Gotta Watch: People who have survived falls
A man falls from a tower scaffold during a music festival in Sydney and survives.
April 30th, 2012
08:52 PM ET

Gotta Watch: People who have survived falls

Imagine the fear of losing control and falling unexpectedly to the ground - or even underground. CNN.com has compiled video of people who have survived such incidents captured on camera. You've gotta watch how they make it through their rough landings.

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Scaffold climber falls in Australia

A man falls from a tower scaffold during a music festival in Sydney and lives to tell the story.

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Teen survives fall off escalator

An 18-year-old sits on the handrail of an escalator, loses his balance and falls 20 feet.

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Teen on cell falls through sidewalk

A girl chatting on her cell phone in China falls through a sidewalk weakened by water.

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Overheard on CNN.com: When is your home your castle? Should you stand your ground?
Daniel Adkins Jr. was shot outside a Taco Bell in Laveen, Arizona, after getting into a confrontation with a man in an SUV.
April 30th, 2012
08:29 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: When is your home your castle? Should you stand your ground?

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've been talking about "Stand Your Ground" laws for a few weeks now in light of the Trayvon Martin case. CNN profiled four cases where such regulations and situations have been factors. In earlier discussion, readers talked about the laws themselves. Comments have started drifting toward the mechanics of self defense and deterring attackers.

Unstable ground: The fine line between self-defense and murder

This was the most-liked comment, referring to the first case in which Daniel Adkins Jr. was shot and killed outside a drive-thru at a Taco Bell in Laveen, Arizona, after a confrontation with a man in an SUV.

Travis Jones: "What the hell? The Daniel Adkins case seems worse than the Martin case. A mentally challenged man who never even touched a guy who was inside a vehicle gets shot and killed and the shooter remains free? Something is very wrong in this country when you can kill someone who literally has not even touched you because you feared he might. That's nuts."

Adkins was 29 but had the mental capacity of a 13-year-old. The shooter said he acted in self-defense. He has not been charged.

Many commenters wrote in about why they defend themselves with firearms.

iraradnick: "I was in the military, and never had to take the life of another human. I am not trigger happy, and I never want to have to use my handgun in self defense. I would like nothing more than to not have to conceal my handgun while carrying it. I would far prefer to have it revealed while I carry, to help dissuade anyone thinking of screwing with me to think twice. As for folks coming over to visit, I have no problem with that if it is someone I know. If you are a stranger you better have a good reason for coming over, and if you have evil in your heart you better be prepared to lay it on the line as I will not put my life at risk in consideration of your desire to do me harm. As an aside, I am not a scared citizen. I have nothing to be afraid of as I am well protected. In fact, how about this, you and your cowering fellow pansies ought to have a sign attached to your person saying that in the event of a life threatening incident you do not want the likes of me to help defend you. I would be more than happy to oblige, and would gladly post a sign on my home advising all who approach that I am armed."

Many people said they own guns, but still urge caution. FULL POST

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24 hours through the lens
April 30th, 2012
04:59 PM ET

The CNN Daily Mash-up

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome.

Video: Octopus plays Kick the Can

Our Pretty Cool Video of the Day comes from iReporter Robert Suntay, who shot some amazing footage of an octopus lugging its "mobile home" - a tin can - along the ocean floor.

"Octopi are very smart but shy critters," Suntay said. "That's why I had to be really patient just waiting for it to see me, get used to me, and then react by dragging its home around. After trying to move away form me a couple of times, at the end of the video, you can see that it finally decides to just enter its can and cover itself with a shell! Brilliant move!"

And while we're deep-sea diving ...

Readers had plenty to say about our story on an Australian magnate's plans to build another Titanic, this time built by a Chinese company. Indifferent07 said:

Perhaps they can skip forward a few steps to maintain the schedule and just complete fabrication on the ocean floor.

Another commenter was marginally more optimistic:

May I be the first to suggest that they include binoculars in the nest this time?

Gay Republican knows what awkward means

iReporter NewsFreak78, a self-described gay member of the GOP, shared his thoughts on why he believes his party needs to make more of an effort to be inclusive toward the LGBT community.

I'm a conservative guy. I want less government, own my own gun and to be independent. Sounds great, but when I tell you I'm gay it's a bit of a conundrum.

No awkwardness here


Tziporah Salamon is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and even more comfortable in eye-catching clothes. She likes the fashion freedom her life experience gives her:

Women at a certain age become invisible, and by dressing this way I'm not invisible.

Speaking of fashion ...

Hundreds of people arrived in a North Carolina park Saturday wearing stilettos and ready to run, CNN affiliate WBTV reports. They were out for the Second Annual Stiletto Sprint, a fundraiser for research at Charlotte's Levine Cancer Institute. Doctors wore wigs while teams of survivors and their supporters wore the heels. The event raised $80,000.

On the horizon: Tony Award nominations

Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announce the 2012 Tony nominations Tuesday, live from The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center. The Tonys celebrate the best in live theater.

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April 30th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Bucket list for a baby

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.

Mike and Laura Canahuati started a blog about their nearly 6-month-old daughter, who is expected to die by age 2 because of a genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type One. Mike Canahuati has blogged about a "bucket list" of simple moments and important milestones, which went viral and then inspired our readers to post must-do ideas for a child's life.

Texas couple pen a 'bucket list' for their baby with fatal illness

We heard from people who had experience with the same illness.

