24 hours through the lens
June 13th, 2012
06:10 PM ET

Mash-up: I'll have what they're having

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.

Eat your heart out, Hemingway

You've heard of Pamplona's running of the bulls. This is not that. CNN iReporter Caleb Clark of Brattleboro, Vermont, documents a procession of farm animals, students and tractors participating in the strolling of the heifers, an annual parade benefiting farmers and educating the public about sustainable local agriculture. His wife and 5-week-old son are seen participating in the event.

From heifers to bulls

JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon told the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday that the deal that cost his bank billions of dollars earlier this year was indefensible.

The way it was contrived between January to March, it changed into something I cannot publicly defend. ... It morphed into something that I can't justify. It was just too risky for our company.

Mmm, bacon

Burger King's summer menu got Erin Burnett's attention.

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Metal band Metallica joins hunt for killer
The FBI issued this composite drawing of the suspect in a 2005 sexual assault that is linked by DNA evidence to the 2009 murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.
June 13th, 2012
03:57 PM ET

Metal band Metallica joins hunt for killer

Metallica is doing its part to help the FBI solve the murder of a 20-year-old college student after a 2009 concert by the rock band in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In a one-minute announcement on YouTube, Metallica frontman James Hetfield urges anyone who knows anything about what happened to Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington to contact authorities.

"Remember, any information, no matter how small you think it is, could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case," Hetfield says in the video, with guitars and amplifiers in the background.

The band offered $10,000 in 2010 for information leading to an arrest in the case; the reward fund since has grown to $150,000, Hetfield says.

"This crime we feel was horrific in nature and what we want to do is bring closure to Morgan's family," Virginia State Police Capt. Timothy Lyon says in a video on the FBI's website. "We want an arrest, and that's what we're committed to doing."

Morgan Harrington

The FBI says Harrington was last seen hitchhiking on a Charlottesville bridge after leaving the concert before it was over on October 17, 2009. Her body was found in a field four months later. She had been wearing a distinctive silver necklace with Swarovski crystals, which has not been recovered.

The FBI says DNA evidence links Harrington's case to a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax, Virginia. The bureau issued an enhanced composite sketch of an unnamed man they think may be responsible.

The suspect is described as an African-American male with black hair and facial hair at the time of the 2005 attack. He is about 6 feet tall and was believed to be between 25 and 35 years old at the time of the attack, making him 32 to 42 now.

Information can be conveyed by calling Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467; Fairfax police at 703-385-7959; or the FBI at 800-225-5324.

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Poll: Catching criminals is fine, but don't use drones for speeding tickets, Americans say
The FAA says many universities, companies and government organizations are developing and producing 155 drone designs.
June 13th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

Poll: Catching criminals is fine, but don't use drones for speeding tickets, Americans say

Go ahead and use drones to track down criminals, to combat illegal immigration or for search-and-rescue missions. But to issue traffic citations?

No way, say Americans.

A recent Monmouth University poll showed there was overwhelming support for using unmanned aircraft in a variety of circumstances, but routine police work was not one of them.

Fewer than a quarter of the 1,708 adults surveyed last week said they would OK the use of drones to issue speeding tickets. Sixty-seven percent said they opposed the idea, and 10% had no opinion. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points (view a PDF here).

Compare that with the approval ratings for other drone applications: illegal immigration (64%), rescue missions (80%) and locating criminals (67%). The poll also indicates that 64% of Americans would be concerned about their privacy if U.S. law enforcement agencies began using drones with high-tech cameras.

Under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which President Barack Obama signed in February, the Federal Aviation Administration is charged with developing a plan “for the safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system as soon as practicable, but not later than September 30, 2015.”

The act is in response to the strict FAA regulations on drone use. It loosens those restrictions, allowing many government agencies to get swifter FAA permission to operate the unmanned aerial vehicles. It also allows any "government public safety agency to operate unmanned aircraft weighing 4.4 pounds or less," if certain criteria are met.

