Celebs tweet grief over Robin Gibb
Singer Robin Gibb died Sunday after a long battle with cancer and other ailments. He was 62.
May 20th, 2012
10:10 PM ET

Celebs tweet grief over Robin Gibb

Celebrities tweeted their grief Sunday night over the death of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb at 62. Here is a sampling.

Cycling champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong: ‏
RIP Robin Gibb. Continues to sadden me to see cancer take our loved ones. Gotta put a stop to it.

Singer and reality show star Peter Andre:
I am so absolutely gutted about Robin Gibb passing away . One of the true musical legends whom I was honored to be friends with . RIP:(

"Extra" host Mario Lopez: ‏
R.I.P Robin Gibb..Big Bee Gees fan! Wrote so many great songs too..Our Disco stars are off to perform in the big club upstairs! #NightFever

Talk-show host Carson Daly:
Sad to hear about Robin Gibb. Cancer is robbing us of our loved ones way to often. We gotta beat this thing. http://www.Breakawayfromcancer.com FULL POST

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May 20th, 2012
09:36 PM ET

Guard killed, several others injured in riot at Mississippi prison, officials say

A prison guard was killed and several employees injured Sunday in a riot at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez, Mississippi, officials said.

The 23-year-old guard appeared to suffer "blunt trauma to the head," said Adams County Coroner James Lee.

The riot, which began about 2:40 p.m., was ongoing Sunday night, the facility said in a statement. Local and state law enforcement officials as well as authorities from the Federal Bureau of Prisons were helping the facility quell the violence.

"The disturbance is contained within the secure perimeter of the facility, with no threat to public safety," the statement said.

Five employees and one inmate were taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, while additional staff members were being treated at the prison.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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Singer Robin Gibb dies
Australian singer Robin Gibb died Sunday, a message on his website says.
May 20th, 2012
06:49 PM ET

Singer Robin Gibb dies

Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the disco group The Bee Gees, died on Sunday, according to a statement on his website.

 

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May 20th, 2012
03:49 PM ET

Gas prices down 18 cents since April, survey finds

.S. gasoline prices have dipped another 6 cents due to a continuing skid in crude oil, a new survey finds, with more declines seen on the horizon.

The average price of regular gasoline dropped to just over $3.78 per gallon over the past two weeks, according to the latest Lundberg Survey. That's down more than 12 cents from a year ago and more than 18 cents below its April 6 peak, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg told CNN.

"The cause is continued erosion of crude-oil prices," Lundberg said. With crude oil currently trading at about $91 a barrel, down 11% in a month, "We will see another 5-10 cents in the coming weeks," she said.

Lundberg's California-based company samples prices in about 2,500 filling stations across the continental United States. The latest, conducted Friday, found prices were still hight in the Western states - "but those prices are just trembling on a precipice," she said.

"We can see wholesale prices have been crashing here, and they are about to hit the street," she said.

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May 20th, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Official: Ex-Yemeni President Saleh hospitalized

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was admitted Sunday to a military hospital in Sanaa, the second time that he's been to a hospital this month, a government official said.

Saleh led Yemen for 30 years before stepping down, amid widespread protests as well as international pressure, last November as part of a long discussed deal brokered the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council

He suffered extensive burns and a collapsed lung in a June 2011 strike on the mosque in Yemen's presidential compound, a U.S. government official said then. In subsequent months, he has gotten continued medical treatment in various places, including in Saudi Arabia and New York.

The Yemeni official said Sunday that Saleh was in the hospital for "a scheduled checkup, not an emergency," while acknowledging he continues to face health issues.

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Weather delays trip of battleship down California coast
The Navy's Vice Adm. Mark Skinner, left, and Robert Kent of the Pacific Battleship Center sign the donation transfer contract for the USS Iowa during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in April.
May 20th, 2012
01:23 PM ET

Weather delays trip of battleship down California coast

[Updated 1:23 p.m. ET] A weather system affecting the West Coast has delayed plans to tow the battleship Iowa from the San Francisco Bay to the Port of Los Angeles, the tow boat operator said in a statement on Sunday.

