May 7th, 2010
11:14 PM ET

Will Ferrell, aka Rojo Johnson, ejected from baseball game

With NASCAR racer, figure skater and semi-pro basketball player already under his belt, comedian Will Ferrell can now add minor league baseball player to his resume of fake athletic roles.

On Friday, Ferrell took on the role of Billy Ray Rojo Johnson, pitcher for the Round Rock Express, a real minor league Major League Baseball team near Austin, Texas, in the team's game against the Nashville Sound.

Watch Ferrell, aka Rojo Johnson, take to the field


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May 7th, 2010
08:59 PM ET

Mass celebrated for slain UVA student

The Catholic Student Ministry at the University of Virginia celebrated Mass at noon Friday for slain student and lacrosse player Yeardley Love.


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May 7th, 2010
07:58 PM ET

Teens charged with conspiring to kill students, school staff

Two teenagers were arrested and charged with conspiring to kill faculty and students at a Long Island high school, police said Friday.


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May 7th, 2010
07:15 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

296 ‘funked up’ stocks – trades canceled: After one of the most wild days on Wall Street, Nasdaq canceled trades of 296 stocks whose prices fluctuated the most. 

Glitches send Dow on wild ride: In one of the most gut-wrenching hours in Wall Street history, the Dow plunged almost 1,000 points Thursday before recovering to close down 348, as erroneous trading in Procter & Gamble and several other stocks sparked a massive selloff.

TomKat’s dirty dance: New video of Katie Holmes' dance for Tom Cruise that puts to bed any rumors of divorce.

Stocks down on day, week, year: Stocks slumped Friday, with the three major indexes ending in negative territory for the year as investors mulled the Greek debt crisis and the aftermath of one of the most gut-churning days in Wall Street history.

Capturing the leaking oil: CNN's David Mattingly describes how a containment dome will be used to try to capture oil leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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May 7th, 2010
07:06 PM ET

Prostitute told to lie to Taylor, prosecutors say

The man accused of bringing an under-age prostitute to ex-NFL player Lawrence Taylor told her to lie about her age, prosecutors alleged in a federal complaint against the man on Friday.

The complaint says the alleged pimp, Rasheed Davis, told a 16-year-old prostitute to tell a "Client-1" that she was 19. The federal complaint against Davis does not refer to the former New York Giants linebacker by name, but the description of "Client-1" matches that of Taylor in the complaint against him.


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May 7th, 2010
06:31 PM ET

Stocks drop again, oil prices fall, dollar mixed

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

Stocks slide, day 2

Stocks slumped Friday in a choppy session as investors mulled the Greek debt crisis and the April jobs report in the aftermath of one of the most gut-churning days in Wall Street history.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 148 points, or 1.4 percent, after seesawing in the morning, having gained as much as 59 points and lost as much as 279 points. The S&P 500 index lost 18 points, or 1.6 percent. The Nasdaq composite lost 52 points, or 2.3 percent.


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Filed under: Economy
May 7th, 2010
06:20 PM ET

Latino rights group, others call for Arizona boycott

A Latino rights group and other immigrant and labor organizations have called for a national boycott of Arizona over the state's new immigration law, which allows police to ask anyone being investigated for a crime for proof of legal U.S. residency.

The call was led by the National Council of La Raza, which bills itself as the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Other groups joining the call include the Asian American Justice Center, the Center for Community Change, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, the Service Employees International Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the United Food and Commercial Workers union.


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Filed under: Immigration • Louisiana • U.S.
May 7th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Flooding closes curtains at Grand Ole Opry House

The Grand Ole Opry House is closed for repairs after record-setting rain sent water 2 feet above its historic stage, damaging instruments, memorabilia and archival tapes at the country music landmark.

Gaylord Entertainment Co. Chief Executive Officer Colin Reed said he did not know how long the facility will be closed. The neighboring Gaylord Opryland Resort, a 2,881-room hotel, also is closed for restoration but will be open before the end of 2010, he said.

"We're going to do everything in our power to restore the stuff that's been damaged by water," Reed told reporters Friday.


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May 7th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

All-clear given in Times Square scare

Police have blocked off parts of Times Square and evacuated people because of a suspicious cooler left in Times Square.

[Updated at 6:06 p.m.] Read the full story

[Updated at 2:32 p.m.] Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York acknowledged after that incident that terrorists have targeted New York.

"We have to take every precaution, as you know, because we remain a prime target for terrorists," he said. "That's something all New Yorkers understand and it's something that we need Washington to understand as well."

"We will continue to doing everything we possibly can to protect New Yorkers from terrorist attacks. We have, as you know, built the most comprehensive and sophisticated counter terrorism operation of any local police force in the world."

[Updated at 2:24 p.m.] An all-clear was declared Friday after authorities investigated a suspicious package left in front of a hotel in Times Square and determined that it contained water bottles, police said.


May 7th, 2010
05:50 PM ET

Flying over the Gulf Coast slick

CNN's Patrick Oppmann surveyed the oil spill while aboard a Coast Guard flight.

Hanging out the back of a Coast Guard plane, 1,000 feet over the source of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I am hit by the almost overpowering smell of gasoline.

