Trayvon Martin memorial removed but preserved, city says
Mourners set up a memorial to Trayvon Martin at the entrance to the subdivision where he was killed in February.
July 9th, 2012
08:39 PM ET

Trayvon Martin memorial removed but preserved, city says

An impromptu memorial to slain teenager Trayvon Martin has been dismantled, but the items that composed it are being preserved, the city of Sanford, Florida, announced Monday.

After consultations with Martin's family, city staff members removed the items from the entrance of the subdivision where Martin was shot in February during a confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, City Manager Norton Bonaparte's office said.

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24 hours through the lens
July 9th, 2012
05:44 PM ET

Mash-up: Tom Cruise, heroic cheerleader, Melinda Gates

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.

The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce has tongues wagging.

What's up with Tom and Katie?

The quick divorce settlement between Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (predictably) stirred up a discussion about Scientology, the controversial religion Cruise follows. Many of the comments were judgmental, speculative and some downright cruel, but  a few seemed to strive for a bit of balance:

urgoodsheep

He has dissolved three marriages with Scientology at the center. I do not see how these people who have very similar problems as normal people - except for the fact that they also have multimillion-dollar portfolios - think their problems are solved by this preaching self-reliance. I would need little help, too, if I had 40 people on my payroll. My religion is my faith, though, so he can have his. Maybe after this last family crash however, he can see that he is putting his guru above those he supposedly cares deepest for.

RitaJgal

I can see her decision to divorce as reasonable on many levels. I cannot see him, based on how he has handled things in the past, settling this surprise divorce in this way ... unless she has very solid ground to stand on.

DowPartyof5

Yes, the very solid ground being that she doesn't want to be married to him anymore.  Why fight her?  Why keep someone who doesn't want to be there?  I am sure he had a tight pre-nup, and she is obviously NOT a gold digger.  Best to them both!

ingyandbert

Agreed.  Katie's legal position was very strong thanks to smart maneuvering by her lawyers on jurisdiction and other matters.  Plus she has been the primary parent to Suri all along, so it was going to be hard for Tom to wrestle primary custody away from her.  The biggest factor, however, may have been the damage being done to Tom's career and pressure from the Church of Scientology to put a stop to the bad press.

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July 9th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

Monday'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...

11:50 am ET - Obama tax cut announcement - President Obama is expected to ask Congress to pass a one-year extension on Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year.

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Emilia expected to become major hurricane in Pacific
Hurricanes Daniel, left, and Emilia are shown in an infrared image on Monday morning.
July 9th, 2012
06:17 AM ET

Emilia expected to become major hurricane in Pacific

Hurricane Emilia formed in the eastern Pacific early Monday and is expected to become a major hurricane sometime Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

At 2 a.m. PT, the Category One storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph was about 760 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California and moving west-northwest at 12 mph, forecasters said.

Emilia is strengthening rapidly and is forecast to become a Category Two storm later on Monday and a Category Three, or major hurricane, with maximum sustained winds above 111 mph, on Tuesday, the hurricane center said.

Emilia posed no threat to land, however, and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

Emilia is the fourth Pacific hurricane of the season. Hurricane Daniel formed Friday and early Monday was a strong Category One storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

Daniel was about 1,270 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja and moving west at 15 mph.

It was expected to weaken to tropical storm status sometime Monday as it encounters colder waters in the Pacific.

Daniel also posed no threat to land.

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My interview with Ernest
Hollywood legend Ernest Borgnine made a big impression on a young reporter.
July 9th, 2012
02:55 AM ET

My interview with Ernest

Editor's note: Leslie Tripp is an assignment editor for the CNN National Desk.

Many people in their mid-30s and younger heard about the death of actor Ernest Borgnine and it didn't mean much. But I felt a particular sadness because I have interviewed Borgnine, and I actually made him cry.

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