Marietta McMurry Engle: "It is so wonderful that this story has gone so viral. We were hit with the same diagnosis for our daughter just two weeks before this little girl received the same. This is incredibly hard to go through and for the most part all we want to do is hide ... but a large part of the horrible shock was that we had never heard of SMA, or its prognosis before the doctors gave us our news. So I am in love with Avery's family for going so public, for being so witty! and for making me realize that it is OK to be happy for the short time I still have my daughter ... eliebean(dot)wordpress(dot)com. Get tested. No matter what you choose to do with the information, at least you will know."

One father said his own son was managing to live with the condition. FULL POST

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April 30th, 2012
02:53 PM ET

Egyptian military source: No Cabinet shuffle pending

(CNN) - Egypt's ruling military council does not plan to reshuffle the nation's civilian government, a military source told CNN Monday, contradicting a leading lawmaker's assertion that a Cabinet overhaul was imminent.

Saad al-Katatni, the speaker of Egypt's lower house of parliament, said Sunday that the council would announce changes to the Egyptian government in a matter of days.

But a senior military source for Egypt's military council contradicted that claim Monday.

"No reshuffle is planned within the Cabinet," said the source, who asked not to be identified. "Al-Katatni can say whatever he wants."

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Woman gets cancer drug released early after posting video pleading for help
In a moving video, Darlene Gant, 46, asked for the early release of a cancer drug under compassionate use.
April 30th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

Woman gets cancer drug released early after posting video pleading for help

Darlene Gant sat in her hospital bed, barely able to lift her head. She was writing letters to her 11-year-son for his upcoming birthday, his eventual high school and college graduations and even a future marriage.

"Did you always know I loved you?" she wrote in a card meant for his 12th birthday. "Of all the things in my life I could have or should have done differently there’s one thing I’d never change, having you as my son."

Gant, 46, who is suffering from stage-four breast cancer, has been told she doesn't have long to live. She worried she wouldn't be around to see her son grow up despite a trial drug that could prolong her life.

That drug, pertuzumab, was scheduled to be released in June when the Food and Drug Administration was expected to approve it. But Gant wouldn't have that long, doctors said.

So she posted a video on YouTube pleading for the early release of the drug under compassionate use, which allows for an unapproved drug to be used if no other treatment is available.

In the video, she holds up a slew of cards for her son for those future occasions to show what she would miss if she couldn't get the drug.

"We’re planning out cards and videos and books and passing on our final words and trying to raise our kids from beyond," Gant said as tears stream down her face. "How sad is that?"

The moving video, which has more than 30,000 views on YouTube, and Gant's story were quickly picked up by media companies around the world.

And then the phone lines of Genentech, the company behind the drug, began ringing off the hook.

It agreed to release the drug, and Gant began her first dose last week.

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April 30th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

EPA official resigns over 'crucify' remark

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency's office in Dallas has resigned over comments he made in 2010 that became the focus of political condemnation last week.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Monday that she accepted a letter of resignation from Al Armendariz. "I respect the difficult decision he made and his wish to avoid distracting from the important work of the agency," Jackson said in a written statement.
In the letter dated Sunday, Armendariz said he regrets his comments, adding that they did not reflect on his work or the work of the EPA.
The controversy erupted last week when a video surfaced showing Armendariz saying in 2010 that his methods for dealing with non-compliant oil and gas companies were "like when the Romans conquered the villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go into little villages in Turkish towns and they'd find the first five guys they saw and crucify them."

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April 30th, 2012
12:41 PM ET

Monday's live video events

The focus of the presidential election is turning toward November's general election.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Obama addresses legislative conference - President Obama will begin his day by delivering remarks to the Building and Construction Trades Department 2012 Legislative Conference in Washington.

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April 30th, 2012
10:20 AM ET

One World Trade Center becomes NYC's tallest building

[Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET] More than a decade after a terrorist attack brought down New York's twin towers, their under-construction replacement became the city's tallest building on Monday.

The placement of a column of the 100th floor brought the colossal new steel structure of One World Trade Center tower to a height of 1,271 feet - surpassing the frame of the Empire State Building, which is currently New York's tallest skyscraper, by 21 feet.

Built on what was referred to as ground zero in Lower Manhattan, the building is expected to reach 1,776 feet when it is finished by early 2014. The Willis Tower in Chicago, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the country's current record holder at 1,450 feet.

The One World Trade Center building will have three top-floor observation decks. Its first 90 floors will be designated for office space, and the following 10 floors will be reserved for air conditioning, heating, and electrical equipment.

Despite years of political infighting and real estate squabbling that delayed its construction, more than half of the building has now been rented, with a tenant list that includes Conde Nast publishing company and a Chinese real estate investment firm called Vantone Holdings.

In its shadow, twin reflecting pools are situated in the footprints of where the twin towers once stood.

A memorial at the site of one of the original World Trade Center buildings.

The names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 2001 attacks, as well as six people who died in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, are emblazoned across bronze panels ringing the pools.

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Suu Kyi to take Myanmar parliament oath, ending deadlock
Aung San Suu Kyi's party has asked that the wording of an oath that lawmakers have to take be altered.
April 30th, 2012
03:32 AM ET

Suu Kyi to take Myanmar parliament oath, ending deadlock

The Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday that she would take a swearing-in oath at the country's parliament, apparently resolving an impasse that had been preventing her from taking up her seat in the legislature.

"I will go to the parliament because there is a demand of people who voted for me," Suu Kyi said after meeting with party members.

She and 42 other newly elected members of her party, the National League for Democracy, had been delaying their debuts in parliament because they objected to the wording of the oath they would have to take.

The NLD had asked authorities to amend the oath to say that parliamentarians will "abide by" the constitution rather than "protect" it. But the government of President Thein Sein didn't appear to show any sign of moving to accommodate the request.

Suu Kyi said Monday that she would "take an oath for the country and for the people."

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