New Orleans Hornets win top pick in NBA Draft
Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis is widely expected to be the top pick in the June 28 NBA Draft.
May 30th, 2012
08:55 PM ET

New Orleans Hornets win top pick in NBA Draft

The New Orleans Hornets hit the jackpot Wednesday night, winning the top pick in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The worst teams in the NBA went into the evening hoping for the best of luck in the lottery, which determines the order of the league's June 28 draft of college (and a few high school) players. The lottery was held at ABC's "Good Morning America" studio in New York.

The lottery is weighted, so the team with this season's worst record, the Charlotte Bobcats, had the best chance of getting the coveted No. 1 pick. But it's not a sure thing, as the Hornets' prize illustrates. The Hornets had the fourth-worst record this season but will select first; the Bobcats will choose second. Last year, the league's eighth-worst team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, won the lottery and were able to grab top-rated Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers were in the lottery again this year, as they failed to reach the playoffs despite having Irving. FULL POST

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Gotta Watch: Kid feels dizzy, hilarity ensues
Matthew Russell went into the hospital to be treated for a broken arm and left as a YouTube sensation.
May 30th, 2012
06:37 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Kid feels dizzy, hilarity ensues

A few years ago, 7-year-old David DeVore Jr. became a YouTube sensation after his father posted a funny clip of him recovering from a trip to the dentist. The video has been watched more than 100 million times. Now, a newcomer named Matthew Russell is attracting the same type of attention with his post-anesthesia "hilarity." Watch how these kids have become viral video stars.

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Kid on anesthesia: 'I feel dizzaaay'

A child is filmed after receiving anesthesia makes everyone in the hospital room laugh with his reaction to the drug.

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2009: Dad defends loopy kid's vid

"David After Dentist" is a YouTube smash. In 2009, David's dad talked to CNN's Eric Lanford about his son's instant fame.

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24 hours through the lens
May 30th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

CNN Mash-up: Big win, big hail, big tip

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.

Taking care of business

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney officially wrapped up the Republican presidential delegate race Tuesday night by winning the Texas primary. The result was a foregone conclusion after all other candidates except Rep. Ron Paul withdrew from the race, but it still marks a milestone for Romney's campaign. Here's what he had to say, in a statement:

I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee. Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last 3½ years behind us. I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us. But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity. On November 6, I am confident that we will unite as a country and begin the hard work of fulfilling the American promise and restoring our country to greatness.

Not surprisingly, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, had a somewhat different take:

Tonight, after six years of trying and millions of dollars spent, and after a year of tepid support against one of the weakest fields in history, Mitt Romney has finally secured enough delegates to become the Republican Party's presidential nominee. Romney may have finally gained enough delegates to become the nominee, but what's been truly remarkable about his path to the nomination is how much damage he's left in his wake as he enters the general election.

And so it goes.

Church under fire for boy's anti-gay song

A Greensburg, Indiana, church is under fire after a video of a child singing an anti-gay song for a cheering congregation hit the internet. CNN affiliate WRTV reports.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Published mug shots - public service or legal blackmail?
May 30th, 2012
04:57 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Published mug shots - public service or legal blackmail?

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.

Are some U.S. citizens paying for the crimes - real or alleged - of their past, long after they’ve done their time?

Donald McMahon, a convicted criminal turned contributing member of society, thinks so and shared his story with CNN. McMahon said he is constantly haunted by the ghosts of his past, his former self constantly resurrected on the pages of publications and websites that post old mug shots then demand large sums of money to remove or hide them.

The story was a catalyst for debate on CNN.com, causing readers to opine on everything from rights to privacy versus the rights of the accused to what’s fair in the pursuit of earning a dollar.

