April 10th, 2010
11:16 PM ET

'Designing Women' star Dixie Carter is dead at age 70

Actress Dixie Carter, best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show "Designing Women," has died, her agent said Saturday.  She was 70.

Carter was married to fellow actor Hal Holbrook.

"This has been a terrible blow to our family," Holbrook told Entertainment Tonight. "We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy."

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April 10th, 2010
07:37 PM ET

Suspected pirates take shots at U.S. ship

People on a skiff shot at the USS Ashland approximately 330 nautical miles off the coast of Djibouti.

The Ashland shot back, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said. The skiff caught fire and the people abandoned the skiff.

The Ashland deployed rigid-hull inflatable boats to assist the six suspected pirates in the water near their skiff. They were brought on board the Ashland and received medical care.

There were no injuries to the Ashland crew and no apparent damage to the ship, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said.

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April 10th, 2010
07:06 PM ET

Romney wins Southern GOP straw poll

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney won a straw poll Saturday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Romney, who received 439 votes of 1,806 cast - or 24 percent of the ballots - defeated former presidential contender Ron Paul by a single vote.

Sarah Palin came in third, garnering 18 percent of the votes.

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April 10th, 2010
06:05 PM ET

Explosive thrown over fence of U.S. consulate in Mexico

An explosive device thrown over the fence of the U.S. consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, damaged windows but caused no injuries, the office said Saturday.

The explosion occurred late Friday and authorities are investigating, a statement from the consulate said.

No other details about the blast were provided.

The agency will be closed Monday and "will reopen when we are confident that we have adequate security to keep our visitors safe," the statement said.

The incident comes less than a month after three people connected to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez were shot to death.

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April 10th, 2010
03:09 PM ET

Officials: 67 militants killed in Pakistani airstrikes

Sixty-seven militants were killed Saturday in separate airstrikes in two areas of Pakistan's tribal region, officials tell CNN.

Two Pakistan intelligence officials said about 50 militants were killed in the valley of Tirah of Khyber Agency, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Officials say a meeting of the militants was under way when shelling from helicopters started. Officials say they received intelligence and then destroyed six militant hideouts.

Officials further informed CNN that in a second wave of air strikes on the hideouts of the militants in Orakzai Agency, 17 militants were killed and three hideouts were destroyed. The officials asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

This strikes came as the Pakistan military continues its push into tribal areas where both al Qaeda and Taliban operatives are believed to be hiding.
- From journalist Nasir Habib

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April 10th, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Camerman killed in Bangkok protests

A Reuters cameraman was shot and killed Saturday during protests in Bangkok, Thailand, the news agency's bureau there told CNN. He was Japanese, the bureau said.


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April 10th, 2010
08:48 AM ET

Polish president killed in plane crash

Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed early Saturday along with his wife, several top military officials, and the head of the national bank when their plane crashed at a western Russian airport, officials said.


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April 10th, 2010
04:53 AM ET

More than 200 dead in Brazil mudslides

The death toll from flooding and mudslides in Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro has topped 200, officials said Saturday.


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April 10th, 2010
12:45 AM ET

4 missing West Virginia miners found dead

Four missing miners in a West Virginia coal mine have been found dead, authorities said early Saturday.


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