April 19th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Ex-Kyrgyz president on the move

Four days after fleeing his country to neighboring Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan's deposed president Kurmanbek Bakiev is once again on the move, this time to an undisclosed location.

"He [Bakiev] left on Sunday. I can't say where he went," said Ilyas Omarov, a spokesman for Kazakhstan's foreign ministry.

Bakiyev was overthrown earlier this month after a day of bloody clashes between police and protesters in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek left scores of people dead.


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April 19th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Sports Update: NHL, NBA playoffs heat up

LeBron James and the Cavaliers look to win their second game against the Bulls tonight.

SI.com’s Ian Thomsen is convinced that only five teams can realistically win the NBA title including the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Their critics used to dismiss the Cavs as a team of hype, but now they are substantially the favorites to beat in just about every area worth perusing,” says Thomsen. “They have earned the best record at home and on the road, and they have the best player in the world, who at 25 is approaching his peak.

They can draw from the unassailable experience of seven postseason series victories over the last four years, including the humbling losses (a 2008 Finals sweep by San Antonio, a conference finals loss last year to the lesser-seeded Magic) that define most champions.” The Cavaliers-Bulls game highlights (all times Eastern) a busy sports schedule that includes a tripleheader of NHL playoff games:

-Bulls at Cavaliers (8 p.m., TNT)
LeBron James said the Cavaliers “have the look of a champion” after its 96-83 victory in Game One of the Eastern Conference series. We'll see how they look tonight.


April 19th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Man guilty of hate crime in immigrant's beating death

A jury on Long Island has found Jeffrey Conroy guilty of manslaughter as a hate crime in the 2008 killing of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero.

Conroy was found not guilty of murder as a hate crime, the most serious charge he faced. He was found guilty of assaults on three additional Latino men on Long Island.

Marcelo Lucero, 37, was walking to a friend's apartment in Patchogue, New York, when he was attacked late on November 8, police said. Officers found that he had been stabbed in the chest, and he died of his injuries.

Conroy and six other youths were trying "to find Latinos and to assault them," Suffolk County Police Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said at the time.

- CNN's Brian Vitagliano contributed to this report.

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April 19th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Answer to locust swarms? Town puts them on pizza

Swarms of locusts have left towns trying to find creative ways to get rid of them.

As locusts swarm across Australia, folks are finding a way to get back at the insects that devour crops – eat ‘em!

One café in Mildura, northern Victoria state, is offering locusts as a crunchy topping for pizza, CNN affiliate ABC news reports.

The idea for the dish came from the mayor of the town of 60,000, Glen Milne, according to ABC. The politician rounded up locusts in a garbage bag in the town’s center.

"You can't stop finding them when they get killed on your car, but it's another story when you get out on the oval and try to catch them," he told ABC.


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April 19th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Ash cloud frustrates travelers, separates families

What began as a minor inconvenience for travelers stranded by an ash cloud has been multiplied into serious frustration as they try to find ways to combat some serious problems caused by their delays.

By the end of the day on Sunday, a total of 63,000 flights had been canceled in the four days since ash from a volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland closed the airspace of a large swath of Europe, according to air traffic authority Eurocontrol.

Paulo Wu is on his fifth day of sleeping in the Amsterdam airport and surviving on airplane food. He says an entire gate is being used to house stranded passengers, and the Red Cross is there passing out “red blankets, greet cots, personal hygiene amenities, and some sandwiches to passengers.”


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April 19th, 2010
10:51 AM ET

Doctor: 22 killed in Pakistan marketplace blast

[Updated at 10:51 a.m.] Dr. Abdul Hamid Afridi, an official at Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, said the death toll from the attack on a marketplace was at 22.

[Updated at 10:37 a.m.] The blast that ripped through a crowded market in northwest Pakistan occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) in Qizza Khawani Bazaarin Peshawar, said Peshawar police official Akhtar Ali.

Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital has received 18 bodies, hospital official Dr. Abdul Hamid Afridi told CNN. Several injured people also have arrived at the hospital, he said.

[Posted at 10:21 a.m.] Eighteen people were killed Monday when an explosion ripped through a crowded market in northwest Pakistan, police told CNN.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

- Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report for CNN.

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April 19th, 2010
09:57 AM ET

White House: Obama to speak on Wall Street

The White House just released a statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that President Obama is heading to Wall Street on Thursday this week.

"On Thursday, President Obama will travel to New York City where he will deliver remarks at Cooper Union on Wall Street reform," the statement said. "Almost two years after the crisis hit and almost one year after the Administration first laid out a detailed plan for holding Wall Street accountable and protecting consumers, he will call for swift Senate action. The crisis has already wiped out trillions of dollars in family wealth and cost over 8 million jobs. The President will also remind Americans what is at stake if we do not move forward with changing the rules of the road as a part of a strong Wall Street reform package."