MugshotMadness: As a publisher of a few "mug shot" sites, I feel that I am doing a service for the communities in which we publish. I understand how having your mug shot posted online could adversely affect someone. You also have to understand a couple other things. This info is public and if you had not been arrested, your photo would not have been on our sites. We are one of the few sites who do not not charge to remove a record IF you can send us verifiable information that the charges were dropped or you were found not guilty. I will admit that I am in this business to make a buck, but that does not mean I do not have a heart. If you show up on my sites, it's because of your actions and not because I am trying to extort you.

MichelleBD: "Stop being a victim/take responsibility...." and similar BS mantra sound like something off Fox News. These people are trying to move on with their lives while this lowlife is digging up dirt and publishing it and then demanding large sums of money to take it off. That's like tossing an anvil to a drowning victim and then blaming them for their own drowning. The people that own these sites could not care less about the public's interest, it's all about making a quick buck instead of working at a real job.

In a digital age - is your reputation your responsibility? Or do we need government intervention?

Kristine Harley: How about creating new content about yourself? Blog your positive achievements, post constructive comments on sites, upload videos to YouTube and get friends to comment on them. Build a website of your achievements, your charitable intentions, etc. At least counter your past with your present.

pearlyQ: We should at least be protected from "for-profit mug shot websites and newspapers" that only wish to exploit and extort. They are currently "legal" because arrest pictures and records are legal. These records should only be legal for government agencies and authorized parties use.

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Suspect in cafe killings shoots self, Seattle police say
A suspect in the deadly shootings in Seattle this afternoon was caught on camera.
May 30th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Suspect in cafe killings shoots self, Seattle police say

[Updated at 7:47 p.m. ET] Seattle police say the same suspect was behind both of the fatal shootings Wednesday that left a total of four people dead and two critically wounded. The suspect shot himself as police closed in.

[Updated at 7:25 p.m. ET] A man believed to be the gunman in the killings at a Seattle cafe shot himself as police moved in on him Wednesday afternoon, police said. His condition was not immediately known.

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] A fourth fatality has been reported in a shooting at a Seattle cafe and an apparent carjacking that already left two men and a woman dead, and three others seriously wounded, police reported Wednesday.

Two men were killed at a coffeehouse in the city's University District, while a woman died in the carjacking, Seattle police said. Three more people - another two men and a woman - were wounded at the coffeehouse. One victim in the cafe shooting has life threatening injuries, and two others are seriously wounded, according to police.

 Investigators were looking for any connections between the two incidents, which happened about four miles and a few minutes apart, police spokesmen said.

"We're definitely in a dynamic situation right now," Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz told reporters.

Police found the black Mercedes SUV involved in the apparent carjacking abandoned. Video from the scene showed a handgun on the driver's seat of the vehicle. A K-9 is being used to track the suspect. Police officers have brought the dog to inspect the vehicle a few times during the search.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 30 and 40 years old, with a medium build, brown hair and a goatee or beard, police said. He fled on foot following the shooting at the cafe, police said.

"Whether he is armed at this time, we don't know," Metz said. But he added, "We're assuming he's very dangerous."

Metz warned residents in the area not to open their doors if anyone came by who they did not know. He also urged residents to make sure all their doors were locked.

CNN affiliate KIRO reported multiple ambulances, police officers and fire trucks were at the scene.

For more information on the shooting check CNN's local affiliates in Seattle: KOMO, KCPQ, and KIRO.

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Battleship USS Iowa arrives in Southern California
The USS Iowa is at anchor off the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday.
May 30th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

Battleship USS Iowa arrives in Southern California

The battleship USS Iowa was at anchor off the coast of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, completing a four-day journey south from San Francisco.

The World War II-era ship will become a museum and tourist attraction in San Pedro, with a grand opening planned for July 7.

The Iowa had spent more than a decade docked in the Port of Richmond near San Francisco before being towed down the California coast.

It will be operated as a museum by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center.

The group's Facebook page said Wednesday that the ship will undergo a complete cleaning of its hull while anchored off Los Angeles and then be towed to a temporary berth in port Saturday.