Even at the height and speed that the Coast Guard HC-144A “Ocean Sentry” travels, the smell from the environmental disaster unfolding below is beyond noxious.

In the distance a black plume of acrid smoke rises from a controlled oil burn. I wonder what the fumes are like at sea level , where a small army of workers is trying to stop the estimated 5,000 barrels of oil a day pouring into the Gulf.


May 7th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

Gulf oil spill from the air: Like paint covering a floor

You hear it's massive - but that word oftentimes is used too loosely. In this case, it is sadly the right choice.

We had just left Houston's Hobby Airport when the captain came on saying if the clouds weren't too thick, we'd be flying right over the oil slick in the Gulf on our way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He'd let us know.

Less than an hour later, he's back on the speaker, "If you're sitting on the left side of the plane, that's the mouth of the Mississippi."

We were flying at 39,000 feet, he said.  With the clouds only scattered, we'd have a good look at the slick out of both sides of the plane.

From that altitude, I wondered how much I would see - probably not much.

Within minutes, it was below us - the oil stretched out in long, rust-colored streaks, tentacle after tentacle like the arms of a dozen octopus.


May 7th, 2010
01:16 PM ET

Wedding photo of Times Square bombing suspect surfaces

This wedding photo shows Faisal Shahzad and his wife Huma Mian

A wedding photo has surfaced showing Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad and his wife Huma Mian.

The photo, posted on Mian's brother's MySpace page, shows the couple in traditional Pakistani attire.

Shahzad has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, and three other counts in connection with the incident. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

May 7th, 2010
01:03 PM ET

Costa Rica to inaugurate new president

Costa Ricans were preparing Friday to inaugurate the country's first female president.


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May 7th, 2010
01:01 PM ET

2 killed in shooting at Chicago store, police say

Two people were shot and killed Friday at an Old Navy store here, police said.

A man and a woman at the store died in an apparent murder-suicide, said Officer John Mirabelli, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.

Hundreds of people were outside the store as police officers investigated, CNN affiliate WGN-TV reported.

WLS: Two people dead in shooting

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May 7th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Officials: Containment dome over sea floor where oil gushes

BP workers have suspended a four-story oil-containment dome above the sea floor some 5,000 feet deep and are using remote-controlled submersible craft to prepare for placing it over the untapped wellhead, the Coast Guard said Friday afternoon.


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May 7th, 2010
12:43 PM ET

All seats called in British election

All the seats involved in Thursday's British election have been called by local officials. The Conservatives took 306 seats, Labour 258 and the Liberal Democrats 57. Smaller parties took 28.

One seat will be decided on May 27, the election having been delayed because of the death of a candidate.

No party won a majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.

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May 7th, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Sports Update: How will Lebron's elbow hold up?

All eyes will be on LeBron James and his elbow during Game 3 tonight.

The NBA’s biggest story these days might be LeBron James’ right elbow, the most examined joint in Cleveland sports history which even has its own Twitter account (@LeBronsElbow). (Watch CNN's Sanjay Gupta talk about the injury.) The Celtics and Cavs play Games 3 and 4 in their Eastern Conference semifinals this weekend, the highlights for a busy weekend in sports (all times Eastern):

-Cavaliers at Celtics (ESPN. 7:00 PM) How will the three days of rest affect LeBron’s health? He’s been diagnosed with a bone bruise and strain in his right elbow and the series outcome will likely come down to how hard he can go with the pain. Game 3 is tonight. The series is tied at 1-1.


May 7th, 2010
11:58 AM ET

What the heck happened with the markets yesterday?

It’s a day after the Dow Jones industrial average sent the markets on a wild ride - dropping nearly 1,000 points in five minutes then rebounding - and we’re still not sure what happened.

Yesterday was slightly more than a run-of-the-mill bad day - and then something technical happened. We’re still unclear about what caused it. At first all eyes turned to Greece and sovereign debt issues in Europe. Then there was word a technical glitch involving Proctor and Gamble was to blame. Everyone is pointing fingers. Some say prices were listed as billions instead of millions, but nobody knows - yet.

The bottom line is: Somehow, either one stock, or a handful of stocks lost a significant amount of value within moments and that is uncharacteristic.


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May 7th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Obama calls job numbers 'very encouraging'

President Obama talks about the largest monthly increase of jobs in four years.

President Barack Obama called the increase in jobs last month "very encouraging," Friday saying the numbers are "particularly heartening" in light of conditions last year when the economy was in "free fall."


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May 7th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Sun's halo - 'gift from God,' 'end of days' or just pretty?

iReporter David Cua captured this photo in Cebu City, Philippines.

This morning CNN iReport woke up to a flurry of photos of what look like a halo around the sun in Cebu, Philippines. iReporter David Cua, who shared the photo here, said he and his friends were trying to figure out what on earth it was they were seeing.

“Some thought it was a gift from God, others, a warning about the end of days,” he said. “I thought it was just something pretty.”

Actually, halos are an optical phenomenon that occur around the sun or the moon while there are very high cirrus clouds in the atmosphere. They can even be seen in very cold weather around street lamps or other artificial sources of light. FULL POST

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