The FAA has authorized drone use for dozens of entities, including more than 20 universities, the U.S. military, local police forces, the FBI, NASA and the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Interior and Energy.

Drone uses vary greatly, according to an FAA document issued in March that outlines how drones will be used in six test ranges.

Not only can their objectives encompass everything from surveillance to searches to air quality testing, they can take many forms. Wingspans range from 6 inches to 240 feet. Weights run the gamut from 4 ounces to 16 tons.

"One thing they have in common is that their numbers and uses are growing dramatically. In the United States alone, approximately 50 companies, universities and government organizations are developing and producing some 155 unmanned aircraft designs,” according to the FAA.

The agency says it will select the test ranges in late 2012, with the first location becoming operational in 2013. The FAA currently has a test site at New Mexico State University, which it’s been using since June 2011.

There have been few incidents with domestic drone use, aside from an accident this month when a $176 million Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk went down in a marsh outside Salisbury, Maryland.

Outside the U.S., however, there has been widespread opposition to American reliance on drones to take out terrorists. A recent Pew Research Center poll showed that the U.S. was the only country among 20 surveyed that approved of using drones to kill extremist leaders in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

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North Dakota voters: University can drop Fighting Sioux name
Evan Trupp of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux tries to keep the puck in a hockey game against the Michigan on April 7, 2011.
June 13th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

North Dakota voters: University can drop Fighting Sioux name

North Dakota voters have - for now, at least - cleared the way for the University of North Dakota’s athletic teams to drop their controversial Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

North Dakotans voted 60.5% to 39.5% on Tuesday in favor of a referendum measure that essentially gives the school the power to drop the name, which it has sought to do to comply with an NCAA campaign targeting Native American nicknames.

“We are appreciative that voters took the time to listen and to understand the issues and the importance of allowing the university to move forward,” university President Robert O. Kelley said Wednesday.

But a years-long battle over the nickname might not be over, with supporters hoping to force another vote this time calling for changing the state Constitution to mandate the name’s use in November.

The issue stems from the NCAA's longstanding efforts to get most Native American nicknames and logos out of college athletics. In 2005, the NCAA ordered almost 20 schools whose nicknames and mascots it deemed "abusive in terms of race, ethnicity or national origin" to either get Native American permission to use their names and likenesses or come up with new ones.

The NCAA said that schools continuing to use such nicknames without permission would, among other things, be prohibited from hosting NCAA championship events.

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June 13th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Who is JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon?

The CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., James Dimon, is testifying before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Wednesday after a $2 billion trading loss in early May.

He told Congress that the massive loss can be blamed on traders misunderstanding the bets they placed and insufficient risk controls, according to CNN Money.

Dimon, who is also chairman of the nation's largest bank, was invited to speak before the committee in May. The hearings are investigating the loss from a regulatory angle. JP Morgan made its multibillion-dollar blunder due to "negative carry trades," according to CNN Money. FULL POST

June 13th, 2012
10:55 AM ET

After 8 days of bombardment, rebels retreat from Syrian town

After eight days of bombardment, Syrian government forces reclaimed the northwestern town of al Haffa on Wednesday, forcing rebels to stage a dawn retreat.

President Bashar al-Assad's government said through the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency that its forces had "restored security and calm after clearing it from the armed terrorist groups."

It said it had seized a cache of armaments, including sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and explosive devices.

An opposition group said rebel forces withdrew from Haffa and surrounding villages "in order to preserve the lives of civilians." The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Haffa had been under heavy shelling for eight straight days.

Fighting raged elsewhere as well, as the Syrian military pummeled cities from both the ground and sky, opposition activists said.

The Homs province city of Rastan came under fresh attack from planes and rocket-propelled grenades, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

At least 49 people were killed Wednesday, including 16 in Homs, the group said.

The escalating violence prompted the United Nations peacekeeping chief to become the first official from the global body to declare the Syrian crisis a civil war.

