Gotta Watch: Parents fighting at children's ball games
Parents duke it out at their children's baseball game in Columbus, Georgia.
July 10th, 2012
09:09 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Parents fighting at children's ball games

Some kids may not be learning good sportsmanship from their parents.  We've obtained video of some adults losing control at their kids' sporting events by fighting and punching other parents.  See why these parents became so upset.

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Get Real! Parents brawl at Little League

A Little League game in Georgia got out of hand when a verbal fight turned physical.

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Parents throw punches at baseball game

Three parents face criminal charges after a youth baseball tournament turns ugly. KUSA reports.

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2006: Pee Wee football parents attack

Back in 2006, CNN affiliate KZTV captured video of parents at a Texas Little League game fighting with the referee.

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Goalkeeper Solo gets drug warning ahead of Olympics
Hope Solo, seen here in a May 27 game against China, is clear to play in the Olympics despite the warning.
July 10th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Goalkeeper Solo gets drug warning ahead of Olympics

An anti-doping agency has issued a public warning to U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo after she tested positive for a banned diuretic, a substance that she says she didn’t know was in premenstrual medication prescribed by her physician.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it accepts Solo’s explanation, and U.S. Soccer says the warning will not prevent its first-choice goalkeeper from competing in the 2012 Olympics or any other competition.

Solo, 30, tested positive for canrenone in a urine sample taken last month, the USADA said this week.

Canrenone is a diuretic, a type of substance that could help athletes pass drug tests by diluting their urine, according to the Mayo Clinic. Because of this, diuretics sometimes are referred to as masking agents.

An investigation determined that the diuretic was part of a prescribed medication she was taking under a doctor’s care, the USADA said.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.

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24 hours through the lens
July 10th, 2012
05:46 PM ET

Mash-up: Gators, gizmos, gov't surplus

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 Panterragaff. It's not your father's Huffy.

Want to ride a 12-legged walking bicycle?

Award-winning CNN iReporter Percy von Lipinski, a freelance videographer in Vancouver, British Columbia, filed a fun video report from the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, a quirky convention devoted to do-it-yourself art projects. He got to try out the Panterragaff, a 12-legged, two-person walking bicycle, and was especially amused by one particular interest group.

"So when I heard that there was going to be the world's first and only Panterragaff at the same location as the Knot Tying Association, I just knew I had to attend," Lipinski said. "And was I glad I did. I spent the day there looking over some of the craziest concoctions that I could have ever imagined."

Lipinski brought some of his film and video students from the Pacific Audio-Visual Institute to help with camera work.

Crowning moment

The Olympic Torch arrives at London's Windsor Castle on Tuesday, and guess who's at the door to welcome it?

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Deceased man’s Wimbledon bet wins $155K for Oxfam
Roger Federer's Wimbledon victory on Sunday won big cash for a charity, thanks to a British man's bet years ago.
July 10th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

Deceased man’s Wimbledon bet wins $155K for Oxfam

Nicholas Newlife has been dead for three years, but he’s just given anti-poverty charity Oxfam a sizable boost thanks to a bet he made years ago on tennis star Roger Federer.

Newlife, of Oxfordshire, England, bet £1,520 ($2,350) at 66-1 odds that Federer would win seven Wimbledon men’s singles before 2020.

That bet became a winner on Sunday, when Federer beat Andy Murray in four sets to claim his seventh Wimbledon title.

But Newlife, of Oxfordshire, England, died in February 2009 at age 59. So instead of going to him, the £101,840 ($155,000) winnings will go to Oxfam, to which he had left his entire estate, the charity said this week.

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Bolivia's Morales on re-election to helm of coca growers' union: 'Death to the Yankees!'
Evo Morales has long fought to decriminalize the practice of chewing coca leaves, which the U.N. has banned for decades.
July 10th, 2012
04:35 PM ET

Bolivia's Morales on re-election to helm of coca growers' union: 'Death to the Yankees!'

Bolivia's Evo Morales has been re-elected.

Some of you may be asking, "Weren't the country's elections in 2009?" Yes, they were. That's not at all what we're talking about.