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Prince William: Diana would have loved Catherine
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat with Prince Harry before a luncheon as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
May 30th, 2012
01:25 PM ET

Prince William: Diana would have loved Catherine

Prince William knows there's a lot of speculation about when he'll be adding a new member to the royal family, and he made it clear he's excited for the day it happens.

But William, the Duke of Cambridge, said in an interview with Katie Couric on ABC that he still hasn't gotten used to all the media attention devoted to tracking his plans for a family with his wife, Catherine.

"It is quite strange reading about it, but I try not to let it bother me,” he said. “I’m just very keen to have a family, and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future.”

So did he have any news on that front to share?

“You won’t get anything out of me. Tight-lipped,” William quipped.

Check out CNN's Diamond Jubilee coverage

The interview was part of ABC's coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. In the interview, William and his brother, Prince Harry, spoke frankly about last year's royal wedding, their relationship with their grandmother and how they miss their mother, Princess Diana.

ABC: Watch "The Jubilee Queen" special

The Duke of Cambridge said he was nervous before the wedding but also extremely excited to make Catherine a permanent part of his life. Harry cracked jokes with him before the ceremony to try to ease his nerves.

"Honestly, it was one of those days where you feel very elated. Also completely terrified," William said. "I have to be honest, the prospect of the billions of people watching was quite daunting."

William said he particularly missed his mother as he said his vows to Catherine at Westminster Abbey, where Diana's funeral had taken place nearly 15 years earlier.

"It was very difficult. I sort of prepared myself beforehand so that I was sort of mentally prepared. ... I didn't want any wobbly lips or anything going on," he said. "It's the one time since she's died, where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here, and just how sad really for her, more than anything, not being able to see it because I think she would have loved the day, and I think, hopefully, she'd be very proud of us both for the day. I'm just very sad that she's never going to get a chance to meet Kate."

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May 30th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Tennessee mosque's fate up in the air

The long-running battle between a Tennessee Muslim community and its critics over a new mosque took a dramatic turn with a county judge's ruling that could bring construction to a halt.

"Everyone is really shocked, many people are crying about this," Imam Osama Bahloul, leader of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, said early Wednesday.

"We did exactly what other churches in the county did," he said. "We followed the same process that other churches did. Why did this happen? Some people feel like it is discrimination."

The judge, Chancellor Robert Corlew, ruled Tuesday that plans for the new mosque that had previously been approved by a local planning commission were now "void and of no effect."

He said the planning commission violated state law by not providing proper public notice. The ruling throws the date of the mosque's completion, scheduled for July, up in the air.

Rutherford County Attorney Jim Cope said Corlew did not address the issue of whether work on the mosque has to stop right away. He said county planners will discuss options and determine an appropriate course of action.

"I don't have answers at this point," Cope said.

Bahloul said construction will go on until the Islamic Center receives orders to stop.

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Ex-Rutgers student Dharun Ravi appears in court, one day before jail term
Dharun Ravi is seen at his trial on May 21.
May 30th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Ex-Rutgers student Dharun Ravi appears in court, one day before jail term

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student convicted of bias intimidation, appeared in court Wednesday, one day after he apologized for spying on his roommate with a webcam.

"I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on September 19, 2010, and September 21, 2010," Ravi said in a written statement.

His court appearance Wednesday formalized his decision to head to jail Thursday, waiving his right not to serve jail time twice for the same crime, as prosecutors appeal his sentence.

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May 30th, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Days before Mubarak verdict, sons charged with insider trading

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's two sons were charged with insider trading Wednesday, just days before a verdict is expected on a separate trial involving them and their father.

Gamal and Alaa Mubarak are accused of profiting 2 billion Egyptian pounds - about $331 million - through insider trading in the Egyptian stock market, said Adel Saeed, spokesman for the general prosecutor's office.

Their case was referred to the Cairo Criminal Court.

Their attorney declared their innocence and called the timing "suspicious."