"Yes, I think we can say that," Herve Ladsous said Tuesday. "Clearly what is happening is that the government of Syria lost some large chunks of territory, several cities to the opposition, and wants to retake control."

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June 13th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

Foul-mouthed Bieber-hating mother takes over @Sweden

Sweden's tourist board decided to try to drum up interest in the country recently by handing control of the national Twitter account to a different Swedish citizen every week.

They got what they wanted.

In fact, this week, they may have gotten more than they wanted.

The current curator of @Sweden is a foul-mouthed mother of two who has tweeted photos of herself breastfeeding and of a dish she called strawberries with milk and urine. She's also made a joke about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury having AIDS, the disease that led to his death.

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June 13th, 2012
07:43 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...

10:00 am ET - JPMorgan Chase CEO on hot seat - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon will address the bank's recent massive trade loss when he testifies before the Senate Banking Committee.

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June 13th, 2012
06:37 AM ET

Dozens more firefighters to join effort to stop Colorado wildfire

Officials plan to more than double the amount of fire engines battling the raging wildfire in northern Colorado Wednesday in the hopes of stopping the blaze that has scorched more than 43,300 acres, destroyed dozens of structures and pushed thousands from their homes.

On Tuesday, 40 fire engines and 17 fire crews battled the blaze and were able to get it 10% contained, officials said. On Wednesday, the team fighting the blaze will grow to 100 engines and 34 crews, said Bill Hahnenberg, an incident commander.

President Barack Obama telephoned Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday and said his administration is already making personnel, equipment and federal grants available to the state to help in the effort.

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June 13th, 2012
04:21 AM ET

Ex-Murdoch exec Rebekah Brooks due in court

A former top executive of media baron Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group is due in court on Wednesday, accused of trying to obstruct a police investigation into phone hacking and bribery.

Rebekah Brooks was charged last month with perverting the course of justice in connection with a police investigation into phone hacking at the tabloid News of the World, which she used to edit.

Her husband Charles and four current or former News International employees also face charges.

They are accused of plotting to remove seven boxes of documents from News International offices and hide computers and documents from police.

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June 13th, 2012
03:58 AM ET

57 killed, more than 100 wounded in Iraq

A string of car bombs exploded in central Iraq Wednesday morning, killing at least 57 people and wounding 137 others, police officials said.

Most of the victims were Shiite Muslim pilgrims, police said.

The attacks Wednesday come after mortar rounds landed on pilgrims in northwestern Baghdad's Kadhimiya Shiite neighborhood Sunday leaving at least seven people dead and 20 others wounded.

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War crimes court postpones Gbagbo hearing to August
June 13th, 2012
02:52 AM ET

War crimes court postpones Gbagbo hearing to August

The International Criminal Court postponed a key hearing in the case against Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast president who is facing charges of crimes against humanity.

A confirmation of charges hearing originally planned for Monday is rescheduled to August 13, the court said in a statement. His lawyers asked for a delay to give them more time to prepare for an effective defense.

The hearing is to allow judges to hear arguments from both sides to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

Gbagbo is accused of crimes against humanity after he rejected election results and refused to step down when current president, Alassane Ouattara, was declared the winner in the 2010 poll. The standoff sparked months of violence between supporters of both sides, leaving thousands dead.

The former leader is accused of the crimes for actions committed by forces loyal to him during the standoff. He says he is innocent.

Former Ivory Coast president, Laurent Gbagbo, is facing charges of crimes against humanity.
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June 13th, 2012
02:06 AM ET

Suspect in Auburn killings turns self in

The man suspected of killing three people and wounding others near Auburn University could appear in court Wednesday or later this week, authorities said.

Desmonte Leonard, 22, turned himself in to U.S. marshals at the federal courthouse in Montgomery Tuesday, said Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall.

He could be returned to Auburn for his court appearance as early as Wednesday, said Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson.

Leonard faces three counts of capital murder and two counts of assault, Dawson said.

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