 billion from its budget within the next 10 years, Rowan Scarborough reports in the Times.

Cutting a carrier, along with the other forces that make up and support a carrier battle group, could save the Navy billions of dollars, according to the Times report.

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Murdoch launches Twitter tirade against Obama, Google over online piracy
Rupert Murdoch, seen at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, went to bat for his companies on Twitter in the battle against Internet piracy.
January 16th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Murdoch launches Twitter tirade against Obama, Google over online piracy

Rupert Murdoch didn't waste any time using his newfound popularity on Twitter to make waves and take shots at some other major names.

His targets? President Barack Obama and Google.

The media mogul took aim at the president and the leading Internet search engine after the White House announced over the weekend that it would not support legislation mandating changes to Internet infrastructure to fight online copyright and trademark infringement. The White House statement came in response to two petitions circulating on the Internet as well as widespread comments across the Web about the dangers of the legislation.

A major online backlash has developed regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act, with everyone from lawmakers to Web freedom advocates to some of technology's biggest players calling it a greedy and dangerous overreach that could have a chilling effect on free speech and innovation. Google, Yahoo and Facebook are among the Web heavyweights who have joined the chorus against SOPA, which backers hope to have ready for a vote by the end of the year.

The combination of Google and Obama attacking the bill clearly didn't make Murdoch happy. He began unleashing his frustration on Twitter by attacking Obama's relationship with so-called "Silicon Valley paymasters."

Naturally, Murdoch has a dog in the SOPA fight too his massive media empire. No doubt he doesn't care for all the websites where users can watch and download episodes of his company's TV shows and movies without ever subscribing or paying.

And clearly he isn't happy that all of this is out there. It means a loss of money for him and his advertisers. And for that, Murdoch squarely blames Google.

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January 16th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Day of service honors Martin Luther King Jr.

The nation pauses Monday to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who would have turned 83 this year had a bullet not cut short his life.

President Barack Obama will mark the holiday with a service project at the Browne Education Campus in Washington on Monday morning, and the first couple will attend the Let Freedom Ring Celebration at the Kennedy Center on Monday evening.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to speak at the King Day at the Dome rally in Columbia, South Carolina on Monday, according to organizers of the event. The event will "commemorate Dr. King's life, draw attention to economic and educational equalities in the state, and protest the Confederate battle flag flying in front of the (state capitol) building," organizers said.

A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. In 1994, Congress also designated it a national day of service.

On Monday, a group including Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, civil rights activist Dick Gregory and the Rev. Al Sharpton placed a wreath at the memorial honoring King.

"We must be reminded as to why Dr. King has been the one to deserve such a monument and such a holiday," Sharpton said. "... What he did was hold a banner of freedom and equality that actually transformed this nation."

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Zappos.com hacked; 24 million customers affected
Zappos.com is asking its 24 million customers to reset their passwords.
January 16th, 2012
07:45 AM ET

Zappos.com hacked; 24 million customers affected

Online retailer Zappos.com is asking its 24 million customers to reset their passwords after a cyberattack, according to a posting on the company's website.

"We were recently the victim of a cyber attack by a criminal who gained access to parts of our internal network and systems through one of our servers in Kentucky," says the posting, which was sent out as an e-mail from company CEO Tony Hsieh to Zappos employees on Sunday.

The company said it had expired and reset customers' passwords and would be sending an e-mail with further instructions to all its customers. It also posted password reset instructions on its website.

Zappos said that hackers gained access to customers' names, e-mail addresses,  billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit card numbers and encrypted passwords.

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January 16th, 2012
07:33 AM ET

Monday's live events

The South Carolina GOP presidential primary is just five days away, and CNN.com Live is your home for all the news and views from the state.

Today's programming highlights...

9:50 am ET - Obama's MLK service project - President Obama participates in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project at the Browne Education Campus in Washington.

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January 16th, 2012
05:59 AM ET

Deaths, detentions mount in Syria, activists say

The latest bloodshed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs came outside a bakery on Monday, when secret security forces fired indiscriminately on people in line, an opposition activist group said.

Four people were killed and nine others were injured in shooting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In addition, security forces raided a university housing facility in Aleppo and arrested nine students Monday, the group said.

Meanwhile, Syrian state-run media said an "armed terrorist group" fatally shot Brig. Gen. Mohammed Abdul-Hamid al-Awwad in the Gotta area while he was headed to work.

The chaos came after Qatar's ruler became the first Arab leader to suggest Arab troops should intervene militarily in Syria.

In an interview that aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said, "I think for such a situation - to stop the killing, some troops should go. To stop the killing."