Crowley Maritime Corp. said all activities related to the movement of the Iowa will be rescheduled once the weather system passes later in the week.

[Posted 12:50 p.m. ET] The battleship Iowa begins what its expected to be its final voyage on Sunday, being towed from Richmond, California, south to San Pedro, where it will open as a museum this summer.

The ship, launched in 1942 and decommissioned in 1990, has been part of the mothballed fleet anchored in Northern California's Suisin Bay since 2001, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times. Efforts to turn it into a museum in the Bay Area were unsuccessful over the years, and it was acquired by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center for use as a museum in San Pedro, near Los Angeles.

“This is the final journey for the USS Iowa on open water,” Robert Kent, president of the Pacific Battleship Center, said in a statement on the organization's website. “Upon arrival at Los Angeles Harbor, the USS Iowa will be just days away from opening as an interactive museum experience that honors and illustrates the contributions of this battleship and its Navy and Marine crew at critical moments in American history.”

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
May 20th, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

At NATO summit: How will Afghanistan pay for its troops?

NATO countries on Monday will be trying to figure out how to meet a planned 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan while shoring up Afghanistan's security forces.

Leaders of NATO countries, plus officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan, will continue meeting in Chicago for a summit that began over the weekend.  One of the key issues:  Who will pay for the buildup of Afghan forces as NATO draws down its troops? Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is attending the summit, is believed to be able to afford only a fraction of the cost that CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen says will total roughly $4 billion annually by 2014.

The leaders are expected to formally adopt a timetable to transfer security from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force to Afghan forces, senior U.S. administration officials said.

A user's guide to the Chicago NATO summit

Opinion: Why ordinary Afghans worry about NATO summit

Ex-Rutgers student sentenced for invading gay roommate's privacy

A former Rutgers University student convicted of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate could get a maximum 10-year prison term when he is sentenced Monday.

Dharun Ravi was convicted of charges including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. His roommate, Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman, killed himself in September 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge and into the Hudson River after learning that Ravi had secretly spied on his sexual encounter with another man using a webcam and then sharing the footage.

After the conviction, Ravi told ABC's "20/20" that prosecutors got the incident wrong and that he "wasn't trying to intimidate (Clementi) and scare him because he was gay."

Vietnam veterans getting 'welcome home' ceremony

The U.S. Army's Fort Hood on Monday intends to give Vietnam War veterans "the same fanfare present-day soldiers receive when they return from Iraq and Afghanistan."

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May 20th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Five now face charges in alleged NATO summit terror plot

Two more suspects have been charged as part of a group accused of being involved in a terror plot in Chicago during the NATO summit, prosecutors said Sunday. A total of five people have been charged.

Prosecutors say the men planned to target President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and several other law enforcement and financial sites.

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Reports: Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya
A photo taken on September 9, 2009, shows Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi at a hospital in Tripoli.
May 20th, 2012
09:04 AM ET

Reports: Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the Libyan intelligence officer convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988, has died in Libya, according to media reports.

He died at home after a battle with cancer, his brother told Reuters news agency.

Al Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am 747, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below.

Doctors who had been treating him for prostate cancer gave him just three months to live, and he was released on compassionate grounds.

He received a hero's welcome upon his return to Libya, enraging many in the United States and Britain.

The destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 was the world's deadliest act of air terrorism until the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, according to the FBI.

Al Megrahi was the only person convicted in the case.

As rebels swept into Tripoli two years after al Megrahi's release, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic called for him to be extradited, with the Americans demanding a trial in the United States, and British lawmakers saying he should return to prison in Scotland.

CNN's Nic Robertson tracked al Megrahi down at the palatial villa Moammar Gadhafi had built for him, apparently in a coma and near death. Al Megrahi's family said his son and mother were trying to care for him with oxygen and an intravenous drip, but with no medical advice.

Al Megrahi's death may make it impossible ever to get the full story behind the Lockerbie bombing.

