Fuel delivery to icebound Alaskan town complete
The tanker Renda transfers fuel to the northwestern Alaskan town of Nome on Monday.
January 19th, 2012
08:56 PM ET

Fuel delivery to icebound Alaskan town complete

A Russian tanker on Thursday morning finished delivering 1.3 million gallons of fuel to icebound Nome, Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The tanker Renda, anchored more than a quarter-mile off Nome following a 11-day journey with an icebreaking Coast Guard ship, began transferring the fuel through hoses to an onshore fuel storage facility on Monday.

A company in Nome a town of 3,500 people 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.

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Can 49-year-old Moyer make MLB comeback?
Jamie Moyer pitches with the Phillies in May 2010, two months before he hurt his elbow.
January 19th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Can 49-year-old Moyer make MLB comeback?

Jamie Moyer, the only Cy Young Award contender ever to pitch against Cy Young (we're exaggerating slightly), apparently wasn’t kidding when he said he’d try to return from reconstructive elbow surgery.

The 49-year-old starting pitcher and oldest active baseballer agreed with the Colorado Rockies on a minor league contract with an invitation to the big club’s spring training, the Rockies announced Wednesday.

Moyer, who won a 2008 World Series ring with the Philadelphia Phillies as baseball’s oldest active player at 45, would be among the four oldest pitchers ever if he’s on the Rockies’ roster in April.

And the southpaw with a 267-204 record would be the most aged hurler to return from Tommy John surgery.

“We think (he’s the ultimate pro),” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said, according to the Denver Post. “If he can still get people out will be the question.”

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January 19th, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Could 'flipped' classes help struggling schools?

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.

We saw lots of reaction to an opinion piece by Greg Green, principal at Clintondale High outside Detroit, Michigan. He described how his school started a "flipped classes" system, where schoolwork (i.e. homework) is done in class, while lectures are viewed outside of class.

My View: Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed

Readers debated whether flipped schools are a possible solution for struggling schools.

Graduated Clintondale high school student – class of 2011: "As a former student, I was part of the 'flip-school' program. The program works all across the board on all scores including ACT and MME scores. Believe it or not, majority of the students were fed up with poor grades and wanted a change. We, the student body, adapted well with the program and in turn had significantly better grades. It wasn't because we had less homework, it was the same amount, we just understood it because we had a prior exposure and dedicated teachers who reinforced the knowledge. The program was and continues to be successful because the students care and want better. As the future, we want a better world than what our parents have given us. If it takes a complete reformation of the education system then let's do it."

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Freestyle ski champ dies week after injury
January 19th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Freestyle ski champ dies week after injury

[Updated at 4:44 p.m. ET] A Canadian freestyle skier who was seriously injured during practice in Utah last week has died, her family said Thursday in a statement released by her publicist.

Sarah Burke, 29, died Thursday morning at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, where she had been treated for injuries she suffered during a training run at Park City Mountain Resort's superpipe.

Burke reportedly fell while trying a trick and "whiplashed" onto her side at Park City Mountain Resort's superpipe on January 10, officials have said. She ruptured a vertebral artery in the fall, leading to an intracranial hemorrhage that caused her to go into cardiac arrest at the accident site, according to a statement released by her publicist, Nicole Wool.

Emergency workers gave her CPR at the site, during which time she remained without a pulse or voluntary breathing. She was taken to a hospital, where she was put on life support and underwent successful surgery to repair the artery one of four major arteries supplying blood to the brain - the next day, according to the statement.

But after the surgery, tests determined she suffered "irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest," the statement reads.

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January 19th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

Greek debt talks end Day 2 with no deal ... yet

A deal on restructuring Greek debt remained elusive Thursday as talks with the nation's private sector creditors ended for a second day without agreement.

The Institute of International Finance, which represents the private sector investors who own Greek government bonds, said negotiations would resume Friday.

The talks in Athens hinge on a plan that that cuts the value of Greek government bonds in half.

The deal would result in significant losses for the private sector, which holds over €200 billion of Greece's €350 billion debt load.

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School scraps 'Cougars' as mascot after complaints that it's derogatory
Students chose the cougar as their mascot, but some parents complained about the term's use in regard to women.
January 19th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

School scraps 'Cougars' as mascot after complaints that it's derogatory

It's tough to pick a mascot these days.

Over the past few years we've seen several instances of schools being pressured to change their mascots because of cultural sensitives like Miami University of Ohio having to go through a 25-year process to change from the Redskins to the Redhawks.

But we've never heard of a mascot that offended, well, older women.

The Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah, needed to choose a mascot and after 23% of students who voted decided they wanted to be the Corner Canyon Cougars. Falcons, Raptors and Diamondbacks were the other choices on the ballot.

But that didn't sit well with parents who called in and complained that "Cougar" was a derogatory word because of how it's made its way into our vocabulary for older women who like to date younger men.

