An Atlanta Fire rescue crew saves a man from drowning in mud. You "gotta watch" how they pulled him from more than 4 feet of mud near a construction site. In Oregon, see how a team used a rope and pulley system to save a quarter horse from a septic tank. AndÂ watch how aÂ Good Samaritan saves a man from drowning in Oregon's Willamette River.
An Atlanta Fire Dept. batallion chief explains how crews saved a man from being buried alive in thick mud near a construction site.
A man drowning in Oregon's Willamette River was saved by a good Samaritan.
Portland firefighters were able to rescue a 34-year-old horse named Roxy after she fell into a septic tank.
President Obama is taking heat after his candid comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev were picked up by reportersâ€™ mics. Heâ€™s hardly the first public figure to unknowingly have private comments become very public. Weâ€™ve gathered the best caught-off-guard moments.
In 2000, then-presidential candidate George W. Bush made a â€śmajor-leagueâ€ť gaffe when he was overheard bashing New York Times reporter Adam Clymer on the campaign trail. Youâ€™ve got to see what running mate Dick Cheney said in response.
In 2009, President Obama was overheard talking about Kanye West rushing on stage during Taylor Swiftâ€™s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. Obamaâ€™s pop culture comments got him in trouble.
Remember Rev. Jesse Jacksonâ€™s headline-making open mic moment in 2008? Using some colorful language, he was seen talking to a fellow guest on Fox News about how presidential candidate Barack Obama was â€śtalking down to black people.â€ť
President Ronald Reagan did it, too, but he wasnâ€™t talking to just one person. During a sound check before a radio address in 1984, President Ronald Reagan joked about bombing Russia. Check out all these moments and even more favorites in the video below.
CNN looks back at some infamous open mic gaffes in politics.
Wrapping up his visit to Santiago de Cuba and bound for Havana, Pope Benedict XVI has sparked widespread speculation that he will meet with the island's former President Fidel Castro.
Church officials say Benedict is scheduled to meet again with President Raul Castro, along with his family. The meeting could include Raul Castro's famous older brother, who stepped down from power in 2006 after battling illness, though it is not clear if that will occur.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also arrived on the island over the weekend, reported by Cuban state television to be in Cuba for radiation treatment for cancer.FULL STORY
A sampling of Tuesday's headlines from some CNN affiliates nationwide:
A southern Indiana woman who lost part of both of her legs as she shielded her children from two tornadoes this month has been sent home from a hospital, CNN affiliate WDRB reported.
Stephanie Decker, of Henryville, was released Monday from a rehabilitation hospital in New Albany, Indiana.
Decker said she covered her son and her daughter in their basement with a blanket and her body on March 2 when a tornado damaged the home, causing debris to fall on and severely injure her legs. She said she continued to shield her children as another tornado came through the area.
Strong sales of Mega Millions lottery tickets are reported across the country for Tuesday night's estimated $363 million jackpot, the third largest in the game's history.
"Peak sales hours for Mega Millions are typically on the day of the drawing during the evening rush hour. We anticipate brisk sales as people head home from work," said Tandi Reddick, media relations manager for the Georgia Lottery Corp.
The drawing is at 11 p.m. ET Tuesday.
A winning ticket must match all five numbers drawn from a pot containing 56 balls and then match the Mega Ball, which is drawn from a pot containing 46 numbers. Odds of winning are almost 176 million to 1. Each ticket costs $1.
The $363 million prize is payable as an annuity over 26 years. The cash option payout for Tuesday's jackpot is $259 million. Both are before taxes.
Arizona lottery officials say that Tuesday night's cash option payout is the largest in history, a fact they attribute to the country's current low interest rates.
A 45-year-old British man has been arrested in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for suspected ties to al Qaeda, a spokesman for Somalia's president said Tuesday.
The man is not of Somali origin, said Abdirahman Omar Osman, also a senior adviser to President Sharif Ahmed.
Osman said the suspect had come to Somalia without a visa and upon questioning said he wanted to help Islam. Authorities have seized his computer.
A spokesman at the UK Foreign Office said it was aware of the matter and was looking into it.
Al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist group allied to al Qaeda, controls much of southern Somalia and is active around Mogadishu.
It has waged an insurgency against the weak Transitional Federal Government since 2007.FULL STORY
[Updated at 2:27 p.m. ET] Sweeping new security measures to prevent cheating on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams were announced Tuesday.