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May 30th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Force against al-Assad regime a no-go for Russia, China

As world anger mounted toward the Syrian regime Wednesday after the Houla massacre last week, Russia and China staunchly renewed their opposition to military intervention in the volatile nation.

"China opposes military intervention and does not support forced regime change," said Liu Weimin, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman. "The fundamental route to resolving the Syrian issue is still for all sides to fully support Annan's mediation efforts and push all the relevant parties to carry out diplomatic dialogue."

"One cannot take decisions on military operations in Syria by being guided by only emotions," Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported, quoting Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov.

More than 100 people, including many children, died in Houla on Friday, a suburb of the anti-government bastion of Homs in western Syria.

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May 30th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Security video shows entire Miami 'zombie' attack

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details that may be disturbing for some people.

Several vehicles, including buses and even three bicyclists, went past on a Miami street as a naked man chewed the face off a homeless man Saturday in what has been called a zombie-like attack, video footage posted by the Miami Herald shows.

The footage, taken by security cameras on the Herald building in downtown Miami, shows the entire 18-minute attack, which ended when a police officer shot the attacker after he did not stop his assault on the homeless man.

The video quality is poor, and facial details and the gore of the scene are not visible. But the movements of those involved are. The shooting itself is obscured by the bridge that carries Miami's Metromover tramway over the site of the attack on the MacArthur Causeway.

It's not clear how much of the attack motorists could have seen, as there is a waist-high concrete barrier between the road and the sidewalk where the attack took place, but one of the bicyclists passed on the sidewalk, and one driver slowed down to look at the scene.

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May 30th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Beryl strengthens slightly along coastal Carolina

Two days after slamming into northeast Florida, Beryl - slightly strengthened but still a tropical depression - prepared to re-enter the Atlantic on Wednesday, spreading heavy rain and blustery winds along the coast of the Carolinas.

The storm, which came ashore early Monday with 70 mph winds near Jacksonville Beach, Florida, increased its maximum sustained winds from 30 to 35 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

"On the forecast track, the center of Beryl is expected to move off the coast of southern South Carolina later today and move along or just off the coast of South and North Carolina through this evening," forecasters said.

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Who is former Liberian president Charles Taylor?
Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor listens to the judge at The Hague.
May 30th, 2012
10:18 AM ET

Who is former Liberian president Charles Taylor?

The first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday by an international court in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor last month of supplying and encouraging rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in a campaign of terror, involving murder, rape, sexual slavery and the conscription children younger than 15.

He was also found guilty of using Sierra Leone's diamond deposits to help fuel its civil war with arms and guns while enriching himself with what have commonly come to be known as "blood diamonds."

Here's a few more details about Taylor:

Major dates

* July 24, 1997 – Taylor is elected president of Liberia.

* Aug. 11, 2003 – Under international indictment and pressure to resign, Taylor officially relinquished his office in a ceremony at the presidential palace. Vice President Moses Blah is sworn-in as Liberia's 22nd president and Taylor leaves for Nigeria where he finds asylum.

Personal information:

* Birth date: January 28, 1948

* Birth place: Arthington, Liberia

* Birth name: Charles Taylor

* Parents: Father Nelson was American, mother Zoe was Liberian.

* Marriages: three or four wives; not very clear whether he was married to more than one at a time

Jewel (Howard) Taylor (1997-2006, divorce)

* Children: several; some sources say up to 30 from various wives and mistresses

* Education: Bachelor's degree, Economics, Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1977

Other Facts:

* Added his middle name, Ghankay, in later years. Some believe for political reasons.

* Taylor's policies, foreign and domestic, lead the country into turmoil (displaced persons, lack of utilities, rebel uprisings, UN sanctions).

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May 30th, 2012
07:51 AM ET

Wednesday'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...

12:00 pm ET - John King live chat - CNN's John King returns to CNN.com Live to talk all things politics!  Send your questions to John via Twitter @JohnKing CNN and he may answer your query today.