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Reports: Lockerbie bomber Megrahi dead

CNN's Nic Robertson addresses media reports Lockerbie bomber Abdul Al Megrahi is dead.

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A look back at Lockerbie plane bombing

Phil Black charts the story of the Lockerbie bombing from the crash of the flight to the release of the convicted bomber.

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CNN finds Lockerbie bomber

In a CNN exclusive, Nic Robertson finds Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi in Tripoli.

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'Terminator' actor Stahl reportedly entering rehab
Nick Stahl played John Connor in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."
May 20th, 2012
06:47 AM ET

'Terminator' actor Stahl reportedly entering rehab

Actor Nick Stahl, who played John Connor in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" and was reported missing by his wife last week, has told friends he is entering a rehab facility, his wife tells PEOPLE.com.

Rose Stahl said she was "relieved" but also "skeptical" that the actor was actually entering rehab, according to the PEOPLE report.

Stahl's wife had reported him missing last Monday.

Police said Stahl had been frequenting Los Angeles' skid row and officers on that beat had been told to be on the alert for him, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

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May 20th, 2012
06:39 AM ET

Transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant falls short of title

Jenna Talackova, the 23-year-old woman who forced Donald Trump and his Miss Universe Canada pageant to end its ban on transgender contestants, fell short of the national title Saturday night at the pageant in Toronto.

The crown went to Sahar Biniaz, an Indian-born, Iranian-raised actress from Vancouver. Biniaz, 26, will represent Canada at the Miss Universe pageant in December, according to the Miss Universe Canada website.

Talackova didn't walk away from the pageant empty-handed. In addition to finishing among the top 12 semi-finalists, Talackova tied with three other contestants for the title of Miss Congeniality.

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May 20th, 2012
05:09 AM ET

NATO summit opens against backdrop of protests, foiled terror plot

The road map out of the war in Afghanistan is expected to be drawn up by U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders when they gather Sunday at the NATO summit in Chicago.

Against a backdrop of massive protests - and a foiled, homegrown terror plot that targeted Obama and others - the summit will open with NATO countries trying to figure out how to meet a 2014 withdrawal from an unpopular war while shoring up Afghanistan's security forces.

Security is expected to be tight at the summit following the arrest of three men, described by authorities as anarchists who plotted to attack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters and lob Molotov cocktails at police during the summit.

Police insist there are no imminent threats to the leaders of more than 50 nations gathering at the summit.

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May 20th, 2012
05:07 AM ET

Iran finance minister: 'Rest assured' record oil prices over nuclear sanctions

Iran's finance minister believes oil prices could rise as high as $160 a barrel thanks to sanctions over its nuclear program, a prediction that comes just as the chief of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency headed to Tehran on Sunday for high-level talks.

"We must pay close attention when we speak of oil revenues and sanctions against oil sales, who are the winners and the losers of such sanctions?" Shamseddin Hosseini told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" in an interview that airs Sunday.

"Indeed, it is difficult. But not just for Iran. And we can all rest assured that there will be a considerable increase in international oil market prices. Now, is this the best approach?"

The comments came as the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a carefully worded statement that its director-general, Yukiya Amano, was headed to Iran for talks on what it described only as "issues of mutual interest with high Iranian officials."

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May 20th, 2012
01:01 AM ET

Quake kills 3, knocks down church bell in northern Italy

A strong earthquake struck early Sunday in northern Italy, killing at least three people and knocking down a church bell in the region, authorities said.

Two people were killed in a ceramic factory in Sant'Agostino di Ferrara, and one person died when a workshed collapsed in Ponte Rodoni di Bondeno, according to Elisabetta Maffani, spokeswoman for Italy's civil protection agency.

The 6.0-magnitude quake occurred just after 4 a.m. (10 p.m. ET Saturday), 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) outside Camposanto, northwest of Bologna, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Italian civil protection agency said it anticipates more injuries as rescue workers make their way to remote villages in the mountainous area.

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