April 7th, 2010
02:42 PM ET

Colorado mom pleads not guilty in terror case

A Colorado woman indicted on terror charges pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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April 7th, 2010
02:36 PM ET

Web Pulse: Has Taiwan found the new Susan Boyle?

Lin Yu Chun sings "I Will Always Love You."

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

Lin Yu Chun - Even if you've never heard his name before, you may be about to get familiar with Lin Yu Chun. Think Susan Boyle name recognition giving Whitney Houston a run for her money - vocally, of course. Competing on Taiwan's "Super Star Avenue" (similar to "X-Factor" and "American Idol"), he sang Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" and blew away the competition and lit up the Internet all at the same time.

(You can view his performance on YouTube here - but don't say you weren't warned.) Lin Yu Chun may have just thrown down the gauntlet on Whitney's version. A challenge for you, blog readers: Click on the YouTube link and close your eyes and tell me - have you forgotten you're listening to a reality show and started to think you're hearing "The Bodyguard"? Because the young man belted high notes you'd have heard from Whitney herself during the Grammys in 1993. While it's unclear how many people have seen his performance, because there are several versions of the video being passed around, Lin Yu Chun is working his way up Google trends and likely onto thousands of computers at work today.

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April 7th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

St. Albans students questioned for having gun on campus

Two students at the exclusive St. Albans School in the nation's capital were detained for questioning Wednesday after police responded to a report that a man with a gun had parked a vehicle on campus.

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April 7th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Drilling continues at mine as anxious relatives wait

As anxious family members waited, efforts to drill bore holes and ventilate a West Virginia mine after a deadly explosion were under way Wednesday, with officials hoping to clear the air enough to send rescue crews back in.

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April 7th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

DA to teachers: New sex ed course could get you arrested

A district attorney in Juneau County, Wisconsin, warned teachers in a memo sent to schools that if they teach the new sexual education curriculum mandated under state law, they could be arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a child.

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April 7th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Whitney Houston postpones start of European tour

Illness forced Whitney Houston to postpone the first four shows of the European leg of her "Nothing But Love" comeback tour, her publicist said Wednesday.

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April 7th, 2010
10:51 AM ET

Navratilova says she has breast cancer

Nine-time Wimbledon tennis champion Martina Navratilova said Wednesday she has breast cancer.

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April 7th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Forecasters predict 'above-average' hurricane season

University forecasters predict that the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will be "above-average," with 15 named storms and eight of those becoming hurricanes.

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April 7th, 2010
09:37 AM ET

On the Radar: West Virginia mine, Maryland rematch

A note is written on a mailbox praying for the miners still trapped in West Virginia.

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

West Virginia mine explosion -  Rescuers drilled a hole early Wednesday into the area of a West Virginia coal mine where four miners, unaccounted for following an explosion Monday, were expected to be found, Gov. Joe Manchin said. Pipes were lowered into the hole, and officials banged on the pipes in an effort to contact those underground, but there was no response, Manchin said. Rescue workers will try to vent the mines as they continue to look for the missing. We'll bring you the latest from the scene as it happens.

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April 7th, 2010
08:57 AM ET

Feds target American-born Muslim cleric for kill or capture

Anwar al-Awlaki is believed to be hiding in Yemen.

The U.S. government has targeted American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to be killed or captured, a U.S. official told CNN Wednesday.

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April 7th, 2010
08:55 AM ET

Updated: Thai PM declares state of emergency

[Updated at 8:55 a.m.] Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thuagsuban has been appointed to administer emergency law after anti-government demonstrators broke into the country's parliament.

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April 7th, 2010
08:17 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Anwar al-Awlaki

The U.S.-born Muslim cleric, who may be in Yemen, has been added to the CIA’s target list - meaning agents are authorized to kill or capture him - after U.S. intelligence officials concluded that he has taken an operational role in terrorist attacks.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 38-year-old cleric, who was born in New Mexico, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen added to the list since 2001.

U.S. security sources said in January they had concrete and independent confirmation that al-Awlaki had met with Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian accused in the failed Christmas Day bomb plot aboard a plane heading to Detroit, Michigan. And al-Awlaki has confirmed his contact with U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of shooting and killing 13 people in November at Fort Hood, Texas.

Los Angeles Times: U.S. citizen Awlaki added to CIA target list

CNN: Intelligence chief: U.S. can kill Americans abroad

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April 7th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

Continuing coverage - West Virginia coal mine disaster - The latest updates on the investigation into Monday night's fatal coal mine explosion, as well as the search for miners unaccounted for.

Continuing coverage - Shuttle Discovery mission - Space shuttle Discovery linked with the international space station this morning.

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April 7th, 2010
06:49 AM ET

First bore hole complete; no response from miners

A bore hole was drilled early Wednesday into the area of a West Virginia coal mine where several miners, unaccounted for following an explosion Monday, are expected to be, Gov. Joe Manchin said.

Pipes were lowered into the hole, and officials banged on the pipes in an effort to contact those underground, but there was no response, Manchin said.

The hole - the first of four - punched through about 4:15 a.m. ET, the governor said. Two more holes were under way, and a fourth is planned.

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April 7th, 2010
05:34 AM ET

World update: U.S. and Russia to sign new nuclear treaty

Arms treaty - Leaders of the U.S. and Russia are gathered in Prague to sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START.) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has threatened to withdraw from the treaty if Washington's missile defense plan impacts the effectiveness of Russia's nuclear forces.

Audience with the pope - The pope will hold his regular weekly audience at the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday with signs of regularity returning to the heart of Catholicism despite the ongoing turmoil of the sex abuse scandal.

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April 7th, 2010
03:20 AM ET

Court appearance set for mom charged in terror case

A Colorado woman indicted on terror charges is expected to plead not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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April 7th, 2010
02:53 AM ET

Toll from Brazil flooding reaches 102

The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and surrounding areas reached 102 on Wednesday, the country's civil defense said.

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