Gotta Watch: Bear invades pool, TV news set
Two sisters were shocked to find a bear taking a dip in their family's backyard pool in Monrovia, California.
May 29th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Bear invades pool, TV news set

Bear sightings caught on video!

We expect bears to wander through the wilderness or even parade inside a zoo. See what happens when the "unexpected" happens and a bear is caught wading in a family's pool. We've obtained video of bears crashing a TV news set and bumping into an unexpected man texting on his phone, too.

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Bear takes dip in family's pool

A bear in California decides to "cool off" and take a dip in a family's pool.

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Bears walk on set during newscast

Four bears walked into WNEP's outdoor weather set seconds before the start of a live forecast.

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Texter 'ran for life' when he saw bear

A California man comes face to face with a 400-pound black bear scouring a busy neighborhood in search of food.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Does the uniform make the hero?
May 29th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Does the uniform make the hero?

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.

When a soldier puts on his uniform for the first time, has he joined the ranks of our nation’s heroes? Or is he simply doing his job? MSNBC’s Chris Hayes chose Memorial Day to share his opinion that military service alone does not a hero make – an opinion he quickly rescinded and publicly apologized for amid a barrage of criticism.

While many thought the newsman was out of line, others supported him as simply exercising his rights to tell an uncomfortable truth.

Ed He should be fired! Not only is it insensitive but shows that he has no understanding of the news that he reports.

Michael So every person that dies is a hero? If that's a case, we need a new word to describe someone who does something heroic.

Obvious Guy Why should he be fired, Ed? I thought we had freedom of speech, which is exactly what he is exercising.

Alex No, he shouldn't. He told an uncomfortable truth. Not every soldier is a hero. Most are just soldiers, very few are heroes, and (thankfully) a very very few are villains. That distribution is representative of humans in general.
noun, plural he·roes
1. a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities

ConLaw That's right, let's fire him for expressing his opinion. Might as well get rid of the First Amendment while we're at it, the whole right to free speech thing.

Some, including former servicemen, felt that a hero is defined by action in or out of the military.

Beadlesaz The word *hero* is greatly overused. Just serving in the military doesn't make one a hero. If so, what do you call the fellow (or woman) who lays down his life to help his comrades survive? Those who serve in the military do so at possibly great personal peril and the nation should be thankful. But service to one's country should be viewed as good citizenship. And, such service may take many forms – not everyone can or should serve in the military. Let's save the hero worship for those who truly deserve it.

– Retired Navy Captain

RootenTooten No real need for Chris to apologize. If anything maybe Memorial Day might not have been the best time to have such a discussion, but fundamentally he's right – the mere act of putting on a uniform, any uniform, doesn't make a Hero. To broaden that term to anyone who has put on a uniform only makes it meaningless. I've even seen some who post here making it seem like ONLY those in uniform could possibly be heroes, or even understand heroism or be qualified to comment on it – I hate to break it to these folks but plain old civilians save each others lives and sacrifice for others on a daily basis, all over the country and around the world. Are these folks not heroes because they aren't in the military ?

What's most telling about this to me is whenever someone who has performed an act of pure bravery and self sacrifice and saved lives or prevented disaster, military or civilian, is interviewed, the interviewer always asks a question along the lines of "So how does it feel to me/do you consider yourself a Hero ?" and the true Hero always replies "I'm not a hero. I just did what had to be done"

Some debated whether serving in the military is inherently heroic, or just a case of working citizens doing their job.

Phil Dolan The military has defined who is and who is not a hero in the military for centuries. Aren't they more qualified to define a military hero than some news guy who never served? The military rewards men/women who are designated heroes with one or more of several awards for valor.

For example, if you are looking at a soldier wearing a Purple Heart or other award of valor then you are looking at a hero. A real hero.

I served in Vietnam and I've looked in the faces of many heroes. Plus, there is nothing wrong with calling anyone who served a hero. But to say they are not heroes is an insult to everyone who did serve.

Liz Chris is right. For most recruits, joining the service is an economic choice. It's a job, it can pay for college, etc. Just doing what you're paid to do isn't heroic. I'll always whole-heartedly support the troops even though I believe war is wrong and the rationale given the young people is mostly lies. Many, many of them come back disillusioned, traumatized both physically and psychologically, and against war. But heroism is above and beyond what is expected, for the benefit of another.


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May 29th, 2012
05:48 PM ET

CNN Mash-up: Syria, quake, kindness

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 top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Annan: Syria at decisive moment

Kofi Annan, envoy for the United Nations and the Arab League, met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday to convey the international community's grave concern over Friday's massacre in Houla and to get his peace plan on track. After the meeting, Annan said:

We are at a tipping point. The Syrian people do not want the future to be one of bloodshed and division. Yet the killings continue, and the abuses are still with us today. (I appeal) for bold steps now - not tomorrow, now - to create momentum for the implementation of the plan.

