Live blog: Clashes reported as rebels claim to take right into Tripoli
Libyans celebrate in Benghazi's Freedom Square what rebels claim to be the first uprising in Tripoli against Moammar Gadhafi's regime on Saturday.
August 20th, 2011
11:11 PM ET

Live blog: Clashes reported as rebels claim to take right into Tripoli

[11:10 p.m. ET, 5:50 a.m. in Libya] Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, eldest son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, derided rebels and NATO for their efforts to take their fight inside Tripoli.

"We are in our land, in our country. We have no problem if it takes six months, one year or two years, victory will be ours. This is our country and we will not leave it," he said on Libyan state TV.

"Didn't they say that today, August 20, will be the day they take back Tripoli”

[9:50 p.m. ET, 3:50 a.m. in Libya] Below are translated quotes from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's televised speech a few hours ago:

"Greeting to all of you gathered at the Green Square in Bab Al-Aziziya when you were gathered earlier. I tried to join you but my security did not allow me. We congratulate you for getting rid of those rats that were discovered tonight and who were attacked and defeated by the crowds ...

We did not picture that Ramadan this year would look like this. Who transformed our happiness to Sadness? Who transformed Libya’s Green face to a black one? Who brought the Christians’ Airplanes to kill our children everyday and applauded? Who is the Libyan who applauded as the NATO airplanes kill our Children every night and day during the month of Ramadan? Can we call such a person a Libyan, a Muslim or even a human being? Not even Satan would do such a thing...

Timeline of events in Libya

What have we done to France or Britain or Italy or Norway or the Denmark? You brought them here. You want to give them our oil. If you rule Libya, you will hand Libyan oil to the French people. Sarkozy wants to take Libyan oil and give it to his people. You are just a tool that they are using and providing with weapons so you can give him Libya on a Golden platter. This is clear to everyone...

This is not a Libyan roject, this is not the Project of any Libyan or any tribe or any young Libyan. Its impossible. The Libyan youths love Moammar...

They have lost and used everything and their last resort is their lying campaign. They will end with it the same way they started with it. Now this is the ending."

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Update: Thriving at home after 13 years on death row with multiple sclerosis
Paul House lived with multiple sclerosis for 13 of 22 years on Tennessee's death row before DNA evidence freed him.
August 16th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Update: Thriving at home after 13 years on death row with multiple sclerosis

Paul House left Tennessee's death row nearly four years ago a crippled man. Sure, he was free, but after 13 years of living with multiple sclerosis in prison, he was a gaunt shell of a man, unable to walk or barely talk, scared to go out in public for fear of being harassed.

Now, he’s a different person, says his mother, Joyce House. He has new teeth, and an affinity for Arby’s beef-and-cheddar sandwiches has helped him gain weight. Thanks to treatment and medication, he can communicate with others and play online poker. When it’s not too hot outside, he exercises on parallel bars in his mother's backyard so that one day, he can hopefully transition from a wheelchair to a walker.

Most importantly, he has overcome a fear of public scrutiny that had haunted him since his release in 2008, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that new DNA evidence could have led a jury to acquit him in the 1985 murder of Carolyn Muncey. House spent 22 years on death row before his release.

"When he first came home, he didn't want to go anywhere. He was so afraid people were going to come up to him and say, 'oh you're a murderer,' " his mother said. "I told him people know you're innocent, I know you're innocent, you know you're innocent. He’d say, 'yeah, but does everyone else know?' "

House was placed under house arrest in 2008 while he awaited retrial. In 2009, a month before his trial, Union County District Attorney Paul Phillips filed a petition to drop all charges, saying DNA evidence presented significant reasonable doubt.

"Took 'em long enough," House said at the time.

His lawyer said he has filed a petition for executive clemency, which would provide for financial compensation. "He’ll never be able to walk, but he still strives to one day reach the walker,” Joyce House said.

"He says, 'whenever I get to where I can walk with the walker, we're going to see Mr. Kissinger,' the lawyer who set him free," she said.

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August 12th, 2011
10:33 PM ET

Listeria contamination fears prompt two food recalls

A Canadian company has recalled 38,000 pounds of diced bacon products that may be contaminated with listeria bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday.

No illnesses have been reported from consuming the bacon, which came from Ontario-based Aliments Prince, S.E.C.

