April 29th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Women to begin serving on Navy subs in 2011

The first women to serve on U.S. Navy submarines are expected to be on the job by fall of 2011, Navy officials said Thursday, ushering in a policy change to what has been an elite service open only to men since the start of the modern Navy's submarine program.

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Filed under: Military • National security • U.S.
April 29th, 2010
10:44 AM ET

On the Radar: More oil, new tarmac law, Shakira in Arizona

An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is larger than first thought, the Coast Guard says.

A bigger oil spill in Gulf - There's five times more oil spilling from a sunken oil rig leak than originally believed - or 5,000 more barrels a day, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. Also, a third underwater oil leak has been located in the pipeline that connected the rig, which exploded last week, to the oil well, said Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for BP.  The U.S. military may be called in to help authorities scrambling to mitigate the potential environment disaster, the Coast Guard said.
Update 1:22 p.m. ET: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the expected Friday land arrival of the slick.

Kentucky miners trapped - Two miners remain trapped in a Kentucky coal mine after a portion of the mine's roof fell Wednesday night, the mine company Webster County Coal said Thursday. The Dotiki Mine is in Hopkins County, Kentucky. The accident comes more than three weeks after an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia left 29 miners dead - the worst U.S. mine disaster in decades.

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Filed under: Arizona • Barack Obama • Louisiana • On the Radar • Republican Party
April 29th, 2010
08:43 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Charlie Crist

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele acknowledged Wednesday that an independent run for Senate by Florida's Republican governor could jeopardize the GOP's ability to hold on to a U.S. Senate seat from that state.

Crist, the one-time front-runner in the November race, is trailing Republican primary opponent Marco Rubio by more than 20 percentage points. Crist will announce Thursday afternoon that he will leave the GOP primary and run as a nonaligned candidate, sources tell CNN.

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April 29th, 2010
06:11 AM ET

World update: 28 children hurt in China knife attack

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

China knife attack - At least 28 children were injured when a man with a knife attacked a kindergarten in east China on Thursday morning, state media said. Read the full story

 Gordon Brown apology - British PM Gordon Brown has issued a fresh apology for calling a 65-year-old woman "bigoted," saying hurting her was "the last thing I would ever want to do." The third and final televised UK election debate – on the economy – takes place on Thursday. Read the full story

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April 29th, 2010
05:27 AM ET

Immigration protest set for Cubs-Diamondbacks game

The fierce debate over a new Arizona immigration law has spread to America's pastime as protesters plan to demonstrate against the city's baseball team on Thursday.

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April 29th, 2010
04:34 AM ET

Obama to deliver eulogy for civil rights icon

American flags at the White House and at federal buildings throughout the country will fly at half-staff Thursday in memory of  civil rights leader Dorothy Height.

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April 29th, 2010
03:16 AM ET

Six hurt in Iraqi blast

Six people, including four police officers, were wounded Thursday morning when a roadside bomb struck  an Iraqi police foot patrol near al-Ghadeer bridge in southeastern Baghdad, officials said.

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April 29th, 2010
02:35 AM ET

California dominates most-polluted cities list

Despite some gains, more than half of the United States' population lives in cities where pollution levels make the air unhealthy to breathe, an annual report says.

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Filed under: Environment • U.S.
April 29th, 2010
01:47 AM ET

Ruling soon on alleged militia members' fate

A federal judge said Wednesday that she will decide soon whether nine alleged members of a Michigan-based anti-government militia should be released from jail on bond.

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Filed under: Justice • Michigan Militia • Terrorism • U.S.
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