September 24th, 2010
09:16 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

4 dead in Seattle shooting: Five people were shot - four fatally - at a Seattle, Washington, home Thursday, police said.

Virginia executes woman who hired killers: Teresa Lewis, called the mastermind in the murder-for-hire deaths of her husband and stepson, was executed Thursday night.

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Filed under: Crime • Death Penalty • Lindsay Lohan • Politics • Showbiz • Stephen Colbert
September 24th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

On the radar: Hiker pleads, comedian takes Capitol Hill

Freed hiker wants audience with Ahmadinejad - Sarah Shourd, the American hiker recently released from an Iranian prison, told CNN's "American Morning" on Friday that she would like to speak to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

Shourd said she would like to appeal to the Islamic republic's president to release her fiancée, Shane Bauer, and friend, Josh Fattal, who are still being held there. She would ask him to show the same mercy he showed in releasing her earlier this month.

Ahmadinejad told CNN's Larry King on Wednesday that he suggested Shourd be released but that he had no influence over the legal process. He said there was a chance Bauer and Fattal could be released, but it would be up to a judge to make that decision.

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Filed under: China • Courts • Hikers • Immigration • Iran • Japan • Lindsay Lohan • Mexico • On the Radar • Stephen Colbert • United Nations
September 17th, 2010
04:37 PM ET

Colbert, Stewart rallies on 'date of no significance'?

P.T. Barnum's "Greatest Show on Earth" debuted October 30, 1873.

When Jon Stewart raised the idea of doing a march in Washington, he said he wanted to make sure it was "on a date of no significance."

Stewart publicly floated the idea of a counter-rally to Glenn Beck's much-publicized "Restoring Honor" rally on the National Mall in a profile in the September 12 edition of New York magazine. Beck's rally was held on the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered in the same place.

So when Stewart and Comedy Central's other favorite funny man, Stephen Colbert, decided to announce rallies of their own in the nation's capital October 30, we had to take a look into history to see whether the date held a clean slate or whether there were some moments in time the two comedians might be ironically, or purposely, shining a light on.

Although it's likely any single day they chose could have some ironies to it, it turns out there are a number of interesting events in history that have taken place October 30.

Perhaps the double team of Stewart and Colbert are hoping their respective rallies will be regarded as the "Greatest Shows on Earth" - after all, P.T. Barnum's now-well-known circus did debut October 30, 1873. (If nothing else, it'd be a nod to the show's creator, who is also known for coining the phrase "there's a sucker born every minute"). Are you trying to send a tongue-in-cheek message to us, men of comedy?

Or perhaps the date of the rallies, and their place on the Mall, could be a nod to several historic moments in time. Here are a few of the other big events that have taken place on October 30. Are any the impetus behind the date's use? Or just a coincidence? Share your thoughts in the comments bellow.

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September 2nd, 2010
10:29 PM ET

'Healing process' begins at Discovery Channel

There were "a lot of hugs" and "a lot of tears" among employees at Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Thursday - one day after police shot and killed a man there who was holding three hostages.

"The healing process" has begun, said David Leavy, a company spokesman. "Yesterday knocked us off the horse. But we're back in the saddle today."

Leavy said the company's employees spent much of the day in a "town hall" with senior managers, and that over a dozen crisis counselors had been called in.

Wednesday's hostage crisis "was a scary situation," he said. "I don't think anyone walked into the building today with the same bounce in their step."

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August 2nd, 2010
10:58 PM ET

Bill Cosby: I'm alive. Now, please cut it out

Bill Cosby is used to winking at internet rumors of his death. But after another one spread Monday, he said he hopes people will give the hoaxes a rest.

After false news of Cosby’s death spread by Twitter on Monday - "Bill Cosby died" was a trending topic on the microblogging service - the 73-year-old comedian talked to CNN's "Larry King Live" to prove he still is around.

"I don't want [whoever spread the rumor] to do this anymore, because this is my fourth time being reported [dead]," Cosby said by phone to CNN’s Kyra Phillips, who was sitting in for Larry King on Monday night.

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August 2nd, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Charlie Sheen to serve Aspen 'jail' term in Malibu rehab

Charlie Sheen will serve his 30-day sentence for a Colorado domestic violence conviction in a Malibu, California, rehab center, his lawyer said.
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April 12th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

WebPulse: Conan to TBS, Adobe CS5 and Oprah

Conan is back on TV -- and he's going to be "Very Funny."

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:

Conan O'Brien and TBS - CoCo fans, you have your answer. Your fearless late night leader has a home again - though judging by the reaction online, it certainly wasn't the place most of you expected. This morning Conan and TBS announced they had reached a deal to put the late night host in George Lopez's talk show spot, moving his show to about midnight. Many people figured Conan was headed to Fox and the announcement this morning seemed to catch many people off-guard. But according to the New York Times' Media Decoder blog, the move was just as much a whirlwind for Conan and his folks - TBS in 10 days agreed to nearly every request and Lopez said he was happy to move back his show for Conan's arrival.

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April 8th, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey's show moves to her OWN channel

Four months after Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show leaves the air in September, Winfrey will return to TV on her OWN network, her company said.

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March 23rd, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Oprah settles lawsuit with former head of girls school

Oprah Winfrey has settled a lawsuit filed against her by the former head of the girls' school in Africa she founded in 2007, attorneys for Winfrey and Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane said.

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March 15th, 2010
06:13 PM ET

Charlie Sheen pleads not guilty on domestic violence charge

[Updated: 6:13 p.m.]  A jury trial has been set for July 21 for Sheen, said Rob McCallum, a spokesman for the court.

"Charlie is looking forward to this opportunity to clear his name," Sheen publicist Stan Rosenfield said.

Sheen is charged in an alleged Christmas Day domestic dispute with his wife, Brooke Mueller.

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