The recall is preventative, spokesman Richard Vigneault said. Most of the product is with distributors in North Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey and Illinois. The company is looking into whether the product made it into stores.

Listeria contamination primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

The contamination was discovered during routine testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The recall applies to items with production dates prior to August 10, 2011, sold under the names Napoli, Stefano, Bellissimo, Olymel or Assoluti cooked diced bacon.

In an unrelated instance of listeria contamination, California company Fresh Food Concepts voluntarily recalled several layer dip products containing guacamole because the avocado potentially could be contaminated.

The contamination also was discovered in routine sampling by the Food and Drug Administration. The recall extends to products with a "use by" dates of September 16 and before, sold under the following names:

- Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip

- Delicioso 5 Layer Dip

- Rojo’s Ultimate 7 Layer Dip

- Rojo’s Supreme 6 Layer Dip

- Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip

- Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip

- Signature Café 6 Layer Dip

For more information on the recalls, contact the USDA or the FDA.

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Rare diamond seized from money launderer set for online auction
This flawless diamond, known as the "Golden Eye," is up for a minimum bid of $900,000.
August 11th, 2011
08:50 PM ET

Rare diamond seized from money launderer set for online auction

A rare 43-carat yellow diamond that belonged to a convicted money launderer will be auctioned for a minimum bid of $900,000, the U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday.

The flawless diamond, known as the "Golden Eye," will be sold in an online auction on September 6 by the U.S. Marshal's Service, the Department of Justice said in a statement Thursday. The FBI seized the notable diamond in an undercover investigation that led to Ohio businessman Paul Monea's conviction for money laundering.

Known for his involvement in the Tae Bo workout craze and a failed effort to market electric grill lighters as pain relievers, Monea was convicted in 2007 of conspiring to sell the diamond and a mansion once owned by former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson in exchange for $19.5 million and a boat, according to court documents.

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Anthony Sowell sentenced to death for killing 11 women
August 10th, 2011
02:56 PM ET

Anthony Sowell sentenced to death for killing 11 women

An Ohio jury recommended death Wednesday for convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell in the murders of 11 women.

Relatives of the victims gasped and hugged each other as Judge Dick Ambrose announced the first verdict for victim Tonya Carmichael. The courtroom erupted into applause after Sowell, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, left the courtroom.

The final decision rests with Ambrose, who scheduled a hearing Friday to impose the sentence.

Sowell, who frowned as the verdicts were read, was convicted in July of 11 counts of aggravated murder more than 70 other charges, including abusing corpses and kidnapping.

As part of the sentencing hearing, Sowell made a statement on Monday without being under oath or facing cross-examination from prosecutors.

Sowell was visibly agitated and occasionally tearful as he recounted claims of childhood abuse - both physical and sexual.

Sowell said his childhood "was like a war," with his mother and grandmother constantly arguing, yelling and "whopping" the children.

He did not elaborate on the crimes for which he was convicted.

"I don't know what happened, it's not typical of me," Sowell said. "I can't explain it and I know it's not a lot, but it's all I can give."

Sowell's convictions ended a saga that began in October 2009 with the discovery of the first two victims' remains inside Sowell's home. He eventually was accused of killing at least 11 women ranging in age from 25 to 52.

Congress gets (slow) applause for raising the debt ceiling
August 3rd, 2011
08:51 PM ET

Congress gets (slow) applause for raising the debt ceiling

It started with a proposal on Sunday from just another American waiting to see how Congress would handle raising of the nation's debt ceiling.

"When the debt deal goes through can we start a meme where we all make videos of ourselves slowly & sarcastically applauding our politicians?" software developer Chris Ashworth tweeted Sunday.

As sarcastic proposals are wont to do on Twitter, the notion caught on, and by Monday, Ashworth had the website, slowclapforcongress.com up and running with a message to Congress:

"For your leadership, your maturity, and your inspiring ability to perform the basic duties of your job, We applaud you.

Since then, 43 YouTube videos have been uploaded to the site, featuring, as promised, Americans clapping slowly, wearing expressions that range from dour to stern, disappointed, sad, even flinty at times.

The site has made Ashworth in a viral sensation, and he's quickly learning the ropes of instant stardom.

"Note to self: reporters are now actively reading (and quoting) my Twitter feed. Don't say stupid things."

