April 20th, 2010
08:47 PM ET

Youths in terror trial allege mistreatment in Pakistan

Pakistani authorities are denying a renewed claim that five Americans being held on terrorism charges were tortured into confessing.

Amal Khalifa, the mother of one of the suspects, said her son Ramy Zamzam detailed his claims during her recent visit to him in a Pakistani prison and in a letter.


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Filed under: Pakistan • World
April 20th, 2010
08:22 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.

Could this be the new iPhone? sounds too good to be true, and it just might be. An Apple employee reportedly left a prototype of the new iPhone at a bar, and it ended up in the hands of a gadget blog.

Ruby: I was happy at 700 pounds: HLN's Joy Behar talks with Ruby Gettinger and Nancy Makin, who after dieting lost a combined 930 pounds.

Goldman faces tough questions over SEC suit: Goldman Sachs executives endured a barrage of questions from the investment community and reporters Tuesday for its role in creating a complex mortgage security which has since prompted federal fraud charges against the company.

Latest James Bond film on hold: The big-screen adventures of James Bond are on hold because of the financial woes of MGM, the studio that distributes the movies, producers said.

Baby boy crashes wedding: A mother in labor finds herself in the middle of a wedding party instead of a hospital. WTMJ's Charles Benson reports.

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April 20th, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Stocks rise, oil prices break losing streak

A look at highlights from the day's business news:

Stocks rise on earnings

A surge in energy prices and better-than-expected profit reports from Goldman Sachs and others helped stocks Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 25 points, or 0.2 percent. The S&P 500 index gained 10 points, or 0.8 percent. The Nasdaq composite gained 20 points, or 0.8 percent.


Filed under: Economy
April 20th, 2010
07:29 PM ET

Ex-Detroit mayor may be headed back to jail

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick violated his probation by failing to report assets that could be used to pay restitution, a Wayne County, Michigan, judge ruled Tuesday. The judge delayed sentencing for 30 days.

Judge David Groner told Kilpatrick, "You would be well-advised to have your affairs in order."


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Filed under: Politics
April 20th, 2010
07:23 PM ET

Allawi concerned about Iraq recount process

Former Iraqi Prime MInister Ayad Allawi, whose slate was the apparent winner of last month's elections, said Tuesday he backs a manual recount of Baghdad votes ordered by an appeals court but is concerned that other areas should be recounted as well.

The court announced the recount on Monday in response to an appeal from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coaltion, which fell two seats behind Allawi's Iraqiya slate.


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April 20th, 2010
07:15 PM ET

Police: Suspected shooter had mental health problems

A man suspected of opening fire at a Tennessee hospital Monday, killing one and wounding another before killing himself, had a history of mental health problems, police said Tuesday.


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April 20th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Actor turned White House aide mugged at gunpoint

White House aide Kal Penn, the once and future actor, was robbed at gunpoint in Washington early Tuesday morning, according to two officials familiar with the matter.

Penn had his wallet and cell phone stolen, but officials stressed that he was not seriously injured in the incident that was initially reported by TMZ.com.

"He's fine," said one of the officials, who added that Penn reported for work at the White House. He works in the Office of Public Liaison and focuses on President Obama's outreach to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

Read the full story at CNN's Political Ticker

April 20th, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Security Brief: Blackwater's former president a wanted man

For nearly eight years he sat at the helm of the world's most infamous private security contracting company. Today, former Blackwater president Gary Jackson is wanted by authorities to answer to charges of weapons violations.

An indictment filed last week in federal court lays out just how prosecutors believe Jackson and other current and former Blackwater employees skirted gun laws in the company's pursuit of lucrative security and training contracts. The charges are the most serious yet to be levied against former heads of the company which has rebranded itself as Xe.


April 20th, 2010
06:34 PM ET

Biden announces change in Title IX women's sports policy

Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the Obama administration is changing the policy that governs gender equality in sports by eliminating what some women's rights supporters claim was a Bush administration loophole in compliance.

The change is a reaffirmation of the government's commitment to providing women with full and equal opportunities in education and sports, said Biden and women who have benefited from the policy, known as Title IX.


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April 20th, 2010
05:40 PM ET

British airspace reopens after five days

A British Airways flight from Vancouver, British Columbia, landed at London's Heathrow airport late Tuesday, the first commercial airliner to do so in five days after ash from a volcano in Iceland disrupted air travel across Europe. 

British Airways Flight 084 landed shortly before 10 p.m. (5 p.m. ET), just over an hour after Britain's Civil Aviation Authority announced that it would reopen British airspace. 

No commercial flight had landed at Heathrow, one of the busiest airports in the world, since Thursday afternoon. All other British airports were also set to reopen at 10 p.m., Transport Secretary Lord Andrew Adonis said after the aviation authority's announcement.


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April 20th, 2010
04:05 PM ET

Michael Douglas' son Cameron sentenced to five years

Actor Michael Douglas is photographed as he walks into court for his son's sentencing Tuesday.

A judge sentenced actor Michael Douglas' son Cameron to five years in prison Tuesday for selling cocaine and methamphetamine.

Cameron Douglas, 31, was arrested July 2009 at the Manhattan Club in New York City and later pleaded guilty to drug charges.

“I apologize to the court for my decisions and actions that put me in front of you today," Cameron Douglas told the judge.