It was reported Monday by several Hispanic news outlets - including Los Tiempos, La Razon and La Rioja (excuse the Google Translate pages, but you get the idea) - that the Bolivian president once again has been elected to helm the union for coca leaf producers in the nation.

Coca, as in the precursor plant for cocaine.

Those of you familiar with Morales are aware of his fondness for the crop. You might even remember the time he gave Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a charango, an Andean instrument similar to a ukelele, inlaid with leaves from the plant ... which must have made for spirited discussion when she came back through U.S. Customs.

Those of you familiar with Bolivia are aware that many indigenous folks there have been known to employ the plant for purposes unrelated to Scarface Delight. The plant has been used for thousands of years in the Andes, and not merely as a stimulant. It's also a medicine that can reportedly relieve altitude sickness and pain or suppress appetite if you chew the leaves, a custom known as "acullico."

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Court overrules Egypt's president on parliament
July 10th, 2012
03:07 PM ET

Court overrules Egypt's president on parliament

Egypt's Higher Constitutional Court on Tuesday halted the decision by newly elected President Mohamed Morsy to call the nation's parliament back into session, an official said.

The court also "affirmed its rule to dissolve parliament and considers it invalid," said Aly Hassan, a judicial consultant affiliated with Egypt's Justice Ministry.

The ruling is the latest move in a power struggle between Morsy and the country's military rulers, who dissolved the legislature last month.

The parliament, recalled by Morsy (pictured, center), convened for less than an hour Tuesday. The session was the first since the nation's highest court said parliamentary elections were unconstitutional, prompting the military to disband the body.

Morsy, who took office June 30, opted to override the edict of the military, which has run the country since the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

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July 10th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Hundreds of turtle hatchlings crushed by excavators

[Updated at 2:59 p.m. ET] Hundreds of endangered leatherback turtle hatchlings and eggs were crushed over the weekend when attempts to stop erosion on a tourist beach in Trinidad went badly wrong, according to conservationists.

Workers were redirecting a river that was endangering a major nesting habitat for leatherback turtles and encroaching on local hotels and businesses in Grande Riviere, a popular tourist spot on the Caribbean island's north coast.

However, the workers severely damaged a nesting area with a bulldozer and an excavator, killing or harming hundreds of unhatched turtle eggs, the local conservation groups said.

A statement from the Environmental Management Authority acknowledged that hundreds of turtles had been killed during attempts to divert the river's course.

"If left on its current course, the existing route of the river would have caused more erosion and loss to previous nesting sites," the EMA said. "The EMA believes that this emergency action will have some positive impact on the overall population of leatherback turtles nestling in Grande Riviere."

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Teen uses 'Swamp Men' move to save self from alligator
Trappers pull an alligator from the water after a Florida teen lost an arm to a gator in an attack Monday.
July 10th, 2012
09:15 AM ET

Teen uses 'Swamp Men' move to save self from alligator

A Florida teenager lost part of his arm in an alligator attack on Monday, but the boy's family says the outcome could have been worse if the 17-year-old hadn't been a fan of the National Geographic show "Swamp Men."

Kaleb "Fred" Langdale was swimming with friends in in the Caloosahatchee River in Moore Haven in southwest Florida when an 11-foot alligator attacked, according to a report from CNN affliate WINK-TV.

"As soon as he'd seen Fred, the gator was coming after him. On top of the water, as fast as he could pedal, his tail was wagging back and forth, he was coming," Langdale's friend Gary Beck told WINK.

That's when the teen's TV gator knowledge kicked in, his sister, Rebecca Langdale, said in an interview with the Fort Myers News Press.

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July 10th, 2012
07:46 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...

10:00 am ET - Health care reform impact hearing - With the House scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to repeal President Obama's health care reform law, lawmakers will be busy debating the matter today.  This hearing will focus on how the law has impacted doctors and patients.

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July 10th, 2012
04:41 AM ET

Congolese warlord Lubanga gets 14 years for using child soldiers; will serve 8

The International Criminal Court handed down its first-ever sentence Tuesday, sending Thomas Lubanga - the Congolese warlord convicted of using child soldiers and turning them into killers - to prison for 14 years.