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Yankees' A-Rod to be interviewed over illegal poker reports
August 3rd, 2011
06:04 PM ET

Yankees' A-Rod to be interviewed over illegal poker reports

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be interviewed in connection with reports that he participated in illegal poker games, an MLB spokesman said Wednesday.

"We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation. As part of the investigation, the Commissioner’s Office will interview Mr. Rodriguez," spokesman Patrick Courtney said.

The allegations, which were reported Thursday on RadarOnline.com, citing a Star magazine investigation, accuse Rodriguez of participating in at least two underground poker games. One allegedly was held in the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive, where "cocaine was openly used" and a fight nearly broke out over a player refusing to pay more than $500,000, the report said.

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Update: Strangers still thank football star who stopped gun-wielding student
August 2nd, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Update: Strangers still thank football star who stopped gun-wielding student

Kaleb Eulls says he didn't do anything special, but others still think of him as a hero.

It’s been nearly two years since the high school football star tackled a gun-wielding girl on a bus of students on the way to school in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Eulls, a senior at the time, was one of the oldest kids on the bus when the girl started pacing the aisle, shouting and pointing the gun, threatening to shoot.

Rewind: Football star tackles girl with gun on school bus

Eulls says he was just doing what was right when he lunged at the girl and tackled her to the ground, wrestling the gun from her hands. He was hailed as a hero and made the rounds on the talk-show circuit, dutifully answering questions with “yes ma’ams” and “no sirs” but not exactly relishing the spotlight.

The attention gradually faded, and he went about his life. He graduated from Yazoo City High School in 2010 and entered Mississippi State University on a football scholarship.

Now a rising sophomore, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle has his hands full with school and team practice. The 20-year-old says he hopes to go pro one day but he's studying for a “backup” career in finance.

Others aren’t so quick to forget a good tale of heroism. People still approach him about it, and the Oprah Winfrey Network reportedly interviewed him for an upcoming show.

“I get people who thank me and said what a great job I did; some want to know what happened,” he said. “I’m the same person I always was, but people recognize me more.”

He still speaks humbly about the incident and responds to questions with “yes ma'am” or “no ma’am.” He rejects attempts to attribute greater meaning to the incident or credit it with changing his life.

Well, except for one thing maybe.

“It taught me to expect the unexpected because you never think anything special or crazy is going to happen to you. But it does sometimes,” he says.

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Colts say they reach agreement to re-sign Peyton Manning
July 30th, 2011
07:27 PM ET

Colts say they reach agreement to re-sign Peyton Manning

Quarterback Peyton Manning has agreed to a five-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts for $90 million, according to NFL Network.

Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay confirmed the terms of the deal on his Twitter account.

The deal allows the four-time MVP to report to training camp at Anderson University in central Indiana, the club said on its website.

However, due to surgery he had in May, Manning will start the year on the training camp's "Physically Unable to Perform" list, the Colts said. Manning currently is undergoing daily rehabilitation sessions with the Colt’s medical staff.

“Signing Peyton was a top priority for this organization and we are thrilled that the deal is complete,” Irsay said. “We feel that it is a salary cap friendly deal and it allows us more flexibility.”

Manning led the Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2006 over the Chicago Bears. In 13 seasons, he has earned 11 Pro Bowl selections and started all 208 career games, the most games to start a career at any position in NFL history, according to the Colts' website. He has completed 4,682 of 7,210 passes for 54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns. On his next touchdown pass, Manning will join Brett Favre and Dan Marino as the only players with 400 or more touchdown passes.

July 27th, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Florida killer caught in Colorado after three decades on the run

A convicted killer who escaped from a Florida prison more than 30 years ago was arrested Wednesday in Colorado, authorities said.

Mark Barrett, 60, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals Wednesday morning at his cabin outside of Montrose, the Department of Justice said in a press release.

Barrett was serving a life sentence for murder in 1979 when he scaled prison fences to freedom, according to America's Most Wanted, which featured Barrett's case in January 2010.

Tips led to a Barrett's cabin outside Montrose, where officers disguised as fire protection officials approached him Wednesday morning and engaged in short conversation with him about fire concerns in the area, the Department of Justice said.