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Former Liberian leader Taylor sentenced to 50 years for war crimes
This handout picture released by the Special Court for Sierra Leone on June 20, 2006, shows former Liberian president Charles Taylor in the center.
May 30th, 2012
05:45 AM ET

Former Liberian leader Taylor sentenced to 50 years for war crimes

The Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday sentenced Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, to 50 years in prison for war crimes committed in the civil war of neighboring country Sierra Leone over the course of five years.

Taylor, president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, was convicted last month of aiding rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in a campaign of terror, involving murder, rape, sexual slavery and the conscription children younger than 15.

There is no death penalty in international criminal law.

The former Liberian president does not see himself as a war criminal but as a victim - a leader wronged by corruption and a hypocritical hand of justice with a political agenda.

"I never stood a chance," he said. "Only time will tell how many other African heads of state will be destroyed."

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Assange court to rule on extradition over sex claims
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves London's High Court in December in his fight against extradition to Sweden.
May 30th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Assange court to rule on extradition over sex claims

Britain's Supreme Court is due to rule Wednesday on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face interrogation on sexual assault allegations against him.

The decision will mark the end of Assange's second and final appeal in Britain against an extradition order handed down in February 2011.

Two women in Sweden accused Assange in August 2010 of sexually assaulting them during a visit to the country in connection with WikiLeaks' release in summer 2010 of internal U.S. military documents.

WikiLeaks' work is not at issue in the extradition hearing or the Swedish allegations against Assange.

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May 30th, 2012
04:25 AM ET

After lawsuits and arson, judge's ruling derails plans for Tennessee mosque

The long-running battle between a Tennessee Muslim community and a group of critics over a new mosque took a dramatic turn Tuesday when a judge ruled that construction had to halt.

"Everyone is really shocked, many people are crying about this," Imam Osama Bahloul, leader of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, said early Wednesday morning. "We did exactly what other churches in the county did. We followed the same process that other churches did. Why did this happen? Some people feel like it is discrimination."

The judge, Chancellor Robert Corlew, ruled that plans for the new mosque that had previously been approved by a local planning commission were now "void and of no effect," CNN affiliate WTVF reported.

He said the planning commission violated state law by not providing proper public notice.

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May 30th, 2012
02:33 AM ET

Girl, 6, is youngest competitor in National Spelling Bee history

When Lori Anne Madison, 6, takes the stage Wednesday, she will be stepping into history as the youngest person to compete in the National Spelling Bee.

The second-grader joins 277 other contestants, marking a milestone as the youngest competitor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, according to the event's record books dating to 1993.

Since 1993, there have been four spellers who were 8 years old, said Mike Hickerson, the bee's communications manager.

Lori Anne beat out 21 kids in the regional bee in Prince William County in Virginia, earning a spot in the national bee.

She won by spelling the word "vaquero," the Spanish translation of "cowboy" often used in parts of the South.

While she loves spelling, Lori Anne has other interests as well.

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May 30th, 2012
02:28 AM ET

Texas GOP Senate primary heads to runoff

A boiling primary battle in Texas headed to a runoff early Wednesday as two Republicans running for U.S. Senate failed to reach the 50% threshold to clinch the GOP nomination.

Though Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst led the crowded field of candidates, he narrowly failed to cross the 50% mark required to secure the nomination and avoid a July 31 runoff.

Dewhurst's challenger in the runoff will be tea party favorite Ted Cruz, a former solicitor general with strong support from national groups and high-profile conservative leaders.

With 92% of precincts counted, Dewhurst held 48% of the vote to 30% for Cruz.

Other contenders in Tuesday's primary included former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and ESPN Broadcaster Craig James. Neither candidate will forge ahead to compete in the runoff.

The Texas race is particularly important because the balance of power in the U.S. Senate could shift in 2012. It is also another test in the staying power and influence of tea party groups and their political strategy to focus more on congressional races than on the presidential campaign.

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