But six years, from March 2006 until Tuesday, that Lubanga had been in custody will be deducted from the sentence, Judge Adrian Fulford at the court The Hague, Netherlands, said.

Fulford said "vulnerability of children mean that they need to be afforded particular protection that does not apply to the general population."

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July 10th, 2012
04:27 AM ET

Southwest heats up as rest of U.S. cools down

Even as the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast cool a bit, the U.S. Southwest is practically boiling.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for parts of Arizona, California and Nevada through Wednesday, with temperatures forecast to peak Tuesday at 113 degrees in Las Vegas; 113 in Phoenix; 116 degrees in Yuma, Arizona; and 125 degrees in Death Valley, California.

In the Las Vegas Valley, local officials are opening up cooling stations Tuesday to give residents a place to beat the heat. Forecast highs in the 100s will continue into next week.

Some may think that the excessive heat warnings are, well, a bit excessive given they're being issued for the desert where 100-plus temperatures aren't uncommon.

Not so, says Gary Woodall of the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

"We look at our high temperatures and the low temperatures that we're forecasting," he told affiliate KPHO. An average temperature of 100 degrees for the day is key, since that would limit the body's ability to cool itself.

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Official: Paparazzi pursuit of Justin Bieber 'tragedy waiting to happen'
July 10th, 2012
02:48 AM ET

Official: Paparazzi pursuit of Justin Bieber 'tragedy waiting to happen'

The paparazzi pursuit of Justin Bieber along Los Angeles freeways is a "tragedy waiting to happen," a Los Angeles city councilman warned.

Dennis Zine, who has sponsored tougher punishment for photographers who break the law while staking celebrities, witnessed an example Friday of why the practice is so dangerous.

"I expected to see a crash," said Zine, a 33-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and still a reserve officer. "The danger is of someone getting killed."

Bieber's Fisker Karma - a $100,000 electric sports car - looked like a silver bullet as it zoomed past Zine at 100 mph on U.S. 101 Friday morning, he said. "He was coming up behind me, making abrupt lane changes, not giving signals, cutting off cars."

Four or five other cars followed close behind, apparently carrying photographers stalking Bieber, he said. "They were close by, at a rapid speed, all of them."

"It's like a miracle that nothing happened," Zine said. "It was mere luck that no one got involved in a collision."

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July 10th, 2012
02:42 AM ET

State Dept: Release pastor jailed for 1,000 days, sentenced to death in Iran

It has been more than 1,000 days since a Christian pastor was thrown into an Iranian jail for leaving Islam and sentenced to death for, as the U.S. State Department put it, "simply following his faith."

On Monday, the agency once again called on Iran to release Youcef Nadarkhani.

"Pastor Nadarkhani still faces the threat of execution for simply following his faith, and we repeat our call for Iranian authorities to release him immediately," said a statement from State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

His next scheduled court date is September 8.

Nadarkhani, born to Muslim parents in the northern Iranian town of Rasht, converted to Christianity when he was 19.

Later he was ordained as a minister and led a network of house churches in Iran.

He was arrested in October 2009 after he lodged a protest with local education officials after learning his child was being forced to read from the Quran, the Muslim holy book, in school.

He was charged with apostasy and convicted in a provincial court - which sentenced him to death.

He appealed, and during a trial in a lower court, refused to recant his beliefs.

The case made its way to the Supreme Court, which said Nadarkhani's sentence could be overturned if he recanted. The 34-year-old pastor has refused.

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July 10th, 2012
02:32 AM ET

Fired Florida lifeguard gets key to city; meets man whose life he saved

Fired Florida lifeguard Tomas Lopez was honored with the key to the city Monday and got a chance to meet the man who life he saved.

Lopez made national news last week when he was fired for leaving his post so he could save a swimmer outside his coverage zone at Hallandale Beach.

"It is a big honor. I don't believe I deserve the key in general. All our guards would have done this," Lopez told the crowd assembled at Hallandale Beach City Hall on Monday, according to CNN affiliate WFOR. "All I did was what I was supposed to do."

The incident occurred July 2 at the beach on Florida's Atlantic coast, north of Miami.

A beachgoer rushed to Lopez's lifeguard station to alert him to a man who was drowning.

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