March 16th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Update: Tiger Woods will return to golf at Masters

[Updated 2:12 p.m.] PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem reacted to Tiger Woods' announcement that he will return to golf at the Masters.

"We were pleased to learn that Tiger Woods will be playing the Masters in a few weeks. He has invested a lot of time taking steps, both in his personal and professional life, in order to prepare for his return. We all wish him and his family the best as he rejoins the tour."

[Posted 11:28 a.m.] Tiger Woods announced he will make his much-anticipated return to golf at the Masters in April.

"The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in a statement, now on his Web site. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta."

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March 16th, 2010
01:23 PM ET

Web Pulse: Tiger Woods, IE9, QR codes and Facebook

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

Tiger Woods and the Masters - Let the speculation end. Tiger Woods has put all of the rumors and rampant speculation to rest with his announcement today that he'll be returning to golf at the Masters in April. Lots of chatter surrounding the announcement - both on the kind of role model Tiger was, whether he still should be one as well as the strategy behind choosing the Masters as his return event because of its controlled nature.

Internet Explorer 9 – At Microsoft's Mix conference they announced a platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 - which they tout as a prototype for how they plan to interact with the Web currently, but also be able to adapt to quickly changing Web technologies. Most of the buzz is from the tech community on Twitter, a majority of who appear to be downloading a "Test Drive" version Microsoft has made available on its site.

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March 16th, 2010
12:31 PM ET

Two dead, more than a dozen injured in Texas bus crash

[Updated 12:41 p.m.] We now have video from the scene of the bus that rolled over near Campbellton, Texas, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen.

Video from the scene showed a bus lying on its side in the highway's grassy median, with clothing and other items littering the ground nearby. Emergency personnel, including fire trucks and ambulances, were on the scene. CNN affiliate KSAT reported that the bus was an Americanos charter bus.

Mark Baldon, who came upon the crash shortly after it happened Tuesday morning, said he saw the bus "smoldering," the affiliate reported.

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March 16th, 2010
12:05 PM ET

Thai 'red shirts' pour blood in anti-government protest

Anti-government protesters poured a small amount of blood at the headquarters of the government in Bangkok on Tuesday, but the demonstration did not live up to their threat to douse the ministers' offices in blood.

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March 16th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Sports Update: Ovechkin hit, March madness, NIT

Alex Ovechkin was suspended for his hit on Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell.

The three-week orgy of college basketball begins tonight with the opening round (don't call it the play-in game or ESPN will get mad) of the NCAA Tournament. While Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Winthrop will battle in Dayton, the more recognizable teams can be found in the NIT which begins play today on campuses across the nation. The highlights (all times Eastern):

Florida  vs. Atlanta
(1:05 p.m., Major League Baseball Network) The Braves have one of baseball's most-talked prospects in Jason Heyward, 20-year-old right fielder who has had a terrific spring. Heyward is Baseball America's No. 1 prospect and will be a Rookie of the Year candidate if he makes the Opening Day roster.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Winthrop (7:30, ESPN) The winner gets Duke, the No. 1 seed in the South Regional, on Friday in Jacksonville but first things first: Arkansas-Pine Bluff is in the NCAAs for the first time in program history and have won 11 of its last 12 games. Winthrop held 12 opponents to 55 points or less this season and won the Big South Conference's automatic bid.

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March 16th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Deal opens way for new Michael Jackson albums

Dozens of Michael Jackson songs never heard before by fans will be released in 10 new albums over the next seven years, starting in November, according to a source close to the transaction.

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March 16th, 2010
11:51 AM ET

Obama officials: 9.7% jobless rate 'unacceptable'

Obama administration officials urged lawmakers Tuesday to support the president's budget, saying it will drive job growth.

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March 16th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

World's smallest man dies

He Pingping, 21, was Guiness' world's smallest man at 2 feet, 5.37 inches tall.

He Pingping, recognized as the world’s smallest man by Guinness World Records, died during the weekend, Guinness said on its Web site.

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March 16th, 2010
10:39 AM ET

NASA discovers life hidden 600 feet below Antarctic ice

A three-inch long Lyssianasid amphipod (seen in orange) was found on the underside of the McMurdo ice shelf in Antarctica.

Six hundred feet below the Antarctic ice, where no light can be found, NASA scientists made a startling discovery – a swimming shrimp-like creature that could challenge the idea of where and how forms of life can survive.

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March 16th, 2010
10:03 AM ET

On the Radar: Health care, severe weather, Haiti

CNN iReporters Tomas Rozar and Clem Carfaro provided this aerial image of flooding in Bound Brook, New Jersey.