Once the deputy identified a tattoo on Barrett's hand, law enforcement officers identified themselves and took him into custody. During the arrest, deputies noticed firearms and what appeared to be a small marijuana grow operation.

Barrett is being held at the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office while he awaits extradition to Florida.

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July 26th, 2011
10:39 PM ET

U.S. skier Jeret Peterson shot himself to death, police say

Aerial skier and Olympic silver medalist Jeret "Speedy" Peterson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a spokesman for the Utah Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake said.

Police responded to a 911 call Monday night from Peterson, who said he was going to commit suicide and gave them his location in Lambs Canyon, Lt. Justin Hoyal said.

He was already dead by the time officers arrived at 11:30 p.m. ET, Hoyal said.

"This is a sad day for Boise and for all of us who admired Speedy Peterson's accomplishments, both on the slopes and in his life," said, Boise Mayor Mayor David H. Bieter, who presented Peterson with the Key to the City last year after he medaled in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

"The hundreds of kids who came to City Hall to shake Speedy's hand after he medaled in Vancouver last year are a living testament to his power to inspire and motivate. It is truly tragic that, in the end, there was one hill he wasn't able to conquer. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Peterson won a silver medal in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games for freestyle skiing after pulling off his signature move, the Hurricane.

Peterson picked up the nickname "Speedy" at a summer ski camp in Lake Placid, New York, in the mid-1990s because coaches thought he resembled the cartoon character "Speed Racer" with a big helmet, according to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association website. He won the 1999 U.S. Junior Championship and took bronze at two straight World Junior Championships in 2000 and 2001.

His life was not without tragedy. He reportedly considered suicide after losing $550,000 in blackjack earnings, according to The New York Times. His half-sister died in a drunken driving accident when he was 5. A friend committed suicide at his house, in front of him.

"The personal challenges Speedy has battled are familiar to all of us, and on behalf of the U.S. Olympic Committee, I'd like to offer my sympathy to Speedy's family and friends. Today is a sad day," U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement.

"I know Speedy's friends and family were incredibly proud of his effort in Vancouver, and his achievements were an inspiration to people all over the world."

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Dual attacks in Norway
July 22nd, 2011
10:20 PM ET

At least 87 dead after pair of attacks in Norway; suspect in custody

[Update: 10:20 p.m. ET, 4:20 a.m. Oslo] At least 80 people are dead as a result of a rampage Friday on Norway's Utoya Island, police said Saturday.

Norwegian authorities say the attack, which occurred at the ruling Labour Party's youth camp on an island outside the capital, was linked to a bombing earlier Friday in the heart of Oslo.

The death toll from the bombing still stands at 7, Norwegian Police spokesman Are Frykholm told CNN.

A 32-year-old Norwegian man is in custody, he said.

"For now we have arrested one person and he is being held in custody and we are investigating further based on information we're getting from him," he said.

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[Update: 8:15 p.m. ET, 2:15 a.m. Oslo] The scene after a bomb exploded in the center of Oslo on Friday reminded New Yorker Ian Dutton of what he witnessed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

The scale of the Oslo explosion was smaller than that of 9/11, but the stunned feeling and confusion in the aftermath were eerily similar.

"Seeing the emergency response gives me that same feeling in my spine of being in someone's crosshairs," Dutton said.

Read more witness accounts of the blast in Oslo

[Update: 6:54 p.m. ET, 12:54 a.m. Oslo]The official death toll as a result of Friday's explosion in Oslo stands at 7 and 90 people have been hospitalized, a spokesman for the city's mayor said.

Police have finished searching damaged buildings for dead and injured, spokesman Erik Hansen said. One of the city government's chief concerns overnight is finding shelter for the numerous elderly people whose homes were damaged in the blast, Hansen said.

[Update: 5:40 p.m. ET, 11:40 p.m. Oslo] Undetonated explosives were found on Utoya Island, where a gunman opened fire earlier in the day on a Labour Party Youth Camp, Oslo, Norway, acting Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said late Friday night.

Authorities believe the man traveled to the island from Oslo, where at least seven were killed in a bombing in the city center. The suspect, a 32-year-old Norwegian, was taken into custody after he killed or wounded an unknown number of people, Sponheim said.

[Update: 5:07 p.m. ET, 11:07 p.m. Oslo] A Norwegian man was arrested Friday in connection with attacks in Norway, officials said at a press conference Friday.

Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget said Friday that he was not familiar with "any threats connected to these attacks," a reference to a large explosion in Oslo and a mass shooting on Utoya Island.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg added that it is "too early to say anything about motives."

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Ohio jury convicts Anthony Sowell in Cleveland-area serial killings
Anthony Sowell , who used an insanity defense, will face the death penalty.
July 22nd, 2011
03:27 PM ET

Ohio jury convicts Anthony Sowell in Cleveland-area serial killings

An Ohio jury on Friday found Anthony Sowell guilty in connection with the aggravated murders, kidnappings and sexual assaults of 11 women in Cleveland between 2007 and 2009.

The jury took less than three days to convict Sowell, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 85 counts, among them, murder, abuse of a corpse, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

Sowell turned and offered his hands to a sheriff's deputy to be handcuffed as Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose read the first guilty verdict for the aggravated murder of Tonia Carmichael with a sexual motivation. In the gallery, Carmichael's mother and daughter hugged each other as the verdict was read.

The judge took nearly an hour to read all the verdicts. The jurors found him guilty on 84 counts, with the sole not guilty verdict coming on an aggravated robbery charge.

Investigators discovered the remains of the 11 women ages 25 to 52 in Sowell's home beginning in October 2009. Since then, other women have come forward alleging that Sowell attacked them.

11 bodies, one house of horrors: Why Cleveland women were 'invisible'

Police believe the women were easy prey for Sowell, a convicted sex offender who served 15 years for the attempted rape of a woman in 1989. Most of the women had struggled with drug addiction at some point and court records showing that many resorted to stealing and prostitution to support their habits.

With the conviction, Sowell faces the death penalty. Prosecutors received a report from an expert working with the defense, claiming Sowell suffers from several mental illnesses, including obsessive compulsiveness and post traumatic stress disorder, according to CNN affiliate WOIO.

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Artist Lucian Freud dies
Artist Lucien Freud, seen here in 1952, was considered Britain's greatest realist painter of the modern era.
July 21st, 2011
05:44 PM ET

Artist Lucian Freud dies

Artist Lucian Freud, best known for his nude, fleshy portraits that broke auction house records, died at the age of 88, his publicist said Thursday.

The German-born, British painter died of illness in his London home Wednesday night, his dealer, William R. Acquavella, said in a statement.

“My family and I mourn Lucian Freud not only as one of the great painters of the twentieth century but also as a very dear friend.  As the foremost figurative artist of his generation he imbued both portraiture and landscape with profound insight, drama and energy.  In company he was exciting, humble, warm and witty. He lived to paint and painted until the day he died, far removed from the noise of the art world," said Acquavella, owner of Acquavella Galleries in New York.

The grandson of psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud, Freud was widely regarded as the greatest British realist painter of his time. He often used friends, family and acquaintances as subjects.

"I paint people... not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be," he said, according to Tate Britain's website.

His 1995 life-size painting "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" fetched $33.6 million during bidding at Christie's auction house in New York in 2008, setting a new world record at the time. The previous record was for "Hanging Heart," a painting by Jeff Koons that sold for $23.5 million, said Rik Pike, a spokesman for Christie's.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
July 17th, 2011
07:25 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Not everyone gets a break over the weekend. Just ask congressional leaders and President Obama, who continued talks Saturday over a possible deficit reduction that would clear the way for Republican-backed increase in the federal debt ceiling.

Rupert Murdoch also had quite the weekend as the widening phone-hacking scandal that brought down his cornerstone newspaper claimed more victims.

Here's a look at those stories, which will continue to develop this week, along with others that CNN plans to follow:

Changes in command take effect in Afghanistan

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, current commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, will turn over command Monday to Marine Lt. Gen. John R. Allen. Petraeus will  assume his new role as director of the CIA in September, replacing Leon E. Panetta, who took office as secretary of defense July 1.

The succession comes two days before the Afghan National Army takes control Wednesday of Lashkar Gah the capital of the volatile Helmand province in the first transfer of security from NATO-led forces. The transfer is part of a phased handover which will see all foreign troops leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

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Women's World Cup showdown reaches the White House
July 17th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Women's World Cup showdown reaches the White House

World Cup fever has reached the White House, where President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are watching the women's final between the United States and Japan.