"We have received numerous e-mail messages and phone calls from parents and patrons in Draper asking us to reconsider the inclusion of 'Cougars' as a mascot option," David S. Doty, superintendent of the Canyons School District, wrote in a memo to the Board of Education. "Opposition to the 'Cougars' focuses on a concern that the mascot, combined with the school’s blue/white/silver color scheme, will be too similar to Brigham Young University. Many also have commented on the negative double entendre of the word 'cougar.'"

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The people of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster
The Costa Concordia on January 14, after the cruise ship ran aground.
January 19th, 2012
12:14 PM ET

The people of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster

Since the cruise liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy nearly a week ago, each day brings a new twist to the story.  At least 11 people are dead and 21 are missing. The captain was arrested for abandoning the ship as others died. The terrifying passenger accounts of finding lifeboats evoke comparisons to the Titanic. Hear from the people involved in the disaster...

The passenger — Georgia Ananias was one of the last survivors on board. She described the event as “everything you'd see on the Titanic and worse”. One family, thinking they were about to die, asked her to save their child and handed their baby to her. Georgia looked at her husband, thinking it was the end, and returned the child to the family. See the rest of Georgia’s story below.


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January 19th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Decision looms on ending Concordia rescue operations

Italian authorities are considering when to call off the search for survivors aboard the wreck of the cruise liner Costa Concordia, the coast guard said Thursday, as rescuers used explosives to blow new holes in the ship in search of victims.

Authorities are considering when to change the operation from rescue to recovery, coast guard spokesman Cosimo Nicastro said Thursday.

At least 11 people are known to have died in the disaster, and 21 are still missing, according to the Italian Crisis Unit.

Coast guard records published Thursday by an Italian newspaper pile further pressure on the captain of the Concordia and his officers, suggesting that the authorities first became aware of the crash from a friend of the mother of a passenger about 15 minutes after the ship hit rocks.

The coast guard identified the ship in trouble and contacted it, asking if there were problems on board, at 10:14 p.m. - more than half an hour after the 9:41 p.m. collision - according to a coast guard log published in the newspaper La Repubblica.

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January 19th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Arab League monitors to report on Syria as mission ends

The fact-finding mission of Arab League monitors in Syria comes to an end Thursday, with its members due to report over the weekend on what they have witnessed of a months-long government crackdown on protests.

Ambassador Adnan Al Khudeir, the Cairo-based head of the monitoring operation, said the league and the Syrian government were negotiating an extension to their mandate.

A senior Arab League official, who could not be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the monitors would remain in Syria while the issue was discussed - and that all signs pointed to an extension being agreed to by both sides.

A handful of Arab League members will meet Saturday, led by Qatar, before the full 22-state body meets Sunday in Cairo to discuss the monitors' final findings, the official said.

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January 19th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Afghanistan investigates NATO bombing

The Afghan government will investigate reports of civilian casualties in a recent NATO bombing, the office of President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.

Karzai has appointed a delegation to investigate the bombing in Kunar province.

According to reports, four children, a woman and a man were killed in the incident, the president's office said.

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January 19th, 2012
11:40 AM ET

As snow slows, roads get icy in Pacific Northwest

A day after heavy snowfall made Seattle streets look more like ski runs, freezing rain and accumulating ice shut runways at the city's airport Thursday and made travel even more treacherous.

The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, portions of the coastline and the state's southwest interior, including the capital, Olympia.

"An ice storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are imminent or occurring," the weather service said. "Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged."

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Perry leaves GOP race, endorses Gingrich
January 19th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

Perry leaves GOP race, endorses Gingrich

[Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET] Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsing Newt Gingrich.

Perry said there was "no viable path forward" for his campaign. He said Gingrich has the "heart of a conservative reformer."

Newt Gingrich is "honored to have the support of Gov. Perry," he said on Twitter on Thursday. "I humbly ask his supporters to join our campaign so we can defeat Obama."

[Initial post, 9:23 a.m. ET] Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid Thursday for the Republican presidential nomination, two sources familiar with his plans told CNN.

The Texas governor will make the announcement before the CNN debate in South Carolina, the sources said.

The South Carolina primary takes place Saturday.

Perry had poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, and had said he would launch a bid to win in South Carolina

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Reports: Tebow sustained significant injuries in playoff game
Tim Tebow, No. 15, is sacked by the New England Patriots during Saturday's playoff game in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
January 19th, 2012
10:22 AM ET

Reports: Tebow sustained significant injuries in playoff game

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was so seriously injured in Saturday's playoff loss to the New England Patriots that he probably wouldn't have been able to play in this weekend's conference final had the Broncos won, according to news reports.

Tebow suffered torn cartilage where his first rib attaches to his sternum, a bruised lung and fluid buildup in the pleural cavity, the space between the lungs and the membrane that surrounds them, ESPN first reported, citing an NFL source.

The Denver Post also reported the injuries, citing an NFL source, and said Tebow would have been unlikely to play in the AFC conference final.

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January 19th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The South Carolina GOP presidential primary is just two days away, and CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest political news and views from the Palmetto State.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Gingrich town hall - GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich has a town hall-style meeting in Bluffton, South Carolina.