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

Severe weather - Facing near-record floodwaters, Red River communities in Minnesota and North Dakota raced to shore up levees and dikes early Tuesday, officials said. In the northeastern United States, more than 200,000 customers remained without power after rain and hurricane-force winds whipped the region over the weekend.

Health care - Democratic leaders in the House continue to count supporters as they look toward a vote this week on overhauling the country's health care system. CNN analysis shows that opposition in the House to the Senate health care plan has reached 200 members. That's just 16 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority.

Two groups, meanwhile, plan to protest the Democratic proposals Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill. First up at 9 a.m. is FreedomWorks and many other Tea Party activists in front of the Cannon House Office Building. At 10 a.m.,   activists converge at a "Code Red"  rally to urge members of Congress to "kill" the health care overhaul bill. Key speakers will be Republican Reps. Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

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March 16th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Police: 'Low intensity' explosion hurts 5 in Karachi

Five people were wounded in an explosion in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, police told CNN.

Karachi police official Amir Farooqi described the blast as a "low intensity" explosion caused by a bomb planted under a freeway underpass near
the Chandni Chowk area of Karachi.

He said women and children were among the injured. Police are investigating the explosion, he said.

- Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report.


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March 16th, 2010
09:30 AM ET

Captured ship released by pirates after ransom paid

A ship held captive by pirates in the Indian Ocean since November was released Tuesday after a ransom was paid, the EU's Naval Force Somalia (NAVFOR) reported.

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March 16th, 2010
08:40 AM ET

2 charged in reported plot to kill Swedish cartoonist

Irish authorities said Tuesday they have charged two men who were reportedly part of an international plot to kill a controversial Swedish cartoonist.

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March 16th, 2010
08:26 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

9:30 am ET - Pentagon budget hearing - Gen. David Petraeus and others testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Pentagon's budget request for next fiscal year.

10:00 am ET - Tea Party protests over health care reform - Activists adamantly opposed to current health care reform legislation hold a protest on Capitol Hill.

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March 16th, 2010
07:53 AM ET

Officials: Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 10

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed 10 people in northwestern Pakistan about 1 p.m. local time Tuesday, two intelligence officials and a local government official said.

The suspected drone fired five missiles at two militant hideouts in North Waziristan, an area near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan that is a haven of Islamic extremists, the officials said.

Five people were hurt, the officials said.

- Journalist Nasir Dawar contributed to this report.


Filed under: Afghanistan • World
March 16th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Sister Carol Keehan: The president of the Catholic Health Association, which represents hundreds of Catholic hospitals nationwide, said her group supports the highly-debated Senate health care reform bill.

Politics Daily reports that the CHA's decision puts it at odds with other Catholic organizations, but Keehan says she thinks that the benefits of the legislation are too important to be impeded by the battle over abortion language, which she feels can eventually be negotiated successfully.

Politics Daily: Catholic health group accepts abortion language in reform bill

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March 16th, 2010
07:37 AM ET

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattles Southern California

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled Southern California early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake's epicenter was 11 miles east-southeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center, the USGS reported. It struck at 4:04 a.m. PT (7:04 a.m. ET).

Although the temblor was centered 11 miles below the Earth's surface, according to USGS, the movement was enough to awaken some Southern Californians.

- CNN's Mariah White contributed to this report.


Filed under: Earthquake • U.S.
March 16th, 2010
06:39 AM ET

World update: Sex abuse scandal in Germany

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop Tuesday:

Sex abuse scandal - As the sexual abuse scandal in Germany’s Catholic Church widens, more Germans are demanding a statement from the Pope. CNN’s Morgan Neill is interviewing the Vatican's Chief Exorcist, who says recent revelations confirm that demons are at work inside the church.

Red shirt protest - Anti-government protesters in Thailand have been collecting blood samples to throw at ministers' offices. The dramatic gesture is the latest move by the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) to force Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament and call new elections.

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March 16th, 2010
06:06 AM ET

Palestinians riot to protest reopening of synagogue

Palestinians hurled rocks and burned tires in several neighborhoods in disputed East Jerusalem Tuesday to protest the reopening of a landmark synagogue after 40 years.

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March 16th, 2010
04:33 AM ET

Pentagon investigating purported ad hoc spy network

The Department of Defense has launched an investigation into whether a $24 million contract to gather information about developments in towns and villages in Afghanistan and Pakistan may have been inappropriately used instead to run an ad hoc spy ring, according to U.S. military officials.

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