The desperation to end a brutal government crackdown was evident Sunday, when crowds in a town surrounded by government troops cheered Arab League monitors who visited while others ran out of the town to escape the fighting inside.

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January 16th, 2012
05:16 AM ET

Pakistan Supreme Court orders PM to face contempt charge

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to face a contempt of court hearing this week, officials said.

The notice was issued for the government's failure to re-open thousands of corruption cases against politicians and bureaucrats, including President Asif Ali Zardari.

"Ultimately it's the prime minister who is responsible for carrying out the court's order and he has not. I think the court has lost its patience," said Ahmad Bilal Mehboob, the head of the Islamabad-based political think tank the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency.

The court also ordered Gilani to appear in person before the court Thursday.

The court has not found Gilani in contempt or convicted him of a crime, but only issued a notice of contempt - a lesser action.

Gilani will have the chance to defend himself Thursday, Mehboob said.

The court will rule whether he is in contempt after the hearing, likely at a later date, Mehboob said.

If convicted, the court could disqualify Gilani as a member of parliament, which would make him ineligible to be prime minster, Mehboob said. He said that decision could "take a while."

"The prime minister is not jeopardy," said Seyed Abid Ali Shah, a lawmaker representing Gilani's Pakistan Peoples Party.

"We will comply with the order of the Supreme Court. We have always upheld the rule of the law and we shall continue to do so," he said.

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Fuel transfer to snowed-in Alaska town to begin
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks through the Bering Sea ice 165 miles south of Nome, Alaska, last week.
January 16th, 2012
05:06 AM ET

Fuel transfer to snowed-in Alaska town to begin

Officials hope to see the transfer of much-needed fuel from a Russian tanker to the snowed-in Alaskan town of Nome as early as Monday.

"It's a good feeling. We're halfway there," Nome Mayor Denise Michels said late Sunday night.

"Our main concern was, of course, to have the delivery and the transfer done safely. So, now, they're in the process of laying the hose down."

Michels is hopeful that fuel will begin going through the line Monday.

"We're pretty excited," she said.

The fuel tanker Renda arrived Saturday night, carrying 1.3 million gallons of petroleum products.

U.S Coast Guard ice breaker Cutter Healy accompanied the tanker, breaking through almost 300 miles of ice for the tanker on a journey that took them through southern Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

A company in Nome contracted the Renda to deliver the fuel after ice formed over the Bering Sea following a ferocious November storm that prevented the last delivery of the season via barge.

The town has enough fuel to last until about March, but the delivery was attempted now because it would have been more difficult then, said Coast Guard Capt. Craig Lloyd, who is coordinating the mission.

Officials considered flying in fuel, but it would have taken more than 300 flights, each carrying 4,000 to 5,000 gallons, to meet the town's needs, said Jason Evans, chairman of Sitnasuak Native Corp.

The voyage is the first-ever attempt to supply fuel to an Arctic Alaska settlement through sea ice.

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Terrorism suspect leads Thai police to potential bomb materials
Foreign tourists are transported by tuk-tuks to visit a Buddhist temple in Bangkok.
January 16th, 2012
03:46 AM ET

Terrorism suspect leads Thai police to potential bomb materials

The Thai government said Monday that it had found the basic ingredients for explosive devices in a building in central Thailand, just days after the United States and Israel warned their citizens in Bangkok of the possibility of an imminent terrorist attack.

A team of bomb experts and forensic police officers "found initial chemical materials that could produce bombs" in Samutsakorn, southwest of Bangkok, said Thitima Chaisaeng, a spokeswoman for the Thai government.

The team was led to the location by a Lebanese terror suspect who is accused of trying to attack spots in Bangkok that are popular with Western tourists, Thitima said.

The Thai government said the terror suspect is believed to belong to Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim group active in Lebanon that the United States views as a terrorist organization.

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January 16th, 2012
03:23 AM ET

George Clooney wins big at Golden Globes

George Clooney and Meryl Streep appear to be main contenders in the 2012 Hollywood award season after Sunday night's Golden Globes. But the winners of the best film drama actor honors face competition from a silent film star and an actress who brought Marilyn Monroe back to life.

Clooney's "The Descendants" won for best drama film, while Clooney received the best actor in a drama film award.

"The Artist," a black and white silent movie, was chosen best comedy or musical film, while its lead Jean Dujardin won best actor in a comedy or musical movie. The movie's music also won for best original film score.

The Globes set the stage for a Meryl Streep versus Michelle Williams best actress showdown at the Academy Awards in six weeks by handing both women best actress honors.

Streep won the drama film best actress Globe for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "Iron Lady," while Williams carried home the comedy or musical film Globe for playing movie legend Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn."

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