The White House released this photo Sunday, which was taken in the White House's Treaty Room office.

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Atlanta teachers accused in cheating scandal told to resign or be fired
Atlanta Public School Superintendent Erroll Davis Jr. signed the letters.
July 15th, 2011
09:29 PM ET

Atlanta teachers accused in cheating scandal told to resign or be fired

The superintendent of the Atlanta Public School system has issued an ultimatum to 178 teachers implicated in one of the nation's largest school cheating scandals: resign or be fired.

Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis Jr. signed the letters, which were sent Thursday, to educators named in a report as either confessing to or being implicated in "testing improprieties," Atlanta Public School spokesman Keith Bromery said.

The letters gave teachers the opportunity to resign Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, Bromery said. If teachers don't
resign, the district plans to initiate termination proceedings.

Dozens of Atlanta public school educators falsified standardized tests or failed to address such misconduct in their schools, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said a week ago. He was unveiling the results of a state investigation that confirmed widespread cheating in city schools dating as far back as 2001.

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Births, not immigration, account for most of Hispanic growth in last decade
Mexican-American women accounted for 16% of the nation’s births in 2008.
July 14th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Births, not immigration, account for most of Hispanic growth in last decade

Births have overtaken immigration as the driving force behind the growth of the Mexican-American population in the United States in the past decade, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The same can be said for the entire Hispanic population of the United States, which grew from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010, accounting for 16.3% of the U.S. population, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. About 58% of that growth resulted from births rather than the arrival of new immigrants, the report says.

The trend is most evident among Mexican-Americans, whose numbers grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million from new immigrant arrivals in the past decade, reversing trends from the previous two decades, when the number of new immigrants matched or exceeded the number of births, the report says.

Mexican-Americans are the nation's largest Hispanic group,  at around 31.8 million, or 63% of the U.S. Hispanic population and 10% of the total U.S. population.

In the Pew report, the term Mexican-American applies to people of Mexican origin, regardless of immigration status. The study noted that in 2010, 52% of people of Mexican origin were in the U.S. illegally, and that 68% of births to undocumented aliens were to Mexican nationals.

What's behind the change?

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Rodney King suspected of driving while impaired, police say
July 12th, 2011
10:10 PM ET

Rodney King suspected of driving while impaired, police say

Rodney King, whose infamous beating by police was caught on camera in 1991, was arrested Tuesday in a traffic stop in Moreno Valley, California, after police observed him committing "several traffic violations," Moreno Valley Police said in a statement.

A preliminary evaluation indicated King was possibly driving while impaired, the statement said. He was taken to the Moreno Valley Police Department for evaluation and booked into custody.

Amateur video captured King's beating after Los Angeles police officers stopped him for speeding March 3, 1991. Police beat King repeatedly, delivering 56 baton blows and six kicks - causing skull fractures, and brain and kidney damage.

Four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force but were acquitted of state charges on April 29, 1992.

The three days of rioting that followed in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities left 55 people dead and 2,000 injured. There were 12,000 arrests and about $1 billion in property damage in Los Angeles.

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July 7th, 2011
08:17 PM ET

Lightning strikes tree near Caylee Anthony memorial site

Hours after Casey Anthony learned on Thursday that she will leave jail next week, lightning apparently struck a tree next to a makeshift memorial in honor of her slain daughter,  Caylee.

No one saw lightning strike the pine tree on Suburban Drive in Orange County, Florida, where teddy bears and flowers mark the spot where 2-year-old Caylee's remains were found on December 11, 2008.

But long, diagonal strips of exposed wood scarred the tall pine tree, WESH reported, and bits of bark lay scattered across the road.

"It could be a sign from the angels that they aren't happy with what's happened," a visitor to the site told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. "The rain, the lightning, the storm it's the heavens indicating they aren't happy."

There are more lightning strikes in Florida per square mile than in any other state, according to weather.com.

A Pinellas County jury acquitted Anthony, 24, of murder and manslaughter charges Tuesday in the death of her daughter. The same jury convicted her of four charges of obstruction of justice for lying to police during the search for Caylee.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail  one year for each of her four convictions but with credit for nearly three years already served and good behavior, her release date was set for Wednesday, July 13, a court spokeswoman said.

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