Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
June 3rd, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at stories CNN plans to cover this week:

Space shuttle to take slow ride on river

These are the voyages of the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The prototype orbiter, which never went to space but did go to New York on April 27, will be placed on a barge Monday and carried down the Hudson River to Bayonne, New Jersey. There it will be transferred to another barge, this one with a crane. The second barge will carry it back up the Hudson and lift the shuttle onto the deck of the USS Intrepid Museum, a former aircraft carrier and Enterprise's final destination.

Venus to stroll across the sun

A mini-eclipse of sorts will happen Tuesday when the planet Venus crosses between the sun and Earth. The event, called a transit of Venus, will occur late in the daylight hours of Tuesday in the United States and take about seven hours to complete. Some of the best and longest views will be in the South Pacific, so start heading for Tahiti now. During the transit, Venus will appear as a tiny dark speck crossing the disc of the sun from left to right. But remember: It's always dangerous to look directly at the sun. Use the same precautions you would with a solar eclipse: special light filters, a welder's mask or a pinhole viewer. If you're interested, you'd better get out there and look - it won't happen again for 105 years. FULL POST

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Deadly plane crash in Nigeria
June 3rd, 2012
12:20 PM ET

Live blog: Passenger plane crashes in Nigeria

[Updated 10:29 p.m. ET] Mohammed Sani Sidi, director general of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said more than 80 bodies had been recovered from the crash site by 1 a.m. (8 p.m. Sunday ET), 10 of which belonged to people who were on the ground. He added that, if there are people still buried under the rubble, he doubts that they are still alive.

[Updated 5:39 p.m. ET] iReport: CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ilori says he was not at the scene when the plane crashed, but he lives a few streets away from the crash site. He says that when he was traveling back home he came across really bad traffic. 'I saw a lot of people staring at some houses. I was agitated, but then someone told me there was a crash, and the crash happened to be a few streets away from my house.' Read the full story and see images.

[Updated 4:34 p.m. ET] – (CNN) - There were no survivors in the crash Sunday of an airliner carrying 153 people that went down into a residential neighborhood of Lagos, said Mohammed Sani Sidi, director of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency. Authorities have not released any information on casualties on the ground.

[Updated 4:32 p.m. ET] iReport: Images from Lagos, Nigeria

[Updated 3:45 p.m. ET] By the CNN Wire Staff LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) - An airliner carrying 153 people crashed Sunday in a residential neighborhood in Nigeria's most populated city, setting off fires and causing pandemonium at the scene.

Mohammed Sani Sidi, director general of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said Sunday evening that authorities are not yet detailing how many people on the plane or on the ground in Lagos died in the crash.

"They're still going through the wreckage," added Patrick Abbah, the general manager for search and rescue from the same agency, at 8:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET). "We haven't had any survivors yet."
The Dana Air flight destined for Lagos from Abuja crashed in the early afternoon into a building, said Akande Iyiola, zone coordinator with the emergency management agency. The neighborhood was about five miles from the city's airport, said Abbah.

The crash triggered three house fires, said Labaran Ahmed, a rescue officer with the agency.

Speaking to CNN around 6:15 p.m., Sidi described the scene as "devastation."

"All efforts are being put together to make sure that a rescue is carried out now," he said.

Hundreds upon hundreds of civilians were gathered around the crash site Sunday afternoon and evening, along with rescue workers and security personnel. Yet at that point, there were no lights on and the area hadn't been cordoned off.

"Everybody is present," said Abbah, referring to firefighters, security and more. "It's all hands on deck."

While the emergency management director said around 6:15 p.m. that "the fire has been stopped now," a CNN reporter on the scene about 45 minutes later could still see "orange flames."

[Updated 3:27 p.m. ET] More details emerge from Lagos.

[Updated 1:52 p.m. ET] CNN spoke to a Nigerian official about today's Dana Air plan crash.

[Updated 12:20 p.m. ET] A passenger plane carrying 153 people has crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, state rescue officials confirmed Sunday. The Dana Air flight attempted to take off from Lagos and went down in a residential neighborhood, resulting in three house fires, said Labaran Ahmed, a rescue officer with the national emergency management agency.

Dana Airlines Limited has run commercial flights since 2008, according to the company's website. Dana says its "fleet currently consists of Boeing MD83 aircrafts which have a higher number of passenger seats and a larger cargo capacity than currently available in the country."

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Finding Amelia Earhart: New clues revealed
New discoveries may help answer questions about what happened to Amelia Earhart.
June 3rd, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Finding Amelia Earhart: New clues revealed

A mystery that has enthralled Americans for nearly a century may be on its way to being solved.

New evidence released Friday revealed clues that may solve the mystery of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart, Discovery News reports.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery announced that a new study suggests that dozens of radio signals once dismissed were actually transmissions from Earhart’s plane after she vanished during her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.

The announcement was made at the start of a three-day conference in Washington dedicated to Earhart and the group’s search for the famous aviator’s remains and the wreckage of her plane.

On the conference website, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery called Earhart’s unanswered distress calls “The smoking gun that was swept under the rug.”

