May 7th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

U.K. election: What happens now?

David Cameron, left, Gordon Brown, middle and Nick Clegg will try to work out a deal as Britain faces a "hung parliament" after the general election.

After one of the most fiercely fought and close general elections in years Britain is facing a hung parliament - meaning the Conservative party won the most seats, but not enough to give them a decisive victory over Labour's Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Britain hasn't had a "hung parliament" - one with no majority since 1974.

David Cameron's Conservative party came in first, with at least 304 seats in race to get 326 seats out of the 650-seat parliament. Brown's Labour party came in second with 257. The Liberal Democrats came third, with at least 57. About two dozen seats went to smaller parties, and a handful have yet to be declared.

It's similar to a George Bush-Al Gore scenario being played out across the pond - except instead of the election ending with electoral votes being decisive over the popular vote - it will end with some closed-door meetings and attempts to form alliances to create a majority in parliament.

So what happens now?

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May 7th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil leak, Times Square plot, slain UVA student

Officials say they hope this massive dome will help cap the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf oil spill - A massive dome began its descent into the Gulf of Mexico to cap a gushing oil leak about 5,000 feet below the surface, a BP official said Friday. CNN will take a look at how the dome would work and what impact the spill is having on tourism in the Pensacola, Florida, region as well as continue to bring you the latest developments on the oil spill.

Times Square bomb plot - A senior law enforcement official says investigators think Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad had help. They believe he has ties to a Pakistani Taliban group, the official says. CNN reporters will continue to dig into this story and give you the latest details about the plot and the investigation into Shahzad and his background.

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May 7th, 2010
09:08 AM ET

'Death flights' suspect returned to Argentina

An Argentine pilot accused of participating in "death flights" during the nation's "dirty war" in the 1970s and '80s has been extradited from Spain and will face charges Friday, the government's Judicial News Service reported.

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May 7th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

U.K.'s Brown willing to negotiate with anyone

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would be willing to negotiate with any party leader after his party lost its parliamentary majority in elections Thursday.

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Filed under: Politics • United Kingdom
May 7th, 2010
08:46 AM ET

U.S. economy adds 290,000 jobs

The U.S. economy added 290,000 jobs in April - more than economists expected - but the unemployment rate went up to 9.9 percent, the federal government said Friday.

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May 7th, 2010
08:36 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Loretta Lynn

The coal miner's daughter was likely the first singer to acknowledge publicly what the birth control pill meant to a large segment of American women.

Fifty years ago on May 9, 1960, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of an oral birth control pill, a decision that had a profound effect on women's lives.

Lynn was married at age 13 and had four children by 17. In 1974, her song "The Pill" became a hit, but lorettalynn.com reports that many radio stations also banned it.

Lynn sang, "All these years I've stayed at home while you had all your fun, And every year that's gone by another baby's come. There's gonna be some changes made right here on Nursery Hill, You've set this chicken your last time 'cause now I've got the pill."

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May 7th, 2010
08:11 AM ET

Friday's live video events

9:30 am ET - Unemployment hearing - The Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on the April job numbers.

11:00 am ET - Obama addresses unemployment numbers - President Obama makes a statement on the April jobs report at the White House.

12:00 pm ET - DNC Women's Leadership Forum - First lady Michelle Obama delivers the keynote address to the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

3:00 pm ET - First lady hosts Mother's Day event - First lady Michelle Obama brings together families of former presidents, as well as spouses and mothers of U.S. troops, for a Mother’s Day event.


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May 7th, 2010
07:50 AM ET

Conspiracy charge dropped against Venezuelan politician

A conspiracy charge has been dropped against a leading opposition politician in Venezuela, the nation's top prosecutor said.

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May 7th, 2010
07:48 AM ET

Nutrisystem cuts ties with Lawrence Taylor

Nutrisystem, the weight loss company, has ended its relationship with Lawrence Taylor, the former New York Giants linebacker charged with rape, the company said Friday.

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May 7th, 2010
07:07 AM ET

Russians release Somali pirates

The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday it had released a group of Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden this week, the Interfax news agency reported.

The pirates were released because of "imperfections" in international law, said Alexei Kusnetsov, defense minister.

Russian marines from the warship Marshal Shaposhnikov stormed the tanker Moscow University on Thursday, freeing its 23 crew members.


Filed under: Pirates • Russia • Somalia • World
May 7th, 2010
06:49 AM ET

Suu Kyi backers say they'll form party

Supporters of detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday they will form a new political party after she was not allowed to participate in an upcoming election.

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May 7th, 2010
05:53 AM ET

World update: UK PM Brown plans to stay in power

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

UK election - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants to stay in government and try to form a coalition with other parties, according to a statement issued Friday morning after results showed the election ended in a hung parliament.

Markets plunge - The Nikkei-225 Index in Tokyo closed 3.1 percent lower on Friday as the global sell-off - sparked by the debt crisis in Greece and a wild session on Wall Street - continued to roll with the sun across the financial world.

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May 7th, 2010
01:05 AM ET

Containment dome lowered to oil leak site

A containment dome has been lowered to the site of a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a BP spokesman said Friday.

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Filed under: Gulf Coast Oil Spill • U.S.
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