April 19th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Pakistani president voluntarily limits his powers

For the first time since the creation of the country, a Pakistani leader has voluntarily signed legislation that would diminish his powers rather than increasing them.


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April 19th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Israeli official worries about relations with U.S.

Israel's Defense Minister expressed concern Monday over deteriorating relations with the United States and warned that "the growing alienation" with the administration of President Barack Obama "is not a good thing for the state of Israel."


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April 19th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

Hawaii teen wins surf tourney, hands check to local kids

Carissa Moore gave her prize to the local surfing club.

A $15,000 paycheck is huge for a 17-year-old girl. But it’s even bigger for the 180 kids of a New Zealand surfing club.

Hawaii teenager Carissa Moore won the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival at Fitzroy Beach, New Zealand, on Friday and promptly handed over the check from her second professional victory to the local surfing club, the Waitara Bar Boardriders Club.

"I'm really lucky to have the support of my family and my sponsors and to be able to contribute in this way," she said. "And it's a great way to give back to the community. They have been such a great motivation to me this week."


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April 19th, 2010
09:11 AM ET

On the Radar: Oklahoma City, Pope anniversary and Skinput

Family members mourn on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

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

Oklahoma City bombing - Fifteen years ago, a bomb ripped through a federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in the worst homegrown terror attack on U.S. soil.  The April 19, 1995, attack killed 168 people, shattering the belief of many that America was largely immune to domestic terrorism. Fifteen years later, the impact of the bombing still reverberates with those who lived through it.  CNN checks in with some of the survivors of the attack, including several who were children at the time.

Skinput the new touch technology? - Microsoft will demo a prototype technology called Skinput, which lets people control gadgets not by tapping buttons, but simply by touching their fingers together and using simple sign language. The product should be out in three to five years, and could make digging through purses and pockets for iPods and phones a thing of the past. CNN's John D. Sutter reports on the technology and what its impact might be.


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April 19th, 2010
09:04 AM ET

Space Shuttle won't land Monday, NASA says

[Updated at 9:04 a.m.] The space shuttle Discovery will not land Monday, NASA said.

[Posted at 7:12 a.m.] NASA has waved off the first landing opportunity of space shuttle Discovery because of weather.


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April 19th, 2010
08:15 AM ET

Monday's live video events

9:30 am ET - Wartime contracting hearing - The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan holds a hearing on federal oversight of services contracts in Southwest Asia.

10:00 am ET - Oklahoma City bombing anniversary - Oklahoma City marks the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah federal building.


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April 19th, 2010
08:05 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Aren Almon-Kok

Her daughter, Baylee Almon, would have been 16 years old on Sunday. But 15 years ago today, the 1-year-old was one of 168 people killed when Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh detonated the bombs that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Millions of people around the world saw firefighter Chris Fields cradling Baylee in his arms in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Charles Porter.

London's Observer newspaper reports that tragedy led Almon-Kok on a crusade to ensure the installation of reinforced, shatterproof glass in all federal nurseries and eventually, in all federal buildings.

McVeigh was executed in 2001 and accomplice Terry Nichols is serving life in prison.

"McVeigh was an American, like me and Baylee," she says, "and he walked into the building and saw the day care center where the children played - he knew they were there. Why did he do it? What was the point? There is no answer, and I've always said that the reason I wanted to see him die was nothing to do with closure, because there ain't no closure. It was so I'd never have to hear him explain himself, and justify what he'd done."


April 19th, 2010
07:49 AM ET

Baghdad province votes will be recounted

The votes in Baghdad province in the March 7th Iraq parliamentary elections will be recounted, officials with the Independent High Electoral Commission told CNN Monday.

The decision was a response to an appeal from Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki's State of Law coalition, the officials said.

This decision could affect the narrow difference between the two winners in the elections. Former interim prime minister Ayad Allawi's coalition won with only two seats more than al-Maliki's alliance.

There are concerns that a delay in the formation of a government could lead to a political vacuum and an increase in violence reminiscent of the escalation in sectarian violence in early 2006 while the government was being formed.

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April 19th, 2010
07:24 AM ET

Volcanic ash delays U.S., Russia adoptions meeting

A NASA satellite image shows the volcanic ash cloud from space.

Volcanic ash from Iceland prevented U.S. officials from flying  to Moscow on Monday for meetings on U.S. adoptions of Russian children.


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April 19th, 2010
05:51 AM ET

World update: UK navy to rescue stranded travelers

An aircraft with its engines covered sits at Geneva's international airport.

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

Stranded travelers - The British Royal Navy will send ships to help bring home travelers who have been stranded by the restrictions on British airspace because of a cloud of volcanic ash, Prime Minister Gordon Brown says.

Air travel restrictions - Some European countries are cautiously opening part of their airspace for travel as the volcanic ash cloud moves further south and east. Air carriers as far away as Asia have canceled flights to Europe. But the cloud is casting a shadow over the nascent economic recovery in Europe, as the crisis enters its fifth day.  Read the full story


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