Discovery News reported that the group has determined 57 “credible” radio transmissions from Earhart after her plane went down.

It has been researching the disappearance of Earhart, her navigator, Fred Noonan, and her Lockheed Electra aircraft for 24 years. Its members have developed a theory that Earhart’s remains lie on Nikumaroro Island in the Western Pacific.

Nikumoro Island, then called Gardner’s Island, had been uninhabited since 1892, the group said. In its version of Earhart’s final days, she and Noonan landed there after failing to find another island. They landed safely and radioed for help, the hypothesis goes. Eventually, the Electra was swept away by the tide, and Earhart and Noonan could no longer use its radio to call for help. U.S. Navy search planes flew over the island, but not seeing the Electra, they passed on and continued the search elsewhere.

The discovery of what is believed to be an old jar of anti-freckle cream may also provide clues to this decades-old mystery. It is suspected that the cosmetic bottle found on Nikumaroro Island once belonged to Earhart.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will launch an expedition to Nikumaroro Island on July 2, the 75th anniversary of Earhart’s disappearance. This is their ninth expedition.

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June 3rd, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Live blog: Queen's Diamond Jubilee, June 3

Welcome to CNN's live blog of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee! Follow along here while you watch on CNN, where Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin anchor our coverage. To get things started, you can read a little about what to expect from today's festivities. Check back often for pictures and videos, iReports, facts and trivia and more. Also, you'll find tweets from our anchors and reporters – and you! Use the hashtag #JubileeCNN and tell us what you think.

And we'll end with this – thank you all for joining the live blog, and watching CNN's coverage. And we'll see you back on CNN TV, and here, at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday.


[1:06 p.m. ET, 6:06 p.m. local time]: "Your majesty, thank you for 60 great years," says Morgan.

[1:01 p.m. ET, 6:01 p.m. local time]: "God Save The Queen" from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and RCM Chamber Choir – in torrential rain.

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June 3rd, 2012
06:57 AM ET

Egyptians mass for new protest after Mubarak sentence

Hundreds of people began gathering in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, foreshadowing a second day of protests after the country's deposed president Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the killing of demonstrators in the revolution that toppled him last year.

Six of his former officials were cleared of the same charges, sparking fury in the streets.

Many also expressed anger that former strongman Mubarak, 84, had escaped the death penalty.

Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of Egypt's revolution, overflowed Saturday with people angry at the court rulings, and the Muslim Brotherhood called for more protests on Sunday.

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June 3rd, 2012
04:21 AM ET

9 militants in Pakistan killed in suspected U.S. drone strike, official says

(CNN) - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed nine militants in Pakistan's tribal region on Sunday, the second such attack in 24 hours in the region, a local government official said.

The drone fired four missiles at a militant compound in Wacha Dana, a village in South Waziristan near the Afghanistan border, the official, Javed Marwat, told CNN.

South Waziristan is one of the seven tribal provinces. The area is thought to be a safe haven for militant groups fueling the insurgency across the border in Afghanistan.

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June 3rd, 2012
03:59 AM ET

Judge's deadline nears for Zimmerman to surrender

(CNN) - George Zimmerman, who faces second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, has until Sunday afternoon to surrender to authorities after a judge revoked his bond for misleading the court about his finances.

Seminole County Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered him back to jail, saying the 28-year-old was not truthful about how much money he had access to when he was freed on bond in April.

Lester's ruling on Friday followed allegations by prosecutors that Zimmerman had $135,000. At the time, his wife told the court under oath that the family was indigent.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is accused of shooting the black teenager in a gated community in Sanford in February, a killing that he has said was in self-defense.

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June 3rd, 2012
03:40 AM ET

Largest wildfire in New Mexico's history threatens to grow

A record wildfire raged on in southwestern New Mexico on Sunday, belching out a wall of smoke as it devoured thousands of acres and advanced across the rugged wilderness.

Authorities cautioned children, adults with heart disease and other sensitive groups to stay indoors as the growth potential for the blaze remains high.

The blaze - the biggest in the state's history - has scorched an area more than one and a half times bigger than Chicago.

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June 3rd, 2012
03:37 AM ET

Rights group: Stop new business with Syrian arms suppliers

Human Rights Watch is calling for a boycott of new arms contracts with companies supplying the Syrian regime as the nearly 15-month government crackdown forced the country to the brink of a civil war.

The call comes after U.N. envoy Kofi Annan said Syria is "at a turning point" and that "the specter of all-out civil war, with a worry sectarian dimension, grows by the day."

Human Rights Watch on Sunday singled out Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-owned weapons supplier, for sending arms to the Syrian regime.

"The (U.N.) Security Council should impose a mandatory international arms embargo on Syria, and Russia and China should not block it," the group's executive director, Kenneth Roth, said in a statement. He accused the Syrian regime of crimes against humanity and said "other governments and companies around the world should use whatever leverage they have to stop further arms supplies that could contribute to these crimes."

Rosoboronexport did not immediately respond to the rights group's allegations.

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