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January 19th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Final Iowa results show Santorum with 34-vote lead

[Updated at 11:09 a.m. ET] Rick Santorum finished the Iowa Republican caucuses 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney, but results from several precincts are missing and the full actual results may never be known, according to a final certified tally released Thursday by the Iowa GOP.

The new numbers show 29,839 votes for Santorum and 29,805 votes for Romney, according to the party.

The initial returns from Iowa gave Romney a razor-thin 8-vote margin of victory over Santorum, reinforcing the former Massachusetts governor's frontrunner status and giving him a major momentum boost heading into the New Hampshire primaries. Romney went on to win New Hampshire easily, allegedly making him the first non-incumbent Republican in modern history to win the first two contests of the cycle.

Now history is being rewritten, casting a shadow over the first-in-the-nation caucuses and potentially shaking up the GOP race two days before the critical South Carolina primary.

News of the new results is "very exciting," Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN. "The narrative for a long time has been that Mitt Romney was 2-0. ... If these results are true and Rick is ahead by 34 votes, then that's not the narrative anymore. There have been two states, two different victors."

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Eastman Kodak files Chapter 11 bankruptcy
People visit the Kodak display at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month.
January 19th, 2012
05:53 AM ET

Eastman Kodak files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Eastman Kodak Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York early Thursday.

Kodak listed total assets of $5.1 billion and debts of $6.75 billion in the filing in the southern district of New York.

Kodak said it has obtained $950 million in financing from Citibank to maintain operations. The company said the credit facility is still subject to court approval.

Kodak said it has enough liquidity to continue to operate during the bankruptcy process.

The company's shares, which had already dropped more than 90% in the past year, fell further this month after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company was preparing for a bankruptcy filing in case an attempt to sell a number of digital patents failed.

A day before that report Kodak disclosed that the New York Stock Exchange had warned that it could be delisted in six months if its struggling stock price does not recover. The warning was triggered by the fact that the stock's average closing price has been less than $1 per share for thirty consecutive trading days.

Earlier this month, Kodak announced it had streamlined its corporate structure as part of the ongoing effort to evolve from film to digital.

Kodak said the company is now structured into two divisions, the commercial segment and the consumer segment, as of Jan. 1. These segments will report to the newly created chief operating office, which is led by Philip Faraci and Laura Quatela.

The company was previously organized into three divisions, the graphic communications group, the consumer digital imaging group and the film, photofinishing and entertainment group.

Kodak was a relatively early pioneer in the field of digital photography, though it has been slow to leave behind its heavy reliance on outmoded film technology.

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January 19th, 2012
05:38 AM ET

Decision looms on ending Concordia rescue operations

Rescuers resumed work aboard of the wreck of the cruise liner Costa Concordia Thursday, the Italian Navy said, as a decision loomed about when and if to call off the search for survivors.

Authorities are considering when to change the operation from rescue to recovery, Coast Guard spokesman Cosimo Nicastro said Thursday.

At least 11 people are known to have been killed since the disaster, and about two dozen are still missing.

Declaring the operation to be recovery rather than rescue would allow salvage experts to start pumping fuel out of the ship, potentially averting an environmental catastrophe.

The ship was carrying about 2,300 tons of fuel when it hit rocks off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio on Friday night.

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Wikipedia, other websites back after anti-piracy bill protest
January 19th, 2012
02:45 AM ET

Wikipedia, other websites back after anti-piracy bill protest

Wikipedia was back Thursday, a day after shutting down the website to protest anti-piracy bills now in Congress.

On the website early Thursday morning was the cryptic message: "Thank you for protecting Wikipedia. We're not done yet."

Clicking on that message takes a Wikipedia viewer to a thank you letter and instructions on how to continue fighting against anti-piracy bills that critics say could amount to censorship.

"Your voice was loud and strong," the message said. "Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open Internet."

Wikipedia was among several websites to shut down Wednesday in protest of the bills.

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January 19th, 2012
02:06 AM ET

Gingrich's daughters defend him ahead of ABC interview with his ex-wife

Newt Gingrich's adult daughters are coming to their father's defense ahead of a potentially damaging interview with his second wife scheduled to air two days before the Republican South Carolina primary.

The Gingrich campaign released a "Memo to ABC News Leadership" from daughters Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman. The memo addresses reports Wednesday evening of the network's extensive interview with the Republican presidential candidate's ex-wife.

CNN confirmed with ABC News that the interview with Marianne Gingrich is scheduled to run Thursday evening on "Nightline."

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January 19th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Pakistani court to continue hearing over prime minister next month

The Pakistani Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned until next month its hearing over the contempt notice that it issued to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for not reopening lingering corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and other officials.

The move came after Gilani's lawyer asked for more time to look through records pertaining to the case.

Gilani, who will not have to appear at the next hearing on February 1, left the packed court room following the adjournment. Members of the cabinet and the leaders of allied political parties had joined him in court.

His appearance at the hearing comes after weeks of political turbulence in Pakistan that has strained relations between the country's civilian and military leaders.

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