Beginning with exams taken in September, students will have to submit a photo of themselves when they apply for a test. That photo will be printed on the student's test admission ticket and the roster provided to proctors at testing sites. Testing staff will compare the submitted photo to a photo ID and to the student in person at the testing site.
Photo checks will take place when the student arrives at the testing site, during breaks and when tests are handed in.
Student photos will also remain in the testing databases and be checked again by high school counselors and college admission officials once scores are calculated and submitted.
The new rules were announced at news conference in Nassau County, New York, where 20 people were arrested last fall in a SAT/ACT cheating scandal.
By Saskya Vandoorne, CNN
Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn pushed back Tuesday against allegations that he facilitated prostitution in France, saying there was "no significant evidence" the former International Monetary Fund chief knew young women at parties he attended were being paid for sex.
Other suspects held over an investigation into prostitution centered around the city of Lille "said that Dominique Strauss-Kahn did not know that these women were being paid," Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Henri Leclerc said in a press conference.
"We hear that these women say otherwise. Well, no! I can tell you these women do not say otherwise," he said.
Strauss-Kahn was formally warned Monday that he is under investigation for "aggravated pimping" for accusations that he participated in a prostitution ring, prosecutors said.
The race to the Republican presidential nomination remains up in the air.Â Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.
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8:30 am ET - Pro-Affordable Care Act briefing - The Supreme Court holds another day of hearings on the legality of the Affordable Care Act and, once again, there are no TV cameras inside the courtroom.Â But there will be plenty of action outside the courthouse, with supporters of the law briefing reporters.Â The Tea Party Patriots will hold an anti-Act briefing at 10:15 am ET, while Act opponents hold a "Hands Off My Health Care" rally at 1:00 pm ET.
The Syrian government has accepted U.N. envoy Kofi Annan's plan to forge peace and end violence, Annan's spokesman said on Tuesday.
Annan has offered Syria a six-point plan - supported by the U.N. Security Council - as a way to halt the violence.
The proposal seeks to stop the violence and the killing, give access to humanitarian agencies, release detainees, and start an inclusive political dialogue to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people, according to a U.N. statement.
Al Jazeera's Paris bureau received video of the shootings in southwest France blamed on Mohammed Merah, and gave the material to the police, bureau chief Zied Tarrouche said Tuesday.
The video arrived by mail on Monday on a USB stick along with an unsigned letter crediting al Qaeda with the attacks, he said.
The memory stick contained two clips with a total of 25 minutes of material, Tarrouche said.
Al Jazeera kept a copy when police took the original, but has not decided whether to air the footage, he said.
Mohammed Merah, 23, was killed Thursday at the end of a 32-hour siege of the apartment in the city of Toulouse where he was holed up.FULL STORY
U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to rally support in helping end the bloodshed in Syria.
Annan's visit to China comes after a stop in Russia, the other country that has stymied U.N. Security Council attempts to condemn the Syrian regime.
During his two-day trip to China, Annan will meet with foreign ministry officials, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said.
Both China and Russia have said they want the violence to stop but argued that draft resolutions by Security Council peers were not evenhanded. Both countries have major trade ties with Syria, but have said they are not trying to protect a regime.FULL STORY
That George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is not in dispute. Everything else is - from the circumstances, to the motivation - sparking a national debate about race, and coast-to-coast demands for justice.
On Tuesday, lawmakers take up the issue when the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on racial profiling and hate crimes. Martin's parents are expected to attend.
Ahead of the hearing, protesters plan to march to the White House demanding a federal investigation. A CNN/ORC International poll has found that nearly three-fourths of Americans - including 67% of whites and 86% of non-whites - believe Zimmerman should be arrested.
From the halls of Capitol Hill to the streets of America's cities, the case has generated widespread outrage - attitudes on display Monday in more than dozen cities, from Atlanta to San Francisco.
Many demonstrators wore hooded sweatshirts and carried Skittles candy - just like Martin had, on the night he was killed.FULL STORY
North Korea said Tuesday that it would not abandon its plan to carry out a satellite launch next month despite recent warnings from President Barack Obama over the move.
The North "will not give up the satellite launch for peaceful purposes, which is a legitimate right of a sovereign state and requirement essential for economic development," Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency reported, citing the country's Foreign Ministry.
