October 16th, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Earthquake recorded in Maine

[Update 8:55 p.m. ET] The U.S. Geological Survey revised its report of Tuesday's earthquake to magnitude 4.0, down from a preliminary magnitude of 4.6. The epicenter was pinpointed 4 miles west-southwest of Hollis Center, Maine, at a shallow depth of 4.2 miles.

Despite the downgrade, the quake was felt as far away as Boston, Massachusetts; Albany, New York, and even Waterbury, Connecticut, according to the USGS.

You can report your earthquake experience to the USGS at the above link, as well as adding your comment to the many at the end of this post.

"My entire house shook for 3 to 4 seconds. It felt like it was about to collapse," a viewer from Everett, Massachusetts, wrote to CNN affiliate WCVB in Boston.

"I live in Brockton (Massachusetts) and we just felt EVERYTHING shake here in Brockton," another viewer told his station.
Viewer Phillip Smith in Gorham, Maine, told CNN affiliate WCSH he felt a "Loud bang and 10 seconds of shaking ... scared us in Gorham. We must have qualified out here for the Guinness book of records: 10,000 homeowners at the same time run down to their basements to check if their furnaces have blown up."
The governor of Massachusetts said on Twitter that no harm was done:
Several people posted pictures of earthquake "damage" in the form of spilled pretzels and goldfish crackers.
Maine resident Brett O'Kelly sardonically assessed what may be the quake's greatest impact:

[Original post] An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.6  hit Maine at 7:12 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to the USGS website. The earthquake happened 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Hollis Center, Maine.

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October 16th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Source: Drug lord 'El Chapo's' daughter arrested at border

U.S. authorities have arrested a woman they believe is the daughter of Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a federal source told CNN.

Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar was arrested Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the international crossing at San Ysidro, California.

Guzman Salazar, who doesn't have legal documents to enter the United States, was caught trying to use a counterfeit visa to enter the country, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

She is pregnant and wanted to have her baby in the United States, the complaint said.

A federal official, who is not authorized to speak to the media and declined to be named, said that the woman is the daughter of the drug lord Guzman.

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Early voting in Ohio gets green light from Supreme Court
October 16th, 2012
01:50 PM ET

Early voting in Ohio gets green light from Supreme Court

If you're a voter in the swing state of Ohio, you've just gotten an additional three days to cast your ballot.

A one-sentence ruling from the United States Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for Ohio polls to allow early voting in person beginning on Saturday before the election.

The debate over early voting in Ohio was challenged by Republicans who said they wanted to fend off voter fraud. President Obama's campaign and other Democrats in the battleground state said blocking early voting would cause problems for minority and low-income voters.

Read our full report from CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears here.

As Election Day nears, voter ID laws still worry some

Documentary looks at voter fraud vs. voter suppression

Citigroup CEO steps down
Vikram Pandit has stepped down as CEO of Citigroup.
October 16th, 2012
09:28 AM ET

Citigroup CEO steps down

Citigroup's CEO is stepping down, ending his tumultuous five-year reign as leader of the third largest bank in the United States.

The surprise announcement by Vikram Pandit sent the company's shares down 2% this morning, no doubt, as shareholders wondered what the move meant for Citigroup.

Citigroup's President and COO John Havens also resigned.

For more on the shake-up, head over to CNNMoney.com.

October 16th, 2012
07:56 AM ET

Famous modern art stolen from museum in the Netherlands

Paintings by famous modern artists disappeared from an exhibition in the Netherlands in a predawn art heist Tuesday, shutting down an exhibition in the Kunsthal Rotterdam, where works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol and Claude Monet are on display.

Paintings of "considerable value" disappeared in the museum theft, spokeswoman Mariette Maaskant said on Netherlands public radio.

The Kunsthal's alarm system went off shortly after 3 a.m. local time, alerting the exhibition hall's private security detail. When security staffers arrived by car, they saw that the paintings were missing, Rotterdam police spokesman Roland Ekkers said. They informed police, who started an investigation.

The works belong to a private collection that is being shown for the first time to the public, according to a Kunsthal statement.

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UK will not extradite hacker McKinnon to U.S. because of health concerns
Gary McKinnon pictured at a press conference in London, on January 15, 2009.
October 16th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

UK will not extradite hacker McKinnon to U.S. because of health concerns

A man accused of hacking into Pentagon and NASA computers will not be extradited from the United Kingdom to the Unites States because of health concerns, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Tuesday.

Gary McKinnon has admitted to breaking into computers  - but says he did so to find out if the U.S. government was covering up the existence of UFOs.

McKinnon's lawyer, Karen Todner, has fought extradition on human rights grounds because McKinnon has Asperger syndrome.

May said McKinnon's Asperger syndrome and depressive illness meant "there is such a high risk of him ending his own life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with his human rights."

The U.S. government says McKinnon accessed 97 computers from his home in London for a year starting in March 2001, and costing the government about $1 million.

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October 16th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney face off tonight in a "town hall" debate.  Watch CNN.com Live for all your election coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

11:50 am ET - Ryan in Virginia - GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan is spending his day in Virginia, starting with a campaign event in Lynchburg.  He'll then travel to Fredericksburg for a campaign rally at 6:30 pm ET.

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October 16th, 2012
06:34 AM ET

Well-wishers stopped at hospital treating Pakistani anti-Taliban girl

Police said Tuesday that "two well-wishers" were stopped overnight as they sought to enter the English hospital where shot Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai is being treated.

The two were intercepted in a public area of the hospital, West Midlands Police said. Officers "recorded their details and advised the pair that they would not be allowed to see her," a statement said. No arrests were made.

Earlier, hospital director Dave Rosser said a "number of people" were arrested overnight trying to get into Malala's hospital room.

The people were claiming to be relatives, he said, adding that there was more than one incident at the Birmingham, England, hospital.

Rosser said the hospital and authorities were "very comfortable" with the security arrangements in place.

International experts are planning for the reconstructive surgery that 14-year-old Malala will need.

Malala appears to be "every bit as strong as we had been led to believe," Rosser said, adding that the consultant leading her care "is impressed by her resilience and her strength."

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NFL Week 6: The best photos
October 16th, 2012
12:23 AM ET

Broncos beat Chargers on huge comeback

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos overcame a 24-point halftime deficit and beat the San Diego Chargers 35-24 Monday night, one of the biggest comebacks in NFL history.

After looking anemic in the first half, Denver's offense - with Manning in his first year as the team's quarterback - got going in the second half. Manning threw three touchdown passes in the half, and the Broncos defense intercepted Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers four times. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

"We have been here before," said Manning, who completed 24 of 30 passes for 309 yards. "We know we have the ability to score quickly."

And that's just what Denver did. The Broncos opened the second half with an eight-play drive that went 85 yards for a touchdown.

The Chargers turned the ball over on their next possession for another Broncos touchdown. San Diego had six possessions in the second half and turned the ball over on five of them.

The victory leaves Denver and San Diego atop the AFC West, both at 3-3.

Only four teams have come back from larger deficits, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The largest of those was in a 1993 playoff game, when the Buffalo Bills trailed by 32 points against the Houston Oilers before coming back to win.


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