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April 20th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

Colorado Rockies president found dead in hotel

Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor was found dead in a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

[Updated at 6:04 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 3:03 p.m.] MLB Commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement regarding McGregor's death:

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am very saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Keli McGregor. As President of the Colorado Rockies, Keli was one of our game’s rising young stars. He was a great athlete and equally great as a baseball  administrator. Also, he was a great human being. All of baseball will miss him. I offer my condolences and deepest sympathies to his family, friends and the Rockies ball club.”

[Updated at 2:02 p.m.] The Colorado Rockies released a statement saying the team's president, Keli McGregor, was in Utah on a business trip with team chairman & CEO Charlie Monfort and executive vice president Greg Feasel when he died. The team said it had no more details on the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Words cannot describe the level of shock and disbelief that we all are feeling this morning at the loss of Keli,” Monfort said. “Our thoughts, our prayers are with Lori and the entire family as we all try to cope and understand how such a tragic loss could occur with such a wonderful man.”

[Posted at 1:21 p.m.] Keli McGregor, president of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, was found dead in his hotel Tuesday morning.


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April 20th, 2010
03:58 PM ET

N.Y. Yankees going to the White House

Derek Jeter and the rest of the New York Yankees are coming to the White House next Monday to celebrate last year's World Series victory with President Obama, according to White House aides.

The Yankees are stopping at the White House next week because on Tuesday the team starts a three-game series against the nearby Baltimore Orioles.

Obama recently wore a cap from his beloved Chicago White Sox while throwing out the first pitch at the home opener for the Washington Nationals.

April 20th, 2010
03:14 PM ET

WebPulse: Lorena Ochoa, Keli McGregor, Dorothy Height, Guru

Lorena Ochoa announced that she was retiring from golf at the age of 28.

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

Lorena Ochoa: Lorena Ochoa, at 28 years old the top-ranked woman in the golf world, announced her retirement today, a shocker to many fans of the sport. Ochoa was considered to be one of the most dominant women in sports. Many of the Mexican star's fans, because of their following of her as a golfer or a role model, commented that they were upset to hear that she was retiring at such a young age. SI's Alan Shipnuck took a look at Ochoa's career and life and why the move was such a shock for Golf.com.

Keli McGregor: News that the Colorado Rockies president was found dead in a hotel room reverberated quickly around the Web. Rockies fans spoke of him kindly, with one saying he was as "a good guy in a good organization." Many wondered whether the team would play its game Tuesday night in Washington against the Nationals.


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April 20th, 2010
02:27 PM ET

Feds: 14 Gambino family members arrested

Federal officials say there was a scheme to infiltrate the hotel where jurors stayed during the trial of mob boss John Gotti, pictured, but it was called off.

Fourteen people that authorities identified as members of the Gambino crime family were arrested following a series of raids on charges ranging from murder to child sex trafficking and jury tampering, federal authorities announced Tuesday.

The jury tampering charge stems from a scheme to infiltrate the hotel where sequestered jurors stayed during late mob boss John Gotti's 1992 murder and racketeering trial, according to the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The plot was called off, federal authorities said, when Gotti became convinced - correctly so - that the jury would rule in his favor.

In the indictment, members of the crime family are charged with four murders.

Among those arrested was reputed current boss Daniel Marino. The Gambino family is one of organized crime's five leading families.

April 20th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

Sports Update: Lebron, Kevin Garnett and the Red Wings

Kevin Garnett is out and the Celtics may be in trouble. Despite losing all four games vs. Boston this season, SI.com’s Ian Thomsen believes KG’s suspension for a flagrant elbow in the opening game could be exactly what the Heat need to steal homecourt and avoid a two-game deficit as their first round Eastern Conference series continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

Along with the NBA playoffs, the Stanley Cup playoffs, baseball, tennis and soccer round out the sports docket. Here are some of today’s highlights (all times Eastern).

Coyotes at Red Wings (6:30 p.m. TSN). The pressure is on the Red Wings if they hope to keep their bid for a third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Finals alive, trailing the Coyotes 2-1 as the series shifts to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, where the Wings were 25-10-6 on the season.


April 20th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Latino lawmakers urge veto of Arizona immigration law

Latino members of Congress Tuesday called on Arizona's governor to kill a state bill that would require police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, arguing that it unconstitutionally authorizes discrimination.


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April 20th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

Geithner, Bernanke: Limit any more Lehmans

The nation's top finance officials said Tuesday that the collapse of Lehman Brothers highlights the need for more vigorous regulation of the financial markets.


April 20th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

Pirates hijack three Thai fishing vessels

Pirates have hijacked three Thai fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Tuesday.


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April 20th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

Kyrgyzstan to seek ousted president's extradition

The chief of staff of the Kyrgyzstan interim government says that the country's new authorities will demand the extradition of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev from Belarus once the investigation into the bloody massacre of April 7 is completed.

"As soon as our own investigation, along with the investigation of an international commission, is over, we expect that Bakiev will hand himself over," Edil Baisalov told CNN in a phone interview. "We expect that he will stick to his promise that he is prepared to accept the results of such probes and face punishment."

More than 80 people were killed and hundreds were wounded that day when Bakiev's government ordered troops to shoot at opposition demonstrators gathered outside his presidential office in the country's capital, Bishkek.

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