Obama said Sunday that if North Korea moves forward with the launch - which the United States, South Korea and others say is a way of disguising a long-range missile test - it will further deepen its isolation, damage relations with its neighbors and face additional sanctions that have already strangled the country.
The North Korean report Tuesday said that Obama's stance "reflects his wrong conception" of the situation.
"The U.S. says that it has no hostility" toward North Korea, the news agency cited the ministry as saying. "But it has not yet departed from the inveterate conception of confrontation. That is why it regards the launch of a satellite for peaceful purposes as a launch of long-range missile."FULL STORY
The body of an Iraqi woman, whose brutal beating death may have been a hate crime, will be flown home for burial.
Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, died of a severe head injury after the attack at her home in Southern California on Wednesday. A note beside the body threatened the family to go back to Iraq and called them "terrorists," her daughter said.
Alawadi, hospitalized in critical condition after the beating, was taken off life support Saturday.
Late Monday night, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Alawadi's body would be taken to Iraq for a funeral and burial.
Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the organization that advocates for Muslim civil liberties, said he did not know exactly when the funeral will take place, but believed the Iraq government was footing the bill for the transport.
Alawadi and her husband have three daughters and two sons, ranging in age from 8 to 17, Mohebi said. They moved to the San Diego County area in 1995 and had lived there, except for a short stint in Dearborn, Michigan.
Both El Cajon, where they family lived, and Dearborn have sizable Iraqi communities - among the nation's largest.FULL STORY
President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani amid efforts by the United States and Pakistan to redefine their relationship after a string of damaging episodes last year.
The meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of a large nuclear security summit meeting in Seoul comes as the Pakistani parliament is expected this week to start debating a committee's recommendation that the United States stop drone strikes inside its territory and apologize unconditionally for airstrikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers in November.
The Parliamentary Committee on National Security, a group of 18 members of parliament responsible for reviewing relations with the United States, made the recommendation in a report to lawmakers last week.
"No overt or covert operations inside Pakistan shall be tolerated," the report said.
The talks Tuesday between Obama and Gilani are the highest profile meeting between the two countries since the airstrikes on November 26 that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Pakistani-Afghan border.FULL STORY
More suspensions could be coming in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and this time NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he's focusing on punishments for players.
"Before I make any decisions I would like to hear from the players," Goddell said Monday at the football league's annual meeting in Florida.
Goddell would not give a timetable of when the punishments would come, saying he wanted to talk to the NFL Players Association first.
GOP candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time attacking Obama's now-controversial "open-mic" comment with Russia's leader.
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer why he lashed out at a New York Times reporter.
Chaka Khan talks to Piers Morgan about the Trayvon Martin case.
Queen Elizabeth II: a woman of mystery? A couple in England may be pinching themselves after the queen surprised them at their wedding. You gotta watch how the palace's secret plan unfolded. Queen Elizabeth IIÂ and First lady Michelle Obama also shocked Royal watchers back in 2009 when the women briefly embraced at Buckingham Palace.Â See how the British media called it everything from a breach of protocol to an extraordinary show of affection. And finally, see how a meeting between the always unpredictable Lady Gaga and the queen played out in front of cameras.
The Queen of England unexpectedly drops in on a wedding at Manchester Town Hall.
Charles Mosley talks about the significance of Michelle Obama putting her arm around Queen Elizabeth II.
The queen greets Lady Gaga and neither gags nor goes gaga over her latex outfit. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
Editor's note: This post is part of theÂ Overheard on CNN.comÂ series, a regular featureÂ that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.
People always joke that they are going to move to Canada if XYZ happens. Turns out that the top court in the province of Ontario has legalized brothels, saying Canadian prostitution laws unfairly discriminate against prostitutes and their ability to work in safe environments. So our readers are contemplating whether to stay or go.
This was the most-liked comment:
prairiedoc: "Our Canadian cousins seem to look at the world in more practical ways. While we have politicians who want to regulate woman's bodies, prohibit contraception and otherwise tell us what morality we're to follow or what we can or can't do in our homes, our northern friends have taken a bite out of crime by letting prostitutes legally ply their trade. Couple this decision with Canada's health care program and you have a country and government that makes the US seem to be in the dark ages!"
Some made comparisons to current affairs in the states.
RejctReligon: "Ontario legalizes brothels. The U.S. wants to regulate contraception ... Which country was founded on freedom again?"
There goes the neighborhood? FULL POST