Earthquake moves heaven and earth

Tuesday's magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Italy killed at least 16 people and destroyed or damaged thousands of buildings. Archaeology student, photographer and CNN iReporter Irene Fanizza lives near the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, so she walked over to the church to see if it was damaged. It was. Photography normally is not allowed inside the church, but the guards allowed her to document cracks in the basilica's domed ceiling.

Pickin' 'em up and layin' 'em down

Dogs like to chase bikes sometimes. Most dogs give up after a few hundred yards. Not this dog. How does a few hundred miles sound?

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May 29th, 2012
03:58 PM ET

After Syria massacre, what's next?

World powers weighed tough options to end brutality in Syria on Tuesday amid the aftermath of the now-infamous massacre in Houla.

Politicians and opposition forces have been going back and forth over the future of the Kofi Annan peace initiative, the need for more diplomatic arm-twisting and even the prospect of military intervention as the world community cries for an end to the Syrian conflict.

The incident occurred on Friday in the Homs province town of Houla, where more than 100 people died. The United Nations says government forces went house to house and slaughtered men, women, and children. The Syrian government is blaming the violence on "terrorists."

The violence has left more than 12,000 slain since March 2011, according to one count, and tens of thousands of people have been displaced.

What's next?

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Italy PM: Maybe pro soccer should be suspended
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti says soccer in his country may need to be suspended for two or three years.
May 29th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Italy PM: Maybe pro soccer should be suspended

Italy might be better off without soccer for a few years in the wake of new arrests in a match-fixing probe in the top-flight Serie A, Prime Minister Mario Monti said Tuesday.

"Maybe soccer should be suspended for two or three years," Monti said, according to a report from Italy's ANSA news service. "It's not a government proposal, but it's a question we should ask ourselves."

Nineteen people were arrested Monday in the ongoing investigation by magistrates in Cremona. Eleven of those arrested are players in Italy's top division.

"It's particularly sad when a world-like sport, which should express noble values, shows itself to be a concentrate of the most reproachful ones, like unfairness, illegality and fraud," Monti said Tuesday in the ANSA report.

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May 29th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Gotta Watch: What you missed this weekend

A lot of you were distracted over Memorial Day weekend by sun, fun and good food, so we thought we'd wrangle some of our favorite videos from the last few days to ease you back into the work week. From a cool lip-dub proposal to dreams of pole dancing at the Olympics, you've Gotta Watch them all.

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Guy's 'lip dub' proposal goes viral

It was the ultimate public display of affection. A guy gets dozens of friends and family members to lip-sync and dance for one romantic marriage proposal.

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Pole dancing in the Olympics?

It may be the only Olympic event that could be done in heels, but the man who wants pole dancing in the Olympics says stilettos will have to stay home. Watch the video to hear his pitch and see the dancers in action.

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Homemade arcade makes kid famous

You may remember the story of Caine's Arcade. The filmmaker recently told CNN that the whole thing started with the need for a new car door handle. Watch the video to find out why.

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Dying grandma lives to see grandson born

A woman dying of cancer is days away from death, but she held on to see the birth of a grandchild. Watch the video to see Becky Moran meet the the baby for the first and only time.

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Olivia Newton-John still gets 'Physical'

We all know Olivia Newton-John as the iconic singer and actress from "Grease" and "Xanadu," but there was a time when she had completely different career aspirations. Watch the video to find out what she could have become.

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Half-million pigs to be slaughtered in Chile health emergency
A dead pig lies among others at the Agrosuper slaughterhouse last week in Freirina, Chile.
May 29th, 2012
10:23 AM ET

Half-million pigs to be slaughtered in Chile health emergency

A half-million pigs on a Chilean farm will be destroyed after the facility was closed for several days during a dispute with local residents.

Jose Guzman, chief executive of Agrosuper, which owns the farm, said the animals would be killed rather than moved, according to a report from Agence-France Presse.

"They are going to be slaughtered. They are not going to another farm, nor to another plant," Guzman is quoted as saying.

The events that precipitated the slaughter began this month when villagers from Freirina blockaded the farm after months of protests about foul odors and disease-infested water they said emanated from the farm and its slaughterhouse. The 500,000 pigs went unattended for five days, prompting the Chilean government to declare a sanitary emergency, according to a report from MercoPress.

Agrosuper was given six months to move the pigs and remedy the sanitary problems with the plant, MercoPress reported.

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May 29th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

What makes a soldier a hero? MSNBC host's remarks spark outrage

What makes someone a hero?

It seems like it's a simple question, but MSNBC host Chris Hayes caused a firestorm when he said on Memorial Day weekend that he was uncomfortable calling people heroes just because they served in the military.

"Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word 'hero'? I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war," Hayes said Sunday on MSNBC. "I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect the memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that."

Hayes' remarks immediately sparked a backlash, with some saying it was inappropriate to say such things about those putting their lives on the line to fight for their country.

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May 29th, 2012
08:42 AM ET

Reports: Miami 'zombie' attacker may have been using 'bath salts'

A naked man who chewed off the face of another man in what is being called a zombie-like attack may have been under the influence of "bath salts," a drug referred to as the new LSD, according to reports from CNN affiliates in Miami.

Why 'bath salts' are dangerous

The horrific attack occurred Saturday and was only stopped after a police officer shot the attacker several times, killing him.

'Zombie apocalypse' trending as bad news spreads quickly

Larry Vega witnessed the attack on Miami's MacArthur Causeway. He told CNN affiliate WSVN he saw one naked man chewing off the face of another naked man.

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"The guy was like tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, 'Get off!'" Vega told WSVN. "You know it's like the guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin."

"It was just a blob of blood," WSVN quoted Vega as saying. "You couldn't really see, it was just blood all over the place."

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May 29th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Florida real estate developer trial - After a four-day recess, testimony resumes in the trial of Adam Kaufman, who's charged with second degree murder in the death of his wife.

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May 29th, 2012
06:16 AM ET

160 Afghan schoolgirls poisoned, official says

A hospital in northern Afghanistan admitted 160 girls Tuesday after they were poisoned in their classrooms with a type of spray, a Takhar police official said.

The incident, the second in a week's time, was reported at the Aahan Dara Girls school in Talokhan, the provincial capital.

The girls, ages 10 to 20, complained of headaches, dizziness and vomiting before being taken to the hospital, according to Khalilullah Aseer, a police spokesman. More than half of them had been discharged within a few hours of receiving treatment, he said. Blood samples were taken and sent to Kabul for testing.

Last week, more than 120 girls and three teachers were admitted to a hospital after a similar suspected poisoning.

"The Afghan people know that the terrorists and the Taliban are doing these things to threaten girls and stop them going to school," Aseer said last week. "That's something we and the people believe. Now we are implementing democracy in Afghanistan and we want girls to be educated, but the government's enemies don't want this."

But earlier this week, the Taliban denied responsibility, instead blaming the U.S. and NATO forces for the poisonings in an attempt to "defame" the insurgent group.

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Boxing champ Paul Williams paralyzed in motorcycle accident, manager says
Paul Williams has held three boxing title belts.
May 29th, 2012
05:53 AM ET

Boxing champ Paul Williams paralyzed in motorcycle accident, manager says

Boxer Paul Williams, known as "The Punisher," has been left paralyzed from the waist down after a traffic accident Sunday in suburban Atlanta, according to news reports.

Williams' manager, George Peterson, told CNN affiliate WRDW in Augusta, Georgia, that the boxer is facing surgery Wednesday to stabilize his spinal column. That surgery will entail putting a wall around his upper spine, according to the report.

Williams is from Aiken, South Carolina, east of Augusta.

He was in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta to attend his brother's wedding on Monday, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

As he rode his motorcycle home from a bachelor party early Sunday, he swerved to a avoid a car and was thrown from the bike more than 60 feet in the air, Peterson told the Daily News.

“He was doing about 75 mph on the motorcycle. When he came down, he came down on his back and when he came down on his back, of course he severed his spinal cord. He’s paralyzed from the waist down. In terms of him walking again... that will never happen,” the Daily News quoted Peterson as saying.

Williams has a career record of 41-2-0, with 27 knockouts, according to the WRDW report. He has held three title belts, twice being the WBO welterweight champ and once as the WBO light middleweight champ.

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May 29th, 2012
05:12 AM ET

5.8 quake causes fatalities in Italy

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit north central Italy on Tuesday, civil protection authorities said, nine days after a major quake in the region left seven people dead.

Civil protection officials told CNN there were fatalities in Tuesday's quake, but they said they did not yet have a confirmed number of dead.

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May 29th, 2012
04:42 AM ET

Robbery suspect falls from crane on SMU campus

A nearly 15-hour standoff appeared to be over early Tuesday morning after a robbery suspect who climbed atop a construction crane on the campus of Southern Methodist University fell 150 feet to the ground, CNN affiliate WFAA TVreported.

Police did not comment on the man's condition, the station said.

The man was seen hanging from the side of the crane's cab about 1:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m. ET ) when he fell.

About an hour later, SMU issued an alert.

"The SMU campus is open, and all buildings will be open during normal business hours today," the alert said. "Details will be available later today from Dallas Police regarding a man who occupied a construction crane on the SMU campus."

