March 10th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Police report: 'Jihad Jane' attempted suicide in 2005

Colleen LaRose - the Pennsylvania woman indicted for allegedly conspiring to support terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country - attempted to commit suicide in 2005, according to a police report filed at the time.

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March 10th, 2010
01:08 PM ET

Obama meets with Haitian president on relief, recovery

President Barack Obama met Wednesday with Haitian President Rene Preval to discuss relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts in Preval's devastated Caribbean nation.

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March 10th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

Sports Update: No more Nomar, UConn women, soccer

Nomar Garciaparra announced Wednesday he is ending his 14-year MLB career.

It’s college hoops overload with each of the Big Six conference tournaments under way. But there’s plenty more sports fare with spring training baseball, Champions League soccer to go with pro hoops and hockey (all times Eastern).

– Six-time All-Star infielder Nomar Garciaparra announced his retirement at a press conference Wednesday. Garciaparra signed a one-day contract with his former team the Red Sox, Wednesday, then announced he'd be retiring and working as an analyst for ESPN.

South Florida vs. Georgetown (Noon, ESPN): Just one of the 30 conference tournament games on today’s slate features a Top 25 team: when Greg Monroe and No. 22 Georgetown meet South Florida for a trip to the Big East quarterfinals.

Manchester United vs. AC Milan (2:45 p.m., FSC): The English giants bring a 3-2 lead into the second leg of today’s Champions League tie with the Rossoneri at Old Trafford. It’s a strange homecoming for AC Milan midfielder David Beckman, who rose to global super-stardom during 11 years with the Manchester club. Real Madrid meet Lyon in the afternoon’s other match (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Plus).

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March 10th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

Web Pulse: Chuck Norris, Asperger's, Corey Haim

Chuck Norris is celebrating his birthday Wednesday.

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

Chuck Norris: You always know it is going to be a good day when Chuck Norris is a hot topic on Twitter - and this time, it isn't even just the worldwide Internet sensation obsessed with random facts about him. Happy 70th birthday to our favorite roundhouse-kicking, crime-fighting Texas Ranger (who also happens to be one of CNN's most intriguing people today).

Asperger syndrome: You can learn something from TV, at least, that's if Google's trends are any clue. The term "Asperger  syndrome" has been sitting atop the hot list, apparently because of the plotline from NBC's new sitcom "Parenthood." And according to a San Francisco Chronicle blog, the attempt to raise awareness may be because the show's executive producer has a child with Asperger syndrome, and he wanted to portray the disorder as accurately as he can and give people a better understanding of it. Hats off to that producer, because it appears to be working.

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March 10th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

How third-party candidates affect elections

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is warning Tea Party candidates to stay out of the November elections.

Romney, a possible candidate for the 2010 Republican presidential nomination, suggested that "Tea Party" candidates could divide the GOP vote, allowing Democrats to win.

"If there is a conservative candidate that runs in the general election, then obviously, divide and fail is the result," Romney said.

In an interview with the conservative Newsmax Web site, Romney suggested that "most" Tea Party supporters would vote Republican in a two-party race.

"Hopefully Tea Party candidates will run in respective primaries and they will either win or lose. And if they win they will go into the general," he said. "If they lose, they won't, and they will get behind the more conservative of the two finalists."

Another possible Republican presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, made similar comments last month.

Fact Check: How much of an impact do third-party candidates have in general elections?

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March 10th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Iraq election results delayed; officials cancel announcement

Iraqi election results will not be available for at least another day, it appears, after election officials canceled a news conference scheduled for Wednesday.

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March 10th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

On the Radar: 'Jihad Jane,' women fliers honored, Iraq

Colleen Larose, known as "Jihad Jane" was indicted for allegedly conspiring to support terrorists.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Wednesday:

Jihad Jane - Colleen LaRose, a Pennsylvania woman known as "Jihad Jane" and "Fatima Rose" was indicted for allegedly conspiring to support terrorists and kill a Swedish cartoonist. LaRose and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage jihad in South Asia and Europe as well as women who had passports and could travel around Europe to support the jihad. CNN's Susan Candiotti digs deeper to find out who this woman is, what her past involves and more about the alleged plot.

Unemployment benefits - The Senate is set to consider a measure to extend unemployment benefits after clearing a procedural hurdle by voting to end debate on the measure Tuesday. The $140 billion bill would extend unemployment benefits and a host of expiring tax cuts, as well as stave off scheduled cuts in the payments doctors receive for treating Medicare patients. FULL POST

March 10th, 2010
10:52 AM ET

Fewer states report jobless rate increases

A total of 30 states and Washington, D.C., reported rising unemployment rates in January, down from the number in the previous month, according to a government report released Wednesday.

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March 10th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

9:30 am ET - Clinton, Gates on Capitol Hill - Former president Bill Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill Gates testify before a Senate committee on new directions in global health.

11:55 am ET - Obama, Haiti talks - President Obama and Haitian president Rene Preval speak with reporters following their talks at the White House.

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March 10th, 2010
08:48 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Colleen LaRose: A Pennsylvania woman has been indicted for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. LaRose, known as "Jihad Jane" and "Fatima LaRose," has also been charged with making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft.

LaRose and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet "to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad," according to a Justice Department statement.

A government official familiar with the case said Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was one of LaRose's intended targets. In 2007, Vilks had drawn the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog, outraging many Muslims.

If convicted, LaRose faces a possible life prison sentence and a $1 million fine.

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March 10th, 2010
07:49 AM ET

Families: Detained U.S. hikers call home in 'positive signal'

Three U.S. hikers who were detained in Iran have spoken by phone with their relatives for the first time since authorities jailed them more than seven months ago, the hikers' families said Wednesday.

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March 10th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Gates hints at possible early pullout from Afghanistan

After surveying training camps in eastern Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates hinted Wednesday that U.S. troops could be leaving earlier than the announced July 2011 troop withdrawal date.

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March 10th, 2010
06:10 AM ET

World update: Protests expected in Nigeria

Residents buy newspapers in the city of Jos, Nigeria.

An update from London on some of the stories that our reporters are following that we're expecting to develop through the day Wednesday:

Nigeria protests - Protests are expected in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja over the country’s ongoing political power vacuum, and in the wake of a massacre at the weekend near the city of Jos.

Terrorist killed - The suspected mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings - known as Dulmatin - has been killed by Indonesian authorities, the Indonesian president has announced.  Read the full story

Church sex abuse - German victims of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions tell CNN’s Fred Pleitgen their harrowing stories.  Read the full story

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March 10th, 2010
02:19 AM ET

Sheen to return to '2 and a Half Men' after rehab stint

Charlie Sheen will return to the set of his sitcom "Two and a Half Men" next week, his spokesman said.

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March 10th, 2010
02:14 AM ET

Out of the closet, but stuck in voting pattern

Why would a gay politician vote against gay rights? That describes the voting record of California state Sen. Roy Ashburn, who came out Monday in an interview with a radio talk show.

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March 10th, 2010
12:22 AM ET

On the Radar: Iraq elections, health care, the Middle East

Some stories we're tracking for Wednesday:

Iraq elections

Iraqi election results will start to become available. Despite the threat of violence on voting day, nearly two thirds of Iraqis cast ballots on Sunday, election officials said.

Health care

President Obama is scheduled to travel to St. Louis, Missouri, to continue his health care push. He is expected to later attend several fundraising events.

The Middle East

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States condemns Israel's decision to build 1,600 housing units in a Jerusalem neighborhood. How will the statement resonate in the region?

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