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FIFA asks war crimes prosecutor to probe corruption
Luis Moreno-Ocampo is best known for pursuing war crimes charges against Libya's late Col. Muammar Gadhafi.
May 29th, 2012
04:11 AM ET

FIFA asks war crimes prosecutor to probe corruption

World soccer's governing body FIFA has nominated the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, to be its lead anti-corruption investigator, FIFA said Tuesday.

The Argentinian prosecutor is best known for pursuing war crimes charges against Libya's late Col. Muammar Gadhafi and the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir.

News of his nomination comes a day after police in Italy arrested at least 19 people, including Lazio team captain Stefano Mauri, in connection with a match-fixing investigation - the latest scandal to plague international soccer.

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May 29th, 2012
04:10 AM ET

Evacuee's suicide sad reminder how Fukushima continues to claim victims

A 62-year-old evacuee from Fukushima Prefecture made a brief visit to his radiation-contaminated home, walked to his shuttered shop, and then hanged himself in a storage space.

The death is yet another sad reminder how the March 11, 2011, disaster in Japan continues to claim victims.

On that day, a magnitude-9 earthquake triggered a tsunami which swamped the Fukushima Daiichi plant, knocking out power to cooling systems and leading to meltdowns in its three operating reactors.

The triple disaster left more than 150,000 dead.

The resulting release of radioactivity forced residents of several towns near the plant to flee their homes, and a 20-kilometer (12.5-mile) zone around the plant remains closed to the public.

The man, who was not named by police, was one of tens of thousands who were evacuated.

He and his wife were briefly granted entry into the exclusion zone around the plant on Sunday, to visit their home and their small store, police said.

After the wife reported him missing, officers and volunteer firefighters in the town of Namie organized a search, police said.

The following day, firefighters found the man's body in his store's storage shed.

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British housewife caught with $2.6M in cocaine could face death
Briton Lindsay June Sandiford covers her face as officials display evidence at a customs office in Bali.
May 29th, 2012
04:09 AM ET

British housewife caught with $2.6M in cocaine could face death

A British woman could face the death penalty after being found with an estimated $2.6 million worth of cocaine in her luggage by Indonesian authorities.

Lindsay June Sandiford, 55, was found to have blocks of cocaine weighing almost 4.8 kilograms in her suitcase after she arrived on the island of Bali on a Thai Airways flight earlier this month, government officials said.

Sandiford, described by British media reports as a housewife, did not speak as she was paraded at a press conference Monday wearing a prison-issue orange T-shirt.

Three other Britons - one woman and two men - and an Indian man are also being questioned, Bali police narcotics chief Mulyadi told reporters. They are accused of being part of an international syndicate, he said.

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May 29th, 2012
04:07 AM ET

Anti-terror police arrest 2 in Denmark

Anti-terror police in Denmark say they have arrested two brothers, one of whom trained at a terror camp in Somalia.

The pair is suspected of "planning a terrorist act by, among other activities, having discussed the method, the target and the weapon types to be used," the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, known as PET, said late Monday.

"PET believes that a specific act of terrorism has been averted," the agency said.

The Somali-Danish men are due to appear in court on Tuesday.

One was arrested as he flew into Copenhagen airport and the other was seized at his residence in the city of Aarhus, the security force said.

The brothers, 18 and 23, are Danish citizens of Somali origin who have lived in the Aarhus region for 16 years, PET said, without naming them.

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May 29th, 2012
03:44 AM ET

Expatriates from South Africa, Spain, New Zealand among victims of Qatar mall fire

As Qatari officials continue their investigation into whether sprinklers and alarms were working during a fire at an upscale shopping mall in Doha, more information surfaced Tuesday about the nationalities of those who perished in the fire.

In all, the fire at the Villaggio shopping mall Monday killed 19 people, most of them at a child care center inside that rescuers had to break into from the rooftop.

The victims were seven girls, six boys, four teachers, and two would-be rescuers, Qatari officials said.

Most of the victims were expatriates: four Spanish nationals; a set of triplets from New Zealand; South African child and teacher; and a 3-year-old French child, according to the foreign ministries of the respective nations.

The nationalities of the remaining nine is still unknown.

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May 29th, 2012
02:02 AM ET

Albright, World War II hero among 13 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

The first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and a Polish officer who provided some of the first accounts of the Holocaust are among 13 people who will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday.

The medal is the nation's highest civilian honor, awarded to those who make extraordinary contributions to world peace, national interest and security, or other cultural endeavors.

"I am so honored to have gotten the Medal of Freedom," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told CNN's "Starting Point" last month. "It makes me feel very proud to be an American, and that's the story that goes together."

Jan Karski, the former Polish officer who escaped Nazi imprisonment and provided first-hand accounts to the Western Allies of atrocities he witnessed in Warsaw, will receive the award posthumously, along with Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and Juliette Gordon Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scouts.

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